GIVE ORLANDO is a special section to introduce you to a few of the many philanthropic organizations in our community. Learn more about them here—their stories, their missions, volunteer opportunities and ways you can help these important members of our community make an impact in the lives of Central Florida residents.
Doing the Most Good in Orlando
It’s the holiday season and you hear that familiar ringing outside of your favorite supermarket or department store. Your heart says that you would like to give. But like so many other people these days, you rarely carry cash.
No need to worry, because we now have you covered. This year, The Salvation Army is introducing a new way in which you can help us Do The Most Good. During this year’s holiday season, you can give to The Salvation Army via your debit or credit card.
For the first time when you see that famous Red Kettle accompanied by one of our bell ringers, you will also see a device that allows you to make a donation without having to worry about digging for cash in your pocket, purse or wallet. We like to call this device a dip jar, as in a quick dip of your debit or credit card and you will be on your way. You will most likely refer to it as a major convenience.
In the end, your contribution will help benefit the thousands of people we serve in the Orlando area throughout the year. Last year we provided shelter for nearly 2,000 people (kids, vets, adults and seniors) who slept on our campus.We served more than 205,000 meals and distributed more than 1,800 general food bags and food bags for children. We sent 129 disadvantaged children to our Camp Keystone to experience the joys of arts education, while providing them some relief from their troubled homes. We provided more than 300 low income seniors and adults needing medical accommodation a place to live in the form of low income subsidized housing.
With your help this holiday season we will continue these efforts, along with providing adult rehabilitation services, emergency disaster aid and more. So be on the lookout for our Red Kettles and don’t be afraid to take your debit or credit card for a dip.
- Character Building Programs for Children
- Toys and Clothes for Kids at Christmas
- Homelessness Prevention
- Hunger Prevention
- Men, Women and Children’s Shelter
The Salvation Army
416 West Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32804
In 2008, committed to the idea that every Orlando citizen should have access to great literary programming, Julia Young, local bookstore owner Bruce Harris, and real estate developer Craig Ustler founded the Urban Think Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to enriching Central Florida’s cultural landscape through its two key programs; Page 15 (www.page15.org) which provides supplemental reading and writing programs for children, and Burrow Press (www.burrowpress.com) that builds literary culture in Orlando by publishing writing from emerging and established authors around the globe.
Named in honor of the founder’s grandmother’s rule to read to page 15 before deciding whether to keep reading or choose a different story, Page 15 hosts a variety of literacy programs that playfully and powerfully engage youth in sharing their unique creative voice while reinforcing and advancing critical reading and writing skills. Page 15 serves nearly 600 students every year through its creative writing summer camps, after-school writing workshops in the low-income neighborhood of Parramore, and student publishing opportunities throughout Orange County. In addition to strong relationships with the school system, Page 15’s success and growth is due to its ability to bolster reading and writing competence and confidence in a way that is academically sound, empowering, and downright FUN!
Since 2010, Burrow Press has provided over 1,000 opportunities for writers in and around Florida to publish and share their work. As one of the only independent literary publishers in all of Florida, Burrow Press is dedicated to fostering literary community throughout Florida and and in its home town of Orlando. Burrow Press aims to support established and debut authors by sharing their work to a broad literary community, in print, online and at free community events and readings.
Since its inception, Urban Think Foundation’s reputation for quality programming and service to the literary community continues to grow, locally and nationally. Page 15 has been awarded Disney’s Bob Allen Community Award for outstanding work in Central Florida, has partnered with UCF’s Center for Emerging Media and Orlando City Soccer Foundation, and is a premier educational partner of Orange County Public Schools. Burrow Press books are carried nationally in bookstores and libraries, and have been positively reviewed in publications such as The Tampa Bay Times, Publishers Weekly, and the San Francisco Chronicle. In 2017, Burrow Press was invited to help to select and appoint Orlando’s first Poet Laureate.
- Nonprofit dedicated to enriching Orlando’s literary arts
- Legacy of Urban Think Bookstore (2000-2010)
- Quality Literary Programming for all ages
- Provides children’s literacy programs
- Supports literary community through publishing
363 N. Parramore Ave. Orlando, FL 32801
Greater Orlando & Osceola County
At Habitat for Humanity Greater Orlando & Osceola County, we build homes, revitalize neighborhoods and strengthen communities. But most importantly, we change lives as we work to provide affordable housing for families in need. Through shelter, we empower. Homeownership has the unique potential to remove barriers to a better, healthier and more financially stable future. Families partner with Habitat Orlando & Osceola to attend homebuyer education classes, complete sweat equity volunteer hours and pay an affordable mortgage. Along with new home construction, Habitat Orlando & Osceola works with the Malibu Groves community to provide physical improvements to the neighborhood and empower local leadership for sustainable change.
- Building Homes
- Revitalizing Neighborhoods
- Strengthening Communities
Orlando Science Center was founded in 1955 with the same passion that drives us today: Let’s inspire science learning for life. The roots of Orlando Science Center are found in a group of hardcore volunteers who wanted to share their love of science with the community. They were dedicated to growing the next generation into tomorrow’s astronauts, scientists, engineers and problem solvers. They took “suitcase science” experiments and lessons in boxes to libraries, classrooms, bank lobbies, wherever they could connect with others. Everyone they touched made them feel like they were one step closer to an exciting new future. Now more than 60 years later, times and technology have changed, but our dedication to make science come alive for everyone has not. Orlando Science Center continues to be the hub for informal science learning. A resource for schools and teachers, a recruiter for STEM professionals and a friend to curious learners of all ages, we provide the spark that ignites innovation in a fun, engaging environment
- Hands-On STEM Learning for all ages
- Discounted memberships and admission for families in need
- Teacher Training and Outreach Programs