TAVARES — When President George W. Bush takes to the South Lawn of the White House on Monday, Sept. 8, to address the State of Volunteerism in America, Lake County will be represented.
Helena Osborne-Ponsi, Director of VolunteerLAKE, recently received an official White House invitation for the event. She is scheduled to listen to the President’s address with a delegation from Florida, which includes Wendy Spencer, Chief Executive Officer of the Governor's Commission on Volunteerism (Volunteer Florida), Pat Morris, President and CEO of Hands on Miami, and several commissioners on Volunteer Florida, including Debbie Carswell and Yolanda Londoño from Orlando and Patricia “Penny” Miller from Ocala.
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, and volunteerism is very important to me,” Osborne-Ponsi said. “I am so excited and appreciative. How could I refuse an adventure like this?”
Osborne-Ponsi is departing Central Florida for Washington, D.C. on Sunday and will visit Monday with the Florida delegation of the U.S. House of Representatives before heading to the White House.
“I think you will see more national attention on volunteerism,” she said. “Volunteerism is important to recognize on a national level because it continues to engage people. People who are engaged tend to do more positive things, and we tend to move further along at what we need to do because people step forward to volunteer.”
VolunteerLAKE is Lake County’s Volunteer Center housed in the Department of Community Services. The Volunteer Center promotes volunteerism and volunteer recognition within the County. It provides extended and enhanced services to the community by utilizing volunteers and unpaid interns within County departments and offices. VolunteerLAKE encourages community involvement by heightening awareness of Lake County Government, providing community enrichment, economic vitality and career discovery opportunities to volunteer and unpaid intern participants. In addition, it serves as a clearinghouse for volunteer opportunities throughout Lake County.
To learn more about opportunities through VolunteerLAKE, call Helena Osborne-Ponsi at (352) 742-6590 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.