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Volunteer Spotlight: Hayley Canal

2019-08-01T14:33:08-04:00August 1st, 2019|HCC's Blog|

At Hope CommUnity Center, we recognize the value and importance of our volunteers. Their endless compassion and dedication in transforming lives are one of the many drivers to our mission as a service-learning community. Without them, we wouldn't be able to serve over 6000 people across Central Florida. This month, we are featuring Hayley Canal, [...]

Hearts for Hope 2019

2019-02-26T10:08:58-04:00February 18th, 2019|HCC's Blog, Special Events|

Hope CommUnity Center’s 7th Annual Hearts for Hope Luncheon was held on Tuesday, February 12, 2019. We are proud to announce that we had over 300 supporters and new guests attend this year. The Hearts for Hope Luncheon is held to renew interest in Hope CommUnity Center’s work and attract new supporters to the organization. [...]

An Impactful Year of Service

2019-01-18T12:10:44-04:00October 22nd, 2018|HCC's Blog|

It’s unbelievable to think that a couple of years ago I had never heard of AmeriCorps. Fast-forward two years and I am now starting my second term of service in the College and Career Access Program at Hope CommUnity Center. After a fast-paced year of discovery, mistakes, and connection, I concluded my year feeling like [...]

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AmeriCorps Member to attend Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners Conference

2019-01-18T12:10:44-04:00October 14th, 2018|HCC's Blog|

“I think if everyone took a day off of work and went to do [farm work], they would better appreciate where their food comes from and the hard work it takes farmworkers to get there.” Notre Dame AmeriCorps volunteer for Hope CommUnity Center Community Organizing, Robyn Thomas, shared these words about her interest and motivations for attending [...]

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For One Hope Volunteer, A Snapshot of His Own Story

2019-01-18T12:10:54-04:00October 11th, 2018|HCC's Blog|

A reflection from HCC ESOL volunteer, Sergio Delgado– I was never one to volunteer at the drop of a hat. I am a very private and introverted person who keeps to myself and family. As such, volunteering was never a priority for me, even in retirement...  However, I would like to believe that Divine Intervention led me to [...]

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New Program Promotes Literacy and Social Change

2019-01-18T12:11:00-04:00September 29th, 2018|HCC's Blog|

Apopka, Florida – Hope CommUnity Center is offering a new program, Books & Breakfast, an intergenerational program to educate community members in Apopka on different social and economic challenges, to provide political awareness and drive action towards change. The program will be offered at Taylor Apartments in Apopka every fourth Saturday from 11AM-12:30PM.   In [...]

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Notre Dame AmeriCorps: A Life-Changing Experience

2019-01-18T12:19:53-04:00September 25th, 2018|HCC's Blog|

"I came to Hope CommUnity Center in September 2017 completely lost. I had just graduated with my bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida, and all I knew was that I really wanted to do something different rather than going straight to graduate school. I learned about AmeriCorps from my mother, who works at [...]

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Hope Supports Students Seeking Financial Aid for College

2019-01-18T12:19:57-04:00August 23rd, 2018|HCC's Blog|

What are your plans for after you graduate? What are you going to study? As students reach their senior year of high school, these questions often loom over them. Although seniors can dream of many post-secondary opportunities, the one question that seems the most difficult to solve is, "how am I going to pay for [...]

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Small Steps to Support Your Child in School

2019-01-18T12:20:03-04:00August 20th, 2018|HCC's Blog|

Español Abajo Sometimes parents feel powerless when it comes to helping their kids with school. Language barriers, new technology, and new styles of teaching can be discouraging and intimidating, especially for parents of kids who are just starting elementary school. But after working with parents and their elementary-aged children for a few years, we've realized [...]

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Compassionate Volunteers and Staff Build A Language Learning Community

2019-01-18T12:20:09-04:00August 5th, 2018|HCC's Blog|

Thursday night, more than 30 ESOL students gathered at Hope’s Hawthorne Avenue building to celebrate the end of the Summer 2018 program cycle. The three-level program hosted a diverse group of participants two days per week for nine weeks. Students came from countries like Guatemala, Venezuela, Mexico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic, all of them [...]

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