The Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association recently selected newly-retired Florida Highway patrol Lt. Kim Montes as its 2022 Roger Pynn Great Communicator and the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach as its inaugural recipient of the chapter's new Great Corporate Communicator award.
The award that will be presented to Montes is the "highest local honor for a professional for a lifetime of achievement and excellence in public relations," a press
release stated. The award is named after Roger Pynn, a public relations industry leader in Florida who was state FPRA president in 2015-2016. The Great Corporate Communicator to be awarded to MOAS recognizes "a business, nonprofit or government organization for an outstanding public relations campaign or project that improved the quality of life in Volusia and Flagler counties."
Both Montes and MOAS will be honored at the 2022 Great Communicator Awards luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Daytona Beach International Airport. The public is invited to attend. Tickets must be purchased by Aug. 12. They cost $35 for members, $45 for non-members and $20 for students. Visit fpravf.org.
Volunteers needed for International Coastal Cleanup
Volusia County is seeking participants for International Coastal Cleanup events to be held 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, at over 20 sites along the beach, Halifax River and Indian River.
The events will be hosted by the county's Environmental Management Division. Last year, 1,330 Volusia County volunteers collected 4,822 pounds of trash during the cleanup, according to a press release.
Volunteers may register online at volusia.org/cleanups beginning Aug. 1 through Sept. 3. Participants are asked to bring garden gloves, drinking water in refillable bottles, as well as buckets to collect trash. They should wear a hat, sunscreen, comfortable clothing and outdoor footwear. Preregistered participants will receive a T-shirt after the event, as supplies last.
The cleanup sites in Ormond Beach and Ormond-by-the-Sea are:
Michael Crotty Bicentennial Park, 1800 N. Ocean Shore Blvd., Ormond-by-the-Sea
Tom Renick Park, 1575 Ocean Shore Blvd., Ormond-by-the-Sea
Birthplace of Speed Park, 21 Ocean Shore Blvd., Ormond Beach
Andy Romano Beachfront Park, 839 S. Atlantic Ave., Ormond Beach
Tomoka State Park Loop pull-offs, 2099 N Beach St., Ormond Beach
Sanchez Park, 329 Sanchez Ave., Ormond Beach
Most river locations have boat launches where participants are encouraged to bring their kayaks, paddleboards, canoes or motorboats (where appropriate) to access hard-to-reach coastlines, the press release states.
For more information, contact Christie Miller at [email protected] or at 386-736-5927, ext. 12330.
United Way funds $1.2 million to partner agencies
During 2021-2022, United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties played a key role in the success of 23 programs that benefited the local community, a press release recently announced.
The nonprofit granted $1,237,100 to support 18 agencies in the first year of a two-year funding cycle. Issues funded ranged from homelessness, children, education, family support and more. Some of the successes of these programs include serving 2,644 children to meet developmental milestones, helping 88% of clients improve health outcomes and supporting 83% of clients to transition from homelessness to housing.
“The United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties’ Board of Directors are proud to award these funds to agencies in our community that provide essential services," said Dustin Smurdon, chairman of the board at United Way Volusia-Flagler Counties. "Despite the challenges our local nonprofits have faced over the past few years the need for their services are stronger than ever. United Way continues to partner with these agencies to improve lives in Volusia and Flagler Counties.”
Clients like Janessa at the PACE Center for Girls and Troy at the Volusia County Coalition for the Homeless were some of the individuals who benefited from programs supported by United Way. To learn more about their stories, visit https://bit.ly/FundedPartnerStories.
To help United Way in its mission, donations are accepted at https://bit.ly/UWVFCGIVE22. There are also opportunities to volunteer; visit https://www.unitedwayvfc.org/volunteer.