Florida FFA Update
Sep 14, 2017 by Ronnie Simmons
Florida FFA Headquarters Operations
The Florida FFA Association has reopened following Hurricane Irma. We are working hard to return to normal operations, however, phone and internet service has not yet been restored. All calls are being routed to our auto-attendant and are being answered remotely, if routed to a regional specialist. Our Gainesville staff is working on a mobile internet device and has limited email capability. We will return to full operation as soon as these utilities have been restored.
Florida FFA is proceeding as planned to host six upcoming Chapter Officer Leadership Training (COLT) conferences. Regarding the Area 2 COLT conference, we are working closely with our partners at Camp Kulaqua to monitor the flood levels of the Santa Fe River. We will participate in two scheduled phone calls with their staff (one Friday and another Monday) to make a final determination on their ability to host the Area 2 conference, as scheduled. If we are unable to host the Area 2 event, it will be rescheduled at such a time that allows adequate school travel approval notice. For now, we are proceeded with all upcoming events as scheduled on the Florida FFA Calendar.
Post Hurricane Assistance (Supplies)
We continue to ask that FFA Advisors share with us any needs that you, your chapter and your members may have so that we can assist with coordinating resources. We have been contacted by our FFA and Ag Ed counterparts in several states who are ready and willing to offer their assistance.
Additionally, Florida FFA has partnered with Wedgworth Leadership Institute (WLI) to collect supplies to deliver this weekend to those affected in the Highlands & Okeechobee County areas. Supplies will be collected until 4:00 PM tomorrow, September 14th, at which time a delivery will be made to south Florida. For those in or around the Gainesville area, supplies can be dropped off at the Florida FFA Headquarters at 5600 SW 34th Street in Gainesville. If you have leftover hurricane supplies such as water, non-perishable foods, etc., please consider donating them to this effort.
Post Hurricane Assistance (Gift Cards)
As previously announced, Florida FFA is conducting a Gift Card Collection drive that has been expanded to include FFA Chapters affected by both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. FFA Chapters who are able to particiapte are encouraged to collect gift cards for major retailers such as Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart, etc. Gift cards will be collected at each of the six upcoming COLT conferences and distributed to those FFA Chapters in need.
Post Hurricane Assistance (Monetary Donations)
Florida FFA has activated our Disaster Relief Fund. Those who wish to make a financial contribution to this effort can contribute online or by check. One hundred percent of funds collected will be distributed to affected FFA chapters on a needs basis.
To contribute online, click here or visit: https://floridaffa.formstack.com/forms/disaster_relief_fund
To contribute by check, make your check payable and send to:
Florida FFA Foundation, Inc.
Attn: Disaster Relief Fund
5600 SW 34th Street
Gainesville, FL 32608
Our thoughts and prayers continue for those who were affected affected by this weather event.