Volunteer Life Saving Corps
I never understood it. Why they work for free on Sundays and holidays. Those are the busiest times at the beach. I always thought that certainly the city had enough money to pay lifeguards during prime time.
I totally get it now.
There are two lifeguard groups that serve Jacksonville Beach. Now, I also get that most lifeguards that serve are “in” both groups.
There’s Jacksonville Beach Ocean Rescue which are the paid lifeguards who serve the beaches year round.
And then there’s the Volunteer Life Saving Corps or VLSC that is a non-profit organization that has served our community since 1912. Those are the folks who volunteer on Sundays and holidays.
After my son survived VLSC’s grueling 10-week winter training and was initiated into the Corps, my appreciation for the volunteer organization magnified.
As I have heard other parents express, and I now concur, it’s an organization that has helped my son mature and deeply care about his community and the environment.
A VLSC Fundraiser
In appreciation and support of the Volunteer Life Saving Corps, I held a fundraiser and an awareness raiser. The offering was a local yoga mini retreat called the space between.
Over 40 women attended the 4-hour retreat at Center for Spirituality. Nestled on a beautiful wooden lot, we enjoyed
- yoga asana practice
- quiet contemplation
- walking the labyrinth
- a vegetarian meal
- each other’s company
- and a yoga nidra practice.
Since the retreat was local and a short duration, women were able to easily attend and reaped the benefits of a “get-away” without the added stress of leaving town.
In conclusion, retreat participants left feeling relaxed and restored. Also, we gave thanks for being able to take time for ourselves in the space between everything else in our lives while also raising over $1,000.00 for the non-profit volunteer lifeguard organization that serves our beaches.
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