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Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE) is a local, community-based, volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization that provides services, and hope, to seniors in need. Founded in 1983, the mission of VISTE is to enable frail elderly persons to remain safely and independently in their own homes. Today, VISTE serves more than 4,000 seniors ages 70 and above who live in western Polk County, including Lakeland, Bartow, Mulberry, and Ft. Meade. Program services are offered based on need, including transportation, hot meals, supplemental groceries, in-home care, 24/7 emergency monitoring, and more. All services are provided free of charge because most seniors served are low or very-low income. At the same time, VISTE receives limited government funding and relies on the generosity and ongoing support of our local community through individuals, businesses, churches, civic groups, and many more.

Website:  viste.org

VISTE’s Operating Reserve Fund

Grants from this fund will provide support to the Agency to continue meeting the immediate and growing demands for program services.

The Alice O’Reilly Legacy Fund

Grants from this fund will provide sustainability to the Agency to insure it carries out its role and promise into the future. Longtime President Alice O’Reilly established a spirit of caring and community engagement that continues to inspire and inform VISTE’s mission and vision for generations to come.

About the GiveWell Community Foundation

GiveWell Community Foundation (GWCF) offers nonprofit organizations the opportunity to invest in themselves through Agency Funds. GWCF also works with local service clubs, veterans groups, municipalities, and other community groups by offering Community Funds for the betterment and improved quality of life of our area. Click here to view all of our Featured Funds.

GiveWell Community Foundation works with individuals, families, businesses, and nonprofits to build a stronger community throughout Polk, Hardee, and Highlands county and beyond through charitable funds and competitive grant cycles. The Foundation is home to more than 300 charitable funds and the Impact Polk and Empower Polk grant cycles. GWCF has awarded over $250 million in grants since its founding in 1997. Click here to learn more about us.