Community & Services

Orange County Corrections Department: Keeping the Faith during COVID-19 Challenges (Note: Photo taken before COVID-19 pandemic)

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically altered the way the Orange County Corrections Department operates. Public access to the jail has been limited due to the virus – including chaplain volunteers and speakers in the Department’s Faith-Based Program. Normally, these volunteers and speakers are responsible for conducting as many as 17 church services per week. Without their assistance, the entire program, which includes many inmates, seemed destined for failure.

Fortunately, Corrections Chaplain Leo Gonzalez and the inmates who were already in the Faith-Based Program took matters into their own hands and decided to organize self-study Bible classes, which they scheduled several times a day from Sunday through Friday. Once in the dayroom, the inmates break up into smaller groups and study the Bible at their own pace.

Woman cleaning a door handle with a disinfection spray and disposable wipe. Woman sanitizing door handle with antibacterial spray. Girl staying at home during coronavirus outbreak

Orange County’s Neighborhood Center for Families get Cleaning Supplies to Underserved to Fight COVID-19

Shopping for food and other household essentials during the COVID-19 pandemic has been especially difficult for low-wage individuals and families. Agencies that would normally...

Hashtag 4-0-7 Dates: Support our local restaurants

#407Dates: Support local restaurants and connect through new online events, dinner deals and cooking kits

Orange County and Visit Orlando recently launched “407 Dates” – a new pride campaign named after the longtime Orange County area code, designed to...

Orange County Convention Center Supports the Feed the Need Initiative

Orange County Convention Center Supports the Feed the Need Initiative

With a goal of supporting the community through this pandemic, the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) continues to collaborate with Centerplate and Urban Smart Farms to donate fresh...

Center to Community Gardens: Feeding the Region

Center to Community Gardens: Feeding the Region

The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), in partnership with Centerplate and Urban Smart Farms, continues to support the region through the donation of fresh...

Orange County Convention Center Makes Donation to Support Local Healthcare Heroes

Orange County Convention Center Makes Donation to Support Local Healthcare Heroes

The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) is committed to helping the community combat COVID-19. Last week, the OCCC donated more than 1,500 N95 masks...

Asian senior couple use tablet video call and talk to grandchild.

Helping the Elderly During COVID-19

Due to the threat of COVID-19, our elderly populations are facing more isolation than ever before. If you are looking for ways to help...

Ninety-one-year-old Volunteer ‘Knocks Socks Off’ at Fix-it Fair

Ninety-one-year-old Volunteer ‘Knocks Socks Off’ at Fix-it Fair

A pair of seventy-year-old socks is what Williamsburg resident Larry Hechler chose to wear to Orange County’s “Don’t Pitch It, Fix It!” workshop on...

Four Decades of Service: Orange County Public Works Employee Celebrating 42 Years

Four Decades of Service: Orange County Public Works Employee Celebrating 42 Years

Orange County Government is a great place to work. But don’t take our word for it. One in ten County employees has two decades...

Community Mural Showcases Neighborhood’s Thriving Past and Vision for its Future

Community Mural Showcases Neighborhood’s Thriving Past and Vision for its Future

On Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, hundreds of residents turned out to be a part of the dedication and unveiling of the Lockhart Community History...