CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMANITARIANS: Neighbors of Suntree Making a Difference in the Lives of Others
By Space Coast Daily // August 30, 2020
focused on generating money for charity
The Neighbors of Suntree women’s civic group of more than 300 members focuses on helping Brevard through financial support of a host of community service organizations. “Being part of Neighbors of Suntree is like being with family,” said vice president June Mikell.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – A good neighbor watches your back, which is exactly what the Neighbors of Suntree do for their community. The women’s civic group of more than 300 members focuses on helping Brevard through financial support of a host of community service organizations.
“Being part of Neighbors of Suntree is like being with family,” said vice president June Mikell.
“We are like-minded women of all ages who get together and forge lasting relationships. We, as a group have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.”
Although a tight-knit family that hosts many events throughout the year, the Neighbors of Suntree welcomes newcomers to their midst, helping new residents become involved with their new neighborhood.
“We are one of the friendliest groups you would want to know,” said president Carla Parsons.
Since its beginnings in 1984, Neighbors of Suntree, or NOS, has been focused on generating money for charity.
Four major annual events, including a fashion show and a holiday extravaganza, help raise funds, as do a dozen monthly small group activities that also serve to strengthen bonds between newcomers and “old timers” alike.
“While we are enjoying all these fun activities, we never forget our primary goal of raising money for so many local worthwhile charities,” said member Rhonda Watkins.
WHERE FRIENDSHIPS GROW
Almost every nonprofit in Brevard has benefitted from the efforts of NOS, each receiving awards that average $2,000 per charity.
Name it, and chances are excellent that NOS has contributed to the organization, be it Serene Harbor, the Women’s Center, Joe’s Club, Brevard Zoo, Candlelighters of Brevard, the Children’s Hunger Project, Paws for Veterans, Promise in Brevard, the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra and Florida Wildlife Hospital, which happens to be another of this year’s Humanitarian Award recipients.
That list is just a small part of the total number of community organizations that NOS has supported.
You don’t need to live in Suntree to be part of NOS, for Neighbors of Suntree welcomes women from all parts of the county.
“This is where friendships start and continue to grow,” said Parsons.
The 2020 Central Florida Humanitarians will be announced next month and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities.
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The Central Florida Humanitarian Awards were created 11 years ago by Space Coast Daily to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that dedicate their time, talent or treasure to help people in need locally – and around the world.
TIME: In this category consider candidates who have selflessly and consistently devoted their time as volunteers at hospitals and nursing homes, in activities for the less fortunate and as organizers, administrators or operatives in the many other altruistic endeavors in our community.
TALENT: In this category give consideration to those who have volunteered their special talents and expertise to address specific circumstances in which the lives of those in need are improved.
TREASURE: The humanitarians in this category will include those who have generously shared their monetary good fortune and/or volunteered their time and efforts in fundraising for the advancement of a philanthropic cause.
All 2018 honorees will be featured in the Oct/Nov 2018 edition of Space Coast Daily magazine and on SpaceCoastDaily.com. The magazine will be available the first week of October in both print and digital editions, which will also be available on SpaceCoastDaily.com
HONORING SELFLESS VOLUNTEERISM
As always, the Central Florida Humanitarian committee will also honor hospital and hospice volunteers from Health First Hospice, the Dr. Jey Pillai Center for Hospice Care at Wasdin Woods, VITAS, Hospice of St. Francis, Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital, Health First Viera Hospital, Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center, Health First Palm Bay Hospital, Melbourne Regional Medical Center, Rockledge Regional Medical Center, the VA Clinic in Viera, and Sebastian River Medical Center.
“Over the years, our editorial team has had the distinct honor and pleasure of identifying and featuring the many members of our community who give back so much and are dedicated to reaching out and helping others, here and throughout the world, in a multitude of ways,” said Space Coast Daily Editor-In-Chief Dr. Jim Palermo.
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Each honoree or organization will be presented the Central Florida Humanitarian Crystal Globe. Stay tuned to Space Coast Daily for exclusive and comprehensive multimedia coverage of each honoree as we present their compelling stories.
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