Did you know the YMCA provides assistance for low income families, cancer survivors, and military families/ veterans? This is something that we recently learned, and helping others/giving back is at the core of what we do at Greenlight Graphics. They give thousands away every month to ensure those in the local community are receiving everything they need.
Your support would not only help your local community, BUT the people within that community who need it most!
NO DONATION IS TOO SMALL... EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS.
$25 provides support to those in financial need
$50 helps a child through sports
$100 helps one military child participate in Operation Hero Program
$1000 helps 1 cancer survivor reclaim help through live strong
5/22/23 @ 10:30 a.m.
Our pop-up Cat Café is back and this time, we’re bringing it to Hilliard! This is event is cosponsored by the Nassau County Public Library System and Nassau County Animal Services.
Grab a drink, read a book, and cuddle with friendly, adoptable felines! Tickets are $10 each for each person visiting with the cats and each ticket gives you one hour of reading and cuddling time. Reservations are required and can be made at www.nassaureads.com.
While we are looking for loving homes for the cats, adoption is not required to participate in the
All proceeds will benefit the Nassau County Public Library System and Nassau County Animal Care & Control.
Hilliard Library, 45821 County Road 108
Wednesday, June 21st beginning at 10:00 a.m. through Friday, June 23rd
Appointments are scheduled by the hour. Schedule yours at www.nassaureads.com.
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May 17, 2023 (Jacksonville, Fla.) – May is National Nurses Month, and Community Hospice & Palliative Care recognizes hardworking and compassionate nurses caring for terminally ill patients while providing support and spiritual care for patients and families. Community Hospice & Palliative Care nurses like Jenna provide their patients and families with compassionate care, respect, and professionalism.
Community Hospice & Palliative Care employs over 400 nurses who care for 1,300 patients a day. They perform a wide range of nursing activities for their patients while participating as a Community Hospice & Palliative Care interdisciplinary team member in providing advanced illness management and the best end-of-life care possible.
"We want to thank our compassionate and kind nurses for caring for our patients and families during their hospice journey," said Mary McElroy, Senior Vice President of Hospice Services. "Our nurses have been compassionate guides for each other and those they serve. This is their time to be recognized for their amazing gift, and we are truly grateful for every one of our nurses."
About Community Hospice & Palliative Care
Established in 1979, Community Hospice & Palliative Care is an innovative national leader in palliative and hospice care, as well as providing programs and services to meet the diverse needs of the communities it serves. During its 44-year history, through the support of more than 1,000 employees and 1,000 volunteers, the organization helps approximately 1,600 patients per day to live better with advanced illness – at home, in long-term care and assisted living facilities, in hospitals and at its 10 inpatient care centers. No one is ever denied care due to an inability to pay. To learn more about the support and services of Community Hospice & Palliative Care, visit CommunityHospice.com.
Pictured from left to right: Dan Snyder, West Nassau High School Principal, Natasha Drake, Nassau County School District Director of Secondary Education, Dr. John Avendano, FSCJ President, Alexandria Patti, Scholarship Recipient, Michael Bell, FSCJ District Board of Trustees Chair, Dr. Kathy Burns, Nassau County School District Superintendent, Lissa Braddock, Nassau County School District Board Member – District 5, Heather Eddy, West Nassau High School Counselor
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) presented a $1,000 scholarship to West Nassau High School Student Alexandria Patti on May 15. She was selected as the scholarship recipient after attending the College’s first-ever Nassau Takeover Day in April.
Representatives from Nassau County School District (NCSD), FSCJ and West Nassau High School were in attendance for the presentation. Attendees included NCSD Superintendent Dr. Kathy Burns, NCSD Board Member Lissa Braddock, NCSD Director of Secondary Education Natasha Drake, West Nassau High School Principal Dan Snyder and School Counselor Heather Eddy. FSCJ President John Avendano, Ph.D. and District Board of Trustees Chair Michael Bell were also there to celebrate the award.
Following her high school graduation, Alexandria plans to enroll in FSCJ’s Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree program this fall and work toward her goal of becoming a teacher.
Known as “the community’s college,” Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) exists to provide equitable, high quality, success-driven learning experiences for our diverse community of students. Serving more than 40,000 students and awarding close to 6,400 degrees and certificates on an annual basis, the College plays a significant role in supplying the region’s employers with a highly skilled, educated workforce.
Promoting childhood literacy across the Okefenoke REMC service area is the motivation behind OREMC’s $8,000 donation to Ferst Readers supporting chapters in Brantley, Camden, Charlton and Glynn counties in Georgia, and Baker and Nassau counties in Florida.
OREMC Manager of Member Services Dewayne Johns notes OREMC has been supporting Ferst Readers since Program Manager Michelle Maddox first worked to establish chapters locally over five years ago, “Ferst Readers is a program our general manager and board of directors is passionate about because promoting education is one of our founding principles, which in turn leads to workforce development, community and economic growth.” Unclaimed capital credits fund donations such as this, enabling OREMC to reinvest in its communities by supporting qualified organizations.
As Maddox explains, “Our goal is to get parents to read to their children by providing a developmentally appropriate book each month from birth to age five. Among low-income families, 61 percent do not have age- appropriate books for children. Ferst Readers works to close that gap by fostering a language-rich environment and promoting kindergarten readiness.”
The program is free to families living in participating communities, and every child under the age of five can be registered. Each month they will receive a new book, along with a parent newsletter that outlines activities, vocabulary and key outcomes related to the book. The additional materials help kids better connect their learning with what is being taught at school. Since the program’s founding in 1999, children who were Ferst Readers have demonstrated higher kindergarten readiness assessment scores and higher post-test gains among first graders. While there is no cost to families registered with Ferst Readers, the cost to fund the program per child is $36 a year.
Helping to strengthen its partnership with Ferst Readers, OREMC has also introduced OREMC Storytime. Each week a video is released on the co-op’s Facebook, Instagram and YouTube featuring OREMC employees, friends or Ferst Reader chapter coordinators reading a children’s book aloud. The complete OREMC Storytime library can be viewed on Okefenoke REMC’s YouTube channel or at https://bit.ly/42ntOdm.
For more information about Ferst Readers visit online at www.ferstreaders.org or contact Program Manager Michelle Maddox at 904-248-0165. You can also listen/watch OREMC’s interview with Maddox about Ferst Readers on the Plugged In podcast at https://youtu.be/S6adLqMI3z0.
Fernandina Beach, FL – Barnabas Center’s New to You Resale Stores is announcing its participation in the Spring Re-Fabulous Resale Tour, which will take place on Saturday, May 13th, from 10 AM to 4 PM. The event will be held at participating Resale Stores across Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island and Yulee. The customers who purchased $5 Resale Cards and visit each store will be entered into a drawing to win a gift card. Each location will feature a unique shopping experience for customers and refreshments.
The Spring Re-Fabulous Resale Tour is designed to showcase the wide variety of items available at local Resale Stores. Customers will have the opportunity to visit each store and discover new treasures, including clothing, furniture, home decor, and more. Each store will have special deals and discounts available exclusively for Resale Tour participants. Participating stores include Eight Flags Antique Market, Antiques & More, Barnabas New to You Resale Stores (Fernandina Beach and Yulee), Cat Angels, Fifi’s Fine Resale Apparel, Harlows, Ice House Antiques, Island Vintage Market, Nassau Humane Society Second Chance, NHS Second Chance Closet, Purple Dove Resale Center, The Resale Project, Resale Therapy, Trailer Park Collectibles and Wiggle Worms.
"We are thrilled to offer our customers a fun and exciting way to shop at our stores," said Jamie Reynolds, Barnabas Center President/CEO "The Spring Re-Fabulous Resale Tour is a great opportunity for customers to explore all of the local resale stores and find unique items at affordable prices while supporting local nonprofits."
Event proceeds will support; Barnabas Center, Cats Angels, Micah’s Place and Nassau Humane Society.
For more information about The Spring Re-Fabulous Resale Tour, please visit barnabasnassau.org/events/spring-re-fabulous-resale-tour or follow us on social media.
The budget process for Fiscal Year 2023/2024 is underway. Non-profit organizations that wish to apply for funding from the City of Fernandina Beach during this coming budget year are asked to complete an application, available on the City website: www.fbfl.us/finance.
Mail application to:
City of Fernandina Beach
Attn: Wanda Weaks
204 Ash Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32304
OR email application to: email@example.com
The submission deadline is May 31, 2023.
Questions may be addressed to the Finance Department: firstname.lastname@example.org or (904) 310-3331.
City staff and the City Commission will evaluate applications to determine appropriations.
The efforts of non-profit organizations are appreciated in making Fernandina Beach a better place to work and live.
Jacksonville, Fla. (May 5, 2023) – Family Support Services and their community partners will host an adoption finalization event on Friday, May 12, at the Duval County Courthouse. This family-focused afternoon will include final adoption ceremonies for more than 20 children and celebration of at least seven adoptive families ahead of Mother’s Day. Nearly 300 children are currently awaiting adoption in Duval and Nassau counties. The Honorable Judge Michael A. Kalil and Honorable Judge W. Collins Cooper, dependency court judges, will preside over these proceedings.
Over the past 20 years of service on the First Coast, FSS has supported permanency through adoption for more than 5,800 children. Events like the annual Mother’s Day adoption ceremonies highlight the need for more families willing to adopt children in our local foster care system.
Friday, May 12, 2023
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Participating media outlets should arrive no later than 1 p.m. to interview Family Support Services CEO & President Jenn Petion, Judge Michael Kalil and any participating families.
Please connect with an FSS liaison on site when you arrive for guidance on which children and families are permitted to appear on camera, to protect the privacy rights of children who are still in the system of care.
Duval County Courthouse
501 W. Adams Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
The need for foster and adoptive families exists throughout the year. For more information about how to foster or adopt a child in care, go to familysupport.org.
About Family Support Services (FSS) Duval & 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.
Come by the Rayonier building to donate blood on Wednesday, May 17, 2023; remember you can still help even if you can't donate, share this message with friends and family.
Make your appointment today; click the link: Mobile Blood Drive - Wednesday, May 17, 2023. Appointments get priority and be sure to bring your ID. All donors will receive a OneBlood T-shirt and a $20.00 eGift Card, and A wellness checkup includes blood pressure, pulse, temperature, iron count, and cholesterol screening.
FACT: A single-car accident victim can require 100 pints of blood
Tips for a successful donation:
You can still help even if you can't donate, share this message with friends and family. If you have concerns about giving blood, I encourage you to speak with a technician.
Local health insurance agency Nelson and Associates Insurance has partnered with the YMCA at Wildlight to host the 2nd Annual Health and Safety Expo in Nassau County.
Nelson and Associates Insurance is a health insurance agency offering quality, affordable healthcare coverage along with providing education, resources and community outreach. The Expo was born from an idea that CEO Kimberly Branham-Nelson had and was fueled by her passion for her community and her background in education.
The 1st Annual Health and Safety Expo proved to be a successful giveback, and with the help of volunteers, 30+ Non-Profit organizations, and Vendors, the collaboration was able to offer 131 FREE Sports Physicals, host 3 Community Fundraisers, and give out over 100 Bags of Food. Last year, the expo was hosted at the Northeast Florida Fairgrounds, however, this year, it has moved to a centralized location to better serve as a mid-point for all Nassau County residents.
This one-day event will be packed full of health and safety providers, resources, services, and local non-profit organizations offering valuable education sessions and tools for maintaining a safe and healthier you. In addition, the opportunity to meet the great community of Nassau County will be the focus of the event.
There are some new additions coming to this year’s Expo. The Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center's Buddy Bus will be set up for the event to conduct mobile mammograms. These must be scheduled in advance, as spots are limited. You can find full details on how to register HERE.
The Alzheimer's Association will also be sending one of their Brain Bus vehicles, and the YMCA of Wildlight will be offering a free class schedule on the day of the event. The schedule includes Bodypump (10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.), Zumba (10:35 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.), Body Combat (11:10 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.) and Body Balance (11:40 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.).
Nelson and Associates Insurance is grateful for the support of this year's expo sponsors, UFHealth of Jacksonville, YMCA Wildlight, Florida Blue and Millenium Physician’s Group. This is a resource for all ages. Come visit the vendor booths, learn about the resources provided by local nonprofits and enjoy delicious food trucks while you are there.
This Free, one-day event will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2023, at the YMCA at Wildlight from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Are You Interested in Becoming a Vendor at the Expo? Register Here.
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