Nassau County’s Community United Way Kick Off

There are 44 United Way-funded programs located in Duval and Nassau counties that assist Nassau County residents.

Nassau County's Community United Way Kick Off

L to R: CA McDonald, Commissioner Stacy Johnson, Campaign Manager Amy Dyar and Mayor Susan Steger

Fernandina Beach, FL – The Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center in Fernandina Beach will be filled with Nassau County businesses, agency partners and elected officials celebrating United Way of Northeast Florida’s 2011 Nassau County Community Campaign Kickoff on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 8:00 a.m. Nassau County campaign chair CA McDonald, general manager of Rayonier, and Nassau County kickoff sponsor Terry West, president/CEO of VyStar Credit Union, will lead the breakfast event that will highlight how United Way is creating positive, sustainable change in Nassau County by focusing on the building blocks of a better life: education, income and health.

“There are basic things we all need for a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, financial stability and income that can support a family through retirement, and tools for a healthy and engaged life,” said Amy Dyar, campaign division manager for Nassau County. “United Way works in partnership with volunteers, community organizations and leaders. Your gift to United Way, invested with those of others, is the most powerful way to make a difference in our community.”

In addition to the kickoff presentation, the recreation center will also feature display tables of agency partners who will share their critical missions and informative materials with attendees. Each year, nearly 18,000 Nassau County residents receive assistance from United Way-funded programs, including disadvantaged preschoolers, at-risk youth, people with disabilities, dependent seniors, financially challenged families, and many others.

There are 11 Nassau County-based agencies and a total of 44 United Way-funded programs located in Duval and Nassau counties that assist Nassau County residents.

United Way certified agencies located in Nassau County include:

    • ARC Nassau
    • Barnabas Center
    • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida
    • Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida
    • Boy Scouts of America, North Florida Council
    • Communities in Schools of Nassau County
    • Episcopal Children’s Services
    • Girl Scouts of Gateway Council
    • Nassau County Council on Aging
    • Nassau County Volunteer Center
    • YMCA of Florida’s First Coast

Bright Mornings, located on 3rd St. in historic downtown Fernandina Beach, will cater the hot breakfast buffet. For more information on how to start a workplace or individual campaign, contact United Way Campaign Division Manager Amy Dyar at (904) 390-3239. To RSVP for the kickoff, call Rhoda Rush at (904) 390-3215 by September 30, 2011.

United Way of Northeast Florida works to create real, long-lasting change in Northeast Florida by focusing on the building blocks for a good life. United Way leads 2-1-1, a 24/7 information referral hotline; Life: Act 2, a pro-active response to an exploding senior population; and Full Service Schools, a community approach to removing barriers to academic success. For more information, call 904-390-3200 or visit

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