Rayonier grants help local nonprofit organizations meet community needs

Press Release
November 5, 2019


Rayonier awarded more than $162,000 to 35 local nonprofit organizations to help address key community needs across Nassau County. Recipients of the company’s Community Fund grants were recently recognized at a special awards breakfast hosted by Rayonier on Friday, November 1, 2019.

Barnabas Center, Inc. Wes Hinton (Wildlight), Mark McHugh (Rayonier), Shelby Pyatt (Rayonier), Rhett Rogers (Rayonier), Tania Yount (Barnabas Center), Wanda Lanier (Barnabas Center), Mark Bridwell (Rayonier), J onathan Simpson (Rayonier)

The recipients will use the funds to help meet a range of needs in the Nassau County community, including civic and cultural, educational, environmental, natural resources and health and human services programs.

Nassau County Council on Aging: Wes Hinton (Wildlight), Mark Bridwell (Rayonier), Shelby Pyatt (Rayonier), Mark McHugh (Rayonier), Rhett Rogers (Rayonier), Wallace Bennett (Council on Aging)

“There are wonderful organizations in this room. Thank you for all the great work you do.” said Commissioner Justin Taylor (District 5), Nassau County Board of County Commissioners, speaking to the Rayonier 2019 grant recipients.

Traders Hill Farm Rachel Clark (Traders Hill Farm), Wes Hinton (Wildlight), Mark Bridwell (Rayonier), Mark McHugh (Rayonier), Shelby Pyatt (Rayonier), Rhett Rogers (Rayonier), Marcia Douglas (Traders Hill Farm).

Among the programs made possible thanks to the support of these grants are a robot lab program for 3rd through 6th graders, workforce development apprenticeships and environmental education and conservation programs.

West Nassau Historical Society: Wes Hinton (Wildlight), Mark Bridwell (Rayonier), John Hendricks (West Nassau Historical Society), Liz Mobley (West Nassau Historical Society), Mark McHugh (Rayonier), Shelby Pyatt (Rayonier), Rhett Rogers (Rayonier)

“Rayonier’s community involvement is a great source of pride for me personally, the company, as well as our employees” said Mark Bridwell, Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.

Among those present to congratulate recipients were Rayonier representatives; Nassau
County Board of County Commissioners: Commissioner Justin Taylor (District 5); Nassau
County Sheriff Bill Leeper; Nassau County School District: Superintendent Dr. Kathy Knight Burns, Donna Martin (District 1 Board Member), and Gail Gook (District 2 Board Member); and, Ocean, Highway & Port Authority: Commissioner Michael Cole (District 5).

Altogether, in 2019 Rayonier plans to grant close to $300,000 across the United States. More than 55% of those funds will be distributed in Nassau County to the following organizations:

Amelia Island Book Festival
Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival
Arts Alive Nassau
Baptist Health Foundation Barnabas Center, Inc.
Big Brothers Big Sisters NEFL
Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County
Camp Kesem at FSU Community Hospice & Palliative Care
Family Support Services of North Florida
Fernandina Beach High School Foundation
Ferst Readers of Nassau County
First Coast Healing Hands Inc Florida Forestry Foundation Institute for Enterprise, Inc.
Keep Nassau Beautiful
McArthur YMCA
Nassau County Alliance for the Mentally Ill
About Rayonier
Nassau County Council on Aging
Nassau County Extension – 4H
Nassau County School District – Career
Nassau County Sheriff’s Office Charities
Nassau Education Foundation
Nassau Habitat for Humanity St. Marys Riverkeeper
Take Stock in Children of Nassau County The Ark of Nassau
The Salvation Army – Hope House
The US Constitution Scholarship Foundation
Traders Hill Farm
Trinity Love Hoblit Foundation United Way of Northeast Florida
University of Florida Foundation Inc
West Nassau Historical Society
White Oak Conservation Foundation

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