The Tallahassee Museum has received a $13,000 grant from Volunteer Florida’s Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF). The VGF is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and administered by Volunteer Florida. The Museum is one of 22 organizations across the state to receive an award.
Chester W. Spellman, Chief Executive Officer of Volunteer Florida, said, “As the lead agency for service and volunteerism in Florida, we are proud to announce this investment in Tallahassee and communities across the state. Our grantees will put volunteers to work providing STEM education opportunities, helping job-seekers find employment, and teaching financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship to Floridians.”
The 2016-17 funding will expand the STEM programming delivered by the Tallahassee Museum by going beyond the grounds of the Museum. This two-pronged approach is designed to deliver STEM programming in the school setting, as well as in a non-traditional setting. The name of the two programs are Saturday Science Fair and STEM on Wheels. Saturday Science Fair will offer a hands-on approach to the scientific method. STEM on Wheels will deliver project-based STEM programming to Title 1 schools in Leon County through the use of skills-based volunteers.
“Volunteer Florida’s Volunteer Generation Fund’s (VGF) support of the Museum will greatly enhance the Museum’s capacity to provide valuable services and support to directly address the needs of the Museum’s community, its school children, adults, and schools. Through its STEM-based learning programs, the Museum is addressing both the growing needs of our society’s labor force and the needs of our 21st Century learners.” said Russell Daws, CEO/President of the Tallahassee Museum.
The current volunteer program at the Tallahassee Museum includes a variety of opportunities. The Museum’s management team annually works with as many as 1,200 volunteers from the city, county, universities, and a variety of other science-based organizations.
“This program will engage students in exciting project-based STEM activities that address real-world problems, such as clean water and shrinking biodiversity,” said Natasha Hartsfield, Director of Education of the Tallahassee Museum. “Through creatively working together, students will use critical thinking skills to solve problems. This will result in a better understanding of the scientific method, and hopefully, spark an interest in STEM through collaborating to find solutions to everyday concerns that impact us all.”
Volunteer Florida’s Volunteer Generation Fund program maximizes organizations’ capacity to recruit, manage, support and retain skills-based volunteers. Skills-based volunteerism expands the impact of community organizations by leveraging professionals’ skills to strengthen the operations of nonprofits. A total of 22 organizations in Florida will receive $13,000 VGF grant this cycle. Grantees will match the funding with $287,560 in local investments, bringing the total investment in Florida communities to $573,560.
About Volunteer Florida:
Volunteer Florida is the lead agency for volunteerism and national service in Florida, administering more than $32 million in federal, state, and local funding to deliver high-impact national service and volunteer programs in Florida. Volunteer Florida promotes and encourages volunteerism to meet critical needs across the state. Volunteer Florida also serves as Florida’s lead agency for volunteers and donations before, during, and after disasters. For more information, visit www.volunteerflorida.org.
For more information on the Tallahassee Museum’s Volunteer Program call (850) 575-8684.