The Bithlo Project

Located in nearby Bithlo, Orange County Academy is just 15 miles from our front door. This faith-based K-12th grade school provides a smaller, caring environment for the those living with the ongoing  challenges of the community ranging from substance abuse and poverty to poor living conditions and lack of transportation. OCA is trying to break the cycle of generational poverty by supporting specific students’ needs, which helps address academic and/or behavioral challenges that may have occurred in traditional schools.

How YOU can help:

Personal Touch:
  • Pray for a child, a family, teachers at the academy
  • Write letters of encouragement to students and teachers
Share Resources:
  • Individual servings or 15 oz cans of Chef Boyardee
  • Microwaveable macaroni and cheese
  • Vienna sausages
  • Dinty Moore Beef Stew / small cans, individual servings
  • Paper plates and paper bowls (not Styrofoam)
  • Plastic silverware
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Kleenex
  • Hand sanitizer (big bottles)
  • Monetary Donations: Give online by clicking here. If you write a check please make it payable to First United Methodist Church of Oviedo with a note “The Bithlo Project.”  All of your monetary donations will go directly to The Bithlo Project.
Showing Up:
  • Tutoring / homework help
  • Campus clean-up
  • School Projects
  • Party assistance
  • Class room support
High Impact:
  • MENTORS: The goal is for every child in the school to have a mentor. Children range from Kindergarten to 12th grade.  Mentors are asked to volunteer weekly and give 30 minutes to one hour a week minimum.  You pick the day.  You pick the time.  Mentoring can change a life forever.