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. Days are a combination of lectures, tours, hands-on experience, and behind-the-scenes activities.

The West Orange Adult Leadership program began in 1994 and has been experienced by more than 400 local leaders. The mission of the Leadership West Orange program is to raise the awareness of the key segments of the local community; “To educate business leaders to better serve the West Orange community; To develop leaders and build a quality community.”  The education of our future leaders is very important in preserving our past, embracing our present, and visioning and planning our future.

Each month the class focuses on a certain aspect of West Orange County. Activities are held one day a month, for eight months, during which participants will take tours focusing on a specific aspect of West Orange County.

  • Team Building – Class Members are challenged to participate in an exciting group dynamic session that will involve them intellectually, emotionally, and physically.
  • Environment – Class members will experience firsthand the environmental issues and challenges that we face as a community and how we are overcoming them.
  • EducationClass members will tour local facilities and hear from leaders in the West Orange Educational system about the impact they are making on our future.
  • Economic Development – Class members will learn about the economic history of our area and learn about current and future economic drivers in the community.
  • Legal & Government – Class members will spend the day visiting with elected and municipal leaders and experiencing their day-to-day challenges and triumphs.
  • Healthcare Class members will spend the day touring components of the various  Healthcare options in West Orange County and Central Florida.
  • Quality of Life – Class members will review what they have learned in a fun, active exercise.

For more information about this West Orange Foundation program, contact Krista Carter at 407-656-1304 ext. 6 or kcarter@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!

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