GiveWell Community Foundation announces recipients of Impact Polk 2019 grant cycle.

LAKELAND, FL, (May 24, 2019) – The GiveWell Community Foundation is pleased to announce that the George W. Jenkins Fund has awarded $499,647 to 69 nonprofit organizations through Impact Polk 2019.

Impact Polk is an annual competitive, donor-directed grant program of the GiveWell Community Foundation with the goal of addressing community needs throughout Polk County. Impact Polk grants often support a broad range of needs, such as education, health and human services, arts and culture, and animal welfare.

“The Impact Polk grant cycle does just that – it impacts Polk County,” said Terry Simmers, President and CEO of the GiveWell Community Foundation. “Nonprofits provide so many invaluable services to residents of Polk County, and Impact Polk grants help these organizations address important community needs.”

The Community Foundation is grateful for ongoing community support provided by George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation.

Total Impact Polk 2019 funding

Individuals impacted

  • Education 45% 45%
  • Health & Human Services 44% 44%
  • Arts & Culture 10% 10%
  • Animal Welfare 1% 1%

The following programs received full or partial funding through Impact Polk 2019:

  • A Community Pregnancy Center’s Earn While You Learn Parenting Program received $3,000.00.
  • A Woman’s Choice’s Teen Impact Summer Abstinence Education Program 2019 received $5,000.00.
  • Abounding in Faith’s Camp Career & Empowerment for Girls received $10,000.00.
  • Aerospace Center for Excellence’s Aerospace Youth Tours & Workshops at the SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In for 2020 received $3,000.00.
  • Anchor House Ministries’ Transition to Success received $10,000.00.
  • Bok Tower Gardens’ Discovery Days Summer Camp 2019 received $5,000.00.
  • Camp Fire U.S.A. Sunshine Council’s ScienceROCKS received $10,000.00.
  • Center for Independent Living in Central Florida’s StepAhead Program Navigator for Polk County Youth received $3,000.00.
  • Central Florida Health Care’s Community Teaching Kitchen – Central Florida Health Care received $5,000.00.
  • Children’s Home Society of Florida’s Parent Support Group received $10,000.00.
  • Cornerstone Hospice Foundation’s Charity Care received $5,000.00.
  • Cypress Junction Montessori’s Early Education Scholarship Fund received $5,000.00.
  • Drug Prevention Resource Center’s Providing Prevention Protection for Polk’s Children received $5,000.00.
  • ElderPoint Ministries’ Removing Senior Transportation Barriers received $5,000.00.
  • Explorations V Children’s Museum’s Summer Camp Explorations 2019 received $10,000.00.
  • Faith in Action North Lakeland’s Serving Seniors and the Homebound received $15,000.00.
  • Faith Without Works’ Camp Compassion 2k19 received $10,000.00.
  • Family Literacy Academy at Lake Wales’ The Arts & At-Risk Children II received $5,000.00.
  • Florida Baptist Children’s Homes’ In the Loop received $5,000.00.
  • Florida Dance Theatre’s A Chance to Dance 19-20 received $6,000.00.
  • Florida Department of Health in Polk County’s Breastfeeding Friendly Discharge Bags received $2,000.00.
  • Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting’s WEDU PBS Interactive Workshops for Educators and Families received $2,000.00.
  • Frostproof Dawgs’ Literacy for Athletes received $2,000.00.
  • Fundamentals for Kids’ Readers Promise4 received $5,000.00.
  • Girl Scouts of West Central Florida’s Rising Diamonds Program Support received $10,000.00.
  • Good Shepherd Hospice’s Camp Brave Heart – 2020 received $20,000.00.
  • Gospel Inc.’s RePurpose Art Studio Job Training Internship received $5,000.00.
  • Harvest Assembly of God’s Rock the Block received $2,500.00.
  • Healthy Start Coalition of Hardee, Highlands & Polk’s Beds 4 Babies Project received $10,000.00.
  • Hearing Loss Association of America – Lakeland’s Hearing Opportunities for Low Income Seniors received $3,000.00.
  • Heart for Winter Haven’s Scholarship Housing Community Network (SHCN) – Jobs for Life Training $5,000.00.
  • Heartland for Children’s Expanded Learning and Student Engagement received $12,339.00.
  • HELP of Fort Meade’s Supporting Our Community received $10,000.00.
  • Hero Revolution’s Be A H.E.R.O. for Greater Student Success received $5,000.00.
  • Idols Aside Ministries’ Sons Without Fathers Scholarships received $10,000.00.
  • Jaylens Challenge Foundation’s East Polk’s No Bullies in School ~ Bullying No way! received $20,000.00.
  • Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay’s Achieve Success with JA JROTC Teen Teachers received $5,000.00.
  • kidsPACK’s Just Feed Kids received $15,000.00.
  • Lakeland Choral Society’s Florida Southern Young Men’s Chorus received $2,500.00.
  • Lakeland Community Theatre’s “Out of the Box” Theatre Troupe for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities received $10,000.00.
  • Lakeland Habitat for Humanity’s Keeping Our Vets from Becoming Homeless received $10,000.00.
  • Lakeland Housing Authority’s YouthBuild-Lakeland 2019 received $5,000.00.
  • Lakeland Kiwanis Charitable Foundation’s Stuff the Bus 2019 received $5,000.00.
  • Lakeland Police Athletic League’s PAL Teen Summer Leadership Program received $20,000.00.
  • Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine’s Steps to Good Health received $10,000.00.
  • Learning Resource Center of Polk County’s Camp READY! South Lakeland Summer 2019 received $17,808.00.
  • Magnolia Montessori Academy’s School Security received $5,000.00.
  • Meals on Wheels of Polk County’s Food Purchase 2019 received $5,000.00.
  • Museum of Science & Industry’s MOSI Robot Round-Up received $7,500.00.
  • Options for Women Pregnancy Help Clinic’s Community HIV Testing received $2,000.00.
  • Paint Your Heart Out Lakeland’s Initiative 2019 received $2,500.00.
  • Peace River Center’s Brief Strategic Family Therapy Training Project received $5,000.00.
  • Platform Art’s Platform Kids 2019/2020 received $10,000.00.
  • Polk County School Readiness Coalition’s Child Care Executive Partnership Program received $6,000.00.
  • Polk Education Foundation’s Building Better Readers – AmeriCorps Polk Reads received $5,000.00.
  • Polk State College Foundation’s Freedom Gardens: Empowering Underprivileged Communities received $6,500.00.
  • Polk Theatre’s Restoring the Iconic Polk Theatre Marquee received $10,000.00.
  • SPCA Florida’s Heartworms Not a Death Sentence received $10,000.00.
  • Spirit Gymnastic Youth Association’s Hugs Special Needs Program received $2,500.00.
  • Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind’s I Too, Can Read, With the Proper Tools and Supports! received $5,000.00.
  • The Blended Family Foundation’s Giving Closet received $2,500.00.
  • The Public Education Partnership of Winter Haven’s Ready, Set, Read! received $5,000.00.
  • Victory Ridge Academy’s Speech-Language Therapy Program for Nonverbal Students received $10,000.00.
  • Volunteers in Service to the Elderly’s Hot Meals for Seniors – Addressing Increased Demand received $5,000.00.
  • Webber International University’s Hand in Hand We Learn: Academic Success Tutoring Program received $6,000.00.
  • Women’s Resource Center of Florida’s Mental Health Life-Vest received $5,000.00.
  • YMCA of West Central Florida’s Kindergarten Learn to Swim received $10,000.00.
  • Young Life of Polk County’s Every Kid, Everywhere, For Eternity received $5,000.00.
  • Youth for Christ of Polk County’s Summer Camping with At-Risk Youth in Polk County received $10,000.00.

About Impact Polk

Impact Polk is an annual competitive grant program with the goal of addressing community needs throughout Polk County. Public nonprofit organizations serving Polk County and recognized by the IRS as described in the IRS Code Section 501(c)(3) as eligible for tax-exempt status may apply. Learn more at impactpolk.org.

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