The Port St John Community Foundation is a public charity serving the residents and businesses of Port St John and Brevard County. Established in 2019 by dedicated community volunteers, the Port St John Community Foundation in partnership with our generous sponsors, are building the resources that serve our community.
The foundation will hold community events throughout the year supported by fundraisers and donations from businesses and residents. We encourage business participation. There is no charge to join and our intent is not to require donations or volunteering for membership. The foundation is for all and everyone is welcome to participate in events and meetings. Our vision is to bring the community of Port St John together for growth and success and to enhance the well-being of present and future generations.
Port St John is unincorporated which means we are a community within Brevard County that is not governed by a local municipality. Being unincorporated, we are subject to county taxes and fees but services like waste management and emergency protection mostly come from county resources. We do not have city elected officials or city police protection. Our community is not eligible to receive a municipal share of revenue-sharing funds necessary to hold events specific to our community as other incorporated cities in Brevard County receive.
Through the years, it has been our churches, our school PTO and PTA groups, our youth sports groups and our volunteer organizations like the Jaycees, American Legion, Relay for Life, the original Thunder Over the Indian River group and the PSJ Christmas Parade Committee who have created and run the community events in Port St. John. The county does not fund any Port St John community event. We are left to our own resources to raise these funds. The BSCO has always been a great supporter of Port St John and the county Parks and Recreation also partners and helps with many of our events.
The Port St John Community Foundation is a non-profit organization formed to raise the necessary funds that if we were incorporated would receive from the county. Every position in the foundation is volunteer and those participating and donating their time and services are volunteer. We encourage resident and business community support to guarantee keeping our unincorporated family community strong with the growth Brevard County is experiencing…Today, Tomorrow, Together.
Communities across the country have been hit hard in these uncertain times and PSJ is no exception. Almost everyone has been affected by the loss of jobs or hours cut, businesses closing, schools, preschools and daycares also. We all have friends and neighbors suffering the circumstances and trying to make ends meet. The Port St John Community Foundation PSJ CARES is here to help families in need. Helping now and beyond as we transition to our new normalcy. We have seen communities come together to help and support one another.
PSJ Cares selected Port St John resident Paul P. Paul was nominated for assistance as he stepped up to care for his kids and his wife who recently passed from brain cancer. Paul had to miss work and has extensive medical bills to pay. 2020 has been a rough year for so many of us and losing a loved one due to any illness is hard enough. Being unemployed with a family to take care of is another common issue right now. We wanted to band together as a community to help each other out. Watch for the article in the November HAPPENINGS issue.
Andrew Procell, Paul P, Tia Mahan