- 2012 - October - 9th -

Nonprofit CEO Showcase: Jennifer Garizio

COO, Executive Director, Catholic Charities, Jacksonville Regional Office


The mission of Catholic Charities is to provide services to anyone in need, regardless of race or religion; to advocate justice, human dignity and quality of life; and to call all people to join in these efforts; thereby reflecting the compassion of God in Christ.

Serving Jacksonville

Catholic Charities has been serving the Jacksonville community officially since it was incorporated in 1945.

Those served

Catholic Charities serves individuals within the five-county area of Duval, Baker, Nassau, Clay and Northern St. Johns counties. The Jacksonville office provided services through seven major programs to 18,071 people on the First Coast in fiscal 2011-12.

Programs include the Emergency Assistance Program; Refugee Resettlement; Food Assistance; Adoption and Pregnancy Services; Ministry for Persons with Disabilities; Immigration Services; and Apostleship of the Sea.

Biggest challenge

During these tough economic times, the need for our services continues to be extremely high. Fundraising and developing resources (such as volunteers, in-kind donations and monetary donations) to meet this need continues to be challenging.

Biggest satisfaction

Seeing our mission carried out and changing people’s lives each day in a compassionate manner.


Queens, N.Y.

First experience with community service 

As a high-school student, I volunteered in a food pantry in Queens, N.Y.

Your job before

Catholic Charities

Vice president/learning manager at Wachovia Bank (now Wells Fargo).

Upcoming events

Nov. 3: Festival d’Vine, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Treaty Oak Park. In its ninth year, the Festival d’Vine features the tasting and sale of wines from well-known vintners, food from area restaurants, beer and live music. More than 800 individuals came out last year to support the event. All proceeds benefit families in crisis and remain in our local community. For tickets, call 354-4846, ext. 227, or visit ccbjax.org

Contact information 



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