The Nest is a nonprofit organization that serves the community of Lakeland and its surrounding areas through carefully designed programs and support groups in order to enact positive changes within local families.
EDUCATION – We offer many opportunities to inform, strengthen, and empower parents to make the decisions that are just right for their family. Our most popular classes are Prenatal Nutrition, Breastfeeding Basics, Natural Childbirth, Infant Massage, and Infant & Child CPR. We also host workshops and other informative events at our office from time to time.
LACTATION – Group and private support available. Our staff includes four Certified Breastfeeding Specialists and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). We strive to be a source of education, encouragement, and support for mothers who have chosen to provide this naturally healthy start for their children.
DOULA SERVICES – The Nest Doulas provide non-clinical educational, emotional, and physical support to women and their families during pregnancy, labor, and in the postpartum period. In this role, we share unbiased, evidence-based information and recommendations to aid women in making informed decisions about their care and that of their baby.
At The Nest, we believe that strong families help build strong communities. Our mission is to help parents feel confident and supported as they make the best choices for them and their family. Please visit our website for more information.
Polk County Animal Control has dogs and cats of many sizes and breeds available for adoption! We recommend that you come and look as our selection changes daily and our adoptions are on a first come, first served basis. You may also visit our website to view the animals in our shelter. If you find something you are interested in visiting, please bring the animal ID number with you so that we may locate that particular animal for you.
We gratefully accept any and all material and monetary donations intended for the health and comfort of the animals housed in our shelter. Material donations can be any household items such as:
old towels and linens, dog and cat beds, pet toys, old dog and cat transport crates, bird and small animal cages, newspapers, etc. The veterinary staff is always in need of workable gently-loved medical equipment, bandages, and other medical supplies. You’d be surprised at what can be adapted to help the animals in our care.
160 East Summerlin Street, Lakeland, Florida 33830
3092 Havendale Boulevard Northwest, Winter Haven, Florida 33881
838 6th Street Northwest, Winter Haven, Florida 33881
Bargain prices for clothing, housewares, toys, and furniture!
Donations of gently used clothing and current electronics, furniture, etc., appreciated. Supports the ministries of Resurrection Catholic Church and School.
ECHO Ministries helps families who are caring for children that aren’t their own. We seek to meet the physical and spiritual needs of foster families, relative/non relative caregivers, and adopting families through our donation centers and community outreaches throughout Central Florida and beyond.
Our urgent donation needs- boys clothes size 7 through teen, twin beds and bunk beds, socks & underwear size 4 through teen, pajamas size 4 through teen, cribs and toddler beds, diapers, Pullups, and wipes. Please email if you have donations.
Runaway, Homeless and Youth Crisis Shelters are there for children who often need an emergency œSafe Place.
Are runaway or homeless
Are œlocked out or œkicked out of their home by parents or guardians
Need short-term respite or crisis placement due to family conflict
Need emergency shelter placement due to abuse and/or neglect
Need emergency placement due to foster home placement disruption
Donations needed include clothes, shoes, school supplies, toiletries, games, sports equipment, etc. for ages 10 – 17.
1898 U.S. 17, Winter Haven, Florida 33881