Helping to Add Quality to Peoples’ Lives
Karen Connors loves giving back to her community and does so regularly with the many causes she supports, whether the time is spent helping veterans, working a sporting event, or providing support to local Wounded Warriors. Throughout the years, Karen has seen firsthand the benefits of volunteering and uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal.
Not only does it strengthen our community, but it allows Karen and other people like her, to really make a difference!
With a mission to provide healing for invisible wounds of war through counseling, emotional and spiritual support for all branches of military service members, veterans, and their families, one of the services provided through the Camaraderie Foundation and it’s volunteers is the Mentor Leadership Program.
As a mentor, Karen helps OIF/OEF veterans or service members with their transition from military life to civilian/professional life. She partners with other mentors who participate in a twelve month program to introduce their mentees to networking events in Central Florida and offer guidance.
The Florida Real Estate Foundation and the Orlando Regional REALTOR Association developed the “Heroes’ Commons” project featuring six mortgage-free homes for veterans near downtown.
Karen has been a champion and volunteer for the project since its inception in 2011.
The mission of the On Course Foundation (OCF) is to build confidence and self-belief in our wounded, injured and sick Service members and Veterans via golf skills and employment training events.
Karen has been involved as a volunteer since 2012.
Mayor’s Veterans Advisory Council
The Council is comprised of representatives of several military and veteran organizations across the Central Florida area and has a mission to advise and help all the Veteran groups in Orlando.
Karen participates as an Associate Board member for the MVAC, a nonprofit organization that has been maintaining the integrity of Veterans in this community for 15 years.
Florida Citrus Sports was founded to organize, promote and manage the best bowl games in America and to use these games to increase community spirit and pride.
Karen is a Bowl Scout and chair of the Military Affairs Committee that escorts Wounded Warriors and their families to two college bowl games hosted at the Citrus Bowl: the Russell Athletic Bowl and the Capital One Bowl. In 2012, she won the Chairperson of the Year award.
Taking great pride in all that she does, Karen received the “Neighbor of the Year Award” in 2013 from the Lake Eola Heights Historic District.