Community Foundation News

GiveWell Community Foundation establishes Hurricane Irma Relief Fund

LAKELAND - In the early hours of Monday, September 11, Hurricane Irma made landfall and went directly through our region as category 2 hurricane. Polk, Hardee, Highlands, and many other Florida counties felt the force of violent winds and heavy rain, leaving most without power and many with severe property damage. In anticipation of Hurricane Irma's impact on our community, GiveWell Community Foundation launched the Hurricane Irma Relief Fund. Relying on short-term relief efforts by trusted resources such as the United Way of Central Florida, American Red Cross, and Salvation Army, the goal of GiveWell Community Foundation's Hurricane Irma Relief Fund is to provide for medium- and long-term hurricane relief. The Hurricane Irma Relief Fund is ready to support nonprofit organizations serving in Polk, Hardee, and Highlands Counties, with 100% of contributions made to the Fund going toward the greatest needs throughout our recovering communities. Tax-deductible donations can be made to the Fund online at www.GiveCF.org/HurricaneIrma. GiveWell Community Foundation donor-advised fund holders can give by recommending a grant through our Fundholder Portal.... Read On »

GiveWell Community Foundation stands ready to help our community in the wake of Irma

Current attention is rightly focused on preparing for landfall of Hurricane Irma, providing immediate relief to survivors – temporary shelter, food, water, and other basic needs – and watching how the storm unfolds. As you can well imagine, the true degree of the damage will be uncovered in the days ahead. GiveWell Community Foundation stands … 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 »

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 … Read On »