Florida Chapter USA Cares

Welcome to the Florida Chapter USA Cares’ web page

We are delighted that you are visiting us! The USA Cares Florida Chapter is made up dedicated volunteers that are committed toFlorida_Logo_312 supporting our active military, veterans and their families. On this page, you will find information related to activities conducted by our volunteers and friends of the Chapter.

USA Cares Florida Chapter has approximately 60 members. Our goal is to raise funds and awareness for USA Cares. The Chapter leads numerous fundraising events throughout the year. Of course, our focus revolves around initiatives here in Florida.

Come join us—we are always interested in acquiring new volunteers and hearing new ideas. All suggestions and recommendations are welcomed. Here is my contact information; please feel free to contact me any time via email or phone: richs@usacares.org | 352-750-5472

Richard Sobieray
Chairman, Advisory Board
Florida Chapter USA Cares


USA Cares Volunteers boasts approximately 60 members and meet each month on the second Friday at Laurel Manor Recreation Center at 9:00 AM. They work to hold fundraising events benefiting USA Cares throughout the year while creating awareness of the USA Cares mission. Everyone willing to donate some time is invited to attend. Watch for our announcements in the Recreation News and wear your red shirt.




Here we grow again…

2014 has been a year of growth for the Florida Chapter. Presently, the chapter is headquartered in Jacksonville with branches in Northwest Florida (Pensacola), Central Florida (Altamonte Springs), and The Villages. The chapter has been raising awareness and much needed funds to support our Florida families and has been ranked as the sixth largest state in need of assistance. With the addition of these branches in Florida, we hope to gain more support and, most importantly, offer a hand up to each family in need. If you are interested in volunteering for or leading a branch in your city, please contact Jamie at Jamie@usacares.org.

Jacksonville Branch:

Jacksonville is the largest city in Florida and also home to a major US Navy Base: Naval Station Mayport.  This branch serves as the headquarters for the state chapter and is comprised of a very diverse group of individuals, each bringing experience from many different professions and opportunities for community involvement. If you are interested in volunteering in the Jacksonville area, please contact:

Bridget Hart bridget@usacares.org

Art Jones ruby4441.aj@gmail.com

Northwest Florida Branch:

Home to the Blue Angels, the Northwest Branch is centered in Pensacola. This group consists of community-oriented individuals, many of which are Veterans themselves. This group knows the hardships that our men and women are facing…some firsthand. They push hard, knowing their efforts will make a difference in the lives of those in need. They are proud to give their time to the USA Cares mission and work hard to involve the surrounding community.  To get involved, please contact:

Keith Furrow keithafurrow@gmail.com

Don Copeland don.copeland@americanmortgage.com

Central Florida Branch:  

Altamonte Springs is the hub for the Central Florida Branch. Being one of the newest additions to the Florida Chapter, they are working hard to grow the volunteer base.   The group has been focused on programs such as the USA Cares Military Housing Education Course which educates business professionals on how to work effectively with military families. If you are interested in volunteering in the area or signing up for the education program, please contact:

Aaron Mighty amighty@mightyrealty.com

JoAnn Bonilla at jbonilla@embarqmail.com


The Villages:          

The Florida Chapter was founded upon what is perhaps our strongest group of leaders and volunteers, located in The Villages. From concerts to dinners, this branch has successfully paved the way for other volunteer groups. Not only did The Villages jumpstart the state of Florida, they were also the very first chapter of USA Cares, igniting our efforts to place”boots on the ground” in communities nationwide. We offer our most sincere gratitude to this group of individuals and their dedication to our nation’s heroes. For more information or to get involved, please contact:

Rich Sobieray


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Schwans Campaign: This is a campaign that EVERYONE can take part in. Our Chair in Jacksonville has set this up for us all and the public to participate in. For the next 30 days we want to push this out. For every $25 GC bought under our name we will get %40 donated back and for other purchases we will get %20 back. After the 30 days we will get %5 for the next year. This needs to be promoted ASAP!!!!!!

Pensacola Branch

Community Give Back Yard Sale: Our Branch will be collecting items from individuals who want to give them to the yard sale for donations. All proceeds will go back to USA Cares to help our military here in Florida. We will have concessions by a popular restaurant here in Florida in attendance.

Saturday November 8th from 8 am to ??? The Yard Sale will be held at:

4657 Gulf Breeze Parkway; 2 miles North of Walmart in Gulf Breeze headed towards Navarre.

2014 WCR Halloween Golf Scramble Tournament: USA Cares NW Florida Branch has been chosen to be the Charity of Choice for this Golf Tournament. A portion of the proceeds brought in will go directly to USA Cares.

When? Thursday, October 30, 2014    Where? Scenic Hills Country Club

Registration/Lunch 11am-1pm     Shotgun Start @ 1:00pm      Cost? $100 per monster or $350 per team

Jacksonville Chapter

Wine and Canvas Mixer: On Tuesday, October 21st the Jacksonville Chapter will be putting on their first Wine and Canvas Fundraiser. It will be held at Royal Palms Tapas Lounge and will be from 6-9. Come enjoy a night of being taught how to step by step paint the picture chosen. At the end of the night being able to go home with that painting you painted!!! Come hungry and thirsty, Royal Palms has graciously offered to donate a portion of the sales from the night will go back to USA Cares. When you sign up at www.wineandcanvas.com for our fundraiser $10 of that ticket will also go directly to USA Cares. Bring your friends, family make it a “girl’s night” out. Learn how you can volunteer for our next event.

Buckets for Businesses and Boot Box: Attention everyone in the Jacksonville area! The Jacksonville Chapter would like to let you know that we have some boot boxes out in the area and are collecting donations to give back to our military here in Florida. As for the Buckets for Businesses’ we are looking for companies that would like to bring the buckets to their place of work for one week and collect change. This is a great opportunity to get the whole work place involved and giving back.

Downtown Jacksonville Veterans Day Parade: On November 11th the Jacksonville Chapter will be walking in the Downtown Parade. Come join in the festivities and celebrate our brave men and women.

Central Florida:

Piggy Banks and Boot Box: Look around town and you may see some little blue pigs on the counters of some local businesses’ you go into. These pigs will be collecting donations from anyone who would like to give. The boot boxes will be doing the same.




October 10:    9AM – 10AM    Regular Meeting @ Laurel Manor
October 31:        HALLOWEEN
TBD        Bob Evans Charity day


November 8:        Charity Yard Sale
November 11:        VETERANS DAY
November 14:   9AM – 10AM    Regular Meeting @ Laurel Manor
TBD        Belk Charity day
November  28:       THANKSGIVING


December 7:        PEARL HARBOR DAY
December 12:    9AM – 10AM    Regular Meeting @ Laurel Manor
December 25:      CHRISTMAS



Injured soldier motivates sold-out crowd at fundraiser

Click on the image above or HERE to read the OCALA.COM article covering the Second Annual Honey Baked Ham fundraising event. It was a huge success and we would like to thank Rich and Gerry Sobieray and all of the great people from the Florida Chapter USA Cares for there continued support and hard work for our Veterans and military families. GREAT JOB!




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