recent appointment as board member of Volunteer Florida!
, the Florida Commission on Community Service
, will help encourage more Hispanics to become involved in volunteer service. She
also wants to make sure Hispanic groups throughout the state receive their share of volunteer services.
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brings a diverse and activist background in South Florida to her
appointment.She is past chairwoman of the Latin Chamber of Commerce of Broward County, and a member of the Hollywood Beach Latin Festival, Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida and U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She also is chairwoman of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County and a former participant in the National Hispana Leadership Institute."[Corry] makes things happen," said fellow Volunteer Florida! board member Maria Sanjuan, of Hallandale Beach.
...Corry, who works for the South Florida Water Management District as Hispanic Outreach program manager, began her two-year term in April.She
succeeded Adriana Comellas-Macretti, who moved out of the state.As a commissioner, Corry will help determine which community agencies are awarded grants to operate AmeriCorps projects.
In addition, she
will assist in overseeing the administration of AmeriCorps and other national and community service projects.
"I want to strengthen our state's commitment to voluntary service," she
said."I especially want to make sure that Hispanics are engaged in volunteerism."
The Florida Legislature established the commission in 1994 to promote volunteerism and service by state residents.The organization is directed by a bipartisan board that is appointed by the governor.
Highlighting its work through AmeriCorps and the state's Point of Light Awards, Corry
said the commission has been very successful in raising up volunteers and providing voluntary services to organizations.
"I want to make sure that voluntary programs serve the Hispanic community," she
said."Every group should get their fair share of the pie."Corry
, who was born in Cuba but raised in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Venezuela, is familiar with the state's growing Hispanic population.
"My position with the water management district involves educating the Hispanic community about the environmental issues related to our water."She
speaks regularly to leadership groups, schools, civic organizations and on the radio from Orlando to Key West, Fort Pierce to Fort Myers."I put about 33,000 miles on my car every year," she
is encouraged by the response to water issues from the state's Hispanic population.
"Many of them come from countries where there isn't much environmental awareness," she
said."But I find that when those issues are brought to their attention, they want to be informed and engaged."
Now, Curry plans on bringing her
experiences in raising environmental awareness to the task of motivating Hispanic residents to reach out and serve their fellow citizens.
"If they are given direction, they are responsive," she