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Impact Polk 2017: Bright Threads Ministries’ Volunteer Training Videos

Impact Polk grant through the Community Foundation's Grants Committee Bright Threads Ministries offers training seminars equipping volunteers to understand the unique needs and behaviors of children with special needs. In evaluations following the seminars, participants often note: "This training has been very helpful, but I need to see how to respond to the behaviors of children with autism." "Kids with Special Needs: Volunteer Training Videos" is a project designed to meet that need. The project will produce four training videos, 3 - 5 minutes each, to help volunteers learn to respond to particular behaviors exhibited by children with developmental disabilities, particularly autism spectrum disorders. The four videos would demonstrate leader/peer buddy responses to a selection of these behaviors: meltdowns, poor attention, hyperactivity, non-compliance, aggression, and lacking communication skills. 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 Bright Threads Ministries The mission of Bright Threads Ministries is to help church leaders transform relationships and practices with people who have developmental disabilities. To learn more about Bright Threads Ministries, visit www.brightthreadsministries.org.... 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 »

Impact Polk 2017: Explorations V Children’s Museum’s “Achievers Camp at Explorations”

Funded by an Impact Polk grant through the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation Explorations V Children’s Museum received an Impact Polk 2017 grant for their “ACE” Achievers Camp at Explorations. This camp will provide up to 15 elementary students from low income homes in the Polk County area with eight weeks … Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: CareerSouce Polk’s “Gentleman’s Institute Program”

Funded by a GiveWell Community Foundation Impact Polk grant CareerSource Polk Board of Directors received an Impact Polk Grant for their “Gentleman’s Institute Program”. This week-long program is designed to address the basic necessities every young man should practice such as how to tie a tie and how to iron; how to accept/reject a gift; … Read On »