Volunteer Florida announced that $370,000 in Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) grant funding has been awarded to 22 nonprofit and service organizations throughout the state. The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum was awarded a $20K grant. “We are grateful to Volunteer Florida for all they do for our communities,” said Kathy A. Fleming, Executive Director of the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. “We look forward to providing even more civic engagement and educational opportunities through this amazing support!”
The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, a private nonprofit, has a current volunteer program that consists of 300+ volunteers who donate 20,000 volunteer hours each year.
The Museum works with local colleges, namely University of North Florida and Flagler College, to provide internships and opportunities to gain relevant work experience. Internships cover all areas of the organization and include experience with public relations, graphic design, tourism management, public history and history education, underwater archaeology, and artifact conservation and care.
The Museum also coordinates with local high schools to provide opportunities for high school students. These roles include office assistant, historic interpreter, collections assistant, and junior camp counselor. “Volunteers play a critical role in our communities and without them, many of the goods and services that we know today would cease to exist,” said First Lady Casey DeSantis. “I applaud Volunteer Florida’s efforts to ensure that Florida’s nonprofit organizations have the resources they need to be successful in our communities.”
Volunteer Florida’s VGF program, which is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, helps organizations use skills-based volunteers to serve Florida students, families and communities. Skills-based volunteerism expands the impact of organizations by leveraging the experience and talents of professionals, such as teachers, IT consultants, accountants and attorneys.
“Skills-based volunteers are an integral part of many nonprofits as they help extend the reach and capacity of organizations to meet their missions,” said Volunteer Florida CEO Clay Ingram.
“Since 2014, Volunteer Florida has been able to empower 50,943 skills-based volunteers to serve 746,487 hours, a value of nearly $17 million to the State of Florida, through the VGF program.”
For more details about the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, visit www.staugustinelighthouse.org or call 904-829-0745.