Orlando World Outreach Center brings “sunshine” to WRCC

Did you know that almost 17,000 volunteers donated their time and talents to the Coalition last year? That amounted to nearly 72,000 hours and 342 group projects!

Every now and then we have volunteer groups come along that are interested in going above and beyond the average volunteer activity. The Orlando World Outreach Center (OWOC) is one of those groups.

The OWOC is a local church in downtown Orlando that has a clear mission to “Reach, Connect and Serve the communities of Orlando and Central Florida.” And that is exactly what they are doing.

The OWOC first began their relationship with the Coalition at our Orlando Magic Thanksgiving Day Carnival in 2007. After two years of donating their time on Thanksgiving Day, they decided to assist at our Women’s Residential and Counseling Center (WRCC) by serving dinner and leading the closing ceremonies for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Through these activities, OWOC began to develop relationships with several of our WRCC clients and many are now members of their congregation.

Despite their regular commitment to the Coalition, the group knew they wanted to do more. OWOC’s pastor, Tim Johnson, got wind of a new campaign being touted by a colleague, titled the “Do Something Campaign.” He realized that this initiative fell right in line with the church’s mission, and presented it to his congregation. They pledged to donate 12,500 hours of “city-transforming ministry service” for the year 2011. To kick the campaign off, OWOC decided to do a volunteer project for the WRCC – but on a much larger scale than they had done in the past.

Enlisting the help of approximately 200 volunteers and organizations such as: Charles Clayton Construction; On Wood, Inc.; Tropic Decor, Inc.; Shield Coating and Weatherproofing, Inc.; Porter Paint; West Lawn Care; Pepsi Company; and the City of Orlando, OWOC planned a makeover for the exterior of the WRCC. The project began early last week with pressure washing, landscaping and general preparation for the main event on Saturday, February 12. On Saturday, the volunteers began and completed the generous undertaking of painting the exterior of all three buildings at the WRCC – each one being at least two stories high! We’re calling the color “Coalition Khaki.”

To say that we are grateful for the OWOC and their 875 hours of hard work would definitely be an understatement! But, we are not the only ones who appreciated this amazing project. Our clients at the WRCC were thrilled that their home was given a “makeover.” One of them said it best: “It looks like sunshine!”

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