Thank you Bank of America!
Individuals continue to struggle to provide basic necessities for their families. According to the 2013 Annual Social and Economic Supplement by the US Census Bureau, over 46 million people and more than 20% of children under 18 live in poverty. Many are hard-working Americans who have experienced loss of income and face the challenge of choosing between providing foods for their families or paying their utility bills.
Nearly 50% of families in Central FL live just one paycheck away from financial instability. Helping individuals meet immediate needs and access benefits in the long term is essential to our community’s growth and success. That’s why we’re proud to partner with Bank of America to provide opportunities for success to individuals and families in our community.
These grants will help individuals and families access much needed services and programs that address immediate issues like HUNGER, HOMELESSNESS, SUPPORTIVE HOUSING and ACCESS TO BENEFITS while helping them prepare for a more financially stable future. As we look to provide our community with shelter and connect them to important resources, Bank of America’s investment in our organization will enable us to continue performing our vital work and strengthen Central Florida.
NBA.com Article by John Denton, May 14, 2014
ORLANDO – When the economy was perilously in a freefall in 2008 and jobs were tough to come by in Central Florida, the Orlando Magic and the City of Orlando worked closely with local minority- and female-owned businesses to provide work during the construction of the Amway Center.
Andrew Powell’s construction company, The Apos Group, was a benefactor of the Magic and the City of Orlando awarding more than 30 percent of the contracts worth approximately $90 million to minority- and women-owned companies. Of the 170-plus minority and women-owned companies that did work on the Amway Center, 61 were African-American owned, 52 were female-owned, 37 were Hispanic-owned, 22 were Asian-American owned and two were Native American-owned. The Magic and the City went above and beyond to offer job opportunities, exceeding the mandated 24 percent by providing work to 30 percent of minority- and female-owned companies.
In January, when the Orlando Magic Youth Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund (OMYF-MFF), handed out $600,000 in grant money to 25 local nonprofit organizations, Powell once again got to see firsthand the Magic’s willingness to give back and make a difference in the community. Rescue Outreach Mission of Central Florida received a $15,000 grant, and Executive Director Powell found it somewhat surreal how his ties to the Magic had intertwined.
“It’s all coming full circle for me,” Powell said. “I enjoy what I am doing (with the Rescue Outreach Mission) because it brings together my vocational training in construction as well as my passion, which is being a blessing and a benefit to others. … Orlando is still a growing town, so to have the Magic step up in visible and tangible ways it sets an example of other organizations and businesses. They show the small parts that make a greater whole. It’s a positive and it speaks well for the Magic and their leadership.”
In 2008 and ’09, Powell’s Apos Group had two subcontracts during the construction of the Amway Center to build the storage mezzanines in the basement of the facility and for the mobile filing units for the administrative offices.
As the Executive Director of the Rescue Outreach Mission of Central Florida, his organization received a $15,000 grant to aid the “Opportunities and Hope” program that provides a safe haven for women and their children fleeing domestic violence.
In the last 24 years more than $18.8 million has been distributed to local nonprofit community organizations through the Orlando Magic Youth Fund (OMYF-MFF), a McCormick Foundation Fund since 1994, which serves at-risk youth.
This past year alone, the Magic awarded $600,000 in grants to 25 nonprofit organizations based throughout Central Florida. The 25 grantees were a nod to the Magic’s year-long celebration of its 25th anniversary season. The $600,000 in grants given out in January raise the total to $3.8 million awarded by the OMYF-MFF over the past four years.
Here is a closer look at Rescue Outreach Mission of Central Florida’s mission and the Magic’s work in the Central Florida community:
2014 GRANT RECIPIENTS FROM MAGIC: Adult Literacy League, Apopka Family Learning Center, BETA Center, Boys Town Central Florida, Children’s Home Society of Florida, City Year, Early Learning Coalition of Orange County, Elevate Orlando, Florida Hospital for Children, Foundation for Foster Children, Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools, Gift of Swimming, Harbor House of Central Florida, Hebni Nutrition Consultants, Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families, Orange County Library System, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Orlando Repertory Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Osceola Council on Aging, Rescue Outreach Mission of Central Florida, The Center for Drug Free Living-Zebra Coalition, The Salvation Army, University of Central Florida Foundation, Valencia College Foundation.
FEATURED ORGANIZATION: Rescue Outreach Mission of Central Florida
RESCUE OUTREACH MISSION OF CENTRAL FLORIDA PURPOSE: Rescue Outreach Mission is a human resources agency located in Seminole County that provides a safe, supportive and healing environment in which disadvantaged or homeless people receive the assistance they need to return to self sufficiency. This is accomplished by providing resources such as food, shelter, clothing and counseling. Rescue Outreach Mission also provides comprehensive referral services to help clients find the resources needed that extend beyond the Outreach organization.
2014 GRANT MONEY TO RESCUE OUTREACH OF CENTRAL FLORIDA: $15,000
RESCUE OUTREACH MISSION OF CENTRAL FLORIDA QUOTE: “Orlando is still a growing town, so to have the Magic step up in visible and tangible ways it sets an example of other organizations and businesses. They show the small parts that make a greater whole. It’s a positive and it speaks well for the Magic and their leadership.’’ – Andrew Powell, executive director
ORLANDO MAGIC QUOTE: “I’m really proud of what the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation has been able to do and the commitment that they have to Central Florida and so many organizations. The Orlando Magic Youth Fund, as part of the McCormick Fund, has been able to donate $18 million to more than 500 nonprofit organizations and have a positive impact on 1 million youth throughout the community. That’s impressive. My family is very dedicated to this organization and to this community and it’s just great to see the response of organizations and the results that they are able to achieve.” – Magic Chairman Dan DeVos
Charitable Giving — Orlando Sentinel Family Fund
We are excited to be recipients of $20,000 from the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund, a McCormick Foundation
Fund, whose generosity has been shared with us throughout the years. THANK YOU!
Andrew Powell, Executive Director of Rescue Outreach Mission with Lisa Jacobsen, Charitable Giving
and Communications Manager at Orlando Sentinel Family Fund along with Jim Vickaryous, Vickaryous Law Firm.
About the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation
In 1994, the Orlando Magic expanded its longtime commitment to Central Florida and established the Orlando Magic Youth Fund with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.
The McCormick Foundation matches all donations to the Orlando Magic Youth Fund at fifty cents on the dollar. With the Orlando Magic and the DeVos Family paying all administrative expenses for the Foundation, one hundred percent of all donations made to OMYF, plus the match is granted to qualified nonprofit organizations through the Orlando Magic Youth Fund.
All organizations undergo a thorough screening during the grant application process to ensure that only high-quality programs with proven results receive funding.
Since inception, more than $14 million in grants has been distributed through the Orlando Magic Youth Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund improving the lives of those in need and transforming the community.
The Orlando Magic Youth Fund, a fund of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, is committed to improving the community by funding nonprofit organizations in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties with programs that help at-risk children and youth in Central Florida grow, thrive and succeed.
Grants are provided through the Youth Fund to qualified agencies with programs focused on:
About the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund
The Orlando Sentinel Family Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, is committed to supporting programs that move low-income children and families to self-sufficiency.
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