Monthly Archives: April 2013

Volunteering Unites Us

By Dr. Judith Smith, President & CEO HandsOn Jacksonville Mayor Brown has declared April as Jacksonville Volunteer Appreciation Month; Governor Scott has declared it as Florida Volunteer Month; and President Obama will declare April 21-27 as National Volunteer Week across … Continue reading

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Eleanor Ashby – A Quiet But Powerful Force for GOOD in Jacksonville

A quiet, but powerful force for GOOD in Jacksonville, Eleanor Ashby has helped to mentor and shape many of our community’s civic and nonprofit leaders. Her journey as a community trustee in Jacksonville began in 1968 when she served as … Continue reading

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The Gator Bowl Association – Having Fun and Doing GOOD

How does an organization with a staff of 11 deliver 37 major events annually, including the hottest game in town – the Gator Bowl? It’s all about the volunteers. The Gator Bowl Association has a tradition in history of people … Continue reading

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Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Builds Bridges Across Cultures to Strengthen Business and Community

Bank of America embraces the power of their people and values their differences in thought, style, gender identity, culture, ethnicity and experience. They recognize that a diverse workplace gives them a powerful business advantage in understanding and meeting the needs … Continue reading

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Aaron Badida – A Youth Volunteer Making Big Community Impact

Aaron Badida’s volunteer service includes the Museum of Science and History, outreach through Celebration Church and two years of service with the HandsOn Jacksonville Youth Leadership Council. He participated in Global Youth Service Day projects including the Best Buddies’ Walk … Continue reading

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At 91 Years Young, John Sornberger Volunteers More Than 40 Hours a Week

John Sornberger has been a dedicated volunteer at Teacher Supply Depot since July 1996 where he coordinates all incoming donations. Teacher Supply Depot averages 20+ pallets of donations every week. Each year, John sorts and boxes approximately 100,000 binders and … Continue reading

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JT Townsend – Paying it Forward for People With Disabilities

JT Townsend, Jr. was a senior at Episcopal High School in 2004 when he was hit on the football field and suffered a near-fatal spinal injury. After undergoing multiple surgeries and months of physical therapy, JT was ready to return … Continue reading

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Law Students With Big Hearts Give Back to Our Community

One of the pillars of Florida Coastal School of Law is to serve the underserved. They believe performing pro bono work helps law students develop an awareness of their ethical and personal responsibilities to their community. Volunteering is encouraged, but … Continue reading

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More Than 600 Mayor’s Mentors Are Making a Difference for Kids

Mentoring a child can be as simple as reading with them, helping with their homework or perhaps just being a caring adult who is there to listen. But the real power of mentoring can be clearly seen in the data. … Continue reading

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City Year Volunteers Help Struggling Students Get Back on Track

City Year Jacksonville AmeriCorps members are serving full-time at Andrew Jackson High School and Matthew Gilbert Middle School during the 2012-2013 school year. Teams of 10 City Year members per school are collaborating with teachers and other organizations to address … Continue reading

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