July 8, 2015, Jacksonville Daily Record
In one of his last duties as City Council president, Clay Yarborough bestowed the Starr Bishop Award to Seniors on a Mission.
The award was established in 2009 by outgoing President Ronnie Fussell in memory of Starr Bishop, the daughter of former council member Bill Bishop and his wife, Melody. Starr Bishop was known for her community devotion before she passed away.
Seniors on a Mission is the first organization to receive the award. The group of senior citizens has donated about 83,000 community-service hours during the past decade, which has saved nonprofits more than $1.7 million, according to a news release.
In 2014, the group involved 275 seniors who donated 9,450 hours.
Joanne Hickox, at left with Yarborough, founder and executive director of the organization, received the award from Yarborough during a council ceremony June 23.
Past recipients include Bill Kintz, Nat Glover, Ann Duggar, Wayne Wood and Emily Lisska
Local Seniors Ministry Beats The Odds and Everybody Wins
November 2013, The Creekline (page 33)
Each year, thousands of organizations apply for the internationally renowned Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) grant, but very few are awarded. Four years ago, Joanne Hickox and the ministry
she founded, Seniors on a Mission, defied all the odds and won the highly sought after local
funding partnership matching grant.
Hickox admitted, “The past four years have seen incredible growth for Seniors on a Mission, as we’ve successfully completed our four-year Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant. We are so excited to
be able to continue our mission of loving and encouraging independent-living senior citizens, enabling them to live longer, healthier, more grace and purpose filled lives, while at the same time blessing over 60 local nonprofit agencies in the Jacksonville area."
Seniors On A Mission
By Joannelle Mulrain December 1, 2013, EU Jacksonville
Ever wonder how in the world all those giveaways get wrapped or put into bags or boxes for distribution to the public at special events? Those events include the tens of thousands of bags for participants of 1st Place Sports’ coordinated events, such as the GATE River Run, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 26.2 with Donna and Never Quit. Then, of course, there are events sponsored by the American Diabetes Association, Catty Shack Ranch, Dignity U Wear, HandsOn Jacksonville, Health Planning Council of NE FL and Jacksonville Historical Society. And, don’t forget the March of Dimes, Presbyterian Social Ministries, Salvation Army, The Sanctuary on 8th Street, United Way, and Wolfson Children’s Hospital – and this is just part of a long list of non-profit organizations served by a dedicated and very willing group of seniors, known as the Senior Saints, all who are part of Seniors on a Mission (SoaM), an extraordinary and very valuable asset to Jacksonville’s non-profits. It is through this organization that independent-living seniors are given service opportunities, love and encouragement to live longer, healthier, more graceful and purpose-filled lives.
Seniors on a Mission treated to Filet Mignon
February 16, 2012, Florida Times Union
Seniors on a Mission recently treated its more than 300 “Senior Saints” to a four-course luncheon featuring filet mignon to show appreciation for their service to nonprofits in Northeast Florida. The luncheon was at Lakewood United Methodist Church on San Jose Boulevard.
Founded by executive director Joanne Hickox more than six years ago, the nonprofit encourages live-alone seniors to live longer, healthier and more purpose-filled lives by providing them with service project opportunities, the release said. To date, they have donated 24,000 community service hours and saved nonprofits $490,000, according to the release.
First Coast Seniors get blessings from helping others
By Beth Cravey December 9, 2011, Florida Times Union
When lunchtime arrived, wrangler Joanne Hickox had to shout to quiet her 32 boisterous charges.
They were working hard on a Christmas mailing project. But they were also talking, laughing and good-naturedly ribbing each other.
The food was ready, she told them, but one of the soups was a tad spicy. Some of her charges, most of whom are in their late 70s, need that kind of information before they get in the soup line or serious discomfort could follow.
And there is no room for discomfort in the program Hickox runs, Seniors on a Mission, which helps seniors stay healthy and independent by giving them meaningful work to do for nonprofits, schools and ministries. About 350 “senior saints” work five hours a day, once or twice a month, on projects ranging from mailings and filing to sorting clothes donated for the homeless or toys donated for children.