West Orange Foundation

The West Orange Foundation supports a vibrant, growing community through its programs and initiatives to advance West Orange County.

Mission

Enrich our community so that it is a highly sought-after place to live, work, and play. 

Vision

  • Create a broader community reach through philanthropy and community outreach programs
  • Engage more industries & businesses
  • Create and embolden alliances
  • Foster positive change, health, and growth   

How to Contribute

We are accepting donations through Paypal:

Board of Directors

J.T. McWalters

Chairman

Camille Evans

Immediate Past Chair

John McReynolds

Chairman-Elect

Stina D’Uva

President/CEO

Kim Hardy

Treasurer

Paul McNamara

Human Resources Director

C101

For over 17 years, the Committee of One Hundred and One (C101) has supported projects and local nonprofit organizations that positively contribute to our community.

OUR MISSION

To foster, enhance, protect and promote West Orange County in matters pertaining to business, civic, arts, environment, education, and overall quality of life.

Membership in the C101 is limited to only those who demonstrate the most substantial, positive influence or leadership in West Orange County, and membership is limited to one hundred and one members. Selection as a member of C101 will only be able to occur after nomination by two C101 board members, screening of the nominee, and final approval by the C101 Board. Membership in C101 offers private social gatherings and interactions with other influential members of the committee.

“The West Orange Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of the 2021 West Orange Foundation Committee of 101 (C101) Donor Fund grant awards. The C101 Donor Fund donations are distributed as grants to organizations that fit the mission of the West Orange Foundation, to enrich our community so that it is a sought-after place to live, work, and play. Over the years, C101 has distributed over $275,000 to worthy community charities.

THE 2021 GRANT AWARD RECEPIENTS

 

Leadership West Orange

 

Leadership West Orange, presented by AdventHealth and Duke Energy, is an annual program that brings a group of community members together for a variety of sessions. These sessions are held monthly and the primary mission is to raise the awareness of the key segments of the total West Orange community.

Leadership West Orange is a ‘hands on, out of the classroom” program designed to educate future leaders of West Orange County by providing exposure to prominent businesses, economic initiatives, and behind-the-scenes look into critical issues and challenges facing the area. The smaller class size offers unique access opportunities and greater success for personal and professional relationship development.

We will explore West Orange County one day per month for 8 months while focusing on a specific area of interest.

  • Team Building – An exciting group dynamic session which will challenge participants intellectually, emotionally and physically.
  • Environment – Experience first-hand the environmental issues and challenges that we face as a community and how we are overcoming them.
  • EducationTour local facilities and hear from leaders in the West Orange educational system about the impact they are making on our future.
  • Economic Development – Learn about the economic history of West Orange County, and learn about current and future economic drivers in the region.
  • Government & Sports – Spend the day visiting elected and municipal leaders and experiencing their day to day challenges and triumphs with an exclusive look into the sports industry and its economic impact.
  • Healthcare Spend the day touring components of the various healthcare options in West Orange County and Central Florida.
  • Day of Exploration – A day of exploring West Orange County in a fun, active exercise.

For more information about this West Orange Foundation program, contact Anita Grant at 407-656-1304 ext. 7 or agrant@wochamber.com

Food Drive


Special thanks to our tremendous and generous members who donated to our 2020 Foundation’s Thanksgiving Food Drive. We collected over $5400 and supported 108 families, -406 people, through the Maxey, Pine Hills, and Lila Mitchell Centers. We will continue to collect donations and share them with families once again through the centers for the Christmas holiday season.

Thank you for your support!

News

Learn More About The Transportation Sales Tax (Charter County and Regional Transportation System Surtax)

The Transportation Sales Tax Initiative will be placed on the November 2022 Ballot for Orange County residents to decide. The Transportation Sales Tax would generate nearly $600 million per year to meet short-term and long-term transportation needs. Here’s how your city or town will use the Transportation Tax (Charter County and Regional Transportation System Surtax):

  • Orange County
  • City of Winter Garden
  • Town of Windermere
  • City of Ocoee
  • Town of Oakland

 

 

Danniel J. Petro Scholarship

Congratulations to Class of 2021 Graduates Michelle Da Silva from Windermere High School who will be attending Valencia College, Savannah Latacki – Eldridge from West Orange High School who will be attending UCF and Siyean Paek from Dr. Phillips High School who will be attending UCF. Each of these students were awarded the Danniel J. Petro Scholarship, facilitated by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce and given in Partnership with the West Orange Foundation and Orlando Health – Health Central Hospital.

This scholarship opportunity is provided through the West Orange Foundation, Inc. (WOF) and administrated by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC). The scholarship fund was established to make it possible for eligible students from local high schools in Orange County (public or private) to further their education at Valencia College (any campus), Orange Technical College, or the University of Central Florida. The West Orange Foundation is able to fund the scholarships through the generous contributions of the Petro Family Foundation.

In order to qualify, eligible senior students must:

-Live in one of the following communities (Dr. Phillips, Gotha, Horizon West, Lake Avalon, MetroWest, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlo Vista, Pine Hills, Windermere or Winter Garden);

-Attend a high school in one of the above service areas;

-Have a current GPA of 2.75 (either weighted or unweighted); and

-Have applied to attend Valencia College, the University of Central Florida or Orange Technical College.

Two student recipients will be awarded $2500 scholarships from the Petro Family Foundation.

Eligible students should complete the application in its entirety, which includes a list of activities, leadership positions and honors, community involvement and special recognition awards and honors, along with a personal essay in which they should describe themselves and provide information about their most significant accomplishment.

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Submissions will be accepted via email or US Post (when submitted by the due date or postmark date). Applications are due April 11, 2022.

For any questions regarding this scholarship, please contact Anita Grant at agrant@wochamber.com