More than $2.3 million was raised by The Hope Fund to support area agencies in their efforts to provide basic necessities like food, clothing, and utilities to struggling Northeast Florida residents.
The Hope Fund was a collaborative effort between Jacksonville’s local daily newspaper The Florida Times-Union, the University of North Florida Department of Communication, and Hands On Jacksonville.
Stories highlighting area families in need were written by the Department of Communication’s multimedia journalism students and published between Thanksgiving and the end of January each year. Readers were encouraged to donate to the fund and 100% of all donations – no monies were deducted for administrative costs -- were distributed by Hands On Jacksonville to a number of nonprofit agencies like the Hubbard House, the Clara White Mission, and the PACE Center for Girls.
Dr. Paula Horvath-Neimeyer, a lecturer in the multimedia journalism concentration, founded The Hope Fund and each year supervised a team of advanced student reporters enrolled in her fall Applied Journalism class while they interviewed, wrote, and edited their Hope Fund stories.
To learn more about the agencies helped by The Hope Fund please click on a bulleted item.
BEAM (Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry) is a non-profit social services agency supported by churches and generous individuals, service organizations, and businesses that care deeply about their neighbors in need. We help temporarily at-risk beaches area residents--children, adults, seniors-- stay in their homes by helping with short-term rent and utility assistance and with basic needs like food and personal items. In addition, we provide back to school supplies and clothes at our annual BACK TO SCHOOL WITH BEAM event and dental work for needy beaches children.
BEAM Web site
The Children's Home Society of Florida is a child welfare agency with a history of more than 100 years. The society has 14 division offices throughout Florida. The Buckner Division in Jacksonville provides foster care, pregnancy counseling, maternity care, adoption, group care, parenting education, mentoring and family intervention services. The division operates four group home residences in Jacksonville.
Children's Home Society of Florida Web site
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