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Ormond Beach Observer Monday, Aug. 13, 2018 2 years ago

Prince of Peace Council attends leadership symposium

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by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

Each year, the Orlando Diocesan Council of Catholic Women sponsor leadership workshops, and this year was no exception. 

The new officers of the Prince of Peace Council of Catholic Women attended the Lake Yale Leadership Symposium on July 28 and 29. The workshops are meant to educate new officers and board members in the Orlando Diocese.

Eagle Scout candidate helps Pace Center for Girls

Eagle Scout candidate Luke McCurdy of Boy Scout Troop 403 helped spruce up the exterior of the Pace Center for Girls of Volusia and Flagler on Saturday, July 28.

Boy Scout Troop 403 helps clean up the exterior of the Pace Center for Girls in Ormond Beach. Courtesy photo

The effort was part of McCurdy's Eagle Scout project and was coordinated through the troop's committee chair, Diane Jessup. McCurdy and a group of about 10 other scouts spent four hours improving the building, which dates back to 1924 and is located on Central Avenue in Ormond Beach. The scouts, along with the aid of eight adults, fixed a broken fence, painted handrails, pulled weeds, trimmed trees and bushes, cleaned out blocked drainage ditches, painted the entry and exit signs, and raked and swept the driveway and surrounding areas. 

The project was coordinated with and approved by Ormond Beach City Manager Joyce Shanahan, who is also the chairman for the board for the Pace Center for Girls in Volusia and Flagler.

Spruce Creek student helps Jewish Federation

The Jewish Federation of Volusia and Flagler Counties recently received a $2,500 donation to provide school supplies and backpacks to local students in need, courtesy of one Spruce Creek High School senior. 

Asa Guydo, who is part of the SCHS International Baccalaureate

Asa Guyda presents a check to Gloria Max, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Volusia & Flagler Counties. Courtesy photo

program, raised the money by asking businesses and friends to donate to the effort. According to a press release, he encouraged businesses to display donation boxes and asked the Young Professionals Group in Volusia to host a fundraiser on July 12. It raised $500. 

Guydo presented the monetary donation to Gloria Max, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Volusia & Flagler Counties, on Monday, July 30. Guydo has also volunteered at the Jerry Doliner Food Bank this summer. 

Over the past 22 years, the Jewish Federation has handed out more than 105,000 backpacks to students of all backgrounds. It provided another 7,000 this year. As the Federation pays all its administrative costs, 100% of all donations are used toward purchasing school supplies.

Volusia becomes a Purple Heart County

The Volusia County Council, along with the Military Order of the Purple Heart Volusia County Chapter 316, has designated Volusia as a Purple Heart County on Tuesday, Aug. 7, the National Purple Heart Day in 2018. 

Numerous veterans, service organizations and gold star mothers were present for the proclamation. MOPH Chapter 316 Senior Vice Commander Rod Phillips, a purple heart recipient himself, spoke before the County Council on the history of the Purple Heart medal and the National Purple Heart Trail program.

In turn, Phillips presented the County Council with the MOPH special recognition award. 

Volusia County is now a Purple Heart County. Photo courtesy of Ken English

United Way meets funding needs despite low campaign

The United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties raised $2,394,608 through its annual fundraising campaign this past year, a 4.6% decrease from the last, but the nonprofit was still able to fund all 30 of its partners at an equal level.

According to a press release, United Way's decrease in campaign is largely attributed to the effects of Hurricane Irma. However, the nonprofit saw significant successes under its community impact model, such as placing 276 homeless families in housing, helping 166 families and individuals maintain or improve their employment, providing 927 safety services to sexual assault and domestic violence survivors and helping 541 people reduce trauma symptoms through counseling.

To get involved, visit or call 386-253-0563. 

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