Looking to immerse yourself in a new community? Volunteering is one of the most rewarding and valuable ways to get involved. Not only will you be serving others, but volunteering has other benefits, such as meeting new people, connecting to others, improving your health, and learning to solve problems and work within a team.
There are so many organizations in Gainesville that provide an opportunity to serve your community, and with so many different concentrations, you are sure to find one that speaks to you. Some notable organizations include:
- Boys and Girls Club
- Alachua County Humane Society
- Catholic Charities
- Five Points of Life Foundation
- Florida Diabetes Camp
- Friends of the Library
- Gainesville Pet Rescue
- Gator Teen Mentors
- Haven Hospice
- Helping Hands Clinic
- March of Dimes Florida Chapter
- St. Francis House
Volunteering is one of the most valuable ways to give back. No matter where you choose to invest your time, you will reap the rewards of giving back to the community!
Florida stands at great risk for tropical storms and hurricanes each year due to its geographical position and proximity to large bodies of water. As we enter the heart of hurricane season in Florida, preparing for storms of this magnitude can seem overwhelming. However, these simple tips can help you endure these months!
- Be prepared!
- Draw and learn evacuation routes
- Make sure your home meets the standards to withstand a hurricane
- Have tools, supplies (drinking water, nonperishable food, etc.), important documents, a road map, and a first aid kit
- Have flashlights and batteries
Once a Warning is Issued
- Go to high ground
- Protect windows (storm shutters are ideal)
- Secure outside objects if possible
- Fuel your car
- Make sure your supplies are properly stocked
- Pay attention to local news-if told to evacuate, do so!
During the Storm
- Stay inside and away from windows
- Don’t use candles or other fire hazards
- Monitor local news on either television or radio
After the Storm
- Make sure the storm has passed in entirety before going outside
- Report any power lines that are down and keep your distance from them
- Be patient and err on the side of caution-it is always better to be safe than sorry!
REAL Trends Inc., in conjunction with The Wall Street Journal, has released its 12th annual “The Thousand” list, naming the top 1,000 real estate professionals and teams, and this year, Pepine ranked in the top 250 teams. This achievement marks Pepine Realty as being in the top one-half of one percent of more than 1.25 million licensed real estate professionals nationwide. The numbers don’t lie; Pepine Realty has grown to an astonishing level of notoriety at the national level. However, this team is so much more than the statistics alone can show. Betsy and her team rose to this level by upholding the values that Pepine Realty was founded on, and by continuing to demonstrate excellence, integrity, service in the community, accountability, and professionalism, the team will continue to have a significant impact on the families within the community.