Jacksonville is known for being a beautiful, sunny place to live. The weather isn’t the only thing that makes this city so cheerful; it’s the people themselves that are the Jacksonville is so great. When it comes down to it, you wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. We looked at the positive news stories from the last little while and found five times everyone was proud to call Jacksonville home.
In July, former U.S. Navy airman C.J. Bagocius called the Seabees from the Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 202 Detachment to help him get in and out of his house. The Seabees, along with Home Depot and volunteers from HandsOn Jacksonville, spent around 160 hours building a new ramp, deck, and boardwalk for Bagocius.
The North Florida Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society scholarship programs help students affected by multiple sclerosis pursue a college or technical school education. The scholarship winners in 2016 were Lisa Mullis, an office manager, Robert Kemple, a high school senior, and Khalilyl Bogarty, a junior at the university of South Alabama.
Eighty-five-year-old ophthalmologist Howard Rose volunteered for twelve years, helping hundreds low-income and uninsured members of the community with their eye care needs at Volunteers in Medicine. When he retired this past year, he was awarded the “Young at Heart” award for his years of hard work.
Renee Reneau is a communications and political science major at the University of Miami who helped raise $10,000 for Stop Hunger Now, which will go towards providing 40,000 meals to those in need. Reneau has been working with Stop Hunger Now since she was eighteen years old.
Throughout the year, there are numerous organizations that are helping to better the city of Jacksonville and the people that call it home. The Mandarin Branch Lions Club is one of many non-profits that raises funds and takes food donations for the Mandarin Food Bank. Camellia at Deerwood holds multiple activities for various charities, including the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. These organizations, along with countless others, are always looking for new volunteers if you’re interested in getting involved.