Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Reinhold Rewards Service Non-Profit Groups Reap $50,000 in Thank-Yous

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Reinhold Rewards Service Non-Profit Groups Reap $50,000 in Thank-Yous

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They feed, clothe, soothe and put roofs over heads.

They teach, tutor, mentor and encourage.

But most of all, they serve.

That's why representatives of 48 non-profit groups who work in Clay County left the Hilltop Restaurant in Orange Park Thursday with gleaming awards and prize money. The good works they did in 1999 reaped rewards in 2000 from the Reinhold Community Service Awards program, which is funded by the family-owned, Clay County-based Reinhold Corp.

"We thought we knew this community pretty well," said the Rev. Bob Standifer, pastor of Orange Park United Methodist Church and chairman of the program's judges panel.

But after reviewing almost 90 applications, the judges "realized we had no idea how many of you are out there . . . meeting the needs of our community," he said.

They were impressed by the groups' collective "energy, dedication and depth of service," he said.

A total of $50,000 was given to volunteer groups, social service agencies, churches and schools, among others. Including this year's awards, the Reinhold program has distributed $225,000 since its inception six years ago.

The top winner was the Clay County Police Athletic League, which received the Paul E. Reinhold Community Service Award and a $10,000 prize. About 80 off-duty law enforcement officers who volunteer for PAL act as coaches and mentors to 2,250 at-risk children and youth who participate in its various after-school and sports activities.

The money will help keep the program alive, said PAL director Chester Austin.

"We will be able to keep things going this year," he said. "We have a lot going on . . . to keep our youth busy."

Also, the Reinhold recognition will give volunteers a shot in the arm, he said.

"We know people appreciate us, that they know we're there," he said. …

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