CRESTVIEW — Newcomers who want to be involved, those who say “there’s nothing to do here,” retirees who want to serve their community and everybody in between have an opportunity Aug. 1 to discover where their talents can be put to use.

Service and civic organizations, fraternal societies, clubs and cultural groups will share what they do and how others can join them at a community organizations showcase.

“We are inviting our service and cultural organizations to take part,” showcase organizer Rae Schwartz said. “Set up a table and tell your story, your history, projects, and what’s next for your group.”

The event, sponsored by the Friends of the Crestview Library,  grew from a 2013 Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce initiative to create a master list of community non-profit organizations.

Among ideas discussed for the project was an opportunity for all organizations to have an informational table at a community showcase.

“There are so many ways people of all ages can get involved in North Okaloosa County,” Schwartz said.

“Here’s a chance to meet many of them face-to-face.”



Any non-profit community organization, club, service, fraternal or cultural organization can set up an information table at the community organization showcase.

During the event — 5-8 p.m., Aug. 1 at the Crestview Public Library on Commerce Drive — the public may browse local involvement and participation opportunities.

Information or table reservations: Rae Schwartz, 585-5672,



Opportunities abound for residents to be involved and give back to North Okaloosa County.  

Here’s a partial list of local organizations, societies and clubs:

●Alzheimer's Support Group

●American Legion

●American Legion Riders motorcycle group

●Baker Area Ministerial Association

●Baker Block Museum/North Okaloosa Heritage Association

●Baker Garden Club

●Beta Sigma Phi Sorority

●Book Arts Group

●Boy Scout troops

●Carver Hill Memorial and Historical Society

●Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce Government Issues

●Chamber PILOT Young Professionals (Professional and Inspired Leaders of Tomorrow)

●Chamber Triple B (Blackwater, Bluegrass and Barbecue) Festival

●Church choirs

●Church youth programs

●Common Ground Community Garden

●Crestview Area Ministerial Association

●Crestview Area Sister City Program

●Crestview Civitan Club

●Crestview Library programs (youth, teens, lectures, groups)

●Crestview Photography Club

●Crestview Police Department Citizens Academy Alumni Association

●Crestview Police Department Explorers

●Crestview Recreation Department sports leagues

●Crestview Toastmasters

●Cub Scout Packs

●Dogwood Garden Club

●Elks Club

●Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Zoological Park

●Exchange Club

●Free and Accepted Masons: Crestview Lodge

●Free and Accepted Masons: Baker Lodge

●Free and Accepted Masons, Laurel Hill Lodge

●Filipino Cultural Association


●Friends of the Arts

●Friends of the Crestview Library

●GFWC Crestview Woman's Club

●Girl Scout troops

●Healthy Woman

●Hospice, Covenant Care

●Hospice, Emerald Coast


●Knights of Columbus

●Lions Club

●Main Street Crestview Association

●Master Gardeners, Okaloosa County

●Military Appreciation Recognition Celebration

●Moms Club

●North Okaloosa Community Band

●Order of the Eastern Star (Crestview)

●Relay For Life (American Cancer Society)

●Rotary Club

●Schola Cantorum community chorus

●Sewing/Needlework Clubs

●Sharing and Caring

●Shoal River Mustang Club

●Sons of Italy

●Soup kitchens and cold weather shelters

●Spanish Trail Cruisers car club

●Special Olympics

●Ten Talents Youth Theatre

●Venture Crew


●View from the Stage (community theatre)

●Young Marines

Source: Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce, News Bulletin staff reports