To provide easy-access assistance - in times of crisis - to individuals in the Greater Orlando area who typically derive income from the performing arts and/or theme park entertainment sectors. To be sensitive to each individual’s unique circumstances and to offer a holistic approach toward achieving long term solutions for financial, physical, and emotional well-being.



Applicants need to have derived income from the performing arts industry - onstage or offstage -  in the past 2 years and be current residents of Lake, Orange, Seminole, Volusia, Osceola, or Polk Counties.


Supporting Organizations

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  • Resource advocacy – helping individuals connect with already existing resources in the community

  • Financial assistance



We appreciate you letting us know if you find updated information. If you have additional information about available resources, please reach out to Tiffany Lyn Meadows at tmeadows@st.lukes.org to let us know.

A list of community resources from housing and rental assistance, food, health and healthcare, and beyond.

Item updated 10/14/2020


    The Orange County CARES Act Portal will be re-opening on Saturday, October 24 to accept applications for another round of financial assistance. It provides $1,000 directly to Orange County residents so they can use the money towards their greatest needs. Be aware that the portal closes down very quickly! (In July it closed down after only 10 minutes). 

    A new rental assistance fund from the nonprofit JFS Orlando is offering help to residents of unincorporated Orange County.  The charity — formerly known as Jewish Family Services — has been awarded a $500,000 grant in CARES Act funds for the program. Called JFS Orlando Cares, the relief effort can provide up to two months of rent to qualifying residents. Residents don’t need to be Jewish to apply.

    • “We know that a lot of people are desperate right now," said Heather Petrusky, the charity’s assistant director. “But the last thing we want is to make people jump through these hoops for no reason, so we try to spell out all the requirements in advance.” Applicants will need to provide a copy of their formal lease or rental agreement and submit a self-disclosure form on how they’ve been impacted by COVID.

    • To be eligible, applicants:

    • Must have lived in Orange County for the past 12 consecutive months and currently live in unincorporated Orange County.

    • Have income below 80% of the area median — which is no more than $40,750 a year for an individual or $58,150 for a family of four.

    • Must have lost their job or had their hours or income cut because of the pandemic’s impact on the economy or because they were infected with the virus.

    • Cannot live in Section 8 subsidized housing.

    • Must be at least one month past due on rent.

    • Cannot be receiving rental assistance from another source — such as Orange County’s CARES Act program or the Heart of Florida United Way — for the same months.

    • Funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.  You can apply online at jfscares.smapply.io/.

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Pet Care

PET ALLIANCE OF ORLANDO  www.petallianceorlando.org  Originally the Orlando Humane Society, the Pet Alliance serves pet owners in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties.  

  • Pet Food Pantry: Sun, Tue, and Thurs from 12pm – 5pm in both Orlando and Sanford locations.  

  • Affordable veterinarian services also offered – see website for details and locations.

Item updated 10/14/2020


Inclusivity and Diversity Statement

Greater Orlando Performing Arts Relief (GOPAR) commits itself to equal treatment for all. There is and shall be no discrimination based on race, color, gender/gender identify or expression, sexual orientation, religion or religious denomination or lack thereof, nation of origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status or any other federal, state or local protected class.



Steve MacKinnon
Tiffany Meadows
Melissa Cooper
Laurel Clark
Janine Papin
Darlin Barry
R.K. Kelley
Joseph Walsh/ The Garden Theatre
Michael Wanzie/Wanzie Presents
Kenny Howard
Hillary Brook/ Theater South Playhouse
Phantasmagoria/DiDonna Productions
Beth Marshall/BMP
TheatreWorks Florida
Jim Helsinger
Donald Rupe
Roy Alan
Mitzi Maxwell
Jeremiah Krivinchuk
Jeff Revels
Whitney Morse
David Russell
Craig Uppercue
Meka King/ CFEA
Felichia Chivaughn/ CFEA
Terry Olson
Paul Castaneda
Quinn Roberts
Joshua Vickery/ CFCarts

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