“We are thankful for the opportunity to serve the AnnieRuth Foundation’s summer internship initiative while, “sowing seeds, strengthening communities.”

Lynn Jones
Editor Jacksonville Free Press


“I was so excited when I learned that I would be working at a publishing company! There was never a dull moment working with my mentor. I am extremely blessed for being an award recipient of the AnnieRuth Foundation’s summer internship program because I was able to learn more about my future career of becoming a journalist and got paid for it. It was an amazing experience!”

Zacari Rogers
2016 SIP Award Recipient


“I am very thankful and appreciative of the AnnieRuth Foundation for offering such a substantive internship program to high school students on the First Coast.”

Traci Evens
Owner Meow & Barks Boutique


“Being an AnnieRuth Foundation summer internship award recipient has been a blessing and an honor. I am so very grateful to have been offered this opportunity because this internship is the first step to my career goal as a Fashion Buyer. Through this program, I learned a lot about the Fashion Merchandising industry and I feel very strongly that this is the field for me. I am also thankful for the AnnieRuth Foundation for giving to the community by investing in the future of students.”

TaNia Anderson
2016 SIP Award Recipient


Many thanks to the AnnieRuth Foundation for providing such a great program for our area’s youth. We look forward to working with your organization and another summer intern in the future.”

Eunice Mathis
CEO The Florida Training Academy


Through the AnnieRuth Foundation’s Summer Internship Program, I’ve learned ways to be successful; from learning how to perform well during an interview, to speaking out more when in public, to learning how to start my own business. The experience has given me confidence and has equipped me with tools to comfortably handle any challenge that comes my way. I am very thankful to the AnnieRuth Foundation for providing this opportunity.”

Keshon Mabry
2016 SIP Award Recipient


I am highly thankful to the AnnieRuth Foundation for placing an intern with such quality with us and for offering the Summer Internship Program to businesses on the First Coast.”

Pastor Terry Hill, Jr.
Radio Personality Praise 107.9FM


Being an award recipient of the AnnieRuth Foundation’s Summer Internship Program has given me the upper hand when it comes to completing college assignments. I’ve been able to share the knowledge, skills and wisdom that I received during the internship with my colleagues at BCU and I’m already viewed as one who will excel in the competitive industry of Communications. The experience will also help me when I become an international motivational speaker. I am so very appreciative of the AnnieRuth Foundation for affording me this opportunity!

Earl Robinson Jr.
2016 SIP Award Recipient


“I would like to thank the AnnieRuth Foundation for delivering such outstanding community outreach to our residents. Young adults are in need of guidance in order to be successful in life. The facilitators’ enthusiasm in delivering a difficult topic, Breaking the Cycle, is truly appreciated.  Our young people need enlightenment nowadays, more than ever.”

Thank you from all of us at University Plaza!!!

Antonella Moe
Community Manager, University Plaza Apartments


“We would like to thank the AnnieRuth Foundation and all of its volunteers for hosting the 4th Annual Christmas Party at University Plaza Apartments! All of our residents had a wonderful time. The children and families were very happy and proud to be a part of the Christmas party. We are looking forward to having many other events hosted on our property in the near future.”

Antonia Carrasquillo-Sage
Manager, University Plaza Apartments


“The Annie Ruth Foundation went above and beyond to not only prepare an important and dynamic presentation, but independently took the time to understand our group’s unique needs and actually customized a presentation to best support our specific class goals. After these two presentations (Public Speaking & Diversity in Action), we feel even more confident and prepared for our students’ upcoming meeting with the Department of Justice in Washington, DC!”

Thank you, Annie Ruth Foundation!

Amy Donofrio
Leadership Teacher


“The passionate work of the AnnieRuth Foundation continues to build and strengthen the city of Jacksonville. We are better because of you!”

Tangi K. Williams
Commission Chair, Mayors Commission of the Status of Women


“My daughter and I volunteered with the AnnieRuth Foundation; we gave out healthy snacks and back-to-school backpacks. It was very rewarding giving to the children. The Annieruth Foundation is amazing. We are looking forward to helping out again very soon.”

Brenda Williams


“I felt privileged to volunteer my services with the AnnieRuth Foundation; it was an awesome experience to be able to help assist in preparing the back packs filled with supplies and giving bagged fruit and vegetables to the students at Ocean way Elementary school, the kids were taught how to make healthy choice in selecting the foods they eat. This organization is doing an outstanding job educating our communities on various topics!”

Sadie Lane


“I am blessed to be a part of this organization and volunteer with many individuals who take the time to help those in need. It just warms my heart to see smiles and expressions of gratitude of children, parents and elderly that we serve in local communities!”

Jacquana Hughes


“The first word that comes to mind when I think of the AnnieRuth Foundation is empowerment. They believe that empowering individuals can empower a community. The foundation promotes education and helping individuals to be the best that they can be. Keep up the good work!!”

Rebecca Davis


“The Annie Ruth Foundation is a passionate organization, catering to addressing and helping to resolve issues surrounding youth, young adults, seniors, academics, poverty, and the social climate within the community. I have had the pleasure of working with its Founder, Ms. Dee Wilcox. Her commitment and dedication is contagious! She has just the right combination of humility, compassion and spunk to lead this organization to the next level. I am truly a fan and supporter of the AnnieRuth Foundation.”

Ken Stokes


“The Annieruth Foundation came to my school, S.P. Livingston, last spring and did a Health & Nutrition program for our 5th grade students.

Students and staff alike were thrilled with the program and the students talked about it for days! I’m looking forward to setting it up again this year.”

Rachel Raneri
Volunteer Outreach Coordinator, S.P. Livingston Elementary


“My experience at Pediatric Care Center was amazing! I am so thankful for the AnnieRuth Foundation because they gave me a chance to see (first hand) what I will be doing for the rest of my life; helping children. I never thought I would be selected but when I received the call, I was so happy and so thankful words still cannot describe how blessed I feel to have had this opportunity!”

Daisy Dabney
2015 Summer Internship Award Recipient


“The AnnieRuth Foundation and its volunteers have been instrumental in strengthening families and improving the community!”

Charlene Gross
Family Engagement Manager


“Thank you so much for taking the time to come present at (S.P. Livingston Elementary School). The fruit and vegetable samples were so awesome and tasty, but beyond that, it was super beneficial. Half of the students hadn’t even tasted, seen or heard of many of the foods that you introduced to them.”

Mrs. LaVant-Johnson
S.P. Livingston Elementary School


“I commend the AnnieRuth Foundation for their work with schools, companies, community organizations and families to transform the conditions and systems that lead to healthier kids. The Foundation’s focus empowers and influences communities through exposure to resources and best practices that transform choices, promote healthy environments and encourage healthy nutritional lifestyles.”

Dr. Constance S. Hall
School Board Member, District #5


“I want to take a moment to thank (the AnnieRuth Foundation) for presenting two workshops at the Mayor’s Young Leaders Advisory Council’s College, Career and Trades Fair. I just finished going over the surveys, and the students gave both of your presentations – “Understanding What Employers Want” and “Resume Development” – ratings of “excellent.” If the Advisory Council decides to host this event again next year, and I believe they will, you will be on the top of their invite list. Again, thank you for spending your Saturday helping Jacksonville’s young people gain valuable knowledge that will help them start and grow in their careers.”

Dave Roman
Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Mayor


“When I came to the workshop this morning, I didn’t know the topic. All I knew is that the AnnieRuth Foundation was hosting it so I knew I had to be here.”

Eureka Gardens Apartments


“The AnnieRuth Foundation is a very professional organization with extremely compassionate members. The Foundation is very organized, sets high standards, is committed and extremely dependable. The AnnieRuth Foundation is an exceptional and valued partner to our property. Thank you AnnieRuth Foundation and may God continue to bless You All for all the great works that you do.”

Paula O. Jackson
Eureka Gardens and Southside Apartments Community Development Director


“Jacksonville is very fortunate to have the AnnieRuth Foundation and other like organizations that are passionate about the business of helping others become positive contributors of society.”

Mia Jones
State Representative


“Through the AVID elective class, students become a family and participate in a number of activities geared towards college and careers. Your resume writing workshop was a perfect fit for our AVID students and allowed them an opportunity to delve deeper into their career by actually strengthening their resume and preparing for (an actual) interview. This is an awesome workshop that I would recommend for students and adults alike as they seek to build or strengthen their career portfolio and to ensure that they are adequately prepared for interviews.”

“Thank you again for all that you do!”

Bernadette Hardeman
Coordinator High School Acceleration Programs, Duval County Public Schools


“Thank you very much for coming and presenting (the Resume Writing and Behavioral Interviewing Techniques workshop) to my students. You were able to answer (the tough) questions that I wasn’t 100 percent certain of. “

Ruth Jursa
AVID Teacher, Terry Parker High School


“I want to share with you just how proud I am of you. To see first hand how you have developed and perfected your skills was spectacular. I was in awe at your polish and demeanor. Your communication skills were outstanding and it was obvious from the information you shared with the group how vast your knowledge of HR had become. It is indeed an honor to know you and share another moment in time participating in learning with you.”

“God Bless you Dee! I hope to meet with you soon to discuss how our non-profits can work together to make a difference!”

Mara Walker
VP of Human Resources, HabiJax


“Thank You for participating as a speaker at our 2013 Learn2Earn session. Your connection with the students was overwhelming. You were inspiring and extremely motivating in your interactions.”

Thank you for making a difference in a child’s life!

Cedric Cruse
Education Initiatives, Office of the Mayor