Orange County Government, Florida
Laureen Martinez, Orange County Communications Division, Assistant Manager
(407)-836-5301, or Laureen.Martinez@ocfl.net
25 July 2014
Mayor Teresa Jacobs’ 2014 Summer of Service a Success
Initiative Culminates with Washington Shores Neighborhood Improvement Project

Orange County, FL – Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs’ 2014 Summer of Service will culminate with a month-long neighborhood improvement project benefiting the Washington Shores community. Organized by the Orange County Neighborhood Preservation & Revitalization division, the Fixin’ Up the Neighborhood project is an opportunity for volunteers to directly assist neighbors by painting homes and making small housing repairs. This project in Washington Shores will extend through August 23, 2014.

The Summer of Service initiative, which was started by Mayor Jacobs in 2012 and kicks off the first day of summer, connected community members with Orange County Government divisions and community partner organizations for more than 19 separate volunteer events and opportunities. Throughout the summer, hundreds of participants helped paint and repair homes, clean up green spaces along recreational trails and label storm drains, among other activities.

“Our community is deeply enriched by the selfless service of the thousands of Orange County citizens who so readily give of themselves to help others,” Mayor Jacobs said. “I extend my thanks to all who participated in this year’s Summer of Service projects. By working together to support our neighbors in need and care for our environment, our Summer of Service volunteers are helping to make Orange County a better place in which to live, play and raise a family.”

In addition to the Neighborhood Preservation & Revitalization Division, Orange County Head Start, Regional History Center, Parks and Recreation and the Environmental Protection divisions also participated in the 2014 Summer of Service. The service opportunities provided by Orange County agencies were offered alongside related opportunities with six Orange County-funded community partners including Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, Adult Literacy League, Seniors First, Inc. and Volunteers for Community Impact.

For more information on Fixin’ Up the Neighborhood as well as several other ongoing Summer of Service volunteer opportunities, please visit the Summer of Services page.

Additional Orange County volunteer opportunities can be found on the Orange County Get Involved page.

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About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its citizens and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world famous theme parks, the nation’s second largest convention center, and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners including the Mayor who is elected countywide. For more information please visit www.OCFL.net or go to the Orange County facebook and twitter pages.