Community Service Orlando, Florida
Each year, millions of people visit Orlando, and who can blame them? Located right in the heart of Florida, it’s the home to Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld. The city sits less than an hour away from the Atlantic Ocean—including Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach—and a 30-minute drive gets you to Blue Springs Park, where you can kayak, canoe, hike, and see Manatees in their natural habitat.
But there’s a side to this sunny city that many tourists never see. An estimated 10,000 adults in the area are homeless, and the figures jump to 20,000 if you include the number of children in temporary shelters and motels. Many more people live in “tent cities” or substandard trailers in the woods.
That’s why Week of Hope works with ministries and organizations in the community that are committed to helping the homeless and the “poorest of the poor” children. You will have the opportunity to serve through food banks, clothing centers, and soup kitchens. You’ll also spread the love of Jesus to seniors, women, and children by visiting local shelters and senior centers.
If you come to Orlando, your team will stay at a church that has hosted Week of Hope teams for many years—and the people of the congregation love being hosts! The church facilities include a basketball hoop, a pool table, a foosball table, a beautiful courtyard and lakefront area, and immediate access to Lake Ivanhoe. Plus, an outdoor shopping mall is just three miles away.