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June 7-21 The Mandarin Food Bank is extremely grateful for the continued support from this community, especially over the last year, however they are in particular need of toiletries at the moment (particularly full-size items). In addition, as always during the summer months, large quantities of peanut butter and jelly is also needed as this provides an easy meal for kids to prepare themselves as they are not in school to receive a mid-day meal. There will be a bin by the outgoing side of the...
Thank you to all who renewed their membership, or joined us for the first time, at our annual Porch Night in April. It was a fun social event, with great music and food but what makes these events are you! Your membership is extremely important to enable us to...
DWA has chosen a new charity to support this year. Vision Is Priceless (VIP) was founded in 1996 and its mission is to assess, sustain, and improve the visual health of children and adults in Northeast Florida through education, vision screenings, eye exams,...
DWA Spotlight on Charity
Spotlight on Charity – The Mandarin Food Bank
By Julia Watkins
The Mandarin Food Bank opened in April, 1991 with a mission to provide emergency food, clothing and special assistance to local neighbors in need, so this year is their 30th anniversary. The families that are served come from area churches, schools and by word of mouth. They are not usually homeless, but may be one pay check away from being so. Single parents are the largest group of clients, followed by single elderly adults on a fixed income.
While the main purpose is to provide food and clothing, the focus on helping clients with appropriate referrals to rent and utilities and other needed services is an important aspect of assistance. In 2020, The Mandarin Food bank served over 22,000 people.
The Food Bank is open to serve clients Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 to 11:30 A.M. After hours and on Saturdays, the volunteers receive, pick up, re-stock shelves and clean. The organization is made up entirely of hardworking volunteers from civic groups, schools, churches, business, and caring individuals like the ladies of the Deercreek Women’s Alliance provide the much needed support.
Jacksonville Humane Society
By Jill Cole
Founded in 1885, the Jacksonville Humane Society is Jacksonville’s second oldest non-profit. We are funded by philanthropic contributions. In April 2007, the shelter was destroyed and 86 animals succumbed to a devastating fire. I am happy to report that we had our Grand Opening of the new “JHS Adoption, Education and Community Resource Center” in November 2017 and it is spectacular.
The Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) is a 501c3 non-profit, no-kill animal shelter and does not euthanize healthy or treatable companion animals in their care. They work in partnership with our city’s municipal animal control division, Animal Care and Protective Services, to maintain a save rate of 90% or higher for our entire community, making Jacksonville a no-kill city. JHS is also actively involved in the movement to make Florida a no-kill state. To learn more about the definition of no-kill and how a save rate is calculated for shelters and communities nationwide, please visit Best Friends Animal Society’s website.
If you are looking for a new best “furry” friend, JHS is located at 8464 Beach Blvd. and hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 12-7; Saturday and Sunday 10-5. All animals adopted at JHS leave spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and heartworm tested, which is all covered by the adoption fee. Adoption fees vary, but many dogs’ adoption fees are sponsored. Further information can be found at www.jaxhumane.org.
New Heights (formerly Cerebral Palsy Center of Northeast Florida), driven by its mission “to enrich the lives of persons with disabilities and their families, and empower their independence through lifelong growth and quality services”, provides educational, employment, and therapeutic programming to individuals with disabilities in the five-county area of Northeast Florida: Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St Johns. They have been in business for over 60 years and serve individuals with all types of disabilities including cerebral palsy, mental retardation, autism, developmental delays, Down syndrome, spina bifida, and others.
The programs of New Heights are designed to meet the special needs of each individual and family serviced, with a common goal: to enable people with disabilities to reach their greatest potential and achieve productive lives as fully participating members of their family and community. There are numerous services currently offered including various infant and toddler therapies, respite care, supported living, supported employment, adult developmental training and in-home personal support.
The Deercreek Women’s Alliance has generously donated funds for a number of years, which are used to provide gifts to the adults who attend the annual holiday party. In addition, there have previously been volunteer opportunities at the holiday party, the Special Olympics and the annual fashion and talent show. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus epidemic, these opportunities are currently unknown, however as circumstance change, and these events and the opportunity for volunteers are once again allowed, this will be communicated by the DWA.
Spotlight on Charity – Books-A-Go Go
Books-A-Go Go is a 501c international nonprofit organization that collects used and new children’s books and gives them to children from low income families. These books are distributed through schools and organizations that support these children. Since its inception in 2007 by Deercreek resident, Betty Metz, Books-A-Go Go has given out over one million books to needy children in the US and abroad. Books are necessary in the home to improve their literacy, to develop a love for reading and to experience the world through books. Books-A-Go Go is run by volunteers, so 100% of all donations are used for the purchase of books and their distribution. Thousands of books are given out each month during the school year. Books are given to The Bag Ladies to put in bags going to children in homeless shelters. The Salvation Army, Mandarin Food Bank, Families of Slain Children, migrant children in Saint John’s County, pediatric hospice children and missionaries going to foreign countries have received free books from Books-A-Go Go.
For more information on this wonderful organization can be found on their website http://booksagogo.org
The RITA Foundation
The RITA (Research Is The Answer) Foundation began in Deercreek in 1997 to help raise awareness and money for breast cancer research and programs in Jacksonville. The RITA Foundation is an all-volunteer 501(c) (3) public, non-profit corporation registered with the Internal Revenue Service and State of Florida. This Foundation grew from humble beginnings of one event by Nancy and Chuck Jantz to different events ranging from tennis tournaments, black tie galas, 5 K run/walks and a golf tournament.
To date, the foundation has donated over $ 5,446,270. This does not include $364,000 received from Baptist matching funds. The SenioRITAs at Sawgrass event was developed in 2000 catering to tennis ladies 40 and over. In October, 2019, SenioRITAs matches, along with a Kick-Off Party, live and silent auction, raised $161,138. 100% of the proceeds from all RITA events remain local. Last year’s RITA total net proceeds of $ 208,101 were donated locally to Mayo Clinic and Baptist Health. Dr. Al Copland, cancer researcher, at Mayo Clinic received a grant of $45,000.00. The balance was placed into several of the Cancer Endowments at both Mayo Clinic and the Baptist Foundation. The RITA Foundation currently has two Endowments at Mayo and fifteen endowments at Baptist totaling over $ 900,000. The Foundation will continue to grow these endowments, which in turn will generate revenue for cancer research indefinitely.
Last year, the Deercreek Women’s Alliance supported the SenioRITAs event with a bronze level sponsorship. The Deercreek Women’s Alliance is grateful to donate to this wonderful organization. Many members of the DWA have been affected by breast cancer or know of family and friends that have been impacted and wish to help make a difference through research.
Unfortunately, this year’s events, The Mixed RITA and SenioRITAS were cancelled due to the impact of COVID -19. It is so disappointing, however mark your calendars for 2021.
RITA Championships – March 5,6,7 2021
Mixed RITA – June 5 and 6 2021
SenioRITAS Auction – October 11 2021
SenioRITAS Tennis Tournament – October 15,16, 17 2021
Thank you to Nancy and Chuck Jantz for their continued fundraising efforts. To learn more about The RITA Foundation, or to make a donation please visit their website www.the-rita-foundation.org
Spotlight on Charity – Sulzbacher
Sulzbacher opened in 1995 in response to the explosion of crisis homelessness in Jacksonville and nationwide. it differs from other shelters in that it also provides services to include street outreach ( they added a mobile unit this year), primary and behavioral health care, dental care, permanent housing (Sulzbacher Village for women and families), job placement, and early learning. The center has remained open during the COVID-19 crisis to provide for the city’s most vulnerable. Among critical items needed are masks. If you are interested in learning how to make masks to donate, email Jan at JanMalick2@gmail.com.
Spotlight on Charity – Gabriel House of Care
The mission of GHOC is “to provide affordable, temporary housing in a community of healing environment for adult organ transplant and cancer patients and their caregivers who come to Jacksonville for treatment.”
DWA has been supporting the house primarily through meals and fellowship on an almost monthly basis. Due to COVID-19 precautions, the meal program has been suspended until further notice. We look forward to resuming this rewarding support of the residents when Gabriel House of Care allows this program to restart.
Thank you so much for supporting Ronald McDonald House! We truly appreciate it!
The Deercreek Women’s Alliance has been an active organization in Deercreek since 1999.
The Alliance’s primary function is to promote an awareness of the needs of local charitable organizations and to raise funds for these charities through a variety of activities and social events–and to have a great time while doing it.
The Alliance is open to any Deercreek or Edgewater resident or Deercreek Club member.
The Alliance is proud of the donations made in the past, totaling about $300,000. There is always more to be done and we continue to look for new areas where our help can make a difference.
Your Deercreek Women’s Alliance is open to all ladies who reside in the Deercreek neighborhood. You do not have to be a member of the Deercreek Country Club to enjoy a membership with the DWA. If you are not yet a PART OF THE HEART OF DEERCREEK and would like to join the DWA, please contact membership chairperson Mary Stelbrink at 363-2360. Membership is $25 a year.
PACE Center for Girls
If you are a teenage girl or the parent of a teenage girl, please consider donating clothes that are no longer worn to the PACE Center. Vicki Khan would be glad for you to drop off clothing donations to her home at 10148 Deercreek Club Road East, 904-923-3538.
Mandarin Food Bank
The Mandarin Food Bank helps to feed over 20,000 needy members of our Jacksonville community each year. They rely heavily on donations to keep their pantries stocked. So, the next time you purchase nonperishable BOGO items (buy one/get one free) at the grocery store, please consider dropping off your extra ones at Carmen Kelly’s home for delivery to the Mandarin Food Bank. Carmen’s address is 10139 Bishop Lake Road, W. She may be reached by phone at 519-0622. Thank you!!!
DWA Ongoing Charity Drives
PACE School for Girls: Clothing of all sizes for teenage girls is needed. Donated items can be dropped off at Vicki Khan’s home at 10148 Deercreek Club Rd, 519- 7722.
As the school is currently closed to the COVID-19 crisis, this is currently on hold. Please do not drop anything off at Vicki Khan’s house for the foreseeable future. We will advise when this will restart.
Jacksonville Humane Society: The JHS can always use bags of dried cat and dog food, blankets, towels, pet toys, bowls, flea killing soap and pet beds. Donations can be dropped off at Jill Cole’s home, 8233 Persimmon Hill Lane, 519-6948.
Mandarin Food Bank: Any non-perishable food items such as peanut butter, jelly and oatmeal can be dropped off at Carmen Kelly’s home at 10139 Bishop Lake Rd W, 519-0622.
Books-A-Go Go: Gently used or new books for children from Pre-K to 5th grade can be dropped off at Betty Metz’s home at 10076 Heather Lake Court W, 519-8863, firstname.lastname@example.org