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Sustainability and Civic Engagement

Through outreach and engagement opportunities, we will create communities with more actively involved residents, improved employment opportunities, higher participation in government and increased volunteerism.

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Progress on our goals & strategies

Goal 33: Job Training Is Community-Based

Strategy Time Frame Strategy Progress Information for 2017 Progress
1. Promote existing programs and services provided by nonprofits, vocational schools, and government agencies Medium Orange County partners with non-profit agencies to provide services in the community. Staff promotes these services to the community through social media, websites, workshops, conferences, and canvassing. On-going effort.
2. Develop and promote internship and apprenticeship opportunities Long EPD, Parks and other internal Orange County departments have regular interns. OCPS has a process for interviewing, accepting, and training interns.
3. Incentivize funding for training of target groups (hard to employ, such as ex-offenders, seniors, homeless, youth) Long Some programs have been established. Pursuing grants to fund additional efforts.
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Goal 34: Residents Actively Participate In Government

Strategy Time Frame Strategy Progress Information for 2017 Progress
1. Develop a citizen participation guide for residents and County divisions Medium Citizen Participation Guide has been completed and is available on the OCFL website. Task complete.
2. Use online tools and social media to encourage sustainability dialogue Medium Videos and interactive online tools used for internal education. Behavioral challenges like Daylight Hour and GoDTO Commute. Facebook, Twitter and online newsletters used to highlight sustainable actions.
3. Launch a Sustainability Challenge Campaign Short Central Florida Workplace Challenge for green, healthy, involved businesses (2016). 3rd Annual Neighborhood Challenge with recognition at the Community Conference, July 2017. On-going effort.
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Goal 35: Residents Are Aware Of Support Available From NCFS And Community Centers

Strategy Time Frame Strategy Progress Information for 2017 Progress
1. Develop an outreach strategy for each Orange County community center Medium This task has been completed. Orange County continues to implement the outreach strategy to make citizens aware of services at the centers.
2. Educate employees on the services provided by NCFs and community centers Medium Strategy for employee awareness created.
3. Use NCFs and community centers to promote sustainable living Medium NCF's and Community Centers continue to support families by encouraging sustainable living through financial management, parenting classes, family and youth counseling. On-going effort.
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Goal 36: The Number Of Registered Neighborhood Organizations Is Increasing

Strategy Time Frame Strategy Progress Information for 2017 Progress
1. Identify all registered Home Owners Associations (HOAs) in Orange County Short Database created to capture information for Homeowner/Condo Associations. New organizations entered as formed. On-going effort.
2. Develop certification programs for HOA and Condominium Owners Association (COA) directors Short Program has been developed and is in use. Task complete.
3. Increase participation at the Community Connections workshops Medium Workshops are offered regularly. On-going efforts to increase participation.
Table legend: Short time frame: 0 to 2 years, Medium time frame: 2 to 5 years, Long time frame: 5 years or more.

Goal 37: Our Residents Volunteer In Their Community

Strategy Time Frame Strategy Progress Information for 2017 Progress
1. Develop a reporting tool for County departments to log volunteer hours Medium OCSERVES is a tool to advertise volunteer opportunities and log hours. OC/EPD uses Volunteer Reporter to track volunteers hours specific to natural resources conservation and protection. Task complete.
2. Develop a recognition program for advisory board members Medium OC advisory board volunteers are recognized at the Mayor's annual Jazz in the Park event - generally held in March at Cypress Grove Park. Task complete.
3. Develop a web-based volunteer orientation for all County volunteers Medium Video tool purchased; content and video creation in the works; Final video expected 2017.
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Our Target Measurements
Civic Engagement Indicators Baseline 1st Report 2nd Report Current Target 2020
Unemployment Rate 2010
10.8%
2015
4.9%
2016
4.4%
2017
3.9%
(August)
decrease
Voter Participation in general election 2010
non-presidential: 44%
2012
presidential: 68%
2014
non-presidential: 44%
2016
presidential: 73%
2017
N/A  (no county general election)
increase
Percentage of families living at or below poverty level 2010
10% of all families

14.5% of families w/related children < 18 years

17.2% of children
2014
12.8% of all families

19.6% of families w/related children < 18 years

23.9% of children
2015
13.4% of all families

20.7% of families w/related children < 18 years

25.2% of children
2016
12.8% of all families

18.3% of families w/related children < 18 years

22.7% of children
decrease
Number of registered neighborhood organizations 2011
1,600
2015
1,776
2016
1,804
2017
1,822
increase 5 per year
Active Partnerships
(nonprofits, businesses, state agencies, neighborhood groups)
2011
600
2015
600
2016
630
2017
630
maintain or increase
Number of Volunteer Hours
(annually)
2010
1,066,716
2014
989,726
2015
759,668
2016
824,817
increase
Want to get involved?

We want to inspire our citizens to collaborate with local governments and businesses and work together for the long-term prosperity and livability of their communities.

Join the Neighborhood Sustainability Challenge

Enter your neighborhood/HOA in the challenge and tell us about the green, healthy and involved practices in your community. It begins each year in March and continues through June. Awards are presented at the Orange County Community Conference in July.

Learn How Orange County Works For You
Mayor Teresa Jacobs awarding a man a certificate

Each year, Orange County encourages citizens to enroll in a program called “Orange County Experience”. In a 12-week series of classes you will meet staff, take tours, visit advisory boards and see your County in action. It’s a great stepping stone to finding your place in County government and using your skills to help the County shine! Visit Orange County Experience to see when the next class series begins.

Volunteering
OCFL Serves logoVolunteer coordinator Carrie Mohana standing in a wooded area

Visit OCFL Serves to view the many volunteer opportunities around the County. Watch the video to see one way you can make a difference in the Environmental Volunteer and Internship Program (eVIP).

Adopt A Fire Station
Children hugging a firefighter in front of a fire truck

Each year around the holidays, residents are encouraged to show their appreciation to the firefighters in their community by providing meals and volunteering their time at local fire stations. Consider helping your fire station any time of the year.

Read more about the initiative and get inspired.