The Foundation Will Highlight Volunteer Florida for Its Exceptional Work to Support and Empower Young People


December 1
, 2017
CONTACT: Erin VanSickle

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —Volunteer Florida announced today that it will be featured by Born This Way Foundation at Lady Gaga’s Joanne World Tour in Tampa, Florida tonight. Volunteer Florida will be featured as part of Born This Way Foundation’s series of Kindness Pop Ups at select tour stops, designed to spread kindness and highlight exceptional local nonprofit organizations across the country. Nonprofits are chosen based on their demonstrated excellence in supporting and empowering young people.

Volunteer Florida will be featured prominently at the Kindness Pop Up, including a location for volunteers to interact with the thousands of fans in attendance, increasing awareness of volunteer opportunities in Florida.

“Volunteer Florida is proud to partner with Born This Way Foundation on their Channel Kindness Tour,” said Vivian Myrtetus, Volunteer Florida Chief Executive Officer. “We’re excited for the opportunity to promote Volunteer Florida and our mission, raise awareness for volunteerism and community service, and to encourage young people to serve in their communities.”

As Florida’s lead agency for volunteerism and national service, Volunteer Florida administers more than $32 million in federal, state and local funding to deliver high-impact national service and volunteer programs in Florida. Volunteer Florida also serves as Florida’s lead agency for volunteers and donations before, during, and after disasters and administers the Florida Disaster Fund, the state’s official private fund to assist communities during times of disaster.

Volunteer Florida also leads initiatives throughout Florida that use volunteerism as a strategy to meet needs. This includes leading Florida’s national days of service, such as the September 11 Day of Service and Remembrance and the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

“Born This Way Foundation is thrilled to shine a light on the work these exceptional local organizations do for the young people they support. We share a mission to inspire and empower today’s youth and the resources and services these groups are providing in their communities are critical to that goal,” said Cynthia Germanotta, Co-Founder and President of Born This Way Foundation.


Volunteer Florida is the state’s lead agency for national service and volunteerism, administering over $32 million in federal, state, and local funding for national service and volunteer programs in Florida. Volunteer Florida connects individuals, families, and businesses with opportunities to serve their communities, including administering AmeriCorps programs across the state. Additionally, Volunteer Florida serves as Florida’s lead agency for volunteers and donations before, during, and after disasters, most recently deploying volunteers and funding following the Pulse Nightclub shooting and Hurricanes Hermine, Matthew, Irma, and Maria. Volunteer Florida administers the Florida Disaster Fund, Florida’s official private fund for disaster response and recovery. To date, Volunteer Florida has raised over $14 million for Hurricane Irma survivors. Learn more at


Led by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, Born This Way Foundation was founded in 2012 to support the wellness of young people and empower them to create a kinder and braver world. To achieve these goals, Born This Way Foundation leverages rigorous academic research and authentic partnerships in order to provide young people with improved mental health resources, more positive school climates, and kinder communities – online and offline. Born This Way Foundation has connected over 150,000 young people with services and programming in their communities and has partnered with leading researchers to collect data from tens of thousands of young people to improve understanding of the factors that influence youth engagement, mental health, and emotional well being. For more information, visit


For Born This Way Foundation
Rachel Martin

For Volunteer Florida
Erin VanSickle