Speak Up for Kids PBC is among other wonderful Florida charities as recipients of a portion of a large grant fund from Volunteer Florida. $360,000 will be shared among with winners and we are so very grateful for the support.
PRESS RELEASE PER VOLUNTEER FLORIDA
October 25, 2018 – TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Volunteer Florida announced it is awarding $360,000 in Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) grant funding to 24 nonprofit and service organizations throughout the state. Each organization will receive a $15,000 grant, and together they will match the funding with $360,000 in local donations. In total, $572,000 will be invested in Florida's communities.
Volunteer Florida's VGF program, which is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, will help grantees use skills-based volunteers to serve Florida students, families and communities. Skills-based volunteerism expands the impact of organizations by leveraging the experience and talents of professionals, such as teachers, IT consultants, accountants and attorneys. This year, special consideration was also given to organizations that can utilize volunteers to help with disaster mitigation and response or reducing or preventing prescription drug or opioid abuse.
"I'm very proud of Volunteer Florida's administration of the Volunteer Generation Fund," said David Mica, Jr., CEO at Volunteer Florida. "It's a unique program, strategically promoting skills-based volunteerism in order to increase productivity within organizations, and in turn, generate a more significant impact among their respective beneficiaries throughout Florida."
In 2018-2019, VGF will help grantees recruit, manage and support approximately 9,600 skills-based volunteers, who will collectively contribute a minimum of 72,000 hours of service throughout the state – a value of $1,679,760.