Join J.McLaughlin on Saturday, November 6th from 1:00-5:00 PM for their next Sip & Shop event. 15% of sales will benefit the Nassau County Humane Society.
J.McLaughlin is located at The Shops at Amelia Market, 4800 1st Coast Highway in Amelia Island, Florida. For questions or additional information, call (904) 572-3254 or email email@example.com.
The McArthur Family YMCA and the YMCA at Wildlight, in partnership with The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island's Community Tree Lighting, invites you to participate in the festivities and the opportunity to win great prizes in a chance drawing. Get your tickets today! Winners will be chosen during the event and need not be present to win. Proceeds will benefit members of our community by providing programs and services that promote youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
If you have time, please consider donating blood on Wednesday, November 10th. The OneBlood Big Red Bus will be in front of Rayonier, Inc. from 8:30am until 2:00pm.
All donors will receive a OneBlood Blanket and a $10 eGift Card! Plus a wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screening!
Appointments are suggested but walk-ups are welcome: https://www.oneblood.org/donate-now/donation-centers-list-select-time.stml?driveID=1023526.
Tips to a successful blood donation: Drink plenty of water regularly and 16 oz before your appointment. Also, eat a meal at least 2 hours before your donation; 10 days prior to donation include red meat in your diet (2-3 meals), and be sure to eat broccoli.
After donation: to avoid dizziness no heavy lifting or vigorous exercise the rest of the day, grab a healthy snack, and drink plenty of water.
Northeast Florida Regional Council Receives National Association of Development Organizations 2021 Impact Award
October 28, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC – The Northeast Florida Regional Council (NEFRC), based in Jacksonville, Florida, has received a 2021 Aliceann Wohlbruck Impact Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for the Northeast Florida COVID-19 Support, Recovery & Economic Resilience Planning.
The Northeast Florida Regional Council (NEFRC) responded to impacts caused by COVID-19 through a multi-layered approach to economic resilience and emergency preparedness which included developing a small business resource guide; producing REMI economic forecast reports; supporting more than 700 healthcare members across 18 counties; providing 460 hours of assistance to local emergency management departments; establishing the Northeast Florida Economic Resilience Task Force; and publishing a Northeast Florida COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan.
The NEFRC was directly responsible for the conceptualization, planning, coordination, and implementation of each of the individual activities included in this multi-layered process. Through dedicated staff roles, established regional programs, and successful regional partnerships, the NEFRC carried out each activity in its entirety. The NEFRC, which also serves as the designated Economic Development District (EDD) for Northeast Florida, was uniquely positioned to carry out the economic activities because of its access to Federal funding made available through the CARES Act. By leveraging this funding to further bolster existing programs and efforts, the NEFRC identified opportunities throughout the pandemic to enhance regional coordination, bring stakeholders from a wide array of backgrounds together, and develop actionable strategies to assist the region on the economic recovery journey that lies ahead.
NADO is a Washington, DC-based membership association of regional development organizations that promote programs and policies that strengthen local governments, communities, and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery, and comprehensive strategies. The association’s Impact Awards program recognizes regional development organizations and their partners for improving the economic and community competitiveness of our nation’s regions and local communities.
Award-winning projects were recognized during NADO’s 2021 Annual Training Conference, held in Portland, OR on October 16-19. The 2021 class of award recipients consists of 102 projects from 70 organizations spanning 24 states. These projects are presented in an interactive “Story Map” developed by NADO that includes project summaries, partners, and images. The Story Map is available online at: https://www.nado.org/2021_impactawards/.
“During the past 20 months, regional development organizations across the country have shown just how valuable they are in supporting the local communities they serve,” said 2019-2021 NADO President Kevin Byrd, executive director of the New River Valley Regional Commission, located in Radford, VA. “From COVID-19 response and recovery initiatives, to workforce and economic development projects, to social services programs and much more, the 2021 NADO Impact Awardees highlight the many ways our members work on the ground every day to improve quality of life in their regions.”
The NADO Impact Awards are presented in honor of the late Aliceann Wohlbruck who was NADO’s first executive director and served 24 years as a tireless champion for regional approaches to economic development in rural communities.
For more information about this award-winning project, contact Kate Haigh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 904-279-0880.
The NEFRC is an independent, regional government agency serving Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Putnam, Nassau and St. Johns counties. It provides a regional perspective toward growth management, economic development, emergency preparedness, resiliency, and community development to enhance the quality of life of Northeast Florida residents. For more information about the Northeast Florida Regional Council, visit www.nefrc.org.
Since 1967 the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) has provided advocacy, education, networking, and research for the national network of 540 regional development organizations. NADO members provide professional, programmatic, and technical assistance to over 2,300 counties and 15,000 municipalities.
Nassau Habitat for Humanity Reveals Plans at 'Kick-Off Breakfast' - Accepting Homeowner Applications
Nassau Habitat for Humanity
Submitted by Cindy Jacoby
October 26, 2021
On Saturday, October 16, 2021, the Board of Directors of Nassau Habitat for Humanity hosted a kick-off breakfast at the Peck Center for their volunteers, as they are commencing work on their second set of townhomes on Elm and Vernon Streets. About 30 people, including volunteers, board members and our newest Habitat homeowners, enjoyed treats provided by Diane’s Bakery while listening to presentations about the new building plans.
This build marks the beginning of phase two of the “6 on Elm” project, which includes three duplex townhomes, in a partnership with The Weaver Family Foundation and the Jacksonville Jaguars. The latest plans were unveiled at the breakfast.
The volunteers heard from NHFH Board Chair, Al Pertuz and Site Supervisor Gary Ruble who explained the project and answered questions. The audience was introduced to several new Habitat homeowners as well as the homebuyer of the current project.
“There is a renewed energy as we start this build, and we expect a record number of volunteers, donations and homeowner applications,” said Debby Ruble- NHFH Board Member.
Nassau Habitat is currently accepting applications for homeownership. If you would like more information or to find out how to donate or volunteer, please visit our website: https://www.nassauhabitatforhumanity.org/.
Nelson and Associates Insurance invites you to participate in the 1st Annual Parade of Trees! All Nassau County Businesses are welcome to participate in helping light up the community and blessing local children this Christmas.
If you are interested in learning more or would like to sponsor a tree in your business, the deadline to sign up is November 19th. For more information and to participate, email katie@NelsonAndAssociatesInsurance.com or call (904) 326-3288.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com.
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