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A Hero for Kids, Inc. (407) 279-9968

We are less than 30 days away from our gala! I'm hoping that you'll be able to attend The A Hero For Kids 4th Annual Real Heroes Don't Wear Capes Awards Gala. For the 4th year in a row the event will be hosted by the Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando - Lake Buena Vista South...a beautiful venue on October 15th, 2022. Attached is the info card.

We will recognize unsung heroes in our community who go above and beyond! Our honorees are in these categories...
- A Law Enforcement Officer
- A Firefighter
- A Medical Professional
- A Non-Profit
- A Local Business
- A Volunteer
- A Veteran
- A Citizen
- A Teacher
- A Inspirer
We will also recognize a Lifetime Achievement awardee who has spent their life in service to our community along with presenting a Founder's Award to someone special to our organization. Here is the link to register for the event...

http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=dcf5ca4ab&oeidk=a07eiou0dvx151cfc0b

A Hero For Kids always is always in need of gently used children's books, adult books and hygiene items that we distribute to schools, at community events and Little Libraries in the Veterans Administration Hospital in Lake Nona. We also partner with like-minded community focused businesses and organizations to make a difference and a positive impact in our community.

We can always use:

  • New or Gently Used Children's Books
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Composition Books
  • Notebook Paper
  • Pens, Pencils, Crayons
  • Highlighters
  • Erasers
  • Rulers
  • Pencil Pouches
  • Headphones/Ear Buds
  • Three Ring Binders

American Red Cross, (321) 663-0968

The American Legion, Department of Florida proudly stands at over 130,000 members with more than 300 Legion Posts across the state. Members rally to support our military and their families in a variety of ways through promoting strong national security, advocating patriotism and honor, mentoring youth, and sponsoring wholesome programs within our communities.

Many local American Legion programs and activities strengthen the nation one community at a time. Additionally, the Legion raises millions of dollars in donations at the local, state and national levels to help veterans and their families during times of need and to provide college scholarship opportunities.

The American Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.

Boy Scouts of America, (407) 703-0234

Central Florida Council serves Scouts in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Brevard, Volusia and Flagler Counties. The Central Florida Council is one of the largest youth serving agencies in Central Florida, instilling timeless values of character, citizenship and leadership in each young man and woman who enters the Scouting program.

The Central Florida Council provides educational-based skills and activities. Currently, there are over 20,000 Scouts and more than 6,000 volunteer leaders. The Central Florida Council also owns and operates the Leonard & Marjorie Williams Family Scout Reservation

Camaraderie Foundation Inc, (407) 841-0071

They they need volunteers, sponsors and donations for their upcoming Patriot Gala on Sept 17.

Events

Wish List

They are 100% community funded and their funding is down.  Anyone who would like to donate financially or materially are welcomed.  Please visit the website at centralfloridachildrenshome.com to view their fundraising events. CFCH is looking for sponsorship for golf tournament in September. Information is on their Facebook site. They are not accepting any volunteers as of today.

First Nature Ranch Foundation, (407) 957-1494

Our mission is to cultivate 21st Century Leadership: to help develop core self-leadership and collective leadership skills needed for this time.

We work with leaders and teams in organizations to enhance their capacities for engagement, collaboration, and generative outcomes.

We also offer programs for children, teens, and adults to evoke more of their innate leadership potential for more success in school, career, relationships, and community.

In the process, we nurture a reverence for all sentient life, along with awareness of its inherent wisdom.

"Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another."
- Juvenal

Group volunteer days available.

Donations of 5" round tables, hi-tops, folding tables appreciated.

Friends of Fisher House Orlando (407) 900-5668

Accepting volunteers or groups for meals. Restaurant gift cards are helpful donations.

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Virtual Donations

Wish List

Good Samaritan Society (407) 350-5532

Good Samaritan Society is a 55+ senior living gated community in Kissimmee. On our lush 425 acre campus we have a wide variety of services that are available independently of each other. We have about 1500 independent living apartments rentals and 500 manufacture homes that can be purchased plus an assisted living facility and skilled nursing facility with memory care and rehabilitation within reach Live here and you’ll get an unprecedented level of service, compassionate care, and a wide range of amenities to live actively and with purpose.

Goodwill Industries of Central Florida (407) 857-0659 Goodwill Has an Immediate Need for Clothes, Shoes, Linens and Small Appliances

Goodwill Industries of Central Florida needs the community’s help filling an immediate need for the following items:

  • Men’s jeans
  • Women’s tops, shoes and sneakers
  • Household linens
  • Small home appliances, such as coffee makers, blenders, etc.

Donating clothing and household goods might not seem like much, but every item translates to more resources and jobs for neighbors in need. More than 90% of every sale is put back into Goodwill’s mission of building lives that work. To find your nearest donation drop-off location, visit www.GoodwillCFL.org/Locations. If you need assistance, email JobConnection@GoodwillCFL.org or call 407-235-1541.

Heroes United Golf Scramble League (407) 434-9080

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization excited to promote physical and mental well-being for disabled veterans and first-responders through golf competition. We pride ourselves in how we unite people through shared experiences and a family-like atmosphere where we come together to lift up and support one another... and play a little golf, too!
We hope to build this organization by spreading the word about our League to any disabled Veterans and First-Responders to join as players. We are also seeking support for our League through sponsorship because the ultimate goal is to offer the League free of charge to our golfers. We are also looking for donations to offer as prizes and end-of-season awards.
Below you will find multiple opportunities to learn more about us, including an article written by our local Orlando VA. We hope you'll take a few minutes to see what we're about and hope to build a relationship supporting our Veteran and First-Responder Heroes.
Facebook and Instagram: @heroes.united.golf
Hope Presbyterian Church at
Lake Nona (407) 494-1031
Golf fundraiser in May
  1. Days of Service 2022 -- We've delivered Thanksgiving baskets; still collecting items for Ronald McDonald House Hospitality Cart at Nemours Children's Hospital, & offering trees for planting
  2. Hospitality cart -- beverages, books, fun activities, hygiene products, snacks for parents and children
  3. Sign up to receive a free tree or (if we finalize a location) to help plant trees
  4. Interested in a shared Hope rotation for Meals on Wheels? Sign up to learn more
  5. Service Matching Fund for 2021 -- Document your volunteer hours with schools and non-profits! Don't wait until your organization is closed (or crazy busy!) for the holidays before you secure a letter or email. Send or bring to Nancy Graham Ogne and/or Marcy Kraft.
  6.    Second Chance Thrift Shop -- a newly reopened ministry of St. Cloud Pres, is            looking for gently used small appliances, home decor, seasonal decorations, small             electronics and accessories.

Also, Hope is having a 'Get to Know Hope' luncheon on 12/12.  How it started, where it is and where is it going will be discussed along with a lot of food!

 

IDignity, Inc.   (321) 445-1900

Calling all volunteers looking to make a direct impact on the lives of others. If you are interested in learning more about how you can assist individuals in obtaining their legal identification, please visit www.idignity.org/volunteer. IDignity has both in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities.

Donations are always needed. For every $400 raised, IDignity can equip one individual with all of the documents someone would need to be able to access housing, employment, healthcare, and so much more. If you are interested in making a contribution, please visit www.idignity.org/donate.

Your voice and your advocacy are invaluable! Sharing IDignity with your friends, family and network helps our mission reach those in need of our services as well as more who want to support. Please visit www.idignity.org/advocate to see a bunch of ways you can share IDignity and inspire others to get involved.

However you choose to support, you will ultimately be helping countless individuals get back on their feet.

Lake Nona Young Professionals (941) 920-2745

Non-profit organization focused on developing a community of young like minded professionals focused on the continued growth and development of Lake Nona through education, networking and community service.

There is also a major fundraiser raffle for a 2022 Ford 150
They always have a need for donations to the food pantry.

 

Lake Nona Youth Sports (407) 325-8000

See flyer. Registration is open, season start is August 1st, register www.lakenonayouthsports.org limited number of participants.  Practices held at Heroes Community Park; home games played at Lake Nona High School. Boys & Girls ages 5-14, lakenonajrlions@lakenonayouthsports.org

 

Museum of Military History (407) 507-3894

The story of the U.S. military is told via relics, photographs & personal stories at this museum.

 

Nemours Children's Hospital (407) 567-4000

Children can get a full spectrum of pediatric care through our extensive network in Central Florida and surrounding communities. We’re with you every step — from fetal care in the womb to primary care for regular well-child visits, from urgent care for life’s little mishaps to specialty, emergency and inpatient care.

 

Nona Soccer Cares Foundation (407) 256-1070

The mission of Nona Soccer CARES is to accommodate ALL children by providing all-inclusive, innovative soccer programs, expanding the capacity to give-back into our community, and regularly enhancing the practice locations ensuring quality and safety at all times.

The commitment is fulfilled by allowing the simplicity of the game to openly recognize that every child can succeed, on and off the field, carrying with them strong values they learn thanks to generous donations to Nona Soccer CARES.

We are hosting our first FUN RUN with Nona Cares Foundation on Friday October 28th including a trunk-or-treat, contests and more.

 

OneBlood (732) 779-5521

One in Three of us will need a transfusion in our lifetime. However, less than 10% of our population donates blood. Help us save lives through spreading the word about the importance of donating, getting on the Big Red Bus, or hosting your own blood drive! Thank you for supporting OneBlood in our Lake Nona Community!

 

Osceola Council on Aging (407) 846-8541

Created in 1971, the Osceola Council on Aging, Inc. is the largest social services organization in Osceola County, providing a wide array of services and programs to meet the needs of our community. Though the name implies services for just the elderly, our scope of services extend to families as well, helping during crisis to enable generations of residents to cope with challenges.

 

Osceola History (407) 396-8644

Osceola History is a nonprofit organization founded in 1949. Since that time, members have fulfilled the mission to collect, preserve and share the county's history, promoting the area's natural and cultural heritage.

 

Pace Center for Girls, Orange 689-777-2240)

Pace Center for Girls, Orange is a gender specific, non-residential program for girls 11-17 who are struggling at school and at home. Pace provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training, and advocacy. We are a Department of Juvenile Justice prevention program and partner with Orange County Public Schools for our academic program.

All FORE Pace!
A team-building event to benefit Pace Orange girls.
October 6, 2022 • 6:00 - 9:00 PM
TOPGOLF Lake Mary
1010 Greenwood Blvd, Lake Mary, FL

Rebuild Yourself - (407) 577-1084 

Website: www.rebuildselfcare.com

Rebuild Yourself is a nonprofit organization serving youth from 10-18 years old on building friendships and working on social peer interaction. As an organization we are looking for local donors in the community to assist with Quarterly Event Fundings, weekly activities for the teenagers, and assistance with annual events.

As a young organization we are looking to build a strong network of partners who also share in our passion to provide social interactions and building friendships for youth in the Lake Nona Community. 100% of any awarded funds would directly go to building our programs and contribute to positively impacting these teenagers and building those relationships with one another.

Additionally, any formed partnerships will be mutually beneficial because not only will they allow us to serve as many adolescents as possible, it will show these youth that their community cares for them. We hope you consider supporting our mission and being a cornerstone to the foundation of Rebuild Yourself Inc.

 

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida, Inc. - Orlando, FL

Ride 5K on October 9th:

https://www.rmhccf.org/events/ride5k

Share-A-Meal program is a great way for our member companies to have fun and give back to our community:

https://www.rmhccf.org/get-involved/volunteer/shareameal

 

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Catholic Church,(407) 766-1134

https//stcabrinicatholic.org/

 

SupportingWater.Org (407) 404-4618

All natural ~ Vegan ~ Cruelty-Free ~ Hypo-allergenic Beauty products.

 

Trufriends (407)526-2807

Trufriends is a national network of friends providing benefits and services to veterans and victims of domestic violence.

 

Wycliffe Bible Translators (407) 852-3861

The Wycliffe Discovery Center is an interactive experience for people of all ages. Whether you’re 5 or 75 years old, you’ll enjoy learning about people, languages and cultures all over the world. You’ll also come face to face with the staggering number of people who are still waiting for a single word of the Bible in their own language.

Hear amazing stories of how lives are being changed as God’s Word is made accessible to those who still need it, and find out how you can be a part of what God is doing all around the world through Bible translation.