TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, during a meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott and Volunteer Florida Chief Executive Officer Vivian Myrtetus awarded Betty Mulligan with the Volunteer Florida Champion of Service Award, Florida’s official statewide volunteer recognition.
Governor Scott said, “I am proud to recognize Betty with the Champion of Service Award for her work to ensure Florida students can receive a great education. I applaud her dedication and continued efforts to improve students’ lives throughout her community.”
Volunteer Florida CEO Vivian Myrtetus said, “Volunteer Florida is honored to recognize Betty for her continued service. She has positively impacted the lives of so many students, paving the way for academic success. We are grateful for the opportunity to recognize Betty with the Champion of Service Award!”
About the Champion of Service Recipient:
Betty Mulligan lives in Martin County, Florida and is a retired teacher of 35 years who is still very passionate about helping children. In 2006, Betty began volunteering with students in Martin County and noticed the need for students to learn better English language skills. As a result, Betty created, coordinated and implemented a tutoring program in Martin County Schools in 2007 and recruited ten volunteers to assist in two schools. Today, there are 80 trained volunteers providing free tutoring services to nearly 200 children at five Martin County elementary schools each year.
Volunteer Florida is the Governor’s lead agency for volunteerism and national service in Florida, administering more than $32 million in federal, state, and local funding to deliver high-impact national service and volunteer programs in Florida. Volunteer Florida promotes and encourages volunteerism to meet critical needs across the state. Volunteer Florida also serves as Florida’s lead agency for volunteers and donations before, during, and after disasters. For more information, visit: www.volunteerflorida.org.