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Ormond Beach Observer Tuesday, May 6, 2014 5 years ago

46 local charities gear up for Give Local Day

by: Emily Blackwood News Editor

The Community Foundation of East Central Florida hosted a Give Local reception for the people involved in Give Local Day at the Daytona Auto Mall Monday.

 If every adult in Volusia County gave $25 to charity it would add up to $7 million.

That’s the idea behind Give Local America, a national, 24 hour online donating event hosted by the hundreds of community foundations across the country. The Community Foundation of East Central Florida is hosting Give Local Flagler, Putnam and Volusia, with 46 local charities signed up to receive donations.

From midnight to 11:59 p.m., May 6, anyone can go online to to make a minimum donation of $25 to the charity of their choice. Every donation has the opportunity to be matched or multiplied through hourly challenges. Nina Schmellick, CEO of CFECF, said event is likely to be a success because the effort to participate isn’t a lot.

“We’re not asking for people to empty their bank accounts,” Schmellick said. “We’re only asking to give a little and give back. I think that’s a message we all care about. Together we can change the world.”

Of the 46 charities, some of the ones based in Ormond Beach include: Family Renew Community, Inc., Halifax Urban Ministries, Jewish Federation of Voluisa and Flagler Counties and PACE Center for Girls.

The Daytona Auto Mall was one of the sponsor of the event and eight of their dealerships will donate $15 for each test driven a participating person of Give Local Day takes between 8 a.m., to 8 p.m. May 6.

“The reason we did want sponsor is because it is a charitable event,” David Joseph, salesman at the Daytona Auto Mall, said. “It benefits the entire community.”

Give Local is a part of the 100th anniversary of community foundations.

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