Florida Chamber Foundation and Volunteer Florida Announce #BringABook Initiative at Future of Florida Forum

Encourage Participants to Donate a Book at the Future of Florida Forum, Sept. 28 and 29

Tallahassee – Volunteer Florida and the Florida Chamber Foundation announced today that they will host a #BringABook service initiative for the second year in conjunction with the Annual Future of Florida Forum. Volunteer Florida and the Florida Chamber Foundation are asking the business community and elected leaders attending the Future of Florida Forum to bring new or gently-used elementary school books to the forum.

“The Florida Chamber Foundation is honored to co-host a #BringABook service project with Volunteer Florida at the Future of Florida Forum for the second year in a row,” said Tony Carvajal, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber Foundation. “Securing Florida’s future begins at home, and encouraging student literacy is a priority.”

Volunteer Florida and the Florida Chamber Foundation will collect books at the Future of Florida Forum registration area on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 and Thursday, September 29, 2016. City Year Orlando, which deploys over 68 highly skilled AmeriCorps members to provide mentoring and tutoring at seven Orlando schools, will serve as the recipient organization for the books. City Year Orlando will distribute the books to students in low-income schools, who will get to take a book home to begin their very own library.

“Volunteer Florida is proud to partner with the Florida Chamber Foundation on #BringABook at the Future of Florida Forum and build on the success of last year’s event,” said Chester Spellman, Volunteer Florida CEO.  “The #BringABook partnership is another example of the private sector and public sector working together to invest in the future of Florida’s children, and Volunteer Florida is proud to lead this effort.”

The Future of Florida and the Florida Chamber Foundation brings together state business leaders, industry experts and elected officials to discuss and explore how to secure Florida’s future. This annual event provides an opportunity for participants to identify connection points and build partnerships that will make Florida the state with vibrant communities, high-wage jobs and expanded opportunity for global competitiveness. For more information on the Future of Florida Forum, please visit this link.

Volunteer Florida is Florida’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 on Volunteer Florida, visit www.volunteerflorida.org.