Mayor's Neighborhood and Community Awards

Mayor Dyer created the Community Builder, Neighborhood Champion and the Diversity and Inclusion Champion Awards to honor and recognize volunteers and organizations who excel in building better neighborhoods and strengthening our community.

The Community Builder Award recognizes a community organization that has made a significant impact on the well-being of our community.

 2023 Community Builder Award Recipient



Community Coordinated Care for Children (4C), is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) providing critical support to Central Florida families with young children. Their mission is to improve the quality of life by offering services that contribute to the healthy development of children and help move families to self-sufficiency. The desired outcome is that both parents and children are better positioned to succeed in life. For over 50 years, 4C’s highly-skilled, dedicated team of professionals work tirelessly to serve the needs of over 30,000 children and families annually by providing access to affordable, quality care as well as other supporting services. The City of Orlando is proud to support 4C’s School Readiness Program through the Community Investment Program grant, which expanded childcare financial assistance to low/moderate-income working families. In 2021-22, more than 13,000 children within the city benefitted from this investment.


The Neighborhood Champion Award recognizes the contributions neighborhood volunteers make to improve the quality of life in our city.

2023 Neighborhood Champion Award Recipient



Margaret Hill, Rock Lake Homeowners' Association President

Margaret Hill lives in the Rock Lake neighborhood. She has been president of the Rock Lake Homeowners’ Association since 2017 and has been a true champion for her neighborhood. She works hard to keep her neighborhood a great place to live, from using Green Up and Keep Orlando Beautiful resources, to hosting National Night Out events year after year, to working with city departments to address neighborhood concerns.

Margaret truly is a champion of her neighborhood and for her city.

The Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award recognizes an organization or an individual who has demonstrated through their efforts a serious commitment to inclusion.


2023 Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award Recipient


26Health is a comprehensive healthcare center that includes affordable medical care, mental health care, HIV/STI testing and treatment, a prescription discount program and on-site pharmacy, adoption services, aesthetic services, and more. 26Health offers quality care and services to everyone in Central Florida with a particular emphasis on LGBTQ+ communities, regardless of ability to pay.

Neighborhood Champion Award Recipients

Year Recipient Neighborhood Association 
2023 Margaret Hill Rock Lake Neighborhood Association
2022 David Martens Lake Eola Heights Historic Neighborhood Association
2021 Madeleine Francois MetroWest Neighborhood Homeowners Association
2020 John and Carla Daly Vista Lakes Homeowners Association
2019 Genie Tuten Wadeview Park Neighborhood Association
2018 Shirley Bradley Bunche Manor Hollando Homeowners Association
2017 Jean Gertenbach Mai Kai Condominiums
2016 Vencina “Vinnie” Cannady Carter Street Neighborhood Association
2015 Faye Henderson Lake Orlando Homeowners Association
2014 Churchill Thompson Rose Isle Neighborhood Association  
2013  Fannie Williams Clear Lake Cove Neighborhood Association
2012  Tommy Chappell Spring Lake Manor Neighborhood Association
2011 Tom Golay

Engelwood Park Neighborhood Association

Community Builder Award Recipients

Year Organization
2023 4C -  Community Coordinated Care for Children
2022 Central Florida Community Foundation
2021  Peace and Justice Institute at Valencia College (PJI)
2020 Central Florida Community Arts (CFCArts)
2019 Early Learning Coalition of Orange County
2018 Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
2017 Heart of Florida United Way 
2016 Seniors First
2015 Harbor House of Central Florida
2014 Dr. Ruth McKeefery Volunteer Director of Educational Impact Program St. Luke's United Methodist Church 
2013  Fronie Jones Neighborhood Advocate & Association President 
2012 First United Methodist Church of Orlando
2011  Julie A. Coleman