For those who work or are involved in the nonprofit sector, The Chronicles of Philanthropyrecently updated its nonprofit coronavirus toolkit with pieces sorted into collections to help you find the information you need. The toolkit includes everything from grant writing tools and available grants, to how to fundraise during a pandemic, and even government news. Did you know we have several DOP members in the nonprofit sector? Here are just a few with updates on what they have going on, and how you can help. (P.S. be sure to check out what other DOP members have been doing to support the community.)
Who is Doing What.
Pathlight HOME changes the lives of homeless and low-income individuals in Central Florida by providing permanent housing and economic opportunities. Currently, more than 600 formerly homeless individuals are off the streets each night and in their own affordable apartments.
Through Pathlight HOME’s two transformed motels, Housing First approach, permanent housing programs, and supportive services that surround residents with hope and needed help, they have helped more than 6,000 people obtain stable housing over the last 25 years.
Training, employment and culinary resources for the community are also provided through theSobik’s Subs Café, free Culinary Training Program for low-income adults, and Pathlight Kitchen event room and commercial kitchen rentals.
Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando
Kitten season is upon us! And the Pet Alliance has many kittens ready to be adopted. During kitten season it is a common site to find cats nursing their kittens in private shady spots throughout neighborhoods, so be on the lookout! It is not uncommon for cats to have multiple litters in one season. If you happen to find a stray newborn kitten, follow these steps or contact the Pet Alliance.
Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida is open and providing services such as birth control, pregnancy testing and ultrasounds, emergency contraception, abortion care, HIV and STD testing and treatment, UTI testing and treatment, cancer screenings, transgender care, and more. However due to COVID-19 they are not allowing walk-ins and request that patients wear a mask or other face covering in the health centers.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Thursday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm | 11500 University Blvd | 407-246-1788
Ronald McDonald House Charities
During the pandemic, three Ronald McDonald Houses remained open to families while maintaining safe social distancing measures. Recently they have opened their doors to new families and the RMHC is in need of meals to serve. There are several ways to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Central Florida, here are a few.
Share-A-Meal To Go
A key component to supporting the families at the Ronald McDonald House is the sharing of meals. Because of the current health situation, this program has made some adjustments. Through the new Share-A-Meal To Go program, RMHC is asking community members to place to-go orders at local restaurants then drop the meals off or have them delivered to our Houses. *At this time, only store-bought, pre-packaged or catered meals for families can be accepted.
Ready, Set, Trivia!
Trivia Master Curtis Earth will host the Key Initiative's annual Battle of the Brains trivia night on July 29, 2020 at 7:00 PM. Register as a team or individual to be entered to win raffle prizes like Disney tickets, Kendra Scott jewelry, restaurant gift cards and more. All entry fees and sponsorships support the 2,600 families who will stay at a Ronald McDonald House this year.
Members Supporting Non-Profits
Public Art Installation
A new mural titled Celestial Apes has gone up in the Mills50 neighborhood by local artist and Senior Designer for Highforge, Schiani Ledo. This public art project was a partnership with Bungalower and Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company, who raised funds through a special Bungalower Lemonade beer and underwritten by Highforge and Say it Loud. The mural, which took about a year to come to fruition, was inspired by the song Kalopsia by Queens of the Stone Age and is located on the Say it Loud building at 1121 N. Mills Avenue.
In-Kind Donated Services
Macbeth Studio received $25,000 in federal funding from the PPP, and while they were impacted substantially by COVID-19 and the funding was a relief to the team, they recognized that their talents could also be used to help others during this time. Knowing that marketing budgets have been cut or placed on hold for the time being, Macbeth saw this as an opportunity to give back.
So, to pay it forward, Macbeth Studio has committed to providing $25,000 in in-kind donated work and services to those in need in our community (think video and images). They have partnered with Local Love Orlando to conduct the application, review and selection process. Priority will be given to companies and nonprofits owned and operated by people of color in Central Florida.
Application deadline is June 19, 2020 at 5:00 PM (that is tomorrow!).
Father's Day Adventure
Looking for somewhere to take dad this Father's Day? The Orange County Regional History Center, also a local non-profit, is open, and dads receive free admission on their special day.
Do you or your business have news to share about how you support the community? Let us know!
We know that you know the importance of participating in your local chamber of commerce (and we love you for it!). And it may surprise you to learn there are more organizations in Orlando other than DOP to help fulfill your networking and community support needs. As the old saying goes, it takes a village. Without further ado, here are a few chambers we thought may be of interest along with their contact information.
The African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida is a membership organization serving public, private, and not-for-profit African American-owned businesses and organizations in Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties. For over seven decades, the Chamber serves its members as an advocate and resource. Established in 1945, the Chamber is devoted to cultivating a thriving business environment for African American companies, an engaged public awareness for minority firms, and education and advocacy for both members and the Central Florida community.
3201 E Colonial Drive, Suite A-20 | (407) 420-4870
Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida may have changed over the years, but its vision has always remained the same: To help our members prosper and grow, and to serve as a bridge between our many Asian American communities and the Greater Orlando region. Our motto: Dream. Believe. Achieve.
3201 E Colonial Drive, Suite A-20 | (407) 420-4861
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando looks to drive economic growth by strengthening Hispanic business in Central Florida and be the leading voice of Hispanic business impacting the economic, civic and social landscape.
3201 East Colonial Drive, Suite A-20 | (407) 428-5870
The Jewish Chamber of Commerce was founded in 2010 with the vision of bringing together Jewish business professionals of every denomination to stimulate growth within the business community. They aim to bring inspirational business minds together to benefit their members’ businesses. The Jewish Chamber hosts events that are open to all members of the community.
The Orlando Regional Chamber, a core component of the Orlando Economic Partnership, serves a critical role in the region by preparing and empowering businesses through robust, future-focused programming that accelerates growth.
301 E. Pine Street, Suite 900 | (407) 422-7159
The Pride Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to the business equality movement in the Greater Orlando area and beyond. The Pride Chamber's strategic focus is to serve as a resource to small businesses and large corporations, bridge the gap between them. and strive to recognize, promote and improve LGBT businesses and the LGBT business community.
5003 Old Cheny Highway | (321) 800-3946
VIRTUAL HAPPY HOUR TODAY!
3rd Thursday Virtual Happy Hour.
Join us today at 4:30 PM for the second DOP virtual happy hour with SERVPRO of SW and E Orlando! Hope to see you there!
DOP Happy Hour | June 18, 2020 | 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Zoom meeting ID: 898 8014 7286
ANOTHER DOP PLAYLIST WITH GUEST DJ MOLLY ANTOON.
A Landmark Supreme Court Ruling
The Daily | The New York Times | June 16, 2020
Why a surprise majority of judges ruled that the Civil Rights Act protects gay and transgender people from workplace discrimination.
Ever dreamed of playing 'Guest DJ'? Let us know, we would love to hear and see what you have on your lists.