Last week Just DO Something…Anything!, along with Century 21, helped sponsor it’s first Take Action! event at Barnett Park in Orlando, Florida. Nearly 400 residents showed up along with dozens of volunteers, who helped distribute over 3,000 back-to-school supplies: pens, backpacks, clothes, pencils, paper, and other items.
But the event wasn’t just about helping families get materials they need to start the school year. Take Action! was about doing just that … taking action against social injustice.
JDSA, along with some of their Central Florida nonprofit partners: Harbor House, A Gift For Teaching, and Florida Abolitionist, spent the day talking with residents about the importance of what they do and how they do it!
Also on hand was the Orlando Rowing Club, Orlando Dragon Boat Club, and Dueling Dragons boat team. Dragon’s “Cops and Kids” program is a unique partnership teaming Orlando police officers with at-risk teens, who compete in boat races across the country. Their story was recently featured on The Today Show.
Orlando Rowing Club President, Johnny Hood and Chairperson, Chris Luciano brought a “skull boat” and an “Erg,” or indoor rowing machine for residents to try out.
Before the kids picked up their items they were asked to “make their mark” with paint! “Taking Action!” by writing out – next to their imprint – exactly, what they’re going to do to help make the world a better place.
Clean the World, an Orlando nonprofit, cleaned off the paint with donated soap. Clean the World and the Global Soap project have distributed over 25 million bars of soap to 99 countries!
“We gave away about 75% of all the donated items. What’s left is going to Haiti for those in need … thanks to Divine Way Ministries.” says Take Action! event coordinator, Anastacha Constant. Not only did Divine Way help with donated items, they also took care of all the food and drinks.
Affordable Document Service lent their support to those in need. LA Fitness talked with residents about the importance of exercise and nutrition. And Orange County Fire/Rescue brought a firetruck. Where kids (and a few adults) climbed inside and learned about fire safety and injury prevention.
Ideas for next year’s Take Action! Event are already underway…