Stepping outside the walls of their headquarters, you will find Our Village all over Okeechobee holding events and fundraisers, not only for themselves but for others. Some of their events include Back-To-School Expo, OHS graduation party, food truck events, yard sales, movies in the parking lot and much more. A new event coming up is Penny’s Pet Pageant and a grant writing workshop. Follow them on Facebook and you will see an endless feed of what they do.
What started as a vision of one, turned into the work of a mighty village. Many people were needed to bring Our Village Okeechobee to life.
Alex Tijerina, Director of Development and Community Engagement, says “Our Village is blessed to have a large support system within Okeechobee and the surrounding areas. and we hope as we are able to get out into the community to provide this valuable information, that we will see our amazing small town come together, invest in and support the change Our Village is making.”
What is a typical day at Our Village? Leah said, “Like a Hurricane! We are in the eye of the hurricane watching everything around us swirl by and somehow come together.” And it is indeed non-stop for the organization.
A few days after interviewing Leah, a sadness fell over the Okeechobee community. A brother and sister, high school student volunteers at Our Village, lost their lives in a tragic car accident. Our Village immediately set up grief counseling with extended hours. Knowing the community needed to come together, they organized a candlelight vigil within two days of the accident. Over 200 attended an evening of prayer and remembrance for the hurting community. They also aided in fundraising to help the family.
Leah, with the help of a “Village” of educators, volunteers, community leaders and organizations, will continue to provide services to help people have a good life. The saying goes “it takes a village” and Okeechobee is blessed to have a village, Our Village Okeechobee.
Our Village Okeechobee is located at 205 NE 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL.
For more information about this organization and how you can help or donate, call (863) 447-0473 or go to www.OurVillageOkeechobee.org.