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Board of County Commissioners
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Mathieu Cavell
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Leon County Volunteer Program Helps Children of Veterans and Receives National Honors

Leon County Volunteer Program Helps Children of Veterans and Receives National Honors
VolunteerLEON, a division of Leon County Government, recently received national recognition for a program entitled “Operation Mock Deployment for Youth: Walk a Day in a Soldier’s Boots.” The fun-filled event occurred in September 2012 and simulated a step-by-step deployment process that divided youth volunteers into platoons for team-building exercises, mock obstacle courses and a heroes' welcome home.
The 2013 Innovative Program Award from the National Association of Volunteer Programs in Local Government (NAVPLG) was presented at the organization’s annual meeting. The award celebration was held in conjunction with the 2013 National Conference on Volunteering and Service in Washington, D.C. on June 19.
“The Board continues to strengthen its commitment to our local veterans,” said Leon County Commission Chairman Nick Maddox. “National awards like the 2013 Innovative Program Award show how we best serve our citizens. For children of deployed service members, transition can be difficult. Events like Operation Mock Deployment for Youth, as well as Leon County's support of Honor Flight, show that all types of veterans' needs are a Board priority.
The NAVPLG Innovative Program Award was founded in 1997 to honor the outstanding achievements of a local government office in its creation and implementation of a program that utilizes volunteers to creatively serve both their local government and their community.
To make Operation Mock Deployment for Youth a success, Leon County partnered with the Army Reserve and Volunteer Florida. This now nationally-recognized program captivated judges with its innovation and mobilization of volunteers.
“Leon County understands the needs of our veterans and supports efforts to give back to those that have served,” said Leon County Administrator Vincent S. Long. “Operation Mock Deployment for Youth demonstrates these values by engaging citizens in making a healthy, welcoming community.”
On November 16, 2012, VolunteerLEON’s Operation Mock Deployment for Youth also received a statewide Innovative Program Award. The award was presented by the Florida Association for Volunteer Resource Management, an organization established in 1983 with the purpose of strengthening and increasing the growth of volunteerism in Florida.
In 2012, more than 4,000 citizens volunteered in Leon County Government contributing over 100,000 hours of time, talent and skill. VolunteerLEON daily engages the vast talents and resources of the community’s residents through volunteerism.
For more information, please contact Jeri Bush, Director of VolunteerLEON, at (850) 606-1970 / or Jon D. Brown, Director of Leon County Community and Media Relations, at (850) 606-5300 / .