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By: The James Madison Institute / 2016

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Volunteer Florida, The James Madison Institute to Host #BringABook Initiative
Volunteer Florida and JMI Encourage Attendees to Donate a Book at the JMI Annual Policy Summit in August

TALLAHASSEE — Today Volunteer Florida and The James Madison Institute announced a service initiative in conjunction with The James Madison Institute’s Annual Policy Summit in Orlando. The #BringABook book drive will benefit the Central Florida Urban League and the Learning Tree at South City in Tallahassee.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with JMI to offer a service opportunity to its Policy Retreat attendees,” said Chester Spellman, Volunteer Florida CEO. “JMI’s Annual Policy Retreat is an excellent way to engage many state and national thought leaders in meaningful service to promote literacy and student achievement.”

From August 18-20, Volunteer Florida and JMI will collect new or gently-used elementary school level books in the Policy Retreat event registration area. JMI’s 2016 Annual Policy Summit will bring together statewide leaders to help set the Institute’s policy agenda for the year. Authors, speakers, researchers, and economists will also be on hand to address attendees.

“JMI has been a long-time supporter of civics education initiatives,” said Dr. Bob McClure, JMI president and CEO. “Our Preston A. Wells, Jr. Center for American Ideals regularly hosts education opportunities for K-12 and college students, such as book clubs and featured speaker seminars, and we are thrilled to support literacy projects in our larger Florida community through this service project book drive.”

For more information on the 2016 Annual Policy Summit, visit this link.

For more information on Volunteer Florida, visit this link.


Trusted Solutions for a Better Florida: Founded in 1987, The James Madison Institute (JMI) is one of Florida’s oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit research and educational organizations. JMI is dedicated to maximizing opportunities for all by promoting economic freedom, limited government and personal liberty. Learn more about JMI at Twitter: @JmsMadisonInst – Facebook:

Volunteer Florida is the Governor’s lead agency for volunteerism and national service in Florida, administering more than $31.7 million in federal, state, and local funding to deliver high-impact national service and volunteer programs in Florida. Volunteer Florida promotes and encourages volunteerism to meet critical needs across the state. Volunteer Florida also serves as Florida’s lead agency for volunteers and donations before, during, and after disasters. For more information on Volunteer Florida, visit or on Twitter at @VolunteerFla.