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Philanthropic Partners Series: EverBank


EverBank Helps Open Doors to Hope and Independence

EverBank and The Arc Jacksonville shared a vision for better living. This vision led to the development of The Arc Jacksonville Village, the nation’s first community of its type dedicated to establishing a lifestyle of independence for residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Innovative developments such as this require a shared vision, a common commitment, and a team united in perseverance to see it through.  “We are very proud to be part of the team that made this day, and the future for these residents, possible,” said Blake Wilson, EverBank’s president and chief operating officer.

“Our relationship with EverBank is multidimensional,” said Jim Whittaker, president and chief executive officer of The Arc Jacksonville Inc. “Together, we can help turn a house into a home for our residents.”

EverBank is committed to using its resources to build stronger communities and empowering individuals to reach their full potential – and the opening of The Arc Jacksonville Village is a remarkable way of fulfilling this mission.

How it all Started

The Arc Jacksonville’s relationship with EverBank deepened in 2001 when the bank hired Jason, then a 22-year-old man with Down syndrome, as a mail clerk. The Arc Jacksonville provided Jason with job training, readying him for the workforce, and knew his potential.  Today, 15 years later, Jason continues to be a valued member of the EverBank team. EverBank is setting the bar high as a leader in the field of employing individuals with disabilities.

Philanthropically, EverBank has been a long-time supporter and corporate sponsor of The Arc Jacksonville’s many Dinner with Bill fundraisers and, most recently, of The Arc Jacksonville Village.

EverBank’s role in bringing the vision of The Arc Jacksonville Village to life was instrumental. Through their support, guidance and financial commitments, The Village successfully opened its door to 121 residents in May, 2016.

The shared values of The Arc Jacksonville and EverBank and the bank’s long standing commitment to addressing community needs will continue to change lives in our city.


EverBank has always held a deep and genuine commitment to the financial goals and needs of their clients. The company’s success has been built on values and a sense of responsibility to those they serve.

With an emphasis on value, innovation and service, EverBank offers a broad selection of banking, lending and investing products to consumers and businesses nationwide. EverBank provides services to clients through the internet, over the phone, through the mail, at its Florida-based financial centers and at other business offices throughout the country. More information on EverBank can be found at

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