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Amber’s Adoption THIS Sunday & Arc Opportunities!

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Amber’s Animal Outreach is in need of volunteers for our Puppy Bowl Adoption event on January 26th. Sunday Shift hours are from 9am – 1pm, 12pm – 4pm or 9am – 4pm.

Have you been thinking about volunteering in the New Year? The Arc of Palm Beach County Artisans is gearing up for their biggest year yet and have some amazing projects just waiting for volunteers to come in and help them put the finishing touches on. Accepting individuals or large groups with or without art experience. Everyone is welcome and appreciated!

Call 561-842-3213 or visit today!


Wellington Parade Reminder – Sign Up Now!

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Date of Event/Activity: Sunday, December 8th
Name of Event/Activity: Wellington Holiday Parade
Location: Forest Hill Blvd Wellington (SunTrust Bank)
Hours: 10am-4pm
Details of Volunteer Activity: Manage water tents, staging, clean up, carry banners in parade, help with parade dispersal.
Contact Info to Register/Sign Up:

It made a difference for that one…


While walking along a beach, an elderly gentleman saw someone in the distance leaning down, picking something up and throwing it into the ocean.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, picking up starfish one by one and tossing each one gently back into the water.

He came closer still and called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”

The old man smiled, and said, “I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”

To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”

Upon hearing this, the elderly observer commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”

The young man listened politely. Then he bent down, picked up another starfish, threw it back into the ocean past the breaking waves and said, “It made a difference for that one.”

2016-2017 Palm Beach County School District Outstanding School Volunteers

Posted on December 8, 2016

WEST PALM BEACH- The 2016-2017 Outstanding School Volunteers have been named by the School District in recognition of their commitment and dedication to students and schools. Winners are selected from nominations based on years of service, number of volunteer hours, and characteristic or contribution of services.rungeThe Outstanding Student Volunteer of the Year is Renee Runge, a senior at Suncoast High School. Ms. Runge, who was nominated by Suncoast, realized that it was difficult for students to find places to earn their required community service hours for graduation. She then spent months creating a nonprofit “The Community Angel Network (CAN)” which supports a free interactive directory of nonprofit organizations in Palm Beach County that are seeking volunteer service from people in the community. The website contains a newsletter that keeps potential volunteers updated on news, projects, and new volunteer opportunities through events and ongoing projects. Renee researched, wrote and received a grant so there is now a free Student Text Service that was created to help students with up-to-date events and volunteer opportunities. Students receive texts which makes volunteering even easier! Renee was recognized before the Florida Cabinet by Governor Rick Scott where she was presented with the Volunteer Florida Champion of Service Award. The website is

Jacynth “J.B.” Brown-Woodside is the Outstanding Adult Volunteer of the Year, nominated by Suncoast High School. Ms. Brown-Woodside has volunteered in schools for the past 9 years beginning when her first child started kindergarten

woodsideand the teacher needed a room mom! Some additional duties she has performed were on Safety Patrol Committee, office assistance, fundraising, as officers of PTSO and PTSA, Ms. Brown- Woodside has also been a lunch volunteer, worked on School Improvement Committees and School Advisory Councils. For 4 years at Suncoast she served as “theater mom” for over 175 students. She chaperoned numerous trips, coordinated volunteers, performed en

dless errands, served evening meals, and managed “front of house” operations. College Fair and Career Showcase are 2 school-wide events that satisfy many school goals, including SIP objective for academics and preparedness beyond high school. J.B. was a key team member for college fair for five years and career showcase for 3 years. Trusted and respected, staff and students call on J.B., knowing they can always count on her for help.


rhodesEddie Rhodes is the Outstanding Senior Volunteer of the Year. Mr. Rhodes started teaching and coaching in 1967 in Pahokee High School. He moved up to administration and served 19 years as Vice Principal at Pahokee. However, most of the people still refer to him as “Coach”. Mr. Rhodes has and continues to serve numerous schools in Palm Beach County. At Belle Glade Elementary, he sat on the School Advisory Council (SAC). He mentored at least 6 students there and checked on students each Friday. He assisted staff with home visits when asked. He helped Belle Glade get 3 school buses for students. There was no transportation for students that lived within a 2-mile radius of the school and students had to cross a bridge and major highway. Mr. Rhodes serves on the SAC committee at Glades Central High and is a great advocate there. In the Glades most financial success was achieved through professional football. Mr. Rhodes wanted financial success for his students via their minds and bodies, by strengthening the educational system and career development for youth. He is the Tri- Cities Education Committee Co-Chair. The committee supports the Glades Area schools and coordinates academic and community initiatives that support our schools and our District. Because Mr. Rhodes has always been a gifted mentor/inspiration to youth, it was natural that he became a mentor with the Take Stock in Children Palm Beach (TSIC) program in 2011. Mr. Rhodes continues to meet with that young man as well as working with 4 other mentees. Also, Mr. Rhodes now mentors young male students during lunch 3 times weekly at Lake Shore Middle. Additionally, he is beginning to mentor 4th graders as he believes it gives them a greater chance when they start earlier.
“There are approximately 40,000 volunteers currently serving in our schools and we appreciate each and every one of them. These volunteers are truly exemplary and we are honored to have them represent Palm Beach County as our Outstanding Volunteers of the Year,” said Debi Elfen, District Volunteer Coordinator.

For more information please contact Ms. Elfen at 561-434-8789 or

Palm Beach County School District Article:

June 16, 2016 Lighthouse Neighbors Publications

Governor Scott and Volunteer Florida Present Champion of Service Awards By Erin VanSickle, Director of External Affairs

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On April 26, during a meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott and Volunteer Florida CEO Chester Spellman awarded one individual and one volunteer program with the Champion of Service Award.

Governor Scott said, “Renee and the Sarasota Downtown Ambassador Program have gone above and beyond to serve their communities. I am honored to present them with the Champion of Service Award for their work to make Florida the best place to live, work and raise a family.”

Volunteer Florida CEO Chester Spellman said, “As we continue to celebrate Florida Volunteer Month in April, we are especially proud to recognize Renee Runge and the Sarasota Downtown Ambassador Program for connecting volunteers to opportunities to serve. They embody service leadership at the community, school, and individual level, and they are using innovative ways to make volunteering easy and accessible.”

The following two recipients were recognized with the award: Sarasota Downtown Ambassador Program, Sarasota County – The Sarasota Downtown Ambassador Program is part of the Sarasota Police Department’s Citizen Volunteer Program. The organization provides unique services to the Sarasota community by supporting Sarasota law enforcement officers and assisting with the prevention and detection of crime. Volunteers also assist in searches for missing children during parades and events and other investigations.

Renee Runge, Palm Beach County – Runge is a high school junior and the creator of Community Angel Network, Inc. (CAN). The non-profit organization started in 2014 and lists an online directory of nearly 200 nonprofit organizations in Palm Beach County to link volunteers with service opportunities. Students work collaboratively with CAN to create their own service projects to benefit various charities. CAN has been recognized by the School District of Palm Beach County, Points of Light, and many other organizations for its success. Since middle school, Runge has more than 1,500 hours of community service in Palm Beach County.

Publisher’s note: Renee was the cover feature in the January 2015 edition of Lighthouse Neighbors. We enjoyed meeting her and her family. Congratulations!

To read the full article: LighthouseNeighbors_334_Jun16_renee