Community & Services

Orange County Mayor Demings Presents AKC Humane Fund Award For Canine Excellence

On Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, welcomed Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings at the 2019 AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin to present the AKC Humane Fund Award for Canine Excellence (ACE) in the Uniformed Services Dog Category.

Mayor Demings presented K-9 Summer, a Labrador Retriever handled by Sergeant Micah Jones, with the award.  A retired military working dog, K-9 Summer now serves the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as an Explosive Detection Dog (EDD) with the Amtrak Police Department in Washington D.C.

A group of students from Oak Ridge High School taking a group photo

A Neighborhood You Should Know: Oak Ridge Showcases Orange County’s Unique Mix of Ethnicity and Diversity

When most people see a neighborhood for the first time, they focus on its homes and setting. Some places, however, only reveal their true...

James Mercy honored at the 2019 Community Conference

Founder of County’s First Hispanic Women’s Business Association Goes Extra Mile to Mentor Others

When Orange County resident Mercy James won the District 5 Citizen of the Year award at the 2019 Community Conference, she was honored...

Business leaders holding signs with numbers on them representing a total number of fundraising dollars

Whoville Holiday Highlights Orange County’s Fundraising Success of $691,655 for Heart of Florida United Way

Since 1939, Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW) has been at the forefront of health and human care services in the Central Florida...

Toy Drive Collaboration Leads to Happy Holidays for Families

Toy Drive Collaboration Leads to Happy Holidays for Families

Orange County Government emphasizes collaboration in its projects throughout the community, including collecting more than 4,100 toys for families in need during this...

Schoolchildren performing onstage. The words "Welcome to Head Start" are above them.

A Great Start: Orange County Employee Credits Head Start with Family Success

Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed in life, and Orange County Head Start helps to provide those opportunities to local residents. One Orange...

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FusionFest Helps Lifelong Travel Dreams Take Flight

Lake County resident Jenna Simpson had always envisioned visiting England, where her Jamaican father was born, and New York, the birthplace of her mother....

Orange County Citizen Corps Council Makes Community Safer, Stronger and Better Prepared

Orange County Citizen Corps Council Makes Community Safer, Stronger and Better Prepared

In 2005, when Mayor Jerry L. Demings served as Orange County’s Public Safety Director, he started the Citizen Corps Council in Orange County....

Librarian at the Chickasaw branch library. Text: A Neighborhood You Should Know: Union Park

An Orange County Neighborhood You Should Know: Union Park is Diverse with a Welcoming Atmosphere

For Lisa Stewart, manager of the Chickasaw Branch of the Orange County Library System, Union Park is a place where residents are engaged...

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Martin Luther King Jr. Initiative Kicks Off: Charged by Mayor Demings with Year Round Activities

In the spirit of bringing the message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to unincorporated areas of Orange County and surrounding communities year round,...