AVON PARK, FL (November 15, 2013) – Volunteer managers and programs from throughout Florida were honored Friday for their outstanding work in the nonprofit sector. The awards program, which took place during the Florida Association for Volunteer Resource Management’s fall forum, was established to recognize innovation and a commitment to affect positive change in diverse communities. The forum was held at the South Florida State College Highlands Campus in Avon Park.
Joe Taylor, executive director of Franklin’s Promise Coalition in Franklin County was awarded the Outstanding New Volunteer Administrator Award.
Sue Franzen, a program manager for HandsOn Suncoast received the Betty Tribble Excellence in Volunteer Management Award.
HandsOn Jacksonville took home the Innovative Program Award for their holiday program, “A Visit from St. Nicholas.”
"The Florida Association for Volunteer Resource Management is comprised of an incredibly talented pool of leaders who are working hard each day to meet the needs of communities throughout the state," said Mary Register, the president of the board of directors for the association also known as FAVRM. "We are proud to be able to recognize the great work they do each year during our fall forum."
During the three-day forum, FAVRM members also participated in service projects to benefit local community organizations. Projects included packing 2,600 “Meals of Hope” for the hungry, creating greeting cards for homebound seniors and removing invasive plant species from Highlands Hammock State Park in neighboring Sebring.
FAVRM convenes three times each year and provides a forum for members to network, share best practices and learn from leaders in their field. Nonprofit organizations and volunteer management professionals should visit www.favrm.org for more information about how to become involved.