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LSS Receives $5,000 Donation from Southern Federation of Syrian Lebanese American Clubs, the Salaam Club in Jacksonville

LSS Refugee Services Director, Laura Cook (middle), receives donation on behalf of Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida.

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) of Northeast Florida received a $5,000 donation on Friday, July 5th, during a special luncheon at the Hyatt Regency in Jacksonville. The donation came from the Southern Federation of Syrian Lebanese American Clubs' summer convention and local clubs like the Arabic Club of Jacksonville and the Salaam Club.

The funds will support LSS programs, such as helping refugees settle and providing food for those in need across Northeast Florida. Laura Cook, Director of LSS Refugee Services, accepted the donation and expressed gratitude for the support. She highlighted how these funds will directly help vulnerable individuals and families in the community.

During the convention, club members from the southern region gathered to donate to local charities and scholarships. Choosing LSS shows the community's commitment to supporting local nonprofits and working together to make a positive impact.

About the Southern Federation of Syrian Lebanese American Clubs

The Southern Federation is a cultural organization established in 1931 to promote American values, preserve fellowship, heritage, and culture, and to support educational, civic, and charitable projects. Its members, predominantly of Lebanese or Syrian descent, celebrate their rich heritage and contributions to the United States through social clubs that emphasize devotion to family and cultural identity, welcoming members of all backgrounds without religious or political affiliation.

About LSS and the LSS Community Services campus:

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) of Northeast Florida, in operation since 1979, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the community through five key programs: refugee resettlement, hunger relief, HIV services, representative payee services, and home to Steps 2 Success, Jacksonville's first Financial Opportunity Center program. Located on its campus are also the headquarters of separate nonprofits WeCareJax and JaxCareConnect, which connects low-income and uninsured patients with primary and specialty care. Additionally, the LSS campus is home to the Jacksonville office of CAN Community Health, a separate nonprofit dedicated to providing healthcare services.

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