Community First Credit Union Gives Human Trafficking Victims Support to Start Over

Community First Credit Union Gives Human Trafficking Victims Support to Start Over

 

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Community First Credit Union awarded a $1,000 Investing in You grant to Rethreaded, a nonprofit agency dedicated to helping women victims of the sex trade industry restart their lives economically and emotionally. The grant will be used to support the agency’s T-shirt recycling business, which employs women who are emerging from lives of addiction, violence, human trafficking and prostitution.

Rethreaded collects donated T-shirts and teaches women to recycle them into new products, including handbags, scarves, and rugs. The agency sells these items, along with other products made by women all over the world, through home parties that not only raise money to reinvest in the project, but also help educate others on the horrors of human trafficking. The $1,000 grant will help the organization purchase a new sewing machine and sewing supplies.

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Break out the fuzzy dice: Cruisin' on Main Street

JACKSONVILLE -   There's sure to be more traffic than usual in a few weeks in Springfield on the night of June 23.  Some long time Jacksonville residents are breaking out the fuzzy dice and going cruising and they're inviting everyone to come along.

In the 60's and 70's, Main Street in Historic Springfield was the place to be on Friday and Saturday nights.  Jacksonville teens lined up in their cars cruising the strip.

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44 percent of workers have gained weight on the job

44 percent of workers have gained weight on the job

 

It’s happened to most of us, especially desk-bound workers. We’re at work and feeling as if we’ve been snacking all day. A handful of candy here and a bag of chips there doesn’t seem like a lot, but it adds up, especially when it comes to the numbers on the scale.

No excuses; Get Outdoors Florida!

 

School is out! All across Florida, students looking for summer activities. No wonder so many national programs highlight the fun of getting outdoors. June has the most daylight hours and the longest day of the year, providing plenty of opportunity for families and friends to enjoy nature and each other.

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What to do in Jacksonville this weekend

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Events on the First Coast were washed out last weekend because of Tropical Storm Beryl, so this weekend it's time to get out and enjoy the sunshine!

First Coast News' Amanda Zitzman takes you on the town in the video above. A complete list of events is below.

SATURDAY June 2, 2012

HALE & HEARTY 7K: Saturday, June 2 8:00 a.m. at Riverside Arts Market, the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida presents the Hale & Hearty 7K run through the Riverside and Avondale areas, celebrating healthy communities and happy and healthy places. Race begins and ends at the Riverside Arts Market.

Community First Credit Union Funds Improvements at Catty Shack Sanctuary

Community First Credit Union Funds Improvements at Catty Shack Sanctuary

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Tiger cubs and local children will reap the benefits of a new grant awarded as part of Community First Credit Union’s Investing In You contest.

The Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, a nonprofit agency dedicated to big cat rescue, won a $1,000 grant from Community First Credit Union to fund a new cabin and platforms for its five tiger cubs. Catty Shack Ranch is the second of this year’s six Investing In You winners to receive $1,000 through this summer’s community improvement contest.

Mayor: About 20,000 residents without power

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - In an 8:30 a.m. Monday update Mayor Alvin Brown said more than 50 JEA crews are out working to restore power around Jacksonville.

Residents can dial 665-6000 to report outages, and Mayor Brown urged residents to call 911 if they see downed power lines.

The mayor said about 20,000 residents were without power in Jacksonville Monday morning.

He also said the Wonderwood and Mathews Bridges remained closed. Garbage pick-up for today has been rescheduled for Saturday.

The mayor stated that he's been in contact with Gov. Rick Scott. The city website reports the following road closures at 8:50 a.m.:

- Riverside Avenue from Copeland to Barrs due to flooding.

- 5744 Salerno Road West due to downed power lines.

- Wilson Blvd. by Firestone Rd. due to a large pole in the middle of the roadway.