Leon County, CONA Kick Off Neighboring Initiative This Saturday
WHO: Leon County
WHAT: Apalachee Ridge Neighborhood Neighboring Initiative Kickoff
WHEN: Saturday, April 9, at 9:45 a.m. Registration begins at 9
WHERE: Apalachee Ridge Technology Center, 937 Kendall Drive
Leon County, in partnership with the Council of Neighborhood
Associations (CONA), will hold the Apalachee Ridge Neighborhood
Neighboring Initiative Kickoff at 9:45 a.m. this Saturday, April 9, at
the Apalachee Ridge Technology Center, 937 Kendall Drive. Volunteer
registration begins at 9 a.m.
This is the first in a series of six family-friendly service project
initiatives called “Bringing Out the BEST in Neighborhoods” that
will help foster and cultivate the concept of neighbors helping
neighbors. Leon County’s Volunteer Center, or VolunteerLEON, will work
with the County’s Divisions of Housing and Veteran Services, to
implement the volunteer projects, including a Veterans Village project
and programs for low-income neighborhoods.
The Leon County Board of County Commissioners recently announced that
the Volunteer Generation Fund awarded Leon County a $25,000 Neighboring
Grant – or a BEST (Build Engage Sustain Transform) Neighborhoods Grant
in Florida – which will be used to fund the initiatives. The BEST
Neighborhoods Grant is based on neighboring, a model concept of
community engagement that uses volunteering as a tool to empower,
mobilize and facilitate positive changes within communities.
Organizations that were awarded grant monies were selected based on
their abilities to address one or more of the following areas in
qualifying counties: economic recovery, education, disaster
preparedness, environment and human needs. In total, 16 grants were
awarded covering 17 counties throughout Florida.
For more information on the local grant projects, please contact Jon D.
Brown, Leon County Public Information Officer, at (850) 606-5300 or call
VolunteerLEON at (850) 606-1970.