Volunteer Florida, the lead agency for volunteerism and national service in Florida, administers $31.7 million in federal, state, and local funding for national service and volunteer programs across the state.
Volunteer Florida is guided by a bipartisan board of Commissioners, who are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate.
Volunteer Florida administers national service programs like AmeriCorps, which offer Floridians the opportunity to engage in intensive service to their community while increasing capacity for nonprofits and other service organizations. Volunteer Florida’s grantees include schools, educational foundations, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and other community organizations.
Volunteer Florida provides required fiscal and programmatic oversight of these grants so that we maximize funds and ensure grantees are accountable for results.
Volunteer Florida also leads initiatives throughout Florida that use volunteerism as a strategy to meet needs. This includes leading Florida’s national days of service, such as the September 11 Day of Service and Remembrance and the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
It began with President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s creation of the Civilian Conservation Corps (now known as NCCC) in the 1930s. President Kennedy established the Peace Corps in the 1960s; President Johnson worked with Congress to pass the Volunteers in Service to America Act (VISTA) in 1964; and President George H.W. Bush signed into law the National and Community Services Act of 1990, which established a Commission on National and Community Service. Learn more about the history of CNCS here.
In 1993, President Clinton amended President Bush’s legislation to create the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency. The law required each state to create a state commission in conjunction with its Governor’s office to receive and administer federal funds for national service programs.
In accordance with this federal legislation, Volunteer Florida, the Florida Commission on Community Service, was created by an Executive Order of Governor Lawton Chiles in 1993 and established in Florida Statutes 14.29 by the Florida Legislature in 1994. Our Commission is one of 52 state service commissions administering national service grants across the United States (including Puerto Rico and Guam).
In 1997, following lessons learned from Hurricane Andrew, Volunteer Florida also became the lead agency for coordinating volunteers and donations for the Florida Division of Emergency Management.
Sarah “Sam” Seevers
Owner, Life's a Beach, LLC
Volunteer and Philanthropist
Senior Vice President & Wealth Strategist, Flaharty Asset Management
CEO, The Children's Movement of Florida
President, Chucha Barber Productions
Principal and Co-Founder of The Villamil Company
Former CEO & President, Elder Care Services
Director of Business Development & Sales, Blake Medical Center
Consultant, Susan Glickman Associates
Human Services Administrator, Children's Services Administration Section, Broward County Government
Mayor, City of Pensacola
General Manager, Cambridge Innovation Center Miami
Former Dean of Academic Support, South Florida State College
Patricia “Penny” Miller
Owner, Miller & Associates
Director, Florida Prepaid College Foundation
Director, Florida State Office, Corporation for National and Community Service
MBE Director / Client Relations,
Foresight Construction Group
Kerry Anne Schultz
Attorney, Fountain, Schultz & Associates, P.L.
Susan B. Towler
Executive Director, Florida Blue Foundation
Community Engagement Project Manager, Leon County Schools
President & CEO, Special Olympics Florida
AmeriCorps Program Manager
Jackie De La Espriella
External Affairs Coordinator
Chief Operating Officer
National Service Programs Director
Volunteer Generation Fund Program Manager
AmeriCorps Program Manager
CERT Program Manager
Emergency Management Director
Chief Executive Officer
Communications Technology Specialist
Chief Financial Officer
Anitra S. Thomas
Grants and Training Coordinator
External Affairs Director
Emergency Management Specialist
Volunteer Services Director
Volunteer Florida is a great place to work! We value the unique talents of each of our employees and encourage a positive, fun culture for our team.
There are no employment openings at this time.
Volunteer Florida is always seeking talented interns!
To apply, send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commitment to Transparency
Volunteer Florida values transparency and accountability in order to ensure good stewardship of taxpayer dollars. Volunteer Florida’s fiscal activities are reported regularly to federal and state funders and the organization undergoes an annual A-133 audit. Additionally, Volunteer Florida’s Commission and Foundation Board meetings are publicly-noticed and in compliance with the Florida Sunshine Law. Volunteer Florida is committed to the highest level of transparency.
Volunteer Florida is governed by a bipartisan Commission, whose members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate per Florida Statute 14.29. The Volunteer Florida Foundation is a non-profit established as a direct support organization for Volunteer Florida. The Foundation raises funds to support Volunteer Florida’s programs and support Governor’s initiatives. The Volunteer Florida Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors subject to approval by the Volunteer Florida Commission.
Volunteer Florida operates in compliance with the Florida Public Records Law, Chapter 119, Florida Statutes, governing the public’s right to access records. Records are available during normal business hours and may be requested in person, or via phone, fax, email or regular mail using the contact information below. Please address requests to:
3800 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, Florida 32311
Phone: (850) 414-7400
Fax: (850) 921-5146
As part of the State of Florida’s commitment to Government in the Sunshine, Volunteer Florida provides public access to agency meetings and records. Volunteer Florida’s Commission and Foundation Board meetings are all publicly-noticed and in compliance with the Florida Sunshine Law. For a listing of publicly noticed meetings, click here.