Dermatology in Action is a hands-on volunteer program inspired by the compassion that exists among our specialty and our desire to reach out and help the communities we serve.
Through HandsOn Broward, volunteers participated in a beautification project to enhance the Miami Beach Police Athletic League (MBPAL) community center during the Academy’s 71st Annual Meeting in Miami Beach, Fla. Founded in 1958, the MBPAL has an impressive track record as a community crime-prevention program that offers the youth of the community an array of academic, athletic, and artistic activities.
Programs are designed with a twofold purpose: To create better relations between law enforcement officers and youth, and to prevent juvenile delinquency.
“Volunteering to help the vulnerable in our country as an Academy team not only provides aid, but also brings us together in a different and very
— William James, MD, FAAD
In an effort to inspire excitement and creativity among the youth, Dermatology in Action volunteers participated in landscaping and enhancing MBPAL’s entryway, assisted in the Media Center’s makeover by creating murals, and created a “Hall of Color” using colors of the local sports teams to brighten the dull brown walls of MBPAL’s second-floor hallway.
In addition, the Academy donated two temporary/movable shade structures, which will provide sun protection for youth activities. The Academy’s volunteer project truly spurred the organization into action and just a week later the City of Miami began additional renovations.
On March 23, Commissioner Jorge R. Exposito’s Annual Beach Cleanup will bring environmental awareness to spring breakers by using the SPOT Skin Cancer orange shade structures to provide shade for the participants while on the beach.