Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday reappointed Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward to the Florida Commission on Community Service, better known as Volunteer Florida.
Hayward was first appointed to the commission in 2015. His new term is effective Wednesday and will run through September 14, 2020.
Volunteer Florida is the lead agency for volunteerism and national service in Florida. The agency administers $31.7 million in federal, state, and local funding for national service and volunteer programs across the state. Volunteer Florida is guided by a bipartisan board of Commissioners, who are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate.
“I am truly honored about this appointment to the Volunteer Florida Board and to represent volunteerism,” Hayward said in 2015. “I have always been a big advocate for giving back and that’s what community service is about. When you step up and give back you have the opportunity to change the lives of many.”
The agency administers national service programs like AmeriCorps, which offer Floridians the opportunity to engage in intensive service to their community while increasing capacity for nonprofits and other service organizations. Volunteer Florida’s grantees include schools, educational foundations, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and other community organizations.
Volunteer Florida provides required fiscal and programmatic oversight of these grants so that funds are maximized and ensures grantees are accountable for results. Volunteer Florida also leads initiatives throughout Florida that use volunteerism as a strategy to meet needs. This includes leading Florida’s national days of service, such as the September 11 Day of Service and Remembrance and the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.