This week, our nation reflected upon the sacrifices of the heroes who laid down their lives in service to our nation. As Americans, we can advance a purpose beyond our own individual interests by helping those in need. By donating a few hours of time on an annual, monthly or weekly basis, we can make a difference. Volunteer activities unite us in a shared service mission and help to build stronger, healthier communities.
Step into service this summer with one of the following featured opportunities:
- Lighthouse Volunteers (St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum) – Share our local history with students and visitors.
- Care Connection Volunteers (Council on Aging) – Assist seniors with basic home repairs and other needs.
- Advocates & Recovery Techs (St. Augustine Humane Society) Help local pet owners and their pets by volunteering in the SAHS clinic.
- Direct Patient Care Volunteers (Community Hospice & Palliative Care) Provide support to hospice patients and their families.
- Senior Program Volunteers (Pie in the Sky) Pack and deliver fresh produce to local seniors.
- Adult Literacy Tutors (Learn to Read) Work with adults to improve their reading skills.
- Site Coordinators (Blessings in a Backpack) Supervise a Friday food distribution service at local schools.
- Pet Peace of Mind Volunteers (Haven – St. Augustine) Support hospice patients by helping take care of their beloved pets.
View the full details of these and other opportunities online at StJohnsVolunteers.org
Joe Gordy was recently honored at retirement celebrations highlighting his leadership over 37 years of service as CEO of Flagler Hospital. As a result of his professional leadership, Flagler Hospital has significantly expanded its facility, added new services, earned numerous quality awards and has been consistently recognized as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals. Joe Gordy served as Chairman of the St. Johns County School District and Chair of the St. Johns County Economic Development Council. He supported the creation of the Flagler Hospital Academy of Medical & Health Careers at Pedro Menedez High School. His leadership legacy also includes founding two community service organizations: INK! (St. Johns County Education Foundation) and St. Johns Volunteers! A special video, “Honoring a Legacy of Leadership,” was produced for the Flagler Health Care Foundation Gala on May 19. (Photo credit: Christina Kelso, St. Augustine Record.)
St. Johns Volunteers! is a 501-c-3 organization whose operations are supported by individual donors and Business Partners who are champions of volunteerism in St. Johns County.
- Florida Power & Light (FPL). Mike Garman and Jim Bush of FPL recently presented a special donation to St. Johns Volunteers! Executive Director Carol Saviak during a recent visit to the Volunteer Center. FPL employees volunteer thousands of hours of service in communities across Florida and FPL teams recently played a leadership role in restoring power to the island of Puerto Rico. www.FPL.com
- Garland Company. St. Johns Volunteers! welcomes The Garland Company as a new Associate Partner. The Garland Company has manufactured and distributed high-performance waterproofing-roofing materials and provided expert engineering support services to extend the working life of commercial buildings since 1895. The Garland Company recently hosted a seminar for commercial building professionals at the Volunteer Center. www.garlandco.com
To support St. Johns Volunteers! and be recognized as an official Business Partner, contact Executive Director Carol Saviak at firstname.lastname@example.org, 904.584.9600.
SJV leaders Suzanne Brown of Fidelity Bank and Victor Raymos of the St. Augustine & St. Johns Board of Realtors present St. Augustine Record Publisher Tony Bernados with a special recognition honoring his service on the St. Johns Volunteers! 2017-18 Board of Directors and community leadership. In addition to serving on the SJV Board, Tony recently chaired the Capital Campaign for United Way of St. Johns County and helped to support numerous local nonprofit organizations during his tenure at the Record. Tony has been selected to serve as the new president and publisher of the Augusta Chronicle in Augusta, GA.
St. Johns Volunteers! recognizes our new nonprofit partners:
- Betty Griffin Center is recruiting Thrift Shop Volunteers in two locations (St. Augustine & Julington Creek). The service of volunteers in the stores helps to fund the services offered to victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and their families in St. Johns County.
- St. Augustine Sertoma Club raises funds for local charities and is seeking volunteers to support their “Second Time Around” Thrift Store and events throughout the year.
- tag! Children’s Museum has a need for fun-loving volunteers to assist their staff with special educational events and summer camps.
Thrift Shop Volunteers Needed
A number of nonprofit organizations raise funds through the operation of thrift shops. These retail locations offer a variety of donated, gently-used clothing, household goods, furniture and even electronics at discounted pricing. Thrift shop volunteers help to serve customers and keep the stores organized. In doing so, they play an invaluable role in helping to raise funds for the nonprofit agencies. Locations for local volunteer service include:
- Alpha Omega Miracle Home (St. Augustine & Jacksonville shops)
- Betty Griffin Center (St. Augustine & Julington Creek shops)
- Community Hospice & Palliative Care (Jacksonville & future St. Augustine location)
- Haven (St. Augustine)
- Spectrum (NW St. Johns- Fruit Cove)
- St. Augustine Sertoma Club (St. Augustine)
- St. Gerard Campus (St. Augustine)
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