TLS Students and Propeller Club Making the Holidays Brighter at Hubbard House

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Since 2002 a collaborated effort between University of North Florida’s Transportation and Logistics Society (TLS) and the Propeller Club of the United States Port of Jacksonville has helped make the holidays happier for the residents of Hubbard House.

Each year students from TLS conduct a toy and toiletries drive and during the semester they raise money selling cookies and recycling printer cartridges. This year the students donated $600 in gift cards and $1,500 worth of in-kind gifts. The Propeller Club donated a cash gift of $1,000 and also provided $500 in gifts and decorations to brighten the lobby of Hubbard House. On Saturday, Dec. 4 members of the Propeller Club and TLS students delivered the gifts and decorated the lobby for the residents.

All experienced a magical moment when two little boys staying at the Hubbard House shelter, surprised to see all the holiday decorations, started dancing and jumping for joy shouting “Merry Christmas, it’s Christmas!” “That was a magic moment for the students because they knew through their efforts they were able to make a major difference in the lives of the women and children of Hubbard House who are seeking shelter from domestic violence,” said Lynn Brown, Associate Director of the UNF Transportation and Logistics Flagship Program. “Our holiday season starts at Hubbard House every December. It is a wonderful tradition that becomes more meaningful and more humbling every year.”

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While many celebrate the blessings of the holiday season with their families, other families are living with the terrors of domestic violence. The Hubbard House domestic violence emergency shelter will be home to more than 80 women, children and men looking for safety over the holidays. For those who have been affected by domestic violence, holiday joy is often more of a wish than a reality. Hubbard House relies on the generosity of the community, such as that given by the TLS students and the Propeller Club, to help make the holidays a little easier for families who have experienced violence in their home.

Holiday donation opportunities include:

Holiday Food Drive – Nov. 1 – Dec. 31: Hubbard House provides victims and their families groceries from which they are able to prepare three meals a day, in addition to snacks. Hubbard House relies on the community to help keep the food pantry stocked year round. You can help by donating non-perishable food items or by organizing a food collection drive through your place of employment, with your family and friends, or through your civic or church group.

Holiday Toy Store Drive – Nov. 29 – Dec. 23: The Holiday Store gives those who are affected by domestic violence the opportunity to know the joy of giving, even during crisis. Families in shelter, or those who have recently left shelter, are able to select toys and gifts for their loved ones from items that have been donated by the community.

For more information on Hubbard House’s holiday programs contact April Griffin at (904) 354-0076 ext. 652, holidays@hubbardhouse.org, or visit www.hubbardhouse.org/hh/holiday.aspx.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship please call the Hubbard House 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline at (904) 354-3114 or (800) 500-1119.

ABOUT HUBBARD HOUSE

Founded as the first domestic violence shelter in Florida in 1976, Hubbard House is a certified, comprehensive domestic violence center providing programs and services to more than 6,000 women, children, and men annually in Duval and Baker counties. While Hubbard House is most known for its emergency shelter, the agency also provides extensive adult and youth outreach services, school-based education, therapeutic childcare, batterers’ intervention programs, court advocacy and volunteer and community education opportunities. Visit www.hubbardhouse.org to learn more.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Bank of America’s L.E.A.D. for Women

Hubbard House has grown from being the first domestic violence shelter established in the state of Florida in 1976, to a nationally recognized leader in the effort to end domestic violence, providing services to more than 6,000 women, children, and men annually. This would not be possible without help from devoted volunteers and donors.

It is because of the support and generosity given by Hubbard House volunteers and donors that we are able to ensure victims’ hope for peace, dreams of tomorrow, and strength for their children are not lost.

This volunteer spotlight is on Bank of America’s Jacksonville L.E.A.D. for Women group.

A group from Bank of America’s Jacksonville L.E.A.D. for Women recently gave up a Saturday morning to help out at the Hubbard House Thrift Store. The group sorted, folded, and conquered a mountain of donated clothing that even included some Elvis Presley-like pants, they reported!

In addition to working in the Hubbard House Thrift Store, the group also collected over 150 used cell phones and PDAs to donate to Hubbard House. The collection was a joint effort between Jacksonville L.E.A.D., HOLA (Hispanic-Latino Organization for Leadership and Advancement) and ALN (Asian Leadership Network). Used cell phones are an effective tool in the efforts to end domestic violence. Through programs such as Hopeline and Shelter Alliance, Hubbard House is able to provide victims of domestic violence with refurbished phones for emergency situations or recycle them to raise much-needed funds.

Hubbard House volunteers, like the wonderful group from Bank of America’s Jacksonville L.E.A.D for Women, are truly blessings for Hubbard House and those who have been affected by domestic violence.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship Hubbard House can help. Please call the 24-Hour Hubbard House Domestic Violence Hotline at (904) 354-3114 or (800) 500-1119.

ABOUT HUBBARD HOUSE

Founded as the first domestic violence shelter in Florida in 1976, Hubbard House is a certified, comprehensive domestic violence center providing programs and services to more than 6,000 women, children, and men annually in Duval and Baker counties. While Hubbard House is most known for its emergency shelter, the agency also provides extensive adult and youth outreach services, school-based education, therapeutic childcare, batterers’ intervention programs, court advocacy and volunteer and community education opportunities. Visit http://www.hubbardhouse.org to learn more