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.

Community celebrates volunteerism

Alachua County came together tonight to honor community activism. The 39th Annual Work of Hearts Awards recognized individuals and groups of volunteers for their work in business, education and 10 other categories. Haven Hospice Communications Coordinator Jenni Williams says it is important to recognize the work of local volunteers. “This …

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Remembering E.T. York

Friends and colleagues of the late E.T. York are remembering him and his accomplishments. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Chris Peralta has more on how former colleagues are remembering the well-known educator and philanthropist. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/MEYorkFeature.mp3]

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Area food bank faces donation shortage

A recent lack of funding has a local food bank struggling to help those in need. Florida’s 89-point-one WUFT-FM’s Steven Gallo has more on the Gainesville organization that seeks to feed the hungry. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/BreadoftheMightyWrap.mp3]

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"Love Not Dove"…Gainesville business owner

Many people have express outrage over the behavior of a Gainesville Pastor, whose actions may have triggered the killing of 8 United Nations workers in Afghanistan. The groups taking responsibility say their actions were in response to the burning of the Quran by Pastor of the Doe World Outreach Center’s …

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Prayer breakfast commemorates struggle for justice

In its fourth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast this morning, the MLK Commission of Florida and African American Accountability Alliance remembered the battle for social justice. Commission Interim Chaplain Kevin Thorpe says society has made progress towards equality, but is not there yet. “Unfortunately, we still don’t live …

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Reaching out to help those in need in Marion County

Project Hope is an organization that began in 2006. Today it is housing families and expanding its services in Ocala. The organization will be purchasing an apartment complex to house homeless families. Project Hope of Marion County will soon be the owner of Knight Apartments with the recent approval of …

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Gainesville recognizes National Farm Worker Awareness Week

Gainesville residents are coming together to bring attention to National Farm Worker Awareness week. Samuel Proctor Oral History Program Director Paul Ortiz says people are naive when it comes to farm labor. “It touches us, you know wherever people eat vegetables or fruits… we may not be aware of it,” …

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Ex-felons may receive help to get back on track

Ex-felons now have more opportunities available to help themselves. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Stephanie Jones reports, the Florida Senate unanimously passed legislation to help get ex-convicts back on the right track. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FelonRightsWrap.mp3]

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Veterans share opinions on war

They hope to share a real perspective on war, from those fighting it. The Community Coalition Against War and Terrorism and several Santa Fe College student groups will host a forum for veterans to speak out tonight, and Coalition Spokesman Pierce Butler says they welcome all points of view on …

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