Community & Services

Orange County Government: Women in STEM

Shelby Craig, who works to keep our drinking water safe, took an untraditional path on her way to becoming a senior chemist for Orange County.

Often, career paths can be winding roads and such was the case for Shelby Craig, senior chemist for the Orange County Utilities Water Division. While her dream was to work with orcas, she was eventually drawn more towards conservation and the environment, graduating in 2011 from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in biology.

A Neighborhood You Should Know: Old and New Merge to Make Azalea Park an Enduring Neighborhood

A Neighborhood You Should Know: Old and New Merge to Make Azalea Park an Enduring Neighborhood

Created from the remains of a private air field, Azalea Park is situated in the middle of the hustle and bustle of modern-day Orange...

Current photo of Carla McClendon

Black History Month Spotlight: First Black Female Municipal Fire Safety Inspector in Orange County

Almost 40 years ago, a social worker talked to students about having the heart to serve others at an Evans High School’s Career Day....

A kitten named Coco

The Foster Factor: Orange County Animal Services Offers Program for Kittens to be Adoption Ready

For Orange County Animal Services, offering a foster care program that places pets in temporary homes until ready for adoption saves thousands of lives...

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

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...

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 and...

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 region....

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 holiday...

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...