Community Spirit

Orange Park Community Theatre Performance Benefits Area’s Abused, Abandoned and Neglected Children

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Orange Park Community Theatre on Sept. 26 will present a special performance of the play “Hotbed Hotel” by Michael Parker with all proceeds going to help local children in crisis.

Proceeds from the event will go directly to Voices for Children of the First Coast, a nonprofit organization that helps kids through the Guardian ad Litem program for the Fourth Circuit, including Clay, Duval and Nassau counties. The Guardian ad Litem program provides trained volunteers to represent the best interests of neglected and abused children as such cases go through the court system.

When: Thursday, Sept. 26 | Refreshments available at 7 p.m. and the play begins at 8 p.m.

CarbuX Car Wash Provides More Than 300 Free Car Washes on Veterans Day

CarbuX Car Wash Provides More Than 300 Free Car Washes on Veterans Day

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – CarbuX Car Wash provided veterans and military personnel with 302 free car washes  —complete with red, white and blue soap — on Nov. 11 to honor these men and women for their service. All three CarbuX Car Wash locations offered the free car washes as part of the international Grace for Vets program.

Communities In Schools of Jacksonville CEO Jon Heymann Wins National Dropout Prevention Award

Communities In Schools of Jacksonville CEO Jon Heymann Wins National Dropout Prevention Award

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Communities In Schools of Jacksonville CEO Jon Heymann is one of two individual winners in the United States to win the National Dropout Prevention Network (NDPN) Crystal Star Award of Excellence in Dropout Recovery, Intervention and Prevention. Heymann accepted the award at the 24th Annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference luncheon on Oct. 16 in Orlando, Fla.

Local Conference Seeks to Nurture Blooming Community Gardens Trend on the First Coast

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Today’s tough economy, combined with an increasing focus on eating healthy and organic foods, have made community gardening one of the hottest trends in urban areas across the country.

Second Harvest North Florida and Friends of Northeast Florida Community Gardens are working together to nurture that trend in Jacksonville. They are collectively sponsoring the inaugural Northeast Florida Community Gardens Conference on Nov. 3.

Brunet-García Accepting Grant Applications

Applications for Brunet-García’s third annual re:solveSM initiative are now available online. re:solveSM is the Brunet-García grant program that gives charitable organizations the opportunity to engage the agency’s pro-bono marketing, advertising and public relations services.

Young Breast Cancer Survivors Group Receives Final Investing In You Grant

Young Breast Cancer Survivors Group Receives Final Investing In You Grant

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – The Young Survivors Group at the Women’s Center of Jacksonville will be able to continue to help young breast cancer survivors thanks to a recent $1,000 grant won through Community First Credit Union’s Investing in You contest. The grant will help secure a location for monthly meetings, provide educational materials and fund outreach efforts for the Young Survivors Group.

New Autism Support Group to Launch through Grant from Community First Credit Union

New Autism Support Group to Launch through Grant from Community First Credit Union

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Parents of autistic children will soon have a supportive environment in which to share their feelings, ideas and treatment options, thanks to a $1000 Investing In You grant from Community First Credit Union. The grant will help launch The S.T.A.R. group, named for the benefits the group will bring its members: support, teaching, advocacy and respect.