Lakeland Gives Back… as we head towards ThanksGIVING and Christmas, we are highlighting local organizations making a difference in our community that need volunteers and/or donations at the holidays and year round. We hope you’ll learn more about these groups and decide to be part of LAKELAND GIVES BACK! Imagine the impact we can make locally if each of Lakeland Mom’s 7,700+ Facebook fans and 12,000+ monthly website visitors donate just a few extra items or a few hours of their time this holiday season.
About The Dream Center of Lakeland
The Dream Center of Lakeland is a Christ-centered community center that serves the at-risk neighborhoods throughout our city. The Dream Center is meeting real needs and offering free resources for positive change, through partnerships with local churches, ministries, civic groups, and the business community.
The Dream Center provides a variety of outreach programs including their Street Reach and Adopt-A-Block programs where volunteers distribute hundreds of bags of food, clean & mow neighborhoods, host kids carnivals, distribute truckloads of clothing, and much more! They also have programs at their Dream Center campus and in the surrounding community for Kids, Teens, Adults, and Seniors. Volunteers of all ages are WELCOME at The Dream Center. We’ve provided more details below in hopes you can find something you are passionate about.
The Dream Center of Lakeland occupies several building around the intersection of 5th Street and Ohio Ave., in Lakeland. Headquarters is located at 635 W. 5th St., Lakeland.
Kids Club Christmas Present Wrapping
December 2nd from 9am – 12pm
The Dream Center of Lakeland will be having a Christmas present wrapping event for our children’s ministry, “Kids Club.” This event will be held at 640 W. 5th St., Lakeland. Space in this building is limited, so we are limiting this event to 20 volunteers. Older children are welcome to come if they are going to join in the wrapping but, due to space limitations, should not attend if they are not participating. For more information please contact our Connections Coordinator, Whittney Borem, at email@example.com.
PLEASE NOTE: Volunteers must RSVP to this event.
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities for Families
The year round programs offered by the Dream Center of Lakeland are facilitated almost exclusively by volunteers with a willingness to serve. There is no minimum age requirement to become a volunteer, and students are eligible to earn service hours for their time. Each of the programs listed below has a need for you to volunteer your time and talents! For a full list of programs, and their operating times, please visit the website at www.dreamcenterlakeland.org. Contact Whittney Borem to help find the perfect opportunity for your family – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids Club – Throughout the school year, Pastor Teresa Swann and her dedicated team visit local neighborhoods on weekday afternoons in the decked-out Kids Club truck. Then, on Saturdays, bus loads of Kids are brought to the Dream Center for another great celebration. Volunteers spend time laughing, playing games, singing, and sharing great lessons with at-risk boys and girls ages 4-5th Grade. Weekdays at 4:30pm and Saturdays at 10am.
NEXT! wecomes Middle schoolers to the Dream Center to discover what is NEXT! for them in life. Thursdays at 5pm.
The Rock uses basketball to connect with teen guys in our area. This free league partners players with dedicated coaches who use the game to teach the importance of character on and off the court. Wednesdays at 4:30pm.
YoungLives is a wonderful community for Teen Moms in Lakeland. YoungLives helps come alongside teen mothers to build stories of hope and redemption for the mother’s and their children. Mondays from 6-8pm (1st, 2nd & 3rd Monday each month).
RISK Club is bringing incredible resources for success to Lakeland’s students. Experienced teacher, Jeffery Williams, and his team work hard to teach students everything from financial management, to how to apply for a job and succeed in college. Students are taken on tours of local businesses, visit colleges throughout the southeast, and more! Tuesdays at 6:30pm.
Youth for Christ is an incredible mentoring program for students in Lakeland. With seperate meeting times for teen guys and teen girls, these students meet for devotions each week with dedicated leaders and mentors. Girls meet Tuesdays at 6:30PM for dinner club. Boys meet Thursdays at 7:00AM for breakfast club.
ADULTS, SENIORS, & FAMILIES
The Well – This is our weekly community breakfast for the whole family on Sundays from 9:30-10:30am. This pancake breakfast is the perfect place to bring your family, get to know your neighbors, and spend time in a community that genuinely cares for you. To make sure that kids feel welcome and engaged, volunteers meet with kids to eat together and enjoy a special message just for them.
Life Classes for Adults – Curriculum includes Financial Management, Personal Integrity, Parenting, Relationships, & More. Dates & Times vary.
Computer Lab & Computer Classes – Our brand new computer lab is open to the community during our regular hours, but we also offer free computer classes once a week.
Cards & Coffee – Every week, volunteers meet at St. Lukes Life Center & Cecil Gober Villas to spend time with local seniors. We love our time spent with these wonderful community members as we play games, drink coffee, and share life together. Tuesdays from 10am – 11:30am.
New Creations – New Creations groups meet at at Washington Park & Cecil Gober Villas making crafts with senior residents. It’s a great way to connect, encourage one another, and remind each other that we all need to be made new! 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month from 5pm-6pm.
Weekly Distributions – While much of the Dream Center’s distributions take place through Adopt-A-Block & Street Reach outreaches, we do host a weekly distribution. At this time community the Dream Center gives away perishable items that have been donated as well as clothing and household items. This distribution takes place from our Outreach Resource Center located on the corner of 5th Street & Ohio Ave.
Adopt-A-Block – Few things bring change like consistency. The Adopt-A-Block program is about being a consistent presence in the community offering food, clothing, and services to the same area month after month. Our Adopt-A-Block teams serve in a designated area seeking out tangible needs and doing whatever it takes to build real relationships with those they serve. If you have a church group, such as a youth small-group or youth ministry, that you would like to get involved with consistent, life-changing mission, we would love to partner with you. We provide the materials and training, you just bring the team.
Street Reach – Our Street Reach outreaches empower hundreds of people from multiple churches and organizations to come together to blanket a community with love. During Street Reach events, volunteers distribute hundreds of bags of food, clean & mow large areas of the city, host kids carnivals, distribute truckloads of clothing, and much more!
Families are welcome to participate in both of these community outreach programs, you are not required to be part of a church group or larger organization. Please contact The Dream Center for more information!
NOTE: Program dates/times are subject to change after the publication of this post. Please contact The Dream Center for current program information and volunteer opportunities.
Food, Clothing, Household Items
The Dream Center of Lakeland operates a community co-op which provides non-perishable food, clothing, and home goods to those we serve, at no charge. Donations can be made on Tuesdays from 10:00am – 7:00pm to our Outreach Center at 704 W. 5th Street, Lakeland. For more information please contact our Connections Coordinator, Whittney Borem, at email@example.com.