On Nov. 15, at the South Florida State College Highlands Campus in Avon Park, Joe Taylor of Apalachicola, executive director of Franklin’s Promise Coalition, was awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Administrator Award for his outstanding work as a manager of volunteers in the nonprofit sector. 

The award presentation took place during the Florida Association for Volunteer Resource Management’s fall forum, established to recognize innovation and a commitment to affect positive change in diverse communities. 

"The Florida Association for Volunteer Resource Management is comprised of an incredibly talented pool of leaders who are working hard each day to meet the needs of communities throughout the state," said Mary Register, the president of the board of directors for the association also known as FAVRM. "We are proud to be able to recognize the great work they do each year during our fall forum."

Taylor serves as the fulltime, paid director of Franklin’s Promise Coalition, headquartered at 192 14th Street in Apalachicola.

“One of Franklin County’s strengths is its volunteers. The award I was given is not about me, it is about how the community comes together to tackle challenges and improve all of our lives,” said Taylor. “It represents the work of every volunteer, whether it is the mom who carpools the kids to soccer practice, or the parents who help at their child’s school, the generous folks who support our non-profit organizations or the community leaders who sit on numerous boards and committees.