Community Foundation News

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 »

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 … Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: Peace River Center’s “Parenting with PRIDE”

Funded by an Impact Polk grant by the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation Parenting with PRIDE is an exciting program within Peace River Center using the evidence-based practice known as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) in a “play laboratory” where parents and children learn positive interaction from playing together under the direction … Read On »

Impact Polk 2017 Publication

View the 2017 Impact Polk publication (Last edited: January 13, 2017) The 2017 Impact Polk publication above is a collection of grant applications requesting funding for programs ranging from $500 – $15,000. Grants requested through Impact Polk are presented to our fundholders, grants committee, and to the public for funding consideration. That means anyone can … Read On »

2016 Annual Report

A Letter from Our President As the Community Foundation completes its 19th year of service, we are grateful to our fundholders, community partners, volunteer leadership, and all those that have collaborated with us to promote the well-being, vibrancy, and philanthropic spirit of the communities we serve. As an organization we strive to engage our donors … Read On »

MOSI’s Robot Roundup | Impact Polk 2016

WINTER HAVEN – The students of Elbert Elementary School in Winter Haven were visited by 14 special guests from Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) on September 13th. Those guests included two friendly outreach instructors and 12 exciting robots. MOSI’s instructors spent an hour with students in third, fourth, and fifth grades providing hands-on … Read On »

Join us for our Impact Polk Orientation August 12, 2016

Nonprofit organizations who do work in Polk County and are in good standing as described in Section §170(b)(1)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code are invited to apply for a grant from the GiveWell Community Foundation’s Impact Polk Grant Program. The Impact Polk Grant Program addresses community needs and fosters civic leadership and engagement throughout Polk … Read On »