Orlando, Fla. - Organize Now and the Florida Institute for Reform and Empowerment (FIRE), two sister nonprofits dedicated to training and developing leaders and organizes families in low-to-moderate-income communities across Florida, adopted two new organizational names that reflect their mission and embraces their organizational growth. On Saturday, January 28 the nonprofit celebrated this transition in Haines City with their member leaders from across the I-4 corridor. The organization has chosen Organize Florida and Organize Florida Educational Fund as their new organizational names to represent the vision of engaging communities across Florida to become critically engaged in the political system by building a movement of leaders, holding our government accountable, and taking action in order to create a more just and equitable society.
Founded in 2010, the organizations have dedicated their principles to social, racial, and economic justice and the promotion of an equal and a fair Florida for all. During this time, the organizations have created a space where low-income members of the community could learn from each other, coordinate together and harness their collective power. In March 2016, the two organizations opened their second office in Tampa and our electoral work in Osceola County was so successful that we are currently looking for a permanent location in the area. The member-led organizations have developed campaign committees on racial justice, climate justice, and reproductive justice that incorporate the intersectionality of social, racial, and economic issues. Beside the committees being member led, the members to go through leadership training that includes Leadership Academy, Know Your Rights Series, Politics and Potluck, and the Latino engagement program, Cafecito.
“With this steady growth, the nonprofits are no longer just serving Orlando. Their new names reflect their member's complete vision, not just their geographic locations,” said Debbie Soto, Organize Florida Chair. “Our committees are reaching beyond the neighborhoods of Orange and Hillsborough County and are geared to mobilize individuals to organize a new generation of activists. Because of this expanded impact, the Board of Directors and staff embarked on a journey in January 2017 to find a name and visual identity that would reflect their impact across Florida.”
By choosing Organize Florida and Organize Florida Education Fund as their new organizations name, members now have a vision and commitment to the principles of social, racial, and economic justice and know that while their name is changing who they are, what they do and how they do it will not change. Their mission will still remain, “bringing communities together, one door at a time, to join the fight for safe neighborhoods, healthy families, quality education, good jobs, justice, equality and a more representative democracy.” The organization invites you to learn more about their programs by visiting their new website: www.organizeflorida.org.
If you have any questions about the organization or would like to learn more about the organization, please contact Chev Lovett, Managing Director at 321.800.2095.
About Organize Florida: Organize Florida is a nonpartisan, 501(c)4 nonprofit organization that both trains and develops leaders and organizes families in low-to-moderate-income communities in Florida. Our vision is for these communities to become critically engaged in the political system by building a movement of leaders, holding our government accountable, and taking action in order to create a more just and equitable society. For more news and information on Organize Florida, please visit www.organizeflorida.org
About Organize Florida Educational Fund: Organize Florida Educational Fund is a nonpartisan, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that both trains and develops leaders and organizes families in low to moderate income communities in Florida. Our vision for these communities to become critically engaged in the political system in order to create a more just and equitable society.