2021 PRSA Orlando Hardship Fund

Thanks to the generous support of our donors at the PRSA Gives Back Virtual Holiday Mixer, we were able to reinstate/renew four members! We have enough remaining in the PRSA Orlando Hardship Fund to renew/reinstate two additional members. We have reopened the application through Friday, February 12, 2021. 

The PRSA Orlando Regional Chapter recognizes that some members of the PR and communications industry have experienced great hardships due to COVID-19. We believe it is important for people who may have experienced job loss or other hardships to have opportunities to still network and connect professionally.

All applicants and recipients will be kept confidential. Two Options to Apply:

  • PRSA National offers a financial hardship plan for members who meet certain qualifications (a member of PRSA for a total of three or more years and is unemployed or temporarily disabled). This plan reduces your membership rate to $130 (from $260). PRSA Orlando Regional chapter dues are $50. If you qualify and wish to be considered for the PRSA Orlando Hardship Reinstatement Plan, please complete and send the PRSA National financial hardship plan form AND the PRSA Orlando Hardship Fund Application to Wendy J. Roundtree, APR by Friday, February 12. 
  • If you do not meet the National financial hardship plan qualifications, but your membership has lapsed and you cannot renew due to unemployment or budget cuts in response to COVID-19, complete the 2021 PRSA Orlando Hardship Fund Application and submit for consideration to Wendy J. Roundtree, APR by Friday, February 12. 

To qualify for the PRSA Orlando Hardship Fund, you must:

  1. Be a previous PRSA Orlando Regional Chapter member for at least one year;
  2. Have dropped your membership from March 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 or cannot afford to renew (if you are up for renewal in January or February 2021); and
  3. Demonstrate a hardship and financial need due to COVID-19.

Special consideration will be given to those who were active members of the Orlando chapter and who wish to volunteer for the chapter. The funds (national and chapter dues) will be dispersed to PRSA National directly from the Orlando Regional Chapter. 

Qualified applicants should download the application form and submit completed form to Wendy  J. Roundtree, APR, at wendyjroundtree@gmail.com by Friday, February 12. Applications will be verified.Applications must be received no later than February 12 and will be reviewed independently by another chapter to determine allocation of the funds. You will be notified within two weeks of the decision.

Click here to download the 2021 PRSA Orlando Hardship Fund Application.

Zoom meeting featuring the 2021 PRSA Orlando Board

PRSA Orlando 2021 Board of Directors

We’re excited to share the 2021 PRSA Orlando Board of Directors was unanimously confirmed during our annual meeting on Nov. 19 and will serve for the 2021 termJanuary 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021.

2021 Board of Directors:

  • President: Stefanie Macfarlane, APR
  • President-Elect: Wendy J. Roundtree, APR
  • Immediate Past President: Rich Donley, APR
  • VP, Finance/Treasurer: Carter Flynn
  • Assistant Treasurer: Ellie Hodgkins
  • VP, Administration: Tory Moore
  • Co-VP, Programs: Laura Lord-Blackwell, APR
  • Co-VP, Programs: Mimi Flatley, APR
  • Co-VP, Accreditation: Kelda Senior, APR
  • Co-VP, Accreditation: Ann Marie Varga, APR
  • Co-VP, Membership: Kelly Ferris
  • Co-VP, Membership: Heather Wilson
  • VP, Communications: Jazmyn Reed
  • Social Media Chair: Kimberly Devitt
  • Website Chair: Laura Kern, APR
  • Diversity & Inclusion Chair: Veronica Figueroa
  • Scholarship/Student Relations Chair: Jaylen Christie
  • Sponsorship Chair: Alyssa List
  • Assembly Delegate: Heather Keroes, APR
  • Assembly Delegate: Wendy Roundtree, APR
  • Assembly Delegate: Lauren Leetun, APR

 

2020 PRSA Orlando Hardship Fund Program

UPDATE:

Thank you for supporting the PRSA Hardship Fund! Because of your support our chapter was able to reinstate or renew four PRSA Orlando memberships.

Applications are now closed for this program.

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The PRSA Orlando Regional Chapter recognizes that some members of the PR and communications industry have experienced great hardships this year due to COVID-19. We believe it is important for people who may have experienced job loss or other hardships to have opportunities to still network and connect professionally.

The Orlando Regional Chapter will match donations made to the Orlando Hardship Fund up to three full-priced, one-year memberships ($260 + $50 chapter dues). Donations to the fund will be accepted through December 10, 2020. The total number of reinstated members will depend on the amount donated by that date. Donations will be accepted through Eventbrite as part of our regular programming, and by registrations and donations to the PRSA Gives Back Virtual Holiday Mixer fundraising event on December 10. 

Two Options to Apply:

All applicants and recipients will be kept confidential. 

  • PRSA National offers a financial hardship plan for members who meet certain qualifications (a member of PRSA for a total of three or more years and is unemployed or temporarily disabled). This plan reduces your membership rate to $130 (from $260). PRSA Orlando Regional chapter dues are $50. If you qualify and wish to be considered for the PRSA Orlando Hardship Reinstatement Plan, please complete and send the PRSA National financial hardship plan form AND the PRSA Orlando Hardship Fund Application to Wendy Roundtree, Co-VP of Membership Retention, by December 11. 
  • If you do not meet the National financial hardship plan qualifications, but your membership has lapsed and you cannot renew due to unemployment or budget cuts in response to COVID-19, complete the 2020 PRSA Orlando Hardship Fund Application and submit for consideration to Wendy J. Roundtree, APR, Co-VP of Membership Retention, by December 11. 

To qualify for the PRSA Orlando Hardship Fund, you must:

  1. Be a previous PRSA Orlando Regional Chapter member for at least one year;
  2. Have dropped your membership from March 1, 2020 through October 31, 2020 or cannot afford to renew (if you are up for renewal in November or December 2020); and
  3. Demonstrate a hardship and financial need due to COVID-19.

Special consideration will be given to those who were active members of the Orlando chapter and who wish to volunteer for the chapter. The funds (national and chapter dues) will be dispersed to PRSA National directly from the Orlando Regional Chapter. 

Qualified applicants should download the application form on the PRSA Orlando website, and submit completed form to Wendy  J. Roundtree, APR, Co-VP of Membership Retention at wendyjroundtree@gmail.com by December 11. Applications will be verified by the Co-VP of Membership Recruitment.

Applications must be received no later than December 11 and will be reviewed independently by another chapter to determine allocation of the funds. You will be notified within two weeks of the decision.

Click here to download the 2020 PRSA Orlando Hardship Fund Application. 

PRSA Orlando Update Amid COVID-19; March and April PRSA Orlando Programs Canceled

Our thoughts go out to those who are front lines with addressing COVID-19 and all those affected as together we navigate these unprecedented times. 

We have been closely monitoring COVID-19 and keeping up on the recommendations of the CDC and health care professionals about what is in the best interest to protect your health and safety.

As a result, we have canceled our in-person March 19 monthly program, “A Conversation about Corporate Social Responsibility” with Wyndham Destinations and sponsored by The Sunshine Group and our in-person April 16 program, “Redefining Our Region: The Evolution of the Orlando Brand” with the Orlando Economic Partnership.

We plan to reschedule these programs at a later date (TBD). Refunds will be issued. Follow us on social media for additional updates @PRSAOrlando. 

Please be safe! If you have questions or concerns, please contact me.

Rich Donley, APR
2020 President, PRSA Orlando Regional Chapter