Summer Associate            Concept Paper

FEPA Colleagues,
The Florida Office of the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) has offered 30 Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) Summer Associates for placement with long term recovery groups and organizations supporting recovery efforts for Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Florida that will act as “sub-sites” on the BRACE VISTA project and enter into a Memorandum of Agreement.  The sub-sites will be responsible for supervision of the Summer Associates and reporting on activities performed by VISTAs.  A copy of a “model summer associate project for disaster recovery” is linked above so that may stimulate ideas for how your long term recovery group or your organization might utilize Summer Associates.  
The Summer Associates Program will provide service opportunities from May 28 through August 5, 2018.
The Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies (BRACE), will be pursuing grants to cover the “cost share” for Summer Associates for organizations unable to fund the expense.  CNCS typically gives priority consideration to sponsors that cost share one Summer Associate for every five placed.  BRACE has experienced great success in recruiting Summer Associates on break from college since an “education award” of $1,252.91 is available for those completing service in addition to the “living stipend”.

BRACE team members are available to assist organizations interested in utilizing VISTA Summer Associates with recruitment, orientation  and reporting resources.  If your long term recovery group or organization has an interest in having Summer Associates placed with your organization please contact Greg Strader via email or by phone, (850) 444 – 7136.  Sub-sites will be eligible for consideration as year-round placement organizations for  VISTA members engaged in disaster services. 

BRACE Encourages Support of Disaster Survivors

BRACE continues to encourage support of voluntary organizations assisting hurricane survivors. In Florida alone, over 2.6 million families have requested assistance from FEMA to assist with their recovery from Hurricane Irma.  Many of those families were assisted during the response to Irma.  Many more families will be assisted by member organizations of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster throughout recovery. Please consider assisting those organizations that are assisting survivors by clicking on the "Donate" button above.
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News from the BRACE Team

In September 2017, FEMA notified BRACE that it was receiving the Awareness to Action Award through the Individual and Community Preparedness awards program.  BRACE was also being recognized as a Honorable Mention for the John D. Solomon "Whole Community" Preparedness Award. 

In 2012 BRACE received the Second Annual John D. Solomon Preparedness Award previously for the collaborative work as a team of nearly 500 disaster preparedness and response organizations, engaging in efforts that reach the business community, children and youth, under-served populations, faith-based organizations, first responders, and individuals with access and functional needs. In 2011 BRACE received the Promising Partnerships award through the program.  Since the Individual and Community Preparedness Awards Program was established in 2009, BRACE has received a total of 13 awards and honorable mentions, the most of any community based organization in the country.  
BRACE Programs & Services Leadership Team Meeting - scheduled for Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 12:15 p.m. at the BRACE/United Way offices, in the 2nd Floor Conference Room, 1301 W. Government Street, Pensacola, Florida. Planning the delivery of programs and services by BRACE.  The meeting is open to the public.

BRACE Executive Committee Meeting - scheduled for Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. at the BRACE/United Way offices, in the 2nd Floor Conference Room, 1301 W. Government Street, Pensacola, Florida. This meeting intends to set policies, define strategies, and hear reports. The meeting is open to the public.

​BRACE Board Meeting - scheduled for Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. at Baskerville Donovan, 449 W. Main Street, Pensacola, Florida, in the Board Room.  The meetings are intended for the Governance of BRACE to plan strategy, set policy and hear reports. The meeting is open to the public.

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