Community Hospice & Palliative Care will be offering a new grief webinar called Understanding and Navigating Through Grief that is being held this Thursday, June 18th then Monday, June 22nd then again twice in early July. Please click the link on the flyer below to register.
Community Hospice & Palliative Care will also continue to offer the Coffee and Conversation video group for anyone grieving the death of a loved one. This is a weekly video session that starts with a brief presentation about an aspect of grief by a bereavement counselor and a discussion with all involved. This is mutual support and education. Please call (904) 407-6464 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to register. Community Hospice & Palliative Care will send you easy to follow instructions on how to connect to the meeting through video chat or phone. Participants can also call in with a cell phone or land line.
The Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida's fourth installment of the 2020 Local Focus. Lasting Impact.™ Moments Recognition is dedicated to The Arc Nassau. The Arc Nassau created an innovative component to their Job-a-Palooza event that matches employers with future employees who have disabilities. The student participants in this event were selected through a partnership with the Nassau County School District.
The 11 local and regional employers who participated in Job-a-Palooza provided performance task demonstrations of essential job functions, and the student participants were then invited to demonstrate their skills by completing the same job task. This event was the first of its kind in Nassau county and is designed to address some of the communication barriers that individuals with disabilities might face in a traditional job interview or job fair environment by providing skills-focused interactions and peer mentors for the student participants.
The Arc Nassau
The Arc Nassau plans to expand this program next year and they have already received inquiries from new business partners who are interested in hiring people with disabilities. In addition to expanding the program next year, The Arc Nassau is developing a partnership with the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce and Nassau County School District to connect students pursuing work opportunities directly to employers.
“By using student peer mentors as guides during the Job-a-Palooza event and a performance-based job fair rather than a networking-based job fair, our goal is to reduce some of the barriers students with disabilities might face when seeking employment. Job-a-Palooza allowed us to break down some preconceived notions of abilities with local employers. This new annual event will continue to provide a creative way to open more employment opportunities for the individuals we serve.” Paul Bussell, Executive Director, The Arc Nassau.
About the 2020 Local Focus. Lasting Impact.™ Moments Recognition Program. This post is the fourth in our 2020 Local Focus. Lasting Impact.™ series. Through this program, The Nonprofit Center will recognize a total of seven local nonprofit organizations for their programs and services that have created a lasting impact in our community.
Check out previous winner announcements here:
Week 1 – Youth Crisis Center, COVID-19 Innovation
Week 2 – Feeding Northeast Florida, COVID-19 Collaboration
Week 3 – Ability Housing, Social Innovation
In 2011, the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida and the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, partnered to create the the Local Focus. Lasting Impact.™ initiative to help nonprofits connect with the community and each other. The initiative includes marketing materials for nonprofits to use as well as the signature awards program to highlight the achievements of nonprofits in the Northeast Florida area.
In 2020, due to the unique circumstances created by COVID-19, The Nonprofit Center expanded the program to recognize five Local Focus. Lasting Impact.™ moments in addition to two Local Focus. Lasting Impact.™ awards in the categories of Collective Power and Social Innovation. Each of the five organizations recognized with the 2020 Local Focus. Lasting Impact.™ Moments received a $750 cash award, sponsored by Jessie Ball duPont Reflective Practice Endowment Fund at The Community Foundation For Northeast Florida. The Collective Power and Social Innovation award winners each received a $1,250 cash prize, sponsored by Florida Blue, a documentary film donated by WJCT, and an additional cash prize of $1000 to create and deliver a Learning Lab, sponsored by Community First Credit Union.
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.
Amid COVID-19 Crisis, Rayonier Advanced Materials’ Charitable Foundations Contribute Over $160,000 To Local Nonprofits
Apr. 30, 2020-- Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Rayonier Advanced Materials (NYSE: RYAM) through its two independent charitable foundations in the U.S. and Canada contributed over $160,000 to 23 local nonprofits that are addressing community needs in rural Florida, Georgia, Ontario and Quebec.
“Weathering this crisis means pulling together,” said Paul Boynton, President and Chief Executive Officer at Rayonier Advanced Materials. “It’s our responsibility to help our neighbors in need. These nonprofits are doing critical work assisting those who need it most. The Company and its employees are proud to support them.”
The local nonprofits organizations were selected according to their mission and need. RYAM worked with local governments to identify nonprofits that reach the most vulnerable residents during this difficult time. Some of the selected organizations offer food assistance to residents, while others serve senior citizens, provide mental health services or shelter victims of domestic abuse.
“We know these gifts will make a difference,” said Jay Posze, President of the RYAM foundations, “not only by providing these deserving nonprofits with some much-needed assistance, but also by spotlighting the truly indispensable work they do. We hope others are encouraged to give as well.”
RYAM’s lending partner, CoBank, a national cooperative bank serving vital industries across rural America, is also providing $10,000 in additional funds through its 2020 Sharing Success program for selected organizations—which provides dollar-for-dollar matches of donations by eligible customers to nonprofit organizations in rural communities across the country.
“Over many years, we have found that the most impactful way for CoBank to deploy charitable funds is to do so in partnership with customers, employees and other Farm Credit institutions,” said Tom Halverson, CoBank’s president & chief executive officer. “That is the approach we have adopted with COVID-19. We appreciate the opportunity to partner with Rayonier Advanced Materials to support these important relief efforts."
Wayne County, GA
Wayne County Family Connections
Good Samaritan Center
Fair Haven Shelter
Nassau County, FL
Council on Aging
Salvation Army Hope House
Quebec and Ontario
Association Place au Soleil
Nipissing Transition House
Samaritain du Nord
Fondation du Centre
Table des aînés
Corporation de la maison
Kapuskasing Food Bank
Cochrane Food Bank
Chapleau Food Bank
The Table Food Bank
Salvation Army Huntsville
About Rayonier Advanced Materials
Rayonier Advanced Materials is a global leader of cellulose-based technologies, including high purity cellulose specialties, a natural polymer commonly found in filters, food, pharmaceuticals and other industrial applications. The Company also manufactures products for lumber, paper and packaging markets. With manufacturing operations in the U.S., Canada and France, Rayonier Advanced Materials employs just over 4,000 people and generates approximately $1.8 billion of revenues. More information is available at www.rayonieram.com.
By: Dr. Kathy Burns, Superintendent of Schools
Where would we be without teachers? Without teachers there would be no other profession! The influence of a great teacher is lifelong. If you don’t believe it, ask a child, a middle-aged person, or a senior citizen who their favorite teacher was, and they will respond without hesitation. The response usually includes a story about why that teacher holds a special place in their heart. It’s often been said that teachers affect eternity and you never know where their influence will end. The week of May 4th is Teacher Appreciation Week. This year, more than ever before, let’s take the time to thank our teachers. When the 2019-2020 school year started, no one could have ever predicted what teaching and learning would look like in the final weeks of the year. But… because teachers are teachers, in just a few short days, they made the transition to distance learning. Over the past few weeks, we have received emails, calls, notes, and messages about our teachers going above and beyond for their students. The halls may be empty, the classroom may have moved, but one thing will not change…teachers will never stop teaching, caring, sharing, giving, and going the extra mile to make a difference in the life of their students. Thank you, Nassau County Teachers, for doing your best work during this challenging time.
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!
Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in multiple ways, including providing telehealth appointments for those who need help with mental illness, a mental health crisis, or overuse of substances. To help fund these outreach programs for our community, Starting Point is joining the Giving Tuesday Now initiative and asking community members to support our agency on Tuesday, May 5.
#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 – in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec 1, 2020 #GivingTuesday – as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.
At a time when we are all experiencing the pandemic, generosity is what brings people of all races, faiths, and political views together across the globe. Generosity gives everyone power to make a positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value anyone can act on. It’s a day for everyone around the world to stand together and give back in all ways, no matter who or where we are.
You can donate online at https://www.spbh.org/support-us/.
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 email@example.com.
You can still help from home!
We want to make sure everyone is staying safe and following the guidelines set forth by the authorities, but wanted to provide our supporters ways they can help while doing so. We hope to spread positivity not only to the survivors we serve, but our community as a whole.
What a better way to do so than encouraging our readers to shop locally! Our community is so kind and generous that we felt the least we could do is pay it forward by collaborating with small business owners in our community.
Our friends at Villa Villekula Toy Store, Story & Song Bookstore and Amelia Island Soapery have joined forces with us to create a network of giving to the survivors of domestic violence in Nassau County! Each of these locally owned businesses have worked with us to create wishlists and gift sets for you to shop from home. Together, we will take care of delivering these items to those living in our shelter.
The items needed most right now are sanitation supplies and paper products that are not readily available to a majority of the public, so we wanted to focus on items that can spread joy and happiness, giving survivors a chance to escape, just for a moment, from reality.
Micah's Place strives to empower survivors to embrace self care, find things that help them cope and to be present with their children-- we hope that through this you can help us do just that.
If you have any questions regarding the above information, feel free to reply to contact Micah's Place Outreach Director, Cassie Ott at 904-432-3470.
Meridian Waste, an integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services company, is hosting an Earth Day-themed coloring contest, “Brightening the World” for children ages 5-10 to help keep them stimulated while spending more time at home.
The purpose of the “Brightening the World” coloring contest is to introduce the concept of Earth Day and how waste management plays a major role in the health and safety of our communities. Meridian Waste is providing this free contest for children creating an activity to participate in while schools are closed and they’re spending more time at home.
The contest has two age categories for children to participate in with specific coloring sheets for the age groups 5-7, and 8-10. Coloring sheets will be available for download for children to create their art, and for upload via JPG/photo or PDF to participate in the contest. There is no purchase necessary, and the contest is open to children of Meridian Waste customers and non-customers alike.
The contest is open from March 23 - April 15, 2020. The winners will be announced on the website on April 22, with prizes mailed in late-April 2020.
Children across the United States are eligible to win. The contest takes place online. Official Rules, coloring sheets, and more information on how to submit your art can be found at https://www.MeridianWaste.com/Earthday
“We wanted to help out communities, and people with young children at home, over the next few weeks by giving them something fun and positive on which to focus. Proper solid waste management is an important part of our collective effort to keep our neighborhoods and the greater community clean & green.” said Meridian Waste CEO Wally Hall.
This contest is designed to give children and their caregivers an outlet to participate in by focusing on the greater good of being considerate to Mother Earth. Proper disposal of trash and recycling materials starts at home.
These efforts reinforce Meridian Waste’s commitment to the communities they serve by proving the simple joy of children coloring while utilizing green efforts with the download of the coloring sheets and the upload of the artist’s submission.
For more information, please visit https://www.MeridianWaste.com/Earthday
Compass Self Storage Offers Two Months of Free Rent to Essential Businesses & Organizations Assisting in the Supply Chain for COVID-19
Compass Self Storage, a member of the Amsdell family of companies with self storage locations across the United States, is offering two months' rent free for essential service businesses and organizations assisting in the supply chain to fight the global health pandemic.
"We commend the many different types of organizations that are doing their part to support the critical supply chain during these challenging times. Many have ramped up production and quickly changed to adapt to the current conditions. We can do our part to help by offering storage space at a reduced cost to these essential businesses and organizations that may need temporary storage space quickly," stated Todd Amsdell, President.
For the safety of their employees and customers, Compass Self Storage is offering remote leasing at this time. Customers can call and store teams can complete the leasing process without having face-to-face contact. Compass Self Storage is taking extra precautions to closely follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other local and national health organizations. They are increasing the frequency of regularly scheduled cleanings and sanitization efforts across their stores. They are also recommending employees take precautionary health measures, including frequent hand washing and staying home when sick.
The two-month rent-free offer applies to new customers and is a limited-time offer subject to availability. Find the location nearest you at www.compassselfstorage.com.
Compass Self Storage offers a full line of moving and packing supplies, as well as moving service options, to make it a one-stop solution for anyone moving their home or needing extra storage space for their business. Compass Self Storage strives to make the storage experience streamlined and stress free by employing knowledgeable team members who help guide the customer through the entire process.
The Amsdell family of companies (Amsdell Companies) is headquartered in Cleveland, OH. Amsdell draws its roots from the family owned construction company founded in 1928 and has since been active in several billions of dollars worth of real estate ventures with a primary focus on self storage. As industry pioneers, Amsdell has owned and operated over 500 storage centers under various trade names in over 27 states. With over 85 years of doing business, the Amsdell team has extensive experience in property acquisition, construction and property management. Please visit www.amsdellcompanies.com and www.compassselfstorage.com for more information.
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