March 15, 2017
Futures Foundation for Volusia County Schools volunteer leader Paula Gregory, CPA, was surprised with a Volunteer Florida Champion of Service Award March 8 at the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) annual Legislative & Education Leadership Reception in Tallahassee.
This is the second year the CFEF has partnered with Volunteer Florida to honor one of the nearly 13,000 volunteers who are helping to provide added support and resources for students, teacher and schools through their local education foundation.
“There are countless ways that Florida citizens are rolling up their sleeves and making a difference in our classrooms through their local education foundation,” said Mary Chance, president of the CFEF. “Mentoring and tutoring students, raising funds to support teachers, implementing innovative programs and lending their expertise are all ways our member foundations regularly engage volunteers.”
Gregory was chosen from several statewide nominees for volunteering her time and professional expertise to enhance education opportunities in Volusia County schools.
“Paula is a passionate supporter of public education and ensuring all students have opportunities for college and career success,” said Cynthia Ramirez, executive director of the Futures Foundation for Volusia County Schools. “While serving on our executive board and sharing her professional expertise as a Certified Public Accountant, she has been instrumental in helping us implement beneficial changes to our accounting and financial management procedures.”
She will extend her volunteer leadership be stepping into the role of president of the education foundation in July of this year.
Aside from her accounting work with the Futures Foundation for Volusia County Schools, Gregory mentors students, is active in fundraising efforts with Futures and volunteers with Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Ormond Beach, Florida.
In accepting the award, Gregory reflected on how personally rewarding it is for her as a recent retiree to lend her time and expertise to a nonprofit organization she believes is vital to the future of Volusia County.
The CFEF is the membership organization for Florida’s school district-wide local education foundations, including the Futures Foundation for Volusia County Schools. Established in 1987, the CFEF now has 62 member foundations with 1,100 business and community leaders serving as volunteer board members. Collectively, they raise more than $63 million annually to support students, teachers and schools through a variety of programs.