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                                 Joy Nightingale - Jacksonville, Reese Ponds - Lady Lake, Maci Miotto - St. Cloud,  Kullen McKenna - Orlando, and  Zuri Spurlock - Leesburg

The five students listed above are the selected representatives for 2022 - 2023.  Since 1986, many students have given at least a year of volunteer service work. The initial program is to commit to one year of service and then continue if they choose. Many of the students that have been a part of this program will continue to volunteer for years to come because of what was instilled in them at an early age. We have several young ladies that have been volunteering with us for 32 years.

 The benefit of Florida's Hometown USA is to instill in young people to give back to their community. The students in this program are elementary through high school. If children are involved in volunteering at an early age and are taught to show love and concern for others, it will stay with them forever. The visits to the elderly help brighten the day of many lonely people. Some have no family or visitors and just a smile and a hug are all they want. The entertainment for the elderly is always enjoyed and they love to sing along. Some of the residents at the nursing homes are happy just to see and talk with a young person. Giving of the gifts to the children's hospitals teach the students to share and have compassion for others less fortunate. In this program, we stress to the youth to take time to visit and give of their time to make someone else's day a little brighter. The benefits are a blessing for both the ones volunteering and the ones that are visited. Our program includes all people regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability or national origin.