On April 15, OUC employees, family and friends teamed up with Orlando City SC and Orlando Pride for our annual Earth Month Community Project. About 45 volunteers  gathered together to revitalize the Orlando Union Rescue Mission’s community garden with new lumber, compost, mulch and crops.

In just a few months, the garden will provide okra, tomatoes, peppers, bush beans, sweet potatoes and pumpkins for the facilities’ kitchens and neighboring communities.

Leading up to the project, our partners at AmeriScapes Land Management Services assisted with the initial landscape clean up and irrigation system installation. Ajax Building Company supplied new lumber for the raised beds, and Davey Tree provided mulch.

Since 1948, the Orlando Union Rescue Mission has provided immediate physical needs — including food, clothing and shelter — for those experiencing homelessness. Their programs are designed to assist homeless individuals with achieving independence.

The Mission is located in OUC’s Empowerment Zone, an initiative committed to enhancing educational opportunities, health and wellness programs, jobs training and sustainable housing encompassing the 32805 ZIP code on Orlando’s west side. As an OUC customer, the Mission’s six facilities also will undergo water and energy audits to identify efficiency upgrades.


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Alex Rosario, Marketing Designer, spaces pepper plants in a raised-bed garden.

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Volunteers put the final touches on the garden with mulch provided by Davey Tree Company.