Connecting People, Help and Hope


Empty Bowls Event Raises Funds 
and  Awareness  for Our Services

The recent Empty Bowls event hosted nearly 400 attendees, successfully raised much-needed funds and increased awareness about crises, health care, food insecurity and hunger in Nassau County. Luncheon guests enjoyed the simple meal of soup, bread and dessert. Attendees chose their favorite handcrafted bowls, from a selection of more than 1,000 to take home as a reminder of all the many bowls throughout Nassau County that still need to be filled.

Last year, thanks in part to this fundraiser and food partnerships, the Barnabas Food Pantry distributed over 250,000 pounds of food to our county's neighbors in need. In fact, more than 13 percent, or almost 10,000 of Nassau County's residents, are rarely sure how they will get enough to eat in the next few days. More than 3,000 of these individuals are children.

The Empty Bowls event highlights the daily struggles that many local people face, including whether to put food on their table, pay their rent or utility bills, purchase medications or buy gas for their vehicle. These individuals and families seek help at Barnabas every day for a wide range of services such as food from our food pantry, emergency rent and utility payments, medical, dental and other health care, and more. We could not fulfill our commitment to help them without the generous community and sponsor support for not only the annual Empty Bowls event, but all year long.

We are deeply grateful for the participation of all contributors and sponsors, especially the support of the Delores Barr Weaver Forever Event Fund, established 2015. 

Presenting Sponsors  were The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, and Baptist Medical Center Nassau. Platinum Sponsors included Omni Resorts Amelia Island Plantation, WestRock, Henry Berghoef and Leslie Lauer Berghoef, Darrell "Woody" and Yvonne Brandon, and David and Judy Easterly.  Gold Sponsor was Coastal Engagements.
Silver Sponsors included Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise, Rick Keffer Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM, Family Support Services, Publix Super Markets Charities, Nassau Health Foods, Compass Self Storage, Encore Event Technologies, Jack and Jane Dickison, Andrea and Corky Hoffman, Curtis and Enid Meltzer, Beverly Sampson, and John and Julia Taylor.  Bronze Sponsors were Doing Dishes, Curtiss H. Lasserre Real Estate Inc., CBC National Bank, The Malpeis Outfit LLC, Bob and Mary Williams, Mark and Donna Paz Kaufman, Tania R. Yount, Wanda Lanier, Guy Petty and Mary Anne Sharer, Adolphus White and Kara Williams, Linda Ellis, Callahan Philly Steak Shop & Pizzeria, Tony Jarzyna and Sue Gottesmann-Jarzyna. And  Bowl Supporters included Amelia Coastal Realty, Northeast Florida Community Hospice, Edward Jones Investments, First Federal Bank of Florida, Digital Village, Intervention Project for Nurses, Women's Center of Jacksonville, Dr. Laurie Kitson, and Don and Marguerite Shaw. 

Months before the fundraiser, several bowl painting parties were held in Nassau County with participants ranging in age from 6 to 75 years old and included members of our local Boys & Girls Clubs. Additional bowls were also donated from Jacksonville University and the University of North Florida. 

We also want to thank the numerous volunteers who contributed to the success of the event, including 21 volunteers from the Amelia Island Sunrise Rotary Club, the Fernandina Beach High School Chorus for their beautiful presentation, and Encore Event Technologies for their video expertise.

Two recipients of our services were highlighted in the video, debuted during the event, and briefly spoke about their gratitude to attendees: 

Pat lives in a homeless shelter and expressed her thanks to everyone for supporting Barnabas so people can receive the help they need. "I was having trouble dealing with some tough situations at the shelter. So when I started going to the Barnabas Life Skills classes, I learned how to better handle those situations. And now I help other women in the shelter by sharing what I've learned. Without Barnabas, I don't know how I would have coped. Barnabas gave me hope," said Pat.

Sandra stopped by Barnabas one day, looking for health care information. She found so much more. "Not only did I get the dental care I really needed, I was also thankful to learn about the food pantry and women's support groups. I am an example of how Barnabas takes care of people in our community who need a helping hand. I am so thankful I went to Barnabas that day. Barnabas changed my life," said Sandra.

Click the photo below to view photos from the event. 

Barnabas Center Annual Meeting: Monday, February 20 at 4 p.m.
SAVE THE DATE!  We invite you to attend Barnabas Center's Annual Meeting on Monday, February 20, at 4 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 1200 Elm Street in Fernandina Beach. We'll be celebrating our 30th Anniversary, so please join us for food by The Picnic Basket and entertainment by The Peck Community Ensemble. 
 For more information, contact Tania R. Yount, Chief Development Officer, 
 at (904) 261-7000 ext. 107.

Barnabas New to You Resale Store

Please visit our Facebook page and request a copy of our Sale Calendar the next time you are in the store.  We have some GREAT sales planned for December. When shopping make sure to say hello to our newest employees, Suzan Bailey and Brandon Barnett.

Santa will have a special Kid's Shop in our New To You store Saturdays in December.  Your children and/or grandchildren can experience the amazing feeling of giving and have a fun-filled time of shopping for family and friends.  A store helper will assist your child in making their "top secret" purchase and with gift-wrapping.  All gifts are priced at $1 and include tax.

And, as a special treat, the jolly old guy himself will be visiting New To You on December 10
th from 10:00 a.m until 2:00 p.m.  You are welcome to bring your own camera to take photos with Santa!

Thanks for your support of New To You!  Your donations, contributions and volunteer time help to support all Barnabas programs.

Did you know New to You has its own newsletter? Stay up to date with all things New to You by signing up here

Shop Local and Give Back to Those in Need

Shop at Color It Green this Friday and a portion of all sales will be donated to Barnabas. What a perfect time to shop for all your holiday needs while giving back to the community at the same time! This is part of Color It Green's 25 Days of Giving Campaign that gives back to many non-profits in the community. For more information on this shopping event visit Color It Green on facebook


Your Monthly Donation Could Help Fulfill 
 Daily Needs  in Our Community

Every day in our community, our Nassau County neighbors struggle to make decisions about putting food on their tables, paying rent or utility bills, and purchasing medications or gas for transportation. Consequently, these individuals and families seek help from Barnabas for a range of services, including food, emergency rent and utility payments, medical and dental care, and much more. The daily need for services never ends, so would you please consider helping our neighbors by establishing a recurring, monthly donation to help us provide these essentials? Your monthly gift allows you to spread the payments across the year, lessening your larger, one-time financial impact. Plus, your recurring donation helps Barnabas improve its long-range planning and decision-making. Please visit Barnabas' secure online donation page to set up your recurring donation. Or click on "Donate Now" below. Thank you, in advance, for your consideration and willingness to help our neighbors in need.

Help & Hope Report July-November 2016

  • New To You resale store aided 118 households in need of clothing and home goods
  • Barnabas helped stabilize 193 households with rent, mortgage & utility payments and provided 16 bikes through the Bikes for Barnabas program
  • Barnabas provided 97,908 pounds of food to 1,440 households
  • Barnabas instructed 16 households with cooking & nutrition classes through our Cooking Matters program
  • Barnabas Health Services treated 1,013 patients with medical, dental and mental health services
  • Barnabas provided crisis intervention services and counseling to 81 women through the Women's Health Initiative Nassau grant program 

Upcoming Events
December 9th                         Shop Local and Support Barnabas 
                                                Color It Green 

December 14th                       Empty Bowls Bowl Sale
                                                Barnabas Conference Room      

December 19th                       Callahan Food Distribution 
                                                Northeast Florida Fairgrounds            
February 6th                            OneBlood Blood Drive  
                                                Barnabas Center

February 20th                           Annual Meeting
                                                 Martin Luther King Jr. Center

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