Free Boat Rides for Florida Baptist Children's Home | Community Spirit
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- On Wednesday, August 15th, the Jacksonville branch of the Freedom Boat Club is pairing up with 121 Financial Credit Union and taking 40 children from the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes (FBCH) for a day of adventure on the river. The students will be treated to a variety of activities including exploring local waterways, searching for manatees and wildlife, recreation in a park, and enjoying a picnic lunch on the water.
“I am so excited to have the ability to provide the boating experience for those who otherwise might not have the chance” said Lisa Almeida, who manages the Jacksonville affiliate of the Freedom Boat Club. Almeida adds, “ It’s great to have organizations like FBCH and 121 to team up with so that together we can provide a 3-way support system for charities”.
Florida Baptist Children's Homes is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that provides safe, stable, Christian homes for boys and girls who have been neglected, misdirected, abandoned, abused, or caught up in family turmoil. The organization’s mission is to provide Christ-centered services to children and families in need.
On the 15TH, the children as well as 5 staff members from Florida Baptist will be taken out on a small fleet of boats from the Freedom Boat Club docks at Julington Creek and head for Green Cove Springs and the mouth of Black Creek, where they will search for manatee. From there, they will travel to Green Cove Springs Park and have a picnic lunch before heading to Durbin Creek.
The Freedom Boat Club, founded in 1989, serves as an alternative to boat ownership. After calling ahead, members simply arrive at the dock where a boat is fueled up and ready to go. At the end of the day, members bring the boat back to the dock, unload personal gear, and hop in their car and go. Freedom has 60 franchises throughout the United States.
“We want members to experience the joys of boating without any of the hassle,” Almeida said. “And, we want to spread that joy to the community who has been so good to us.”
If you know of a charitable group or non-profit organization in the Jacksonville area that deserves a day of fun in the sun out on the water, contact the Freedom Boat Club at 888-781-7363.