The Need

Right here in St. Johns County, roughly 800 students are considered homeless, and thousands more are living at or below the poverty line. Every day, these children attend school with empty stomachs…or shoes that don’t fit….or worn clothing. Students do not have books to read at home, or funds for field trips, or access to mentors. From Ponte Vedra Beach to Nocatee, from Julington Creek to Fruit Cove, from St. Augustine to Hastings, thousands of our youngest neighbors have basic, unmet needs.

The Mission

Hugs Across the County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in St. Johns County, Florida. Our mission is:

  • Raise awareness throughout the County about student poverty right here in our own community.
  • Work closely with school counselors and the student services staff to identify needs.
  • Raise funds and provide assistance to students in crisis situations.
  • Organize St. Johns County neighbors to work together to provide assistance to our youngest residents.
  • Provide classroom volunteers and mentors to Title 1 schools that serve more than 80 percent of students on free and reduced meal programs.

Volunteer Staff and Board of Directors

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SANDY CALVINVice President
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Board of Directors

  • Brette Reiman, Chairperson
  • Dr. Joseph Joyner, President-Designee of Flagler College and Former Superintendent of St. Johns County School District
  • Beverly Slough, St. Johns County School Board Representative
  • Bailey Benoit, School Counselor, Crookshank Elementary
  • Kim McNickle, Homeless Student Liaison, St. Johns County School District
  • Holly Ross, Secretary
  • Maura Mauro, Treasurer

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