D.J. Rainone Research & Science Center
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we find ourselves reflecting on the incredible journey that we have been on, towards establishing the Ocean Research & Conservation Association’s DJ Rainone Research & Science Center. The progress we’ve achieved so far is made possible by the support of individuals like you who believe in our mission.
The interior foundational work is finished up. The drywall repair, interior painting and flooring have been completed, so we have placed our order for new laboratory furniture! The next step will be the exterior painting, and once that’s completed, we can start with the sidewalk and landscaping.
The facility is taking shape as the beating heart of ORCA’s mission. Renovations are nearing completion, and we are making significant strides toward our goal of creating a hub for our research and conservation efforts. Yet, we are still working to reach our fundraising goal.
The strength of our community lies in individuals who, like yourself, understand the importance of preserving our oceans and are willing to contribute to positive change. Your contribution can play a crucial role in shaping the future of our research and conservation efforts.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving and with Giving Tuesday approaching, we invite you to join us in creating positive change by making a donation towards ORCA’s DJ Rainone Research & Science Center. Every contribution, no matter the size, brings us one step closer to opening this facility that will serve as a beacon of hope for our ocean and estuaries, a place where science, innovation, and passion converge.
Wishing you a Thanksgiving filled with joy and gratitude.
The renovations for ORCA’s D.J. Rainone Research & Science Center are progressing smoothly, bringing us closer to the finish line! After passing the building inspections for the plumbing, electrical and window openings, we are again moving full speed ahead.
With each step we take towards realizing our dream of this facility, we are one step closer to creating a hub of innovation, collaboration, and inspiration that will propel our applied science research and community education programs.
Every contribution, whether big or small, every ounce of effort, and every moment of belief in our cause helps us move forward.
Renovations at our soon-to-be new headquarters are moving right along! We are getting closer to realizing our vision of ORCA’s new main facility and laboratory that will empower our mission to restore the Indian River Lagoon.
The D.J. Rainone Research & Science Center, will become the heart of our operations, serving as a hub for ORCA’s applied science research on the Indian River Lagoon, innovative technology development, science-based conservation initiatives, and community education and outreach programs. At our new home, we aim to create an environment that fosters innovation and collaboration and we firmly believe that with the right resources and infrastructure, we can make an even greater impact on aquatic conservation and sustainability efforts.
Your generosity is vital in achieving our goals. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our capital campaign. Any amount, no matter how small, will make a significant impact on our journey to protect and restore our waters. To donate, please visit our secure online donation portal here: MAKE A DONATION.
If you prefer to contribute via check or other means, please find the details below:
Make checks payable to ORCA:
Ocean Research & Conservation Association, 1235 16th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960
If you have any other preferred donation methods or questions, please feel free to contact our team at Ltracy@teamorca.org or 772-562-9052.
Our team is ecstatic to see our new home starting to take shape and we are so very grateful to all who have helped make that happen.
In the meantime, the ORCAnauts have been hard at work.
- The buffered shoreline installations funded by Impact 100 Martin were completed.
- Two undergraduate interns joined our team for the summer. They are Katie Hastings from the University of Miami and Madison DePeri from Indian River State College.
- 17 unique classes over 9 days were taught through the Learning Alliance’s Moonshot Moment and Gifford Youth Achievement Center. Training in how to build a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) was a special hit with students who got to design and engineer a coat hanger ROV.
Edith Widder, Ph.D.