Helping Make A Difference with St. Augustine Youth Services (SAYS)

February 15, 2024

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Since 2012, Davidson Cares has operated as the corporate giving program of The Davidson Companies, raising more than $728,000 for youth-based organizations throughout Northeast Florida. This past fall, they hosted their eighth annual sport shooting fundraiser. Named Davidson Cares Clay Day in years past, the fundraising event was renamed in 2023 to honor the recent passing of the Davidson family’s patriarch, Jim Davidson. The Jim Davidson’s Annual Clay Day was held on October 19, 2023 at Jacksonville Clay Target Sports, and raised $150,000 that was awarded to eight local charities – one of which, was St. Augustine Youth Services (SAYS).

 

St. Augustine Youth Services (SAYS) is a non-profit, mental health agency that has been serving Florida’s at-risk youth since 1989. For over 30 plus years, SAYS has helped thousands of children who have suffered from abuse or neglect, or those in need of mental health support. They provide trauma-informed coaching, counseling and care in family-style therapeutic group homes and with outpatient community services. Their programs and resources help youth overcome emotional barriers, including learning how to trust again, how to cope with trauma and how to form healthy habits.

 

Started in humble beginnings in a one-building home in downtown St. Augustine, SAYS serviced 18 youth in its first year. Today, they have five programs that aim to help any and all youth in need, supporting St. Johns, Flagler and Putnam counties. SAYS Residential Group Homes specialize in therapeutic and pre-independent living. They cater to boys aged 6 to 17, and provide a safe and nurturing environment to those in need of healing and growth. There, boys can learn to process trauma, develop social skills and address mental health issues. SAYS Community Action Team (CAT) helps parents and caregivers who have youth with significant mental health issues at home, providing these families with the skills needed to create a resilient, safe and effective support system, avoiding out-of-home residential treatment. SAYS Mobile Response Team (MRT) is a 24/7 operation that provides free on-site assessments, aiming to keep youth out of involuntary hospitalizations. The SAYS Coaches Program is a personalized approach to youth and their families, offering individualized guidance in creating a plan of care. And lastly, SAYS Targeted Case Management (TCM) navigates the often overwhelming medical system. Together, these programs provide a path for youth to have the promising future they deserve.

 

“I’m so proud of everything we’ve accomplished over the last eight years,” shares Sherry Davidson, President of Davidson Cares and Davidson Realty. “This year, our fundraising efforts exceeded our expectations. We’re so proud, and honored really, to be able to support the non-profits that are the lifeblood of our community. They are the helpers our most precious populations turn to in times of need. How amazing that we’re able to show them support in return!”

 

To learn more about SAYS, visit sayskids.org, and to help make a difference today, donate here.

Jim Davidson Annual Clay Day 2023 Recap

November 9, 2023

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Davidson Cares hosted its wildly successful Jim Davidson’s Annual Clay Day fundraiser on Thursday, October 19, at Jacksonville Clay Target Sports. This charity event boomed back for its eighth year, raising $150,000 for local organizations that assist youth and Veterans in the community. This year’s event brings Davidson Cares’ charitable fundraising total to almost three-quarters of a million dollars. The event was made possible by title sponsors The Hutson Companies, Iventure, Providence Homes and Riverside Homes, 12-gauge sponsors Bird Dog, Matthews Design Group, Vallencourt, MasterCraft, Watson Civil, ECS, Bozard Ford, Sherwin Williams and many more.

 

“Our incredible shooters and sponsors really helped us turn it out this year,” shares Sherry Davidson, president of Davidson Cares. “I’m so proud of everything we’ve accomplished over the last eight years. Each Clay Day gets better and better. This year, our fundraising efforts exceeded our expectations enough that we were able to assist an eighth organization. The non-profits that we support are really the lifeblood of our community. They are the helpers our most precious populations turn to in times of need. How amazing that we’re able to show them support in return!”

 

The Jim Davidson Annual Clay Day fundraiser awarded donations to eight local charities:

 

St. Augustine Youth Services (SAYS) is a non-profit organization that serves at-risk youth through various programs, including coaching, counseling and care in family-style therapeutic group homes and outpatient community services. Opened in 1989 in downtown St. Augustine, SAYS now serves three counties: St. Johns, Flagler and Putnam. SAYS received $20,000.

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Meet The Amazing Charities Davidson Cares Supports!

October 5, 2023

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Davidson Cares is excited to host their eighth annual clay day fundraiser, which has been renamed this year from Davidson Cares Clay Day to Jim Davidson’s Annual Clay Day, after the recent passing of the beloved patriarch of the Davidson Family, Jim Davidson. The event will take place at the Jacksonville Clay Target Sports on Thursday, October 19, 2023. This annual sports shooting event has raised more than $577,785 for local charities that support youth-based organizations throughout Northeast Florida.

 

“We’re so honored to live and work in a community that supports our charitable endeavors, like Clay Day,” says Sherry Davidson, president of Davidson Cares. “This is such a fun event, and the funds we raise go directly into organizations that support, protect and uplift some of our most vulnerable neighbors. It’s also an opportunity to celebrate my husband, Jim’s, life. We miss him every day.”

 

Clay Day begins with registration and lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Shooting starts at 2 p.m. Both new and experienced shooters are welcome. For a minimum donation of $400 per shooter, participants can shoot 100 sporting clay targets. Those new to shooting can shoot 50 skeet in a safe and comfortable atmosphere under the guidance of an instructor for a minimum donation of $300 per shooter.

 

This year’s Clay Day is proud to support the following charities:

 

St. Augustine Youth Services (SAYS) is a non-profit organization that serves at-risk youth through various programs, including coaching, counseling and care in family-style therapeutic group homes and outpatient community services. Opened in 1989 in downtown St. Augustine, SAYS now serves three counties: St. Johns, Flagler and Putnam.

 

 

Investing in Kids! (INK!) is the only direct support organization supporting the teachers and students of St. Johns County School District. The organization is comprised of dedicated community members who provide support through mentorship, volunteering and donations. For every dollar donated to INK! $.82 goes back into programming.

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Sponsor a Child, Fill a Backpack: Making a meaningful difference in the lives of local students

August 7, 2023

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Summer is coming to a close, and with it parents are preparing for another school year. It’s estimated that back-to-school supplies will cost $597 for the average student, according to Deloitte. Knowing there are so many families in need, three Davidson Realty agents hosted a community-led drive to gather supplies and sponsor local students.

 

Mirtha Barzaga, Liz Pappaceno and Reba Barkley initiated the massive effort by calling St. Johns County Schools to see how they could help. They coordinated with guidance counselors from Mill Creek Academy, Wards Creek Elementary, Crookshank Elementary, Palm Valley Academy and Valley Ridge Academy who provided lists of supplies as well as the grades and sexes of children who would benefit from the drive.

 

Barkley, a former elementary school principal, knows first-hand how important it is for students to have the supplies they need. “Supplies equip students with tools for learning,” she shared. “I want to do my part to contribute to the academic success of our local students, and with Davidson Realty, we believe in investing in the future of the next generation.”

 

The agents called on the local community to sponsor a child, donate supplies or donate money for the team to shop for items. On July 19th, they invited donors to an open house to drop off their backpacks and donations and to enjoy libations and hors d’oeuvres as a way of saying thank you. “The book bags have not only the supply list provided by the school, but a lunch box, water bottle, basic toiletries and fun stuff,” Barzaga shared, who has hosted similar supply donation drives in the past. “One of my customers brought in a book bag and was so impressed with the display of them, that as he was walking out he handed me an extra $100 to sponsor another child!”

 

       

 

Support from the community was overflowing, and the agents surpassed their goal of 75 filled backpacks. “We are putting together more bags now and think we will have 100 in total,” Barzaga said. “I have always been a firm believer in the power of giving back, especially to the community you live in. There is nothing more rewarding to me than giving.” Thanks to the generous giving of our community, and to our agents, local students will have what they need to start the year off right.

Serving with Intention – Matthews Design Group Supports Davidson Cares Clay Day

February 9, 2023

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Davidson Cares Clay Day is a success because of participants and sponsors who truly love helping the community. Matthews Design Group has been a sponsor of Clay Day every year and enjoys having fun for a good cause. 

 

“Davidson Cares Clay Day allows our team at Matthews Design Group to add our service efforts with other organizations to provide a greater impact to our community. Davidson Cares makes it easy and fun to give back all while allowing our group to participate in something they love doing,” shares Rob Matthews, President of Matthews Design Group. “It is amazing to see so many in the development community come together to support wonderful organizations like Investing in Kids! and St. Augustine Youth Services.”

 

Established in 2005, Matthews Design Group has become the largest civil engineering firm based in St. Johns County and offers full-service civil and land development engineering throughout Florida. Matthews Design Group corporately and individually embraces the responsibility to make a positive difference in the communities in which its employees live, work, and play. Their team prioritizes staying involved and supporting the community by giving back their time and resources. 

 

“Matthews Design Group is an intentional organization! They are generous and take an active role in supporting our community,” shares Sherry Davidson, President of Davidson Realty.“I’m grateful for their giving hearts and commitment to supporting the Northeast Florida community.”

 

Over the past seven years, Davidson Cares Clay Day has raised more than $441,000 to support charities in need because of generous sponsors like Matthews Design Group. To learn more about Matthews Design Group visit their website at www.mdginc.com or call (904) 826-1334.

 

Davidson Cares Clay Day

The 7th Annual Davidson Cares Clay Day was held on October 20, 2022, at Jacksonville Clay Target Sports. Davidson Cares Clay Day included two-sport shooting events, beginner skeet, and sporting clay. Individuals and teams from beginner to expert levels participated.

 

In association with the event, there was a raffle contest. Prizes included a 65-quart YETI cooler with 13 full-size liquors and a 12-Gauge Beretta A400 XCEL Sporting shotgun.

 

Money raised from the event and raffles went directly to Builders Care, St. Augustine Youth Services (SAYS), Investing in Kids (INK!), Port in the Storm Homeless Youth Center, and Hope is Restored.

 

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