volunteers

Day of Caring mobilizes 1,100 volunteers

Day of Caring mobilizes 1,100 volunteers

Volunteers across Santa Rosa and Escambia counties participated in the single largest day of volunteerism in Northwest Florida Oct. 4 during the United Way of West Florida’s (UWWF) Day of Caring. This was the first year the event extended into Santa Rosa.   Read the full article in the Oct. 10 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Momentum spreads the love

Momentum spreads the love

Sunday marked the end of a marathon ministry for Momentum Church as pastors summed up the more than 600 volunteer hours of service put forward during Love Week. Love Week is an annual community outreach by the church’s campuses, and Navarre Campus Leader Tyler McNeely said the work is close to his heart.   Read […]

Navarre Beach Ambassadors return to the shore

Navarre Beach Ambassadors return to the shore

Volunteers armed with beachy giveaways and binders of knowledge will be engaging Navarre Beach visitors this summer as the second year of the Navarre Beach Ambassadors Program gets underway. A partnership between the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office and UF/IFAS Sea Grant, the program held a training session last week on Monday at the […]

Shelter launches Operation Furever Freedom

Shelter launches Operation Furever Freedom

Santa Rosa County Animal Services announced a new program this month to allow those who serve to adopt a “furever” friend free of charge. Operation Furever Freedom is designed to provide veterans, active-duty military personnel, reservists and National Guards members with up to two pets, all fees waived. Military dependents are eligible for reduced rates. […]

PIT Count, U-Count volunteers tackle homelessness

PIT Count, U-Count volunteers tackle homelessness

To tackle a problem requires knowing what the problem is, and fighting local homelessness is no different. In an effort to better understand the struggles faced by hundreds of homeless residents in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, Opening Doors Northwest Florida (formerly EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless) will be conducting an annual Point in Time […]

Caring and Sharing brings local Christmas joy

Caring and Sharing brings local Christmas joy

While countless Christmas donations of toys, food, clothes and cash were brought in by Caring and Sharing of South Santa Rosa County this year, the group faced a logistical challenge in getting all those items collected, sorted and distributed to 216 families in need. Churches, schools and other organizations across south Santa Rosa needed to […]

Trash Bash removes pounds of garbage from beach

Trash Bash removes pounds of garbage from beach

Each month dozens and sometimes more than 100 volunteers gather along Navarre Beach to spend their Saturday morning picking up trash. They are working as part of the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center’s efforts to eliminate marine debris from the beach. Read the full article in the Nov. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Help wanted: Babysitters for shorebird chicks

Help wanted: Babysitters for shorebird chicks

Along the shoulder of the Navarre Beach bridge, roughly 100 threatened shorebird chicks have started to emerge from their eggs. Audubon Florida needs volunteers to help chick-sit. The causeway has served for many years as a nesting area for both black skimmers and least terns, said Audubon Florida Panhandle Shorebird Program Manager Caroline Stahala. Read […]

Beach Ambassadors educate visitors

Beach Ambassadors educate visitors

In partnership with the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office, the UF/IFAS Extension Office has launched the Navarre Beach Ambassador program. Volunteers were trained and sent out last Monday onto the beach for their first day of interacting with guests, sharing information and conducting surveys for the tourism office. Read the full article in the […]

Volunteers needed for tally of homeless

Volunteers needed for tally of homeless

On the evening of Jan. 24, thousands of volunteers across the nation will take to the streets with pens in hand to count the nation’s homeless in shelters and camps, beneath highway overpasses, in wooded areas and more as part of the 2018 HUD Point in Time Count (PIT). The goal is to get a […]

Senior center accepts board candidates, eyes opportunities to generate income

Senior center accepts board candidates, eyes opportunities to generate income

The wheels are in motion for the new board to be in place at the Holley-Navarre Senior Center by the start of 2018. Six people stepped forward to be candidates at Friday’s general meeting, including current board members Don Brown and Betty Lyle. Others who have put their name on the candidate list are Teresa […]

Coastal Cleanup bags the trash

Coastal Cleanup bags the trash

Navarre Beach Marine Science Station volunteers Seth Ivanoff, 17, Christian Arens, 17, Thomas Moore, 17 and Silas Yeomans, 16, pick up trash form the dunes on Navarre Beach Saturday as part of the annual International Coastal Cleanup. Dozens of volunteers showed up locally while thousands turned out around the world. Featured in the Sept. 21 […]

Coastal Clean Up Day

Trash doesn’t fall from the sky, it falls from human hands, and human hands have the power to stop it. Volunteers will have the chance to make a difference from 8 a.m. to noon on Navarre Beach. A Clean Community representative will be on hand to register participants and provide trash bags at the pavilion next […]

International Coastal Cleanup coming to Navarre

International Coastal Cleanup coming to Navarre

Around the world and on Navarre Beach thousands of volunteers will be picking up trash Sept. 16 as part of the 31st annual International Coastal Cleanup. International Coastal Cleanup is a program of the Ocean Conservancy. Each year the group coordinates with agencies and citizens in countries across the globe to clean up coastal waterways […]

Volunteers are key in Gulf Islands cleanup

Volunteers are key in Gulf Islands cleanup

Gulf Islands National Seashore offers visitors opportunities to see wildlife and enjoy water activities such as swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and fishing. Keeping the seashore looking great isn’t easy, however, and the efforts to do so go on throughout the year. “It’s a never-ending job,” Gulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown said. “We’ll do a […]

Volunteers make huge impact in lives of seniors

Volunteers make huge impact in lives of seniors

Tricia Dixon has only been the volunteer program manager for the Council on Aging of West Florida for six months and it’s safe to say she has stayed busy. After all, it’s no easy task coordinating more than 300 volunteers who fill a crucial need for senior citizens in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Read […]

Grant writers get practical advice

Grant writers get practical advice

Local nonprofits got a lesson in grant writing at the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s second Community Grant Writing Workshop. Workshop leader Barbara Hunter Cox has been writing and approving grant applications for years. Read the full article in the April 20 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as […]

Butterfly House recruiting volunteers

Butterfly House recruiting volunteers

Spring is here, and that means the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) is busy preparing for the grand opening of its 20th season. On May 6, PBH will kick off year 20 of its unique mission, educating the public on native butterfly species in northwest Florida. Read the full article in the March 23 issue of […]

Tax prep made easy by free service

Tax prep made easy by free service

For nearly 50 years the AARP Tax-Aide Foundation has offered tax assistance for low to moderate income taxpayers, establishing itself as the largest free volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service. Read the full article in the Feb. 23 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Dove puts focus on increasing senior center membership

Dove puts focus on increasing senior center membership

As the newly elected president of the Holley-Navarre Senior Center Board, Bill Dove is determined to help drive up membership at the senior center. Dove will serve a two-year term as president of the board and discussed his goal at the general meeting earlier this month. “My goal is to increase membership by 50 percent […]

Council on Aging brightens lives of others

Council on Aging brightens lives of others

Council on Aging of West Florida Activities Supervisor Margaret Jerauld can say with confidence the distribution of gifts to clients during the Christmas season was a success. Through the efforts of volunteers and the generosity of donors, more than $31,000 worth of gifts were distributed to 791 clients in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. It […]

Door never stops revolving at county animal shelter

Door never stops revolving at county animal shelter

Santa Rosa County Animal Services is near full capacity at the moment, although that isn’t anything new for the shelter in Milton, according to county animal services director Dale Hamilton. Animals are always coming and going. “It’s a revolving door, but we try to get them out fairly quickly, whether it’s adoption or a rescue […]

Caring and Sharing packs truckloads of Christmas joy

Caring and Sharing packs truckloads of Christmas joy

After months of seeking donations and organizing fundraisers, volunteers of Caring and Sharing of South Santa Rosa County distributed toys and bicycles to hundreds of families who needed help Saturday as part of their annual Christmas toy drive. In addition to the toy donation, families also picked up packages of food. After being beaten by […]

Night to Shine for exceptional adults comes to Navarre

Night to Shine for exceptional adults comes to Navarre

Navarre’s exceptional adults will have the opportunity to “shine” Feb. 10, 2017, at Night to Shine Prom at Community Life United Methodist Church. Night to Shine is a national event created by the Tim Tebow Foundation to give those with special needs a prom experience. Event marketing committee chair for the event Amie Williamson said […]

Free health care clinic serves hundreds of residents

Free health care clinic serves hundreds of residents

While temperatures fell low enough to open cold weather shelters, residents in and around Santa Rosa County bundled up to wait outside Milton High School Friday night and into the wee hours of Saturday morning. They were in line to get one of 628 tickets passed out during a Gulf Coast Remote Area Medical (RAM) […]

Farm to City feeds 800 families for Thanksgiving

Farm to City feeds 800 families for Thanksgiving

As part of National Farm to City week, Nov. 18-24, the University of Florida/IFAS Extension Service partnered with Feeding the Gulf Coast and other area organizations to provide a complete holiday meal to 800 food insecure families in Santa Rosa and Escambia county Tuesday, Nov. 22. The event distributed roughly 52,400 pounds of food to […]

Crop Drop feeds body and soul

Crop Drop feeds body and soul

Volunteers with Navarre First Assembly of God handed out more than 28,000 pounds of produce and 35 turkeys with all the fixings Monday, Nov. 20, during the church’s seventh annual Crop Drop. People from all walks of life, poor or rich, unemployed or gainfully employed, were invited to take grocery bags loaded down with farm […]