Twenty-one AmeriCorps members were recognized for completing their term of service with the North Florida Health Corps at a ceremony on July 14.
The Health Corps, an initiative of the Healthy Start Coalition, celebrated the 2014-15 Corps for their accomplishments over the 46-week term, including completing the required 1700 hours and providing direct service in various public health-focused nonprofit and government partners in five counties in North Florida, including Duval, Baker, Clay, Nassau and St. Johns.
Members took the time at the ceremony to reflect on their service. Samantha Tyler talked about the esprit de corps — the camaraderie the group built over the course of the term and the pride they felt in their service. Gardenia Duran discussed the challenges that members face, like financial difficulties, working with difficult clients and recognizing the impact they make.
Each member, mentor and site was recognized. Mentors then had the opportunity to thank the members for their service and efforts. The 21 members served at 16 sites:
- Florida Department of Health — Baker County
- Florida Department of Health — Clay County
- Florida Department of Health — Duval County
- Florida Department of Health — Nassau County
- Hubbard House
- I.M. Sulzbacher Center
- NEFL Healthy Start Coalition/Magnolia Project
- River Region Human Services
- UF CARES
- UF Health Jacksonville — Healthy Start
- Women’s Center of Jacksonville
- YMCA Duval County
- YMCA Clay County
- The Way Free Medical Clinic
- The Bridge of Northeast Florida
- THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health/Wolfson Children’s Hospital
Recruitment for the 2015-16 term is underway. The new Corps will start in early September.