$1,000,000 in Grants Awarded through 
the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund

ORLANDO, Fla. July 13, 2015 – Through the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund, a Fund of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, $1,000,000 in grants was recently distributed to 31 qualified, non-profit organizations across Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake and West Volusia Counties. Grants are made to help support hunger, homelessness, child & youth education and child abuse prevention & treatment programs.

Since 1990, more than $35 million has been granted through the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund to qualified non-profit agencies in Central Florida that help local children and families in need. The McCormick Foundation matches all donations at fifty cents on the dollar. In addition, all administrative costs are covered by the Orlando Sentinel and the McCormick Foundation, allowing 100% of all donations, plus the match, to go directly to support these invaluable programs and services.

“We are pleased that for a second year in a row, $1 million in grants were distributed to enable local organizations to continue improving the lives of Central Floridians in need,” said Orlando Sentinel’s Publisher and CEO Nancy A. Meyer. “And a sincere thank you to our loyal readers and donors. Their support directly helps impact positive change in our community.”

“Addressing the emerging needs in our communities remains the top focus of the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund and the McCormick Foundation,” said David Hiller, President and CEO of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. “Through our investments, we can help to provide not only year-round access to vital programs, but also a greater sense of hope for families and children.”

Following a complete list of agencies that received grants in 2015 through the Orlando Sentinel Fund and a description of the program funded.

Adult Literacy League, Inc. received $35,000 for the Education Pathway for Youth Ages 16-24 program which provides academically disconnected students with one-on-one literacy instruction and mentoring.

Aspire Health Partners, Inc. received a $30,000 grant for their Oasis Adolescent Residential Facility which provides emergency shelter, residential treatment, and case management for homeless youth in crisis.

BETA Center, Inc.’s Teen Parent program which provides educational and support strategies that promote positive parenting and reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect in at-risk adolescent mothers received a $42,000 grant.

Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida, Inc. received $50,000 for the Project Learn program to provide education enhancement and literacy focused programs for academically at-risk students in Osceola County.


Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake & Sumter Counties, Inc. received $20,000 for the Project Learn program which provides academic skill building aligned with classroom instruction.

Boys Town Central Florida, Inc. received $60,000 for their ‘Continuum of Care’ Parenting Program in order to reduce the risk of the cycle of child abuse by providing trauma treatments for children impacted by abuse and family violence.


Bread of Life Fellowship, Inc. received a $10,000 general support grant to help their hunger relief efforts in Orange County.

Catholic Charities of Central Florida, Inc. is a social service agency that provides counseling and emergency assistance to families. It received $40,000 to help low-income families pay their rent and utility bills and to distribute food.

Christian HELP received $25,000 for their Stop Hunger Now Program which provides unemployed and underemployed individuals and families weekly food.

City Year Inc.’s $25,000 grant for their Whole School Whole Child program will help support tutors, mentors and role models in high-poverty schools to increase the academic performance of low performing students.

Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, Inc.’s Women’s Residential and Counseling Center Transitional Housing program helps homeless women and their children transition from poverty to self-sufficiency. They received a $30,000 grant.

Community Food & Outreach Center, Inc.’s $20,000 grant will help support their Wellness Hunger Relief program in Central Florida.

Covenant House Florida, Inc. received a $45,000 grant for their Independent Living Track program which provides transitional and permanent housing support, life skill development, financial literacy, job search skills and GED preparation to homeless youth in Central Florida.

Elevate Orlando received $30,000 for general program support as well as evaluation support for their in school instruction, 24/7 mentoring and post-secondary education preparation for at-risk, low-income youth.

Foundation for Foster Children’s ‘BEST – Building Educational Success Together’ tutoring program received a $30,000 grant to assist children in the foster care system.

The Foundation for Orange County Public Schools Inc. received $30,000 for the Middle School Morning Book Club program which provides literacy enrichment to students in 6th- 8th grade who are at risk of failing Florida’s standardized achievement testing.

The Foundation for Osceola County Education, Inc. received $25,000 for their ‘Bookmark Buddies’ after school tutoring program for at-risk third grade students.

Great Kids Explorer Club, Inc. runs a Bridges to Success program, which provides life skills enrichment and one-on-one tutoring to underserved children. They received a $20,000 grant for this program.

Hope Helps, Inc.’s Kids of Hope School Break Lunch program which provides food baskets to families with young children who experience food insecurity during the summer and school breaks received $25,000 to support their efforts.

Impower received a $35,000 grant for their Village Transitional Housing program which provides housing support and full wrap-around support services for youth 18-23 who age out of the foster care system.

Kids House of Seminole, Inc. received a $30,000 grant to support their Child Advocacy program which provides child abuse prevention, parent education and training and treatment.

Lake Sumter Children’s Advocacy Center, Inc. received a $25,000 grant for their therapy program which provides specialized trauma treatment for child victims of physical and/or sexual assault.

LifeStream Behavioral Center, Inc. received a $20,000 grant in support of their Anthony House program which provides transitional to permanent housing to low-income families in Orange County.

Orlando Health Foundation, Inc.’s Healing Tree program received $40,000 for their trauma treatment program for children victimized by physical or sexual abuse.

Osceola County Council on Aging, Inc. provides distribution of fresh food packages through their Mobile Food Pantry program. They received a $40,000 grant.

Rescue Outreach Mission of Central Florida, Inc. helps provide women and children comprehensive support services through their Transitional Housing Program for families impacted by domestic violence. They received a $23,000 grant to support their efforts.

Salvation Army Orange County received a $60,000 Emergency Services grant which provides direct financial assistance to individuals and families in crisis for rent, mortgage and utilities payments.

Salvation Army of Seminole County received $60,000 for their Emergency Services program which provides direct financial assistance to individuals and families in crisis for rent, mortgage and utilities payments and food support.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Inc. received a $30,000 general support grant. This agency services the Orlando community eight hunger-related programs and distributes more than 39 million pounds of food resources to 500 local nonprofit agencies.

Seniors First, Inc. received $25,000 for their Emergency Meals on Wheels program, providing home delivered meals and case management assistance to elderly adults.

United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties, Inc.’s Human Care Network program received a $20,000 grant for their hunger relief and case management efforts in Lake County.

About the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund The Orlando Sentinel Family Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, is committed to supporting programs that move low-income children and families to self-sufficiency. Since 1990, through the Fund, more than $35 million has been awarded to local nonprofit organizations serving Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake and W. Volusia Counties. To learn more about the Orlando Sentinel Children’s Fund, visit www.OrlandoSentinelFamilyFund.org and “Like” us on Facebook.

About the Robert R. McCormick Foundation The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is committed to fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. Through philanthropic programs, Cantigny Park and museums, the Foundation helps develop citizen leaders and works to make life better in our communities. The Foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is one of the nation’s largest foundations, with more than $1.5 billion in assets. For more information, please visit www.McCormickFoundation.org, follow us on Twitter, and “Like” us on Facebook.

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