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Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Racial Harmony and Cultural Awareness Task Force to promote a community of inclusiveness while celebrating racial and cultural heritage. We will do this by bringing together diverse citizens to promote racial harmony and by encouraging appreciation and respect for cultural differences.

The Racial Harmony and Cultural Awareness Task Force is a City of Ocala initiative spearheaded by City Councilwoman Mary Sue Rich. The task force has been in existence since 2000. The Task Force meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. at the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Administration Office, 828 NE 8th Avenue, Ocala, FL. Membership on the Task Force is open to all individuals and organizations who want to be involved in assisting the Task Force in furthering their mission.

REACH is the community outreach program of the Racial Harmony and Cultural Awareness Task Force.

The REACH logo cannot be used without the consent of the Task Force. Requests to use the logo should be submitted to the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department Marketing and Promotions Manager (Kelli Hart, for proper vetting.

Our Programs


These awards are given to those who have distinguished themselves by promoting racial harmony and equity, raising cultural awareness and/or celebrating diversity in the community. Honorees are recognized at the annual Unity Breakfast each October. The award is named after City Councilwoman Mary Sue Rich.


The Unity Breakfast is an invitation-only collaboration of hearts and minds. Community leaders gather to promote unity and acceptance that contributes to cultural harmony.


A series of facilitated lectures to help us talk through community issues and make cultural harmony achievable.


Members of our community, with diverse ethnic, religious and political backgrounds, come together to strengthen community relationships, increase awareness of racial and cultural lifestyles and enhance the quality of life for residents in Ocala/Marion County.


REACH Poster Contest 2019

REACH poster contest info

Your REACH poster submission should answer one or more of the following questions:

What does respect mean to you? 

Who do you respect? Why do you respect that person?

How do you show respect?


  • Entries may be individual or groups/collaborative and must no older than 18.
  • Designs must be 100% original artwork. No copyright images or graphics will be accepted.
  • Submissions must include a registration form.
  • Submissions may be drawn/printed from 8" x 10" up to 18" x 24".
  • Poster may not be folded.

Deliver submissions by 5 p.m. on Sept. 12, 2019 to:

Ocala Recreation and Parks, 828 NE Eighth Ave., Ocala, Fl. 34470