Community Foundation News

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 »

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: “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 »