Volunteer Florida Foundation

The Volunteer Florida Foundation raises funds to support Volunteer Florida, helping administer high-impact national service programs and promote volunteerism throughout the state, while managing the Florida Disaster Fund, Florida’s private fund established to assist communities with disaster recovery. The Foundation is also responsible for the Governor’s special initiatives, including the Black History Month and Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations, as well as awards that honor Florida’s outstanding volunteers, educators, health care professionals and veterans.

Governor's Initiatives

Donations to the Foundation support Volunteer Florida’s important work and the following Governor’s special initiatives:

Foundation Board

The Volunteer Florida Foundation’s activities are guided by a voluntary board of directors.

Tajiana Ancora-Brown

Tajiana Ancora-Brown

External Affairs Director, Walt Disney World
Orlando, Orange County
Chucha Barber

Chucha Barber

President, Chucha Barber Productions
Tallahassee, Leon County
Derek Cooper

Derek Cooper

Vice President of Government Affairs and Community Investment, Comcast
West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County
Debra Kerr

Debra Kerr

CEO, Debra Kerr LLC
Miami, Miami-Dade County
Wade Litchfield

Wade Litchfield

Vice President and General Counsel, Florida Power & Light
Palm Beach, Palm Beach County
Cindy O’Connell

Cindy O’Connell

Director, Florida Prepaid College Foundation
Tallahassee, Leon County
Casey Reed

Casey Reed

Regional Director of External Affairs, AT&T Florida
Tallahassee, Leon County
Steven Uhlfelder

Steven Uhlfelder

Attorney, Uhlfelder & Associates
Tallahassee, Leon County

Donors

Champion of Service

The Champion of Service Award was established in 2013 by Volunteer Florida to honor individuals and groups for their outstanding efforts in volunteerism and community service. Individuals, families, businesses, universities and nonprofit organizations have all been recipients of the Champion of Service Award.

 

The following are specific examples of recipients:

  • Albert Manero, a University of Central Florida student who creates free bionic hands and arms for children in need.
  • Maisha Mitchell, Co-Founder of the Tallahassee Food Network
  • Rocco Giordano, a 95-year-old mentor and tutor

NOMINATE A CHAMPION OF SERVICE

Black History Month

Black History Month is an opportunity to celebrate the rich history and vibrant culture of African Americans in Florida, while also recognizing the significant impact that they have had throughout the state.

 

In February, Florida commemorates Black History Month with a reception at the Governor’s Mansion. During this event, the governor and special guests present awards to students and teachers who submitted entries or were nominated for the statewide Black History Month contests. Two students are selected to win the art contest; three students are selected to win the essay contest, receiving a four-year scholarship from the Florida Prepaid Scholarship Foundation; and three teachers are recognized with the Excellence in Education Award.

 

For more information, please visit www.floridablackhistory.com or email info@volunteerflorida.org.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to celebrate the rich history and vibrant culture of Florida’s Hispanic community, while also recognizing the significant impact that they have had throughout the state.

 

In the fall, Florida commemorates Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) with a reception at the Governor’s Mansion. During this event, the Governor and special guests present awards to Hispanic students and educators who submitted entries or were nominated for the statewide Hispanic Heritage Month contests. Two students are selected to win the art contest; three students are selected to win the essay contest, receiving a four-year scholarship from the Florida Prepaid Scholarship Foundation; and three teachers are recognized with the Excellence in Education Award.

 

For more information, please visit www.floridahispanicheritage.com or email info@volunteerflorida.org.

 

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