Florida Good

The news isn’t all bad. There are people in Gainesville and across the rest of our slice of Florida doing good work and trying to make their community a better place. These are their stories.

Local committee honors Rosa Parks

The Rosa Parks Quiet Courage Committee of Gainesville will be honoring Rosa Parks’ 99th birthday in a memorial tribute tomorrow. Rosa Parks Quiet Courage Committee President Milford Griner says the memorial means a lot to the committee, as it remembers her life, who she is, and what she stood for. …

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Students reflect on their dreams while working for MLK’s

Although Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is most known for his battle for civil rights, his dedication to community service is not forgotten. WUFT-FM’s Stephanie Brown says University of Florida students honored King’s memory today by celebrating that service value. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/01/DAYOFSERVICE.mp3]

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Day of Service off and running

                Students and Gainesville residents alike are hoping to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a Day of Service today.  WUFT-FM’s Stephanie Brown says these participants are looking forward to being active on a day off. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/01/STEPHANIEVOICER.mp3]

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Increased demand expected at overnight shelter

With the nights getting colder, the St. Francis House homeless shelter and soup kitchen is opening its doors to those needing overnight assistance. Executive Director Kent Vann says once the temperature drops below 45 degrees, St. Francis House becomes an emergency overnight shelter that does not turn anyone away. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/01/VANN4.mp3] …

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Keeping needy families fed through the holidays

Although most public school children are enjoying their holiday break, the North Central Florida United Way is still working to bring help to those children most in need. President Debbie Mason says they host a number of drives and programs to bring food, clothing and other essential supplies to those …

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Preparing a holiday surprise for area children

For the 21st year, Gainesville Fire Rescue firefighters joined to bring holiday spirit to underprivileged children around Alachua County.  WUFT-FM’s Ricki Albritton says they are putting pedal to the metal- literally. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/RICKIVOICER.mp3]

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Gainesville community reaches out to homeless families

With unemployment rates over 10% and the continuing volume of house foreclosures displacing families, about 50,000 school-aged children went without homes, food, access to health care and educational opportunities last year in the sunshine state. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Stephanie Bechara reports on the crisis of family homelessness growing in Gainesville, …

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Sounds and stories from holiday bell ringers

With the holiday season in full swing, it’s nearly impossible to go shopping without finding  or hearing a Salvation Army bell ringer along the way. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Steven Gallo has more on some of the stories behind these people and their motivation to keep ringing. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/StevenGallobellringers.mp3]

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Kids raise money- one pedal at a time

Children from Santa Fe’s Little School spent this morning raising money for sick children. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Marc Whiteman reports, the children had fun while raising the money, all through the power of some three-wheeled bikes. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/fundraiserFPtrikeathon.mp3]

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Coat drive helps children in Gainesville

The Gainesville Woman’s Club has partnered with Stein Mart and local schools to provide winter coats to children whose families cannot afford them.  During the drive, which lasts until December 19th, people can drop off new or gently-used coats during normal Stein Mart business hours, and the club will make …

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