Fernandina Beach, Florida – Joe Zimmerman has been brought on board to lead the Coalition for the Homeless of Nassau County as its new Executive Director.
Joe has a strong background in the private and public sector. As owner of The Zimmerman Group, a communications and technology company, Joe has advocated on behalf of many past and present elected officials and nonprofit organizations in Nassau and Duval counties, including Big Dog Little Dog, Citizens for Public Beaches and Shores, the Coalition for the Homeless of Nassau County and many others. The Zimmerman Group also designs and implements corporate communication and social responsibility initiatives for a variety of clients, including many Nassau and Duval County service industry organizations, members of the medical community and most recently port operator Worldwide Terminals. The organization has also implemented and installed marketing and digital signing solutions at IKEA stores across the country, and at major retail organizations at travel-hubs like Jacksonville International Airport.
Joe served the public as district staff for former State Representative Janet Adkins and managed the district office for Jacksonville’s largest City Council district (7) and economic center. Joe joins the Coalition with extensive experience in policy making and public affairs. He currently serves our community as the At-Large Planning and Zoning Board Member for District 5, a member of the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce Workforce Housing Task Force, Board Member of the Citizens for Public Beaches and Shores, Board Member for Alpha Starz Youth and Family Organization, and as a Board Director for Eldersource Florida, where he currently serves as the Governance Committee chairman.
“I am excited and privileged to serve the Nassau County community by working for the Coalition. I believe the benchmark for the sociological rise or decline of a modern day society is defined by how it cares for its most vulnerable population,” Zimmerman said. “While there is much work to do in Nassau County, it best serves all citizens to provide necessary safeguards to raise this invisible population out of economic disparity. I’m excited to get to work!”
Carlene McDuffie, Board President of the Coalition said, “Joe’s time working with legislative affairs, budgeting, government affairs and community liaising will be critical towards helping us achieve our mission. The Coalition serves the most vulnerable people in our community. We need to remove the stigma attached to homelessness affecting our friends and neighbors.”
The Coalition for the Homeless of Nassau County is a 501(c)(3). They currently operate the day-drop in center providing breakfast and lunch, mailing addresses, assistance with local government services, showers, laundry facilities and the coordination of a winter initiative to ensure temporary safety from extreme temperatures during the cold winter months. The day-drop in center is open Monday through Saturday, from 9:00 am – 11:00 am.
To learn more about the Coalition for the Homeless of Nassau County, to volunteer or donate send us a message via facebook at http://facebook.com/chnassau or visit our website at www.chnassau.com.
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