NDCO Has Launched a New Website, www.ndcoseminole.org Aimed at the Community it Serves


NDCO Has Launched a New Website, http://www.ndcoseminole.org Aimed at the Community it Serves

New Directions Community Outreach, Inc., an organization that provides the homeless of Seminole County with the resources to become self sufficient, has launched a new website.

CASSELBERRY, Fl., April 15, 2011-The new website includes a detailed listing of the organization’s programs and services, upcoming outreach events and volunteer opportunities as well as a directory of affiliates. The site will be of tremendous value to clients, donors, volunteers, supporters and anyone looking to learn more about the organization. “This is just the beginning of NDCO’s growth and establishing connections, outside of, within and to better serve our community.” said Debra G. Thomas, the Founder and CEO of New Directions. “We look forward to the increased contacts and networking opportunities of our new, convenient and user-friendly web site.”

New Directions Community Outreach, Inc.  is more than just another non-profit looking for a solution to the increased rate of homelessness and poverty in Central Florida. It is a loyal and caring friend to the community. “With our help, many individuals and families will now be able to get back on their feet,” said Debra.

The company’s web site at http://www.ndcoseminole.org contains additional information.

For more information, contact Shameka V. Thompson, NDCO Operations and Marketing Administrator at (917)837-2439 or by sending an email to shameka.thompson@ndcoseminole.org.  Visit the NDCO website at www.ndcoseminole.org

Shameka V. Thompson

Phone:  (407) 239-2684

Cell:      (917) 837-2439



GreatNonProfits Children and Families Campaign 2011

If you appreciate NDCO’s work, why not share it with the world? NDCO is taking this time to tell you about an exciting opportunity to help us make even more of a difference in our community. All you have to do is tell your positive opinion or  inspiring experience with NDCO to  GreatNonprofits.

GreatNonprofits, which is a site much like Amazon Book Reviews or TripAdvisor, is conducting a campaign to identify the top-rated children and family nonprofits in the country. If NDCO has at least 10 positive, 4 or 5 star, reviews by April 30th, we will gain increased as well as crucial exposure and access to potential donors through its “Top Rated Children & Families Nonprofits List”.

We would greatly appreciate your helping us participate in the campaign by posting a review of your personal experience with us.  All reviews will be visible to potential donors and volunteers. It’s easy and only takes 3 minutes!

Simply go to: http://www.greatnonprofits.org/organizations/reviews/new-directions-community-outreach-inc
Please be sure to choose “Children & Families” from the drop-down list of campaigns when posting your review.

With your help, we can gain greater visibility in the community!

Having Nothing But a Good Time (while we raise money to fight homelessness)

This past weekend was a full one for the staff and volunteers of NDCO. Spending the entire weekend  at the New Amway Center was not only truly enjoyable and exciting but was hard work as well.  We want to take this time to give a special thanks to Xavier, Nicki, Ameerah and Kristin Broadway with her team from One Brick Orlando for truly making the past weekend yet another fundraising success.

Here are some weekend highlights:

  • We had such a good turnout at Friday’s Predator’s game that our organizations percentage of the concession’s proceeds totaled over $700.
  • With the help of One Brick Event Leader Kristin Broadway and her group which totaled eight committed and hardworking people, NDCO had not one, or two, but three concessions stands at yesterdays Magic vs. Bulls game.  We are still calculating the our fundraiser total for this one

This weekend, the good times are scheduled to continue with the Lady Gaga concert on Friday, April 15th and the Magic Playoff game on Sunday April 17th. To sign up as a volunteer for these or future events simply send an email to info@ndcoseminole.org or go to our Volunteer page and fill out the registration form.

Onward and Upward…Fundraising Success and New Website Coming Soon!

Thanks to God and the help of our kindhearted and hardworking volunteers, New Directions is moving onward and upward in its fight against homelessness. Those of you that have been supporting us, following our blog and tweets know that we have been diligent in our strides toward raising money and networking to better serve our clients and community.

Giving Back

We are happy to say that our fundraising efforts are finally taking flight.  So far, from the two events we have worked at the Amway Center, we have been able to put $600 back into our organization’s cause.  We still have 5 more events scheduled for this month and look forward to investing the funds in the care and development of those in need.

New Site Launch

It’s hard to believe that only a month ago, NDCO was seemingly invisible on the web. The launching of this site  helped us gain visibility and  brought us more support than we could have imagined.  When we launched this, our www.ndcoseminole.wordpress.com, site, it was meant to be temporary, but we had no idea that things would turn around so quickly.

Once again, through the power of networking and support from those who believe in our cause, NDCO will be launching its brand new, self-hosted and official website, next Monday April 11th. We would give you the web address now, but we don’t want to ruin the surprise.

If you haven’t subscribed to our blog, now would be a good time considering you don’t want to miss out on future information regarding our new site.   Once the new site is up and running, you will have an option of subscribing to its RSS feed and stay up-to-date with NDCO events and volunteer opportunities.

For more information about New Directions community Outreach, Inc., feel free to email us at ndcoblogger@gmail.com or by calling (407) 951-8944.

New Directions Community Outreach, Inc. Hosts Its 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Celebration

New Directions Community Outreach, Inc. (NDCO) uses this time each year to focus on children who are a part of the many homeless and struggling families it serves by hosting a Community Easter Egg Hunt and Celebration. Last year, NDCO was able to gift 100 underprivileged children with Easter baskets. This year’s event is set to run from 1-4pm on April 23rd and its goal is to bestow these same gifts and more, to twice as many children throughout the community.

WHO: New Directions Community Outreach, Inc. (NDCO) is a 501© 3 nonprofit organization started by Debra Thomas in 2004. It began as a grass-root, feeding program and community effort to address the lack of services available to the homeless and poor throughout the city.

WHAT: Children of homeless and poor families within the local community can participate an afternoon full of fun, music, food, and Easter holiday activities free of charge. Children will be served hotdogs, hamburgers, snacks and beverages, take part in a traditional Easter egg hunt, egg decorating and receive special Easter basket gifts.

WHEN: Saturday, Apr. 23 2011 1 P.M. – 4 P.M.

WHERE: New Directions Community Outreach, Inc. Office, 108 Forest Avenue, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

HOW: This is event is made possible by generous contributions from local grocers, businesses, individuals and NDCO volunteers and staff.

NOTE: For more information, contact Shameka V. Thompson, NDCO Operations and Marketing Administrator by sending an email to shameka.thompson@ndcoseminole.org.

NDCO Takes its Fight Against Homelessness to the New Amway Center

Starting Friday April 1st, NDCO will be taking its fundraising efforts to the next level by volunteering at the new Amway Center.  Though the idea is still very  new to us, we are excited about being allowed the opportunity to be at the heart of the Amway Center’s many events while raising money to continue our fight against homelessness.

Who Doesn’t Love Concessions?

We cannot think of a single person that does not like or smile at the idea of a concession stand.  Well, all of us here at NDCO are definitely grinning from ear to ear about the concession stands in the Amway Center because we will be operating one for each of several much anticipated, exciting, adrenaline charged, and, not to mention, sold-out events.

NDCO April Amway Events Calendar

NDCO is confirmed for the following events:

  • 4/1 @ 7pm – Orlando Magic vs. Charlotte Bobcats, 7pm
  • 4/8  @ 8pm –  The Ricky Martin Concert
  • 4/9 @ 7:30pm – Predators vs. Philadelphia Soul
  • 4/10 @1pm – Orlando Magic vs. Chicago Bulls
  • 4/15 @ 8pm – The Lady Gaga Concert
  • 4/16 @ 7pm – Orlando Magic Playoff Game
  • 4/28 @ 8pm – The Usher Concert

What Does NDCO Get Out of It?

Outside of all the fun of being at the center of action, Our organization will earn 10-12% of the concessions proceeds. The money will go towards our many programs and services like our Financial and Housing Assistance, No Dream Is Impossible Scholarship and Hip Hop Hooray Back to School Drive programs as well as  Feeding the Hungry.

How Can You Get In On the Action?

For each of the event’s listed above, NDCO is confirmed for a 7-crew member concession stand.  That  means we need 10 serious and hardworking people for the stand to run smoothly, make customers happy and earn the highest commission possible.

It’s not too late to volunteer with us for this Friday’s or future April  Amway events.  simply fill out the volunteer request form below, including the dates you would like to work, and we will be more than happy to have you along!

Homeless Children in Central Florida

A recent episode of CBS’s 60 Minutes showed local children describing in painful detail how they have had to flee their foreclosed homes, how they are sleeping in cars and taking baths in public restrooms.  It is heartbreaking and it’s happening every day in our community….

Read the full story and watch the video at HFUW.org | Spotlight on Central Florida: Homeless Children

We Have Launched Our Very Own Newsletter!

It is only by the grace of God, combined with the help of our supporters and many helping hands, that NDCO has been able to assist, sustain and encourage the many clients that we serve.

We realized that many of you who have contributed to our organization have no idea of how much good you have done or the impact your contributions have made on so many individuals’ lives.

So, to keep you aware of how far your outreach spans and up-to- date with NDCO happenings, we have have launched our very own newsletter, The Dream Weaver.

This first issue includes a recap of our 2010 year, 2010 highlights, an upcoming event, as well as our updated contact information. To receive automatic updates regarding the newsletter or our blog simply enter and submit your email address in the subscription box on the left.

To view this month’s issue, simply click the link below. You will be able to find all future issues the Newsletter page that we are currently designing so be on the look out!

The Dream Weaver, March 2011, Volume 1, Issue 1

Welcome to New Directions Community Outreach, Inc.

New Directions Community Outreach,Inc., (NDCO) pledges to do everything possible to help those that are in need and disadvantaged. Homelessness and hunger is our biggest fight and we are committed to combating the negative and bring about change.

Providing Programs and Resources to the Community

This has been the mission since our outreach organization was founded , and it has not changed. Equipping individuals and families with proper resources and tools, such as Awareness, Educational Programs, Housing, Outreach, and Prevention, to become self sufficient is our ultimate goal.