Paws for a Cause – April 26th

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Townsend Air Services – Gold Sponsor!

Townsend Air

I am proud to announce another Gold sponsor – Townsend Air Services!

They are a local business and were happy to support us!

Townsend Air Services is a family owned business right here in Nocatee. With over 20 years experience, owner Ronnie Townsend services all makes & models of air conditioning & heating systems as well as performing dryer vent cleanings. They can handle part warranty repairs on new equipment as well as recommended maintenance to help keep your air conditioning system operating efficiently. Ronnie and Linda started the business to provide fair, honest service and are thrilled to support the work of Helping Hands of Nocatee. You can contact Ronnie at 904-436-5880, , email:

Helping Hands of Nocatee starting up to help St. Johns County needy


Heather Little, Sheri Soleim, Anne Crane and Libby Blumberg

This article first appeared in the [January,2014] issue of Coastal NewsLine.”

By Karl Kennell
A group of residents in Nocatee have already begun holding out their hand to help those in need, even as they are just getting their feet on the ground.Led by Anne Crane, they have formed Helping Hands of Nocatee. The desire of the group was to form an organization that would help others and grow as Nocatee grows.

The groups mission statement is, “Helping Hands of Nocatee is to help those in need in St. Johns County through
service and donated goods. We will emphasize the involvement of children and teens as a way to teach the value in charitable giving and service.” To get Helping Hands of Nocatee headed down the right path, President Anne Crane
reached out to Kathy Bravo, the president of JCP Cares of NW St. Johns County, for counsel and advice on how to build a successful charitable organization. Bravo was a founding member of JCP Cares and has overseen the growth and impact of that group located in Julington Creek. It has become one of the most notable charitable groups in St. Johns County. To kick off activities for Helping Hands of Nocatee, the group hosted the first annual “Resident Home Business Fair” on November 23. It was an opportunity for residents of Nocatee to share their businesses with their neighbors and over 40 resident vendors participated, with 21 donating items to a
raffle held to benefit Helping Hands of Nocatee. All of the items were raffled off throughout the day. Included was a chance to win a free rental of the pool cabana in Nocatee Splash Waterpark for summer 2014. Just prior to the Resident Home Business Fair, the group conducted a food and clothing drive to benefi t St. Francis House in St. Augustine. They had collection boxes at the Farmers Market, Fitness Center and Publix, where they collected
canned goods, pasta, rice and cereal, along with men’s clothing items. In the month of December the group conducted a toy and needs drive for the benefit of Pie in the Sky, an organization in Hastings that helps families
that have fallen through the cracks and are not able to sign up for other charities. Items collected included toys, personal care items and gift cards. In January 2014 the group will be cooking and serving dinner at St. Francis House in St.Augustine. For Valentine’s Day the group is looking to bring the neighborhood kids together to
make homemade valentines and the deliver them to the residents of Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans Nursing Home on State Road 16. In March or April a special day for the canine members of the family will be held at one of the dog parks in Nocatee for the benefit of a local pet shelter. This group has already made great strides down the
path of representing the neighborhood of Nocatee alongside of some the notable charities in St. Johns County. And never doubt that there is a great need here in St. Augustine and St. Johns County! If you would like to learn more or lend a Helping Hand, please email


Our Mission

The mission of Helping Hands of Nocatee is to help those in need in St. Johns County through service and donated goods. We will emphasize the involvement of children and teens as a way to teach the value in charitable giving and services.

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Our Beginnings:

We are a group of residents who wanted to form an organization to help others in St. Johns County. We also wanted a place where our children could volunteer and see the value in helping others. That’s when Helping Hands of Nocatee, a resident club was born. We are getting our feet off the ground with a few special events and look forward to more residents supporting us as we grow. New ideas are always welcome. Join Helping Hands of Nocatee in serving those who need our care, attention and kindness.


Helping Hands of Nocatee is in it’s beginning stages and is not yet a 501(c)(3). As we progress, we will determine whether or not this status is appropriate. We will announce any changes as they arise.