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After two years the Fashion Show is back! Deercreek Women's Alliance will be 'Putting on the Glitz'! It's a fun event where you can meet up with friends, have a […]

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10 November

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Thank You

Thank You

Once again you have shown us how generous this community is. During our latest book drive for Books-A-Go Go, you donated more than 700 books, which will be given to a variety of local sources, including pediatric hospice children, the Mandarin Food Bank, The Bag Ladies (for bags going to children at Hubbard House) and Families of Slain Children to improve their literacy and develop their love of reading - or just give a book to a child who has never had their own book. Thank you again from the...

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Chat About Charities 2022

Chat About Charities 2022

Thank you to all those who attended our Chat About Charities event in late August, you made it a very successful evening, and we hope you learned something new about the charities we support. It was an extremely informative evening, and our thanks go to all of those...

Thank You

Thank You

Thanks to your generosity, a substantial donation was taken to PACE for both Mrs Mary's Boutique (for teenage girls) and their family night, which will be held later this month. The DWA and PACE Center for Girls are very grateful for all your donations which enable...

Thank You from the DWA and Families of Slain Children!

Thank You from the DWA and Families of Slain Children!

As always, you stepped up and generously donated a huge number of items for our school supplies drive in August to benefit FOSCI. We collected over 895 items, including backpacks, pencils, 200 boxes of crayons, notepads, paper and 120 composition books.These supplies...

Thank You for Your Generosity

Thank You for Your Generosity

You did it again! You reached out a helping hand to the less fortunate families in our community and you did it in a BIG way! Here are some of this years numbers: Peanut Butter: 188Jelly: 66Canned meat: 70Assorted veggies: 91Tuna: 54Canned beans: 42Oatmeal: 39Pasta:...

DWA Spotlight on Charity

Spotlight on Charity – Books-A-Go Go

Books-A-Go Go is a 501c 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 residents, Betty Metz & Natalie Jackson, 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, and Mandarin Food Bank, Families of Slain Children, and pediatric hospice children have received free books from Books-A-Go Go.

For more information on this wonderful organization can be found on their website https://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 programs and research 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 several tennis tournaments, a black tie gala, 5 K run/walks and a golf tournament.

To date, the foundation has donated over $6,062,704. The SenioRITAs at Sawgrass event was developed in 2000 catering to tennis ladies 40 and over. In 2020, SenioRITAs matches, along with a Kick-off Party, live and silent auction, were cancelled due to Covid yet managed to raise $127,000.00 from donations only. 100 % of the proceeds from all RITA events remain local. Last year, 2021, RITA total net proceeds of $318,200.00 were donated to Mayo Clinic and Baptist Health. Cancer researcher at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Al Copland, received a grant of $60,000.00. 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 Clinic ($365,000.00) and 28 Endowments at Baptist totaling over $1,850,000.00. The Foundation will continue to grow these endowments, which in turn will generate ongoing revenue for various cancer programs.

Later this year, you will see five RITA Foundation projects. The Baptist Buddy Bus Mobile Mammography unit, funded with a $100,000.00 grant; Baptist Beaches new Imaging Center mammogram program funded by two SenioRITAs endowments; Baptist Clay new Imaging Center mammogram program funded by five RITA Championships endowments, Baptist M. D. Anderson Life Wellness Center programs for the underserved funded by five MixedRITA endowments; Baptist M.D. Anderson DigniCap program funded by a $10,000.00 grant and ongoing funding from seven SenioRITAs endowments.

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.

The 2022 RITA Championships were held March 4, 5, and 6 at Club Continental. The 2022 Mixed RITA at Sawgrass was May 14 and 15. The SenioRITAs at Sawgrass will Kick Off at Pusser’s on October 4, the Party and Auction at Sawgrass Country Club on October 10 and the SenioRITAs at Sawgrass Women’s Tennis Tournament on October 14, 15 and 16.

Thank you to Nancy and Chuck Jantz for their continued fundraising efforts.

Donations In Honor of or In Memory of a special person are a wonderful way to support this worthwhile cause during October -Breast Cancer Month or at any time of the year. To learn more about The RITA Foundation, or to make a donation, please visit their website:  www.the-rita-foundation.org

 

Vision is Priceless

 

Vision Is Priceless (VIP) was founded in 1996 and their mission is to assess, sustain, and improve the visual health of children and adults in Northeast Florida through education, vision screenings, eye exams, prescription glasses and referrals for additional testing for potential surgery- all for prevention of early detection of vision problems. Vision Is Priceless is the only organization in NE Florida {Duval, Clay, St. Johns, Nassau, and Baker Counties} providing free exams and glasses for children uninsured and underserved.

 

From July 2021- February 2022 VIP provided:
  • 29,393 vision screening
  • 3,388 referrals for eye exams that were sent home to their parents
  • 591 eye exams provided
  • 470 prescription glasses distributed
  • 48 Sights in School Clinics held
DWA’s monetary benefits help economically disadvantaged students at Holiday Hill Elementary Title 1 public school in the Deercreek school district in the “Sight in Schools Children’s Vision Program” where a volunteer optometrist provides free comprehensive eye exams and prescription glasses during school. The students face a myriad of social detriments of health. Eliminating vision issues is one tool that can give a student a better chance at success in the classroom.
Volunteer opportunities available by helping in vision screening for both children and adults as well as help in supporting annual “The Strides for Sight Vision Awareness Walk” held in the fall and other fundraisers to bring awareness of SIGHT, because when you see better you live better!
More information on this wonderful organization can be found on their website www.visionispriceless.org

 

The Bag Ladies

Maybe you’ve heard the words “Bag Ladies” mentioned, but don’t really know who the Bag Ladies are. They are a group of volunteers who came together over fourteen years ago. Pat Bloebaum started the group that sews and assembles the bags for those taking refuge at Hubbard House, a shelter for domestic abuse victims. Pat was inspired to do so after her daughter and two grandsons spent a night there in 2003. It was a time when the shelter was so full that there were no clean sheets, towels or washcloths left. The boys, then 5 and 8, used their T-shirts to dry off after taking showers. The 5-year-old was so scared that he kept a toy lantern that made a cricket sound on all night. The thought of what her family had been through stayed with Pat. She kept thinking about all the women and children who go to the shelter and what would make life easier for them when they stay there, the answer was a bag full of toiletries, toys and other comfort items. So, she made up a sample “Welcome Bag” out of colorful fabric. She took it to her minister at Lakewood Presbyterian Church and asked if she could start a volunteer group to make them. He agreed, and a dozen women showed up at the first work session in January 2008 and they have been going strong ever since.

The ladies (and some Bag dudes) meet on the second Saturday of each month, to fill colorful handmade drawstring bags with a towel, washcloth, packet of toiletries, mini-flashlight, a bag of snacks, a brand-new storybook, a Beanie Baby, and a soft, handmade cuddle pillow. The bags are delivered to Hubbard House, where each child who is brought there for safety receives his or her own personal Welcome Bag. As of June 2022, the ladies will have delivered over 6000 of these bags.

Although December of 2017 was a sad time for the Bag Ladies after the loss of their dear founder Pat the ladies of the church and Pat’s daughter Heidi have continued her vision making sure that the children who stay at Hubbard House receive a welcome bag of comfort. Their dedication to Pat’s vision continued throughout the pandemic with the work being done behind scenes they did not miss a beat.

The wish is that there would never be a need for these shelters but the truth is there is. So, we are thankful to all these wonderful ladies and the many gifts of time and talent that they have given over the years. This is a true labor of love for these ladies and the Alliance is happy to give them our support again this year. There are opportunities for hands-on help assembling the bags and if you sew and have the time to use your talent to sew bags you would be a blessing. For more information, contact Donna Bernard at 464-0910.

 

Pace Center for Girls

Pace Center for Girls is a Florida-based, nationally recognized not-for-profit organization that provides non-residential, prevention, intervention and diversion services for girls and young women of middle and high school age. Pace provides free year-round schooling in academics, case management, counseling and life skills development in trauma and gender-free environment. The DWA supports Pace at their Mrs. Mary’s Boutique. The Boutique, formally known as “The Clothes Closet”, was started by now 86-year-old Mary Warner. The Boutique provides a way for the girls to “buy” items with points they’ve earned through grades, good deeds, class attendance and participation. We support the Boutique with donations of clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry, and toiletries.

Mrs. Mary’s Boutique has its own permanent room. It’s decorated and set up just like a boutique in the mall. This makes the girls feel very special and gives them an opportunity to shop in a place that otherwise they cannot afford. Thank you for all your support for Pace in the way of volunteering and donations. If you are interested in volunteering or have items to donate, please contact Vicki Khan at 923-3538 or vickikhan1113@gmail.com. Her address for drop-off items is 10148 Deercreek Club Road.

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, businesses, and caring individuals like the ladies of the Deercreek Women’s Alliance who provide the much-needed support.

 

The Mandarin Food Bank

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 its 31st anniversary. The families that are served come from area churches, schools, and by word of mouth. They are not usually homeless but maybe one paycheck 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 2021 the numbers soared, and The Mandarin Foodbank served over 33,921 people (comprising 6,340 families), compared with 20,000 in 2020.

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, businesses, and caring individuals like the ladies of the Deercreek Women’s Alliance who provide the much-needed support.

Spotlight on Charity: Families of Slain Children Inc (FOSCI)

Families of Slain Children’s top mission is “To touch the lives of hurting families“. FOSCI was established in 2006 to support and ensure the emotional and physical wellbeing of families who have lost a family member to violence.
For over 16 years, through the grace of volunteers and community partners they are on the verge of a national movement to put an end to this madness. When a family first encounters the loss of a loved one, FOSCI is often the “first call” and they immediately employ strategic initiatives for financial support, personal development and long-term recovery.”
FOSCI has helped over 3,000 families with the services they provide: Family Support Services, Prevention Services, Job Readiness Training, and Free Health Care.
The DWA is supporting this organization with a cash donation and help by meeting its mission of empowering children and families that have lost loved ones to homicide by employing strategic initiatives for long-term growth, community development and educational reinvestment. We will volunteer at their charitable events, candlelight vigils, children’s programs, and prevention programs.
The headquarters are at N. Myrtle Ave, Jacksonville, and this is also host to the FOSCI’s Wall of Compassion, a memorial wall commemorating the names of Jacksonville’s slain sons and daughters due to senseless violence.
For more information on this charity, please visit their website www.fosci.org

Jacksonville Humane Society

Founded in 1885, the Jacksonville Humane Society is Jacksonville’s second oldest non-profit, and is funded by philanthropic contributions. In April 2007, the shelter was destroyed and 86 animals succumbed to a devastating fire. They had their 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.

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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

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 – 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!

About Us

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.

2019-2020 Board

Debbie Grosnick
President

Carney Kirtley
Vice President

Jill Cole
Secretary

Julia Watkins
Treasurer

Mary Stelbrink
Membership
904-363-2360

DWA Membership

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.

DWA Charities

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, (904) 923-3538.

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 Patti Mast’s home, 8011 Weatherby Court, 901-336-5905

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, markfirst@aol.com

City Rescue Mission Thrift Store – Rescued Treasures: Their truck will come into Deercreek on the second Tuesday each month.  To schedule a pick up please contact Elizabeth Curtin on pickups99@yahoo.com

 

 

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