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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

VALF Grant Opportunity


I am pleased to announce that for another year, Volunteers for Adult Literacy in Florida, (VALF) will be awarding one or more grants for up to $500 to one of our members. Go here to get the application. The VALF membership application is at the end of the application.
VALF  uses a two-step process for taking applications.  A draft application is due November 4. The VALF board will review the draft and provide the applicant feedback on how to improve the application. Applicants have the chance to rewrite  the application with the final application due January 31. This two-step process allows VALF to provide the value added service of giving  technical assistance to our members on how to improve the grant. This helps our members improve their grant writing skills.

The winner of the grant is announced at the VALF Annual meeting held during the Florida Literacy Coalition (FLC) Conference in spring 2017.

VALF is an all-volunteer organization. Grants are funded by donations from board members and others.

For more information, email or call Sandy Newell or 850.245.6624.



VALF Board

Friday, September 23, 2016

Vote by Mail Deadlines

Division of Elections Announces Vote-by-Mail Ballot Deadlines for General Election


TALLAHASSEE— The Florida Division of Elections announces the following vote-by-mail (formerly referred to as absentee*) ballot mailing deadlines for the upcoming General Election to be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016:


·         For absent stateside and overseas uniformed service members and overseas civilians (also known as UOCAVA voters), the deadline for Supervisors of Elections to send ballots is Saturday, September 24, 2016.


·         For all non-UOCAVA voters, the window for Supervisors of Elections to mail ballots is October 4 - 11, 2016.


Voters who would like to request a vote-by-mail ballot should contact their county Supervisor of Elections office. A request for a vote-by-mail ballot to be mailed to a voter must be received by the Supervisor of Elections before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. The last day for Supervisors of Elections to mail vote-by-mail ballots requested for the General Election received after the initial deadlines listed above is Friday, November 4, 2016. A voter may pick up a vote-by-mail ballot from the office of their Supervisor of Elections through the day before the election or, if an emergency exists, on the day of the election.


The Division of Elections is providing daily vote-by-mail ballot statistics based on reports filed by the supervisors of elections. To access these statistics, click here. For additional information on 2016 elections dates, vote-by-mail ballots, or how to contact Supervisors of Elections, please visit




Monday, August 15, 2016

Early Voting

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Early voting ahead of Florida's primary election is about to get underway. Twenty-four counties will open up polling places on Monday for early voting, including several large counties such as Duval, Hillsborough, Miami-Dade, and Orange counties. Other counties will start up in the coming week. Voters in Charlotte and Hendry counties can begin voting Monday, while Lee, Collier, and Glades counties begin on Saturday.


Monday, August 1, 2016

Free Voting Guide

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CONTACT: Meredith Beatrice, 850.245.6522



Secretary Detzner Reminds Floridians of Upcoming August 1 Voter Registration Deadline


TALLAHASSEE— Secretary of State Ken Detzner released the following statement prior to the upcoming Primary Election on Tuesday, August 30, 2016:


“The August 1 deadline to register to vote or update your party affiliation for the Primary Election is only a few days away,” said Secretary of State Ken Detzner. “Voters who are unsure of their registration status can use the Division of Elections Voter Information Lookup Tool, contact their local Supervisor of Elections office or contact the Division’s main Voter Assistance Hotline at: 1.866.308.6739. Voter registration applications sent by mail and post-marked by August 1 will be accepted.”


Floridians have several options to exercise their right to vote – voting-by-mail (formerly known as absentee), early voting, or voting at the polls on Election Day. Voters are encouraged to double check their voter registration information, update their signatures, and be aware of the following deadlines in advance of the 2016 Primary Election on Tuesday, August 30:


  • Individuals not registered to vote in the State of Florida must submit a completed voter registration application by Monday, August 1, in order to participate in Florida’s Primary Election.


  • Voters who are already registered but want to update their political party affiliation must update their voter registration information by Monday, August 1, in order to have the change in effect for Florida’ Primary Election.
  • Floridians can check their current voter registration status and polling place by using the State of Florida Voter Lookup tool available on the Division of Elections website at


  • An update to a voter’s signature for provisional and vote-by-mail (formerly absentee) ballot verification purposes for the Primary Election must be submitted no later than the start of the canvassing of absentee ballots, which may start as early as August 15, 2016.


  • If already registered, Florida voters may update their name and address on their registration at any time by notifying their local Supervisor of Elections. Voters are encouraged to make those updates as soon as possible.


Additional information, including how to contact your local Supervisor of Elections, check your voter registration status, and find upcoming election dates, is available on





About ‘Get Ready. Get Set. Vote!’

In 2016, the Department of State is leading an effort to help educate voters through its Get Ready. Get Set. Vote! campaign which provides key voting-related information and resources in one central location on The webpage will be updated to communicate key voter registration and voting information throughout the 2016 election cycle and is also available in a Spanish version.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Managing Volunteers Webinar on Aug. 3

Wednesday, Aug 3 (12-1 pm)

Volunteer Management: Creating & Keeping A Network of Supporters (4Good)


Join us for a discussion of best practices in volunteer recruitment and retention. Whether you are a seasoned professional or new to volunteer management, you will leave with tools that will help you leverage your army of supporters, including:shifting to strategic engagement rather than reactive recruitment;Understanding the volunteer life cycle and what impacts it;Maximizing your retention with stewardship and recognition.


For more information and to register, visit:

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

I love my librarian award

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) invites the public to nominate their favorite librarians for its prestigious 2016 I Love My Librarian Award. The award recognizes the public service of exceptional public, school, college, community college or university librarians who have transformed lives and communities through educational opportunities and lifelong learning. The I Love My Librarian Award was established to show appreciation for the contributions of outstanding librarians and also elevate the field of librarianship. Librarians are valuable community resources that connect people to the information, opportunities and critical technology that they need to help improve their quality of life.