BY JAMES HARPER
Former Daytona Beach NAACP president Marjorie Johnson recently was appointed to the Volusia County Children and Families Advisory Board.
Johnson, who is the second Black serving on the influential board along with Daytona resident Dr. Willie Kimmons, was nominated for the post on Feb. 28 by Volusia County Councilman Joshua Wagner. The council voted 6-1 on Johnson’s appointment with Councilwoman Pat Northey dissenting.
Johnson, founder of MJ Communications, which has her wearing several hats including political consultant, told the Daytona Times this week she is honored to be on the board. The advisory board recommends to council members which women and children agencies should be funded from money budgeted by the council. The budget for fiscal year 2012-2013 is $2,246,352.
Johnson said she hopes to help identify and choose agencies that are deserving of financial help who have been neglected in the past.
What the board does
The advisory board consists of nine members – one member representing each district, and two members each appointed by the county chair and vice chair for the east and west sides of Volusia.
The board is responsible for assessing and evaluating children and community needs, recommending appropriations for various programs servicing children and families, and providing advice and recommendations to the county council on children and families matters.
Agencies apply through a bidding process, which is administered through the county’s purchasing department. The Children and Families Advisory Board reviews the bids and makes recommendations for funding to the county council.
Some of the agencies currently receiving funding are the Boys and Girls Club, Children’s Advocacy Center, Council on Aging, Easter Seals, Sickle Cell Disease Association, Volusia Literacy Council, and the YMCA.
Johnson will participate in her first meeting in April.