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Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
August 27, 2009

I have been involved in Literacy efforts in Florida for over 14 years, serving as Board Chair of The Florida Literacy Coalition for 8, and a founding committee member of the Palm Beach Literacy Coalition. I also Chaired Rotary Literacy for our District. Prior to that I was K-College Manager for the IBM Corporation. Throughout these experiences I have never been so thrilled as to see the work done by Volunteer USA Foundation for youth. Through their Mentoring programs(200K + mentors), and the Family Literacy programs(30 programs, I believe) funded throughout Florida, Florida's young people are becoming more competitive and raising their self confidence, academic and character strengths. Because of these efforts young learners have either a mentor or a parent as their support team for self direction and improvement. Volunteer Florida takes a lot of the fund raising burden off of the participating local volunteers so they can concentrate on the mission of helping! This very professional group of volunteers and staff at Volunteer USA Florida is set to expand to other states, and it can't happen soon enough! Scott Ellington President and CEO Florida Atlantic R & D Authority Boca Raton Florida

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Many location throughout the state from migrant workers to inner city to recent programs for deaf youth.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Low administrative costs for operation.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, energetic and committed!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Go National with a model that works.

Ways to make it better...

More funding from corporations outside of Florida for expansion to US

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Agressive growth with tight corporate busgets to support.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Board Member & Expertise in the field, and management of Family Literacy advisors.