GOALcfl’s Thanksgiving Food Drive!!!! Are You Ready To Donate?

The holidays are just around the corner.  Every year GOALcfl hosts a Thanksgiving Food Drive to help members in the community who may be struggling during the holiday season.    

I’m happy to announce that GOALcfl will be doing it again this Thanksgiving.  We are hoping to create (40) Thanksgiving food baskets that will benefit the OWL program at the LGBTQ+ Center Orlando.  This program focuses on Older, Wiser, Learning, for members of the LGBTQ+ community who are 55 and older.  If everyone pitches in a little we can make this a successful event. 

We will need you to bring the items you are willing to donate to our next GOALcfl meeting on Wednesday, November 16, 2022.  The meeting will be at our normal location (2220 Edgewater Drive, Communications Workers of America).  Doors open at 6 p.m. and the meeting starts at 6:30 pm.  If you wish to donate and cannot make the in-person meeting, please email President@goalcfl.org and CC Prmanager@goalcfl.org and we will have someone pick the items up from you. We will be making the donation to the LGBTQ+ Center Orlando on Monday, November 21, 2022.  The time is to be determined; however, watch your email and our social media platforms for more information on donation day. 

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of your Board of Directors.  Thanks for all you do and thanks for supporting this community engagement event.  Click on the link below to sign up:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f45a5ab2ba0fdc61-goalcfl 

GOALcfl Pre-Pride Social & COWP Parade

I hope you all are having a great weekend so far!  As you all know, our pre-pride social is this Friday, October 14, 2022 starting at 7:00 p.m.  

It’s being held at Savoy Orlando, located at 1913 North Orange Avenue.  We have the Paradise Patio area reserved.  When entering the building, walk to the back and you will see it (Look for the GOALcfl banner).  We hope to see you all there for food, drinks, music, dancing, drag, and FUN!!!  Bring your friends and family!  You don’t want to miss this epic, pre-pride event!

The event EVERYONE in Orlando has been waiting for.  Orlando’s COWP Parade!!!  It’s here!  Saturday, October 15, 2022.  See below for details:

After you have enjoyed our pre-pride social, please make sure to join us for the COWP Parade in Downtown Orlando.  GOALcfl is assigned BLOCK 20, ORDER 11.  So, all you need to do is walk into the area of Orange Avenue and Livingston Street (this will put you the closest to our block and order number) and look for the GOALcfl banner.  You will be able to spot it or the DJ who will be playing music from the GOALcfl vehicle that will be decorated in that area.  If you have any issues locating us, just ask any of the COWP staff (identifiable by the COWP shirts).  WE NEED EVERYONE who is participating in the parade at our location by 3:30 p.m!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  NO LATER! 

If you have any questions about either event, please reach out to Shannon Carson, prmanager@goalcfl.org.  Also, make sure you are following us on social media (IG, FB, Twitter) for any last minute updates!  Your Board of Directors look forward to celebrating at these two amazing events with you.  

Thanks for all you do supporting GOALcfl and the communities you live, work, and serve!

GOALcfl September 2022 Member Spotlight!

It’s never too early for Christmas!!!

The Board of Directors are always looking for GOALcfl members caught in the spotlight helping serve the community and our GOALcfl organization!

Each quarter, members will be announced in the membership spotlight announcement!  GOALcfl would like to announce Evalyn and Audrey Casper as our September 2022 GOALcfl spotlights. 

Evalyn and Audrey met through working together at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center in 2015.  It was an instant connection!  They got married in 2020 in Atlanta in their friend’s backyard due to COVID; however, had a formal wedding in December 2021. 

Evalyn joined GOALcfl in 2020 and Audrey joined in 2022.  GOALcfl is very important to them because it gives them the chance to show representation in the LGBTQ+ community while serving in law enforcement.  They enjoy the opportunities to interact with the LGBTQ+ community at various events and network with members representing various agencies in the Central Florida area.

You will always find them attending our monthly GOALcfl meetings and representing our organization at community events. 

Evalyn and Audrey, thank you for all you do for your agency, GOALcfl and the community you serve.  For all of these reasons and many more, we recognize you in our September 2022 Membership Spotlight!

Who will be our December Spotlight?  Send your pictures and stores representing GOALcfl in the community to Prmanager@goalcfl.org.  It could put you in the spotlight. 

Community Engagement – The Heart of our Organization!

GOALcfl partnered with GOALcfl member, Norma Lewis, to organize a food drive for local schools in need!  When this initiative was brought to us, we didn’t skip a beat with saying YES!!!!  We served a total of 15 locations throughout Orange and Seminole counties. Thank you to everyone who donated their time to make this a success!  A special thanks to Unity of Central Florida for opening your doors to us.  We couldn’t have done it without you.  GOALcfl members are always out and about making a difference in the communities we serve.    

GOALcfl Members Are Always Out and About Making a Difference in the Communities We Serve!!!

SPOTLIGHT ALERT!!!

Our GOALcfl members can always be found out and about making a difference in the communities we serve.

Meet one of our newest members, Andrea Montanez! Andrea is the Advocacy Director / LGBT Immigration Organizer for Hope Community Center and a proud member of GOALcfl!!! Andrea, thank you for all you do to make our organization and the others you are apart of shine!

Special Announcement! Great News for our GOALcfl General Counsel!!!

Spotlight Alert!!!! Your GOALcfl Board of Directors would like to congratulate our General Counsel, Chris, on his new career move! He has been accepted into the United States Air Force as a Judge, Advocate, General, Corps (JAG Attorney)!!!!! Although he is on this new career path, he will still continue to represent GOALcfl as our legal counsel! Congrats Chris on this new career adventure! You make GOALcfl shine!

GOALcfl June 2022 Member Spotlight!

The Board of Directors will be looking for GOALcfl members caught in the spotlight helping serve the community and our GOALcfl organization!

Each quarter, members will be announced in the membership spotlight announcement! GOALcfl would like to announce Danielle Torres, better known as Dani, as our June 2022 GOALcfl spotlight!

Dani is a current police officer for the City of Orlando.  She is a dedicated member to our organization and can always be found out and about helping in the community. 

Dani joined GOALcfl to be a positive reflection of the Orlando Police Department and the LGBTQ+ community.  GOALcfl is important to her in order to promote positive interactions between law enforcement and the community she serves.  Her ultimate objective as a police officer and GOALcfl member is to foster better relationships in the community. She hopes this helps to bridge gaps between all law enforcement and community members. 

Dani is not only devoted to her career and GOALcfl!  She is also a devoted and loving mother who can always be found spending time with her two amazing sons!

Dani, thank you for all you do for your agency, GOALcfl, and the community you serve.  For all of these reasons and many more, we recognize you in our June 2022 Membership Spotlight! 

Who will be our September Spotlight of the month?  Send your pictures and stores representing GOALcfl in the community to PRmanager@goalcf.org.  It could put you in the spotlight!