October 18, 2021
North Florida Land Trust
The donor has committed $500,000 to help the nonprofit pay back a loan used to purchase the properties
Jacksonville, Fla., Oct. 15, 2021 – North Florida Land Trust is one step closer to raising the money they need to pay off a loan used to purchase a portion of the Little NaNa Dune System in American Beach. An anonymous donor has committed $500,000 to NFLT to help pay back the loan taken out to purchase three parcels to keep them free from development and to protect the natural landscape of the historic town. The anonymous donation, donations from the community and a challenge grant issued by the Delores Barr Weaver Fund which has recently been met have brought NFLT closer to the $1.305 needed. The nonprofit must raise $150,000 more to reach its fundraising target.
“We are very grateful to the donor for giving us this large sum to get us closer to our goal. We also thank all others who have stepped up to help, especially the Delores Barr Weaver Fund,” said Jim McCarthy, president of NFLT. “Protecting this land was very important to maintain the history and culture of American Beach and to protect the natural landscape. It is an important habitat for gopher tortoises and migrating birds. We are asking individuals, businesses, foundations and other organizations to donate to help us raise the remaining money needed to pay off the loan and reach our goal.”
Protecting this portion of the Little NaNa Dune connects the 1.55 acres to the 8.5- acre NaNa Dune, the tallest dune in Florida which was added to the National Park Service’s Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve in 2004. NFLT closed on the three properties in January of this year and was given one year to raise the money to pay off the loan. NFLT typically fundraises and has the money in place before the acquisition but the agreement with the property owners required NFLT to close on the parcels within 90 days.
NFLT has been raising money through the Amelia Forever campaign which was created in 2019 to preserve the remaining natural spaces on Amelia Island. To donate, visit www.nflt.org/ameliaforever or send a check to North Florida Land Trust with the memo: Amelia Forever to 843 W Monroe Street, Jacksonville FL 32202. For more information about giving, contact the NFLT office at 904-479-1967 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Beach was founded in 1935 to give African Americans access to a beach during the days of segregation. In 2002, the original beach property was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and the American Beach Museum opened in 2014.
About North Florida Land Trust
North Florida Land Trust is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to protect the natural resources, historic places and working lands (farms and ranches) throughout north Florida. Founded in 1999, NFLT has preserved tens of thousands of acres of land through donation or purchase of land as well as conservation easements. NFLT is funded largely by private and corporate contributions and works closely with willing landowners and public agencies at all levels of government, not-for-profit partners, and foundations. For more information, visit nflt.org.
Thursday, November 4th, 2021, is a special day for Keller Williams Realty on Amelia Island.
It’s the day they hold their 9th Chili Cook-off to support local charities, from 11am – 1pm, at the Keller Williams Realty location.
100% of this year’s proceeds will be donated to Nassau County 1st Responders in honor of Nassau County Sherriff’s Deputy, Joshua Moyers. This includes the Nassau County Sheriff’s Department, City of Fernandina Beach Police Department, and area Fire & Rescue.
Each $10 ticket includes the tasting of each Chili in the competition, (vote for your favorite), as well as Lunch with a bowl of Chili, sides and fixins', beverage, dessert and 1 raffle ticket.
You may even get a chance to meet 1st responders and see emergency vehicles. It doesn't get any better than that!
Tickets are available from any Keller Williams Realty, Amelia Island Agent, at their office and event location, (Keller Williams Realty, 4800 1st Coast Hwy, Suite #230 - just 2 doors down from Harris Teeter Grocery Store). You can also get a ticket at the door on the day of the event - or just drop by anytime to donate to this important cause.
Additional raffle tickets are available at the event as well and you do not need to be present to win. Prizes may be picked up in the following days when you display the winning ticket.
A small sample of raffle prizes: Ladies Leather Croc Style Braham Handbag, valued at over $450, Bourbon and BBQ Basket valued at over $200, tickets to area attractions, restaurant gift cards, artwork and so much more, for a total of more than $1000 in raffle prizes!
Keller Williams Realty, Amelia Island is a proud Community Supporter.
Nassau County Council on Aging
By Communication Director
October 13, 2021
Nassau County Council on Aging (NCCOA) will benefit from some Buckeye volunteerism when Seaman Corporation, headquartered in Wooster, Ohio, travels to Amelia Island for its annual corporate meeting, Oct. 26. Volunteers will work on landscaping projects at 1901 Island Walk Way in Fernandina Beach, and make holiday wreaths for local seniors. Several wreaths will also be included in NCCOA’s “A Glimpse of Tuscany” Silent Auction, Dec. 4-11.
The local community is invited to participate in the wreath-making project. All supplies will be furnished by Seaman Corporation. If you’re interested in helping make wreaths for local seniors, contact Margo Morlock, Volunteer Manager, 904-775-5490, or email@example.com, by Wednesday, Oct. 20.
Seaman Corporation encourages associates to volunteer and offers volunteer time off during the year. To support this initiative and also promote team building during the annual meeting, the company reached out to the United Way of Northeast Florida in the host community for volunteer options. Seaman Corporation selected NCCOA since the agency offered a good mix of activities for the group.
“We are thankful to be selected for volunteer support from Seaman Corporation, and are looking forward to hosting their associates on our beautiful island,” said Janice Ancrum, NCCOA President & CEO.
Raymond Pace, Vice-President/GM for Industrial Fabrics at Seaman Corporation, said, “While we routinely give back in our own communities, having our team together in Nassau County offers a unique opportunity and we’re proud to support NCCOA while we are here.”
Seaman Corporation is known worldwide for the production of high-value, high-performance fabrics. With additional manufacturing in Bristol, Tennessee, these innovative, high- performance coated fabrics can be found in a number of markets, including geomembrane liners, architectural structures, truck tarps, military fabrics and roofing membranes. Seaman Corporation is committed to superior customer service and satisfaction.
Nassau County Council on Aging
By Liz Dunn
October 11, 2021
Join Nassau County Council on Aging (NCCOA) as we collect gifts for Nassau County seniors to help make their holidays a little brighter. In the midst of COVID-19, many seniors have been without family and friends for the past two years…and could use some good cheer!
Please drop off new, unwrapped gifts at the Janice Ancrum Senior Life Center, 1901 Island Walk Way in Fernandina Beach no later than Friday, December 3. Suggested items include: Non-slip socks or slippers; blankets/throws; calendars; bath robes; bath towels/wash cloths; dish towels; pill organizers; toiletry items; liquid soap; tissues; toilet paper; hand sanitizer; Q-tips; face wipes; brushes/combs; nail files; postage stamps; battery-operated candles/flashlights; batteries (all sizes); first aid kits; coloring books for seniors, colored pencils, jigsaw puzzles, large-print playing cards/word searches; and gift cards from Publix, Harris Teeter, Winn-Dixie, Walmart and/or Target.
Monetary donations are also appreciated. Make your check payable to Nassau County Council on Aging and specify “Santas for Seniors” in the memo section. You may mail your check to NCCOA, 1901 Island Walk Way, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.
If you would like to take part in our volunteer gift wrapping party in mid-December or if you have any questions, please contact Margo Morlock, NCCOA Volunteer Manager, at 904-775-5490 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
10/1/21 10:15 a.m.
Each year, the Nassau County Extension Office, in conjunction with the University of Florida, hosts a Peanut Butter Challenge to celebrate Florida's agriculture and feed the hungry. Below is a post from the County Extension Office announcing the 2021 Peanut Butter Challenge event.
Post from Dr. Taylor Clem:
It's October 1st, which means it is time to kick off the 2021 Peanut Butter Challenge. We'd like to thank Nassau County's Commissioner Thomas Ford for stopping by the office and donating this year's FIRST peanut butter donation!
Peanuts are a major agricultural commodity in Florida and peanut butter is highly nutritious, which makes it a valuable item in helping fight hunger. Join us this year as we celebrate Florida's agriculture and fight hunger with your donations of peanut butter.
Drop off your peanut butter donations to one of four locations starting now through November 23. Thanks to all our friends, neighbors, and partners for helping with this project! How much do you think we could collect and donate this year?
If you have any questions, please contact the County Extension Office at (904) 530-6350.
Public Information Officer
Submitted by Alexandra Winsor
September 30, 2021
Barnabas Center recently received two grants totaling $10,000 and gift cards valued at $2,000 from Publix Super Markets and Publix Super Markets Charities to support the agency’s food programs.
The donations enable Barnabas to provide much-needed food for the food pantry and mobile food distributions throughout Nassau County to help people in need, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, one of the grants represents a platinum sponsorship for Barnabas’ 8th annual Empty Bowls fundraising EXTRAVAGANZA coming up on November 12th.
In the last year, Barnabas provided food to 14,000 men, women and children who are food insecure or experiencing hunger. Thanks to its supporters, including Publix Super Markets Charities, Barnabas is helping to address hunger in Nassau County.
For more information about Publix, please visit the company website at www.publixcharities.org.
For more information about Barnabas’ programs, please visit www.BarnabasNassau.org.
Starting Point Behavioral Health
CEO Laureen Pagel, Ph.D.
September 29, 2021
Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare awarded grants to teach teen Mental Health First Aid in every Nassau County High School 10th grade classroom
Yulee, Fla: Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare announced it was awarded grants from Baptist Health and the Community Foundation of Northeast Florida to offer teen Mental Health First Aid at every public high school in Nassau County, FL. This project will expand the partnership between Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare and the Nassau County School District after the success of its pilot program in Fernandina Beach High School.
“We all want the best for our kids and our community,” said Laureen Pagel, CEO at Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare. “Mental health is one of the pieces to the puzzle that is often overlooked. Our teen Mental Health First Aid pilot program at Fernandina Beach High School was such a success that we knew we had to offer this curriculum county wide. We are thankful to Baptist Health, the Community Foundation, and the Nassau County School District, for their support in changing mental health outcomes for Nassau County high schoolers.”
This round of funding will be used to train the entire grade level of 10th grade students in each Nassau County High School during the 2021-2022 school year. The project has two primary objectives:
To date, Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare has trained 163 high school students in teen Mental Health First Aid. Thanks to the funding provided by Baptist Health and the Community Foundation of Northeast Florida, 1,200+ students will be certified in the curriculum at the end of the 2021-2022 school year.
About teen Mental Health First Aid
Teen Mental Health First Aid teaches high school students about common mental health challenges and what they can do to support their own mental health and help a friend who is struggling. It’s equipping young people with the knowledge and skills they need to foster their own wellness and to support each other. To learn more, please visit https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/population-focused-modules/teens/.
About Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare
Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare provides mental health and substance abuse treatment services to children, teens and adults in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. The non-profit agency serves more than 3,000 individuals each year and has been serving the region for more than 29 years. Starting Point is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). For more information, please visit www.spbh.org.
Submitted by Alexandra Winsor
September 28, 2021
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 medical and dental care.
Food Assistance: We provide about a 3-day supply of food per household that may include produce, dairy, meat and nonperishable items. – For more information about our food programs, visit www.BarnabasNassau.org.
Upcoming Food Distributions with Feeding Northeast Florida:
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.
Residence Inn Amelia Island
Submitted by Justin Taylor
Director of Sales & Marketing
September 20, 2021
With the help of their generous staff, the Residence Inn Amelia Island donated several school supplies for the Nassau County Teacher Depot.
The Teacher Depot was created out of necessity by the Nassau County School District to provide teachers with classroom essentials that enhance student learning. The supplies are donated by businesses and other community members to allow teachers the opportunity to pick up supplies as needed throughout the year at no cost to them.
In August, the Residence Inn held a teacher supply drive in which many employees and hotel guests contributed to support our local educators. If you would like to donate supplies for the Teacher Depot, contact Connie at email@example.com.
Proof of Nassau County, FL residency and pre-reservation required
Nassau County, Florida, September 15, 2021. Beginning Saturday, October 2 and on alternating Saturdays in October, 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 these easy steps; reviewing UF/IFAS tree fact sheets for the available species and viewing an educational video led by UF/IFAS Nassau County Extension former Director, Mrs. Becky Jordi. Once the on-line learning is complete residents will be ready to complete the Free Tree 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 completion of the reservation form is required the day of the event 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: Callahan, Saturday, Oct. 2, Yulee, Saturday, Oct. 16, and Fernandina Beach, Saturday, Oct. 30. All events will be held between 9am – 11am. 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. In partnership, the City of Fernandina Beach is providing free trees for residents of the City of Fernandina Beach. Liberty Landscape Supply sponsors the supply of the 4-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 Beautification Committee member, “Keep Nassau Beautiful is looking forward to helping residents enhance their personal environment 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
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