Volunteer Florida ready for the start of Florida Volunteer Month

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Volunteer Florida is gearing up for a busy April with a slew of initiatives and activities celebrating Florida Volunteer Month.

“Volunteer Florida is proud to recognize Florida’s outstanding volunteers, who work hard every day to make the Sunshine State the best place to live, work, and raise a family,” said Volunteer Florida CEO Chester Spellman. “Florida Volunteer Month is a time to celebrate their impact and encourage others to serve.”

Among the agency’s plans for the month is the #30Under30 initiative, which highlights exceptional Sunshine State volunteers under the age of 30, and the first-ever Volunteer of the Year award, the winner of which will be announced in late April.

Volunteer Florida has also teamed up with telecommunications giant Comcast to produce a TV spot promoting volunteerism, and grantees and partners of the agency plan to participate in Comcast Cares Day on April 22, the largest corporate philanthropy day in the nation.

Gov. Rick Scott also spoke in support of volunteers ahead of the the kick-off to Florida Volunteer Month.

“Florida volunteers strengthen communities across the state and help change the lives of families in need,” Scott said. “We are proud to recognize the hard work and commitment of our many volunteers during the year’s Florida Volunteer Month.”

Volunteer Florida is encouraging Floridians to use the hashtag #ServeFL on social media when sharing their photos and stories of service. More information on Florida Volunteer Month and listings for volunteer opportunities across the state can be found on the agency’s website.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.