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Founded in February of 2014 as the United Foundation of Central Florida, Inc. (UFCF). As a Nonprofit Organization and became an Agency in January of 2019.

Area Served

Orange County, approximately 1,003 square miles with a resident population of more than 1.34 million people. Major targeted area is Pine Hills, FL one of the largest unincorporated areas in Orange County, Florida, United States, west of Orlando. Pine Hills has a population of 72,000 and is approximately 12.7 square miles. It is a part of the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. Pine Hills is home to five elementary schools, two middle schools and one high School. Pine Hills is one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in Orlando and is a minority majority community. The populations of African-Americans and Hispanics is reported being significantly above the state of Florida's average. The foreign-born population is also above the state average. There are large Caribbean populations of Haitians, Jamaicans, and Puerto Ricans. There is also a large Asian population of Vietnamese, Koreans, and Cambodians.

Chair

Mr. Dennis Hall 

Executive Director

Ms. Sandra Fatmi, Founder

Board of Directors

Mr. Dennis Hall, Chair & Treasurer

Ms. Sandra Fatmi, Executive Director

Mrs. Shirley Edwards, First Vice President

Mr. Gordon Russell, Secretary

Ms. Alex Lewis

Ms. Myra Johnson

Mr. Julien M. Serrano-O’Neil, Junior Board Member, Community & Volunteer Outreach Coordinator

Operating Budget

$250,000

Daily Service

  • Prevention and Intervention

  • Mentoring

  • Job Preparedness Training

  • Community Outreach

  • Leadership Development

  • Health and Wellness Counseling (Mental Health, Hygiene, etc.)

  • Outlying areas receive hourly service.

Services

  • Future Leaders United After-School Enrichment and Mentoring Program - exposes the students of Evans High School to STEM Education, College Readiness, Life after high school, Leadership through service to the community. Bridging the gaps in both educational and mentoring needs of our Pine Hills Community using a holistic approach. (24/7 Mentoring Model)

  • T.E.A.M. Mentoring - T.E.A.M. Mentoring provides local community mentoring role models to children ages 4 to 24 during school hours in Elementary, Middle and High School, as well as after School hours. (24/7 Mentoring Model)

  • Taste of Pine Hills - an annual program that was put together to unify the community. Advertising the talents of the residents of the Orlando community. Showcasing the talents of the residents as well as the diversity in the community.

  • College Tours Program - Designed especially for high school juniors, seniors in their fall semester, and their families, this program introduces you to the admission process, academic opportunities and campus life.

  • Honoring Our Heroes -

  • DJJ Power Program - Department of Juvenile Justice - Positive Outreach, Wellness, & Enrichment of Resources

  • Pine Hills Forward LYNX (Pine Hills Transit Center) -

    Connections to major community events.

Notable

In 2014, the United Foundation of Central Florida, Inc. was formed by a group of community leaders who saw that there were needs in the community that needed to be filled.

In 2014, the foundation had its very first fundraising gala held, “Red Carpet Evening Under the Stars Fundraising Gala - Saturday, July 26, 2014”

In 2015, the Freshman Success Mentoring Program began at Maynard Evans High School.

Community Partnership with the United Foundation of Central Florida, Inc., the Braswell Group, LLC., and Evans High School for the Honoring Our Heroes Program.

In 2016, UFCF took over the Youth Empowerment Program at Evans High School, and held the second fundraising gala in efforts to raise funds for operating cost and the scholarship fund.

In August 2017, the Youth Empowerment Program transitioned to become the largest/popular after school program at Maynard Evans High School, Future Leaders United After-School Enrichment and Mentoring Program.

In 2017, the FLU Program starts under new name, grows from the 7 remaining students who didn’t graduate as of yet to students to 60. Graduated 19 seniors and launched the Inaugural Scholarship Fund awarding $10,800.

In 2018, UFCF graduated 31 seniors from the Evans High School class of 2018 the 2nd Annual Scholarship Fund awarded $21,500.

In February 2019, the foundation celebrated 5th Year Anniversary. In May graduated 28 Seniors from the Evans High School class of 2019 the 3rd Annual Scholarship Fund awarded $17,700. Bringing the foundation to 83 student scholars that have graduated from the program.

In February 2019, UFCF was recognized by Ridgewood Park Elementary School in Orange County Public Schools for running the G.I.R.L.S. Mentoring Group 2018-2019.