Our Mission and Vision
ICARE is comprised of 38 congregations in Duval County that is now in its seventeenth year. Combined, our congregations represent more than 30,000 residents from a broad cross-section of the Jacksonville community. We are incorporated in Florida as a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) tax exempt and politically non-partisan organization.
Our mission is to powerfully address citywide concerns related to issues of justice and fairness. We are a direct action organization not a direct service organization. We use our collective people power to press our elected officials and other city leaders on county-wide solutions to the problems that plague our community: crime, the low graduation rate, homelessness, jobs and other community concerns.
Our vision is that as communities of faith who gather together at least 52 times a year, at least once a year we can all come together to do justice.
How We Work
Every fall ICARE conducts a grassroots listening process that involves hundreds of citizens talking to one another in small house meetings. In November, ICARE members come together at the Community Problems Assembly to vote democratically on what community justice issues we will address for the year.
Next, trained committees of approximately 20 ICARE leaders research each problem to find winnable, evidence-based solutions.
We then hold our annual Nehemiah Action Assembly in the spring, where we engage our elected and public officials to make commitments around the solutions to the problems.
In addition to listening, research and implementation, ICARE follows-up and monitors outcomes.
In 2016, 1500 ICARE leaders gathered together at Abyssinia Baptist Church for the Nehemiah Assembly . Please go to Current Campaigns for more information on this year’s issues.
Abyssinia Missionary Baptist
Bahai’s of North Florida
Buckman Bridge Unitarian Universalist Church
Christ the King Catholic
Ebenezer United Methodist
Greater Bethany Baptist
Greater Grant Memorial African Methodist Episcopal
Greater Payne Chapel African Methodist Episcopal
Historic Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal
Jacksonville Friends Meeting (Quakers)
Jacksonville Jewish Center
Jacksonville Masjid of Al-Islam
Lake Shore Presbyterian
Mandarin United Methodist
Most Holy Redeemer Catholic
Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal
Mt. Zion United Methodist
Riverside Avenue Christian
Riverside Baptist Church
South Jacksonville Presbyterian
St. Andrew AME
St. Mark’s Episcopal
St. Mark’s Lutheran
St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal
St. Paul By The Sea Episcopal
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
St. Philip’s Episcopal
Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville
Pastor Phillip Baber – Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville
Geneva Pittman – St. Paul AME
Deborah Robinson – AByssinia Baptist
Ken Christiansen – Buckman Bridge UU
Minnie Smith – Woodlawn Presbyterian
ICARE Past and Present Financial Supporters
2016 CORPORATE INVESTORS
Bank of America
Caribbean Shipping – Kingdom Foundation
Florida Eastcoast Railway
John Baker of Patriot Transportation
Preston Oughton Law Office
Vystar Credit Union
Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine
Evangelical Lutheran Church Associaion – Hunger Grant