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Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Marion County commissioners make several proclamations for month of October

During the Marion County Board of County Commissioners meeting that was held on Tuesday, October 4, the commissioners made multiple proclamations recognizing a day, week, or the entire month of October.

Those proclamations are as follows: 

Central Florida Community Action Day

The Central Florida Community Action Agency, Inc. (CFCAA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has operated in Alachua, Levy, and Marion Counties since 1981. The organization’s goal is to promote economic mobility by helping families who live in poverty achieve self-sufficiency through services such as Community Services Block grants, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, and the Weatherization Assistance Program, among others.

The CFCAA will celebrate 41 years of service on October 27, and the commissioners named this day as “Central Florida Community Action Day” in recognition of the work that the organization does for Marion County and surrounding counties.

National Walk Our Children To School Day

On Wednesday, October 5, Marion County participated in the National Walk Our Children To School Day campaign. The goal of the campaign was to encourage walking or biking safety in the community, and to also highlight the health benefits of at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day, which can help to reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

The Marion County Community Traffic Safety Team is striving to reduce the number of pedestrian fatalities in Marion County. The safety team, along with the commissioners, recognized October 5 as National Walk Our Children To School Day to help bring awareness to this issue.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Cybersecurity is a major issue for any business or government agency, and the commissioners are recognizing Cybersecurity Awareness Month to bring attention to the vital importance of protecting digital assets. 

In the public sector, cybersecurity measures help protect employees and any connected device (phone, laptop, tablet, etc.) from phishing, viruses, malware, or the loss of sensitive data.

This month also highlights the work that dedicated Information Technology (IT) professionals do every day to monitor user accounts and implement antivirus software and firewalls throughout the county. By being safer online, public assets can be protected from any unwanted intrusions.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In addition to the above-listed proclamations, the Marion County commissioners also recognized the month of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month during their meeting on October 4. Marion County will host many events and fundraisers throughout the month to help bring awareness and resources to the public.

The next Marion County Board of County Commissioners meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 18. The commissioners regularly meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the McPherson Governmental Campus Auditorium (601 SE 25th Avenue) unless otherwise noted.