Due to Hurricane Matthew, Volunteer Florida was unable to honor #1of1Million on October 7th, but we are excited to do so today!

For over 20 years, Volunteer Florida has administered AmeriCorps funding for high-impact service organizations across Florida. Florida’s exceptional AmeriCorps members and alum are a proud part of the one million people in the U.S. who have taken the AmeriCorps pledge to “Get things done for America.”

We can’t think of a better way to mark #1of1Million than by highlighting Sam Ludington.

Sam serves as Deputy Director of Children of Inmates, Inc., a Miami-based nonprofit organization that coordinates care and family reunification opportunities for Florida children whose parents are incarcerated. Additionally, Sam serves as a research associate with Justice and Security Strategies, providing expertise to law enforcement agencies throughout the country. Prior to joining Children of Inmates, Inc. Sam served as an AmeriCorps member at the Peacemakers Freedom School program at Trinity Church – a Volunteer Florida grantee. After a year of service as an AmeriCorps member, Sam was asked to serve as the AmeriCorps Program Director at Trinity, overseeing 26 AmeriCorps members.

He is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois with a Bachelors of Economics and completed a Master’s in Biomedical Sciences from Barry University. Sam is Haitian-American and has gone to Haiti every December for fifteen years to coordinate an annual Christmas Party for children in Carrefour, Haiti.

Sam’s continued service demonstrates the idea that national service is a pathway to career development. We are grateful for Sam’s continued service! #ServeFL.