Anyone who’s visited Ormond Beach knows there’s something special about the area. Featuring big city amenities and small-town values, this region has been a favorite place to live for centuries.
The earliest known settlers were the Timucuan Indians, followed in 1643 by Quakers from New England. Perhaps the most well-known resident was John D. Rockefeller, who made a summer home in the area.
Given this history, it’s only natural that residents and visitors alike want to find ways they can help preserve the natural charm of Ormond Beach and the surrounding region. Thankfully, there are many ways to get involved. Here are just a few:
Every September, people throughout Central Florida flock to area beaches to participate in local International Coastal Cleanup events. As the name suggests, this worldwide endeavor is aimed at raising awareness of and involvement in sustainable beach cleanliness.
In Central Florida, the event coincides with the Halifax/Indian River Cleanup Day. Earlier in the year, volunteers pick up trash and debris as part of the St. John’s River Cleanup event.
The idea behind all of these one-day events is to encourage year-round cleanup efforts. So, when you pick up and properly dispose of trash on the beach or around town, you become part of a global effort toward environmental preservation and sustainability.
As with other states, Florida has its own chapter of the Adopt-a-Highway program. This nationwide effort was started in 1990. More than 22 states are now considered active members. Individuals, civic groups, businesses, charitable organizations, and others are all eligible for involvement.
In fact, you might have noticed volunteers in Ormond Beach and throughout Volusia County picking up trash on the side of the road. An added benefit for groups comes in the form of free advertising: a roadside sign telling who’s responsible for cleanup of the particular stretch of road.
Along with general beautification, there is also a cost savings benefit for local communities. In Florida, organizers say local programs have saved taxpayers more than $16 million in cleanup crew costs.
Along with the mentioned programs, there are also many other ways to get better connected to the community. That includes volunteer programs throughout Ormond Beach. For instance, the Environmental Discovery Center encourages residents to become community program and field trip leaders, exhibit docents, special events volunteers, and more.
The Ormond Beach Police Department’s Community Outreach Division promotes youth education events such as D.A.R.E drug abuse awareness and prevention, self-defense courses, animal rescue, community sports connection programs, and other activities.
You can get involved in other volunteer opportunities by contacting the city’s Volunteer Services department. Community leaders say such civic duty creates a bond between people and their community, which helps generate a sense of belonging and a desire to keep Ormond Beach beautiful.
Along those same lines, many people have felt a strong connection to Ormond Beach by visiting the many public parks in the region. In addition, spending time at the beach or on the Halifax River often moves people to find ways they can help preserve the environment.
Another great way to show your commitment to the success of Ormond Beach is by calling this area home. Folks from across the country and the world have chosen to put down roots in this community. People often comment about the friendly neighbors here, and the natural wonder that can be witnessed throughout the city.
In fact, since 1991 we’ve helped countless families and individuals craft the ideal custom home in Ormond Beach. Browse the communities section of our website to view the outstanding living experience that awaits you here. Then, contact us today to get started on your new custom home.