Dear Partners and Friends,
It’s hard to believe we are already well into March! Volunteer Florida has exciting updates to share with you!Capitol Hill Visits
Last week, I joined Volunteer Florida Chair Sam Seevers for Capitol Hill Visits in Washington, D.C. to meet with members of Congress and staff. We discussed the importance of federal funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service and the impact it has across the State of Florida. Volunteer Florida thanks Senator Marco Rubio, Rep. Ron DeSantis, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Rep. Matt Gaetz, Rep. Francis Rooney, and Rep. Daniel Webster for taking time to meet. We also thank the staff of Sen. Bill Nelson, Rep. Carlos Curbelo, and Rep. Tom Rooney for meeting. We are grateful for the Florida Delegation’s support of Volunteer Florida and all of our grantees!
Chester W. Spellman, VF Chair Sam Seevers and Rep. Diaz-Balart during Capitol Hill Visits
AmeriCorps Week 2017
This week is AmeriCorps Week! AmeriCorps Week is a time to honor and celebrate the contributions of over one million individuals who have served as AmeriCorps members since 1994. In that time, more than 31,000 Florida residents have served more than 45 million hours – a value of over a billion dollars! In Florida, over 1,300 individuals currently serve as AmeriCorps members, engaging in results-driven service in local communities.To see examples of their impact in Florida, please visit this link
#SuitsForSession – March 15, 2017
Volunteer Florida is thrilled to host the second annual #SuitsForSession service project at the Florida Capitol! The project will once again engage members of the legislature, local nonprofits, the private sector, state employees, and other partners in service to collect gently-worn professional attire at the Capitol on March 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m. More than 4,000 donations of professional attire for job-seekers were collected during last year’s project!Volunteer Florida is also excited to partner again with Uber for the service project. For Leon County residents and visitors who are unable to bring items in person to the Capitol, donors can open the Uber app between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and select the GIVE option at the bottom of the screen to have their items picked up and delivered to Volunteer Florida for free by an Uber driver.
The items will be donated to the Chapman Partnership in Miami, Dress for Success Tampa Bay, ECHO Outreach Ministries in Tallahassee, Bridges of America (statewide) and the Florida State University Unconquered Scholars program in Tallahassee.
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Black History Month
Volunteer Florida is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Black History Month art, essay, and educator awards. The awards were presented to recipients at the Governor’s Mansion in February, when Black History Month is celebrated every year. Volunteer Florida is grateful for the generous support of the Florida Prepaid College Foundation, the Florida Lottery, and our other amazing sponsors
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VF Commissioner Mike Jennings, Governor Rick Scott, First Lady Ann Scott, and Black History Month guests
AmeriCorps RFP Announced
Volunteer Florida recently announced the 2017-2018 AmeriCorps formula funding RFP. This funding opportunity is now available on the Volunteer Florida website
. Applications for funding are due April 6, 2017.
For helpful technical assistance information including an introduction to AmeriCorps, please visit this link
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Champion of Service
During February’s meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott and Volunteer Florida CEO Chester Spellman awarded Alexander D.J. Brickler III, M.D. with the Volunteer Florida Champion of Service Award, Florida’s official statewide volunteer recognition.
D.J. Brickler III, M.D., is the creator of the Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Project Exhibit. The exhibit is a tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, or “Red Tails.” The exhibit was established in 2014 in conjunction with Black History Month and has become an annual event with over 900 students from 11 Leon County schools in attendance.
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Chester W. Spellman, Governor Rick Scott, and the Florida Cabinet present the Champion of Service Award to Alexander D.J. Brickler III, M.D.
Yours in Service,
Chester W. Spellman
Chief Executive Officer