Volunteers for Community Impact (VCI) has had a presence in the Central Florida community since 1974. Our core programs have remained the same, however, our impact continues to strengthen as we add more programs to assist the under-served in Central Florida. The mission of VCI is to, “Improve Lives through Volunteerism.” We accomplish this largely through engaging active older adults (age 55+) to make a positive impact in our community.
One of our newest programs – GOAL (Girls Overcome Achieve and Learn) builds upon and expands this mission by engaging not just Seniors, but all adults over the age of 18, who wish to make a difference in the lives of underserved girls. If you’re an adult, especially a woman, who wishes to make a difference in the lives of girls and young women, we encourage you to read more about the GOAL program. Become a volunteer! Become a donor or a supporter!
In collaboration with the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council, VCI’s GOAL program will focus on creating Girl Scout Troops in low-income neighborhoods in Orange County. GOAL volunteers are expected to hold weekly Girl Scout meetings consisting of age-appropriate activities for their Girl Scouts. These activities will allow girls to become more confident, increase their knowledge of problem-solving and life skills, and develop healthy relationships with their peers.
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.
The Orlando Regional FIRST Robotics Competition started in 1999 with 28 teams at the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Center. After four years of growth, the decision was made to move to the University Of Central Florida Arena in 2003. Today, this is where Florida teams still compete. We have 11 FIRST Robotics Competition teams in Central Florida including the World Champion Chairman’s Award Winner. The Regional is an international favorite. The Orlando Regional has had teams competing from Canada, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Israel, Turkey and Great Britain.
If you are a woman over the age of 18 who wishes to volunteer as a mentor, or an assistant troop leader in order to help us prepare girls for future success then please complete the volunteer application below.
If you’re unable to volunteer at this time, please consider making a small donation to support the work of GOAL.