Summer of Dreams 2015 – Benefitting Thousands of Homeless Students in Central Florida

Fifth Third Bank's Chip Smallwood, Barb Scherer, Andy Insua with students from After School All Stars and Summer of DreamsPeople from private and public sectors are coming together to help feed homeless students in Central Florida this summer. But this is not the first time; it’s actually the fifth year Fifth Third Bank has sponsored its Summer of Dreams, a free, 10-week program that does just that – provides the students with meals and more.

The program kicked off this year on May 4 at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida with dozens of Fifth Third Bank employees, community partners, sponsors, and supporters in attendance, according to a press release from the bank. Damon Brown, a seventh grader from Memorial Middle School, was also in attendance to share his experience with the program.

Donations from the public and private sectors fund the Summer of Dreams program, according to Fifth Third Bank. This public-private partnership has helped serve more than 5,500 homeless children in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties since its inception in 2011. Community partners include Orlando After-School All-Stars, Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida, Second Harvest Food Bank, and A Gift for Teaching. Along with Fifth Third Bank, Siemens and the City of Orlando have again stepped up to lend financial support. Additional sponsors include Tijuana Flats’ Just In Queso Foundation, Orlando Utilities Commission, Orlando Health, Costa Communications Group, The Galloway Foundation and Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano & Bozarth, P.A.

You can help also. Drop off a financial contribution at any Fifth Third Bank location in Central Florida. Checks can also be made payable to After-School All-Stars (with “Summer of Dreams” noted in the memo line) and mailed to After-School All-Stars at 400 S. Orange Ave. Orlando, Fla. 32801

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© Orlando Community News, 2015


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