2021 COMMUNITY EVENTS

Saturday, December 11, 2021
The AnnieRuth Foundation will host its monthly business seminar for participants of the 2022 summer internship program. Participants will receive life nuggets from representatives of the AnnieRuth Foundation, local community leaders, subject matter experts (SMEs) and prior award recipients.

Saturday, November 13, 2021
The AnnieRuth Foundation will host its monthly business seminar for participants of the 2022 summer internship program. Participants will receive life nuggets from representatives of the AnnieRuth Foundation, local community leaders, subject matter experts (SMEs) and prior award recipients.

Saturday, October 9, 2021
The AnnieRuth Foundation will host its monthly business seminar for participants of the 2022 summer internship program. Participants will receive life nuggets from representatives of the AnnieRuth Foundation, local community leaders, subject matter experts (SMEs) and prior award recipients.

Thursday, September 16, 2021
The AnnieRuth Foundation will host its annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony. This virtual awards ceremony will be hosted by Seline Washington. During the ceremony, Pastor Frederick B. Pinkney (Joshua Christian Faith Center) will bless the food, Leonard Chatman, Jr. will deliver a keynote address, former scholarship award recipient, Evan Quaintance will share ‘his’ journey, songstress, Mynia Porter will wow the audience with renditions of xx (xxxe) and xxx (xxx) and five very deserving students will receive a scholarship to attend the college/university of their choice.

2021 Scholarship Award Recipients
Lois Jean Bennett Scholarship: xxx
Erno L. Davis Scholarship: xxx
William Jacob Easton Scholarship: xxx
Deborah Jones Moore Scholarship: xxx
Sgt. Major Debra J. Wilcox Scholarship: xxx

Saturday, September 11, 2021
The AnnieRuth Foundation will host its monthly business seminar for participants of the 2022 summer internship program. Participants will receive life nuggets from representatives of the AnnieRuth Foundation, local community leaders, subject matter experts (SMEs) and prior award recipients.

Saturday, August 10, 2021
The AnnieRuth Foundation will host its monthly business seminar for participants of the 2022 summer internship program. Participants will receive life nuggets from representatives of the AnnieRuth Foundation, local community leaders, subject matter experts (SMEs) and prior award recipients.

Saturday, August 7, 2021
The AnnieRuth Foundation will host its 2021 Summer Internship Program Post-experience Celebration. 2020 and 2021 Award Recipients will share details of their summer experience with their peers. Job Coach, Tammy Cannon, will advise students how to use their newly learned skills both now and in their future.

Friday, July 16, 2021
The AnnieRuth Foundation’s Summer Internship Program’s internship experience ends.

Saturday, June 10, 2021
The AnnieRuth Foundation’s Summer Internship Program’s Meet & Greet.

Monday, June 7, 2021
The AnnieRuth Foundation’s Summer Internship Program’s internship experience begins.

Saturday, May 15, 2021
Participants of the AnnieRuth Foundation sat through an interview workshop, completed ‘mock’ interviews and on this day will complete professional business interviews (hosted by Human Resources Professionals).

Saturday, May 8, 2021
The AnnieRuth Foundation will host its monthly business seminar for participants of the 2021 summer internship program. Participants will receive life nuggets from representatives of the AnnieRuth Foundation, local community leaders, subject matter experts (SMEs) and prior award recipients.

Saturday, April 17, 2021
The AnnieRuth Foundation will host its monthly business seminar for participants of the 2021 summer internship program. Participants will receive life nuggets from representatives of the AnnieRuth Foundation, local community leaders, subject matter experts (SMEs) and prior award recipients. Additionally, parents will participate in their second parent meeting of the year.

Saturday, April 10, 2021
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted the second of its two required parent meetings. During this meeting, parents were provided with an update on the 2021 Summer Internship Program, an overview of how award recipient selections will be made and provided a status of The Royal Treatment.

Thursday, March 18, 2021
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted a virtual etiquette workshop. Simmie Raiford, Executive Director of the Schultz Center, entertained as she educated students on what’s acceptable and what’s not when dating and dining.

Saturday, March 13, 2021
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its monthly business seminar for participants of the 2021 summer internship program. Participants received life nuggets from representatives of the AnnieRuth Foundation, local community leaders, subject matter experts (SMEs) and prior award recipients.

Saturday, February 13, 2021
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its monthly business seminar for participants of the 2021 summer internship program. Participants received life nuggets from representatives of the AnnieRuth Foundation, local community leaders, subject matter experts (SMEs) and prior award recipients.

Saturday, January 9, 2021
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its monthly business seminar for participants of the 2021 summer internship program. Participants received life nuggets from representatives of the AnnieRuth Foundation, local community leaders, subject matter experts (SMEs) and prior award recipients.

Additionally, parents joined their child for the first half of the meeting, then transitioned to a private room to receive ‘news & current events’ from members of the AnnieRuth Foundation and community partners.

Saturday, December 19, 2020
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted an off-site team building event for its 2021 Summer Internship Program participants. Participants of the program enjoyed music, food, games and a talent showcase.

Saturday, December 19, 2020
The AnnieRuth Foundation in partnership with the B.O.A.T.T. and Farm Share served the northside community by hosting a Farm Share food give-a-way event. During this event, participants of the 2021 Summer Internship Program served over 500 families.

Saturday, December 12, 2020
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its monthly business seminar for participants of the 2021 summer internship program. Participants received life nuggets from representatives of the AnnieRuth Foundation, local community leaders, subject matter experts (SMEs) and former award recipients.

Saturday, November 14, 2020
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its monthly business seminar for participants of the 2021 summer internship program. Participants received life nuggets from representatives of the AnnieRuth Foundation, local community leaders, subject matter experts (SMEs) and former award recipients.

Saturday, October 10, 2020
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its monthly business seminar for participants of the 2021 summer internship program. Participants received life nuggets from representatives of the AnnieRuth Foundation, local community leaders, subject matter experts (SMEs) and prior award recipients.

Thursday, September 24, 2020
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its very first ‘virtual’ scholarship award ceremony. During the ceremony, Pastor Terry Hill, Jr. (Praise 107.9FM) blessed the food, Saxophonist, Evan Seltzer wowed the audience with renditions of Stevie Wonder (Sir Duke) and Dave Brubeck (Take Five) and four very deserving students received a scholarship to attend the college/university of their choice.

2020 Scholarship Award Recipients
Lois Jean Bennett Scholarship: Jazmin White
Erno L. Davis Scholarship: Evan Quaintance
Deborah Jones Moore Scholarship: Ar’mani Brunson
Inandi Gail Wyche Scholarship: Leiya Green

Saturday, September 12, 2020
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its monthly business seminar for participants of the 2021 summer internship program. Participants received life nuggets from representatives of the AnnieRuth Foundation, local community leaders, subject matter experts (SMEs) and prior award recipients.

Saturday, August 8, 2020
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its monthly business seminar for participants of the 2021 summer internship program. Participants received life nuggets from representatives of the AnnieRuth Foundation, local community leaders, subject matter experts (SMEs) and prior award recipients.

Saturday, July 11, 2020
Participants of the AnnieRuth Foundation’s 2021 Summer Internship Program attended their very first meeting. During this virtual Meet & Greet, participants learned of the rules and expectations that govern the Summer Internship Program. There are 50 students from 23 different high schools participating in this year’s program!

Thursday, June 18, 2020
Based on accumulated scores, 25 students were selected as 2020 Summer Internship Program Award Recipients. Congratulations to the following students: Adriel Strickland, Ashley Hall, Ayanna Gray, Celena Walker, Courtney Harold, Deyona Burton, Etinosa Mumphrey, Evan Seltzer, Ivan Bartley, Jade Hannan, Ja’nae Evans, Jimmie Carter, III, Korey Lucas, Kyle Lucas, Lauren Brooks, Leilani Melton, Massai Smith, Maya Victor, Mihiret Mulu, Mya Haak, Mynia Porter, Ogechi Jones, Shiah Stewart, Taria Newkirk and Zoe Gray.

Saturday, May 16, 2020
Participants of the AnnieRuth Foundation completed a business interview facilitated by Human Resource professionals from across the United States. The purpose of the interview was to increase self-esteem and self-confidence; equipping them with skills to have successful interviews in the future.

Saturday, May 9, 2020
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its final business seminar for participants of the 2020 summer internship program. Participants received life nuggets from representatives of the AnnieRuth Foundation, local community leaders, subject matter experts (SMEs) and prior award recipients. They also received a certificate of completion for participating in the program.

Thursday, May 7, 2020
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted a platform for participants and their parents to discuss thoughts, feelings, impacts, etc. of the COVID-19 pandemic. Professional facilitators guided discussions for students and parents to learn, share best practices and receive researched based information from local experts.

Thursday, April 30, 2020
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted an Etiquette Workshop using Zoom technology. Participants learned rules associated with fine dining.

Saturday, April 18, 2020
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its monthly business seminar for participants of the 2020 summer internship program. Participants received life nuggets from representatives of the AnnieRuth Foundation, local community leaders, subject matter experts (SMEs) and prior award recipients.

Thursday, March 19, 2020
Participants of the AnnieRuth Foundation’s Summer Internship Program participated in the March Business Seminar using a virtual platform.
The session focused on the importance of effective communication.

Saturday, March 14, 2020
For the safety and well-being of all involved, the AnnieRuth Foundation cancelled its monthly business seminar.

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Participants of the Summer Internship Program participated in the annual fundraiser, The Sky is the Limit; a fashion show benefiting the summer internship program. Over 400 guest enjoyed an elegant evening as participants of the 2020 summer internship program walked the run-way.

Saturday, February 15, 2020
Participants of the Summer Internship Program rehearsed for the upcoming Fashion Show, The Sky is the Limit. During rehearsal, Rhodesia Butler instructed students as to how to walk the runway with grace, confidence and style.

Saturday, February 8, 2020
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its monthly business seminar for participants of the 2020 summer internship program. Participants received life nuggets from representatives of the AnnieRuth Foundation, local community leaders, subject matter experts (SMEs) and prior award recipients.

Saturday, January 18, 2020
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its “Off-site Team Building Experience.”
Participants of the 2020 summer internship program met to relax, play games, listen to music, participate in a ‘talent showcase,’ and eat good foods. Additionally, fashion designer DaniAnn Rawls and Simone Garvey facilitated a workshop on Self Confidence & Stage Presence.

At the end of the day, a luck student walked away with a brand new Hover Board!

Saturday, January 11, 2020
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its monthly business seminar for participants of the 2020 summer internship program. Participants received life nuggets from representatives of the AnnieRuth Foundation, local community leaders, subject matter experts (SMEs) and prior award recipients.

Additionally, parents joined their child for the first half of the meeting, then transitioned to a private room to receive ‘news & current events’ from members of the AnnieRuth Foundation and community partners.

Saturday, December 21, 2019
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its 7th Annual Christmas party at Desert Winds & Caravan Trails Apartments (underserved communities located on the south side of Jacksonville). Youth ages 0 – 16 and senior citizens received toys, gifts and Christmas stockings. The entire community enjoyed food, music, arts & crafts and outdoor games.

A huge ‘thank you’ goes to this year’s event sponsors:
* Plumbers & Pipefitters, #234
* Ally
* The Law Firm of Pajcic & Pajcic
* Jacobs Engineering
* U.S. G.I.R.L.S.
* Mr. Chubby’s Wings
* The Children of Evergreen Baptist Church Sunday School

Saturday, December 14, 2019
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its monthly business seminar for participants of the 2020 summer internship program. Participants received life nuggets from representatives of the AnnieRuth Foundation, local community leaders, subject matter experts (SMEs) and prior award recipients.

Saturday, November 9, 2019
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its monthly business seminar for participants of the 2020 summer internship program. Participants received life nuggets from representatives of the AnnieRuth Foundation, local community leaders, subject matter experts (SMEs) and prior award recipients.

Saturday, October 12, 2019
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its monthly business seminar for participants of the 2020 summer internship program. Participants received life nuggets from representatives of the AnnieRuth Foundation, local community leaders, subject matter experts (SMEs) and prior award recipients.

Saturday, September 14, 2019
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its monthly business seminar for participants of the 2020 summer internship program. Participants received life nuggets from representatives of the AnnieRuth Foundation, local community leaders, subject matter experts (SMEs) and prior award recipients.

Saturday, August 17, 2019
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted a Meet & Greet for participants of the 2020 Summer Internship Program. Participants and their parents/guardians were required to attend this session so that they could understand expectations and requirements of the program.

Thursday, August 8, 2019
The AnnieRuth Foundation, in collaboration with Perfectly Suited Career Consulting, hosted its inaugural #ROYAL Youth Leadership Explosion (ROYAL, Reclaiming our Youth as Leaders). This city-wide, youth leadership conference took place at the main library (downtown Jacksonville). The purpose is to inspire, encourage and empower youth to exhibit leadership behaviors at home, in the community, at school and on their job. The target audience was 350 (which included youth ages 12 – 24 and their parents/guardians).

Saturday, August 3, 2019
2019 Summer Internship Award Recipients came together for a Post-experience Celebration. At this event, award recipients shared details of their six-week summer internship experience.

Friday, July 19, 2019
The 2019 summer internship Award Recipients ended their summer internship experience.

Monday, June 10, 2019
2019 Summer Internship Award Recipients began their summer internship experience. This year, we have aspiring doctors, lawyers, crime scene investigators, veterinarians, zoologists, medical professionals, human resources professionals, engineers, architects, biologists, researchers, film directors, journalists and marketers.

Saturday, June 8, 2019
The AnnieRuth Foundation participated in the 16th Annual Putt & Crawl Charity Golf Challenge on Jacksonville Beach. Hundreds of golfers visited sites to learn about the great work that nonprofits do on the First Coast, putt and give donations to further the cause.

Saturday, June 8, 2019
Participants of the AnnieRuth Foundation attended Orientation today. During this session, participants learned rules and expectations associated with the internship experience. They also signed the Terms & Conditions Agreement. Parents, mentors and financial sponsors also attended the meeting.

Sunday, May 26, 2019
The AnnieRuth Foundation made its formal announcement publicly announcing twenty-nine 2019 Summer Internship Program Award Recipients: Al’Asia Jenkins, Alesha McNair, Layla Burke, Makayla Walker, Khaylah Hall, Andrea Melendez, Joshua Smith, Robert Jones, Ian Beavers, Isaiah Hunt, Frederick Burgos, John Akhlaghi, Larry Fullwood, Jr., Ashley Saddler, Kelton Maystrick, Raleigh Burney, Shamoya Rodrigues, Lihmaria Garcia, Mia McNeil, Kynia McNeal, Mary Slifer, Taelyn Hall, Jordan Joseph, Jesselynn Russell, Jasmine Butler, Lauren Wilkinson and Jordan Tucker.

Sunday, May 19, 2019
The AnnieRuth Foundation announced winners of the Sgt. Major Debra J. Wilcox Scholarship Award and the Erno Davis Scholarship Award. The announcement was made at ‘s summer internship program advanced to the semi-final phase of the program, the formal interview. Aerotek hosted the segment of the program; providing their facility and 10 Human Resources professionals to complete the interviews.

Saturday, May 18, 2019
Participants of the AnnieRuth Foundation’s summer internship program advanced to the semi-final phase of the program, the formal interview. Aerotek (staffing agency) hosted the segment of the program; providing their facility and 10 Human Resources professionals to complete the interviews.

Saturday, May 11, 2019
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its last monthly business seminar for participants of the 2019 summer internship program. Participants received life nuggets from representatives of the AnnieRuth Foundation, local community leaders, subject matter experts (SMEs) and prior award recipients. A formal graduation ceremony also took place on this day.

Saturday, April 13, 2019
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its monthly business seminar for participants of the 2019 summer internship program. Participants received life nuggets from representatives of the AnnieRuth Foundation, local community leaders, subject matter experts (SMEs) and prior award recipients.

Saturday, March 23, 2019
Participants of the Summer Internship Program had dinner with a purpose.
A certified youth etiquette facilitator taught participants rules associated with fine dining as they enjoyed a lovely dinner; surrounded by lovely art work and the St. Johns River.

Saturday, March 9, 2019
The AnnieRuth Foundation will host its monthly business seminar for participants of the 2019 summer internship program. Participants received life nuggets from representatives of the AnnieRuth Foundation, local community leaders, subject matter experts (SMEs) and prior award recipients.

Saturday, February 23, 2019
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its first annual fashion show; benefiting the Summer Internship Program. Students walked the run-way before 500 guests who came out to support participants of the 2019 summer internship program.

Saturday, February 9, 2019
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its monthly business seminar for participants of the 2019 summer internship program. Participants received life nuggets from representatives of the AnnieRuth Foundation, local community leaders, subject matter experts (SMEs) and prior award recipients.

Saturday, January 26, 2019
Participants of the AnnieRuth Foundation’s Summer Internship Program participated in an off-site team-building experience. Participants met at the headquarters of the AnnieRuth Foundation. While there, they interacted with each other, played games, enjoyed music and ate lots of good foods. Participants also rehearsed for the upcoming fashion show, The Sky is the Limit.

Saturday, January 12, 2019
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its monthly business seminar for participants of the 2019 summer internship program. Participants received life nuggets from representatives of the AnnieRuth Foundation, local community leaders, subject matter experts (SMEs) and prior award recipients.

Saturday, December 15, 2018
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its 6th Annual Christmas party at Desert Winds & Silver Creek Apartments (underserved communities located on the south side of Jacksonville). Youth ages 0 – 16 and senior citizens received toys and Christmas stockings. The entire community enjoyed food, music, outdoor games and indoor arts & crafts.

A special thanks goes to event sponsors: Plumbers & Pipefitters, Ally, Chubby’s Wings and Flowers Discount Bread.

Saturday, December 8, 2018
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its monthly business seminar for participants of the 2019 summer internship program. Participants received life nuggets from representatives of the AnnieRuth Foundation, local community leaders, subject matter experts (SMEs) and prior award recipients.

Saturday, November 10, 2018
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its monthly business seminar for participants of the 2019 summer internship program. Participants received life nuggets from representatives of the AnnieRuth Foundation, local community leaders, subject matter experts (SMEs) and prior award recipients.

Saturday, October 27, 2018
The AnnieRuth Foundation participated in an annual youth summit hosted in Clay county. Executive Director, Dee Wilcox, moderated a panel discussion that consisted of seven community leaders; Pasor Lefils Carmil; Steve Kenney; Alisha Deleston, Theo Graham, Shallyn Kenney, Dr. Harelle Duncan and Atty. Gineud Louis. Each panelist shared personal strategies to assist with achieving goals. Over 30 youth of Haitian decent attended the summit.

Saturday, October 6, 2018
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted a Meet & Greet for students who registered to participate in the 2019 summer internship program. Participants and their parents/guardians received detailed information about the program, asked questions and participated in team building activities.

Tuesday, September 17, 2018
Representatives from the AnnieRuth Foundation visited Englewood High School to promote the 2019 Summer Internship Program.

Thursday, September 11, 2018
Representatives from the AnnieRuth Foundation shared information about the 2019 Summer Internship Program with parents of junior high school students of Paxon School for Advanced Studies.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Representatives from the AnnieRuth Foundation visited Providence School to promote the 2019 Summer Internship Program.

Friday, September 7, 2018
Representatives from the AnnieRuth Foundation attended the State of the Schools Address where Dr. Diana Greene shared data with stakeholders regarding the upward swing of Duval County Public Schools.

Friday, September 7, 2018
Representatives from the AnnieRuth Foundation shared information about the 2019 Summer Internship Program with local guidance counselors during the High School Annual Policy Update meeting.

Thursday, September 6, 2018
Representatives from the AnnieRuth Foundation shared information about the 2019 Summer Internship Program with parents of senior high school students of Paxon School for Advanced Studies.

Thursday, September 6, 2018
Representatives from the AnnieRuth Foundation visited First Coast High School to promote the 2019 Summer Internship Program.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Representatives from the AnnieRuth Foundation visited Robert E. Lee High School to promote the 2019 Summer Internship Program.

Saturday, September 1, 2018
Registration for the AnnieRuth Foundation’s 2019 Summer Internship Program begins. Registration will remain open until September 30.

Thursday, August 30, 2018
Representatives from the AnnieRuth Foundation visited Ribault High School to promote the 2019 Summer Internship Program.

Saturday, August 11, 2018
The AnnieRuth Foundation participated in a family health fair hosted by Voice of Joy Word Ministries International. Volunteers from the AnnieRuth Foundation spoke with families regarding the importance of developing healthy habits in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Those who stopped by also received information regarding the 2019 summer internship program; registration begins September 1, 2018.

Saturday, August 4, 2018
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its Post-experience Celebration. During this event, award recipients share details of their summer job experience with their peers. Afterwards, a professional career coach provides guidance as to how the students can use their newly learned experience and skills immediately and well into their future.

Friday, July 27, 2018
The AnnieRuth Foundation’s 2018 Summer Internship Program ends.

Monday, June 18, 2018
2018 Award Recipients began their internship experience. Here is where they will receive hands on experience in a professional environment that aligns with their career aspirations…

Timothy Harris (Raymond James Financial); Mia Walker (Lipscomb Smith Law); Nicolas Pineda (Community First Credit Union); Ian Maystrick (IJHANA); Hannah Ray (Client Focused Media); Shona Wright (IJHANA)
Stephany Fierro (Brunet Garcia Advertising); Eyan Eubanks (JEA)
Robert Smalls, Jr (NEFMS Physicians); Sarah Womack (Comfort Keepers)
Kaylin Walker (NEFMS Physicians); Kevin Davis (NEFMS Physicians)
Aliya Mathew (NEFMS Physicians); Tayana Rich (NEFMS Physicians)
Emily Perry (NEFMS Physicians); Nancy Strachan (Riverside Animal Hospital); Maurice Henderson, II (JEA)

*North East Florida Medical Society (NEFMS)

Saturday, June 9, 2018
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted orientation for its 2018 Summer Internship Program award recipients. Students, their parents/guardians, mentors and program sponsors were in attendance.

Sunday, June 3, 2018
The AnnieRuth Foundation formally announced its 2018 Summer Internship Program Award Recipients. Meet the interns…

Timothy Harris (Stock Broker); Mia Walker (Attorney)
Nicolas Pineda (Banker); Hannah Ray (Journalist)
Ian Maystrick (Computer Engineer); Shona Wright (Computer Engineer)
Stephany Fierro (Marketing Manager); Eyan Eubanks (Civil Engineer)
Robert Smalls, Jr (Neurosurgeon); Sarah Womack (Physical Therapist)
Kaylin Walker (Ped. Phys. Therapist); Kevin Davis (Orthopedic Surgeon)
Aliya Mathew (Primary Care Physician); Tayana Rich (Pathologist)
Emily Perry (Forensic Med. Examiner); Nancy Strachan (Veterinarian); Maurice Henderson, II (JEA)

Saturday, May 26, 2018
Local Human Resources professionals interviewed semi-finalists of the 2018 Summer Internship Program. Interview scores will determine who will get the job!

Saturday, May 26, 2018
Volunteers of the AnnieRuth Foundation met with youth at Eureka Gardens for CLUB’s closeout celebration. CLUB is an acronym which stands for ‘children learning ultimate behaviors.’ At CLUB, adult mentors engage youth in interactive discussions and activities that promote life skills associated with leadership, personal accountability and increased self-esteem. CLUB will resume in September 2018.

Sunday, May 20, 2018
The management team of Red Lobster (Baymeadow’s Road) hosted a surprise reception for 16 participants of the summer internship program who advanced to the semi-final stage of the program.

Saturday, May 19, 2018
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its fifth of five business seminars for participants of the 2018 summer internship program. During this month’s session, Junior Achievement VP, Tiffany Mackey Guthrie shared how to build an attractive personal brand.

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Volunteers of the AnnieRuth Foundation met with youth at Eureka Gardens for CLUB. CLUB is an acronym which stands for ‘children learning ultimate behaviors.’ At CLUB, adult mentors engage youth in interactive discussions and activities that promote life skills associated with leadership, personal accountability and increased self-esteem.

Saturday, April 28, 2018
Volunteers of the AnnieRuth Foundation met with youth at Eureka Gardens for CLUB. CLUB is an acronym which stands for ‘children learning ultimate behaviors.’ At CLUB, adult mentors engage youth in interactive discussions and activities that promote life skills associated with leadership, personal accountability and increased self-esteem. In observance of National Financial Literacy Month, Ally Financial engaged youth in interactive discussions and activities focused on the importance of financial management.

Friday, April 27, 2018
The AnnieRuth Foundation in partnership with At The Table visited Jean Ribault High school to facilitate a Vision Board session. During this workshop, students focused on goals and aspirations; creating a clear picture of what they want to be, do and/or have in their life.

Saturday, April 21, 2018
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its fourth of five business seminars for participants of the 2018 summer internship program. April is financial literacy awareness month. As such, Community First Credit Union sponsored this month’s event. Representatives of CFCU engaged participants in interactive discussions and activities related to financial investments and money management.

Saturday, April 14, 2018
Volunteers of the AnnieRuth Foundation met with youth at Eureka Gardens for CLUB. CLUB is an acronym which stands for ‘children learning ultimate behaviors.’ At CLUB, adult mentors engage youth in interactive discussions and activities that promote life skills associated with leadership, personal accountability and increased self-esteem. In observance of National Financial Literacy Month, representatives of Ally engaged youth in interactive discussions and activities focused on the importance of spending, donating and saving.

Thursday, April 12, 2018
The AnnieRuth Foundation participated in the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) of Jacksonville Chapter’s social event for graduating Public Relations majors.

Monday, April 9, 2018
The AnnieRuth Foundation in partnership with the Department of Health in Duval County visited Jean Ribault High school to facilitate a workshop on Self Presentation. During this workshop, students engaged in discussions focused on grooming and personal hygiene.

Saturday, March 24, 2018
Volunteers of the AnnieRuth Foundation met with youth at Eureka Gardens for CLUB. CLUB is an acronym which stands for ‘children learning ultimate behaviors.’ At CLUB, adult mentors engage youth in interactive discussions and activities that promote life skills associated with leadership, personal accountability and increased self-esteem. This week’s topic is Breaking the Cycle which focuses on the importance of making good choices.

Saturday, March 17, 2018
The AnnieRuth Foundation participated in Eureka Garden’s Spring Community Fair. This year’s focus was to bring resources into the community that will raise awareness and strengthen the whole person (e.g., body, mind, spirit and soul). Volunteers of the AnnieRuth Foundation shared the importance of eating healthy and exercising in an effort to minimize the likelihood of being diagnosed with preventable illnesses and diseases.

Saturday, March 17, 2018
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its third of five business seminars for participants of the 2018 summer internship program. During this month’s session, Human Resources professionals engaged participants in interactive discussions and activities related to the workforce (e.g., resume development, attire for hire and interview techniques).

Saturday, March 10, 2018
Volunteers of the AnnieRuth Foundation met with youth at Eureka Gardens for CLUB. CLUB is an acronym which stands for ‘children learning ultimate behaviors.’ At CLUB, adult mentors engage youth in interactive discussions and activities that promote life skills associated with leadership, personal accountability and increased self-esteem. This week’s topic is Breaking the Cycle which focuses on the importance of making good choices.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
The AnnieRuth Foundation visited Westside High to facilitate a workshop on Relationships. During this workshop, the Ladies of Westside High participated in interactive discussions as we explored the meaning of true relationships which included friendships, family relationships and aspects of dating.

Saturday, February 17, 2018
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its second of five business seminars for participants of the 2018 summer internship program. During this month’s session, participants will be introduced to appropriate verbal and non-verbal business communication skills. Additionally, a professional consultant will teach valuable skills related to the college application process and scholarship searches.

Saturday, February 10, 2018
Volunteers of the AnnieRuth Foundation met with youth at Eureka Gardens for CLUB. CLUB is an acronym which stands for ‘children learning ultimate behaviors.’ At CLUB, adult mentors engage youth in interactive discussions and activities that promote life skills associated with leadership, personal accountability and increased self-esteem. This week’s topic was ‘making good choices’.

Saturday, January 27, 2018
Volunteers of the AnnieRuth Foundation met with youth at Eureka Gardens for CLUB. CLUB is an acronym which stands for ‘children learning ultimate behaviors.’ At CLUB, adult mentors engage youth in interactive discussions and activities that promote life skills associated with leadership, personal accountability and increased self-esteem. This week’s topic is health & wellness (body, mind and spirit).

Saturday, January 20, 2018
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its first of five business seminars for participants of the 2018 summer internship program. During this session, community leader, Keitha Nelson (First Coast News) shared personal insights on the importance of internships; Judd Wilson-Chatman informed participants of 5 common mistakes made when writing essays (based on actual essays submitted during the application process); and professional life coach, Tammy Cannon McGriff (TLC Enterprise, LLC), engaged participants in discussions based on a previously submitted career exploration assignment.

Saturday, January 13, 2018
Volunteers of the AnnieRuth Foundation met with youth at Eureka Gardens for CLUB. CLUB is an acronym which stands for ‘children learning ultimate behaviors.’ At CLUB, adult mentors engage youth in interactive discussions and activities that promote life skills associated with leadership, personal accountability and increased self-esteem. This week’s topics are self-image & the importance of good hygiene.

Saturday, December 9, 2017
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its 5th Annual Christmas Party at Eureka Gardens Apartments. The party was exclusively for CLUB kids and their invited guests (who were also residents of Eureka Gardens). Attendees participated in interactive discussions focused on ‘the real meaning of Christmas.’ they also enjoyed singing Christmas carols, playing indoor activites, playing outdoor games and dancing to music. Everyone in attendance received a Christmas stocking (filled with goodies), a toy of their choice and lunch. Additionally, each CLUB kid received a brand new bicycle (compliments of Plumbers & Pipefitters, #234).

A special ‘thanks’ goes out to the AnnieRuth Foundation’s 2018 Summer Internship Program who unselfishly ‘gave back to the community’ by volunteering at this event!

Thursday, November 30, 2017
Members of the AnnieRuth Foundation fellowshipped with Dr. Todney Bynes and the congregation of Word of Life Empowerment Center. Dr. Bynes provided a platform for the AnnieRuth Foundation to share the great work that the foundation is doing in underserved communities on the First Coast.

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Participants of the AnnieRuth Foundation’s 2018 Summer Internship Program came together to introduce themselves, participate in interactive activities and understand how participating in the program could ultimately result in a summer internship experience working in their career field of their dream. During the meeting, City Councilman, Sam Newby inspired participants by sharing how an internship experience made it possible for him earn a six-figure salary and retire after working for the company for 30 years.

Saturday, November 11, 2017
Volunteers of the AnnieRuth Foundation met with youth at Eureka Gardens for CLUB. CLUB is an acronym which stands for ‘children learning ultimate behaviors.’ At CLUB, adult mentors engage youth in interactive discussions and activities that promote life skills associated with leadership, personal accountability and increased self-esteem. This week’s character trait was Responsibility.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
The AnnieRuth Foundation visited Westside High to facilitate a workshop on Career Planning & Resume Development. During this workshop, the Ladies of Westside High participate in interactive discussions as we explored the definition of career planning, took a personal career assessment and reviewed tips for successful career planning. Additionally, the ladies discovered how to develop a winning resume.

Saturday, October 28, 2017
Volunteers of the AnnieRuth Foundation met with youth at Eureka Gardens for CLUB. CLUB is an acronym which stands for ‘children learning ultimate behaviors.’ At CLUB, adult mentors engage youth in interactive discussions and activities that promote life skills associated with leadership, personal accountability and increased self-esteem. This week’s character trait was Leadership.

Friday, October 20, 2017
The AnnieRuth Foundation visited Darnell Cookman, School of the Medical Arts to speak with juniors and seniors about the 2018 Summer Internship Program. Through this program, students have an opportunity to compete for a summer job in the field of their dreams.

Thursday, October 19, 2017
The AnnieRuth Foundation visited Westside High to speak with juniors and seniors about participating in the 2018 Summer Internship Program. Through this program, students have an opportunity to compete for a summer job in the field of their dreams.

Monday, October 16, 2017
The AnnieRuth Foundation was a guest on Region Voice Radio with Bishop Allen Coleman (PURE 103.7FM/1320AM). Dee Wilcox, Executive Director of the AnnieRuth Foundation raised community awareness about the Foundation and shared information about the 2018 Summer Internship Program.

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Volunteers of the AnnieRuth Foundation met with youth at Eureka Gardens for CLUB. CLUB is an acronym which stands for ‘children learning ultimate behaviors.’ At CLUB, adult mentors engage youth in interactive discussions and activities that promote life skills associated with leadership, personal accountability and increased self-esteem. This week’s character trait was Love.

Friday, October 13, 2017
The AnnieRuth Foundation was a guest on the Power Up Morning Show with Pastor Terry Hill (PRAISE 107.9FM). Dee Wilcox, Executive Director of the AnnieRuth Foundation raised community awareness about the Foundation, shared information about the newest program CLUB and shared information about the 2018 Summer Internship Program.

Friday, October 13, 2017
The AnnieRuth Foundation visited Jean Ribault High school to share information with juniors and seniors about the 2018 Summer Internship Program. Through this program, students have an opportunity to compete for a summer job in the field of their dreams.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
The AnnieRuth Foundation was featured on First Coast Living (WTLV). First Coast Living is a unique magazine style show that features local community events and businesses. Board members of the AnnieRuth Foundation raised community awareness about the Foundation and shared information about the 2018 Summer Internship Program.

Thursday, October 5, 2017
The AnnieRuth Foundation visited Robert E. Lee High school to speak with juniors and seniors about participating in the 2018 Summer Internship Program. Through this program, students have an opportunity to compete for a summer job in the field of their dreams.

Saturday, September 23, 2017
The AnnieRuth Foundation launched it’s newest program, CLUB, at Eureka Gardens. CLUB is an acronym which stands for ‘children learning ultimate behaviors.’ At CLUB, adult mentors engage youth in interactive discussions and activities that promote life skills associated with leadership, personal accountability and increased self-esteem.

Saturday, August 12, 2017
The AnnieRuth Foundation participated in a family health fair hosted by Voice of Joy Word Ministries International. Volunteers from the AnnieRuth Foundation spoke with families regarding the importance of developing healthy habits in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Those who stopped by also received information regarding the 2018 summer internship program; registration begins October 1, 2017.

Saturday, July 29, 2017
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its 2017 summer internship program post-experience celebration. During this celebration, award recipients shared their amazing internship experiences in a group setting. A career coach was on hand to help the students understand how their newly acquired knowledge and skills can be allied as they continue on their journey to success.

Saturday, July 15, 2017
The AnnieRuth Foundation participated in Family, Friends and Community Day hosted by Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church. This family friendly event allowed the church and the community to learn about various church ministries and community initiatives. The AnnieRuth Foundation shared information regarding the importance of eating healthy and exercising in an effort to minimize the likelihood of being diagnosed with preventable illnesses and diseases. There was fun, games and free food for all.

Saturday, May 27, 2017
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its 2017 Summer Internship orientation session. During this meeting, award recipients (and their parents) reviewed terms and conditions associated with their summer jobs. They also had the opportunity to mingle with their mentors.

The AnnieRuth Foundation would like to thank our 2017 program mentors and sponsors for assisting us with preparing our youth for their future:

MENTORS
Bell and Associates (Kennady Jackson & Glenda Frierson)
Biltmore Elementary School (Kiana Wilkins)
Client Focused Media; home of Buzz Magazine (Dajah Moe)
JEA (Maurice Henderson, II)
Lipscomb Smith Law (Draven Cook)
Meow & Barks Boutique (Alexis Butler)
Scratchwerk, LLC (Symuel Gaynor)
Sterling Flight Training (Je’Coven Smith)
The Florida Training Academy (Kaylin Peavie)

SPONSORS
Ms. Candice Robinson, parent of 2016 award recipient
Mr. Reginald F. Tolbert, RF Tolbert Financial Group
Comprehensive Health Management
Edward Meredith Foundation
MyVilliage Project Community Fund
Jacksonville Journey

Sunday, May 21, 2017
Summer internship program award recipients were announced at Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church during the 10:15AM service. Eleven semi-finalists learned that they will all have summer jobs working in the field of their dreams!

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Semi-finalists of the AnnieRuth Foundation’s Summer Internship Program completed the business interview component of the program. Students interviewed with business professionals in hopes of securing a job in the field of their dreams!

A special thanks to Shirley James, Destinee Williams, Latanya Peterson and Hank Rogers.

Saturday, April 23, 2017
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its 2017 Summer Internship Program Reception at Red Lobster, Baymeadows Road. Eleven semi-finalists were pleasantly surprised as it was revealed that their essay was written well enough for them to advance to the next phase of the program. Red Lobster’s management team made the students feel really special by providing food, drinks and gift cards in acknowledgment of their accomplishments.

Saturday, April 22, 2017
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a resume development workshop for residents of University Plaza Apartments. Participants were introduced to the components of a resume, learned about common resume mistakes and learned effective techniques for writing a winning resume.

Saturday, April 15, 2017
The AnnieRuth Foundation’s Executive Director was invited to be a panelist at the PowHerful Jacksonville Empowerment Summit (hosted by Soledad O’Brien). As a member of the Endure panel, Dee Wilcox shared with over 100 young ladies challenges that she faced during her childhood and techniques that she used to help her overcome.

Saturday, April 8, 2017
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its 2017 Summer Internship Program Business Seminar. During this full-day seminar, students engaged in interactive workshops focused on resume development, interview skills, financial management, diversity & inclusion and much more!

Saturday, February 25, 2017
Performing live at the Karpeles Museum Auditorium, Melba Moore! Still Standing, the Melba Moore Story, is a 90-minute musical that depicts the life of Moore. A portion of the proceeds benefited the AnnieRuth Foundation.

Friday, February 24, 2017
Tony Award Winner, actress and 3x Grammy nominee, Melba Moore hosted a youth monologue workshop exclusively for youth involved with the AnnieRuth Foundation. The workshop, focused on music/voice and theatrics and was facilitated as a part of the Melba Moore, Still Standing Tour.

Saturday, February 18, 2017
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a resume development workshop for residents of Eureka Gardens Apartments. Participants learned about the components of a resume, common resume mistakes as well as effective techniques for writing a winning resume.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated the workshop Breaking the Cycle at the Clara White Mission. Students participated in interactive discussions regarding how to break the cycle of ‘generational curses.’ Certified professionals addressed topics such as: leadership development, risks associated with making poor decisions and goal setting.uth

Saturday, December 17, 2016
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its 4th Annual Christmas Party Saturday, December 17 at University Plaza Apartments. Residents enjoyed playing outdoor games, toys, food, performances by local entertainers, music by DJ King Ron and a visit from Santa. Local sponsors included: Plumbers & Pipefitters, Local #234; UF Shands, Jacksonville; Walgreens (8th & Davis); and McDonalds, Gerena Foods Management.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
The AnnieRuth Foundation provided Thanksgiving dinner to over 30 families on the First Coast. Board members and volunteers of the AnnieRuth Foundation delivered food baskets to residents of Monaco Arms, Eureka Gardens and University Plaza apartments. The residents expressed gratitude for the blessing!

Thursday, November 17, 2016
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated the workshop Breaking the Cycle at University Plaza Apartments. Residents participated in interactive discussions regarding how to break the cycle of ‘generational curses.’ Certified professionals addressed topics such as: leadership development, risks associated with making poor decisions and goal setting.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
The AnnieRuth Foundation was invited to Westside High school to facilitate the workshop Breaking the Cycle. Students in Mr. Lewis’ class participated in interactive discussions regarding how to break the cycle of ‘generational curses.’ Certified professionals addressed topics such as: the importance of education, maintaining good health, leadership development, goal setting and taking actions to accomplish goals.

Saturday, October 1, 2016
The AnnieRuth Foundation participated in The 2016 Human Race. This fun family-friendly event was hosted at Anheuser Busch Brewery and attracted fitness gurus from the First Coast and Georgia.

Saturday, September 24, 2016
The AnnieRuth Foundation participated in Fish, Grits and Politics. This event, sponsored by the Jacksonville Free Press, provided a forum for local politicians to share how they became involved with politics, who motivated/inspired them to become who they are and what they are doing to assist with the progression of the great city of Jacksonville. Over 500 residents attended this event!

Saturday, August 27, 2016
The AnnieRuth Foundation joined the University of Phoenix, Jacksonville Alumni Chapter, for a day of fun at King Pin Bowling Center. The day was filled with fun, laughter and good food. The Chapter, a staunch supporter of the AnnieRuth Foundation, took a moment to express their purpose of promoting education as a life long experience as well as serving the Jacksonville community through partnerships with local nonprofit organizations.

Sunday, August 21, 2016
The AnnieRuth enrolled four students in Chinese school; a structured educational forum sponsored by the Jacksonville Chinese Association (JCA). The mission of the Chinese school is to promote Chinese language and culture by providing educational opportunities to students from all backgrounds and all ages. Classes are held on Sundays at UNF from 2:00PM – 4:00PM.

Monday, August 15, 2016
The AnnieRuth Foundation, in collaboration with MLXL Productions, Inc. (a local screen printing and embroidery company) donated 150 back sacks to Andrew A. Robinson elementary school. The back sacks were stuffed with useful items for the students to enjoy!

Saturday, August 13, 2016
The AnnieRuth Foundation will participate in the Department of Health in Duval County’s (DOH) “I Choose” Youth Empowerment Rally. The goal is to equip young people with knowledge, tools and resources so that they will begin to make healthy life choices. The event, designed for 13 – 24 year olds, will offer educational workshops for both parents and youth, indoor activities, outdoor physical fitness activities and local talent showcases. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Saturday, August 2, 2016
The AnnieRuth Foundation attended a pre-olympic celebration, The Road to Rio, sponsored by Comcast. The evening at MOCA consisted of networking opportunities, heavy hors d’oevres, photos with Shannon Miller and a presentation on Comcast’s enhanced technology that will enable millions of viewers to watch about 4,500 hours of live-streaming video of every olympic event.

Monday, July 11, 2016
The AnnieRuth Foundation was featured on Praise 107.9. Pastor Terry Hill, Jr. interviewed the Foundation’s Executive Director asking specific questions relative to programs and services that the Foundation offers to the community. The AnnieRuth Foundation’s Summer Internship Program received accolades for being a model program that grooms high school students into becoming successful professionals in their chosen fields. Click on the ‘Our Programs’ tab and select Summer Internship Program to hear the recorded interview.

Thursday, July 7, 2016
The BUZZ Magazine invited the AnnieRuth Foundation into the studio for a video recorded interview. Topics of discussion included programs and services offered by the AnnieRuth Foundation, our partnership with Hands on Jacksonville and upcoming community events!

Saturday, June 11, 2016
The AnnieRuth Foundation participated in the 2016 Man Up for Health Summit for Men & Boys. President Stan Johnson was a featured panelist addressing health related topics that affect boys and men.

Sunday, May 29, 2016
The AnnieRuth Foundation was featured on The Morning Show to share information about the Summer Internship Program; a program that affords junior and senior high school students the opportunity to compete for the job of their dreams! 2016 award recipients Zacari Rogers and Keshon Mabry represented the program well as they shared details of their future aspirations.

Please visit our FaceBook page to view photos.

Saturday, May 28, 2016
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its ‘required’ meeting for 2016 Summer Internship award recipients and their parents/guardians. During the meeting, program participants reviewed and signed their Terms and Conditions Agreement; a document that explains the terms and conditions that govern the program. Intern hosts and intern sponsors were also invited to the meeting.

Please visit our FaceBook page to view photos from the meeting. Photographer, Greg Barnes.

Saturday, May 21, 2016
The AnnieRuth Foundation participated in the Early Learning Coalition’s Family Childcare Conference. The conference took place at St. Thomas’ Family Life Center. The focus was methods and resources that promote overall health for families and young children. The conference included a panel discussion consisting of health & well-being experts, music & exercise sessions and resources tables supported by local vendors.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The AnnieRuth Foundation was invited to Westside High school to facilitate the workshop Breaking the Cycle. Students in Mr. Lewis’ class participated in interactive discussions regarding how to break the cycle of ‘generational curses.’ Certified professionals addressed topics such as: the importance of education, maintaining good health, leadership development, goal setting and taking actions to accomplish goals.

Sunday, May 15, 2016
Today, four finalist were informed that they are recipients of the AnnieRuth Foundation’s 2016 Summer Internship Program. These four students will be placed in a safe, professional environment that aligns with their career aspirations.

Zacari Rogers – Zacari desires to become a Naval Officer (concentration in journalism) and interned at the Jacksonville Free Press.
Keshon Mabry – Keshon desires to become a Licensed Practical Nurse and interned at the Florida Training Academy.
TaNia Anderson – TaNia desires to become a Buyer in the Fashion Merchandising industry and interned at Meow & Barks Boutique.
Earl ‘EJ’ Robinson – Earl desires to obtain a career in Mass Communications and interned at Praise 107.9FM.

Many thanks to those who made these students’ dream come true: Jenipher Wiley (Spring Gardens of Orange Park), Sherrif Darryl & Denise Daniels and James ‘Drew’ Andrews.

Saturday, April 30, 2016
The AnnieRuth Foundation’s Summer Internship Program is well underway! Today, ten finalists interviewed for their dream job. Next week, award recipients will recieve news regarding their placement in a professional setting that aligns with their career aspirations.

Saturday, April 30, 2016
The AnnieRuth Foundation participated in Family Support Service’s community event, Party in the Park for Prevention. The event was held at Edward Waters College: Adams-Jenkins Community Sports & Music Complex. The theme was healthy and safe families. Families participated in fun-filled activities as they learned about various prevention services offered in the Jacksonville area.

Sunday, April 24, 2016
Red Lobster (Baymeadows location) hosted a reception in honor of 10 students who are advancing to the next phase of the AnnieRuth Foundation’s 2016 Summer Internship Program. Management and staff created a relaxed atmosphere for the students and their parents; providing food and drinks to everyone’s satisfaction. They even presented each student with a gift card to congratulate them on their achievement!

The reception was hosted to inform students that of the 23 applications received, their essay score ranked high enough for them to advance to the next phase of the program; the interview phase! The parents were in on the surprise and ensured that their child arrived to the event oblivious as to what was about to take place. The students were relieved and delighted to learn the news.

During the interview phase, students will compete for their ‘dream job.’ The one male and one female who interview best will be placed in a professional environment that aligns with their career aspirations.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a personal development workshop focused on diversity & inclusion. Students at Lee High school engaged in interactive discussions focused on understanding the differences of others. One key message was, it’s easy to shut down and exclude others but its rewarding to conduct research in an effort to gain understanding.

Monday, April 18, 2016
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a personal development workshop from its Unlock Your Potential collection. Students at Lee High school took part in interactive discussions as well as activities focused on the ‘art’ of public speaking.

Sunday, April 17, 2016
The AnnieRuth Foundation, in collaboration with Hands on Jacksonville, hosted its 4th annual anniversary celebration. Its purpose was not only to spotlight accomplishments made over the past year but most importantly, to celebrate and recognize our dedicated and committed volunteers. All volunteers were invited to attend this free outdoor, fun-filled event. It’s our way to say ‘thank you’ for all you do in support of the AnnieRuth Foundation. Many volunteers brought their entire family to enjoy an afternoon at the beautiful Friendship Fountain!

Saturday, April 2, 2016
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted a business seminar for junior and senior high school students who applied for the 2016 Summer Internship Program. Community experts facilitated workshop topics on resume development, interview techniques, ethical behaviors in the workplace and financial management. The program, in its third consecutive year, affords high school students the opportunity to work in a professional environment that aligns with their career aspirations as they earn money for their future.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
For the second consecutive year, the AnnieRuth Foundation will be recognized by the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women for the great work that it is doing in Jacksonville communities. Honorees and invited guests were greeted by Tangi K. Williams, Commission Chair. In addition, the audience learned about each honoree in terms of their dedication and commitment to the First Coast.

The Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women was established as an advisory commission in 1972 by Mayor Hans G. Tanzler Jr., becoming a full commission under the leadership of Mayor Jake Godbold in 1982. Its mission is to serve as a catalyst for moving all women forward by educating the community, advocating on behalf of women’s issues and celebrating the accomplishments of women.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a parenting workshop at the Episcopal Children’s Services. This week’s topic was Stress & Family Conflict. Its objective is to understand the root causes of stress and discuss proven techniques that families use to effectively deal with conflict.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a parenting workshop at the Episcopal Children’s Services. This week’s topic was Effective Discipline. Its objective is to understand why children misbehave, differentiate between discipline and punishment and identify positive disciplinary strategies and tips for handling misconduct.

Monday, March 7, 2016
The AnnieRuth Foundation visited First Coast High School to promote the 2016 Summer Internship Program. Eleventh and twelfth grade students in Ms. Graham’s first period English class were introduced to the program and had the opportunity to ask questions and understand how participating in the program would give them an advantage when competing for employment opportunities against non participants.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a parenting workshop at Episcopal Children’s Services. This week’s topic was Fun with Food & Fitness. Its objective is to discuss the benefits of healthy eating and routine exercise.

Thursday, January 28, 2016
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a parenting workshop at Oak Hill Church of the Nazarene. This week’s topic was Fun with Food & Fitness. Its objective is to discuss the benefits of healthy eating and routine exercise.

Workshops are designed for parents who have had their children legally removed from their home, those who are on the verge of having their child removed from the home, those who are required to go through the certification program as a requirement of the facility or those who simply want to learn basic parenting skills. At the end of each workshop, parents receive a certificate. The program is completed once the parent successfully completes all eight modules.

To learn more about parenting workshops or how you can volunteer, please call 904.200.7202.

Sunday, December 20, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted a Christmas ‘meet & greet’ on Sunday, December 20th at University Plaza Apartments (located behind UF Health). The event included information sharing, toys for everyone, a bicycle “chance drawing,” t-shirt give-a-ways and light refreshments…fun for the entire family!

In 2016, the AnnieRuth Foundation will begin hosting educational workshops on-site at University Plaza Apartments. This event was a fun way to introduce the AnnieRuth Foundation to the residents while at the same time spread Christmas cheer!

Saturday, December 19, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its 3rd Annual Christmas Party on Saturday, December 19. The event was hosted at Monaco Arms apartments and included indoor arts & crafts for senior citizens, organized outdoor games & activities for youth, music, entertainment by violinist, Kaylin Peavey and food for everyone! Additionally, Santa was on site taking photos with the kiddies!

Friday, December 11, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation joined forces with Operation Homefront as they hosted their Holiday Meals for Military Families event. Volunteers of the AnnieRuth Foundation were on hand to assist with decorations, registration, food distribution and the clean-up effort.

Operation Homefront is a nonprofit organization that provides emergency financial and other assistance to military families on the First Coast.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation, in partnership with Bow Leg’z Bar-b-que, “Ambushed” three families for Thanksgiving! Three lucky families were selected to receive a fully cooked Thanksgiving dinner, prepared by Bow Leg’z Bar-b-Que. The dinners (prepared to accommodate a family of five) consisted of turkey breast, dressing, green beans, macaroni and cheese, dinner rolls and an apple pie.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation, in partnership with the University of Phoenix-Jacksonville Alumni Chapter, provided Thanksgiving dinner to over 30 families on the First Coast. Volunteers of the AnnieRuth Foundation delivered Thanksgiving food baskets to residents of Monaco Arms, Eureka Gardens and University Plaza apartments.

Saturday, November 14, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a workshop on resume writing & interviewing techniques during the Youth Summit sponsored by the Haitian-American Professional Association of NE Florida. Over 100 participants received valuable information specific to health & wellness, the legal system, professional development and protecting youth in Haitian-American communities.

Saturday, October 26, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a parenting workshop at St. Paul United Methodist Church (Lone Star Road). This week’s topic will was Learning on the Go. Its objective is to provide parents with tools and techniques that will enable them to enhance their child’s learning process outside of the home setting.

Workshops are designed for parents who have had their children legally removed from their home, those who are on the verge of having their child removed from the home or those who simply want to learn basic parenting skills. At the end of each workshop, parents receive a certificate. The program is completed once the parent successfully completes all nine parenting modules.

Thursday, September 24, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a parenting workshop at the Historic Wells Fargo Building in Springfield (Jax.). This week’s topic was Successful Parenting. Its objective is to focus on qualities that we as parents would like for our children to have, what our children “need” as they take their journey through life and the role of responsible parents.

Workshops are designed for parents who have had their children legally removed from their home, those who are on the verge of having their child removed from the home or those who simply want to learn basic parenting skills. At the end of each workshop, parents receive a certificate. The program is completed once the parent successfully completes all nine modules.

Saturday, September 12, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation participated in A Day of Remembrance, hosted by Northeast Florida Community Action Agency. The event focused on disaster preparedness, wellness and educational resources for low-income consumers. Despite inclement weather conditions, over 100 residents showed up at Emmitt Reed Center (Jacksonville) to learn about services local vendors provide to the public, receive educational material, participate in CPA demonstrations, receive free bike helmets, enjoy free food and receive lots of give-a-aways.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation, in partnership with Comcast and Family Support Services of North Florida, hosted a health & wellness presentation at Oceanway Elementary School. The event was designed for 4th grade students and their parents. It’s goal was to introduce Family Support Services’ STEPS program as well as to educate youth on the importance of developing good habits such as eating healthy and exercising routinely (in an effort to combat childhood illnesses and diseases such as obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc.). Students received book bags filled with school supplies, give-a-ways, nutritious recipes and fresh fruits and vegetables to take home and enjoy.

Saturday, August 22, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation, in partnership with Comcast, participated in McGowan’s Spinal Rehabilitation Center & the Mario Butler Foundation’s back-to-school drive. Over 400 students participated in this awesome community event! Students received book bags, backpacks, school supplies, clothing, fresh fruits, hot dogs, sausage dogs, hamburgers and drinks. DJ Cap provided the music.

Saturday, July 11, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its second annual, Cruising for our Communities benefit event Saturday, July 11, 2015 aboard the Foxy Lady. Keitha Nelson, WTLV-12 news anchor, served as emcee and Lynnea Maystrick, Sr. Director at Family Support Services, served as keynote speaker. Ms. Maystrick shared her personal story dealing with nonprofits as well as the added value that nonprofit organizations such as the AnnieRuth Foundation bring to Jacksonville communities.

Cruising for our Communities is our opportunity to invite friends and family members on a 2-hour cruise down the St. John’s River and update them on our programs and services of which we are so very proud to offer to Jacksonville communities. During this year’s cruise, we were able to introduce our 2015 Summer Internship award recipient, Daisy Dabney to our guests. Also recognized were: Plumbers and Pipefitters (#234), W.W. Gay Mechanical Contractors and Lee and Cates Glass; three companies that are joining forces to ensure that our building is ready to occupy by the end of 2015 so that we can better serve the community. A special “thank you” was sent to event sponsors including the University of Phoenix, Jacksonville Alumni Chapter.

Over 125 guests enjoyed the evening which consisted of live music played by Dr. Ellen Chavis, comedic entertainment brought on by Lady A.J., good food prepared by Annie Ru’s catering and great people!

A portion of the proceeds from this event was given to the Maritime License Training Company (MLTC). MLTC gives back to the community by offering scholarships to men and women who are unemployed and/or underemployed; providing them an opportunity to become positive contributors of society. Graduates of this six-month program can transition into the Maritime industry earning $30K with the possibility of earning a six figure salary at some point in their career.

Saturday, June 13, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its 2nd Anniversary Celebration. Its purpose is to celebrate the dedication and commitment of our volunteers, supporters and sponsors. Volunteer of the year awards were presented to Cheryl Hughes and Jacquana Hughes for the numerous hours that they dedicated to the foundation during the 2014/2015 fiscal year. Honorable Mention awards were presented to Margrette Thomas, Kathyleen Morton and Sherika Perry.

Monday, June 8, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a parenting workshop at the Sulzbacher Center. This week’s topic was Learning on the Go. Its objective is to provide parents with tools and techniques that will enable them to enhance their child’s learning process outside of the home setting.

Workshops are designed for parents who have had their children legally removed from their home, those who are on the verge of having their child removed from the home, those who are required to go through the certification program as a requirement of the facility or those who simply want to learn basic parenting skills. At the end of each workshop, parents receive a certificate. The program is completed once the parent successfully completes all eight modules.

To learn more about parenting workshops or how you can volunteer, please call 904.200.7202.

Monday, June 1, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a parenting workshop at the Sulzbacher Center. This week’s topic was Abuse & Neglect Prevention. Its objective is to identify common physical and behavioral indicators of abuse and neglect, causes and risk factors of abuse and neglect as well as the overall effects of abuse and neglect.

Workshops are designed for parents who have had their children legally removed from their home, those who are on the verge of having their child removed from the home, those who are required to go through the certification program as a requirement of the facility or those who simply want to learn basic parenting skills. At the end of each workshop, parents receive a certificate. The program is completed once the parent successfully completes all eight modules.

To learn more about parenting workshops or how you can volunteer, please call 904.200.7202.

Monday, June 1, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation collaborated with Julia Leggett’s Pillow Project. The collaboration yielded over 300 pillows! Collected pillows were presented to children who live in underserved communities who do not have a pillow to call their own. On this day, pillows, inscribed with a bible verse, were distributed to children who live at the Sulzbacher Center.

Friday, May 29, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation, in partnership with Comcast and the Duval County Extension Office, hosted a health & wellness presentation at S.P. Livingston Elementary School. The event was designed for 5th grade students and their parents. It’s goal is to educate youth on the importance of eating healthy and exercising (in an effort to combat juvenile diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and other common childhood diseases and illnesses). Participants received fresh fruits and vegetables (purchased from our local Farmer’s Market and washed and pre-packaged by local businesses). Students also received an AnnieRuth t-shirt and back-sack. The Honorable Connie Hall attended the event and expressed her satisfaction with all aspects of the presentation.

Monday, May 18, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a parenting workshop at the Sulzbacher Center. This week’s topic was Effective Discipline. Its objective is to understand why children misbehave, differentiate between discipline and punishment and identify positive disciplinary strategies and tips for handling misconduct.

Workshops are designed for parents who have had their children legally removed from their home, those who are on the verge of having their child removed from the home, those who are required to go through the certification program as a requirement of the facility or those who simply want to learn basic parenting skills. At the end of each workshop, parents receive a certificate. The program is completed once the parent successfully completes all eight modules.

To learn more about parenting workshops or how you can volunteer, please call 904.200.7202.

Monday, May 11, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a parenting workshop at the Sulzbacher Center. This week’s topic was Effective Communication. Its objective is to review language development milestones, strategies for communicating with children and activities that enhance language development.

Workshops are designed for parents who have had their children legally removed from their home, those who are on the verge of having their child removed from the home, those who are required to go through the certification program as a requirement of the facility or those who simply want to learn basic parenting skills. At the end of each workshop, parents receive a certificate. The program is completed once the parent successfully completes all eight modules.

To learn more about parenting workshops or how you can volunteer, please call 904.200.7202.

Saturday, May 9, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a workshop entitled When Conflict Arises. This 1-hour interactive workshop is designed to introduce young leaders to the fundamental principles of conflict resolution.

Monday, May 4, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a parenting workshop at the Sulzbacher Center. This week’s topic was Dads are Different. Its objective is to discuss how critically important the role of a father is in a child’s developmental process.

Workshops are designed for parents who have had their children legally removed from their home, those who are on the verge of having their child removed from the home, those who are required to go through the certification program as a requirement of the facility or those who simply want to learn basic parenting skills. At the end of each workshop, parents receive a certificate. The program is completed once the parent successfully completes all eight modules.

To learn more about parenting workshops or how you can volunteer, please call 904.200.7202.

Monday, April 27, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation will facilitate a parenting workshop at the Sulzbacher Center. This week’s topic is Food & Fitness. Its objective is to discuss the benefits of healthy eating and routine exercise.

Workshops are designed for parents who have had their children legally removed from their home, those who are on the verge of having their child removed from the home, those who are required to go through the certification program as a requirement of the facility or those who simply want to learn basic parenting skills. At the end of each workshop, parents receive a certificate. The program is completed once the parent successfully completes all eight modules.

To learn more about parenting workshops or how you can volunteer, please call 904.200.7202.

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Julia Legggett, in collaboration with the AnnieRuth Foundation, hosted its first annual Pillow Drive. Over 200 pillows were collected! The pillows were inscribed with a bible verse and distributed to children living at the Sulzbacher Center as well as those living in other underserved communities.

Thanks to all who assisted with making this event a huge success!

Monday, April 20, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a parenting workshop at the Sulzbacher Center. This week’s topic was Ages and Stages. Its objective is to identify child development domains and discuss how parents can be proactive in their child’s developmental process.

Workshops are designed for parents who have had their children legally removed from their home, those who are on the verge of having their child removed from the home, those who are required to go through the certification program as a requirement of the facility or those who simply want to learn basic parenting skills. At the end of each workshop, parents receive a certificate. The program is completed once the parent successfully completes all eight modules.

To learn more about parenting workshops or how you can volunteer, please call 904.200.7202.

Monday, April 13, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a parenting workshop at the Sulzbacher Center. This week’s topic was Responsible Parenting. Its objective is to focus on qualities that we as parents would like for our children to have, what our children “need” as they take their journey through life and the role of a responsible parent.

Workshops are designed for parents who have had their children legally removed from their home, those who are on the verge of having their child removed from the home, those who are required to go through the certification program as a requirement of the facility or those who simply want to learn basic parenting skills. At the end of each workshop, parents receive a certificate. The program is completed once the parent successfully completes all eight modules.

To learn more about parenting workshops or how you can volunteer, please call 904.200.7202.

Saturday, March 28, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation participated in the College, Career and Trades Fair, presented by the Mayor’s Young Leaders Advisory Council. The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated two workshops: Resume Development and What Employers Want. The Mayor’s Young Leaders Advisory Council, an official body of the City of Jacksonville, advises the mayor on issues of concern to youth.

Monday, March 21, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated B Ur Best Coach! Diva, 101 female models enjoyed this 1-hour leadership workshop. The workshop focused on empowering teens to identify and enhance their leadership ability which will contribute to securing independent goal orientation as a life choice.

Saturday, March 14, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation participated in Florida State College at Jacksonville’s College Reach-Out Program (CROP). The purpose of the program is to encourage students in grades sixth through ninth to effectively pursue post-secondary education after successfully graduating high school. This is accomplished by assisting students with developing basic learning skills and strengthening students and parents’ understanding of the importance of a college education. Dee Wilcox encouraged students to discover (their passion), develop (their passion) and connect (with a mentor).

Monday, March 9, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a parenting workshop at the Sulzbacher Center. This week’s topic was Learning on the Go. Its objective is to provide parents with tools and techniques that will enable them to enhance their child’s learning process outside of the home setting.

Workshops are designed for parents who have had their children legally removed from their home, those who are on the verge of having their child removed from the home, those who are required to go through the certification program as a requirement of the facility or those who simply want to learn basic parenting skills. At the end of each workshop, parents receive a certificate. The program is completed once the parent successfully completes all eight modules.

To learn more about parenting workshops or how you can volunteer, please call 904.200.7202.

Monday, March 2, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a parenting workshop at the Sulzbacher Center. This week’s topic was Abuse & Neglect Prevention. Its objective is to identify common physical and behavioral indicators of abuse and neglect, causes and risk factors of abuse and neglect as well as the overall effects of abuse and neglect.

Workshops are designed for parents who have had their children legally removed from their home, those who are on the verge of having their child removed from the home, those who are required to go through the certification program as a requirement of the facility or those who simply want to learn basic parenting skills. At the end of each workshop, parents receive a certificate. The program is completed once the parent successfully completes all eight modules.

To learn more about parenting workshops or how you can volunteer, please call 904.200.7202.

Monday, February 23, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a parenting workshop at the Sulzbacher Center. This week’s topic was Effective Discipline. Its objective is to understand why children misbehave, differentiate between discipline and punishment and identify positive disciplinary strategies and tips for handling misconduct.

Workshops are designed for parents who have had their children legally removed from their home, those who are on the verge of having their child removed from the home, those who are required to go through the certification program as a requirement of the facility or those who simply want to learn basic parenting skills. At the end of each workshop, parents receive a certificate. The program is completed once the parent successfully completes all eight modules.

To learn more about parenting workshops or how you can volunteer, please call 904.200.7202.

Monday, February 16, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a parenting workshop at the Sulzbacher Center. This week’s topic was Effective Communication. Its objective is to review language development milestones, strategies for communicating with children and activities that enhance language development.

Workshops are designed for parents who have had their children legally removed from their home, those who are on the verge of having their child removed from the home, those who are required to go through the certification program as a requirement of the facility or those who simply want to learn basic parenting skills. At the end of each workshop, parents receive a certificate. The program is completed once the parent successfully completes all eight modules.

To learn more about parenting workshops or how you can volunteer, please call 904.200.7202.

Monday, February 9, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a parenting workshop at the Sulzbacher Center. This week’s topic was Dads are Different. Its objective is to discuss how critically important the role of a father is in a child’s developmental process.

Workshops are designed for parents who have had their children legally removed from their home, those who are on the verge of having their child removed from the home, those who are required to go through the certification program as a requirement of the facility or those who simply want to learn basic parenting skills. At the end of each workshop, parents receive a certificate. The program is completed once the parent successfully completes all eight modules.

To learn more about parenting workshops or how you can volunteer, please call 904.200.7202.

Monday, February 2, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a parenting workshop at the Sulzbacher Center. This week’s topic was Food & Fitness. Its objective is to discuss the benefits of healthy eating and routine exercise.

Workshops are designed for parents who have had their children legally removed from their home, those who are on the verge of having their child removed from the home, those who are required to go through the certification program as a requirement of the facility or those who simply want to learn basic parenting skills. At the end of each workshop, parents receive a certificate. The program is completed once the parent successfully completes all eight modules.

To learn more about parenting workshops or how you can volunteer, please call 904.200.7202.

Monday, January 26, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a parenting workshop at the Sulzbacher Center. This week’s topic was Ages & Stages. Its objective is to identify child development domains and discuss how parents can be proactive in their child’s developmental process.

Workshops are designed for parents who have had their children legally removed from their home, those who are on the verge of having their child removed from the home, those who are required to go through the certification program as a requirement of the facility or those who simply want to learn basic parenting skills. At the end of each workshop, parents receive a certificate. The program is completed once the parent successfully completes all eight modules.

To learn more about parenting workshops or how you can volunteer, please call 904.200.7202.

Monday, January 12, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a parenting workshop at the Sulzbacher Center. This week’s topic was Responsible Parenting/em>. Its objective is to focus on qualities that we as parents would like for our children to have, what our children “need” as they take their journey through life and the role of a responsible parent.

Workshops are designed for parents who have had their children legally removed from their home, those who are on the verge of having their child removed from the home, those who are required to go through the certification program as a requirement of the facility or those who simply want to learn basic parenting skills. At the end of each workshop, parents receive a certificate. The program is completed once the parent successfully completes all eight modules.

To learn more about parenting workshops or how you can volunteer, please call 904.200.7202.

Monday, January 5, 2015
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a parenting workshop at the Sulzbacher Center. This week’s topic was Learning on the Go. Its objective is to provide parents with tools and techniques that will enable them to enhance their child’s learning process outside of the home setting.

Workshops are designed for parents who have had their children legally removed from their home, those who are on the verge of having their child removed from the home, those who are required to go through the certification program as a requirement of the facility or those who simply want to learn basic parenting skills. At the end of each workshop, parents receive a certificate. The program is completed once the parent successfully completes all eight modules.

To learn more about parenting workshops or how you can volunteer, please call 904.200.7202.

Monday, December 29, 2014
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a parenting workshop at the Sulzbacher Center. This week’s topic was Child Abuse Prevention & Neglect. Its objective is to identify common physical and behavioral indicators of abuse and neglect, causes and risk factors of abuse and neglect as well as the overall effects of abuse and neglect.

Workshops are designed for parents who have had their children legally removed from their home, those who are on the verge of having their child removed from the home, those who are required to go through the certification program as a requirement of the facility or those who simply want to learn basic parenting skills. At the end of each workshop, the parent receives a certificate. The program is completed once the parent successfully completes all eight modules.

To learn more about parenting workshops or how you can volunteer, please call 904.200.7202.

Monday, December 22, 2014
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a parenting workshop at the Sulzbacher Center. This week’s topic was Effective Discipline. Its objective is to understand why children misbehave, differentiate between discipline and punishment and identify positive disciplinary strategies and tips for handling misconduct.

Workshops are designed for parents who have had their children legally removed from their home, those who are on the verge of having their child removed from the home, those who are required to go through the certification program as a requirement of the facility or those who simply want to learn basic parenting skills. At the end of each workshop, the parent receives a certificate. The program is completed once the parent successfully completes all eight modules.

To learn more about parenting workshops or how you can volunteer, please call 904.200.7202.

Saturday, December 20, 2014
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its 2nd annual Christmas party at Monaco Arms apartments. The event included indoor arts & crafts for senior citizens, organized outdoor games & activities for youth and a shoe give-a-way. Additionally, residents were entertained by violinist Kaylin Peavie, the New Mt. Moriah AME Church Choir and Comedian David Emanuel. Lunch was provided for everyone! Music was provided by the Legacy Music Co., LLC and Santa was on site taking photos with the kiddies!

Monday, December 15, 2014
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a parenting workshop at the Sulzbacher Center. This week’s module was Effective Communication. Its objective is to review language development milestones, strategies for communicating with children and activities that enhance language development.

Workshops are designed for parents who have had their children legally removed from their home, those who are on the verge of having their child removed from the home, those who are required to go through the certification program as a requirement of the facility or those who simply want to learn basic parenting skills. At the end of each workshop, the parent receives a certificate. The program is completed once the parent successfully completes all eight modules.

To learn more about parenting workshops or how you can volunteer, please call 904.200.7202.

Saturday, December 13, 2014
The AnnieRuth Foundation joined forces with Operation Homefront as they hosted their annual Christmas Toy Give-a-way. Twenty-four volunteers from the AnnieRuth Foundation were on hand to manage the registration table, assist with toy distribution and assist with the book give-a-way. Military families expressed their genuine gratitude for the warm greetings and gifts that they received.

Operation Homefront is a nonprofit organization that provides emergency financial and other assistance to military families on the First Coast.

Thursday, December 11, 2014
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted a two-hour Christmas arts & crafts session with senior citizens at Eureka Gardens Apartments. Volunteers took the lead as the senior group sang Christmas carols, made Christmas cards, decorated Christmas stockings and played a game of Christmas BINGO. The group also enjoyed a refreshing mug of eggnog, hot chocolate and holiday cookies.

Monday, December 8, 2014
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a parenting workshop at the Sulzbacher Center. This week’s topic was Dads are Different. Its objective is to discuss how critically important the role of a father is in a child’s developmental process.

Workshops are designed for parents who have had their children legally removed from their home, those who are on the verge of having their child removed from the home, those who are required to go through the certification program as a requirement of the facility or those who simply want to learn basic parenting skills. At the end of each workshop, the parent receives a certificate. The program is completed once the parent successfully completes all eight modules.

To learn more about parenting workshops or how you can volunteer, please call 904.200.7202.

Monday, December 1, 2014
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a parenting workshop at the Sulzbacher Center. This week’s topic was Food & Fitness. Its objective is to discuss the benefits of healthy eating and routine exercise.

Workshops are designed for parents who have had their children legally removed from their home, those who are on the verge of having their child removed from the home, those who are required to go through the certification program as a requirement of the facility or those who simply want to learn basic parenting skills. At the end of each workshop, the parent receives a certificate. The program is completed once the parent successfully completes all eight modules.

To learn more about parenting workshops or how you can volunteer, please call 904.200.7202.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
The AnnieRuth Foundation, in partnership with the University of Phoenix-Jacksonville Alumni Chapter, brought joy to over 40 families in Jacksonville on Thanksgiving Day. Volunteers of the AnnieRuth Foundation delivered Thanksgiving food baskets to residents of Monaco Arms, Eureka Gardens and University Plaza apartments. The receiving families expressed their genuine appreciation for the blessings received during this holiday season!

Monday, November 24, 2014
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a parenting workshop at the Sulzbacher Center. This week’s topic was Ages & Stages. Its objective is to identify child development domains and discuss how parents can be proactive in their child’s developmental process.

Workshops are designed for parents who have had their children legally removed from their home, those who are on the verge of having their child removed from the home, those who are required to go through the certification program as a requirement of the facility or those who simply want to learn basic parenting skills. At the end of each workshop, the parent receives a certificate. The program is completed once the parent successfully completes all eight modules.

To learn more about parenting workshops or how you can volunteer, please call 904.200.7202.

Monday, November 17, 2014
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a parenting workshop at the Sulzbacher Center. This week’s topic was Parents Responsibilities. Its objective is to focus on qualities that we as parents would like for our children to have, what our children “need” as they take their journey through life and the role of a responsible parent.

Workshops are designed for parents who have had their children legally removed from their home, those who are on the verge of having their child removed from the home, those who are required to go through the certification program as a requirement of the facility or those who simply want to learn basic parenting skills. At the end of each workshop, the parent receives a certificate. The program is completed once the parent successfully completes all eight modules.

To learn more about parenting workshops or how you can volunteer, please call 904.200.7202.

Saturday, November 15, 2014
On Saturday, November 15, 2014, the AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its annual fundraiser, Honoring a Community Legend. The 2014 recipient was none other than Alfred “Al” Austin. Honoring a Community Legend is the forum used by the AnnieRuth Foundation to acknowledge unsung heroes and heroines. Those individuals who have made significant contributions in the city of Jacksonville because it was what they were predestined to do; rather than doing it with an expectation to be rewarded. Austin was selected because of outstanding achievements made as an athlete, an educator and a mentor. “We’ve all heard the saying, give them their roses while they can smell them,” said Executive Director, DeAndrous Wilcox. “Well,that’s exactly what Honoring a Community Legend is all about; acknowledging accomplishments during the lifetime of an individual who has made great sacrifices in order to enhance the lives of others.”

The evening consisted of dinner, entertainment and reflections by Austin’s friends, classmates, teammates and relatives. Austin received special presentations by Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., the office of Nikolai Vitti, and the office of Councilwoman E. Denise Lee. Angela Spears read a Proclamation on behalf of Mayor Alvin Brown; proclaiming November 15, 2014 as Alfred Austin Day in the city of Jacksonville.

As a part of the event, three individuals received The Alfred Austin Award for exhibiting characteristics of Austin:

· Joyous Burden – Outstanding Athlete
· Ebony Griffin – Outstanding Educator
· Sheila Seymour Pennick – Outstanding Mentor

The AnnieRuth Foundation, under the leadership of DeAndrous Wilcox, has been in existence for only two years and has already made a positive impact in the community. Its purpose is to address the needs of underserved communities by way of providing educational programs and raising awareness of community resources. The Foundation’s vision is simply to be a catalyst for positive change in underserved communities. To learn more about the organization or to make a financial contribution, please visit www.sowingseeds.today or call 904.200.7202.

Saturday, November 1, 2014
The AnnieRuth Foundation, in partnership with Comcast and the Florida Department of Health in Duval County, hosted a health & fitness workshop at Eureka Gardens. The focus was combating Juvenile diabetes. Participants participated in an interactive discussion on the importance of eating healthy. Additionally, a certified nutritionist prepared a healthy meal and spoke to the importance of reading labels, portion sizes and eating whole grain foods.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
The AnnieRuth Foundation participated in Real Love Doesn’t Hurt (a teen summit focused on raising awareness of teen dating violence). The event, hosted by State Representative Mia Jones, was held at the main library (downtown Jacksonville). The AnnieRuth Foundation provided six high school students and six adult mentors.

Saturday, October 18, 2014
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its annual fundraiser, Cruising for Our Communities. Guests took a two-hour cruise down the St John’s River aboard the Foxy Lady (yacht). Melanie Lawson and Tarik Minor served as MCs. State Representative Mia Jones delivered the keynote address. The evening also consisted of live music, comedic entertainment, heavy hor d’oeuvres, desserts and adult beverages.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
The AnnieRuth Foundation participated in an interview panel sponsored by the Society of Human Resources Management Jacksonville Chapter in partnership with Ready4Work (a nationally recognized program that assists ex-offenders with re-entry into the community and workforce, effectively leading clients toward a productive life).

Executive Director, Dee Wilcox, was one of four panelist who asked questions of the interviewers that they would expect to be asked during a real life interview. Participants were given the opportunity to ask questions of the panel and each participant received constructive feedback based on responses to questions, professionalism and mannerisms.

Saturday, September 20, 2014
The AnnieRuth Foundation, in partnership with Comcast and the Florida Department of Health in Duval County, hosted a workshop at Monaco Arms Apartments. The goal was to stress the importance of eating healthy and exercising in an effort to combat Juvenile diabetes. Participants were engaged asked questions during the discussion on health & fitness. Participants also asked questions as a certified nutritionist prepared a healthy meal. The meal was enjoyed by all!

Saturday, September 6, 2014
The AnnieRuth Foundation participated in Eureka Gardens’ Back to School Physicals event.

Friday, August 15, 2014
The AnnieRuth Foundation participated in Eureka Gardens’ Back to School Supply Give-a-way.

Saturday, August 9, 2014
The AnnieRuth Foundation, in partnership with the American Cancer Society and Baptist Health, hosted a cancer awareness seminar for the residents of Monaco Arms Apartments. This FREE one-hour seminar will focus on breast cancer awareness and provide participants with relevant information and resources. All participants are eligible to receive free door prizes!

Friday, August 8, 2014
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its first annual Step It Up: Fitness Explosion health and fitness fair. This event took place on the grounds of Monaco Arms Apartments. Neighborhood youth took part in outdoor games, healthy food demonstrations and interactive discussions regarding the importance of maintaining a healthy body. Community Partners such as Comcast, the Florida Department of Health and D’Mor, Inc. provided funding, free health screenings and healthy snacks for all.

Saturday, July 12, 2014
The AnnieRuth Foundation participated in New Mt. Moriah AME Church’s Health & Wellness Fair. The event took place at 880 Melson Avenue from 9:00 – 1:00 p.m. Community partners were on site conducting routine screenings, placing children’s identifiable information on CDs, distributing educational material, etc. Lots of youth, adults and senior citizens took part in the festivities!

Saturday, July 12, 2014
AnnieRuth Foundation participated in the Northside LOVE Art & Vendor Market. This outdoor arts and entertainment venue took place at Lonnie C. Miller park. There was fun for the entire family (e.g., entertainment, food and retail vendors, train rides, etc.). AnnieRuth participated in this event in an effort to raise community awareness of the Foundation’s existence, mission & vision and upcoming events.

Saturday, June 28, 2014
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted its second annual Kings & Queens of Clean Comedy event at Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church. Hundreds were entertained by local and nationally renown comedians. The line-up included: AJ Jackson, Ms Gin, Ozrick Cooley, Lady AJ and Jason Granger. Proceeds benefited the AnnieRuth Foundation.

Saturday, June 14, 2014
AnnieRuth Foundation participate in the Eastside LOVE Art & Vendor Market. This outdoor arts and entertainment venue took place at A. Philip Randolph park. The venue provided fun for the entire family including entertainment, food and retail vendors, train rides, etc. AnnieRuth participated in this event in an effort to raise community awareness of the Foundation’s existence, mission & vision and upcoming events.

Saturday, June 7, 2014
AnnieRuth Foundation participated in Walgreens’ Health and Wellness Fair. The event took place from 9:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the corners of Dunn Ave. and Lem Turner Road. There were free health screenings and educational information available for the entire family. The purpose of AnnieRuth’s presence was to raise community awareness and promote our upcoming fund-raiser, 2014 Kings & Queens of Clean Comedy.

Saturday, June 4, 2014
The AnnieRuth Foundation participated in the city’s Art Walk. This venue brings local artists and performing arts together in an effort to showcase their talent, dreams and visions. The purpose of AnnieRuth’s presence was to raise community awareness and promote our upcoming fund-raiser, 2014 Kings & Queens of Clean Comedy.

Saturday, May 31, 2014
The AnnieRuth Foundation provided eight volunteers to assist with the 2014 P.E.P. Rally for Excellence. This event, sponsored by Duval County Public Schools in collaboration with local community partners, was held at Everbank stadium. The purpose of the event was to give community partners an opportunity to meet the public of which they serve and showcase the programs and services that their organization offer. Hundreds of youth from the First Coast were entertained by local talent as they participated in a 5K race and a variety of other games and interactive activities.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
The AnnieRuth Foundation participated in the 2014 Summer Youth Employment Program (sponsored by United Way). Executive Director, Dee Wilcox, spent the afternoon conducting “mock” interviews with high school and college students; all vying for the opportunity to participate in the program. Selected students will earn money as they complete internships at local corporations and non-profit organizations.

Saturday, May 17, 2014
The AnnieRuth Foundation participated in JSO’s annual Safety Fair. The event was held in the Lowes’ parking lot at Rivercity Marketplace (mall near the airport). Cigarette smoking has been identified as the most important source of preventable morbidity (disease and illness) and premature mortality (death) worldwide. Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Solomon Coles was on hand sharing literature regarding the dangers of tobacco usage and the effects of being exposed to second-hand smoke.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
The AnnieRuth Foundation participated in Clara White Mission’s “mock” interview process. Human Resources professionals created a relaxed environment as they asked graduating students of the culinary and maintenance programs a series of questions related to their skills and the position of which they will apply.

Saturday, April 19, 2014
On April 19, the AnnieRuth Foundation, in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Duval County, hosted an Easter Egg Hunt at Eureka Gardens Community Center. As the event was getting ready to unfold, down came the rain. Volunteers of the Foundation immediately executed “Plan B”; creating an indoor carnival-like atmosphere. Over 100 residents visited the nail station, face painting station and the game room. Residents had a blast as they created their own arts & crafts, participated in dance contests and took photos with the Easter bunny! Parents visited the Health Department’s booth and received diabetes risk assessments and parting gifts. Parents who visited the booth were also given a ticket which made them eligible to win an Easter basket filled with candy and gifts suitable for adults. Although the weather prohibited an outdoor hunt for eggs, each guest left with a bag filled with candy, colored hard-boiled eggs and plastic eggs filled with toys, candy and prize money.

Saturday, April 12, 2014
The AnnieRuth Foundation joined forces with residents of the Eureka Gardens community (AnnieRuth Ambassadors) and went door-to-door (throughout the housing complex) introducing the Foundation. During this interaction, residents were informed on programs and services offered by the Foundation and were also invited to the Great Easter Egg Hunt that will take place on-site Saturday, April 19.

Saturday, February 28 – March 2, 2014
The AnnieRuth Foundation was featured as the Non-profit of Choice at the Still I Rise: Emmett stage play. Produced by Mega Mind Productions, this play depicted the life of Emmett Till, a young man who was lynched and brutally murdered in 1955 for supposedly flirting with a white woman. The play was written to make you laugh, make you cry but most importantly to inspire you to strengthen your personal commitment to justice, equality and diversity.

As the Non-profit of Choice, the AnnieRuth Foundation received a full-page ad in the program and had an opportunity to address the audience during intermission.

Saturday, February 8, 2014
The AnnieRuth Foundation hosted a Focus Group Meeting for youth, parents and senior citizens of Eureka Gardens Apartments. The purpose was to obtain input from residents regarding the programs that they would like for the AnnieRuth Foundation to bring on-site to address their immediate needs. Participants openly provided valuable feedback that will be used to tailor workshops to accommodate the needs of the Eureka Gardens community.

Saturday, January 25, 2014
The AnnieRuth Foundation, in partnership with the American Cancer Society and Baptist Health, hosted a cancer awareness seminar for the residents of Eureka Gardens Apartments. This FREE one-hour seminar focused on breast cancer and colorectal cancer awareness as well as available resources to cover costs associated with cancer screenings. Each pre-registered participant received a $10 Walmart gift card!

Thursday, January 9, 2014
The AnnieRuth Foundation was featured as the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) “non-profit of the month” during the month of January 2014. The meeting was held at Latitude 30 (Jacksonville, FL). Benefits included: a full page ad in SHRM’s January newsletter, a vendor booth and a five-minute opportunity to share information about the foundation with attendees.

Saturday, December 21, 2013
The AnnieRuth Foundation (in partnership with Winn Dixie, store #191 and the Florida Department of Health) hosted a Christmas party for youth and seniors citizens of Eureka Garden Apartments. Approximately 300 youth and 50 senior citizens attended the event! Nearly 3 dozen volunteers were on hand to greet guests. Party goers engaged in indoor arts & crafts, outdoor organized games, outdoor music, lunch, entertainment by professionals around the city, and photo opportunities with Santa Claus. Every child and senior who attended the party received a Christmas present!

Sunday, November 24, 2013
The AnnieRuth Foundation participated in the Northside LOVE Art & Vendor Market. This outdoor arts and entertainment venue took place at Lonnie C. Miller park and provided fun for the entire family including entertainment, food and retail vendors, train rides, etc. AnnieRuth participated in this event in an effort to raise community awareness of the Foundation’s existence and mission.

Saturday, November 16, 2013
The AnnieRuth Foundation participated in Unity Fest, a full-day, indoor/outdoor event that took place at Brewsters’ Megaplex; 956 N. University Boulevard (formerly Plush, Leopard and Rain lounges). The day began with a scavenger hunt and included: an opportunity to feed the hungry (recipients arrived on-site), a chili cook-off, a step show and a concert. There were prizes and surprises along with opportunities to assist those in need.

Friday, November 15, 2013
The AnnieRuth Foundation facilitated a résumé writing workshop (What Employers Want) to Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) students at both Terry Parker and Sandalwood High schools. AVID programs target students in the ‘academic middle’ and create a learning environment which prepares them for college and life challenges that they may encounter as they transition into adulthood.

Participants were excited to learn how to develop a ‘winning’ resume, what questions to ask prior to the interview and what to do in an effort to ensure a successful interview.

AnnieRuth’s Executive Director, Dee Wilcox and board member, Veronica Richardson-Ward were extremely pleased with the fact that students at both schools were engaged, asked thought provoking questions and added to the dialogue by sharing personal experiences; evidence that learning had occurred.

Thursday, November 14, 2013
The AnnieRuth Foundation participated in the Human Resources Panel Discussion sponsored by the Society of Human Resources Management Jacksonville Chapter in partnership with Ready4Work.

Executive Director, Dee Wilcox, moderated the panel discussion as four Human Resources professionals (Todney Bynes, Julie Fagen, Mara Walker and Tom Jordan) shared their knowledge and experiences with an audience of nearly 40 participants. The panel discussion allowed participants to understand the various phases of the hiring process (e.g., developing a resume, scheduling the interview, techniques of interviewing, job fair etiquette and work ethics; expectations of the employee once on the job).

Participants added to the dialogue by sharing experiences that did not lead to positive outcomes. In most cases, examples that participants shared reinforced information that provided by the panel.

After the session, Chad Hoffman, Assistant Director, Employment Services Program Head, Ready4Work commented, “The HR Panel Discussion was absolutely first class and the feedback we have received has been phenomenal. It was such a great benefit for our clients to receive direct and unbiased counsel from actual hiring managers who are esteemed professionals in their field.”

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
The AnnieRuth Foundation purchased a table at the 48th Annual NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner which took place Wednesday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront hotel. Attendees were impressed with the dynamic message delivered by keynote speaker, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (18th Congressional District, Houston, TX). Congresswoman Jackson eloquently stated that it is not acceptable for “members” to be connected to an organization in name only, on the contrary, each member of any organization should aspire to elevate that organization by assisting with carrying out its “mission.”

Members of the Foundation gave a standing ovation as one of its board members, Solomon Coles, received an award in acknowledgement of being a life-time member of the NAACP.

Sunday, October 27, 2013
AnnieRuth Foundation participated in the Northside LOVE Art & Vendor Market. This outdoor arts and entertainment venue took place at Lonnie C. Miller park and provided fun for the entire family including entertainment, food and retail vendors, train rides, etc. AnnieRuth participated in this event in an effort to raise community awareness of the Foundation’s existence and mission.

Saturday, October 19, 2013
The AnnieRuth Foundation sponsored its first fund-raising event; the Kings & Queens of Clean Comedy. Seven locally and nationally renowned comedians took the stage and brought laughter to the entire family! The event took place at Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church. Proceeds benefitted the AnnieRuth Foundation.

A special thanks to Pastor Eugene Diamond (and the Abyssinia Missionary church family), “AJ” Jackson, Terry Harris, Ozrick Cooley, Ms Gin, David Emanuel, KWebb, David Jones, A-Train and Michael Cobb!

Sunday, September 29, 2013
AnnieRuth Foundation participated in the Northside LOVE Art & Vendor Market. This outdoor arts and entertainment venue took place at Lonnie C. Miller park and provided fun for the entire family including entertainment, food and retail vendors, train rides, etc. AnnieRuth participated in this event in an effort to raise community awareness of the Foundation’s existence and mission.

Saturday, September 28, 2013
The AnnieRuth Foundation partnered with UNF’s Center for Urban Education and Policy for a focus group aimed to seek feedback and recommendations regarding educational challenges that exist in Duval County’s urban communities. UNF is interested in knowing what role they can play in addressing such issues. This well-attended event took place at Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church.

Sunday, August 25, 2013
AnnieRuth Foundation participated in the Northside LOVE Art & Vendor Market. This outdoor arts and entertainment venue took place at Lonnie C. Miller park and provided fun for the entire family including entertainment, food and retail vendors, train rides, etc. AnnieRuth participates in this event in an effort to raise community awareness of the Foundation’s existence and mission.

Saturday, August 24, 2013
AnnieRuth Foundation participated in The Beauty within You Project. This event is designed for girls between the ages of 8 – 18. The purpose of the conference is to help girls recognize, embrace, love and respect the beauty that they have within. Participants enjoyed a delightful breakfast, attended break-out sessions and had lots of fun! AnnieRuth Foundation provided volunteers to assist with the set-up and break-down of the event. The Foundation also registered 8 adolescents who all participated in the program.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
AnnieRuth participated in the Zone 6 Sheriff Advisory Council (ShAdCo) Meeting. This is a forum for citizens of the community to get to know members of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office as well as to discuss any community issues/concerns. AnnieRuth’s Executive Director, Dee Wilcox, attended this meeting in an effort to raise awareness about the Foundation (in terms of who we are, what we do and where we are located).

Saturday, August 10, 2013
AnnieRuth Foundation participated in the Back to School Supply Give-a-way. This event, sponsored by First Baptist Church of Oakland, PepsiCo and the Duval County School Board, was hosted at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds and provided school supplies to over 4,000 children in need. The AnnieRuth Foundation provided 17 adult volunteers to assist with this event.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
AnnieRuth Foundation, in partnership with the Women of Color Cultural Foundation, sponsored the 2013 ACE Youth Summit. This outdoor, fun-filled event focused on combating childhood obesity. There were approximately 200 youth from around the city who participated in pep rallies, games and contests (all focused on healthy living). McDonalds was on-site and provided apple slices to the youth and representatives from the Duval County Health Department encourage youth to eat healthy. This event was held on the campus of Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church.

Sunday, July 28, 2013
AnnieRuth Foundation participated in the Northside LOVE Art & Vendor Market. This outdoor arts and entertainment venue took place at Lonnie C. Miller park and provided fun for the entire family including entertainment, food and retail vendors, train rides, etc. AnnieRuth participated in this event in an effort to raise community awareness of the Foundation’s existence and mission.

Saturday, July 20, 2013
AnnieRuth participated in Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church’s Friends & Family Day. The purpose was to showcase each ministry of Abyssinia in an effort to build membership. The AnnieRuth Foundation participated in this event in an effort to raise awareness about the Foundation and provide information about the various programs and services that will be offered .

Saturday, June 29, 2013
AnnieRuth Foundation participated in a Health and Wellness Fair. The event, sponsored by Walgreens (on the corners of Dunn Ave. and Lem Turner Road), offered health screenings, services and information for the entire family.

Saturday, June 22, 2013
Volunteers of AnnieRuth went into the East Highlands neighborhood to raise an awareness of the Foundation and to gain an understanding of the programs and services that the citizens would like for the Foundation to offer; based on the needs of their family’s unit and the community as a whole.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Volunteers of AnnieRuth joined Sheriff John Rutherford during the Zone 6 Neighborhood Crime Prevention Walk. The purpose of the walk was to listen to citizens of the community regarding the issues that exist in their neighborhood. Members of the Sheriff Advisory Council (ShAdCo) were there to raise an awareness of their organization. Volunteers of AnniRuth shared information about the Foundation including the fact that the organization will be operational in January 2014.