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Nicole Franco is the Director of Communications & Media at Hope CommUnity Center. She enjoys producing compelling stories through words and imagery.

Hope CommUnity Center Receives $8,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Adult Literacy

2021-06-07T11:17:47-04:00June 7th, 2021|

Hope CommUnity Center Receives $8,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Adult Literacy  Apopka, FL – June 2021 – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Hope CommUnity Center an $8,000 grant to support adult literacy. This local grant is part of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s recent award of $10.5 million donations to support summer, family, and adult literacy programs, [...]

Hope Welcomes New NDA Site Director: Chavon Thomas-Robinson

2021-04-15T12:00:39-04:00April 15th, 2021|

Chavon has recently relocated to the Orlando area. Before relocating to Florida, Chavon earned her Bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies, Public Policy, and Writing from Hobart and William Smith College. She has served as an educator for four years in Jacksonville, Florida. Even though she dedicated her early career to educating youth, community outreach has [...]

HCC – Grant Announcement

2021-04-05T15:38:47-04:00April 5th, 2021|

Contigo Fund, an initiative of Our Fund Foundation, Announces grant awardees APOPKA, Fla.–April 5, 2021–Hope CommUnity Center is a fifth-time recipient of the Contigo Fund, an initiative of Our Fund Foundation. This fund was created to support LGBTQ+ and Latinx communities impacted by the 2016 Pulse Orlando tragedy. $45,000was awarded to Hope’s Our HistoriasProject, which [...]

Hope’s Statement in Response to Anti-Asian Attack in Atlanta

2021-03-18T13:01:47-04:00March 18th, 2021|

Two days ago, a mass shooting in Atlanta took the lives of 8 victims, 6 of whom were Asian American. This was an attack against women and immigrants of Asian descent. Since March 2020, 3,800 anti-Asian incidents have been reported during the global pandemic and have been fueled by xenophobic and racist rhetoric. This needs to end NOW.   Hope CommUnity Center is in solidarity with AAPI- Asian [...]

The Impact of the College and Career Access Program ft. Rosalia & Britney

2021-03-16T15:10:18-04:00March 16th, 2021|

There comes a time in the life of high school students when they begin to explore the idea of post-secondary education. Applying for FAFSA, submitting college applications, and scholarship research can be an exciting yet overwhelming experience for students and their families. This is where the College and Career Access program at Hope CommUnity Center [...]

Hope’s Statement in Response to Insurrection at Capitol on January 6th

2021-01-13T14:41:17-05:00January 13th, 2021|

We are still processing the atrocities we have witnessed from the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th.  A combination of right-wing, racist, fascist, and violent forces combined to subvert democracy via a violent coup.  It was deeply disturbing (and yet, unsurprising) to witness the stark difference in how last week's rioters were treated by [...]

Federal Judge Orders Full Restoration of DACA

2021-01-13T14:40:31-05:00December 8th, 2020|

On December 4, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York ordered that the July 2020 memorandum issued by Chad Wolf, suspending portions of DACA, is vacated. This order follows the court’s earlier ruling that DHS Acting Secretary Wolf was not lawfully serving in that role when he issued his memo. As a result, on December 7, [...]

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