There’s a limit to what government can do to help the people in Ormond Beach. The space in between has been the focus of our not-for profit corporation, which was established in 2012.
Former Ormond Beach Mayors Ed Kelley, Dave Hood, Carl Persis and Fred Costello, along with local businessman Chuck Strasser formed the Ormond Beach Community Foundation (OBCF).
The idea for a foundation came about from each mayor’s experience in office, dealing with how to beautify the city, but not always being able to help residents with small things. “(We) can put up trees,” Kelley said. “But can’t help a widow change a window.”
The early conversations between Kelley, Hood, Persis and Costello started over. But they said a chance conversation with Strasser helped push the project along. Kelley and Strasser talked about Ormond Beach residents going to other countries or states as part of mission trips. Kelley said they wondered why people don’t stay in Ormond Beach and do the same work.
“Why do people want to go elsewhere to help when there are people right here struggling?” Kelley said. “You have someone whose paint is peeling off their walls, but they can’t afford to fix it.” Kelley said the group will work with area churches, charities and businesses to encourage residents to help in their own communities.
In January of 2016, during a Board meeting, Dwight Selby was voted in as the new President of the Foundation. Selby is the owner/broker of Ormond Beach commercial real estate brokerage Selby Realty, and a long time resident of Ormond Beach and a visionary in our community. He came up with the idea to create the job bank a couple of years ago, but could not find a sponsoring agency at the time.
He then pitched the idea of "Take This Job And work it" to the foundation members last year. They not only embraced the idea, they elected him to serve as their board president.
The foundation is certified by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation.
Our Mission Statement
“To serve and increase the value of our community, while enhancing the quality of life of the citizens that cannot afford it. Providing the resources to meet the needs of our community thru community awareness”.