Nonprofit Center maps local veterans’ services thanks to Jags’ grant

Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay Color Guard at the Oct. 7 Jaguars game with Shahid Khan, Jaguars team owner, and Mayor Alvin Brown

The Jaguars Foundation scored with local veterans last month when it provided a $20,000 grant to the Southbank-based Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida. The center is using the grant funding to create an online platform to identify and map all of the veterans’ services in Northeast Florida.
“We are honored to be able to help support and assist members of the military upon their return,” said Jaguars owner Shahid Khan. “We owe them a debt of gratitude for their loyal and selfless service to protect us and our freedoms, and we hope this commitment will benefit many veterans in their pursuit of training, jobs, housing and quality of life with their families.”
The grant was announced last month during the 2012 Collaboration Summit and Workshop at the Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership in St. Nicholas. Rena Coughlin, CEO of the Nonprofit Center, stated that the recently created online Nonprofit LINK platform at www.TheNonprofitLink.org will be used to map and catalogue services in northeast Florida that are available to veterans. The program goals are to:
•  Identify community-wide re-integration services to veterans returning from service;
•  Provide government agencies a tool for locating and contacting resources for veterans;
•  Provide nonprofits with a map of services and interrelated programs that will improve efficiency in service delivery and coordination of care;
•  Provide nonprofits with the foundational information they need to work together to gather information, promote collective action and describe impact; and,
•  Provide the philanthropic community with a comprehensive picture of veterans’ needs and services, and a method of contacting the providers.
“These veterans will have one-stop access to critical resources including skills development, job transition counseling, and assistance transitioning into housing,” said Rear Admiral V. Guillory (U.S. Navy/ret.), Director of the City of Jacksonville’s Department of Military Affairs, Veterans & Disabled Services.

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