Submitted by Nicola Barnack
Director of Development
August 31, 2022
Barnabas Center was recently awarded two grants supporting their Dental Program: the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation grant for $20,000 and Florida Dental Association 2022 Project: Dentists Care grant for $4,000. The grants will support Barnabas patients with the purchase of much-needed dental supplies for their clinics.
The Barnabas dental program provides affordable dental services for low- to moderate-income adults living in Nassau County, who have no health insurance, and includes exams, extractions, cleanings and more. Last year, the clinic was able to serve 506 patients through 1,848 visits out of their Fernandina Beach office and their satellite office in Hilliard.
When asked about this funding, Jamie Reynolds, Barnabas president and CEO said, “We are grateful for our community who supports our dental program and the partners, like Delta Dental Community Care Foundation and the Florida Dental Association, who invest in our community. We are smiling too!”
For more information about Delta Dental Community Care Foundation, visit the company website at https://www.deltadentalins.com/about/community/philanthropy/ or Florida Dental Association 2022 Project: Dentists Care grant at https://fdaservices.com/.
Barnabas provides help and hope to individuals and families in need in Nassau County to improve their stability, health and well-being. For more information about Barnabas’ programs, visit www.BarrnabasNassau.org.
PulteGroup Northeast Florida Division Announces Building Hope Charity Golf Tournament to Benefit Rethreaded
Benefit event is November 1 at The Palencia Club in St. Augustine
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Aug. 31, 2022) – The Northeast Florida Division of PulteGroup, one of the nation’s leading home builders, proudly announces the “Building Hope Charity Golf Tournament” benefitting Rethreaded.
The tournament is Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022, at The Palencia Club in St. Augustine. Registration opens at 10 a.m. with opening tee time at noon.
“Our charity golf tournament will support the outstanding work of Rethreaded and its mission to harness the power of business to create hope and opportunity for survivors of human trafficking,” said Tony Nason, Division President of PulteGroup’s Northeast Florida Division. “We are looking forward to a great day of golf at The Palencia Club’s world-class Arthur Hills designed champion golf course, and we welcome everyone to join us as a player or sponsor.”
Sponsorship opportunities ranging from $1,500 to $7,500 are available. All sponsorship packages include a golf foursome, two golf cart rentals, and lunch and dinner. Space is limited. To learn more and register, contact Katie Robinson-Hensley at Katie.Hensley@Pulte.com or call (904) 648-6196.
For more information about PulteGroup’s Northeast Florida Division, visit www.pulte.com/jacksonville.
About Pulte Homes
Pulte Homes is a national brand of PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM). Pulte Homes builds consumer inspired homes and communities that provide the move-up buyer the best quality of life. Only Pulte Homes offers the combination of innovative Life Tested Home Designs® with an unwavering commitment to quality and attention to detail. For more information about Pulte Homes, visit pulte.com.
PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), based in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of America’s largest homebuilding companies with operations in more than 40 markets throughout the country. Through its brand portfolio that includes Centex, Pulte Homes, Del Webb, DiVosta Homes, American West and John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods, the company is one of the industry’s most versatile homebuilders able to meet the needs of multiple buyer groups and respond to changing consumer demand. PulteGroup’s purpose is building incredible places where people can live their dreams.
8/30/22 @ 8:40 a.m. - Nassau County Engineering Services will host a Community Meeting on September 15, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. to provide information on the drainage improvements project in Spring Lake Estates. The meeting will be held in the Callahan County Building located at 45402 Mickler Street.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Nassau County Engineering Services at (904) 530-6225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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8/26/22 @ 2:15 p.m. - Attached is the July 2022 edition of the Board of County Commissioner's newsletter. This monthly publication features a variety of information related to projects and activities for departments under the Board. It also includes information about road projects, special events, adopted policies and procedures, budget discussions and more!
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8/25/22 @ 11:00 a.m. - We are excited to announce that Nassau County Parks & Recreation will be hosting the 2nd Annual Halloween Festival on Friday, October 28th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Yulee Sports Complex located at 86142 Goodbread Road.
We are currently seeking businesses and/or individuals who want to set up booths and distribute candy in our Trick or Treat Alley. There will be prizes awarded for the best booth!
The schedule of events is as follows:
Costume Contest (open to children, adults, families and pets):
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. (no entries will be judged after 6:30 p.m. so please don't be late)
Trick or Treat Alley:
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Bounce houses, face painting, games, hayrides, and concessions
Everything is FREE, with the exception of concessions (food and drinks) which will benefit the Yulee Athletic Association. If you have any questions, please call (904) 530-6120 or email Parks & Recreation Director, Jay Robertson, at email@example.com.
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The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the students for Leadership Nassau Class 22. This nine-month program cultivates leadership skills, educates participants on the area’s most critical issues, and prepares students with the information, tools, and skills needed to help address these challenges and make an impactful difference in our community.
The Leadership Nassau Class 22 participants are Nicola Barnack (Barnabas Center, Inc.), Kimberly Burnsed (Nassau County Property Appraiser’s Office), Thomas Coleman (RYAM), Kimberly Corbett (Town of Hilliard), Maurie Duggar (Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau), Sean Duncan (COMCAST/Effectv), Darron England (WestRock), Charleston Garrett (First Port City Bank), David Gregors (Guardian ad Litem Program), Laurie Holmes (Little Lambs Child Care Center), Doug Hurley (RethinkWork Consulting & Coaching), Jennifer Kirouac (First Horizon Bank), Anthony Lombardi (Nassau County Board of County Commissioners), Elaine Roberts (Omni Amelia Island Resort), Hannah Ross (City of Fernandina Beach), Lisa Sanborn (First Federal Bank), Carol Saviak (Florida Power & Light Company), Dionna Sowers (Nassau Humane Society 2nd Chance), Jeffery Tambasco (Fernandina Beach Police Department), Dunia Taylor (REMI Realty), Stephanie Triola (New York Life), and Richard Turner (Florida State College at Jacksonville).
For additional information about the Leadership Nassau program, CLICK HERE or email Lynne Starling, Leadership Nassau Coordinator, at Lynne@NassauCountyFLChamber.com.
From left to right: Matt Brockelman, Vice President of Government Affairs at VyStar Credit Union; Patricia McElroy, SVP and President of the VyStar Foundation; Jenn Petion, President and CEO of Family Support Services; Shewan Mason, a local foster parent licensed with FSS: Teleauba Revels, Lead Parent Educator for FSS; Brittany Tennant, Community Engagement Specialist II for FSS. (Photo: Chanel Martin, Marketing Communications Specialist II for FSS, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jacksonville, Fla. (August 25, 2022) – VyStar Credit Union presented a $17,500 donation to Family Support Services on Friday, Aug. 19, in support of the Packs4Jax program getting children in foster care, kinship care, and prevention programs ready for the new school year.
“VyStar believes one of the surest ways to build strong communities is to invest in our children, especially when it comes to their education,” said SVP and President of VyStar Community Foundation Patricia McElroy. “When we learned Family Support Services needed additional resources for the Packs4Jax campaign, we were honored to offer our support and fill the gap. We hope this helps ease the financial burden many families face at the start of each school year, and we wish these children much success and fulfillment in the months ahead."
“Oftentimes our kids haven’t had the same experiences as the kids sitting next to them in class. We want them to show up just as proud on their first day and having everything they need to be academically successful. We are so grateful that VyStar stepped in at the last minute, when we had a critical need and helped us get over the finish line to equip all of our kids,” said Jenn Petion, FSS President and CEO.
“In my home I have four children who attend school – a first grader, an eighth grader, and two tenth-graders. Gathering up all their school supplies and school lists can add up to be a bit of a financial burden, to have to prepare four children for school. That’s where FSS steps in, they help fill in the gap, they provide backpacks and school supplies to children in foster care,” said foster mom Shewan Mason. “A lot of children unfortunately probably haven’t had the means to be fully prepared for school in the past. A lot of children also don’t get new things, so anytime they get to receive something that’s new, that have tags on them, that have never been used before, they’re very excited.”
In addition to recruiting foster parents who are able to welcome children needing temporary care into their homes, Family Support Services also seeks support from individuals and companies like VyStar that are willing to make financial contributions to support children in care, as well as certain in-kind gifts. Corporate sponsorships also help raise awareness and support foster parent recruitment.
VyStar Credit Union was founded at Naval Air Station Jacksonville in 1952 when 12 founding members came together with $60 to create a safe place for military and civil service members to save and borrow money. Today, the credit union serves members of all backgrounds. VyStar continues to expand its footprint across the Southeast, and as it grows, so does its ability to do good in the communities it serves. In 2021, VyStar donated more $6.8 million to over 300 nonprofit organizations, more than ever before.
About Family Support Services (FSS) of Duval and Nassau Counties
Family Support Services is the lead agency for family preservation, foster care, and adoption services in Duval, Nassau, Pasco and Pinellas counties. Through community-based care, FSS provides services and programs to help prevent child abuse and neglect, to promote a healthy family environment and to care for our community's children in foster care. For more information, go to www.familysupport.org.
About VyStar Credit Union
VyStar Credit Union is the second-largest credit union headquartered in Florida and now serves more than 830,000 members with assets of over $13 billion. VyStar is the largest mortgage lender in Northeast Florida and a major employer in the region with over 2,000 employees.
VyStar membership is open to everyone who lives or works in the 49 contiguous counties of Central to North Florida, 26 Georgia counties, and past and present military members and their families all over the world. For more information, visit vystarcu.org, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.
8/25/22 @ 9:00 a.m. - Waste tires are not only unsightly, they are a health hazard for our community. If you have old tires that need to be disposed of, please bring them to the bi-annual Waste Tire Amnesty Day scheduled for Saturday, September 17, 2022. This event allows Nassau County residents to safely dispose of up to 15 car or truck tires at no-charge with proof of residency. All tires must be off the rim and free of debris. No commercial loads will be accepted.
WHAT: Waste Tire Amnesty Day
WHEN: Saturday, September 17, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (or until the truck is full.... whichever comes first)
WHERE: Nassau County Convenience Recycle Center, 46026 Landfill Road, Callahan, FL 32011
If you have any questions, please contact Nassau County Solid Waste at (904) 530-6700.
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Keep Nassau Beautiful Adopt A Tree - Free Tree Events
Nassau County residents are invited to receive two of our 3-gallon trees, while supplies last, at one of our free tree events to be held on the following Saturdays in Yulee – Sept. 17, Callahan – Sept. 24, and Fernandina Beach – October 1.
To reserve your free trees, residents are asked to complete these easy steps:
A few days after submitting the Reservation Form, including the required validation code, you will receive a confirmation email. Be sure to mark your calendar to pick up your free trees at your selected location.
Partners include Rayonier, Rayonier Advanced Materials, Okefenoke Rural Electric Membership Corporation Foundation, Nassau County BOCC, Liberty Landscape Supply, NEFL Fairgrounds Association, The City of Fernandina Beach, UF/IFAS Nassau County Extension, and a generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
For additional information, visit www.KeepNassauBeautiful.org or call (904) 261-0165.
Nova Southeastern University Partners with Nassau County Chamber of Commerce to Provide Educational Opportunities for Members
Nova Southeastern University's H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship is pleased to establish an Educational Public Sector Partnership with the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce to provide educational opportunities for all members.
The Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship will offer an educational partnership tuition award that is applicable towards our Master of Public Administration and Master of Science in Philanthropy and Non-Profit Management degree programs. The public sector award includes 50% off our published cataloged per credit tuition rates, based on criteria of meeting the required admission GPA, for the Master of Public Administration degree program. Additionally, members of the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce will be eligible for a tuition award of 20% off our published catalog per credit tuition rates, based on criteria of meeting the applicable admission requirements, for the Master of Business Administration as well as graduate certificates offered within the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship.
To learn more, visit business.nova.edu.
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