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We at the Community Seal are thankful for all of our founding members. You were among the first to believe in our mission to build stronger communities and businesses by growing philanthropy and are helping us grow a network of non-profits, businesses, and people that committed to giving back.

Thank you to the following Businesses and Non-profit Members. You are part of an exclusive and growing network of Founding 100 Community Seal Members!

- accesso

- BB&T Central Florida

- Castle and Cottage Realty

- Pascha Parrish

- Security 101 Orlando

- CECO

- Dave's House

- Florida Abolitionists

- Foundation for Foster Children

- HAPCO Music Foundation

- Next Step Orlando

- Sustainable Florida

- Teach for America

- United Against Poverty

- Watch Light Foundation

We welcome our newest founding non-profit member -- the Orlando REP Theatre. Orlando REP provides quality theatre for young audiences that enlightens, enriches, and entertains. The Orlando REP is a Central Florida gem that was founded in 1926.

In addition to its professional family productions at the historic theatre, the REP partners with UCF and other businesses in the community to expand its impact and reach with programs that encourage youth writing and productions, provide character training, social awareness and learning through the arts, and so much more. Learn more at: https://www.orlandorep.com

Castle and Cottage Realty, one of The Community Seal's newest Founding Members, provides a luxury-caliber service for high net worth and discriminating clientele from condos and town homes to high-end luxury properties in Central Florida. Castle and Cottage Realty and its owner, Katherine Bordelon, just celebrated its one-year anniversary and is committed to building a stronger community through giving back.

From Day 1, giving back to the community and adherence to social responsibility have been central to their mission. Castle and Cottage advocates for education by giving their time, talents, resources and support to Teach for America Orlando. They are also Ambassadors for MBA Orlando, the LGBT Chamber of Commerce, and support multiple non-profit organizations that are important to their agents and clients. Castle and Cottage Realty fully embraces the importance of being a responsible business through service and a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.

Over 1,500 students have relocated from Puerto Rico and enrolled in Orange County schools, increasing daily. OCPS Foundation is coordinating efforts with local volunteers and businesses to provide school supplies in backpacks for the kids and gift cards for clothing, groceries, and meals. Channel 9, Disney, Sea World, Westgate Resorts Foundation, JC Penney, Target, and Bank of America have donated supplies and gift cards for families affected.

Cash contributions are the most effective way to help, and are being accepted through the OCPS Foundation. To help these students and their families settle in as easily as possible, OCPS Foundation is continuing to collect backpacks and supplies for their students. Donations can be brought to the Foundation office at RBELC, 445 W. Amelia Street (1st floor/lobby) Orlando, 32801. Please call 407.317.3261 to establish a drop-off time for large deliveries.

Below is a list of items requested to meet this need:

Backpack (new)

Pencils (#2)

Colored pencils and markers

Yellow highlighter

Spiral notebook

Composition book

Crayons

Hand sanitizer

Ruler

Donations can be brought to the Foundation office at RBELC, 445 W. Amelia Street (1st floor/lobby) Orlando, 32801. Please call 407.317.3261 to establish a drop-off time for large deliveries.

https://www.foundationforocps.org/p/608/hurricane-relief-for-our-ocps-family#.WgOvO4hry71

November 08, 2017

In the last ten weeks, the American Red Cross launched wide-ranging relief efforts to help people devastated by three historic back-to-back hurricanes—Harvey, Irma, and Maria. And most recently, the Red Cross began supporting thousands of people affected by the deadliest week of wildfires in California history.

California Wildfires

• The Red Cross, community and government partners have provided more than 27,900 overnight stays in emergency shelters.

• With the help of partners, the Red Cross has served more than 181,400 meals and snacks, and provided more than 14,200 mental health and health services to support and care for those affected.

• The Red Cross has distributed more than 142,400 emergency relief items such as masks, gloves, rakes, trash bags and comfort kits containing deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hygiene items to people in need.

• To help people recover and get back on their feet, the Red Cross has opened more than 1,900 cases, reaching more than 4,700 Californians.

• More than 260 Red Cross disaster workers are on the ground now.

Hurricane Response Efforts (Harvey, Irma and Maria)

• In the last ten weeks, the Red Cross, along with community and government partners, has provided nearly 1.3 million (1,296,800) overnight stays in emergency shelters. That’s more overnight shelter stays than the past 5 years combined. Shelters were opened in 8 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This includes—

For Harvey, more than 414,800 overnight shelter stays in Texas and Louisiana.

For Irma, more than 555,200 overnight shelter stays across six states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

For Maria, more than 326,700 overnight stays in primarily government shelters across Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

• With the help of partners, the Red Cross has served more than 9.7 million (9,763,800) meals and snacks—that’s more food than the past 4 years combined.

• The Red Cross has distributed more than 5.8 million (5,802,900) emergency relief items to people in need.

• Red Cross volunteers have provided more than 202,800 mental health and health services to support and care for those affected.

• A total of more than 16,400 trained disaster workers, 91 percent of them volunteers, have been mobilized to support hurricane relief efforts. Many of these workers have supported multiple relief operations or deployed multiple times.

• Right now, more than 1,000 Red Cross disaster workers are on the ground. More than 100 Red Cross workers from around the world deployed to the United States to help with hurricane relief efforts.

Hurricanes Irma and Maria (Puerto Rico and USVI)

• In Puerto Rico, more than 2,400 people stayed Tuesday night in 61 government evacuation shelters.

• On the U.S. Virgin Islands, more than 90 people stayed Tuesday night in 4 shelters.

• More than 820 Red Cross disaster workers are supporting relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands now.

• Along with our partners, the Red Cross has served more than 3.6 million (3,623,300) meals and snacks across Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

• We’ve distributed 3 million (3,068,000) relief items across Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

• Red Cross volunteers have provided more than 22,900 mental health and health services to support and care for those affected.

• Since Irma and Maria struck Puerto Rico, the Red Cross has served more than 3.5 million (3,541,700) meals and snacks, distributed more than 2.5 million (2,523,300) relief supplies, and provided more than 17,600 mental health and health services to people in need. Right now, nearly 700 Red Cross disaster workers are helping.

• Since Irma and Maria struck the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Red Cross has served more than 81,600 meals and snacks, handed out more than 544,600 relief items, and provided more than 5,300 mental health and health services to people in need. Right now, nearly 150 trained Red Cross disaster workers are helping.

• More than 30 Red Cross disaster responders from around the globe deployed to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to help deliver aid. These responders came from Red Cross societies in Colombia, Costa Rica, Finland, Mexico, Spain, and from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

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