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Community Builder Award

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The City of Orlando values the contributions of active and involved citizen volunteers who help build a stronger community. To recognize the volunteers who have a significant impact on the well-being of our community, Mayor Buddy Dyer has created the Community Builder Award. Through their actions, these community builders make our City a better place to live, work and raise a family. Mayor Dyer will present the Community Builder Award at his annual Neighborhood and Community Summit, held in the spring of each year.

 2017 Community Builder Award Recipient


Heart of Florida United Way

Since 1939, Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW) has assisted millions of Central Floridians in need and continues to touch the lives of all ages by bringing community leaders and stakeholders together to help address our most critical human needs. Heart of Florida United Way’s immediate response to the Pulse tragedy was providing staffing to answer inquires at the City of Orlando Emergency Operations Center. HFUW was one of the first agencies on-site at the Family Assistance Center providing intake, emergency financial assistance and referrals to victims’ families. The United Way quickly mobilized to spearhead and lead the creation of the Orlando United Assistance Center (OUAC), which provides one-on-one support to assess needs and provide information and resources to those directly impacted by the Pulse tragedy.

The Orlando United Assistance Center has:
•Answered more than 1,965 calls through the HOPE number
•Made 923 appointments with survivors and victims’ families
•Maintained an average case load of 70 clients per advocate
•Provided more than $150,000 in emergency financial assistance to victims
The United Way has displayed exceptional community stewardship and leadership by serving our community with high quality and culturally competent practices. HFUW is a testament to the fact that we have not forgotten the Pulse tragedy and that we remain committed to addressing the continuing needs of families who were impacted.

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