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.
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.

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:

Art Jones ruby4441.aj@gmail.com

Chapter E-mail: Jacksonville.FL@usacares.org

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:

Rachel Springfield:   rspringfield@1stfed.com

Branch E-mail :   Pensacola.FL@usacares.org

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:   jbonilla@embarqmail.com

Branch E-mail:   Orlando.FL@usacares.org

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: sobierayrj@gmail.com 

Phone:  (352) 598-0394

We meet @ Laurel Manor, second Friday, 9-10am, every other month.