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There are Plenty of Ways to Help on Annual day of Giving

Published: 9/23/2012

From the Pensacola News Journal

The Pensacola News Journal recently announced Ronald McDonald House Charities’ Welcome Home Project as the recipient of a $5,000 Make A Difference Day grant, as well as help from a group of News Journal employee volunteers.


These volunteers and other local residents will join millions of Americans for the nation’s largest day of volunteering on Oct. 27.


Our hope is that the Greater Pensacola community will help other local organizations complete their proposed Make A Difference Day projects.


If your church, civic group or club is looking for a place to make a difference, one of the below projects may be the perfect fit for you.


You may contact these organizations to offer assistance by donating money, time or materials.


Interested in helping out?


All of these local organizations would appreciate your offer of assistance, by donation of money, time or materials, for Make a Difference Day 2012.


Bay Area Food Bank


Bay Area Food Bank would like to buy food to fill food bags for its weekend Backpack Program. The Backpack Program’s mission is to meet the needs of chronically hungry children. The food bank provides children with nutritious and easy-to-prepare food to take home on weekends.


Contact: Tammy Ward, 626-1332, ext. 1321, or


Covenant Hospice


Covenant Hospice would like to help provide serenity to patients, families, staff and volunteers by planting an English Memorial Garden at the Joyce Goldenberg Hospice Inpatient Residence. This project involves the purchase of plants, benches and a birdbath.


Contact: Don Ruth, 433-2155 or


Escambia County Public Schools Foundation


This project would provide a new playground for Montclair Elementary students. The school recently had to have the district maintenance department remove rotting play equipment. This project needs volunteers and involves the purchase of equipment.


Contact: Jennifer Passeretti, 430-7457 or


Gulf Breeze Elementary PTA


In an effort to develop students’ understanding and appreciation of the local ecosystem, the Gulf Breeze Elementary PTA would like to create an outdoor classroom that lends itself to education by immersion. The project will require the purchase of pavers, sand and trees.


Contact: Lee Anne Burkholder,


Gulf Coast Kid's House


Gulf Coast Kid’s House would like to host a Child Safety Day. It will partner with organizations, such as the KlaasKids Foundation (DNA and fingerprinting), Crime Stoppers, Bikers Against Child Abuse and other safety agencies to conduct the event.


Contact: Stacey Kostevicki, 595-5780 or


Heavenly Blessings Homeless Shelter


The shelter has deficient sanitation, storage and flooring. It would like to replace worn-out flooring and a leaking water heater, shower stall and plumbing. The shelter also wants to erect two sheds to house thrift store merchandise, enabling the thrift store to better fund the shelter. The store’s warehouse was destroyed by fire.


Contact: Jim O’Connor, 450-3356 or


Humane Society of Pensacola


The Humane Society would like to complete kennel renovation projects and work on its new Adoption Room. The project includes painting walls and hanging sound-absorbing panels. It aims to increase the animals’ exposure to potential adopters.


Contact: Sarah Humlie, 432-4250.


Mother Wit Institute Inc.


This project involves exterior and internal structure repairs for the City Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs, founded by Ella Jordan in 1930. Repairs will be made to the home named in honor of Jordan, at the corners of C and La Rua streets.


Contact: Georgia Blackmon, 332-8811 or


New World Believer's Ministry


This ministry would like to clean up the historic Magnolia Cemetery. The ministry hopes to purchase, rent or be given access to equipment to clean up and maintain the cemetery. The day would include live music, entertainment and food.


Contact: Rodney Jones, 202-0030 or


Pathways For Change


This organization would like to build three community gardens near two area housing projects and a HUD-subsidized senior apartment complex. The gardens will provide produce for individuals and supply a farmers market. The gardens will be a collaborative effort among residents, the local health department, Extension Service and school district, and other volunteer groups.


Contact: Connie Bookman, 346-2922 or


Pensacola Catholic High School


This year marks Catholic High’s 18th consecutive Make a Difference Day effort, when student and parent volunteers will undertake 25 projects in Greater Pensacola. Catholic High welcomes financial or material support for the following projects:


• An estimated $200 for prizes at fall carnivals for Global Learning Academy and Oakcrest Elementary.


• $480 for materials to build six picnic tables for local nonprofits.


• An estimated $280 for door decorations at Rosewood Manor Nursing Home.


• $100 for flowers and other plants to spruce up landscaping and the Honor Brick Garden in anticipation of the Festival of Trees at the Santa Rosa Kids’ House.


• $1,009 for materials for eight fitness trail stations, painting the entrance area and landscaping at Sacred Heart Miracle Camp for seriously ill children.


• Any extra funding would allow Catholic High volunteers to take on more Make A Difference Day projects.


Catholic High also has three car washes to fund its Make A Difference Day projects.


Contact: Jane Moseley, 436-6400, ext. 115, or


Pensacola Delta Enrichment Center


According to the center, many needed community services, such as parent workshops, tutoring and other resources have diminished in the Belmont-DeVilliers neighborhood. The center’s project, called Family Day: It’s A Family Affair, will provide workshops and supplies to address healthy eating, physical activity, parenting and literacy. Volunteers will read to students, who will receive free books.


Contact: Rose George, 572-0152 or


The Salvation Army


The project involves installing fitness trail equipment. Its aim is to help local children in The Salvation Army’s programs get exercise. This project involves the purchase of equipment, benches, mulch and signage.


Contact: Roger

Windell, 432-1501 or


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