Barnabas has been selected as a beneficiary of the Community Bag Program for the month of February.
The Winn-Dixie Community Bag Program, which launched in February 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work. Barnabas was selected as the February beneficiary of the program by store leadership at the Winn-Dixie in Fernandina Beach. Barnabas will receive a $1 donation every time the $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at this location during February, unless otherwise directed by the customer through the Giving Tag attached to the bag.
“We are so grateful to have been selected as the beneficiary of Winn Dixie’s Community Bag program in Fernandina Beach,” said Wanda Lanier, Barnabas President & CEO. “Not only does the program promote reuse and recycling, (a value we demonstrate through the operation of our resale store, which sells gently used items to support our food pantry, health services and crisis assistance programs) but the proceeds from the Community Bags program will provide much needed support to these important services that help our neighbors in need in Nassau County.”
Barnabas is a non-profit based in Fernandina Beach with the mission of providing help and hope to individuals and families in need in Nassau County to improve their stability, health, and well-being. Learn more about Barnabas by visiting www.BarnabasNassau.org.
For more information on the Community Bag Program, visit seg.bags4mycause.com.
Keep Nassau Beautiful wants to give away 500 free trees in celebration of Florida Arbor Day
Nassau County residents are invited to receive one or two 3-gallon trees at one of Keep Nassau Beautiful's free drive-through Adopt-A-Tree events in January 2021. To receive free trees, view the educational Tree Fact Sheets with explanations of all the tree species being offered and a YouTube video on proper tree planting and maintenance. When you use these resources, you will make note of the special validation code which you will place on the free trees reservation form. A few days after submitting the form, including the required validation code, you will receive your free tree voucher by email, one voucher for each tree you selected. Then drop by the drive-through event assigned to you and our volunteers will provide your tree(s) in exchange for the voucher and proof of residency.
Reserve your preferred tree species and pick-up location by REGISTERING HERE for one of the three drive-through Adopt-A-Tree events being offered to Nassau County residents:
Remember, to receive free trees at one of these three drive-through events, you need to complete these easy steps 72-hours prior to the event:
Contact: Kelley McCarter, Keep Nassau Beautiful Board Member, firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Volunteer to help distribute trees during our contactless, drive-through events. Choose one of the three locations to volunteer. Visit VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION
In celebration of Florida Arbor Day Keep Nassau Beautiful plans to distribute up to 500 free trees to Nassau County residents.
Nassau County, Florida, December 21, 2020. Beginning Saturday, January 16 and on subsequent Saturdays in January Keep Nassau Beautiful (KNB) volunteers and partner organizations will be holding three free-tree drive-through events where residents will pick-up one or two free trees to be planted in Nassau County.
Individuals, businesses, and organizations may reserve free trees by completing two easy steps; reviewing UF/IFAS tree fact sheets for the available species and viewing an educational video led by UF/IFAS Nassau County Extension. Once the on-line learning is complete residents will be ready to complete the reservation form to select their preferred tree species and pick-up location. Completion of the reservation form is required 72 hours prior to the drive-through event. Nassau County proof of residency and a KNB free-tree voucher are required to pick up one or two of our 3-gallon size trees. Residents are also asked to help the tree get its best chance at a healthy long life by following a watering schedule until the tree gets established.
Free tree drive-through events are scheduled as follows: Fernandina Beach, Saturday, Jan. 16, Callahan, Saturday, Jan. 23, and Yulee, Saturday, Jan. 30. All events will be held between 9am – Noon. Details and reservation form at https://keepnassaubeautiful.org/news-and-events/.
The project is being generously funded through dedicated grants, fundraising activities and private donations. Liberty Landscape Supply sponsors the supply of up to 7-species of trees for the drive-through events.
“Trees are essential to addressing the negative effects of climate change, maintaining wildlife habitat, retaining property values and providing aesthetic beauty,” said Kelley McCarter, KNB Board Secretary and Project Chair, “Keep Nassau Beautiful is looking forward to celebrating Florida Arbor Day with these free-tree drive-through events.”
For more information KNB@KeepNassauBeautiful.org or 904-261-0165.
Keep Nassau Beautiful, Inc. is working to inspire, educate, and equip individuals, groups, businesses and governments to take action to make Nassau County a place where residents, visitors and wildlife can thrive and experience the beauty of Nassau County. www.keepnassaubeautiful.org
Local Nonprofit Organizations Address Community Needs in Nassau County, Florida with Support from Rayonier
WILDLIGHT, Florida – Rayonier awarded $105,000 to more than 38 local nonprofit organizations to help address key community needs across Nassau County. Recipients of the award were recognized individually this year. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the annual special awards breakfast was canceled.
The recipients will use the funds to help meet a range of needs in the Nassau County community, including civic and cultural, educational, environmental, natural resources and health and human services programs.
From promoting active involvement of fathers in the lives of their children, to establishing new apprenticeship programs or helping students develop the skills they will need to prosper, the Rayonier Community Fund grants help give families the opportunity to thrive.
“I’m extremely proud to support the tireless work of these organizations to help the most vulnerable people in the County” said Mike Bell, Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications.
Altogether, in 2020 Rayonier, through the Rayonier Community Fund, plans to grant close to $310,000 across the United States. Approximately, one third of those funds will be distributed in Nassau County to the following organizations:
About Rayonier Rayonier (NYSE:RYN) is a leading timberland real estate investment trust with assets located in some of the most productive softwood timber growing regions in the United States and New Zealand. We own or lease under long-term agreements approximately 2.7 million acres of timberlands. We also act as the managing member in a private equity timber fund business with three funds comprising approximately 141,000 acres. We are More than trees because we recognize that our 90+ years of success in the timberland industry comes from our people, an empowering culture and the courage to constantly challenge “the way it’s always been done.” Get to know us at www.rayonier.com.
The City of Fernandina Beach, Department of Planning and Conservation will host a tree planting activity on Monday, December 21, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. This project demonstrates the City’s continued commitment to honoring community forestry and increasing its urban tree canopy. The tree planting will take place at the City of Fernandina Beach Housing Authority at 1300 Hickory Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.
A total of seventeen (17) trees are scheduled to be planted including a variety fruit trees. Tree planting will continue within the housing authority into 2021 as an effort to increase canopy coverage throughout the area. The plantings at this event will bring the City’s 2020 planting total to 205 trees. Funding was provided through the City’s Tree Trust Fund.
Did you know that trees are not just great for landscaping, but they also provide a variety of environmental, social, and economic benefits? If you are a city resident that would like a tree planted on your property please contact the City Arborist, Dave Holley at 904-574-1215. Dave can help you determine if a tree is suitable for your desired location; if so, the City will plant one at no cost to you.
For additional information or questions regarding trees within the City, please visit www.fbfl.us/367/Trees or contact your City Arborist by phone or email at email@example.com.
See below for a complete list of Drive-Through Food Assistance dates/times for January 2021. For more information about the Barnabas Center Mobile Food Distributions, please visit www.BarnabasNassau.org or call (904) 261-7000.
Amelia Island Montessori School, Waste Management and Keep Nassau Beautiful Kick-Off a Recycling Program
Amelia Island, FL (December 9, 2020) – Karl Schlobohm, Middle School Lead Educator, recently coordinated with Keep Nassau Beautiful (KNB) and Waste Management (formerly Advanced Disposal) to kick-off a school-wide recycling program at Amelia Island Montessori School.
Bryce Dukes, Route Manager for Waste Management, supported the school’s recycling program by providing bins for classrooms and recycling carts to consolidate and dispose of collected recyclables. Mr. Dukes and Lynda Bell, Executive Director for KNB, led an interactive educational program focused on the Do’s, Don’ts, and Why of recycling. For the safety of educators and students, the program was held in designated garden areas and classroom specific small groups. CDC safe distancing guidelines were followed. Waste Management Recycle Right learning materials were referenced for the training and are available at www.wm.com.
Keep Nassau Beautiful provided a leave-behind for each classroom as a reminder to reduce the use of plastic when possible. Each student was also given an age-appropriate book on the topic of reduce, reuse, recycle to enhance learning and encourage behavior change.
"In addition to our academic foundation that encourages exploration and self-discovery of complex learning concepts, we offer children an opportunity to develop a sense of stewardship for the world around them," said Diane van Lanen, Interim Head of School. "The recycling program is one way that our children can engage in practices that support our commitment to the environment and our local community."
About Keep Nassau Beautiful
Keep Nassau Beautiful, Inc. is working to inspire, educate, and equip individuals, groups, businesses, and governments to take action to make Nassau County a place where residents, visitors and wildlife can thrive and experience the beauty of Nassau County. www.keepnassaubeautiful.org.
Keep Nassau Beautiful thanks First Federal Bank for keeping Nassau County beautiful by removing election signs, litter, and debris from Sadler Road!
First Federal Bank participates in the Keep Nassau Beautiful Adopt A Road program. Their Adopt A Road signs are mounted on Sadler Road between 14th Street and Fletcher where the bank associates have committed to sponsoring roadway clean-up events to help keep Sadler Road clean and litter free.
Following safety guidelines for small group gatherings in the outdoors and for the safe collection of litter, the First Federal Bank team completed their 4th quarter cleanup event on Tuesday, November 24th.
“The team at First Federal Bank give back to the community by helping keep Sadler Road clean, green, and beautiful,” said Jules Ruppel, Keep Nassau Beautiful Program Manager.
First Federal Bank associates participate in an Adopt A Road clean-up event along Sadler Road.
Keep Nassau Beautiful, Inc. is working to inspire, educate, and equip individuals, groups, businesses and governments to take action to make Nassau County a place where residents, visitors and wildlife can thrive and experience the beauty of Nassau County.
Island Art Association, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, presents “A Seat at the Table” to raise much needed funds. Ten artistic repurposed chairs are for sale to benefit the philanthropic and educational mission of IAA. The chairs are displayed at the gallery or available to view online. They are sure to bring a smile to your face while supporting IAA. All bidding is online, accessed through IAA’s website. Bids are accepted through Saturday, November 14, 6 pm at which time winning bidders will be announced.
Times have been difficult for many, and "normal" is still being defined. IAA, a long time local non-profit arts cooperative, could use your help in navigating this new world. IAA works year round to secure quality arts vendors for the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, and its primary source of income has been lost due to festival cancellation.
IAA remains committed to the arts through its gallery and educational center, outreach displays, workshops, scholarships, and supplies for art education in schools. Donations of any amount are appreciated. Thank you for supporting IAA, as we support the arts in Nassau County.
P.O. Box 17251, Fernandina Beach FL 32035
Gallery and Education Center - 18 North 2nd St., Fernandina Beach FL 32034
10/13/20 @ 1:30 p.m. - At the Monday, October 12, 2020 meeting, the Board of County Commissioners approved Resolution No. 2020-166 declaring the week of October 18 through October 24, 2020 as Breast Cancer Awareness Week in Nassau County, and proclaiming Wednesday, October 21st as "Pink Day".
Resident and survivor, Jennifer Freeman Suggs, was in attendance to accept the Resolution. She was just 38 years old when she was diagnosed. She had her annual wellness exam just a few months prior and everything was normal at that time.
She stated, "I encourage everyone to do self-checks. Early detection is key... it could save a life. It saved mine". Ms. Suggs stated that she will share and help anyone else battling breast cancer. Click here to learn more about Ms. Suggs' journey through her FaceBook page, Jen's Fight Club.
All Nassau County residents are encouraged to wear pink on Wednesday, October 21st to promote breast cancer awareness and to remind everyone of the value of early detection.
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