Volunteer tax assistance available for St. Lucie County residents
Trained volunteers with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will be providing free tax preparation assistance at three locations throughout St. Lucie County starting in February.
VITA sites offer free tax filing assistance to residents making less than $60,000 per year. Assistance will be offered at the following locations:...Read More>>
Arbor Day Foundation names Fort Pierce 2022 Tree City USA
Fort Pierce was named a 2022 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor its commitment to effective urban forest management. Fort Pierce achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: maintaining a tree board or department, having a tree care ordinance, dedicating an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and hosting an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters...Read More>>
BofA investing up to $150 million in Middle-Income Housing Preservation Fund
Bank of America Community Development Banking is investing up to $150 million in equity to preserve more than 3,000 affordable homes nationwide for middle-income households in partnership with Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise), one of the nation’s largest affordable housing organizations...Read More>>
Martin County Schools offer $5,000 hiring bonus for educators
The Martin County School Board approved an instructional supplement aimed at alleviating staffing shortages at schools with urgent hiring needs. Effective immediately, teachers hired to work at any of the Martin County School District's Title 1 schools or comprehensive high schools are eligible to earn a one-time bonus of $5,000. Eligible teachers must be hired or moving through the hiring process by March 6, 2023, to be considered for the supplement...Read More>>
New outdoor classroom opens at House of Hope’s Golden Gate Center for Enrichment in Stuart
An outdoor classroom tucked into a wooded area on Dixie Highway in Stuart is the newest addition to House of Hope’s Golden Gate Center for Enrichment. “The interest in using outdoor spaces for programming during Covid inspired this permanent outdoor classroom,” according to House of Hope CEO Rob Ranieri. “It expands our useful space for teaching and learning, makes great use of the park-like garden that we’ve created on the campus, and helps with revitalization efforts for this part of our community.”...Read More
ArtsFest, Feb. 11 & 12 in Gazebo Park, downtown Stuart!
ArtsFest returns to downtown Stuart Feb. 11-12 from 10a.m. - 5p.m. featuring a wide variety of visual artists, musicians, singers, and top area chefs. Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $5 for adults, with children 18 and under free. Consistently named one of the area’s Top 20 Events by the Southeast Tourism Society, ArtsFest will continue its 36-year history and showcase a diverse selection of arts to be enjoyed by residents and visitors. On the visual artist front, a juried art festival with submissions from across the nation will feature top artists in the categories of painting, drawing, mixed-media, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, sculpture, and jewelry are selected according to workmanship, originality, and artistic conception...Read More
The Source receives generous donation
to Dignity Village
The Fred Griffin Legacy Fund, overseen by Mr. Griffin’s wife Susanne Chesser, seeks to distribute impactful financial grants to select Christian non-profit ministries who proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Their heart is to serve the needs of others, while using Fred’s legacy of generous giving to share the love of Christ. Right after the New Year, Ms. Chesser, along with friends and family, joined Anthony Zorbaugh, Executive Director of the Source, along with Source Board Members, to donate a generous donation to Dignity Village through her late husband’s legacy fund...Read More