This discussion page is for ways to help others during the COVID-19 situation.

🧒🏽The Central Florida Children's Home launched its Facebook fundraising event and golf tournament fundraiser, which is in September at Eagle Creek. During this time monthly donations have declined due to the circumstances. Find out what the children's home needs help with here.

🤝CENTRAL FLORIDA FOUNDATION INVESTS OVER $1.5 MILLION IN LOCAL NONPROFITS ADMIST COVID-19

Philanthropy mobilizes dollars to support nonprofit operations and innovation

Central Florida Foundation, the region’s community foundation, today announces over $1.5 million of investments in nonprofit operations and innovation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The investments span an array of community areas including mental health, the elderly, animals, healthcare, hunger and homelessness. These investments are designed to support operations as many nonprofits have seen troubling increases to the demand for their services.

The community areas and investments include:

  • Over $40,000 for mental healthcare
  • $70,000 for the elderly
  • $15,000 for the care of animals
  • $25,000 for healthcare
  • Over $62,000 for homelessness service providers
  • Over $1.35 million in grants from fundholders at the Foundation for an array of COVID-19 related challenges

Up to $1.2 million of the investments from fundholders at CFF has been made to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. With the nonprofit experiencing a 100% increase in demand since March, the investment supports operations and new delivery systems to distribute more food than ever to struggling community members. These new systems not only change the way Second Harvest operates now, but also into the future.

Like Second Harvest, many nonprofits are pivoting their business models to serve more residents in brand new ways.

“COVID-19 forces all nonprofits to rethink the way they serve their communities,” said Mark Brewer, president/CEO at Central Florida Foundation. “To make it to the other side, every nonprofit has to create a new normal.”

The Foundation has also made a $25,000 investment in the ALICE Fund at the Heart of Florida United Way to help provide immediate relief for individuals and families experiencing economic hardship as a result of job loss.

Generous fundholders and already established endowment funds at the Foundations make these investments in the community possible.

The nonprofits to receive investments include:

  • Alaqua Animal Refuge
  • Bishop Moore Catholic High School
  • Central Florida Dreamplex
  • Central Florida Regional Housing Trust
  • Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida
  • Community Health Centers
  • Elevate Orlando
  • Family Promise of Greater Orlando
  • First Presbyterian Church of Orlando
  • Grace Medical Home
  • Harbor House of Central Florida
  • Health Care Center for the Homeless
  • Heart of Florida United Way
  • Hebni Nutrition Consultants
  • Help Now Osceola
  • Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando
  • LIFT Orlando
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Mental Health Association of Central Florida
  • No Kid hungry
  • Osceola Council on Aging
  • Peer Support Space
  • Pet Alliance
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
  • Seniors First
  • St. Bonaventure Indian Mission & School
  • The Sharing Center
  • United Against Poverty
  • United Arts of Central Florida
  • VIP Rescue of Central Florida
  • Wild Horses Rescue Center
  • Winter Park Improvement Foundation

💉The Orlando VA Medical Center (OVAMC) has partnered with One Blood to host a public Blood Drive on May 13, 2020 by appointment only from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the SimLEARN, 13800 Veterans Way, Orlando Florida 32827. Donating blood is always helpful for the healthcare field, but it is especially critical during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The OVAMC is proud to work alongside the community to help contribute in making a difference.

👩🏻‍⚕️Celebrating Nurses Week (May 6-12): To patients, nurses shine a light on the one thing that can heal even the most ailing body, mind and spirit — hope.  AdventHealth has launched a site for the community to leave a note of thanks or encouragement for the physicians, nurses and other clinicians on the front lines of the COVID pandemic. Learn more atwww.AdventHealth.com/SpreadThanks. Additionally, AdventHealth is asking the community to use #SpreadThanks to post a thank-you note on social media platforms for caregivers to see the outpouring of love and support from our community.

👩🏽‍🏫To thank teachers for their dedication, Addition Financial has donated gift baskets to four local school districts for Teacher Appreciation Week.

Founded by Orange County teachers in 1937, Addition Financial has a longstanding tradition of supporting education in Central Florida. As schools have transitioned to distance learning, the credit union wanted to recognize teachers and thank them for their work both in the classroom and virtually. To do so, Addition Financial donated care baskets with gift cards to the school districts in Orange, Seminole, Osceola and Lake counties.

Teacher Appreciation Week runs from May 4 to May 8. Each day, the districts will randomly select one lucky teacher to receive the care basket, sharing the winners on their social media pages.

🤝Join Our Community Heroes in Supporting Nemours this #GivingTuesdayNow

This #GivingTuesdayNow, we invite you to join Nemours by becoming a hero for our community. Be it monetary, your resources, or your time, we need you now more than ever. Please consider supporting us on May 5. We are stronger together.

In response to the COVID-19 virus, we have set up a Community Response Fund, which will help us meet the essential needs that our patients and associates are facing at this time. Your support is what makes it possible! Make a gift here.

🚢Neighbors in Laureate Park, Lake Nona had boatloads of fun for a good cause: a Social Distancing BATTLESHIP Tournament that benefitted Emergency Room staff at the Lake Nona VA hospital.

On Saturday, April 25 from 12pm-2pm, teams of neighbors played each other in the board game BATTLESHIP for a chance to compete in the top two spots on a life-size Battleship game later in the day. Players contributed $10 to participate, and all monies collected were used to buy lunch for the ER doctors, nurses, and staff that are “battling the frontlines” at the hospital. A total of $400 was raised!

🍔Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida: Second Harvest has been doubling its daily distribution to help thousands of people in need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March 23, the nonprofit has been working to serve 300,000 meals a day. And they’re continuing to receive corporate support to fund hunger relief efforts!

Second Harvest received a $100,000 donation from ConcordRENTS! On top of the $100,000, the company is also committing to provide $10,000 a month for as long as needed to support Second Harvest’s response.

🚎Beep / Move Nona: Lake Nona Partners Deliver Lunch to Health Care Workers via Self-Driving Shuttle; Beep’s Move Nona self-driving shuttles were up and running again, but this time they weren’t picking up passengers. They were delivering pizzas!

An area known for innovation and collaboration, Lake Nona partners came together this week to donate lunch to health care workers on the front lines at the Orlando VA Medical Center. As part its on-going efforts to support first responders, local favorite Park Pizza & Brewing donated pizzas and teamed up with Beep, operator of the Lake Nona autonomous shuttle program, for a special delivery via self-driving shuttle to VA employees.

With operation temporarily suspended due to the coronavirus, the shuttles are finding new and innovative ways to support the community.To limit contact with the delivery, each pizza box was sealed, put onto a cart, loaded into the shuttle by Park Pizza & Brewing restaurant employees and then secured by the on-board shuttle attendant. Utilizing the autonomous shuttle ensures safe delivery of the food without having to rely on other services and allows workers to remain on campus.

The lunch delivery is the just one of the many ways the Lake Nona community has banned together to support those on the frontlines of the pandemic. Last week, OPD organized a “light up the night drive by salute” through Lake Nona’s Laureate Park neighborhood and Medical City including Nemours Children’s Hospital and the VA. Resident-driven initiatives have also included “Chalk Your Walk” covering community sidewalks with colorful words of encouragement and impressions of the “Nona Lisa,” to mask making brigades delivering hundreds of homemade masks to first responders.

Beep and other Lake Nona partners are exploring additional opportunities to utilize the autonomous shuttles to serve the community and support front-line workers during COVID-19.

🌯 Rotary of Lake Nona Lunch Club: The club is providing grab-n-go meals for Lake Nona's VA medical professionals night-shift staff. Donate here.

⚽️ Nona Soccer Academy: Today, Nona Soccer comes to you to address something much bigger than the game of soccer - it is the societal obligation for us to pull together and help out the local community in need with survival items - like food, that we can give. It is an insane reality that this worldwide pandemic and challenge is right here at home in Central Florida.

We are working, hand in hand, with our friends at Rescue Orlando on a Food Drive, together with Second Harvest Food Bank, to help families right now during tough times. Monday - Thursday, from 10 - 3,  the Nona Soccer Office (The Box) is open to receive donations for the COVID-19 Rescue Orlando Relief effort. This effort will give away FREE FOOD & Goods to families in need NOW, EVERY WEEKEND. They will pick up from us every Thursday afternoon. They don’t need money or gift cards as bulk items for sale are few and far between at the present time. With the demand we cannot just go to Sams and buy 100 pounds of rice.

Some suggested donations are:

  • Canned goods
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Coffee
  • Toilet paper
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Cereal
  • Cooking oil
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Seasoning

Drop Off: Nona Soccer Office 8215 Narcoossee Park Drive.  Suite 200, Building 4

🍗 Dickey’s Barbecue Pit: Dickey's BBQ and the Dickey family are showing support for those working on the frontlines during the COVID-19 crisis.

Guests can donate sandwiches to first responders in their communities with the new First Responder Relief Packs, which include bundles of five or 10 Pulled Pork Classic Sandwiches. In addition, the Dickey family has pledged to match every sandwich donated to double the efforts to feed first responders.

To participate, guests can go to dickeys.com and add First Responder Relief Packs to their order. If guests would like to donate more, they can add any number of individual sandwiches to their donation. Then Dickey’s, in partnership with The Dickey Foundation, will carry out the delivery on the guest’s behalf.

🥗 Bolay: Bolay is raising money to donate Bolay food to those who are working hard in our communities. Their goal is to raise $20,000! Help them show love and support to those who need it in these unsettling times. Donate here.

🏠 Janney Roofing Teams Up With Orlando City Foundation And Continues Their Commitment Of Generosity In Central Florida And Beyond

Florida’s Highest Rated Roofer Goes Beyond the Walls to Give Back to the Local and Global Community

Not only do Florida’s premiere roofers, Janney Roofing, keep families secure and protected in their homes, the Central Florida based business is going far beyond those walls to give back to the local community and global partners. This month, Janney Roofing continues its new partnership with Kay Rollins and the Orlando City Foundation, which facilitates philanthropic programs and projects for underserved children and families with a holistic approach to health and wellness. Janney Roofing is donating $100 for every qualifying roof replacement to the organization, which resulted in $9000 raised for the organization in March. View Janney Roofing Owner Derek Janney’s special virtual check presentation to Kay Rollins here.

In response to COVID-19, Janney Roofing and the Janney family have given nearly a dozen individual donations totaling over $50,000 to various schools and groups throughout Central Florida to support faculty, infrastructure and operational changes. For more information on Janney Roofing and their mission of generosity, visit www.janneyroofing.com.

🏍 2020 Iron Pigs Against Pediatric Cancer: The ride is canceled, but that won’t stop them from bringing the ride TO YOU! Although everyone can’t be together in person, we can all still show the strength of our community while we are apart. They NEED YOUR HELP now more than ever to support these children, many who already have compromised immune systems and are more at risk. This ride benefits Nemours Children's Hospital.

You can help by joining the VIRTUAL RIDE. Register your “vehicle” and help drive them to their goal! Each rider’s donation helps to ease a child’s suffering from pediatric cancer. Donate to "Register" Your Ride here.

The Raffle for the Harley 883 Iron Bike is still on! At 4pm on April 18, 2020, the winning ticket will be pulled via online feed. Raffle tickets are available for purchase up to 2pm on April 18, 2020. There will also have a few key auction items from our great community partners available, don’t miss your chance for custom wheels & more! Purchase Raffle Tickets here.

Check Out Our Auction Here!

Questions about the Iron Pigs Ride? Contact Casey Hall at casey.hall@nemours.org

🍝Meals of Love:

While Central Floridians face another month challenged with uncertainty, there is one thing known for sure: Up to 1,000 fresh, restaurant-prepared meals will be safely delivered to the homes of seniors and disabled adults thanks to Meals of Love.

Meals of Love was created in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program – led by the Senior Resource Alliance – brings together agencies, restaurants and organizations in Central Florida to support the restaurant industry, while helping feed some of the most vulnerable populations in our community. The program is also creating new job opportunities for those in need with meal delivery roles.

Meals of Love is currently accepting applications for seniors and disabled adults who are interested in meal delivery and for restaurants that would like to prepare meals. You can visit mealsoflove.org to learn more. 

📦 Goodwill Industries of Central Florida updates: 

https://nonahoodnews.com/goodwill-updates-in-midst-of-covid-19/

🏡 Ronald McDonald House: 

-Needs donations to continue to help and serve families when they need RMH most.

- Will continue to monitor any changes with our hospital partners and

keep our families updated.

- Are still serving two meals a day to our families.

- Guests are practicing social distancing in the houses and have

closed the dining rooms, allowing families to eat in their rooms.

- Staff continues to disinfect the houses and common areas multiple

times throughout the day.

But with all the challenges we are facing, we also want to share some good

news, like the De La Torre Family's story.

Baby April was diagnosed with Spina Bifida while her mother, Helen, was

pregnant. The family traveled from Miami to stay at our RMH at Arnold

Palmer Medical Center so Helen could have fetal surgery in December. She

then delivered Baby April in February. After a few months at our RMH, the

family was recently able to go home.

🏡 Somerby Lake Nona needs the following to support their residents:

  • Regular Masks
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Hand Soap
  • Distilled water.

 Please call the facility at (407) 226-3113 or email mtravis@somerbyliving.com

🏥 St. Cloud Regional Medical Center is seeking PPE supplies in anticipation of high demand:

  • Isolation Gowns
  • Goggles
  • Face Shields / Eye Shields w/ frames
  • Ear Loop Masks
  • Surgical Tie back masks
  • Masks with face shield
  • N95 Small
  • N95 Regular
  • Shoe covers
  • Bouffant caps

If you are able to provide any of these items to us, please contact Chelsea Henkle, Materials Management Director, directly at 317-796-4520.

🥿Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is shifting its 10th annual Wine, Women & Shoes Orlando fundraiser into a weeklong virtual experience.

Last year, the event raised $400,000, which allowed Second Harvest to provide 1.6 million meals across Orange, Osceola, Lake, Seminole, Brevard and Volusia counties. Second Harvest hopes to meet – or exceed – that amount with so many neighbors feeling a direct impact of job cuts related to the Coronavirus pandemic. The need is the greatest it’s been since the Great Recession in 2008.

The virtual event will kick off on Monday, April 13 and end Saturday, April 18 at 2:00 p.m.

Virtual “attendees” will still have the chance to bid on items in the silent auction, and one lucky participant will win a dream closet of designer handbags, accessories, clothing, household goods and more, as part of the event’s signature “Key to the Closet” drawing.

Visit www.WWSOrlando.com/ to register, enter the “Key to the Closet” drawing or make a donation.