Turtle Nesting Season begins May 1st!

Thanks to our Donors and Community Partners...
Barnabas Endowment Off to a Great Start 

     Thanks to the generous support of our donors, and  the downtown merchants who took part in our recent Endowment Fundraiser, Barnabas Center is well on its way to achieving its long term financial goals. But we continue to need your help!
     Late last month,  10 percent of the total sales at five local shops were donated in support of our Campaign for Sustainability Endowment Fund. After the amounts were tallied up, one of our outstanding donors also made a donation to the endowment fund equal to 100 percent of the day's net sales. 
     Barnabas Center would like to thank the owners/managers of the Picnic Basket, Art on Centre, Pearl, lori-lulu, and Fernandina's newest shop, JJ Cooper, for their generous support. Nearly $18,000 was raised!
    Would you like to learn more about our Campaign for Sustainability? Just click HERE and scroll down to the bottom and watch a short video to get all the details.  When you make a donation to the Barnabas Fund, you will ensure that we'll be able to continue providing Nassau County with medical & dental services, food, crisis assistance and much, much more. Making a donation is easy. Just click HERE. Thank You!

Gerri's Corner at Barnabas serves Women with Compassion & Dignity 
Did you know that in 1 of 8 women in America will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime?
For women with cancer, Gerri's Corner Resource Center connects them with the help and hope they need. We offer a place to get answers, reference materials, stylish head coverings, wigs, sleep caps, chemo bags and comfort pillows. We handle each case with compassion and dignity. To learn more, visit HERE.

Mail Carriers to deliver your donations to Food Pantry
Help Barnabas Stamp Out Hunger!

Please leave a bag or box of non-perishable food items by your mailbox on Saturday May 13th!
     Final preparations are underway for the 25th annual Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive on Saturday, May 13. Letter carriers in our community will pick up your donations and deliver them to the Barnabas Food Pantry throughout the day.
      America's letter carriers will be ready for it, NALC President Fredric Rolando said. "Preparation and coordination for Food Drive Day can be challenging," he said. "Despite the challenges, we look forward to it each year because of the important role we're playing in the fight against hunger in this country."
     As letter carriers are keenly aware, too many of our customers live in challenging situations, uncertain of where their next meal will come.
     "We deliver to every address in America at least six days a week," Rolando said, "and because we're such a consistent and familiar presence in neighborhoods, we're all too familiar with the unfortunate reality of ongoing hunger."
     Over the last 24 national food drives, letter carriers have collected more than 1.5 billion pounds of food, helped by untold thousands of fellow postal employees, retired letter carriers, family members and friends.

  • New to You is open Monday thru Saturday from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM. 
  • Donations can be dropped off at any time during these hours. Pull around to the back of the store and we will help you unload your items. 
  • We pick up larger donations on Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Call us at 904-321-2334 a few days in advance and we will schedule a pickup for your items.

When you shop at New to You, you are directly supporting Barnabas Center's many programs like Health Services & Crisis Assistance. Thank You!

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

Your IRA Can Help Barnabas!

     There are many ways that you can help Barnabas connect our neighbors in need to help and hope- from volunteering to donating items to our New to You Resale Store.  And, for our donors in their 70s-there's a way you can turn your IRA into a wonderful charitable gift with many lasting benefits - both for you and for Barnabas! 
     It's now permissible to contribute individual retirement account (IRA) assets to charity, free from federal taxes, annually.  This continues to be good news because, prior to 2006, all lifetime distributions from IRAs were taxed, even those that were given to charity.
     The Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA) permitted individuals to roll over up to $100,000 from an IRA account directly to a qualifying charity without recognizing the assets transferred to the qualifying charity as income.  Fortunately, in 2015, Congress passed an act to make this unique charitable giving opportunity permanent.  Single and married individuals 70.5 and older are eligible to give in this way from their individual retirement accounts.
      Your gift will impact our important work of connecting people to help and hope right here in Nassau county!  For more information, please contact Tania Yount, Chief Development Officer, at (904) 261-7000 ext. 107 or tyount@BarnabasNassau.org.

Help & Hope Report July 2016 - April 2017

  • New to You resale store aided 191 households in need of clothing and home goods
  • Barnabas helped stabilize 296 households with rent, mortgage & utility payments and provided 28 bikes through the Bikes for Barnabas program
  • Barnabas provided 202,190 pounds of food to 1,817 households
  • Barnabas instructed 30  households with cooking & nutrition classes through our Cooking Matters program
  • Barnabas Health Services treated 1,552 patients with medical, dental and mental health services
  • Barnabas provided crisis intervention services and counseling to 131 women through the Women's Health Initiative Nassau grant program 


May 7-12th                             National Nurses Week

May 13th                                 25th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
May 14th                                Mother's Day
May 22nd                                Callahan Food Distribution
                                                     County Multi-Use Facility/Callahan Fair Grounds

May 29th                                 Memorial Day
September 17th                     Great Chefs of Amelia Island Fundraising Event
                                                   6 - 9 pm the Ritz Carlton Ballroom

November 17th                       Empty Bowls Fundraising Event
                                                    Atlantic Recreation Center          

Barnabas Is Now On Facebook! 

Please visit and "like" our page!  Click below:   https://www.facebook.com/BarnabasNassau
Please visit our website at: www.BarnabasNassau.org

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Looking Ahead 

All Barnabas Center locations will be closed on Monday, May 29th in observance of Memorial Day.  
Food Distributions
Barnabas Center will conduct free food distributions in Callahan on the following dates throughout the spring:
May 22
June 12 & 26
These events are "first come-first served" and they last until all the food is gone.  The food will be distributed at the Callahan Fairgrounds located at 543378 US Highway 1.
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