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By Ericka Mckibbin


This weekend I had the opportunity to participate in a service project with Northwest Florida State College and Farm Share, hosted by Volunteer Florida’s LeaderCorps member Darsey Kelly and Volunteer Florida grantee NWF Environmental Stewards at Northwest Florida State College. 

LeaderCorps is a new Volunteer Florida program designed to immerse Florida’s AmeriCorps members in leadership development to maximize the impact of national service and advocate for volunteerism and civic engagement in their local communities. The inaugural class of LeaderCorps members is comprised of 21 members, who, in addition to their training, are also tasked with coordinating service projects in their communities.

This LeaderCorps project was held in Defuniak Springs at the Northwest Florida State College Chautauqua Center. In little over an hour, volunteers distributed over 14,000 pounds of food!

Local non-profit leaders noted that, in this rural community, many families struggle to find jobs, lack access to social services, and sometimes experience hunger. Local volunteers were excited about the opportunity to make a positive change, and they expressed hope that projects like this will become a regular event!

I am proud of our LeaderCorps team, local AmeriCorps members, and the many volunteers who served alongside them…they definitely got things done!!

Jul 3, 2015

By Ericka Mckibbin

This weekend I had the opportunity to participate in a service project with Northwest Florida State College and Farm Share, hosted by Volunteer Florida’s LeaderCorps...


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Thanks to our friends in New Orleans at Katrina10, we have a collection of tweets from Wednesday’s #Katrina10Chat. Check it out on Storify.com.

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Jul 2, 2015

Retired educator finds new way to share knowledge with community

After retiring as a fourth-grade teacher, Jerry Mulvaney looked for some way to continue to make a difference. That’s when he found Senior Corps RSVP.  

“I taught fourth grade for 24 years. Wonderful things happened. Teachers touch the future. We develop future leaders,” said Mulvaney. “But after I retired, I knew I needed to find something to keep me active. I thought about volunteering and found out about RSVP.”

Jerry joined RSVP and serves as a volunteer helping to teach a Chronic Disease Management class. The Chronic Disease program at Burlington College in New Jersey helps build the capacity of individuals, families, communities, and health care systems to effectively prevent and manage chronic disease. Jerry works with seven other RSVP volunteers to teach classes to the community.

“The program is based on action plans. As we get older we lose our strength, through this program we work with our clients to create action plans to keep them strong,” said Mulvaney. “It can be a simple thing, like promising to walk around the block for 30 minutes each day.”

Jerry says the program brings folks together. “We all become good friends. Everyone gets a lot out of it. We start to encourage each other.”

And Jerry gets a lot out of the program as well.

“When you get involved in volunteering you never who never know you are going to meet,” said Mulvaney. “Serving as an RSVP volunteer, helping people stay strong, it gives me a purpose and a reason for getting up in the morning.”

Jul 2, 2015

Under the coordination of AmeriCorps Disaster Response Teams, thousands of volunteers have assisted residents with home clean-up and debris clearing from the devastating floods. But the work is not finished and there are many residents that still need help. 

Whether you can donate a few hours or several days of your time, your effort will help multiply effect and speed the recovery for disaster survivors. Volunteers can register at the locations below: 

Wimberley Volunteer Reception Center
200 Stillwater Dr, Suite 2
Wimberley, TX
(512) 715-4234
Monday – Saturday, 8 am – 4 pm.  

San Marcos Volunteer Reception Center
126 W. Hopkins St.
San Marcos, TX
(522) 753-2320
Monday – Saturday, 8 am – 5 pm

Bastrop Volunteer Reception Center
1106 College St.
Bastrop, TX 78602
(512) 521-3001
Monday-Friday, 8 am – 5 pm

AmeriCorps members from the Texas Conservation Corps, Arizona Conservation Corps, Hoopa Tribal Civilian Community Corps, AmeriCorps St. Louis-Emergency Response Team, and the Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa are supporting local and state efforts to provide volunteer support to residents in Wimberley, San Marcos, and Bastrop.  

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