Our Whole Community Gets Grant

Our Whole Community, Inc. a local, non-profit faith-based collaborative, has been awarded a three-year, $120,700 grant from the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF), through its Community Health Work Group, to fur­ther its goal of bringing faith communities together to share resources and promote whole person health in congregations throughout Central Florida.

Launched in 2007 with grant support through the WPHF’s Think~Act~Be Healthy Communities initi­ative, the Our Whole Community now has six faith community members representing a variety of re­ligious denominations and it continues to grow.

The award provides fund­ing for a part time director, a community gardening co­ordinator and health pro­gram resources and sup­plies. Plans also call for an an­nual showcase of church  wellness programs and producing a resource direc­tory for educational clas­ses—such as nutrition and medical issues—offered in the community.

“The grant takes us to the next level as we move from an all-volunteer effort to a staffed organization,” said Lavon Williams, Chairman of Our Whole Community.  “It will help us significantly expand our shared health program resources and al­low us to achieve our vi­sion of being a resource center for faith communi­ties.”

Current members of Our Whole Community, Inc. in­clude First United Methodist Church, Winter Park; Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Eatonville; St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Winter Park; Winter Park Presbyterian Church, Winter Park; New Covenant Baptist Church of Orlando, and St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, Altamonte Springs.

According to the proposal, Our Whole Community will serve as a broker of coordi­nated educational and health initiatives within faith communities which foster wholeness (spiritual, physi­cal, mental, relational and emotional) and develop in­creased community aware­ness through dissemination of information and pro­grams.

It encourages intergenera­tional physical fitness and healthy nutrition, and main­tains a website featuring healthy activities and pro­grams offered by all of the organization members.