Featured Business: Expedia Local Expert – Orlando

Coalition for the Homeless could not exist without the dedicated volunteers and donors who help us in our mission to transform the lives of homeless men, women and children. Periodically, we like to highlight an individual or group who has gone above and beyond to help us.

Expedia Local Expert – Orlando is undeniably deserving of this recognition. “I realized that we didn’t do any philanthropy in Orlando,” said Eric David, Regional Manager. So, after a series of votes to determine which local organization they would partner with, Expedia employees chose Coalition for the Homeless!

To begin their service to the Coalition, Expedia made an in-kind donation to the 2011 Golf Challenge. Since then, they have quickly become known around the Coalition for far more than their online travel services. In fact, over the past eight months, the Expedia team has exceeded any expectations we could have for our volunteers and donors.

Only a few months after donating to the Golf Challenge, around 40 Expedia employees volunteered at Share Our Strength’s 22nd Annual Taste of the Nation, which locally benefits Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, as well as Florida Impact. In the same month, the Expedia team held a supply drive and donated about $1,000 worth of diapers and baby wipes. To our delight, merely a few days later, they sponsored a ‘Bounce House’ for the Coalition’s 2011 Back to School Festival.

Expedia’s generosity continued through Fall 2011, as they provided and served several meals to our residents via the Community Meal Service Program. In addition, our wonderful new friends at Expedia held another supply drive and donated approximately $5,000 worth of hygiene items to the men who call the Coalition “home.”

As if all of that weren’t enough, just last week, Eric and his crew brought us a check for $5,000 from the Expedia, Inc. corporate offices in Bellevue, Washington!

“Anytime you guys need us, we step up and try to do our best,” stated Eric. And they do. Every time they walk through our doors, we are floored by their kindness! We can’t thank them enough for all they have done for the Coalition.