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Health First launches "Volunteer Army" to assist community

Health First's inaugural "Caring for Brevard" Community Service Days provides help to those who help neediest Brevardians

ROCKLEDGE, FL - Hundreds of Health First volunteers; seven locations across Brevard County; and countless hours of volunteer work! On Friday, February 19 and Saturday, February 20 They are donating their time as part of Health First's "Volunteer Army" being dispatched across the area to tackle community service projects.

This massive volunteer outreach effort is being initiated as part of a new Health First Community Benefit campaign called "Caring for Brevard."

The not-for-profit community organizations where Health First's "Caring for Brevard" volunteers are tackling projects include the South Brevard Sharing Center in Palm Bay and Melbourne, the Brevard Health Alliance in Cocoa and Melbourne, the Salvation Army in Melbourne. and the administrative offices of 2-1-1 Brevard. In addition volunteers will work at the Health First Distribution Center to assemble cold weather packets donated by hundreds of Health First employees across the system as well as informational packets on child abuse, domestic violence and substance abuse.

Volunteers will take on projects such as outdoor and indoor painting, floor and window repair, bagging groceries for food pantries, sorting items for thrift stores, pressure cleaning, landscaping, and more.

"We are so thankful Health First's Caring for Brevard campaign is reaching out with their volunteers," said Kathryn Columbia, community impact coordinator at the United Way. "As a longstanding United Way partner and volunteer, Health First has seen firsthand how hard each of these agencies work to help our community."

"The Brevard Health Alliance is thankful to be the recipient of the generosity of Health First associates through this community improvement activity," said Lisa Gurri, chief executive officer of the Brevard Health Alliance. "The need just continues to grow for affordable healthcare and this effort will significantly improve the appearance of our clinics, and the life of our buildings."

"Caring for Brevard" was called into service earlier than expected last month when severe weather threatened Central Florida. During the January cold snap that gripped Florida, "Caring for Brevard" volunteers moved up the planned distribution date of hundreds of blankets, socks, hats and other cold weather clothing to those in desperate need by making an emergency donation to the three local cold weather shelters: His Place Ministries in Melbourne, Central Brevard Sharing Center in Cocoa, and The Salvation Army in Titusville.

Some of the materials, supplies, and equipment for "Caring for Brevard" have been generously donated by Dawson's Lawn Care in Melbourne and Richard's Paints in Rockledge. These partnerships are helping to support Health First's Vision of "improving lives and communities. Every person. Every time."

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