Community Spirit

State Farm Now Accepting Applications for Youth Advisory Board Members

The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is seeking Board Members to serve through 2013.

“Being on the State Farm Youth Advisory Board has allowed me to share my passion for service-learning with other highly motivated young people, and helped develop me as an individual,” said Erin Drake, a current Board member. “It’s enlightening to see a corporation that realizes the power youth can bring in creating long-lasting change.”

Hundreds Greet Jacksonville Sharks at JIA

Hundreds Greet Jacksonville Sharks at JIA

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sharks are back in the River City as ArenaBowl XXIV champions. The team landed at the Jacksonville International Airport around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Hundreds of fans waited to greet them at the gate and erupted in cheers and applause when the team came into the terminal shortly before midnight.   

Jacksonville Sharks Head Coach Les Moss tells First Coast News he was blown away by the show of support. "This is great," said Moss. "This is great for Jacksonville and obviously our franchise. These fans are the best in the league."   

Register Now: American Lung Association Second Annual Fight For Air Run/Walk

Register Now: American Lung Association Second Annual Fight For Air Run/Walk

The American Lung Association welcomes runners and walkers of all ages to join in the Second Annual Fight For Air Run/Walk Saturday, August, 27, 2011 at the Nocatee Greenway Trails. This event will give participants an opportunity to enjoy the scenic, wooded trails of the Nocatee community. 

Walkers can choose from either a three-mile or one-mile course, which will start at 5:00 p.m. The certified 5K run will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in various age categories.

Immediately following the event, participants are invited to a party sponsored by Baptist Health at Nocatee Splash Water Park. Registered runners and walkers will enjoy use of the exclusive park, including two water slides and a lazy river. The celebration will also include food, donated by Jacksonville Ale House and Miller’s Ale House.

‘From Surf to Turf’ Gala Features Celebrity Chefs at Nippers Beach Grille

The first From Surf to Turf gala will feature a star-studded evening with celebrity chefs, live music and a silent auction this Wednesday from 7 to 10pm at Nippers Beach Grille.

Sawgrass Marriott Associates donate to BEAM

Sawgrass Marriott Associates donate to BEAM

When the Associate Activities Committee of the Sawgrass Marriott decided to support BEAM as their activity partner, they started with an resort-wide associate food drive that collected nearly 400 pounds of nonperishable groceries for needy local families.   Next, a bake sale is planned to raise funds for Back to School supplies for children to further support BEAM on August 13th.

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.

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.