Feb 09

Connie Harvey - Board of Adjustment and Community Volunteer

Posted on February 9, 2018 at 3:48 PM by Samantha Senger

Connie Harvey
Cocoa resident, Connie Harvey joined Cocoa’s Board of Adjustment (BOA) in January 2015 where she volunteers her time to sit and review cases for special exceptions and variances to the zoning ordinance.
Besides her time with the BOA, Connie is a regular at Cocoa’s fundraising events such as the Taylor Park Community Fundraiser, Cocoa’s United Way Campaign events and many more.  She is a staple when it comes to raising funds for this community.

This past November when the Space Coast Marathon was fast approaching, Connie organized a small community trash clean-up to make sure our community was in top shape for the thousands of visitors that attend that event.  Hurricane Irma had washed up trash and debris to an area along the riverfront where runners passed on the marathon course.  In about two days, Connie organized helpers to make sure the area was in pristine condition for our visitors. 

Connie also volunteers regularly with the American Red Cross.  She helped coordinate volunteers for the Broadmoor Acres smoke alarm installation in early February where they installed new smoke alarms in hundreds of homes in the community.  

Connie is a great asset to the City of Cocoa and to our community.    
Nov 03

Daylan Harris - Special Event Volunteer

Posted on November 3, 2017 at 3:55 PM by Samantha Senger

Daylan Harris is a 14 year old resident of Cocoa. He has been volunteering for the Leisure Services division ever since his mother started working for that division three years ago. He just began his freshman year at Rockledge High School, yet he already has over 120 volunteer hours. He's worked day and night helping out Leisure Services with events at the Civic Center. This work includes setting up tables, chairs, and barricades, keeping the Civic Center and Porcher House clean, and maintaining Riverfront Park.  

His goal is to earn scholarships through programs like Bright Futures, Take Stock in Children, and the Cocoa Police Athletic League, but what really motivates him is simply a strong desire to help out and contribute to his community. His work brings him a sense of accomplishment, and fosters leadership, organizational skills, and a willingness to help out.  

Volunteering isn't the only area where Mr. Harris excels. He's a member of the Boy Scouts of America. He plays basketball and runs track. He's been awarded the male athletics scholar and the presidential award at McNair Magnet Middle School. More recently, he's also been awarded a two year scholarship to any Florida School from Take Stock In Children. He truly is an outstanding member of our community. His future is bright, and it is certain he will go on to accomplish great things.  

-Guest article written by Cocoa Works graduate, Julisa Doyle
Jun 15

Ralph Perrone - 2017 Volunteer of the Year

Posted on June 15, 2017 at 10:23 AM by Samantha Senger

Ralph Perrone
Community businessman and real estate investor, Ralph Perrone, who has served over 600 hours this year alone for the Cocoa Police Department as an Auxiliary Officer, was unanimously chosen by the Cocoa City Council as the 2017 City of Cocoa Volunteer of the year. 

The week of April 24-28th is recognized nationally as a week to thank and recognize volunteers who give their time, talent, and support for our communities.  The five members of the Cocoa City Council each year select one of the over 125 volunteers for the city as the Volunteer of the Year and recognizes them at a Council Meeting. 

Ralph was sworn in early 2015 as an Auxiliary Officer with the Cocoa Police Department.  In his duties as Auxiliary Officer, Perrone assists with community events and patrols.  Perrone is also a board member for Cocoa Community First, the non-profit organization that raises funds for the Cocoa Police Department’s many youth and community outreach efforts including playing an instrumental role in the Breakfast with the Chief fundraiser.  Perrone’s dedication and commitment to our community is truly appreciated.