About Us

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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.
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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.

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National service – which helps Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service – addresses some our nation’s most pressing challenges.

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.

Officers


Sarah “Sam” Seevers

Commission Chair
Owner, Life's a Beach, LLC
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Autumn Karlinsky

Vice-Chair
Volunteer and Philanthropist

Todd Demko

Treasurer
Senior Vice President & Wealth Strategist, Flaharty Asset Management

Commissioners


Vance Aloupis

CEO, The Children's Movement of Florida

Chucha Barber

President, Chucha Barber Productions

Christina Bonarrigo

Principal and Co-Founder of The Villamil Company

James Croteau

Former CEO & President, Elder Care Services

Julie Galvano

Director of Business Development & Sales, Blake Medical Center

 


Susan Glickman

Consultant, Susan Glickman Associates

Philip Harris

Human Services Administrator, Children's Services Administration Section, Broward County Government

Ashton Hayward

Mayor, City of Pensacola

Natalia Martinez-Kalinina

General Manager, Cambridge Innovation Center Miami
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Michael McLeod
Former Dean of Academic Support, South Florida State College


Patricia “Penny” Miller

Owner, Miller & Associates
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Cindy O'Connell

Director, Florida Prepaid College Foundation
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Suzanne Richards

Director, Florida State Office, Corporation for National and Community Service

Maritza Rovira-Forino

MBE Director / Client Relations,
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Kerry Anne Schultz

Attorney, Fountain, Schultz & Associates, P.L.
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Susan B. Towler

Executive Director, Florida Blue Foundation

Kelli Walker

Community Engagement Project Manager, Leon County Schools

Sherry Wheelock

President & CEO, Special Olympics Florida

Debbie Brown

Financial Analyst

Paula DeBoles-Johnson

AmeriCorps Program Manager

Jackie De La Espriella

External Affairs Coordinator

Bonnie Hazleton

Chief Operating Officer

Cat Keen

National Service Programs Director

 


Audrey Kidwell

Volunteer Generation Fund Program Manager
Financial Analyst

Tracie Lambright

Financial Analyst

Arnold McKay

AmeriCorps Program Manager

Christy Rojas-Kasten

CERT Program Manager

Aly Simons

Executive Assistant

 


Ken Skalitzky

Emergency Management Director

Chester Spellman

Chief Executive Officer

Erik Steffen

Communications Technology Specialist

Richard Swarttz

Chief Financial Officer

Anitra S. Thomas

Grants and Training Coordinator

 


Erin VanSickle

External Affairs Director

Marcia Warfel

Emergency Management Specialist

Jovita Woodrich

Volunteer Services Director

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Employment Opportunities

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 careers@volunteerflorida.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.


Governance

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.

 

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> Senate Bill 1194 Compliance Letter
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Public Records

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:

Volunteer Florida
3800 Esplanade Way
Suite 180
Tallahassee, Florida 32311
Phone: (850) 414-7400
Fax: (850) 921-5146
Email: info@volunteerflorida.org


Sunshine Law

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.