St. Johns County Employee Recognized as 2013 FACA Volunteer of the Year
St. Johns County, FL. – Benjamin Coney, St. Johns County Housing and Community Development Manager, was recently named the Florida Association for Community Action’s (FACA) 2013 Volunteer of the Year.
Each year, FACA honors distinguished and outstanding individuals, organizations, or businesses whose voluntary service or contributions have had a significant and positive impact on Florida’s low-income citizens and the communities in which they live. The Volunteer of the Year award recognizes contributions of time and resources that help meet the agency’s resource-availability needs in areas such as funding, personnel, materials, and services.
As an appointee of the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners, Coney has been an active member of the Northeast Florida Community Action Agency (NFCAA) Board of Directors for nine years. The agency has a mission to “collaborate with community partners, empowering families in Northeast Florida to achieve self-sufficiency through education, employment and advocacy.” Coney actively participates in the NFCAA’s Youth in Action and Data Busters programs as both a mentor and motivational speaker. These programs target at-risk youth and reduce their involvement in the juvenile justice system; reduce at-risk behavior; and increase their academic, social, and emotional skills.
During an 8-year period, Coney successfully obtained funds from the County to support these programs and provide office space to ensure their continued operation. For additional information, visit the agency’s website at www.nfcaa.org.