$310,056 in Grants Awarded from the United Community Relief Fund
LAKELAND, FL – The United Way of Central Florida and GiveWell Community Foundation announced today the initial round of United Community Relief Fund grant recipients. In total, $310,056.27 was awarded to the following nonprofit organizations:
Bartow Church Service Center–$10,000forfood, shelter assistance and childcare.
Caring People Recoveries–$7,000 forshelter assistance.
Catholic Charities of Central Florida–$10,000forfood, basic needs and utilities through the Polk County Senior Services program.
Champion for Children Foundation–$10,000forfood, utilities and shelterassistance.
Children’s Home Society of Florida–$2,032.27 forhealth and medical supplies.
Explorations VChildren’s Museum –$10,000for childcare for essential workers.
Faith in Action North Lakeland–$10,000for food and basic supplies for seniors.
Faith Without Works– $5,000for childcarefor essential workers.
Faith Xtreme–$10,000for food for families without transportation.
Florida Baptist Children’s Homes/One More Child–$10,000for food for children & struggling families.
Frostproof Care Center–$10,000for shelter assistance and food.
Hands for Homeless– $10,000for food and health/medical supplies.
Hardee Help Center–$10,000for rent/mortgage and utility assistance.
Heartland for Children–$10,000forrent/utilities assistance, health/medicalsupplies and childcare for foster families.
Help of Fort Meade– $10,000for rent/utility assistance and emergency food.
Blessings and Hope Food Pantry– $10,000for foodpantry.
KidsPack– $6,600for food for children.
Lake Wales Care Center– $10,000for food and shelter assistance.
Lakeland Habitat for Humanity– $9,724for shelter assistance.
Lighthouse Ministries– $10,000for shelter and food.
Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine – $10,000for health and medical care.
Meals on Wheels of Polk County– $10,000for food to seniors.
Mulberry Community Service Center– $10,000for shelter and utility assistance.
Nuevo Comienzo Resource Center– $10,000for food and personal care items.
NU-Hope– $10,000for food to seniors.
Nurse Family Partnership Highlands– $10,000for food and personal care items.
Peace River Center– $10,000for health/medicalequipment.
Talbot House Ministries –$10,000for food and shelterfor homeless.
The Salvation Army of East Polk– $5,700forfood, supplies and shelter for women and children.
Volunteers in Service to the Elderly – $10,000for food to the elderly.
The Way Center– $10,000for emergency lodging and rent assistance.
Women’s Care Center of Bartow– $10,000for food, shelter assistance and childcare.
The United Community Relief Fund was established in March 2020 to support local nonprofit organizations serving those most vulnerable to the economic and health-related impacts triggered by a community crisis. GiveWell Community Foundation (GWCF) and United Way of Central Florida (UWCF) have collaborated to raise money for the Fund and identify potential grant recipients.
The distribution of resources from the United Community Relief Fundis guided by a committee comprised of GWCF and UWCF staff and volunteer leaders to address the most immediate and urgent needs within the community.
“There are many individuals in our community who have been impacted medically and financially by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Christina Criser Jackson, president and CEO of UWCF. “I am continuously inspired by the American spirit and all of those who have rallied and contributed to helping those less fortunate. These investments will go to agencies on the frontline to make a direct impact.”
“We are extremely thankful for the individuals who are making such great sacrifices to provide necessary services for our community,” said GWCF president and CEO John Attaway. “Thank you to the donors who have made such generous contributions to help others. Your support will allow us to respond quickly to the community’s developing needs.”
A second phase of fundraising for the United Community Relief Fund is underway. So far, more than $125,000 has been raised for the next round of grants to local nonprofits.
About United Way of Central Florida United Way of Central Florida works to improve lives and strengthen our community by identifying gaps in services and providing solutions. UWCF works with qualified partners to improve the health, education and financial stability of people in Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties and provide a safety net in emergencies. United Way works to amplify donor dollars with local matches, convene partners to improve efficiencies and broker services that produce the best return on investment in the areas of most critical need. United Way believes no one can do their best if they are hungry, sick or in pain. To learn more, visit uwcf.org or call 863.648.1500.
About GiveWell Community Foundation
GiveWell Community Foundation (GWCF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and nonprofits to build a stronger community throughout Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties 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 $209 million in grants since its founding in 1997. To learn more about GWCF, visit givecf.org or call 863.683.3131.
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To create positive lasting change in our community by helping children succeed in school; promoting family financial stability and independence; and improving people’s health.
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