Local agencies help fill the gap in food insecurity

OKEECHOBEE — This article may evoke some emotion in you, one way or the other. Those who know me know that I am outspoken, and stand on what I believe. I have struggled with food insecurity for periods in my life and enjoyed food security through most of it — as evidenced by my “very […]

System of Care provides mental health help

OKEECHOBEE — We wrote our first article in April of 2018 about the Children’s Mental Health – System of Care in Okeechobee County. We’ve come a long way since then! This is just an update to let you know the progress we have made in less than two years. What is a system of care? […]

System of Care provides mental health help

OKEECHOBEE — We wrote our first article in April of 2018 about the Children’s Mental Health – System of Care in Okeechobee County. We’ve come a long way since then! This is just an update to let you know the progress we have made in less than two years. What is a system of care? […]

Our Village and Friends hosts Christmas events

OKEECHOBEE — Our Village will be hosting several events for the Christmas season. We would love to welcome you to Our Village Okeechobee and Pritchard’s Insurance on Dec. 12 and 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. This year we are partnering with Christ Fellowship to bring you a living Nativity and family fun event. There […]

Volunteers make a differenc

OKEECHOBEE — Make a Difference Day is complete! Nearly 70 volunteers gave back over 300 hours to our community! Thanks to a team from Humana, Bobbi Poole and friends from Rotary Sunset who made cookies then came to volunteer. Thank you to the Methodist Church for hosting breakfast. We were able to beautify the chamber, […]

End the Hunger Spaghetti Dinner is Saturday

OKEECHOBEE — According to Feeding America, Okeechobee ranks 35th out of Florida’s 67 counties for food insecurities. We actually have a gap of $2,586,000 for folks in Okeechobee to move from food insecurity to food security. An astounding figure for a county of our size, but it represents the 5,480 people who frequently worry about […]

Back to School Expo helps hundreds of kids

OKEECHOBEE — Back to School is in full swing. New teacher orientation and the fifth annual Back to School Expo at Okeechobee High School were one for the books or, rather, book bags. First, Our Village provided the new teachers in the Okeechobee County School District with nearly 80 “swag bags” to include much needed […]

Back to School Expo scheduled Aug. 3

OKEECHOBEE — Our Village and Florida Community Health Centers will partner again to bring this community event to the children and families of Okeechobee County. The Back to School Expo will be held on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 8 to 11 a.m. at Okeechobee High School. In its fifth year, this expo provides families with […]

Okeechobee High School’s ‘Grad Night’ was a huge success

OKEECHOBEE — Grad Night was a night to remember for the Class of 2019. Not only did they join the ranks of adulthood through graduation from high school, they were treated to a lovely evening at the KOA at the 30th Annual All Night Graduation Party hosted by Our Village Okeechobee. A huge thank you […]

Students learn to ‘Start with Hello’

OKEECHOBEE — As part of the Sandy Hook Promise, Start with Hello week was incorporated into the Okeechobee County Schools. Start with Hello week enabled students to make a difference with their peers in a simple, fun, and impactful way by encouraging them to take small but powerful actions to promote connectedness and inclusion, and […]