As the major safety net organization for Nassau County residents in need, Barnabas Center is on the front line of helping residents in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Services offered to Nassau County residents with low to moderate incomes include food assistance, financial assistance and urgent medical and dental care.
Food Assistance: A short-term supply of food is provided that may include produce, dairy, meat and nonperishable items, depending on availability:
Mobile Food Distribution:
Medical and Dental Care: We provide medical and dental care to adults who are uninsured and do not have a primary care doctor. Please contact us to discuss. For more information about our health services, visit www.barnabasnassau.org/get-help/health-services.
For information about available assistance and eligibility, contact Barnabas at (904) 261-7000, visit www.BarnabasNassau.org, or follow our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/BarnabasNassau. For your safety and others during the pandemic, please call Barnabas for a telephone pre-screening for financial assistance, food stamp and/or Medicaid applications before visiting the office.
Nassau County has received the official notice of approval from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation on the the Nassau County Vacation Rental Plan. Effective immediately, vacation rentals can begin accepting and welcoming reservations again.
Below are a list of resources to assist with implementing the new Nassau County Short-Term Vacation Rental Plan:
For assistance with the sourcing of cleaning supplies for your business, please contact the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce at (904) 261-3248 or info@NassauCountyFLChamber.com.
A plan for short-term rentals from the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners was sent to the State this morning.
County Manager, Mike Mullin, and Assistant County Manager, Taco Pope, met with the Tourist Development Council this morning to review a draft plan to be submitted to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations to reinstate short-term rentals in Nassau County.
The final plan was submitted at 11:04 this morning. A copy can be found attached below. CLICK HERE to download the documents. Once approval is received from the State, an Emergency Order will be issued to codify the plan.
After consultation with the City Commissioners and public safety officials,
The City of Fernandina Beach will re-open on-beach parking at Seaside Park (Sadler Road), effective at 6:00 A.M., Friday, May 8, 2020. Due to the likely heavy use at that area, visitors are strongly encouraged to maintain social distancing and employ personal protective measures as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Additionally, outdoor recreational facilities at Central Park (tennis, pickleball and petanque courts [and waterfront petanque courts]) and Main Beach (skate park) will be available for use at the same time.
The City's restroom facilities at Main Beach and Seaside Park will be opened and available for use on Friday, May 8. Under the terms of a Nassau County contract, the restrooms will be cleaned and maintained four times daily.
The challenges of overcoming the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic remain, and the local State of Emergency remains in effect to provide tools necessary to ensure the public health, safety, and welfare of the City of Fernandina Beach.
The community has taken great measures to mitigate the impact of Covid-19, and residents and visitors should continue those efforts.
Barnabas Receives Support From the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
As the major nonprofit safety net provider in Nassau County, Barnabas Center is responding to the needs of individuals and families in crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During this crisis, Barnabas Center is on the front lines for providing food to people in need in Nassau County. Many of our neighbors are being disproportionately affected by this crisis, especially those who are lower income, disabled, elderly, or unable to work due to business closures or layoffs.
The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Family nutrition program supports access to food for people in need. UF/IFAS will help support Barnabas Center with donations of needed supplies for its food distribution sites.
With recent business closures and job losses, the services that Barnabas provides to the community are more important than ever. Barnabas thanks UF/IFAS and other community partners for their support during these uncertain times. Through its food pantry, mobile food distributions, crisis assistance and medical services, Barnabas will strive to help those in crisis to help them remain healthy and stable.
For information about available assistance and eligibility, contact Barnabas at (904) 261-7000, or visit www.BarnabasNassau.org. For information about how to help or to make a donation, visit the website or contact Tania Yount, Chief Development Officer at (904) 261-7000 ext. 107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce has announced its services to assist workers who are left unemployed or unpaid due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
In partnership with Barnabas Center, the Chamber of Commerce has created a Workforce Assistance Program and Information Hotline. Individuals who need assistance with rent, utilities, food and other necessities may contact the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce office at (904) 261-3248 or via email info@NassauCountyFLChamber.com. Applicants may be eligible if work hours have been reduced due to Coronavirus, or if the workplace closes or instructs employees not to go to work, resulting in not being paid. Proof of Nassau County residency is required.
“Early in March, as the situation evolved, we recognized the need to serve as an information source for not only businesses but residents. We are in a unique position with outreach to the entire community and the knowledge, structure and resources to help” said Regina Duncan, President, Nassau County Chamber of Commerce.
As the surge of jobless claims continues to overwhelm the state unemployment office, the Chamber of Commerce began providing paper unemployment applications. Over the past 10 days, more than 1600 applications have been distributed and are still available outside of the Chamber of Commerce office, located at 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101-G, Fernandina Beach, Florida.
While the Chamber of Commerce hosts two hiring events each year, the April event has been postponed until further notice. However, job seekers are encouraged to continue to visit www.NassauCountyFLChamber.com for available job openings and resources.
For more information on the Workforce Assistance Program, Information Hotline, or any of the other programs offered by the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce, call (904) 261-3248 or email info@NassauCountyFLChamber.com.
On April 3rd, Osprey Village, a luxury senior living community on Amelia Island, announced the winners of the Silver Pen Scholarship Competition. The Silver Pen Competition has been hosted by Osprey Village’s parent company, The Maxwell Group, since 2012. The Maxwell Group has awarded over $275,000 to high school seniors to assist with their college costs. The goal of the competition is to bridge the communication gap between high school seniors and community Members.
The community Members at Osprey Village play an integral role as judges in the competition. “It’s a great scholarship opportunity, as local students write essays on a chosen topic and our Members get to read and judge the entries based on the set criteria” said Matthew Barger, Osprey Village’s executive director. “Our Members love participating and it’s a great way to connect with our local community”. This year, the essay topic chosen by Osprey Village was “In recent years trade schools have been increasingly popular and lucrative to the work force. In this essay please compare and contrast the outcome of receiving a four-year degree from a university or attending a trade school for a more hands on skill set.” . All entries were required to be written between 600 – 1000 words.
This year $3,750 in scholarships were awarded for the top three entries. Congratulations to:
1st Place Winner - Skye Black, Sonshine Christian Academy
2nd Place Winner - Jeremiah Giedrys, Fernandina Beach High School
3rd Place Winner - Sydney Krug, Camden County High School
The Silver Pen Competition is open to high school seniors who live or attend school within 25 miles of Osprey Village, employees of Osprey Village and their families, and community residents’ immediate family. Members at Osprey Village play two integral roles in the competition. The panel chooses the essay topic for the competition and once the essays are submitted, the panel gathers to judge the entries and choose a winner. To keep the competition fair, all personal identifiers (name, school, contact information) are redacted when the essays are submitted to the Maxwell Group. Each essay is then given a unique number and distributed for judging. Judges assess the essays based on research, insight and perspective, theme development, inspirational quality, meaningful personal connect, creativity and clarity of ideas.
To learn more about the Silver Pen Competition, visit www.silverpen-slc.com. Osprey Village, is an all-inclusive luxury retirement community with Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Rehab services. The community’s premier lifestyle helps Members live longer, healthier, happier lives.
For more information about Osprey Village, visit:
As the safety net organization for Nassau County residents in need, Barnabas Center is on the front line of helping residents in need during this crisis. The health and safety of our staff, volunteers and the community are our highest priority. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our food program operations have changed:
Food Pantry – We provide about a 3-day supply of food per household that may include produce, dairy, meat and nonperishable items.
For more information, please contact us at (904) 261-7000 or email@example.com. For your safety and others, please call us for a telephone pre-screening for crisis assistance, food stamp and/or medicaid applications before visiting our office.
Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival Announces Cancellation of April 26 Zukerman Trio Concert Due to Coronavirus Crisis
The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival today announced that the Zukerman Trio has canceled its April 26 performance at the Festival’s 2020 season finale. Refunds will be issued to ticketholders as soon as possible. The Zukerman Trio has been rescheduled for March 21, 2021 as part of the Festival’s twentieth anniversary season.
As previously reported, the Dover Quartet concert scheduled for April 17 and the free Dover Master Class for April 18 also have been canceled.
Christopher Rex, the Festival’s general and artistic director, said, “We deeply regret having canceled the second half of our 2020 season, but the health and safety of our patrons has been our number one priority amid the coronavirus pandemic. We are attempting to reschedule for our 2021 season several other artists unable to perform this year. We will be announcing the schedule for our 20th anniversary celebration in 2021 within the next few months. In the meantime, we hope all of our friends and supporters stay safe and healthy.”
The drawing for the 2020 C-Note Raffle prizes will be held as soon as current coronavirus restrictions are eased. The drawing will be conducted by the Festival’s president, general and artistic director and executive director, all of whom are not eligible to participate in the raffle.
About the AICMF
The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival is one of the nation’s most renowned music festivals. The Festival is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Visit us on Facebook.
As the community's go-to for signs, FASTSIGNS of Fernandina Beach has created signage to assist businesses during these trying times. See below for exterior signage, Social Distancing floor decals, and acrylic shields. The acrylic shields are lightweight, completely customizable, a fraction of the price when compared to permanent or glass shields, and made in Nassau County. These shields are designed to sit on top of the desk or counter surface of your business and can be moved to different locations as needed.
FASTSIGNS of Fernandina Beach is offering these products at 20% the standard retail price off for a limited time. For more information and to place your order today, call (904) 261-0340 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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