Looking to make a positive impact when you land in JAX? Giving back is a vital part of the culture here, and with more than 8,600 nonprofits in Northeast Florida, residents don’t have to look far to find tangible opportunities to make a difference by volunteering, giving back and getting involved in their community.
In JAX, doing good isn’t an empty slogan or wishful thinking – it’s an actual way of life.
From food banks to environmental conservation efforts, JAX is home to every kind of volunteer opportunity you could imagine. The Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida is a central hub of nonprofit organizations, and there are plenty of online resources to get acquainted with the top charitable groups and events in the area.
Driven by a potent mix of diversity and entrepreneurial spirit, JAX residents have proven more than capable of creating change not only in their local communities, but on a national level. With a significant military presence, it’s no wonder the Wounded Warrior Project and K9s for Warriors are headquartered in JAX. Both organizations provide opportunities across the nation for veterans and civilians alike to serve the veteran community.
Organizations like Hunger Fight, Dreams Come True, Teach for America and Kids Hope Alliance enable volunteers to support children’s health and education in the First Coast region. Volunteers can work directly among JAX families and communities to address social issues at Hubbard House, Clara White Mission and Sulzbacher, or help raise much needed funds for breast cancer research by volunteering for the national race weekend of the DONNA Marathon.
Local chapters of national organizations like United Way, Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity empower residents to get involved in a myriad of on-the-ground services like disaster-relief and building affordable housing.
The breathtaking ecological diversity of the First Coast also means that JAX residents take great pride in maintaining the pristine quality of their waterways through conservation groups like St. Johns Riverkeeper. And animal lovers can stay connected with their passion by volunteering with the Jacksonville Humane Society.
Networking opportunities abound for young professionals in JAX seeking to build their careers in tandem with their community. Contrary to other regions, young professionals can make an impact on boards, YP groups and grassroots initiatives. NextUp JAX provides young professionals with a deep field of opportunities to volunteer, engage with their community and learn about current issues. Similarly, the Jacksonville Urban League challenges young professionals to empower their communities through volunteerism, philanthropy and leadership development.
No matter the industry or interest, JAX has a place for every young professional to pursue their passion and develop a close-knit relationship with their community. AIGA Jacksonville and Jacksonville Symphony’s UpTempo focus on uniting and inspiring the young creative community in JAX through involvement in the region’s rich arts and culture scene.
The Jacksonville Jaycees strives to give young professionals the tools they need to develop their leadership skills through community service, while First Coast Rotaract promotes and practices the ideal of service above self. The Arc Jacksonville connects its Young Professionals Group with opportunities to serve individuals with developmental differences.