Social Services Grants

New bunk beds and mattresses at Coalition for the HomelessJobs Partnership Class in SW Orlando
$30,000 to Starlight Children’s Foundation to fund six Fun Centers, mobile therapeutic play units provided hospital bedside to distract hospitalized children from their pain, fear and isolation during medical treatments. Four of the Fun Centers will be assigned to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children; two, to Osceola Regional Medical Center. www.starlight.org/florida

$40,000 to Grand Avenue Economic Community Development Corporation to hire a chef/kitchen trainer to prepare low-income adults for employment in the foodservice industry. www.grandave.org

$45,385 to Osceola County Council on Aging to purchase two hot/cold food delivery vehicles for their Nutrition Services Department, which will deliver, on a daily basis, healthy, nutritious food to congregate meal sites serving nearly 600 low-income seniors and to the homes of more than 480 homebound seniors.  www.osceolagenerations.org

Heart Works

$54,000 for HeartWorks, a special initiative of Dr. Phillips Charities in partnership with St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Artworks and Orlando Museum of Art to serve as a catalyst to bring a unique understanding to the plight of children in conflict; and, more importantly, bring recognition and awareness to the agencies that work with these children.

$56,005 to Catholic Charities to expand their emergency family assistance services by opening two new locations to provide services in the Kissimmee and Poinciana areas.  www.cflcc.org

$70,000 in three separate grants to The Salvation Army to contribute to the local holiday campaigns for 2011, 2012 and 2013. salvationarmyorlando.org

$93,944 to Jobs Partnership of Florida to expand their Life & Work Program into two new locations, Pine Hills and Southwest Orlando, helping change the lives of unemployed and underemployed individuals through improved life skills, jobs skills and Bible-based decision-making skills.  http://jobspartnershipfl.org

$120,400 to Harbor House of Central Florida to build a 2,855 square foot storage facility attached to the Paws For Peace Kennel, which will provide a safe place for those coming into shelter to store personal belongings and room for Harbor House to accept large in-kind donations of food and supplies, reducing the operating costs of the shelter. www.harborhousefl.com

Rendering of Storage Facility attached to Paws For Peace Kennel at Harbor House

$132,500 to the 2-1-1 Community Resources at Heart of Florida United Way to expand their Homeless Prevention and Re-housing for Veterans program. www.hfuw.org

$250,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida to support construction of their new headquarters on Mercy Drive and name the Agency Mart Area of the Warehouse.  www.foodbankcentralflorida.org

$375,000 to Seniors First to renovate and equip their headquarters building at 3395 L. B. McLeod Road in Orlando, uniting staff in one location to operate programs and services more effectively and efficiently.  www.seniorsfirstinc.org

Grants featured are those for $15,000 or more made from June 1, 2011 through August 31, 2014.
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