Universal Orlando cares about our community. It is the place our company, our team members and our families call home. Because of this, we are committed to supporting groups that make a difference in the lives of Central Florida’s residents.
To help, the Universal Orlando Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in grants to 30 local charitable organizations this week. The grants range from $10,000 to $100,000 and will provide everything from school supplies to free camp experiences and innovative after-school programming – and more!
The local organizations were awarded their grants at the Universal Orlando Foundation’s first-ever “Celebration of Giving” – a new annual event that will return in 2023 to celebrate the Foundation’s 25th year of service.
“Central Florida is home for our company and for our 25,000 team members and we care about our community,” said John Sprouls, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Universal Parks & Resorts, and President of the Universal Orlando Foundation. “We are inspired by the vision and mission of all the community groups we partner with and we are thrilled for this opportunity to recognize their great work.”
Since 1998, the Universal Orlando Foundation has awarded more than $30 million in grants to help support organizations in Central Florida that provide aid to local children and families. Universal Orlando has also created its own innovative programs and partnerships for the community such as Art of Tomorrow – a program to support young students interested in the arts – and Bites, Camera, Action – a mobile food pantry. Additionally, Universal Orlando Team Members have volunteered more than 35,000 hours at dozens of local organizations this year alone.
A Gift for Teaching was awarded a $100,000 grant at the “Celebration of Giving” to dedicate to supporting their 25 for 25 — Supplying Student Success program. A portion of this grant will cover costs associated with gifting Surprise Class Packs of school supplies to 25 teachers in the highest need Orange County schools each month throughout the 2023-2024 school year. The remaining portion will overhaul and refresh AGFT’s box truck to ensure reliable procurement and delivery of supplies.