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As we think of community involvement, we can all celebrate an influential leader, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. by participating or attending this year’s downtown Orlando Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade sponsored by the Southwest Orlando Jaycees (swojaycees.org). This year’s parade takes place on Saturday, January 19th at 10 a. We can all take to heart this year’s theme, “Remember, Celebrate, Act.”
There are many ways to “Act” here in Orlando where we have seen first-hand how a single individual can make a difference. If you are interested in a long-term commitment, we have many Citizen Boards, appointed by the Mayor, that advise our City in different capacities. For more information, to view current vacancies or to fill out an application, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.
For those with a green thumb or who just like working outdoors, our Keep Orlando Beautiful and Green-Up Divisions have projects throughout the year where volunteers are needed. From beautifying a park, to cleaning up a lake, citizens assist our staff around the City. For more information, visit cityoforlando.net/kob or cityoforlando.net/greenup.
We are also excited that for the second year in a row, Orlando has been awarded the Cities of Service Leadership Grant by the Rockefeller Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies to continue the work of the Orlando Cares project. This effort engages volunteers in programs that help our City’s youth. Visit Orlando Cares and see the many unique ways that we are engaging our students to improve literacy and achieve academic success.
Our Orlando Police Department also utilizes volunteers throughout their division. From working at a special event or in the mounted patrol stables to performing clerical work or mentoring area students, there are numerous ways that citizens assist our uniformed officers. For more information on how to get involved, visit their website.
Our police department also runs the City’s crossing guard program. These positions are integral to the pedestrian safety of our students. If you or someone you know may be interested in a crossing guard position, please visit OPD’s webpage.
One way we can all get involved in
our community is through crime prevention in our neighborhoods. Please
call the police (non-emergency number is 321-235-5300) when anything
seems out of place in your area. If
you haven’t joined a Neighborhood Watch group, please consider getting
involved in 2013. Call 407-246-2369 for more information.
As we begin 2013, I look forward to joining all of you in making a few new resolutions and keeping some old ones, including my commitment to the Citizens of District 3. As you have probably heard me say, this is Your City, so thanks for giving of your time, energy and talents to make it a wonderful place to live, work, play and raise a family.
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