bab34TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In an effort to positively impact children and youth in the greater Orlando  area, Volunteer Florida and Leadership Florida® have announced a service initiative in conjunction with the Leadership Florida’s 2016 Annual Meeting at Disney’s Grand Floridian. The book drive will benefit the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County.

“Volunteer Florida is proud to co-host the #BringABook initiative at Leadership Florida’s Annual Meeting,” said Chester Spellman, Volunteer Florida CEO.  “Leadership Florida convenes some of the most active, engaged, and service-oriented leaders in the state, and we can’t think of a better group of individuals to participate in #BringABook to support literacy and student achievement.”

Connect Florida, a signature program of Leadership Florida, will assist Volunteer Florida with the project and has set a goal of 1,000 books to be collected for children in Orange County. From Thursday, June 23 to Saturday, June 25, Volunteer Florida and Leadership Florida will collect new or gently-used elementary school level books in the 2016 Annual Meeting registration area.

“#BringABook fits perfectly with our mission to educate Florida leaders on the critical issues facing our state and to act in ways that have a positive impact on the citizens of Florida,” said Wendy Walker, President of Leadership Florida.

For more information on the Leadership Florida Annual Meeting, visit

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Volunteer Florida is the Governor’s lead agency for volunteerism and national service in Florida, administering more than $31.7 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:

For more than 34 years, Leadership Florida has provided a non-partisan, non-parochial perspective on statewide topics of concern and opportunities while encouraging collaboration among the state’s leadership. For more information visit: