Update: Florida FFA Operations
Sep 18, 2017 by Ronnie Simmons
Florida FFA Headquarters Operations
Although our offices are open, as of today, phone and internet service has not yet been restored following Hurricane Irma. 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. In the meantime, if you need immediate assistance, please use the auto-attendant options to reach one our our regional specialists or email us. We apologize for the inconvenience and we hope to have these services restored as soon as possible.
Florida FFA is proceeding as planned to host six upcoming Chapter Officer Leadership Training (COLT) conferences. Regarding the Area 2 COLT conference, we have been working closely with our partners at Camp Kulaqua to monitor the flood levels of the Santa Fe River. As of this morning, the River is continuing to recede and the facility and staff is prepared to host our conference as planned. However, the main entrance to Camp Kulaqua is still flooded and will not be safe for passage. Instead, we will have to use an alternative entrance off of NW CR 236 / Main Street in High Springs. I will send detailed instructions / directions as soon as I have them from the staff.
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.