Community Foundation News

Impact Polk 2017: Young Life’s “Every Kid, Everywhere, For Eternity”

Impact Polk grant through the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation In the difficult adolescent years, Young Life comes alongside teens offering hope, encouragement, and for many, light in a dark place. Young Life introduces kids to a faith-based community of adults who will mentor them and be a steady force in their lives. Young Life is for EVERY kid regardless of their background. Teens who attend Young Life's camp program often refer to it as "the best week of my life," and through their "Every Kid, Everywhere, For Eternity" program, teenagers in financial need can receive funding for camp. Thanks to an Impact Polk grant from the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation to Young Life's program, teenagers received camp scholarships in 2017. 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 the Young Life Polk County Click here to learn more about Young Life Polk County.... Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: “Aligning the Stars for Students” by Aerospace Center for Excellence

Impact Polk grant through the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation STARLAB is a portable planetarium appropriate for all ages and is a great resource for teaching astronomy, meteorology, mythology, weather, plate tectonics, navigation, moon phases, ocean currents, and so much more. With the addition of this technology, Aerospace Center for Excellence … Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: Child Care Executive Partnership Program by Early Learning Coalition of Polk County

Impact Polk grant through the Community Foundation’s Grants Committee Child Care Executive Partnership (CCEP) is a program that partners with local child care providers and area businesses and donors to raise funds matched by the state to provide early education and child care services to children who would otherwise be placed on a wait list … Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: YMCA of West Central Florida’s “Adaptive Programming: Golf and Unique Actions”

Impact Polk grant through the Community Foundation’s Grants Committee The Adaptive Program: Golf and Unique Actions is an inclusive program for youth and adults with special needs. This program allows children and adults to participate in activities at the YMCA with their peers, while working on their social / play interaction. The program will serve … 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 »