Investing in the wellness of West Orange County
The following are just a few of the organizations whose invaluable efforts to support the health and wellness of West Orange County residents are currently supported by grants funded by the West Orange Healthcare District.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida
The grant will help build a new 11,500 square-foot home for the West Orange Boys & Girls Club. The new facility will accommodate three times as many children each day as the current center and will feature a Learning Center Computer Lab, Youth/Teen Computer Lab, Teen Arts Lab, Music Studio, Game Room, and Health & Life Sciences Learning Center.
Community Health Centers
The grant will help the not-for-profit organization expand its optometry services in Winter Garden and allow its physicians to serve more patients each year. The expansion will add two optometry testing rooms and patient rooms, and cover four new optometry machines to screen for glaucoma, cataracts and conditions caused by diabetes.
The grant will help the organization purchase much-needed equipment, supplies and provide for other services for its growing Ocoee location. Local physicians, nurses and other licensed medical professionals volunteer their time at Shepherd’s Hope to provide medical services to low-income families who have no (or insufficient) health insurance.
YMCA of Central Florida
The grant will support an evidence-based obesity and nutrition program at five West Orange county public elementary schools. One hundred children identified as obese or morbidly obese, along with their families, will have the opportunity to participate in on-site nutrition education sessions and have access to fitness classes at the Roper YMCA.
The grant will support a partnership between UCF College of Nursing and Shepherd’s Hope that places nursing students in clinics in Ocoee and Winter Garden. In addition to serving low-income families with no insurance, the students will work together and with community leaders to address specific health issues like adult smoking and substance abuse.
Lift Disability Network
The grant will help fund the organization’s Wholeness Circle Care Program, which provides support to individuals and families living with disabilities. The program includes individual case management, assessment tools, direct services, referrals and on-going education.
Oakland Nature Reserve
The grant will fund the local deployment of a national, evidence-based “fitness in nature” program that will enhance the Reserve’s walking trails with exercise stations, educational signage and new mile markers to track progress.
Muscular Dystrophy Association
The grant will provide full funding for 10 local children to attend a week of MDA summer camp. The camp provides special nutrition, fitness and fun activities for kids with Muscular Dystrophy, ALS or related muscle-debilitation diseases.
The City of Winter Garden was awarded a grant to support construction of Tucker Ranch, a 12-acre sustainable working and teaching farm which will produce more than a million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables each year increasing access to affordable, healthy produce for residents of West Orange County.
Epilepsy Association of Central Florida serves the economically disadvantaged and uninsured with epilepsy through individual and family case management, neurology care, diagnostics and emergency medication assistance to minimize emergency rooms visits and admissions, while allowing them to remain in the workforce and in schools. This funding will support neurology care, diagnostics and services for uninsured and underinsured individuals in need of epilepsy care.
Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center, Inc., Provides educational and supportive services to increase quality of life for both the caregiver(s) and the recipients of care, reduce caregiver stress and the possibility of patient abuse, promote caregivers’ mental and physical wellness, and increase the awareness of available resources for those living with Alzheimer’s Disease in the West Orange community. This funding will support an educational series program and establishment of regular office hours for half of one day a week in the West Orange community.
Attain serves children and adults with developmental disabilities by providing physical, behavioral and occupational therapy services and education; as well as safe and affordable housing. This grant will support establishment of a safe affordable residential home for a small group of individuals offering them opportunity to engage in daily living activities and improving their quality of life.
Quest offers a multitude of services and therapy to physically and cognitively developmentally delayed children. This grant will support the Healthy Quest Kids Wellness Project, which through ABA therapy offers therapy in 14 areas of health & wellness, including nutrition and fitness.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is dedicated to helping close the gap between the community’s need for food assistance and the amount of food available. This funding will support the Healthy Pantry program which will create food access for low-income at-risk individuals struggling with diet-related disease which intersect with healthcare treatment plans. It will also offer capacity building for partner agencies in the Community which use these valuable food resources to assist people in need through various hunger relief efforts.
Funding was awarded to implement the Community Leaders Pilot Program, an initiative which aims to empower community leaders to take charge of their health and pledge to also assist in the overall health improvement of the West Orange community. This project will also support the Healthy West Orange movement, of which the District is a proud champion.
As a leading agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for neuromuscular disease, this organization offers a broad range of services, among them a yearly summer camp program. Funding has been awarded to support summer camp scholarships for children 6-17 suffering from MD, ALS and related muscle debilitating diseases living in the District. This program offers nutrition and physical fitness activities designed for the children’s physical needs.
The Winter Garden Rotary Club Foundation currently has a medical equipment bank which provides free durable medical equipment rentals to individuals in need. Funding awarded will allow for purchase and maintenance of new and current durable medical equipment for existing bank serving residents of the District.