ORLANDO CARES is the City’s high-impact volunteer plan designed to address the issues of youth crime prevention and education through six service initiatives. Mayor Buddy’s Book Club, COMPACT Expansion and The Garden initiatives have already launched and three more programs will launch later this fall including Preschool Ambassadors, School Turnaround Project – Interfaith Volunteer Pilot and Path Finders.
On March 31, 2011, Mayor Dyer launched ORLANDO CARES, the City’s high-impact service plan made possible through a $200,000 Cities of Service Leadership Grant awarded to Orlando in June 2010, funded jointly by the Rockefeller Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies. This grant enabled Orlando to hire a Chief Service Officer who is responsible for developing and implementing the high-impact service plan. This plan builds on existing volunteer programs and aims to engage more residents, businesses and community groups in service efforts that address the City’s priorities of youth education and youth crime prevention.
We were there to observe and register the event as we saw how the kids had fun and learned at the same time. The program is a great boost and an incentive to learn and be a part of experience that will stay them forever.