In this “Florida NewsMakers” program, Chester Spellman, the CEO of Volunteer Florida sits down with Sachs Media Group’s Trimmel Gomes to discuss some of the many ways people can give back to their communities.

As many commemorate the worst act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history, Americans will mark September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. There are many ways to lend a helping hand but in times of disaster Spellman says it’s best to work through relief organizations. “Many times after a disaster, there are spontaneous volunteers and they are all very well intentioned, but those volunteers have to be coordinated, so that’s really our key role.” Volunteer Florida administers national service programs like AmeriCorps but there are many others that are closer to home. “To volunteer someone can go to our website,,” Spellman tells Gomes. “Our website has an interactive tool where you can enter your zip code and pull up volunteer opportunities in your area.” Spellman addresses those issues and more on “Florida NewsMakers.”

September 11th, 2013 | Written by: Sachs Media Group