Hurricane Relief for our OCPS Family

Irma here at home, Harvey in Houston, and now Maria in Puerto Rico and other islands – this hurricane season has been devastating, but our OCPS community is stepping up to help!
 
We raised $2,290 for students in Houston schools and sent them hundreds of new, packaged socks and underwear as well as school supplies to help them recover. Efforts are ongoing for our own families and schools here in Orange County and will continue until all needs are met. And now a new need has been identified: helping new members of our OCPS family – those displaced by Hurricane Maria who are relocating here – to settle in as quickly and comfortably as possible.
 
Cash contributions are the quickest way to help, and are being accepted through the Foundation. Simply complete the donation form below and your gift will go to the area of greatest need in OCPS, whether for residents affected by Irma or to assist families relocating because of Maria's impact.
 
To make a gift intended to provide direct assistance in Puerto Rico, please go to Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief, a fund established by United Way. 100% of every dollar raised will go to relief efforts.
 
Additional ways to give toward disaster recovery:
 
Unidos Por Puerto Rico - an initiative brought forth by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, in collaboration with the private sector, to provide aid and support to those affected by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane María.
Juntos Podemos Relief Fund - a collaborative of Urban Strategies, public & private relief, and development agencies created to bring technical expertise to a network of more than 1,000 community and faith-based organizations helping families recover and rebuild their lives in Puerto Rico and Texas.
One America Appeal - a joint appeal launched by all five living former American Presidents to encourage fellow citizens to support recovery efforts from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
Global Giving - distributes donations to local recovery efforts, including earthquake relief for Mexico City. 
 
If you’d like to help by donating goods, please look to your left to see the items needed and drop-off locations. Gift cards for food and household goods are also being accepted. This information will be updated as new details are available.
                                                                                                                   
On behalf of the students, teachers and schools in Orange County, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts.
 

PLEASE NOTE: In the event that more funds are raised than are needed to address hurricane relief efforts, remaining funds will be directed to other urgent needs affecting students, teachers, staff, schools, and programs in our district.

Helping our OCPS Family!

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Spotlights

Items Needed: Irma

Major damage and flooding affected families served by Orlo Vista ES, Ivey Lane ES and Jones HS (Orlo Vista), and Rock Springs ES, Lovell ES and Zellwood ES (Apopka).
 
Note: Rock Springs ES' needs are now met; they are still accepting/distributing items to Apopka schools.
 
Items needed:
  • Food – bagged/boxed, non-perishable
  • Water – for drinking, cooking & cleaning
  • Hygiene items – toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant, etc
  • Clothing (preferably new)
  • Socks & underwear (new ONLY)
  • Shoes (preferably new)
  • Towels, sheets & blankets 
 
A Gift For Teaching is collecting and distributing school supplies:
  • Backpacks
  • Pencils
  • Markers
  • Notebooks
  • Composition books
  • Crayons
  • Hand sanitizer
Call 407.318.3123

Items Needed: Maria

Thousands of families in Puerto Rico have been displaced by the effects of Hurricane Maria; we expect many of them to relocate to Central Florida.
 
To help these new members of the OCPS family settle in as easily as possible, we are collecting the following items:
  • Backpacks (new)
  • Food - bagged/boxed, non-perishable
  • Hygiene items - toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant, etc.
  • School-appropriate clothing (preferably new)
  • Socks & underwear (new)
  • Shoes (preferably new)

Drop-Off Locations

Donations can be brought to:
 
RBELC, 1st floor/lobby– 445 W. Amelia Street, Orlando, 32801 (for all areas)
Please call 407.317.3261 to establish a drop-off time at the RBELC. 
 
Rock Springs ES – 2400 Rock Springs Road, Apopka, 32712 (for Apopka area) 
Orlo Vista ES – 3 N. Hastings Street, Orlando, 32835 (for Orlo Vista area)
Jones HS – 801 S. Rio Grande Avenue, Orlando, 32805 (for Orlo Vista area)

Resources for Employees in Need

Employees in need of immediate assistance should contact:
 
211 from Heart of Florida United Way: this hotline is answered by trained staff who assess needs and direct callers to the appropriate providers and resources. Dial 211 from any phone.
 
American Red Cross: Red Cross and Goodwill are partnering to serve those affected by the storm. Based on need, the Red Cross will distribute vouchers that can be redeemed for select items (clothing, household goods) in Goodwill locations throughout Florida. www.redcross.org