Hurricane Relief for our OCPS Family

Thank you to our many donors for making a difference in the lives of those affected.

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. THANK YOU!
 
Efforts are ongoing. We are now focused on our own families and schools here in Orange County.  And another 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 most effective 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 current residents affected by Irma or to assist families relocating because of Maria's impact.
 
If you’d like to help by donating goods, please note the items needed and drop-off information listed on the leftside of this page. Gift cards are also being accepted. See drop information to the right. 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.

Additional ways to give toward disaster recovery:
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.
 
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 U.S. 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. 

Helping our OCPS Family!

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Spotlights

Irma Update

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).
 
THANK YOU to all who gave to meet the needs of those affected by Hurricane Irma.

Continued Hurricane Maria Needs

Thousands of families in Puerto Rico have been displaced by the effects of Hurricane Maria and as expected, many of them are relocating to Central Florida.
 
To help these new members of the OCPS family settle in as easily as possible, we are collecting backpacks and supplies for their students.  Below is a list of items requested to meet this need:
  • Backpack (new)
  • Pencils (#2)
  • Colored pencils
  • Colored markers
  • Yellow highlighter
  • Spiral notebook
  • Composition book
  • Crayons
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Ruler

Drop-Off Location

Donations can be brought to the Foundation office at RBELC, 445 W. Amelia Street (1st floor/lobby) Orlando, 32801.
 
Please call 407.317.3261 to establish a drop-off time for large deliveries.

Resources for Families in Need

Employees / families 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