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.

 2015 Community Builder Award Recipient

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Harbor House of Central Florida opened in 1976 as a safe haven for survivors of domestic abuse. Under  the leadership of Carol Wick, who  became Chief Executive Officer in August 2006, Harbor House has become one of the most comprehensive abuse prevention and intervention organizations in the United States.  The agency’s holistic and innovative approach invests  in a life-saving goal: eliminating intergenerational cycles  of abuse. Harbor House emphasizes replicable solutions and shares its building blueprints, funding strategies and programs. The goal is community-wide and systemic social change through intensive engagement.

Harbor House is in the business  of saving  lives.  In the past year, more  than 9,000 survivors have been reached through its hotline, shelter and advocacy services.  The agency reached an additional 24,000 people through its education and outreach events.   Since 2006, Harbor House has increased its ability to serve those  in crisis by 670%, increased shelter capacity by 188%, and created a trauma informed campus with a daycare and a kennel.

The Community Builder Award recognizes community organization or volunteer that has made  a significant impact on the well-being of our community.


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