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Impact Polk 2017: “Job Training Internship” by RePurpose Art Studio

Impact Polk grant through the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation The Job Training Internship is a six-month opportunity made available to four at-risk women living in the Parker Street Neighborhood who are pursing economic stability and a healthy support system. Women who are selected to participate are paid fifteen hours-per-week to use the skills they are learning at RePurpose Art Studio such as sewing, jewelry-making, and furniture repair, as well as practical skills such as sales, inventory, administration, and management. The products they create are sold in stores. The women are also connected with local businesses wanting to provide employment opportunities to at risk women from our community. [gallery size="medium" ids="3301,3299,3306"]   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 RePurpose Art Studio Repurpose Art Studio is a branch of Gospel Inc. aimed to serve the marginalized and homeless women in the community of Lakeland, Florida. To learn more about RePurpose Art Studio, visit www.gospelinc.org.... Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: “Just Feed Kids” by kidsPACK

Impact Polk grant through the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation There are more 3,793 homeless students enrolled in the Polk County School Systems. These children have access to free breakfast and lunch at school, but to a homeless child, the weekend is often two days of worry and insufficient food. Proper … Read On »

[UPDATE] Impact Polk 2017: Bright Threads Ministries’ Volunteer Training Videos

Update: In July, GiveWell Community Foundation had the joy of presenting Bright Threads Ministries with an Impact Polk grant to fund their training video project: “Casting Out Fear: Volunteers & Kids with Special Needs.” Since then, Bright Threads Ministries’ Executive Director, Dr. Evelyn McMullen, and a team of advisors have been working on this set … Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: Help of Fort Meade’s Help in Times of Need Program

Impact Polk grant through the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation This is a high-poverty community and many of the residents live from paycheck to paycheck. This project provides short term assistance with rent/mortgage, utility, food, and personal items such as adult pull-ups or diapers for low income families experiencing a temporary … Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: Our Children’s Academy’s Therapeutic Program

Impact Polk grant through the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation Throughout each school day, students at Our Children’s Academy receive both academic instruction and therapeutic interventions in the classroom. These services include assistance from Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, and Speech-Language Pathologists. This Impact Polk grant through the George W. Jenkins Fund … Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: SPCA Florida’s Guardian Angel Program

Impact Polk grant through the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation SPCA Florida’s Guardian Angel Program provides uncompensated medical care for pet-related illnesses and support of adoption preparation. The Guardian Angel Program goal is to ensure every animal requiring medical attention has access to necessary treatments. About Impact Polk 2017 Impact Polk … Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: Lakeland Police Athletic League’s Youth Teen Summer Program

Funded by an Impact Polk grant through the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation The Lakeland Police Athletic / Activities League, Inc. (Lakeland PAL) Youth Teen Summer Program offers three distinct components focusing on at-risk youth from Lakeland’s most impoverished, crime-ridden neighborhoods who are at risk of delinquency, crime, and gang recruiting … Read On »