October 2018 News

October 2018 News

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October 2018 Newsletter
A Word from the Director:
October was a great month, we had 80 people at our Meet the Candidates Luncheon (don't forget to vote on Tuesday, November 6th!), collected a lot of trash on our Inaugural Pre-Season Chamber Kayak Cleanup, and had a wicked time at our Inaugural CHAMBOO BASH at Alabama Jack's. Next month we are organizing our Inaugural Paws in the Park Welcome Back Pawty for the dogs of Ocean Reef and have our 2nd Annual Fall Blood Drive scheduled for Wednesday, November 14th (details below). 

Do you have an event coming up? New digs? Special fall promotion? We'd love to help share the information on our Facebook page and in our next newsletter, please email the details to so we can stay up to date and help promote your business! 

Business of the Month: YMCA
November Luncheon (Members Only)

Hosted and sponsored by:

Learn what the Club has scheduled for this upcoming season.
To to become a Chamber member call us at 305-367-3646, 
e-mail, or apply online at

Become a Luncheon Sponsor...Promote YOUR Business 
While Supporting YOUR Chamber!

Welcome New Members:

All Club Services, LLC- Robert Matheson

Crystal Heath & Rehab Center- Jake Walden

Disaster Relief Team- Andrew Azcuy

Florida SBDC at FIU- Jacqueline Sousa


Turk Builders, LLC- James Easom

Chamber Pre-Season Kayak Clean-Up at Ocean Reef:
2nd Annual Fall Blood Drive: November 14th
ORCA In Season Hours
Events Happening in the Community: 
Small Business Saturday: Nov. 24th 
Your Input is Needed and TODAY is the Last Day:
Monroe County's 2020 Strategic Plan
Intro to Hospitality Program:
Make Sure Your Voice is Heard:
FBI Warns About Phishing Emails for 
Employees' Payroll Information
Member to Member Specials:

Have a promotion or summer special you'd like to share with your fellow chamber members? Email them to 
Volunteer Opportunity:


How often have you thought you would like to 'make a difference' in your 
community?Well now is the perfect time! Habitat for Humanity of the Upper 
Keys could use a little of your time volunteering at the ReStore. 

Can you spare 3.5 hours a week for a good cause? Store hours are 10am-5pm 
Tuesday-Friday, and 9am-4pm on Saturdays. If you can volunteer for a morning 
or afternoon shift please give us a call at 305-453-7855 or stop in to say hi!

All operating profits from ReStore sales go into Habitat's building program, and 
help provide adequate housing for hard working Upper Keys families. 

Perks? First look at all of the cool furniture we get in! 20% discount! Fund environment- sometimes we have cookies!


The ReStore is located at 98970 Overseas Hwy 
MM 98.9 * In the median.

Support your fellow Chamber member:

Dear Friends and Family,

I know first hand how terrible this disease can be to a family. We need more research and support to find a cure. On  Saturday, I will be participating in the Walk to End Lupus Now™ event to benefit the Lupus Foundation of America, Florida Chapter this year. I got a late start and could use your help. Would you help me discover my fundraising power by making a donation today! Donating is simple and secure; just click on my fundraising link below to make your donation today. Help me reach more people by forwarding the message to your network.

Lupus is hidden, unpredictable, undefined and misunderstood. It strikes without warning, ravages different parts of the body and can range from a skin rash to a heart attack. Lupus is chronic, debilitating, destructive and can be fatal. There is no known cause and no known cure. I'm participating in Walk to End Lupus Now™ because I want to make a difference in the lives of the 1.5 million Americans affected by lupus.

I greatly appreciate your support and will keep you posted on my progress. We can solve the cruel mystery of lupus together!
P.S. Please be sure to check with your employer on their matching gift program. It can be a great way to double your donation and further our mission. To learn more about matching gifts, click here.

All my best, 
Wil Pena

Looking for a Job? These Chamber Members are Hiring...


To apply, please contact Katya Andrade at or 305-852-4246 x235 or fax at 305-852-6902.

Group Training Facilitators

New! Updated on September 28, 2018
The Florida Keys Children's Shelter is launching our newest program, Stop Now and Plan (SNAP) which teaches youth ages 6-11, and their parents, how to make better choices 'in the moment.' You will be part of a team leading 13-week group sessions across Monroe County. This is a unique opportunity to give back to your community, and make a difference in the lives of young people.
  • Lead discussions for small groups, with commitment to the SNAP program and values.
  • Work in conjunction with a team of volunteers, paid staff, and representatives from outside organizations.
  • Establish and maintain effective rapport with clients and maintain high satisfaction rate with clients and families served.
  • Demonstrate active listening, validation, and patience in one-on-one and group settings.
  • Assist with set up and take down of materials for groups including handouts, manuals, and other presentation items.
  • Help with registration, gathering of paperwork, and food arrangements as needed.
  • Participate in pre-briefing and de-briefing meetings with other SNAP Team members.
  • Other tasks which may include filming role plays, conducting sibling groups, and managing door prizes.
  • Professional demeanor suitable for working with young children.
  • Excellent skills for effectively communicating with diverse groups of individuals.
  • Ability to pass a background check which includes initial and random drug testing, and a fingerprinting for local, state and FBI national criminal history records.
  • Availability to commit in advance to scheduled group trainings which may take place in the evening or on weekends.
  • Participation in a five day training hosted by the Child Development Institute and the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services. Trainings are held in various cities throughout Florida.
  • Participation in agency training and meetings at the headquarters located in Tavernier, Florida
  • Ability to provide your own transportation to all required trainings, meetings, and group sessions.
  • Experience working with youth especially in structured groups or parent education groups is preferred but not required.

Life Skills Coach

New! Added on August 6, 2018
The Life Skills Coach is responsible for developing and promoting life skills for homeless and at-risk youth (preparing resumes, college prep, hygiene management, etc.), case management, supervision of staff and youth, and promoting positive behavioral growth
Qualifications: This is a management position for a person with a Bachelor's or Master's Degree in social work, mental health, education or similar field.

House Parents

New! Updated on August 6, 2018
Live your dream life in Key West, Florida! Free housing with time off and stipend offered, plus dental and vision.  We are seeking a couple who does not currently have children of their own at home, but has a dedication to helping children.

Youth Mentor

If you are interested in a career working with young people, this could be the opportunity for you! Our youth support team members are responsible for the supervision of and facilitation of activities for youth ages 10-18 living in our Upper Keys residential facility.
You must be at least 21 years old with a high school diploma or equivalent to apply. Entry level position but six months to one year of experience working with youth is preferred.

Job Opportunity Submitted
Contact Name Lorenzo Giles
Contact Phone 3056001411
Contact Email
Job Title A/V Technician, Programmer, Field Manager
Job Description
Please Email: for application and inquiries about these positions. 

Please review our website for more information on our services.


The Ocean Reef Community Association (ORCA) in North Key Largo is hiring! 
Interested in joining our team? Check out our website at:
Positions are available in the following areas:
Part-Time Animal Care Assistant

Senior Staff Accountant
Volunteer Firefighter
For consideration, please apply online at and send your resume to:
Talent Acquisition Division


The UPS Store at Ocean Reef- Now Hiring!


Apply via email attention Michele Beach: 


Job Opportunity Submitted
Contact Name Christina Watson
Contact Phone
Contact Email
Job Title Part time receptionist
Job Description
Please call or email Christina if you're interested in applying.  

Did you Know? 

Let us help you promote your next event, post your job openings, or share your member member deals.  The Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce is happy to:

Complimentary (on our website):
-Post job openings
-Share member to member specials
-Post current coupons being offered

Minimal fee:
-Send e-blast to our contact list on your behalf
-Feature your story on our newsletter
-Post flyers on our social networks 

Contact us at 305-367-3646 to find out more!



Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce

1 Dockside Lane

Key Largo, FL 33037 

Phone: 305.367.3646
Fax: 305.367.2799

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Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce
31 Ocean Reef Dr.
Suite C101 PMB 179
Key Largo, FL 33037


To promote the highest standard of professionalism and service to the Ocean Reef Community, to be an advocate for our members, to promote business alliances, to provide valuable benefits and services to our members and to foster economic development within the Ocean Reef Community.
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