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Happy Holidays!

Greetings Campus Community,

During this holiday season, the Center for Leadership & Community Engagement would like to share a few opportunities to give back and engage with our local entral Florida communities. 

Ways to Give:

  1. Harbor House of Central Florida- Harbor House supports survivors of domestic violence. Over the holidays, they are doing a 12 days of Christmas drive, asking for various items for their shelter and residents, such as jackets, coats, laundry detergent, pillows, bedding, canned goods, and pet food. You can also follow them on Facebook to stay up to date!
  2. Second Harvest Food BankHope for the Holidays – start a virtual food drive with your family, friends, or department or you can give to an existing one! Second Harvest supports families and children who are experiencing food insecurity.
  3. Orlando Union Rescue Mission – OURM is expecting to serve over 30,000 meals this holiday season and could use monetary support to do so! Give today!
  4. Donate to the Coalition for the Homeless, as they support individuals experiencing homelessness over the holidays. They accept monetary donations and are also accepting items for their Holiday Wish List. Items are needed by December 19.
  5. Support local youth at the Winter Park Day Nursery by stocking their food pantry or donating items to families.

Ways to Be Engaged:

  1. Volunteer with Baby DJ, a program of local radio station 106.7 FM, that supports families experiencing economic hardships. They have shifts until December 23rd and also accept donations.
  2. Nathaniel's Hope: Caroling for Kids. Individuals and families volunteer their time on Christmas Day to sing carols and deliver Christmas goodies to uplift the spirits of those in the hospital. We also use seasoned musicians to lead the teams on guitar, keyboard, etc. This program began in children’s hospitals in 1998, but has now expanded to include other hospitals, making it Caroling for Kids “of all ages.” Please note that space is limited for these teams.
    • Help us prepare goodies, tag candy canes & new beanie babies, and make cookie platters for Christmas day! Location varies between Nathaniel’s Toy Shop & the Nathaniel’s Hope office. If you are interested in having a group help, contact Nathaniel's Hope office  directly (407-857-8224).
  1. Rise Against Hunger – Longwood Meal Packaging. Volunteer for a meal packing shift on December 15th anytime between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM. The goal is to package 36,000 meals for families in need.

After the Holidays:

  1. Lakes Berry and Spier Watershed Clean-Up. Saturday, January 5th, 8:00 – 11:00 AM at Westminster Winter Park. Breakfast, T-shirt, snacks, and water included.

We recognize that there are many organizations that sponsor holiday related drives and services which make a difference for hundreds of Central Florida residents. The above list is by no means exhaustive! We hope it will offer a place to start as you look to give back this holiday season.

Happy Holidays and Best Regards

An Engaged Campus


“An engaged campus is one that is consciously committed to reinvigorating the democratic spirit and community engagement in all aspects of its campus life: students, faculty, staff and the institution itself. The engaged campus recognizes that knowledge cannot be separated from the purposes to which it is directed. The engaged campus is not just located within a community, it is intimately connected to the public purposes and aspirations of community life itself. The engaged campus is unable to separate its unique responsibility for the development of knowledge, from the role of knowledge in a democratic society to form the basis for social progress and human equality.”
— Campus Compact

Mission Statement
CLCE inspires action and cultivates positive social change through leadership development and community engagement.
Vision Statement
A community committed to educating and empowering global citizens, responsible leaders, and lifelong learners.