May 5th Public Policy Meeting with Senator Rob Bradley
Clay County Emergency Food Campaign
Over the past 43 days, during the COVID-19 response, all our agencies and partners have done a great job in meeting the needs of the most vulnerable within our community
This has placed enormous strain on our food pantries they are in immediate need of non-perishable food.
In Clay County our food agency have supplied many of your neighbors with the needed help for this disaster. A donation of 50.00 will feed family of 4 for week.
Our county manager and emergency management team have done a wonderful job in building a process of securing food stocks, and have put in place a way to distribute them to our food banks. They have also built the ability to acquire non perishable food items, which as mentioned is our highest present need.
So, where do you come in? We are in need of donation to purchase non - perishable food items to support this emergency food response.
Our Foundation is partnering with this great response structure by launching and Emergency Food Donation campaign. Any donation will go towards purchasing non – perishable food items to meet this ever growing need. The Clay Chamber of Commerce Foundation has established a donation link click EOC at 877-252-9362 to contribute and donation level will help
One of the things that make this county so special is the kind heart and compassion that we show in taking care of those in need with in our county we ask that you please consider a donation toward this Emergency Fund Donation Campaign.
Thanks, so much for your consideration. God Bless and continue to keep safe during this challenging time
Clay Chamber and Community First Credit Union to Give 1,000 Masks to First Responders
Fleming Island, Fla. (April 7, 2020) -- The Clay County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Community First Credit Union, will fund the manufacture of 1,000 masks for first responders and essential personnel in Clay County. The protective masks will be produced by a local small business in Clay County and distributed by the Office of Emergency Management.
The masks are being made by Renee Thorp at DIRenee Creations, a Clay County small business.
“We appreciate the support of Community First Credit Union in providing the funds to purchase and distribute this critical equipment to our first responders,” said Chamber President Wendell Chindra. “Their support of local business has been critical to our ability to meet the needs of our Clay County heroes.”
“As the supply of masks for frontline workers has dwindled, amazing people in our community have stepped up to help,” said John Hirabayashi, CEO and president of Community First. “We are proud to join forces with the Clay Chamber to help fill this critical need.”
Thorp, who has been sewing since she was age 9, said she started making the masks after being asked about them by someone at a Chamber Finally Friday meeting. The masks are made from a cotton material with a non-woven interface that she said adds extra protection on the inside. They are pleated and sewn together. Thorp said it is nearly impossible to find elastic right now, so she has fashioned the ties from a softer, stretchy jersey knit.
Since posting the first masks on her Facebook page, Thorp said she has had many inquiries about them.
“I posted them, then I got more people. Then more people. Now people are panicking, so I called a friend to come help me,” she said. In addition to the masks, she also makes dresses for little girls, purses, hooded towels and other items. You can find her at the Farmers Market and the Orange Park Fall Festival, she said.
The masks are expected to be completed and distributed before the end of April, Chindra said.
About Community First Credit Union
Community First Credit Union of Florida is a state-chartered credit union based in Jacksonville serving anyone who lives or works on the First Coast. Community First is one of the 10 largest credit unions in the state, serving more than 145,000 members and with assets of $1.8 billion. Community First has 19 locations and 340 employees. A not-for-profit, Community First is a full-service financial institution offering banking, loans, mortgages and investments for consumers and businesses across the First Coast.
About Clay County Chamber of Commerce
The Clay County Chamber is working in partnership with local emergency providers and has taken a lead role in the dissemination of information to Clay County businesses in its role as a member of the Emergency Management Unified Command Center. The Chamber serves more than 800 business members in Clay County and Northeast Florida.