FCN employess volunteer on Make a Difference Day

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Make a Difference Day is the largest volunteering day of the year.

Gannett, the parent company of First Coast News, is a strong proponent of Make a Difference Day.

For more than 20 years, Gannett's USA WEEKEND Magazine has mobilized millions of people across the country for this national day of volunteering.

Saturday dozens of First Coast News employees teamed up to impact lives of those who live and work on Naval Station Mayport.

Kristen Hollinga-Kalil and about 150 volunteers were busy.           

During the week, Hollinga-Kalil works at First Coast news as a sales account executive. However, Saturday she was clearing brush at Naval Station Mayport as part of Make a Difference Day. 

More than 200 volunteers participate in Make A Difference Day

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. - More than two hundred volunteers showed up to Naval Station Mayport early Saturday morning ready to get their hands dirty!

Volunteers from Naval Station Mayport, JAX True Blue, CSX and First Coast News participated in an all volunteer event to clear a path around Lake Wonderwood on base.

Volunteers were armed with chainsaws, rakes, shovels and their bare hands in an effort to clear brush and overgrowth around the 22 acre lake.

One complete, "The Lake Wonderwood Project," will provide picnic areas, playgrounds and fitness stations for sailors and their families.

Naval Station Mayport is one of the largest naval bases in the Unites States and is home to more than five thousand sailors.

Local Conference Seeks to Nurture Blooming Community Gardens Trend on the First Coast

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Today’s tough economy, combined with an increasing focus on eating healthy and organic foods, have made community gardening one of the hottest trends in urban areas across the country.

Second Harvest North Florida and Friends of Northeast Florida Community Gardens are working together to nurture that trend in Jacksonville. They are collectively sponsoring the inaugural Northeast Florida Community Gardens Conference on Nov. 3.

City observes "International Surf Day" with beach cleanup June 20


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The City of Jacksonville’s Clean It Up, Green It Up office will partner with the First Coast Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation to observe “International Surf Day” with a cleanup and a paddle out on Wednesday, June 20. 

Summer Daze Beach Clean-Up Series Starts June 29

Summer Daze Beach Clean-Up Series Starts June 29


JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Keepers of the Coast, a local non-profit dedicated to promoting coastal stewardship and the conservation of coastal habitat, and Volcom are recruiting volunteers for the Summer Daze Beach Clean-Up Series beginning on Friday, June 29th.

This community-wide effort will be held at the Jacksonville Beach Pier, located at 501 1st Street North in Jacksonville Beach from 5pm to 7pm. This four-date series will continue on Thursday, July 5th at five St. Johns County beach locations, and then again on Friday July 13th and 20th back in Jacksonville Beach. The purpose of these clean-up efforts is to restore the coastline following the impacts of tourism and an increase in traffic during the summer time. No pre-registration is required and all participants will be given a bag for trash, a bag of recycling and a bag for cigarette butts.

Community First Credit Union Funds Improvements at Catty Shack Sanctuary

Community First Credit Union Funds Improvements at Catty Shack Sanctuary

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Tiger cubs and local children will reap the benefits of a new grant awarded as part of Community First Credit Union’s Investing In You contest.

The Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, a nonprofit agency dedicated to big cat rescue, won a $1,000 grant from Community First Credit Union to fund a new cabin and platforms for its five tiger cubs. Catty Shack Ranch is the second of this year’s six Investing In You winners to receive $1,000 through this summer’s community improvement contest.

Storm system brings potential for dangerous weather to Florida over the Holiday weekend


FLORIDA -- The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) reminds Florida’s residents and visitors to remain aware of current weather situations this holiday weekend, as a storm system may bring heavy rainfall across much of the Sunshine State. Potential flooding conditions will affect Southeast Florida through this evening. This threat could shift northward to portions of the Northern Peninsula later this weekend as the system nears this area of the state. This same system could bring strong onshore winds, which may lead to rough surf, large breaking waves and a high risk of rip currents along the Atlantic Coast through next week.