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State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Rick Scott
Governor

David E. Wilkins
Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 5, 2011
MEDIA CONTACT:
Erin Gillespie, Press Secretary
DCF Communications
(850) 459-2063

DCF KICKS OFF PARTNERS FOR PROMISE VOLUNTEERING CAMPAIGN
New initiative will partner businesses with local families who need support

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Gov. Rick Scott and Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins announced a new campaign today to engage businesses with children, seniors and families across the state.

DCF Secretary David Wilkins shares his new Partners for Promise volunteer initiative.

DCF Secretary David Wilkins shares his new
Partners for Promise volunteer initiative.

The Partners for Promise program will recognize the ingenuity and compassion so many have shown around the state and provide these ideas as a model for other programs. We will seek and collect offers to volunteer in each community and match them with appropriate needs.

"I've spoken to a lot of businesses this year, and it became very clear that each felt a responsibility to not only work in their communities, but to play a part in making life better in their communities," said Secretary Wilkins. "The potential for Partners for Promise is really only limited by our imagination."

Businesses all around the state are already helping out in many ways, from providing free hair cuts to foster children before school starts to making over a foster home to tutoring a child who needs help with school. Gov. Scott and Secretary Wilkins were joined today by many business leaders, including those from AT&T, Starbucks, Wells Fargo and Centennial Bank. Leaders from the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Mentorship Partnership, Big Bend Community Based Care and the Guardian ad Litem programs also attended in support of this initiative.

DCF Secretary David Wilkins speaks with Gov.Rick Scott before the press conference begins.

DCF Secretary David Wilkins speaks with
Gov.Rick Scott before the press conference begins.

This program will encourage Florida's businesses, large and small, to share their time through volunteering, mentoring or tutoring, and their resources to help build strong, productive communities.

"The Partners for Promise program really crystallizes the impact businesses have on every town, city and community in Florida. Investing in a business in Florida means investing in the future of your community," said Gov. Scott. "It is exciting to collaborate with the natural inspirational spirit that is necessary to succeed in business and share that passion in ways that make life better through volunteering efforts."

Gov. Rick Scott speaks about the importance of volunteering at the press conference.

Gov. Rick Scott speaks about the importance of volunteering
at the press conference.

The program will focus on "Five Promises for Florida" where volunteering efforts are so critically needed:

  • Promise of Academic Success – focus on foster children mentoring and education.
  • Promise of Family Prosperity – focus on coaching families out of poverty.
  • Promise of Healthy Living – helping those who are either recovering from addictions as well as those who may be pregnant and in need of short-term help.
  • Promise of Child Safety – building stability in families during times of crisis.
  • Promise to Support our Seniors.
Mark Wilson, president and CEO of theFlorida Chamber of Commerce, talks about the benefits of businesses stepping up to volunteer.

Mark Wilson, president and CEO of the
Florida Chamber of Commerce, talks about the
benefits of businesses stepping up to volunteer.

Our website will provide contacts for those seeking to volunteer. And in each local community, a Department and Children and Families Community Development Administrator will work closely with businesses and others to determine needs unique in their hometowns and find ways to help.

For more information about this great initiative, please go to our website at www.flpartnersforpromise.com.

David Sofferin, DCF Assistant Secretary for Substance Abuse and Mental Health and John Cooper, DCF Assistant Secretary for Operations,speak with child advocate Andrea Mooreat the press conference.

David Sofferin, DCF Assistant Secretary for Substance
Abuse and Mental Health and John Cooper,
DCF Assistant Secretary for Operations,speak
with child advocate Andrea Moore
at the press conference.

The Partners for Promise website will connect businesses with the families, children or seniors they would like to help.

The Partners for Promise website will connect businesses with the families,
children or seniors they would like to help.



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