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Impact Polk 2017: “Imagination Library” by United Way of Central Florida’s Success by 6

UWCF's Success by 6 receives Impact Polk 2017 grant through Grants Committee The Imagination Library provides children who might not otherwise have any books, the opportunity to explore brand new books with their parents, building school readiness skills. Children ages birth through their fifth birthday receive a free, age-appropriate book, mailed directly to their home every month. Imagine the excitement on a child's face when they receive their very own book with their very own name and address on it! About Impact Polk 2017 Impact Polk is an annual grant program of the GiveWell Community Foundation with the goal of addressing community needs throughout Polk County. To learn more about Impact Polk, click here. About United Way of Central Florida's Success by 6 Success By 6 is a community-wide children’s initiative, spearheaded by United Way of Central Florida and founded by Carol Barnett of Publix Charities that brings together resources to form a community partnership. Success By 6 is an initiative to make early childhood development a top priority in Polk, Hardee, and Highlands counties and to ensure that all children, by the age of six, have the physical, emotional, social, and mental foundation to succeed in school and in life. To learn more about... Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: “Bridge the Gap to School Readiness – My Own Library” by United Way of Central Florida’s Family Fundamentals

Bridge the Gap to School Readiness – My Own Library receives Impact Polk 2017 grant through Grants Committee Bridge the Gap to School Readiness is a five-day a week program specifically designed to teach and model outcome based activities preparing children to enter school ready to succeed. In a quality, developmentally appropriate environment, children and … Read On »

Lakeland Teen Donates Birthday Money to Local Nonprofit

LAKELAND – Most teenagers have no problem thinking of gifts that they want for their birthday. However, when Lakeland teen Kelsey Elmhorst turned 17 years old, she realized that she had everything she needed. So instead of asking for gadgets or gift certificates, she decided to help someone who did not have everything they needed. … Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: Explorations V Children’s Museum’s “Achievers Camp at Explorations”

Funded by an Impact Polk grant through the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation Explorations V Children’s Museum received an Impact Polk 2017 grant for their “ACE” Achievers Camp at Explorations. This camp will provide up to 15 elementary students from low income homes in the Polk County area with eight weeks … Read On »