"To educate and empower the homeless, veterans reintegrating into the workforce/society, and teens aging out of foster care."
For over 40 years The Apartment Association of Greater Orlando (AAGO) has been the advocate for multifamily housing in central Florida. AAGO is committed to building community and supporting central Florida by charitable giving, educating and developing a professional industry workforce, and to promoting apartment living as a lifestyle choice (not a circumstance).
AAGO's Board of Directors and other leaders had the foresight to form this foundation (501c3) as a vehicle to greatly enhance their ability to support the central Florida community and some of our most vulnerable populations. Thus was born the AAGO Foundation, Inc.
Since 2013, the AAGO Foundation has been involved in raising funds to help area organizations that meet the demographics we are targeting.
We helped raise over $14,000 during Charity Challenge over the last several years and those funds were distributed to multiple worthy local charities supporting the homeless, veterans, and foster teens.
The AAGO Foundation sponsored 6 move-in kits for Matthew’s Hope, raised $800 for the organization and was able to give $500 to Hope Now. In 2016, the AAGO Foundation gave $500 to Harbor House to support their Paws for Peace Walk, $2,500 to the Stephen Siller Foundation to support the Orlando 5K Run & Walk and $1,000 to Seminole County Friends of Abused Children to support their Annual Wine Social Event.
Last year, we exceeded our goal and raised $35,000 which is already being put to use by our Charity Partners. In January, we awarded our first grant of $5,000 to our Seminole County Friends of Abused Children who will use the donation to produce a marketing video which will be broadcasted to empower the teens who are aging out of foster care. It will give attention to our Foundation and include information on how to pursue a career in the multifamily industry.
The AAGO Foundation has also given $250 to Harbor House to support their Paws for Peace Walk, $2,500 to the Stephen Siller Foundation to support the 2017 Orlando 5K Run & Walk, $1,000 to Seminole County Friends of Abused Children to support their Annual Wine Social Event, $5,000 to support a special project, $1,000 to support their Annual Light of Hope Ceremony, $1,200 to the Sharing center to support their Sweet Charity Wine, Fashion & Dessert Event and $5,000 to support their efforts with their fantastic food pantry!
Most recently, the AAGO Foundation was able to write a $8,000 check to Seminole County Friends of Abused Children, $8,000 to the Sharing Center, $4,000 to Bags of Hope, $2,500 to the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness and $2,500 went to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Thank you to all who have helped with this effort in raising awareness and support.