Donna Skattum Community Service Award
It is no secret the newspaper industry has seen its share of changes and Jeff Kiel is sure that this will continue to be the case.
One thing that hasn’t changed in the 50 years since FLORIDA TODAY was founded, is Gannett’s commitment to the community. Thanks to the example that Kiel has set, service to the community is an integral part of FLORIDA TODAY’S mission, which their employees enthusiastically embrace.
“First and foremost, it is about people. Whether it is professionally or in your personal life, everyone wants to feel like you care.”
This year marks the 24th anniversary for the Volunteer Recognition Awards, where FLORIDA TODAY recognizes those who give back in the community. The program is driven by nominations from the community and judged by an outside independent committee. Hand in hand with this program is the FLORIDA TODAY Reaching Out Holiday Fund. The fund provides toys and books for more than 3,000 children in the community each year whose families need a little help during the holidays. This program was also expanded to provide gifts to over 1,000 seniors living alone in Brevard County through a partnership with Aging Matters in Brevard.
Of course, FLORIDA TODAY’S commitment to the United Way is also significant. In addition to a workplace campaign every year, Kiel has served as the Brevard County campaign chair and is currently the United Way Board Chair.