Community Ties

Coretta Scott King, author, activist and wife to Martin Luther King Jr., believed that “the greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” There is so much greatness happening right here in Central Florida! All of us at United Against Poverty are fortunate enough to experience it every day in ways big and small, ordinary and obscure. Below are just a few highlights from the past two weeks.

Westgate Resorts and Westgate Resorts Foundation, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways. Ten gallons of milk, eight boxes of muffns, thirty dozen eggs, six cases of yogurt and 125 cartons of fruits and vegetables! Totaling four pallets, our longtime partners at Westgate have donated items from three locations in the past week.

Our friends at Peach Valley Café on Orange Avenue in SODO recently surprised UP Executive Director Eric Gray by donating all of their fresh produce prior to temporarily closing their location. Restaurant Manager Dawn Dalton wanted to make sure the fresh fruit and vegetables could get into the hands of community members in need during this stressful time, and personally coordinated the donation.

It’s amazing what a can of sparkling flavored water or a little bit of caffeine can do to raise one’s spirits. And thanks to Orlando Economic Partnership, our families can experience a much-needed boost of energy. With special events on hold, OEP Meeting Planner Christine Aponte recently got in touch to donate 27 cases of assorted beverages.

Following the Mall at Millenia’s announcement that it would be temporarily suspending their operations, Earls Kitchen + Bar General Manager Evan May sprung into action. He and his team loaded up an entire pallet of produce and dry packaged goods to donate—including limes, lemons, oranges, apples, grapefruit, onions, carrots, tomatoes and cauliflower.