November 10 2016
After the Pulse tragedy, Orlando’s healing process continues. In support of helping to heal the local community, Central Florida Foundation recently issued the next grants from its Better Together Fund to support two initiatives.
The first grant is for $50,000 to the Friends Talking Faith radio show with The Three Wise Guys. The project includes:
“Friends Talking Faith with The Three Wise Guys believe that as people share their stories we can all find ways to heal after the Pulse tragedy,” says Rev. Bryan Fulwider, co-host and managing partner of Friends Talking Faith. “We are committed now and well into the future to be part of this ongoing work, and are grateful to be one partner among many helping to bring healing and to empower our community for greater acceptance, understanding and cooperation.”
The second grant is for $6,000 to the Trauma Resource Institute for the following:
“The Trauma Resource Institute is humbled by the invitation from Central Florida Foundation,” said Elaine Miller Karas, executive director of Trauma Resource Institute. “We are encouraged by the resiliency we witness worldwide, and our wellness skills will serve as a community model that help restore well-being to individuals, families and the wider community after the Pulse tragedy.”
Through the fund, Central Florida Foundation is responding to the community in two phases. The first phase has focused on immediate needs such as rent assistance for survivors and families and long-term mental health services; the second phase supports rebuilding and healing the LGBTQ and Latino communities; underlying causes of this tragic event (not policy and advocacy); and other needs we cannot anticipate until we face them.
“As the region’s community foundation, our purpose is to help support the rebuilding of our community,” said Mark Brewer, president/CEO of Central Florida Foundation. “The Better Together Fund is now in phase-two to focus on ensuring that our community heals to be stronger than before.”
The Foundation continues to learn from Latino, LGBTQ, faith, mental health and other community leaders working on the ground to support survivors, families and the community at large to identify where the gaps are in our community as it continues toward healing. The Foundation distributes grants through an accountable, transparent grant-making process that enables the public to see exactly where funds are directed.
“Central Florida Foundation continues to play a leadership role helping our community heal after the Pulse tragedy and we are proud to support the Better Together Fund,” said Diane O’Dell, executive director of Universal Orlando Foundation.
Contributors to the fund include Universal Orlando Foundation, Winter Park Health Foundation, Coca-Cola Foundation, The Delta Air Lines Foundation, and Nationwide Insurance Foundation. To view the full list of donors and for regular updates on grants, visit the Better Together fund’s website at: https://cffound.org/bettertogether.
Photo courtesy of The Three Wise Guys Facebook Page