Lakeland, Fla. (PRWEB) August 21, 2012
NobleHour was selected as the platform that will be used to track and manage volunteer activity for a new state-wide early literacy initiative in Florida. On Tuesday, August 21, at 2pm Gov. Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott will join Dave Lawrence, chair of The Children’s Movement of Florida, and Carol Barnett, president of Publix Super Markets Charities, to celebrate the launch of ReadingPals, a state-wide, early literacy initiative. Gov. Scott, Mrs. Scott, and Carol Barnett will help kick-off the program by reading aloud in the children’s section of the main branch of LeRoy Collins Public Library.
The three-year initiative will focus on engaging, training, and deploying volunteer “ReadingPals” in ten Florida regions to increase the number of students who are reading at grade level by the end of the third grade. Volunteer contributions will be managed and tracked using the NobleHour platform, a social website with numerous tools for community engagement.
“We are incredibly excited to promote, manage, and track the impact of such a promising initiative. Reading and comprehension skills are the foundation to a quality education, and a quality education enables citizens to contribute to and connect their community,” said NobleHour Managing Partner, Scott Fore.
The NobleHour website strives to enable all community organizations to create lasting connections and social impacts. Any non-profit, school, business, or other community organization can create a community on NobleHour to manage and share the impact of their service and civic engagement initiatives. Ten United Way branches are currently tracking ReadingPals activities using NobleHour.
NobleHour is based in Lakeland, FL and was started by a team of knowledgeable business investors, representing over 70 years of unparalleled entrepreneurial and business experience. They developed SweatMonkey.org in 2005 as an online service learning management platform for students and schools. SweatMonkey was used by countless organizations such as the YMCA, the SPCA, the United Way of North Central Florida, and the University of Florida. SweatMonkey was rebranded and launched in 2012 as NobleHour.com, an engaging online community platform that includes content sharing, a database of volunteer and job opportunities and events, hour tracking tools for tracking community service hours, and community impact measurement tools. NobleHour's mission is to provide an engaging platform to help connect people with their communities to empower civic engagement.