Monday, May 21, 2018 – St. Augustine, FL – Jim Bush, External Affairs Manager for North Florida for FPL, presents a Business Partnership donation to Carol Saviak, executive director of St. Johns Volunteers! at the Volunteer Center in St. Augustine.
May 7, 2018. ST. AUGUSTINE, FL — St. Johns Volunteers! is delighted to welcome The Garland Company as a new Associate Partner. The Garland Company will be hosting a lunch and learn event for industry professionals on May 16, 2018, onsite at the Volunteer Center (1 News Place, Suite A, St. Augustine, Florida 32086).
The Garland Company, Inc. has been manufacturing and distributing high-performance waterproofing-roofing materials and providing expert engineering support services to extend the working life of commercial buildings since 1895. “The technologies we develop… the process we use… the delivery methods we offer… and the services we provide for Facility Managers and Building Owners – are driven by a simple philosophy: listen to what today’s customers need, anticipate what tomorrow’s customers will want,” states John Bugg, The Garland Company.
To learn more about The Garland Company please visit www.garlandind.com or contact John Bugg at (904) 419-7754.
It’s National Volunteer Week – April 15th-22nd! Volunteers have a billion dollar economic impact in our communities, state and nation. This week, we extend a heartfelt “Thank You!” to all of our local volunteers for their individual and collective impact.
Volunteer Impact Florida USA
# of Volunteers 2.9 million 64.5 million
Hours of Volunteer Service 459 million 7.8 billion
Estimated Value of Service $10.5 billion $184 billion
(Source: Corporation for National & Community Service – VCLA)
Spring into service with a 1-time volunteer opportunity. Volunteers are needed for upcoming special events. Choose from a variety of different job assignments and short 3 or 4 hour shifts. Have FUN making a difference!
- April 20-21: VilanoFest: MusicFest & Tour of Homes
- April 21: Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra Beach Legacy Trust Home & Art Tour
- April 21-22: EPIC Flower & Garden Expo
- April 27-28-29: Family Fun Fest – Alpha Omega Miracle Home
- April 29: EPIC Taste of St. Augustine & Race to the Taste
- April 2018: VeloFest (Multiple event opportunities)
Click on the links above to view the full details for any of these opportunities or visit StJohnsVolunteers.org
Flagler College Volunteers & St. Johns Volunteers! teamed up to execute a “Hunger Project” service event on April 14th in coordination with Feeding Children Everywhere. More than 60 volunteers packaged up 20,000 meals in 4 hours. The meals will be used by St. Francis House. Special thanks to student leader Lindsay Giliam and Flagler College for supporting this community service project!
The Ponte Vedra Recorder recently highlighted St. Johns Volunteers! in a feature article, “St. Johns Volunteers Connects Locals to Volunteer Opportunities.” Special thanks to Susan Griffin and PVR team for profiling SJV’s work! SJV Board Chair Susan Ponder-Stansel, CEO of Community Hospice & Palliative Care, and County Commissioner Jeb Smith served as guest speakers at the St. Augustine & St. Johns County Board of Realtors General Membership Breakfast. Professional realtors are often one the first community contacts future residents make when moving into St. Johns County. To request a presentation by St. Johns Volunteers to your civic organization or business, please email email@example.com or call the Volunteer Center at 904-584-9600. (Pictured L-R below: BOR Association Executive Victor Raymos, BOR President-Elect Ian Edmonson, Commissioner Jeb Smith & Susan Ponder-Stansel.)
Since April is federal tax filing month, we’re showcasing three partners offering tax and financial services to St. Johns County residents.
- Neville Wainio CPAs. Neville Wainio CPAs is a supporting Business Partner of St. Johns Volunteers. The firm’s partners have a long history of serving the First Coast and St. Augustine. Neville Wainio CPAs is committed to providing closely-held businesses, physicians, non-profits and common interest realty associations (CIRAs) in St. Augustine and Northeast Florida a full array of assurance, tax and accounting services. With more than 65 years of combined experience, the firm repeatedly surpasses client expectations by committing experienced and focused professionals to each project with responsiveness and integrity.www.nevillewainio.com
- Fidelity Bank. SJV Business Partner Fidelity Bank has three convenient locations in St. Johns County. Fidelity Bank is committed to community service and voluntarily offers classes and presentations on a wide variety of banking, credit and financial topics. As part of their philanthropic commitment, Fidelity Bank encourages employees to participate in volunteer initiatives serving our communities and supports an array of nonprofit organizations. www.lionbank.com
- United Way of St. Johns County – Real Sense Program. With the help of trained volunteers, this tax season, the United Way of St. Johns County was able to offer the RealSense financial education and free tax preparation services to low-income residents. www.unitedway-sjc.com
To become a champion volunteerism as a Business Partner of St. Johns Volunteers! or enroll as a nonprofit partner, please contact Executive Director Carol Saviak at firstname.lastname@example.org, 904.584.9600.
CEO David Webb and the team at Brightmove hosted a “Pet Food Drive” for the St. Augustine Humane Society, which provides pet food to low income pet owners. St. Johns Volunteers! serves as a connection point for business owners and teams seeking to increase their community engagement or develop an annual community impact program. (Pictured L-R are Lindy Woodall, M. Woodall, David Webb, and Justin Bordeaux)
Connect people and resources to enrich the quality of life in St. Johns County.
1 News Place, Suite A St. Augustine, FL 32086
* ST. JOHNS VOLUNTEERS!, INC. IS A NONPROFIT 501-C-3 ORGANIZATION. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. FDACS Registration: CH54653 www.800helpfla.com 1-800-435-7352
Susan Ponder-Stansel will serve as Chairwoman of the Board of Directors. Ponder-Stansel is president and CEO of Community Hospice & Palliative Care.
ST. AUGUSTINE RECORD / StAugustine.com, April 3, 2018
St. Johns Volunteers Inc. elected its 2018 board of directors and officers in March.
To continue the community-enhancing efforts of the organization, Susan Ponder-Stansel will serve as Chairwoman of the Board of Directors. Ponder-Stansel is president and CEO of Community Hospice & Palliative Care.
Vice President of Quality and Experience at Flagler Hospital Chris Schmidt will serve as Vice Chair. Victor Raymos, Association Executive and CEO of the St. Augustine and St. Johns County Board of Realtors, was selected as Treasurer and Allan Silberman, a St. Johns County community volunteer, will serve as Secretary.
“St. Johns Volunteers was developed to serve as a community resource connecting local talent with local needs,” said Carol Saviak, Executive Director of St. Johns Volunteers. “We are excited to have such a talented group of business leaders and community volunteers guiding the expansion of our programs and services in 2018.”
St. Johns Volunteers Board of Directors for 2018 will also include Katherine Batenhorst, Speech-Language Pathologist for the St. Johns County School District; Tony Bernados, Publisher of The St. Augustine Record; Suzanne Brown, Regional Manager & Senior Vice President of Fidelity Bank; Aaron Johnson, Vice President of Sales Engineering at The NOC; Chad Mark, Vice President of Procurement & Technology for Advanced Disposal and Karen Selig, CEO and Founder of Consultants for Change.
St. Johns Volunteers was established in 2015. As the primary community connection point for volunteerism, the organization’s mission is to connect the efforts of people and resources to enrich the quality of life in St. Johns County, Florida.
Working directly with nonprofit agencies across the county, St. Johns Volunteers connects its more than 525-person volunteer database to assist impactful organizations with their life-changing efforts.
Examples include coordinating Meals on Wheels volunteers through the Council on Aging, Caregiver Coaches for Community Hospice & Palliative Care, Math and Reading tutors for the R.S.V.P. program, adult literacy tutors for the St. Johns County Learn to Read program, auxiliary volunteers at Flagler Hospital and special event volunteers for nonprofit fundraising events throughout the year.
For information, call 584-9600 or go to stjohnsvolunteers.org.
Carol Saviak (left) along with volunteer Padma Sikaria (right) talk with prospective volunteer Marth Welty (bottom right) about getting connected with St. Francis House to serve as a reading tutor and assistant in the kitchen. (Photo by Tammy Harrow)
PONTE VEDRA RECORDER, Thursday, March 15, 2018 12:00 am, by Benjamin Naim
A local resource and civic matchmaking service, St. Johns Volunteers offers personalized nonprofit volunteer opportunities and a chance for locals to enrich the quality of life in St. Johns County.
Executive Director Carol Saviak explained that the nonprofit matches individuals with local agencies through personal volunteer profiles and an online matchmaking system. In addition to the St. Johns Volunteers website, individuals can visit a Training & Resource Center for a volunteer-interest consultation.
“Both our website and the services offered at the physical volunteer center promote an array of nonprofit opportunities that range from special event volunteer opportunities that are one-time or short-term to longer-term ongoing opportunities,” said Saviak. “Examples could include, the Counsel on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program specifically for Ponte Vedra, which is an ongoing opportunity.”
Saviak noted that there are plenty of opportunities in St. Johns County, and almost every other nonprofit in the area hosts fundraisers and public outreach events for potential volunteers.
Interested volunteers can get connected online through the nonprofit’s online profile service, which will generate personalized opportunities in the area.
“We laughingly will share that it works in a similar nature to eharmony or match.com, in that it asks you to create an online volunteer profile,” Saviak said. “When you do that, it provides a recommended set of matches based on the skills and interests that you entered.”
Individuals who register a profile can see a list of “recommended matches” that align with their interests before applying for various roles. To be included in the St. Johns Volunteers database, Saviak noted that organizations must be partnered with the nonprofit and be registered as a 501 (c) (3).
Saviak said volunteering can benefit working professionals by allowing them to network, and the nonprofit can help students looking to bolster their resumes.
“Students have an opportunity to demonstrate their interest in being good citizens,” she said. “They can build up the credits they need of community service hours for qualifying scholarships, such as Florida Bright Futures scholarship.”
Additionally, the executive director said St. Johns Volunteers can offer students hands-on work experience in a variety of fields.
For more information on St. Johns Volunteers, visit www.StJohnsVolunteers.org or visit the Resource & Training Center at 1 News Place, Suite A in St. Augustine.
Announcement: New St. Johns Volunteers! Board of Directors Selected to Lead the Mission
Saint Augustine, FL – March 5, 2018 – Today, St. Johns Volunteers!, Inc. (SJV) would like to announce the newly elected board of directors and officers selected to lead the private non-profit 501(c)3 organization in 2018. St. Johns Volunteers! was established in 2015 and its mission, as the primary community connection point for volunteerism, is to match the efforts of people and resources to enrich the quality of life in St. Johns County, Florida.
Working directly with non-profit agencies across the County, St. Johns Volunteers! connects their over 525-person volunteer database to assist impactful organizations with their life-changing efforts. Examples include coordinating Meals on Wheels volunteers through the Council on Aging, Caregiver Coaches for Community Hospice & Palliative Care, Math and Reading tutors for the R.S.V.P. program, adult literacy tutors for the St. Johns County Learn to Read program, auxiliary volunteers at Flagler Hospital and special event volunteers for non-profit fundraising events throughout the year.
To continue the community-enhancing efforts of St. Johns Volunteers!, Susan Ponder-Stansel, President and CEO of Community Hospice & Palliative Care, was elected to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors. Chris Schmidt, Vice President of Quality and Experience of Flagler Hospital, will serve as Vice Chair. Victor Raymos, Association Executive and CEO of the St. Augustine and St. Johns County Board of Realtors, was selected as Treasurer. Allan Silberman, a St. Johns County community volunteer, will serve as Secretary. Katherine Batenhorst, Speech-Language Pathologist, St. Johns County School District, was elected as a new member of the Board of Directors.
“St. Johns Volunteers! was developed to serve as a community resource connecting local talent with local needs,” stated Carol Saviak, Executive Director of St. Johns Volunteers!, “We are excited to have such a talented group of business leaders and community volunteers guiding the expansion of our programs and services in 2018.”
St. Johns Volunteers! Board of Directors for 2018 will also include Tony Bernados, Publisher of The St. Augustine Record; Suzanne Brown, Regional Manager & Senior Vice President of Fidelity Bank; Aaron Johnson, Vice President of Sales Engineering, The NOC; Chad Mark, Vice President of Procurement & Technology, Advanced Disposal; and Karen Selig, CEO and Founder, Consultants for Change.
For more information, go to www.stjohnsvolunteers.org or call 904-584-9600.
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Contact: Carol Saviak, CEO, St. Johns Volunteers!, 1 News Place, Suite A, St. Augustine, Florida, 32086, O: 904.584-9600 | M: 904-599-3047 | email@example.com
St. Johns Volunteers! is now offering a new online resource. Visit our Calendar of Charitable Events webpage where you can view a chronological list of charitable events which are hosted annually by St. Johns County nonprofit organizations.
Enjoy reviewing this new nonprofit special events calendar. We encourage you to find an event – or events – that you’d like to support with your time or treasure!
Representatives from nonprofit organizations can add events to this community calendar by emailing event details to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Calendar of Charitable Events: http://stjohnsvolunteers.org/nonprofits/nonprofit-special-events-calendar/
Homeless “Point in Time Count” Volunteers are needed to help conduct an annual survey of St. Johns County’s homeless population. This annual project helps to collect data on the needs for homeless and contribute to the local policies, procedures and services offered to homeless residents.
Volunteers are needed in the following capacities:
- Survey volunteers (To assist with the interviews and assessments). Volunteers can either volunteer for a full single day or a 1/2 day (4 hr. shift). All citizen volunteers will be paired with a Team Leader and will receive specific location assignments following training.
Shift Times for Survey Volunteers:
- MORNING. Tuesday, January 23, 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
- AFTERNOON. Tuesday, January 23, 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM
- FULL DAY. Tuesday, January 23, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
- Friendly and compassionate personality
- Attention to detail
- Ability to fill out written survey documents
- Reliable transportation, as this survey is conducted in locations throughout St. Johns County
- Training will be provided for all volunteers.
- Participation requires all volunteers to attend one of the Point in Time Survey training sessions, which will cover the survey collections process and safety protocols.
- Training Dates (Survey Volunteers must attend one of the following training sessions):
- December 16, 2017. 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- January 12, 2018. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- January 13, 2018. 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- January 19, 2018. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- January 20, 2018. 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- Port in the Storm Center, 1375 Arapaho Avenue, St. Augustine, FL 32084
To volunteer, click on the following link:
About the Point in Time Count
Local Continuum of Care alliances must plan and conduct, at least biennially, a Point in Time count of homeless persons within the geographic area. Point in Time counts are carried out on one night in the last 10 calendar days of January or at such other time as required by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The 2018 Housing Inventory Count and Point in Time count data provide critical updates on national and local progress towards preventing and ending homelessness.
The 2018 St. Johns County Point in Time Count is being conducted in coordination with local agency homeless services providers and St. Johns County Care Connect.
For more information about the 2018 PIT Count, please contact:
Denis Sousa, 305-900-8524, email@example.com
As part of our 2018 New Year’s celebration, St. Johns Volunteers! is conducting a volunteer Talent Search! We are seeking to identify residents of St. Johns County who possess talents and skills which match needs with our local nonprofit sector.
St. Johns Volunteers! is inviting citizens of all ages with an interest in volunteering during 2018 to register their talents and skills online by completing a simple online volunteer registration form.
There is an ongoing need in our community for volunteers with a wide array of personal and professional skills who desire to make a difference in the lives of others. Volunteers are needed to assist local nonprofit agencies with a variety of short-term tasks and also longer-term job assignments for individuals with greater time availability.
By registering online as a community volunteer, individuals can login to a personalized volunteer profile and view lists of recommended volunteer opportunities which may match the talents, skills and interests communicated during registration.
Once registered, St. Johns Volunteers! may also inform you of opportunities which specifically match your interests, skills and talents.
Start off the New Year with a resolution to volunteer your time in local service. Register online today! stjohnsvolunteers.org