The Garden Launch
Mayor Buddy Dyer kicked off The Garden, Orlando Cares’ third service-initiative, on May 21 at the JB Callahan Neighborhood Center. The Garden’s goal is to reduce youth crime and violence by providing adult-supervised, constructive after-school activities for youth that offer career exploration in science and agriculture. Volunteers and program partners from Orange County 4-H and Real Men Outdoors were on-hand to teach interested youth about the importance of worms to soil, how to plant their own herb garden and how to make breakfast on the grill. 4-H’s Rebecca H. and volunteer Mike T. also showed Mayor Dyer and a group of youth how to make seed paper. Twenty-two middle and high school youth are learning how to plant container gardens and the importance of healthy meals during the first 10-week session. Volunteers are needed for the second session that begins in mid-August.
Visit OrlandoCares.net to sign up!
1st Mayor Buddy’s Book Club Party
Mayor Buddy’s Book Club is proud to announce that it has more than 300 members! Our first Book Club wrap-up party was held at the downtown library on June 2nd with a crowd of eager readers. Many book club members received complimentary copies of The Red Pyramid from our Mayor Buddy’s Book Club sponsor, Walt Disney World Resorts. Snacks ending in ‘O’ were featured in celebration of Khufu, many of the members’ favorite character from The Red Pyramid and students participated in pyramid making and mummy wrapping contests. An enthusiastic and very competitive Jeopardy game separated by gender lines was held and winners were crowned. Thanks and Kudos go out to Daniela C. a dedicated Book Club member, who not only created the photo-op for the party attendees, but also contributed to the winning Jeopardy team. Our partners from Scholastic joined us to distribute copies of The Maze Runner, which they donated as our second Mayor Buddy’s Book Club Book.
Visit OrlandoCares.net/bookclub to join the book club or sign up to volunteer.
Public Allies Work With Orlando Cares
In January, 14 members of theCentral Florida Public Allies, a program under the umbrella of AmeriCorps, selected Orlando Cares as their service project.These members, who will graduate from the Public Allies program in late July, have helped to design and implement the Orlando Cares initiatives, assisting with volunteer and student training and recruitment. Congratulations to the Public Allies and their program managers!