25th Annual Central Brevard Veteran Stand Down to Stand Up
The Central Brevard “Veteran Stand Down to Stand Up” (formerly known as Stand Down) event will be held at the Cocoa Armory, located at 308 North Fiske Boulevard in Cocoa on Saturday, October 8th from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you wish to volunteer for pre-event set up, please join them on Friday, October 7th from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Veteran Stand Down to Stand Up has been assisting homeless and at-risk veterans and their families for 25 years. The event was postponed in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID 19. As many as 200 homeless and at-risk veterans are expected to attend this year’s event and more than 200 volunteers have mobilized to provide a wide range of services from the private sector, the VA, the medical community, and many charitable organizations.
The Veterans Memorial Center (VMC) is the primary organizer of the event, and partners with National Veterans Homeless Support (NVHS) and many others who come together to support the many veterans in need. This event will focus on homeless and at-risk veterans and their families, while matching the veterans with job options on the Space Coast.
More volunteers and donations are welcomed and needed.
- To volunteer, sign up by emailing Jill Rippon at [email protected].com as soon as possible.
- Donations needed include: men and women undergarments, toiletries, clothing, towels, and non-perishable food items. Contact Donna Longway at [email protected] to donate items.
- Financial donations are also greatly appreciated and can be facilitated by contacting Donn Weaver at [email protected].
Team ORCA Announces Open House in Vero Beach
The Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA) is hosting an open house event for their new Center for Citizen Science program, located at 2515 Airport North Drive, Building B in Vero Beach, on Thursday, October 13th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The event will showcase ORCA’s Center for Citizen Science team and their latest projects including protection and restoration of aquatic ecosystems and the species they sustain, the development of innovative technologies, science-based conservation action, and community education. Team ORCA will also will highlight the differences they are making to protect and preserve the Indian River Lagoon.
For more information about ORCA, the open house, and their Citizen Science programs, click here.
Cocoa Beach Police Department’s Citizen Academy Approaching Deadline for Applications for the 2023 Class
Applications for the Citizen’s Academy are being accepted until October 14th for the 2023 class which begins on January 17, 2023. The Citizen’s Academy is a look into the values, philosophy, and operations of the City of Cocoa Beach government and is designed for residents and business owners.
The program runs for 14 weeks on Tuesday evenings, with one session a week for approximately three hours, and one Saturday session. Participants gain knowledge and a unique insight to each department through discussion, demonstrations, and site visits to include a variety of issues pertaining to the residents of the City of Cocoa Beach.
Interested applicants must submit a completed application and deliver in person, no later than October 14th at the Cocoa Beach Police Department, located at 85 South Orlando Avenue.
Love Our Lagoon Celebration Introduces Legends of the Indian River Lagoon
The Marine Resource Council will be hosting their annual Love Our Lagoon Celebration on Friday, November 4th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. They will be introducing their new Hall of Fame, the “Legends of the Indian River Lagoon” at the event.
The fundraising event is being held at the Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront, located at 3003 North Highway A1A, and is open to the public. Tickets and more details can be found at SavetheIRL.org.
At the event, the first 12 Legends of the Indian River Lagoon will be inducted and the MRC annual Conservation Award winners will be featured, in addition to Love Our Lagoon auction.