Community Foundation News

Givewell Community Foundation aids local nonprofits with Hurricane Irma recovery funding

Thanks to generous, caring donors in our community and beyond, GiveWell Community Foundation was able to assist with medium- to long-term disaster recovery efforts through the Hurricane Irma Relief Fund. After the storm, the Community Foundation worked with local nonprofit organizations, government offices, and school personnel to assess our community’s greatest long-term needs. It was discovered that many area residents still needed assistance receiving basic resources, and that many who had been struggling to make ends meet before Irma were facing even greater difficulties months later. With the contributions to our Hurricane Irma Relief Fund, the GiveWell Community Foundation was able to award grants to local nonprofit organizations who were helping those individuals and families still struggling to recover and rebuild. “My prayers were answered when I received notice from GiveWell Community Foundation that we would be receiving a grant!” said Faith in Action’s Executive Director Mildred McMillian. “We were in the midst of helping our seniors with food and home services in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on a very limited budget because our annual fundraiser was affected by the storm... The extra funds allow us to help our seniors needing assistance.” “With the help of the GiveWell Community Foundation’s hurricane relief grant,... Read On »

Announcing Empower Polk Grant Awards

We are excited to announce that the GiveWell Community Foundation has recently awarded $105,000 through a new grant program called “Empower Polk.” The goal of this new program is to empower local nonprofits, meeting needs that will help them fulfill their mission and support our community more effectively. Support for core operations and business infrastructure … Read On »

Winter Haven Area Medical Clinics Receive Funding

Two Winter Haven area medical clinics received grants thanks to the Yardley, England, Trimmer, and Orlich Charities Fund at the Central Florida Foundation We are pleased to announce that two clinics have been awarded funding from a grant administered through the GiveWell Community Foundation. The purpose of the grant, awarded by the Yardley, England, Trimmer, … Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: Florida Dance Theatre’s “Chance to Dance”

Impact Polk grant through the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation Florida Dance Theatre provided a free program for underprivileged and at risk students who may never have the opportunity to experience the art of dance. The “Chance to Dance” program, funded by an Impact Polk 2017 grant through the George W. … Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: Polk Education Foundation’s “Free Teacher Market”

Impact Polk grant through the Community Foundation’s Grants Committee The Free Teacher Market serves Polk public and charter school teachers by giving them a place to “shop” free of charge, for student and classroom supplies. The Market is stocked with donations of new and gently used items from the community and is open during the … Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: “Building Better Readers” by Polk Education Foundation

Impact Polk grant through the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation Polk Education Foundation received an Impact Polk Grant for “Building Better Readers,” a program of Our AmeriCorps Polk Reads, to provide a tutor team that will serve approximately 400 low performing K-3 students on their reading level to build on their … Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: “Stuff the Bus” by Lakeland Kiwanis Charitable Foundation

Impact Polk grant through the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation Stuff the Bus is a back to school campaign coordinated by The Lakeland Kiwanis Charitable Foundation, Inc. This project is in its 15th year and has been replicated by many other community organizations throughout Polk County and beyond. Stuff the Bus … Read On »

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 … 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 »