Strengthen Orlando, Inc. is a Florida not-for-profit corporation created on December 24, 2009 as a fundraising entity to provide funding and resources to support municipal purposes of the City of Orlando that will ultimately help strengthen our community.

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International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)

The IACP Annual Conference and Exposition is the largest and most important law enforcement event of the year — more than 14,000 public safety professionals come here to learn new techniques, advance their knowledge and careers and equip their department for ongoing success. When you bring your team to IACP 2016, your agency will achieve better results and operate more efficiently and effectively. You’ll get unlimited access to:

Non-stop learning opportunities: IACP 2016’s top-notch education program explores the topics most important to you and your team. Choose from 200+ workshops in 12 targeted tracks, and learn proven strategies and crucial information that you can put to use right away.

Innovative equipment and new technology: See live demos, hands-on exhibits and new products in action — more than 650 exhibitors showcase their latest offerings to fully equip law enforcement professionals and help your department do the best job possible to serve and protect your communities.

Valuable connections: Spend time with fellow officers and expand your professional network — IACP provides you with multiple opportunities to make important connections, broaden your perspectives and expand your circle of professional contacts.

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Fair Housing Summit

Each year state and federal governments proclaim April as Fair Housing Month. 2016 will mark the 48th anniversary of the passage of the federal Fair Housing Act and the City of Orlando will once again participate in the annual Florida Fair Housing Summit. This summit supports the City’s vision that is built upon the understanding that diversity of housing types and fair housing opportunities are essential to the well-being and stability of our community. The City of Orlando is committed to affirmatively advancing fair housing and creating stable neighborhoods that encourage the contributions of all citizens, regardless of race, national origin, gender, religion, family status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

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One Person, One Tree

The City of Orlando has partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation and Orlando Utilities Commission to bring Energy-Saving Trees to City residents, an innovative program to increase Orlando’s urban tree canopy. If each of our residents planted one tree on their private property our tree canopy would increase to 40 percent.

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City ArtWorks

To solicit and accept funds in order to provide all participants in the annual exhibit with a commemorative shirt. City ArtWorks provides employees and their families the opportunity to showcase their art.

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Dragon Boat

This fundraising event is for the benefit of Women Playing for T.I.M.E. (Technology, Immediate Diagnosis, Mammography, and Education) in its efforts toward diagnosis and treatment of breast and ovarian cancer.

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Celebrate Black History

To provide an annual scholarship to a City of Orlando high school senior, provide growth opportunities to the African American business community via education and networking, and to promote cultural awareness through the arts.

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Orlando Police Department

Charitable, educational, and marketing for public safety and outreach. Approved activities include hosting an international conference for police chiefs, the installation of “IRIS” cameras throughout the City, a mentoring program for troubled young adults, a neighborhood watch citizen observer program, a volunteer program for administrative purposes, a chaplain program for the spiritual needs of officers and their families, crime prevention through environmental design (neighborhood rehabilitation program), a citizen recognition through awards program, a counseling program, a school crossing guard program, a Police Explorer program, Boone Cadet program, a fund to assist officers injured or killed in the line of duty and their families during their time of crisis, and a fund to help officers who have been seriously injured in the line of duty or those with serious life threatening medical conditions and their respective families during a time of crisis.

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Orlando Fire Department

The Orlando Fire Department plays a prominent role in our community, with more than 600 events and partnerships per year. At OFD, our number one priority is the health and safety of Orlando citizens, as well as the commitment to our key focus areas; technology/advancement, accountability/responsibility, professional development and community outreach. Community partners include local schools, hospitals, professional sports teams, non-profits and charities. Our fire crews take fire units to events to highlight safety education with specialized curriculum, as well as career options.

We have a plethora of programs to aid in the safety of our residents, such as Smoke Alarm Blitz, Take Heart Orlando hands-only CPR, OFD Plus+, CERT, Juvenile Fire Setters intervention, After the Fire program and Community Sharps. Other approved activities include Honor Guard, Pipes and Drums, Explorers, Fire Academy, Firefighters' Scholarships, awards and the Orlando Fire Museum. It’s important to OFD that we engage the public through public service announcements, company demonstrations, press releases and social media. If you see us in your neighborhood or want to tour a fire station, take the opportunity to meet us. We take pride in serving our community, cityoforlando.net/fire.

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Office of City Commissioner - District 4 (Children of Reeves Terrace)

To solicit and accept funds to be used for the purchase of backpacks and school supplies and bicycles to be handed out to children of a public housing community located within the boundaries of the City of Orlando.

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Orlando Mayor’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission

To solicit and accept funds to promote the celebration of Dr. King’s legacy of equality, justice, freedom, peace and harmony for all races and cultures in Greater Orlando by distributing funds to non-profit organizations and groups. Funds are also used for the Humanitarian Awards Recognition Program. Humanitarian awards are given to one student at each of the middle and high schools in Orange County.

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Mayor’s Veteran Advisory Council

To solicit and accept funds to promote and conduct operations and events to recognize the services of veterans who reside in the City of Orlando and surrounding area and to offer assistance as may be needed.

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Friends of the Orlando Wetlands

To solicit and accept funds to provide educational opportunities to increase community awareness, support and appreciation of the Orlando Wetlands Park and its wildlife. Such activities may include: operation of the Orlando Wetlands Education Center, develop educational materials, maintain the Education Center and grounds, assistance with special events related to the Orlando Wetlands, meetings of the Friends of the Wetlands, the Orlando Wetlands Festival, and other advocacy activities that benefit the Orlando Wetlands park.

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Kevin Tyjeski City Planning Scholarship Fund

To solicit and accept funds to provide scholarships to students wishing to pursue a degree in city/urban planning through the University of Central Florida or Rollins College.

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Mayor Buddy Dyer’s Cities of Service: ORLANDO CARES

To solicit and accept funds to use to improve youth literacy and increase safety by mobilizing citizens as volunteers who make service a part of the solution. ORLANDO CARES is a partnership with the Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS). Adult volunteers are needed to enhance the education of our City’s youth and increase the cardiac save rate of our citizens. Programs within ORLANDO CARES include: Preschool Ambassadors, Third Grade Reads powered by Read2Succeed, Mayor Buddy’s Book Club, The Garden, PathFinders, and Take Heart Orlando.

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Orlando Youth Empowerment Summit (O-YES)

To solicit and accept funds for an annual event sponsored by the City of Orlando and Community Partners to empower Central Florida Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) Youth and the community with the necessary resources and education to bring about understanding, acceptance and inclusion. Primarily funded by corporate/community/government sponsorships, O-YES is a partnership with several non-profit agencies such as the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network, Orlando Youth Alliance, the Holocaust Memorial Education & Resource Center of Central Florida, and Parents, Families, Friends of Lesbian and Gays. The Summit is a one-day event that includes a keynote speaker, entertainment, lunch and nine power packed workshops bringing together parents, students, teachers, counselors, and the faith and non-profit communities, along with federal, state, and local government representatives. Workshop attendees receive information on subjects such as internet safety (cyber bullying), local clergy support of LGBT youth, domestic violence and LGBT dating, LGBT legal updates, and more.

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