9 a.m. – noon
9 a.m. – noon
Date of Event: Ongoing
Name of Event: Become a Schoolhouse Squad Volunteer
Location: Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center, 129 East Ocean Avenue , Boynton Beach, FL 33435
Hours: Summer Program offers two shifts:
Morning: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm / Afternoon: 1:30 – 5:30 pm
Full Year Program offers varied shifts for Special Events in addition to:
Weekend shift: on Saturday and Sunday: Morning: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm / Afternoon: 1:30 – 5:30 pm
Weekday shift: on Tuesday-Friday: Afternoon: 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Details of volunteer activity: Assist staff in preparing and helping with hands-on activities during classes, help guide school groups, explain exhibits to our visitors, reset display props, and help with Children’s Birthday Parties. Class topics range from chemistry and biology to art, engineering, music and dance and many more, along with seasonal activities and events.
Contact info: Contact Lorie Osborne at Lorie@schoolhousemuseum.org
Date of Event: Ongoing
Name of Event: Become a Virtual MSAA Street Squad Member
Location: Virtual volunteering from the comfort of your own home or on your computer
Details of volunteer activity: MSAA Street Squad members will work to spread the word about MSAA, MS, and our Swim for MS fundraiser and raise awareness for multiple sclerosis. This can be done on social media or by visiting local businesses. Virtual volunteering is a great way to help the organization from the comfort of your own home or on your computer. Street Squad members can receive service hours for their work by signing up online and following all instructions emailed upon registration.
Contact info: Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Bridget Langford to sign up for an event below!
DBCG’s 1st Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser
at Delray Beach Golf Club
*We need: 8-10 volunteers*
Know someone who loves golf & winning awesome raffle prizes?
Suggest signing up for our tournament!
DBCG Movie Night
at Delray Beach Children’s Garden
*We need: 2-3 volunteers*
Governor Scott and Volunteer Florida Present Champion of Service Awards By Erin VanSickle, Director of External Affairs
On April 26, during a meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott and Volunteer Florida CEO Chester Spellman awarded one individual and one volunteer program with the Champion of Service Award.
Governor Scott said, “Renee and the Sarasota Downtown Ambassador Program have gone above and beyond to serve their communities. I am honored to present them with the Champion of Service Award for their work to make Florida the best place to live, work and raise a family.”
Volunteer Florida CEO Chester Spellman said, “As we continue to celebrate Florida Volunteer Month in April, we are especially proud to recognize Renee Runge and the Sarasota Downtown Ambassador Program for connecting volunteers to opportunities to serve. They embody service leadership at the community, school, and individual level, and they are using innovative ways to make volunteering easy and accessible.”
The following two recipients were recognized with the award: Sarasota Downtown Ambassador Program, Sarasota County – The Sarasota Downtown Ambassador Program is part of the Sarasota Police Department’s Citizen Volunteer Program. The organization provides unique services to the Sarasota community by supporting Sarasota law enforcement officers and assisting with the prevention and detection of crime. Volunteers also assist in searches for missing children during parades and events and other investigations.
Renee Runge, Palm Beach County – Runge is a high school junior and the creator of Community Angel Network, Inc. (CAN). The non-profit organization started in 2014 and lists an online directory of nearly 200 nonprofit organizations in Palm Beach County to link volunteers with service opportunities. Students work collaboratively with CAN to create their own service projects to benefit various charities. CAN has been recognized by the School District of Palm Beach County, Points of Light, and many other organizations for its success. Since middle school, Runge has more than 1,500 hours of community service in Palm Beach County.
Publisher’s note: Renee was the cover feature in the January 2015 edition of Lighthouse Neighbors. We enjoyed meeting her and her family. Congratulations!
To read the full article: LighthouseNeighbors_334_Jun16_renee
Runge was honored in Tallahassee by Scott and others last month. “Renee [has] gone above and beyond to serve their communities. I am honored to present them with the Champion of Service Award for their work to make Florida the best place to live, work and raise a family,” Scott said in a statement.
Volunteer Florida CEO Chester Spellman said, “We are especially proud to recognize Renee Runge… for connecting volunteers to opportunities to serve. They embody service leadership at the community, school, and individual level, and they are using innovative ways to make volunteering easy and accessible.”
Runge wanted to help others so much that she created a website dedicated to bringing together teens looking to volunteer and help make a difference.
“I am very proud of her for coming up with the idea on her own,” said Rae Ellen Runge, mother of Renee Runge, the creator of the Community Angel Network (CAN).
Renee said she has always had a passion for volunteering since she was a young girl.
“My hope for the Community Angel Network is that we can come together as a community to aid people and pets in need,” Renee said on her website.
CAN is essentially a clearinghouse for volunteer opportunities for youth in Palm Beach County. Teens can get information on places they can volunteer for various causes like animals, homelessness or children and families all over the county, and get links to sign up for those opportunities. Renee came up with the idea because when she tried to find ways to help animals, she kept having trouble finding information on good local opportunities and kept encountering other teens having the same issues. She spent months creating the site and researching all of the nonprofits and volunteer opportunities that she listed to make sure they were legitimate. She even drafted her mother as her first employee to help with the legal paperwork of setting up the site, and she currently volunteers as CAN’s official administrative assistant.
The clearinghouse is only for Palm Beach County so far, but the website is created in such a way that teens in other parts of the country could easily duplicate it. Renee is hoping the idea catches on.
Renee has taken her outreach a step further than simply listing volunteer opportunities. She has also started picking fledgling volunteer projects to feature on her website and help them garner more volunteers to get off the ground and running. Some of the projects featured so far include a student composting project, a pet food bank called Reesie’s Pieces of Love, and project VIP shopping spree benefiting foster children in need of clothing.
CAN is looking for more local volunteer projects to feature so anybody wanting to make a difference in our community is encouraged to contact the network at www.pbccan.org.
Thank you to the Palm Beach County School District for honoring me for my Florida Champion of Service Award and Community Angel Network at their June board meeting!
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