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Volunteer Spotlight: Hayley Canal

2019-10-10T10:14:22-04:00August 1st, 2019|

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, [...]

A Special Citizenship Orientation

2019-10-10T10:14:22-04:00July 8th, 2019|

On Saturday, July 6 Beth Reibel, Director of Immigration Services, Vezna Bozic from US Citizenship and Immigration Services,  Evelyn Portillo, Department of Justice Partial Accredited Representative, from Catholic Charities, staff, and volunteers, welcomed 68 new students who registered for Hope CommUnity Center’s Citizenship classes and Saturday’s orientation.  A highlight of the morning was an inspiring [...]

HCC – Grant Announcement

2020-02-21T14:54:03-05:00May 9th, 2019|

Contigo Fund, an initiative of Our Fund Foundation, Announces grant awardees May 9, 2019 – Hope CommUnity Center is a third-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. $40,000 was awarded to Hope’s TheirHistorias [...]

Dental Hygiene Workshops & Elementary Tutoring

2019-10-10T10:14:22-04:00March 14th, 2019|

In honor of Dental Health Month, this past February, Hope CommUnity Center's Academic Support program held a collaborative workshop with students from Valencia College Dental Hygiene Program with the intention of educating elementary school students about the importance of a healthy smile. Each workshop was divided into two sections, the first involved 35 minutes of [...]

Hearts for Hope 2019

2019-10-10T10:14:22-04:00February 18th, 2019|

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

2019-10-10T10:14:22-04:00October 22nd, 2018|

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 [...]

AmeriCorps Member to attend Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners Conference

2019-10-10T10:14:22-04:00October 14th, 2018|

“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 [...]

For One Hope Volunteer, A Snapshot of His Own Story

2019-10-10T10:14:22-04:00October 11th, 2018|

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 [...]

New Program Promotes Literacy and Social Change

2019-10-10T10:14:22-04:00September 29th, 2018|

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 [...]

Notre Dame AmeriCorps: A Life-Changing Experience

2019-10-10T10:14:22-04:00September 25th, 2018|

"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 [...]