Volunteers, Vacations and Work in Vero Beach, Florida

National Register of Historic Places: VERO THEATER
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A Volunteer's Community

The government of Vero Beach, Florida is set up to protect its residents and businesses in such as way that they can prosper without interference or fear of their safety..

While much of the local housing is upscale and more highly priced than in other recommended retirement cities in Florida, some more affordable rentals are also available for students and retirees as well as for everyone else in Vero Beach.

Building codes and other regulations are strictly enforced and the government is active on the behalf of residents at all income levels. A significantly high proportion of resident donate to charities and volunteer at dozens of organization in the community.

All this makes Vero Beach an attractive place to live, and safe for seniors. It is peaceful and friendly. As such, it is recognized as one of the Top 10 Best Cities in Florida for retirement.

Vero Beach Area of the Grapefruit Coast

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The Grapefruit Coast

The official Indian River Citrus District since the 1920s has covered a narrow strip of land from Daytona Beach to West Palm Beach.

Indian River Citrus District

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Indian River Citrus Products

Vero Beach is located in Central Florida as the county seat of Indian River County, famous for its citrus products, especially delicious tart-sett grapefruit.

Cases of Indian River fruit have been given as holiday gifts for decades and for many households. it's just not Christmas without them!

Commercial companies have long given them as employee gifts as well. Citrus growing, distribution, and sales make a major contribution to the local economy in addition to travel and tourism.

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Volunteers in Vero Beach

Volunteer and Community Associations

Dozens of volunteer and community service organizations operate successfully in Vero Beach and Indian River County. A partial list includes:

  • Crisis Intervention -- 211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast. Dial 211 in the area.
  • ARC Angels - Serves people with developmental disabilities and their families.
  • Auxiliary of Indian River Medical Center - Uses teens and adults in volunteer positions.
  • Childcare Resources
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Hibiscus Children's Center-- Interrupts the cycle of child abuse and neglect with increasing success.
  • Homeless Family Center
  • Humane Society
  • Keep Indian River Beautiful
  • Leave a Legacy® - Instructs individuals about charitable giving via wills and estates.
  • Plumbago Volunteer Center - Organizes volunteers for the entire Indian River County.
  • Safe Space - Combats domestic violence.
  • United for Families - Uses volunteers in four counties to aid families in need.
  • The Indian River Foundation -- Aid to the elderly.
  • Youth Guidance - Similar to Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

The Homeless Family Center

Senior Living

Senior Services

As with other places around the state, Vero Beach is a center of cultural depth and diversity as well as natural beauty near the Atlantic Ocean. It is among the The 100 Best Art Towns in America and often called the Citrus Capital of the World as well as a great volunteer-orietned city. Against this backdrop, the Vero Beach provides a list of services to senior citizens, incuding:.

  • The Elder Help Line at 772-569-8555.
  • Two Senior Centers - Receration and entertainment as well as crafts and hobbies.
  • Adult Day Care Center and Respite Care for caregivers
  • Senior Lunches Monday - Friday at both Senior Centers.
  • Onging Education for 55+
  • Community Coach - Door-to-door service for a variety of appointments and errands.

Several other services are available at the Senior Resource Association. Some of these special services including regular phone calls to seniors that are alone in their homes and many other thoughtful acts and programs.

Good Retirement Living

AFFORDABLE APARTMENTS FOR EVERYONE

  • Kyles Run Apartments, 688-715-2244; Vero Beach, FL 32960; Priced from $337. Very affordable and income guidelines apply. Directions: Off I-95 at the SR 60 exit. Travel east to US1, then turn south. Turn left on 8th Street 2 blocks east of US1. Located at the corner of 8th and 6th Avenue.
  • The Preserve at Oslo, 866- 477-2045; Vero Beach, FL 32960; Priced from $497
  • Walker Club, 866-541-8711; Vero Beach, FL 32966; Priced from $499
  • Pinnacle Grove, 866-919-6198; Vero Beach, FL 32967; Priced from $499
  • River Park Place, 877-864-1789; Vero Beach, FL 32962; Priced from $510

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Dodgertown

Vero Beach is famous as the former hometown for the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team during Spring Training for 60 years between 1948 and 2008.

Currently, the Vero Beach Devil Rays minor league ball team maintains their regular season in the city.

Vero Beach is famous as the former hometown for the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team during Spring Training for 60 years between 1948 and 2008.

Relaxing Ocean at Vero Beach

Higher Education

Higher Education in a Learning Community

  • Barry University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Indian River State College- A career college that offers Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associates of Applied Science degrees that will transfer to 4-year colleges for addition training, IRSA also conducts Adult Basic Education courses and GED preparation.
  • University of Central Florida at Brevard

The local senior centers sponsor ongoing education and workshops for 55+ Residents and visitors as well. Vero Beach is thus a learning community as well as a volunteer hub.

Employment and Jobs

Jobs continued to increase dramatically with 5,000 jobs advertised in February 2013 and 6,100+ job openings list in February 2015. About 7,000 jobs were listed for the area in July 2016.

Employment Trends

Numbers of local job listings have fluctuated since 2008, with an upswing during 4th QTR 2009 and 1700+ in January 2010 centered largely around position in Healthcare, Retail, Food and Dining, and Event Planning.

Jobs continue to increase dramatically with 5,000 jobs in February 2013 and 6,100+ job openings list in February 2015.

Some large area employers are:

  • Indian River County School District - The largest employer in the county.
  • Piper Aircraft - Very famous airplane company. Many pilots want a Piper.
  • Just Ask Concierge, Inc. - Vero Beach is a service-centered economy and concierges and errand-runners are in high demand all year long.
  • My Family Office - This successful enterprise offers money management, concierge services, and other offerings for for individuals, families, and businesses. They have been doing so for more than 50 years
  • Employment Enterprise of ARC - Jobs for those with developmental disabilities.

Jobs in Highest Demand

Top 15 High Demand Jobs

  1. CDL Truck Drivers and Owner-Operators -- One of the most dramatically increasing jobs listings in America.
  2. Engineers - IT and Aerospace related
  3. Pharmacy Technicians
  4. Registered Nurses (RNs) - Includes Travel Nurses and Nurse Practitioners.
  5. Physical and Occupational Therapists and Assistants
  6. Sebastian River Medical Center Jobs
  7. Speech Therapists and Aides
  8. Grocery Stores job at Winn-Dixie
  9. Retail Sales Supervisors and Salespeople
  10. Life Insurance Sales
  11. Financial Advisors
  12. Managers and Assistant Store Managers - Retail food service.
  13. Local public school district jobs.
  14. Outside Sales Representatives
  15. Advance Auto Parts jobs.

Fort Pierce Memories and Monuments

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An old-time a frogman stands outside the entrance to the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce.CeeCee Ross Lyles monument. She was one of the flight attendants on United Airlines Flight 93 on September 11, 2001.Fort Pierce, Florida: National Navy UDT-SEAL MuseumFort Pierce bridge to Hutchinson Island.
An old-time a frogman stands outside the entrance to the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce.
An old-time a frogman stands outside the entrance to the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce. | Source
CeeCee Ross Lyles monument. She was one of the flight attendants on United Airlines Flight 93 on September 11, 2001.
CeeCee Ross Lyles monument. She was one of the flight attendants on United Airlines Flight 93 on September 11, 2001. | Source
Fort Pierce, Florida: National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum
Fort Pierce, Florida: National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum | Source
Fort Pierce bridge to Hutchinson Island.
Fort Pierce bridge to Hutchinson Island. | Source

Top Job Posters

  1. Trucking and Freight: Advance Auto Parts, Knight Transportation, John Christner Trucking, Winn-Dixie Retail, Mesilla Valley Transportation, NFI, UPS Freight, Graebel Van Lines, Southern Refrigerated Transport, Covenant Transport.
    HCA Healthcare
  2. Health & Medical: St. Lucie Medical Center, Martin Health System, Sebastian River Medical Center, Holmes River Medical Center, Indian River Medical Center.
  3. Engineering: Harris Corporation, Northrop Grumman,Thales,Lockheed Martin, Piper Aircraft, Chipton Ross.
  4. Falstaff Travel Nursing
  5. United States Air Force (USAF)
  6. Indian River State College
  7. US Navy and Navy Reserve - Fort Pierce.
  8. US National Guard and Air National Guard
  9. Retail: CVS/Pharmacy, Home Depot, Staples, Dollar General/Family Dollar
  10. Local School Districts - especially clerical positions.

The UDT-Navy Seal Museum: 3300 N Hwy A1A, Fort Pierce, FL 34949

Fort Pierce and Navy Seal Museum

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janiek13 6 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

well researched. Anyone interested in Florida history would do well to read "A Land Remembered". The author, Patrick Smith is a resident of Central Florida.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

It looks so lovely and peaceful. I wish I could retire there. Thank you for the hub.


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dusanotes 6 years ago from Windermere, FL

Peaceful and prosperous, that's a good way to describe Vero Beach. I don't know why the Yankees left for Tampa a few years ago (spring training site). You did a good job on this one, Patty. Imagine this, a prehistoric 15-inch ice age bone found there...this will put to rest the climate change talkers who somehow feel they invented or discovered the fact that the earth warms and it cools and nothing we are seeing today wasn't present before. Don White


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

@Janiek13 - I will surely look for this book; thanks for the recommendation.

@Hello, hello - maybe you can!

@Don - Thanks very much for your additional history; it's always useful and lends deeper insight.


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theirishobserver. 6 years ago from Ireland

Very interesting and informative hub...hope you are doing ok


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h2oforthegaslit 6 years ago from Birmingham, Alabama

Wow, this hub was put together nicely!! Excellent content and the look of it just all clicks. Well done!


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RealEstateHelper 6 years ago

Nice hub, you have put the information so well, loved reading it. Thanks for sharing :)


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Vero Beach is almost a perfect place. Anyone could live their happily and seniors are well appreciated.


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joyceann0129 6 years ago from philippines

great share^^


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weed wacker 6 years ago from santa rosa, CA

I've always been intrigued with Vero Beach. With real estate prices dropping it may be a viable alternative...my only concern is house insurance, any experience with that?


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

I don't know the house insurance rates in Vero Beach. If you call your own insurance company, they probably can give you a range of rates in that area.

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