Community Spirit

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens to host Save the Rhinos Event

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is taking part in a nationwide effort to save rhinos from extinction and they are asking for the community's support.

Dan Maloney, the director of conservation and education at the zoo, said the main threat for rhinos is poachers.  He said there are five species of rhinos, and all of them are in danger.

FC JAX Destroyers and Children’s Miracle Network to Host “A Night to Remember”

FC JAX Destroyers and Children’s Miracle Network to Host “A Night to Remember”
The FC JAX Destroyers and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals are pleased to announce a joint effort in hosting a community event on July 21 that is sure to be a night to remember.

The FC JAX Destroyers’ July 21st match against the Central Florida Kraze will feature Jacksonville local Haley Richardson, the 2011 Florida Champion representative for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in the coin toss to begin the game. Richardson was treated at Wolfson Children’s Hospital for Osteosercoma and was selected as the state representative for her bravery battling and overcoming the cancer. Miracle Children will also be present and sing the national anthem as well as serve as the ball boys and girls during the game.

Annual School Supply Drive About to Kickoff

Annual School Supply Drive About to Kickoff

Stuff the Bus, the annual First Coast News drive to collect school supplies for those in need is almost here.  In partnership with The Salvation Army, Publix, Community First Credit Union and The United Way, we encourage those who can help to do so by dropping off school suply donations.

Church Members Pray for Justice in Death of Elderly Woman

Church Members Pray for Justice in Death of Elderly Woman

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Investigators are canvassing the neighborhood where an elderly woman  was beaten in her home Saturday. 

JSO responded to 7019 Civic Club Drive at about 5:30 Saturday.  Family members came home to find 83-year-old Emma Jean Beasley had been beaten and left with critical injuries.

Paramedics rushed her to Shands where she later died.

"It's a very, very sad situation," said Deacon Harold Hurst of Dinsmore Baptist Church.

Beasley's family attends Dinsmore Baptist Church, not far from the home.  Deacon Hurst said news of such a horrific crime is hitting everyone hard.

"Not only the family, but also the church family.  These people are very, very close," he said.

Rally Held in Support of Five JAX Schools on the Intervene List

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Friends of Northwest Jacksonville Schools held a Community Rally Saturday to support the four schools on the intervene list: Ribault, Raines, Jackson, and North Shore.

The rally was held at Mt. Bethel Missionary Baptist Church

The Friends of Northwest Jacksonville Schools is comprised of parents, students, alumni and community partners of the intervene schools. The group says they are standing with the Duval County School Board during the appeal process for the intervene schools.

”Save Jax High School Tennis” Fundraiser Features Clinics with Pros

”Save Jax High School Tennis” Fundraiser Features Clinics with Pros

A full day of tennis play and exhibitions are scheduled for Saturday, August 13, 2011 at the San Jose Country Club when Jacksonville-area former touring ATP pros Brian Gottfried, Todd Martin and MaliVai Washington, along with Amer Delic, Wolfson High School tennis standout and current touring ATP pro, donate their time in a fundraising effort to “Save Jax High School Tennis.”

Innovative Internships Open Job Opportunities For Floridians Overcoming Mental Illness

Floridians who have been treated for mental illnesses will have the opportunity to be employed by private businesses under a new partnership between the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Florida Department of Education’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR).


Twenty-five paid internships will be available within the next few months for persons who are ready to go to work as part of their treatment and recovery from serious mental illnesses. Typically the unemployment rate of adults with significant mental health issues is extremely high – around 80 percent.