The donation helped PACE fix its termite problem before the start of the school year.
The PACE Center for Girls recently received a $5,000 contribution from Florida Power & Light Company for its “Bye-Bye Bugs Campaign,” which is half of the campaign’s goal of $10,000.
Earlier this year, PACE discovered a termite infestation in the nearly 100-year-old, historic building it occupies – the Maude Rigby School in Ormond Beach.
“I shared the problem and the need to raise funds at a meeting of our board of directors in May,” stated Lori Richards, executive director of the center, in a press release. “Later that day, Vickie Henson, an FPL employee and one of our directors, contacted me to say that FPL would provide half the funds needed to pay the bill. The FPL gift made me confident that we could secure funding for the project without having to draw on operating funds.”
The work needed to be completed on a tight schedule – during four days between the summer and fall semesters.
“FPL’s gift helped us manage the tight timeline,” said Richards. “It gave us a boost and several other individual donors and companies have stepped forward. We’re only a few hundred dollars away from raising the full cost of the extermination. When we start classes, we’ll be ready in a termite-free building.”
“At FPL, we’re working with the communities we serve to make Florida an even better place to work and raise a family,” said Larry Volenec, regional manager for FPL. “The PACE Center for Girls does important work in Volusia and Flagler counties and we’re glad that we could help them.”
PACE Center for Girls Volusia – Flagler is an alternative school for 12- to 17-year-old girls who have an increased risk of future involvement in the juvenile justice system. PACE provides social service counseling, as well as small academic classes to help girls regain a path toward graduation and become productive citizens. For information on enrolling a girl at PACE, contact Cherise Webb [email protected] or at 944-1111, ext. 1120.