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HOLA in the Community


On March 10, 2018, HOLA Staff participated during the 2018 HE GOT UP Event Day 1 at the Dr. J.B. Callahan Neighborhood Center. This year's event was focused on legal services for the poor and under deserved and the sharing of information of local organizations.

District 1 Community Meetings

On February 27th, 28th and March 1st, HOLA Coordinator, joined District 1 Commissioner, Jim Gray during his community meetings where he shared district progress and future projects.
Keiser University 40th Anniversary

On February 27, 2018, HOLA Coordinator, Ana L. Cruz attended the Keiser University's 40th Anniversary Celebration, here in Orlando. We would like to congratulate Keiser University on their 40th year of serving our community. Congratulations!

25th Annual Installation Luncheon

On February 16, 2018, HOLA Coordinator, Ana L. Cruz, attended the 25th Annual Installation Luncheon of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando. The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is celebrating 25 years assisting local businesses in our community.

Mayor Buddy Dyer’s 2018 Neighborhood & Community Summit

On February 10, 2018 the HOLA staff participated during the Mayor Buddy Dyer’s 13th Annual Neighborhood & Community Summit. More than 300 community leaders attended this year's summit. The participants had the opportunity to gather resources and information necessary to build strong, vibrant communities and organizations.
Literary Week

On January 24, 2018, HOLA Coordinator, Ana L Cruz, participated at the Azalea Park Elementary School Literacy Week. She read several books to a group of second graders.
Other City of Orlando staff that participated were: OPD Deputy Chief, Orlando Rolon, Office of Community Affairs, Dr. Giorginna Pinedo-Rolon and Director of Multicultural Affairs, Mr. Luis M. Martinez.
Public Relations Society of America Lunch Event

On January 18, 2018, HOLA Coordinator, Ana L. Cruz, participated in a panel alongside Mr. Scott Howat, Chief Communications Officer for OCPS and Mr. Mark Pino, Public Relations Officer for Osceola County, led by WFTV’s Channel 9 News Anchor Nancy Alvarez to discuss how Hurricane Maria has affected the lives of the Puerto Ricans who have moved to Florida, the communication challenges they’ve encountered and the impact it has had on Central Florida.
Visit of the Governor of Puerto Rico

On January 12, 2018, the City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and staff members welcomed and met with the Governor of Puerto Rico, Honorable Ricardo Rosselló. During the meeting the governor provided updates about the island of Puerto Rico and the recovery efforts after Hurricane María.
Cleaning Authority-Orlando

On December 28, 2017, a donation of 300 pounds of canned food from Ms. JoAnn Goodhope, owner of The Cleaning Authority-Orlando, was received by the HOLA Office for the families of the Puerto Rican evacuees’.
On the picture from left to right: Ms. Goodhope, Ana L Cruz (HOLA Coordinator) and The Cleaning Authority employee.
Getting Results Award

We would like to congratulate our HOLA Coordinator, Ms. Ana L. Cruz, who was the recipient of this months News 6 Getting Results Award . On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, reporter Matt Austin from News 6 recognized Ms. Cruz for making a difference in the community of Central Florida.

Puerto Rican Student Association Forum

HOLA Coordinator, Ms. Ana L. Cruz was invited to participate in the Impact of Hurricane Maria Forum at the University of Central Florida on Thursday, November 10, 2017. The forum focused on discussing the programs and services that are being offered to the evacuees of Puerto Rico.
District 2 Fall Festival

On Friday, October 27, 2017, the HOLA Office participated in District 2 Commissioner Tony Ortiz’s Fall Festival at the Engelwood Community Center.

Disaster Relief Center at the Orlando International Airport

The City of Orlando Hispanic Office for Local Assistance (HOLA) office has been welcoming and assisting evacuees from Puerto Rico that are arriving at the Orlando International Airport. HOLA and City staff have been providing information in regards to jobs, English classes, healthcare, and vision certificates.

DACA Event

On Saturday, September 30, 2017 the HOLA staff volunteered at an event organized by Mi Familia Vota, Consulate of Mexico, Hispanic Federation, Florida Immigrant Coalition and Hope Community Center. It was a free clinic dedicated to assisting DACA/Dreamers with the renewal of their application.

Hispanic Seniors Health & Wellness Fair

HOLA participated during the annual Hispanic Seniors Health & Wellness Fair at Engelwood Neighborhood Center on Friday, September 29, 2017.
FREEDOM2017: A Resolution to End Human Trafficking

On Thursday, September 28, 2017, the HOLA Staff assisted an event hosted by The Florida Abolitionist Organization and District 2 Commissioner Tony Ortiz. Community leaders, local businesses, media and community members came together to hear Orlando’s commitment to stopping human trafficking and to the showing of their new wall mural.

The City of Orlando Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff

The HOLA Staff participated at the Annual City of Orlando’s Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 to celebrate the rich and diverse Hispanic culture. The event included the Hispanic Heritage Art Exhibit, Latin folkloric dances, food, and entertainment.

District 4 Back to School Backpack Giveaway

The HOLA Team participated in the Back to School Backpack & Supply Giveaway for District 4 Commissioner Patty Sheehan. The children received backpacks filled with school supplies for the upcoming school year. The event took place on Monday, August 7, 2017 at the Reeves Terrace Apartments.

District 5 Back to School Celebration

HOLA Staff joined Commissioner Regina Hill and Orlando City Soccer Club on Saturday, August 5, 2017 for the Back to School Celebration. An event where health, wellness and educational resources were provided. In addition to food, fun activities and entertainment for the children of the community.
Prince of Peace Back to School Distribution

The Prince of Peace Lutheran Church held a School Supply Drive on Friday, August 4, 2017, HOLA Staff attended this event where bags with school supplies where provided for the children of the community. Blood tests, immunizations and blood sugar tests were also provided for free.

Orange County Public Schools PTA Presidents & Principals Annual Council Meeting

On Thursday, August 3, 2017, the HOLA Team participated in the Annual Meeting for the Orange County Council of PTA’s where community partners came together to support the interests and welfare of all children and youth.

National Night Out Hispanic Safety Summit

The HOLA Team participated in the National Night Out Event on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 that took place at the Engelwood Neighborhood Center. This summit was designed for Spanish speaking seniors where crime prevention and safety presentations from Spanish speaking officers was provided.

Back to School Bash

On July 29, 2017, the HOLA Team participated at the Back to School Bash event at the Iglesia Casa del Alfarero, they provided 500 backpacks with supplies.

Family Fun Fest

On July 15, 2017, the HOLA Team participated in the District 2 Family Fun Fest at the Engelwood Neighborhood Center. The event was sponsored by Commissioner Tony Ortiz, We The Hispanic Women Chamber of Commerce and DNF Medical Centers.

Welcome Workshops

HOLA Staff participated in the welcome workshops available to new residents about important aspects of living and relocating into Central Florida. The event took place on June 24, 2017 at the Chickasaw Public Library Branch.
Orlando United Day

On June 12, 2017, also known as Orlando United Day, the City of Orlando and Orange County came together to honor the victims, the survivors and the families from the Pulse tragedy. HOLA staff assisted at the City of Orlando welcoming tent at Lake Eola Park.
Seniors Prom Event

On June 9, 2017, the HOLA Office participated during a Seniors Prom Event at the Engelwood Neighborhood Center more than 100 seniors attended.
Orlando Youth Empowerment Summit

HOLA staff attended the Orlando Youth Empowerment Summit (OYES) event on May 6, 2017, OYES empowers Central Florida LGBTQ+ youth, community members and allies.
Mayor’s City Academy

On May 4, 2017, the HOLA Office gave a presentation at the City of Orlando Emergency Operations Center during the 2017 Mayor’s City Academy.

District 2 Gateway Orlando Rebranding

On March 23, 2017, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, District 2 Commissioner Tony Ortiz, Gateway Orlando District and area residents celebrated the unveiling of the new branding for the Semoran Boulevard corridor; Gateway Orlando.

HOLA staff participated in the celebration of District 2 Commissioner Tony Ortiz new branding for Semoran Boulevard corridor; Gateway Orlando.

Mayor Buddy Dyer’s Neighborhood & Community Summit

The HOLA staff volunteered at Mayor Buddy Dyer’s annual Neighborhood & Community Summit on March 18, 2017.
LGBTQ Community Meeting

HOLA staff attended an LGBTQ Community Meeting and Job Fair that took place for the first time at the Acacia Banquet Hall on February 2, 2017.
Three Kings Event

The HOLA Team participated in the 2017 National Latino Peace Officers Association Three Kings Event which took place in Azalea Park Elementary on January 7, 2017.

Florida Abolitionist New Office Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On December 8, 2016, HOLA staff attended the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new offices for the Florida Abolitionist organization on the property of the Calvary Church in Orlando.

Seniors Program Luncheon

The HOLA Staff volunteered during the Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon, sponsored by Sedanos Supermarket, for the Engelwood Center Seniors Program on November 16, 2016.
Health Fair

On December 3, 2016, the HOLA Office participated during the First Azalea Park Church Health Fair in District 2.
District 5 Fall Festival

On October 29, 2016 the HOLA office participated during District 5 Commissioner Regina I. Hill’s Unity in the Community Fall Festival at Lizzie Rodgers Park.
District 2 Fall Festival

El 28 de octubre del 2016 la oficina de HOLA participo durante el Festival de Otoño de el Comisionado Tony Ortiz en el Centro Comunitario Engelwood.


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