News Advisory     

Board of County Commissioners
Leon County Courthouse
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
(850) 606-5302

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 4/24/2006

CONTACT: 

Mathieu Cavell
Public Information Officer

(850) 606-5300

Jeri Bush
VolunteerLEON
606-1970

Community Partners Assist Vulnerable Residents with KIND Initiative

Who: VolunteerLEON
What: Announcement of KIND Initiative
When: Wednesday, April 26, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Ability 1st, 1823 Buford Court

VolunteerLEON is bringing together community agencies, faith-based organizations and concerned citizens to address home safety and hurricane preparedness for citizens with disabilities and vulnerable seniors in the Big Bend area. The Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross estimates that at least 2,150 residents in this community are especially vulnerable due to a disability or advanced age. The first steering committee meeting of the KIND (Knowledge, Information, Neighbors in Disaster) Initiative will begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26, following the announcement of the initiative. All interested citizens and organizations are invited to attend.

Citizens who would like more information about helping are invited to an orientation on Thursday, May 4, at 6 p.m. in the Leon County Community Room, located at 918 Railroad Ave. The Points of Light Foundation, Universal Peace Federation, Volunteer Florida, and Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Division of Emergency Management have awarded the Leon County Volunteer Center more than $40,000 in grant funding to implement the KIND Initiative. Over the next several months, teams of “KIND” volunteers will be trained and mobilized within their neighborhoods to distribute preparedness information and hurricane supplies to persons with disabilities and vulnerable seniors.

Jeri Bush, VolunteerLEON Director, said, “The goal is not only to increase awareness among this vulnerable population, but also to ensure that they can maintain self-sufficiency for at least 72 hours following a disaster. Volunteers will follow-up with these residents throughout the hurricane season to assist in responding to their needs before, during, and after a disaster.” For more information, please contact Jeri Bush at 606-1970 or visit www.VolunteerLEON.org/KIND/