Created by the Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau (AICVB), “Amelia Island Tourism Gives” is a new initiative designed to provide support for the destination’s vital hospitality industry which has been devastated by the ongoing pandemic. The initiative grew from efforts to provide the most meaningful assistance possible to local employees and businesses directly impacted by the dramatic drop in travel. Through the Amelia Island Tourism Gives initiative, and with support from the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), a total of $100,000 will go to Barnabas Center of Nassau County, a highly regarded, non-profit, multi-service agency providing food, housing and utility assistance, and medical care to those in crisis.
The Amelia Island Tourism Gives program is being funded by AICVB private sector monies accumulated since 2008, not from Amelia Island Tourist Development Council (AITDC) funds. These funds will ultimately provide $200,000 in program funding, thanks to matching donations from the private sector to help fund critical crisis assistance programs at Barnabas Center.
Locally, tourism contributes more than $80 million in economic impact, supporting 24% of local jobs, making it the top private employment sector in Nassau County. It is estimated the tourism industry saves the average Nassau County household $3,400 in local and state taxes.
Donations made through the Amelia Island Market will be given to the Amelia Island Foundation, Inc, a 501(c)(3) organization, that will pass all funds directly onto Barnabas.