PROGRAMS

Opportunities for Students:



 

 The Giving Garden

at

San Jose Episcopal Day School

 

 

Students,

 

We are working toward developing several raised garden beds in the back of our upper school classrooms. Students in fourth, fifth, and sixth grades will be involved in the planting, care, and harvesting of the gardens throughout the school year.  We are looking forward to this fun way to learn about nature!

 

Our hope is to teach our students three important things:

1.  To nurture and develop gardens through hands-on experiences.

2.  Implement STEAM related learning activities.

3.  Experience the joy of the fruits of their labor through offering and preparing food for special garden feasts, a school farmers market,  and to help those in need through the gifts of our bountiful harvests.

 

We are teaming up with the Green Initiative for Tomorrow Club at Jacksonville University by submitting The Giving Garden project as a way to participate in the upcoming Green Apple Day of Service. 

 

http://www.clker.com/cliparts/I/i/Z/n/d/1/apple-outline-md.pngThe Green Apple concept is a national organization which encourages schools to partner with community groups and businesses to find ways to implement “Green” initiatives in schools across the country and world. We are so happy to be working in collaboration with Dr. Ashley Johnson and her students at JU.

 

Our Green Apple Day of Service for our Giving Garden will be on Saturday,

September 27th.   We would love your help in some way.  We are in need of parent volunteers, student volunteers, and some materials. 

 

 

We need the following volunteers for each of the three shifts listed below:  1 parent volunteer to provide cold water/lemonade for JU/SJEDS crew of helpers, 1 parent volunteer to provide refreshment snacks for JU/SJEDS crew of helpers, 5 SJEDS student volunteers for each shift to assist the adults in coordinating/building/filling the garden beds with soil.

 

Shift 1:  10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Objective:  Prepare/measure area for the 3 garden beds, remove sod, smooth out surface to make level.

Shift 2:  12 to 2 p.m.

Objective:  Build the 3 garden beds.

Shift 3:  2 to 4 p.m.

Objective:  Fill the beds with soil and secure the soaking hoses. 

(We will do the planting of seeds/plants during school science classes.)

 

Transportation will also be provided from Jacksonville University.

 

Please contact Professor Ashley Johnson at (904) 256-7216 for more information and to sign up for your hours.

 

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JOIN THE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT TEAM!

 
Program Assistant – Update, copy and organize class materials; schedule classrooms as needed, print appropriate open jobs for clients, assist in job readiness class, contact clients and/or employers as requested, assist with statistical reports; record attendance and other data in Excel spreadsheet; attend staff meetings; perform other duties as assigned. 
 
Qualifications – Able to follow direction and work independently; likes office work; proficient in Outlook, Word and Excel; good organizational skills; good customer service and telephone skills; excellent written and verbal communication skills.  Able to work in a multicultural environment and with underserved populations; demonstrates good work ethic.  Has reliable transportation and is able to commute to downtown Jacksonville.  Available a minimum of two days per week for 3-4 hours each day. 
 
Skills/Knowledge Students Will Obtain through this Service Opportunity
Students will obtain a broad understanding of how non-profits function; where they obtain funding, personnel, and how their mission drives program objectives.  By participating in a job readiness class students will be exposed to the latest techniques for creating cover letters and resumes; observe mock interviews; and identify methods of networking through others.  Students will increase verbal and written communication skills through assignments and day-to-day communication with director, staff, clients and volunteers.  Students will enhance their computer skills through use of Outlook, Word and Excel.  Students may practice and improve presentation skills by teaching a portion of the job readiness course and receiving feedback from master teachers. 
 
Mission Statement
The mission of Catholic Charities is to provide services to anyone in need, regardless of race or religion, to advance justice, human dignity, and quality of life, and to call all people to join in these efforts, thereby reflecting the compassion of God in Christ.
 
History and Major Programs
Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc. grew from St. Mary’s Home, Florida’s first child care institution.  Incorporated in 1945, Catholic Charities has served the Jacksonville community for 69 years.  Today our programs include:  Workforce Development, Emergency Financial Assistance, a Food Program, a Program serving persons living with HIV/AIDS, Refugee Resettlement and English as a Second Language instruction, Camp I Am Special for persons with emotional, physical, and developmental disabilities, Immigration Services, Pregnancy Counseling, a Program for Seafarers and an Adoption Program.  In FY 2012-13, our programs served 18,714.  While Catholic Charities is a faith based organization, 84% of our clients who share their religious affiliation are not Catholic.
 
Program Description and Purpose
The Workforce Development Program helps low-income, unemployed and underemployed persons 18 years of age and older gain the skills needed to find employment and achieve financial stability.  Clients receive intensive one-on-one job readiness training, assistance with job searches and overcoming barriers to employment.  More than one in four of our Emergency Financial Assistance clients ask for help in finding a job and are referred to our Workforce Development Program.  Referrals are also received from local community partners. 
 
Or another opportunity...
 
 
JOIN THE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PRE-SCREENING TEAM!
 
Pre-screening Associate – Are you a people-person?  Do you like to help others get ahead?  Are you a proponent of training and education?  By serving on the Workforce Development pre-screening team, you will conduct telephone pre-screenings of clients interested in the Workforce Development Program, schedule clients for the intake/assessment process, answer questions, and encourage clients to fully participate in the program. 
 
Qualifications – Able to follow direction and work independently; likes telephone work; proficient in Outlook and Excel; good organizational skills; excellent customer service and telephone skills; excellent written and verbal communication skills.  Able to work in a multicultural environment and with underserved populations; demonstrates good work ethic.  Has reliable transportation and is able to commute to downtown Jacksonville.  Available a minimum of two days per week for 3-4 hours each day
 
Skills/Knowledge Students Will Obtain through this Service Opportunity
Students will obtain a broad understanding of how non-profits function; where they obtain funding, personnel, and how their mission drives program objectives.  Students will increase verbal and written communication skills through assignments and day-to-day communication with director, staff, clients and volunteers.  Students will enhance their computer skills through use of Outlook, Word and Excel. 
 
Mission Statement
The mission of Catholic Charities is to provide services to anyone in need, regardless of race or religion, to advance justice, human dignity, and quality of life, and to call all people to join in these efforts, thereby reflecting the compassion of God in Christ.
 
Vision
The vision of Catholic Charities is for all families of Northeast Florida to have the services and resources necessary to remain self-sufficient, safe, secure, functional, strong and vital.
 
History and Major Programs
Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc. grew from St. Mary’s Home, Florida’s first child care institution.  Incorporated in 1945, Catholic Charities has served the Jacksonville community for 69 years.  Today our programs include:  Workforce Development, Emergency Financial Assistance, a Food Program, a Program serving persons living with HIV/AIDS, Refugee Resettlement and English as a Second Language instruction, Camp I Am Special for persons with emotional, physical, and developmental disabilities, Immigration Services, Pregnancy Counseling, a Program for Seafarers and an Adoption Program.  In FY 2012-13, our programs served 18,714. 
 
Program Description and Purpose
The Workforce Development Program helps low-income, unemployed and underemployed persons 18 years of age and older gain the skills needed to find employment and achieve financial stability.  Clients receive intensive one-on-one job readiness training and assistance with overcoming barriers to employment.  More than one in four of our Emergency Financial Assistance clients ask for help in finding a job and are referred to our Workforce Development Program.  Referrals are also received from the local community, CareerSource (formerly WorkSource) and through partnerships with other social service providers:  Community Connections, Ability Housing, Shiloh Baptist Church, United Way’s RealSense Prosperity Campaign, Jacksonville Job Corps, and the Hispanic Institute for Life and Leadership of Northeast Florida.
 
Contact
Ida Gropper, Program Director
Workforce Development Program
Catholic Charities, Jacksonville
134 East Church Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
 

 

   

First Coast Food Pantry (904) 803-0136

 

49 N. Bowlan St, Jacksonville, FL 32211 (off Atlantic Blvd)
Hours:
Monday 9:30AM-12PM
Tuesday 9:30AM- 6:30PM

 

Wednesday 9:30AM- 12PM
Friday 9:30AM-12PM

 

Volunteer Job Descriptions

 

1.       Produce Packer
Assists in the unpacking and repackaging of incoming foods to the warehouse; assists in the organization of goods within the warehouse

 

2.       Volunteer Receptionist
Answers telephone and walk-in inquiries, research, some computer and typing. Interacting with sponsors and help coordinating events.
3.       Volunteer Warehouse Worker
Helps load, unload and sort food items; keep facility and cooler clean.
4.       Food Sorter
Helps sort food salvage in accordance with established procedures; assists with required quality control inspections of sorted salvage
5.       Site Distribution
Completes paperwork at sites; coordinates volunteer work at sites; helps arrange delivery for shut-ins, and other tasks
6.       Distributor
Helps to set up, distribute, and clean up pantry product distribution
7.       General Worker
Helps stack pallet for carryout, pulls out to vehicle; handles very large amounts of poundage; assists with loading; helps in stocking when needed; fills in for weigher and/ or assistant while shopping Pantry; provides assistance to clients, keeps the distribution area clean and free of safety hazards

 

8.       Media Worker.  
Need someone who is great with media channels facebook , websites and telecommunication etc.

 

 

 

Salvation Army

 

Needs: Volunteers (group or club preferred) for the 2014 Red Kettle Campaign
Starting mid-November till December 24, 2014

 

Hours- Monday thru Saturday from 10AM-8PM

 

Locations: Winn-Dixie, Publix, or Wal-Mart stores

 

Can put up flyers to promote your group or organization around the kettle bell location.
 
 

 

 

Opportunities for Upcoming Graduates-

 



POSITION AVAILABLE!!!

Come join the Resource Development Team here at Communities in Schools working with AmeriCorps VISTA.

 

With AmeriCorps VISTA, the position provides a living allowance, health insurance and a yearly education award with a one year commitment.
 

 

Attached is the job description and below is a link to the position on our website:

http://www.cisjax.org/americorps-vista-resource-development-coordinator/



 

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