Join us on November 30th for our Giving Tuesday Fundraiser!

We need your help this Giving Tuesday! With your donation, we can provide support to those who need it the most in Central Florida.

Ways you can help:

  1. On November 30th support all our programs, we will start a fundraiser on Facebook that will last the entire day.
    Join us at https://www.facebook.com/VolunteersforCommunityImpact.
  2. Please share or start your own fundraiser for VCI on Facebook!
  3. When you donate through Facebook, 100% of your donation goes to Volunteers for Community Impact. No fees!

Our new program, MBK, needs help with their graduations! Donate to MBK this Giving Tuesday and help with us purchasing awards, food, drinks, decorations, and more. Whether you can donate $5, $25, or $100, it all adds up and makes their graduation from the program even better. They have accomplished so much and we would love to show them how much they mean to us!

President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Initiative in February 2014 to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and to ensure that all young people realize their full potential. OCPS Superintendent, Dr. Barbara Jenkins, in conjunction with other members of the Council of Great City Schools, has accepted the challenge to support targeted students with the mentorship needed to become college and career ready. Volunteers for Community Impact will take on MBK as one of its programs and recruit volunteers to mentor the boys.

We are adapting our AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent Program to provide our volunteers with virtual volunteer opportunities to continue to help children in schools, Headstarts, and at home. With this change, our volunteers need the devices and services to make them eligible to volunteer and serve those they care for, the young boys and girls in Central Florida who need help the most.  Your donations to the AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent Program will help us purchase tablets, internet service, web cames, and more for our volunteers. Our volunteers are 55+ and want to continue to be a benefit to Central Florida while helping children succeed. This not only helps the children but our volunteers as well as they suffer the most from social isolation in this difficult time.

We are also introducing our Gran Plan. Volunteers for Community Impact’s GRAN PLAN will provide local families with a Foster Grandparent Volunteer who can assist parents with their children’s education. While our FGP volunteers cannot replace parents or teachers, they can assist families by providing positive mentorship and educational assistance to students.

HOW IT WORKS:

Our FGP volunteers have served in schools providing in-classroom assistance to students who need a little extra attention to succeed academically. We have decided to provide these services directly to families by having our FGP volunteers utilize teleconference video solutions to assist your children on their school work.

Families apply to Volunteers for Community Impact to receive a Foster Grandparent Volunteer. Parents will meet with one of our coordinators who will ascertain your child’s needs and how our volunteers can assist you in providing for your child’s educational needs. To learn more about this new demonstration project please follow the links below.

Learn more:
https://volunteersforcommunityimpact.org/fgp-participants/
Application:
https://volunteersforcommunityimpact.org/client-family-application/

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ANY amount will help us in providing our volunteers with what they need. Please donate what you can. Thank you!

Tablets – $80-$100 each – 100+ tablets needed.
Zoom – $15 for each host – estimating we will need at least 20 hosts, to begin with.

Our RSVP volunteers are out volunteering the best they can. Some are handing out food at food banks, others are helping adults learn to read virtually and in so many other ways. While our volunteers start to gradually volunteer at food banks and other physical places, they are in need of personal protective equipment (PPE) to help them keep safe while volunteering. They need face masks/coverings, gloves, safety vests, sanitizers, and other items to protect them while they are volunteering. Your donations will help us provide them the necessities they need during our current pandemic. Thank you for supporting our volunteers!

Learn more about RSVP

Citizens’ Commission for Children has funded a new program for VCI that impacts underserved preschool children. The new program will be called OTTER (Older Teachers Teaching Young Readers) and will focus on introducing young children to the joy of reading.  OTTER volunteers will spend time reading to young pre-K students in the Orlando metro area to instill in them a lifetime love of reading and help build literacy skills that will help students succeed academically.

Sponsor a child and help them learn to read.
Your commitment for 12 monthly donations will help support children in the program by providing a book-of-the-month to them to read every month for a whole year! Help bring the magic of reading to pre-k children and grow into great future students!

$7 a month ($84) – provides for 3 children

$14 a month ($168) – provides for 6 children

$28 a month ($336) – provides for 12 children

Through mentorship in VCI’s GOAL Program, girls will become more confident, increase their knowledge of problem-solving and life skills, and develop healthy relationships with their peers. GOAL is a collaboration with three organizations: Orange County Public Schools’ (OCPS) Minority Achievement Office, Youth Empowerment Project, and FIRST Robotics.

Find Your Voice

  • OCPS’s Minority Achievement Office works to ensure every student has promising and successful future. With the help and support of families and the Central Florida community, they create enriching and diverse pathways that lead students to success. To further their reach the Minority Achievement Office launched Find Your Voice to mentor and lead girls to prominent levels of accomplishment and success. Find Your Voice engages young women in activities that align with the organization’s vision to empower girls in finding their voice and identify their purpose to become impactful leaders. Find Your Voice utilizes its core values of “V.O.I.C.E.” to help young women find their inner strength.Value – Girls value themselves and will move towards our goals.
    Overcome – Girls will confront challenges and overcome them.
    Integrity – Girls will uphold moral living to make the world a better place.
    Commitment – Girls commit to be present consistently and to serve others.
    Enthusiasm – Girls will pursue success enthusiastically.

Youth Empowerment Project

  • The Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) is an after-school leadership program designed for middle school and high school students. YEP’s mission is to expose, equip and empower youth and young adults through career exploration, professional development, and internships.
    Career Exploration – YEP prides themselves on providing opportunities for students to be exposed to various careers. They have ventured into video games design, architecture, financial investment companies, printing, sports training,
    Vocational Training – YEP allows students to experience real world application in video production, graphic design, social media management, web development, music production and expanding to give students valuable skills.
    Leadership Development – YEP provides training for students emotional, personal, and professional well-being to develop well rounded students that practice self-care and are powerful leaders.
    Internship – YEP provides students with paid and unpaid internships teach them how to operate in a real-world work environment while learning how to meet deadlines.
    YEP, provides an outlet for students to let their voices be heard as they discuss topics that they face every day and gain insight from their perspective to allow outlets to find solutions, gain understanding, and hear their voice

FIRST/STEM

  • Reports show that STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) occupations are growing at double the rate of other professions, and Girl Scouts is committed to filling the STEM workforce pipeline. Therefore, the GOAL program will also be collaborating with FIRST and will take a select group of our girls and form an all-girls Robotics Competition Team. Through the creation of this, we will provide girls with the space and opportunity to engage and participate in specific activities that will foster an interest in STEM and help them learn to succeed.
  • FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen. The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. There are $80 million dollars in scholarships available through this program.