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where to find help in Lakeland Community Resources

If you find yourself in a financial crisis or family crisis, there are support systems in place in our community. It is ok to need help. These community organizations exist to help people in a time of need.

Below you’ll find a list of places offering and accepting community assistance in the Lakeland area and Polk County, Florida, including places you can volunteer your time or donate items.
For a full list of community resources including articles on Food Banks, Donation Locations, and Foster Care, visit our Community Resources Guide.

HELPFUL TIP: Use the filter button (3 horizontal lines) to narrow down the list by city and/or category. All city filters are a general geographic area, check each listing address for a specific location. Use the map at the bottom to find Community Resources Near You.

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Carol Jenkins Barnett United Way Children’s Resource Center (formerly Family Fundamentals)

Family Fundamentals is changing its name! The grand opening of The Carol Jenkins Barnett United Way Children’s Resource Center is November 4, 2022, and classes will begin Monday, November 7th. The new center will be located at Bonnet Springs Park

The Carol Jenkins Barnett United Way Children’s Resource Center is a collaboration of organizations committed to strengthening families and our community by increasing access and awareness to resources and services. This Success By 6 parent resource center is a warm, welcoming place where parents and other family members come to access information, support services, and the tools they need to be the best parents they can be. Community agencies offer services on site to provide a one-stop opportunity for parents. Parents come for one service or class and return for others.

Weekly classes for ages 0-5 are offered for FREE!  The schedule follows Polk County Schools calendar. Learn more about classes at The Carol Jenkins Barnett United Way Children’s Resource Center.

Indoor Play + Open Gym for Toddlers | Mommy and Me Classes | Playgroups | Storytime | Youth Services
Bonnet Springs Boulevard, Lakeland, Florida 33815
Camp Fire Sunshine Central Florida

Camp Fire is one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit youth development organizations offering all-inclusive, co-educational programs. Founded in 1910, Camp Fire’s outcome-based programs include youth leadership, self-reliance, after school groups, camping and environmental education and child care.

After School Programs | Scouts + Campfire + 4-H | STEM Programs + LEGO Building | Volunteer Opportunities Available | Youth Services
2600 Buckingham Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33803
Bag Ladies Suitcase Ministry at First Presbyterian Church

The Bag Ladies Suitcase Ministry at First Presbyterian Church collects suitcases, duffle bags, carry-ons, etc. They clean, refurbish and decorate the bags and donate them to Heartland for Children for use by foster children in Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties. Donations can be dropped off at the church office at 175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive in Lakeland Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. Volunteers are always welcome,

Donation Locations | Volunteer Opportunities Available
175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, Florida 33801
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay

Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. A simple but powerful mission which serves as the foundation for what we do. Consider becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister! Not only will you change the life of a child, your life will be changed too.

Volunteer Opportunities Available | Youth Services
1231 East Orange Street, Lakeland, Florida 33801
Boys & Girls Clubs of Polk County

Boys & Girls Clubs fill the gap between school and home. We provide welcoming, positive environments in which children and teens have fun, participate in life-changing programs, and build supportive relationships with peers and caring adults. Children need to have a place where they are physically and emotionally safe. In addition to providing a caring environment, we offer daily access to a broad range of programs that promote the education, health, social character, service and leadership of the youth we serve.

After School Programs | Donation Locations | Volunteer Opportunities Available | Youth Services
1525 Martin L King Junior Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33805
920 Lowry Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33801
10 3rd Street Southwest, Fort Meade, Florida 33841
2400 Havendale Boulevard, Winter Haven, Florida 33881
950 Pinewood Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33815
1860 East Gibbons Street, Bartow, Florida 33830
704 Avenue C, Haines City, Florida 33844
315 Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Lake Wales, Florida 33853
Celebrate Birth

Polk County’s only free-standing birth center, providing family-centered midwifery care during pregnancy, delivery, and the postpartum period. Clients can choose to have a natural birth either at the center or in the comfort of their own home, or they can choose to see us for prenatal and postpartum care but deliver in the hospital of their choice. Also available: waterbirth, massage therapy, lactation support, and classes.

Breastfeeding + Lactation Consultants | Donation Locations | Infant Massage Classes | Midwives + Birth Centers | New Mom Support + Social Groups | Pregnancy + Childbirth Classes | Prenatal Massage
1525 Edgewater Beach Drive, Lakeland, Florida 33805
Children's Clothes Closet at First United Methodist Church

The Children’s Clothes Closet supplies nearly 2,000 homeless and at-risk infants, children and teens in our community with everyday clothing, school uniforms, personal care kits and more. Clients are served through referrals only, not open to the public.

Donations of new or clean, gently worn clothing in sizes from newborns through adults, new underwear (with unopened packaging) and travel-sized personal care items help serve more children. Items may be brought to the Clothes Closet when open or placed in the brown bin outside our Facilities Office near the F building at FUMC.

Volunteer assistance is always welcome to process donations, including mending and washing items as needed and sorting clothing by size.

Donation Locations | Volunteer Opportunities Available
748 East Walnut Street, Lakeland, Florida 33801
Children's Home Society

Building bridges to success for children. Visit https://www.chsfl.org/wish-list/ to see a full list of donation items including clothing, household supplies, toiletries, bedding and linens, and more.

Donation Locations | Volunteer Opportunities Available | Youth Services
1010 East Rose Street, Lakeland, Florida 33801
Early Learning Coalition of Polk County

The Early Learning Coalition of Polk County is a not-for-profit agency focused on early education and care. The goal of the Coalition is to prepare all children to enter kindergarten ready to succeed. The ELC administers the VPK program for Polk County, visit their website to apply for your VPK certificate and learn more about how to select a VPK provider.
The School Readiness Program is also available through various participating child care providers. Eligibility is based on total family income and parents must be working or going to school. The program serves children from 6 weeks to 12 years of age. Fees are assessed based on a sliding fee scale. Hours of child care are determined by each child care provider.

Child Care Assistance | Daycare - Infants + Toddlers | Preschool / Daycare for Ages 2 & Up | Youth Services
115 South Missouri Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33815
Early Steps Program

Early Steps is Florida’s early intervention system that offers services to eligible infants and toddlers (birth to thirty-six months) with significant delays or a condition likely to result in a developmental delay. Early Intervention is provided to support families and caregivers in developing the competence and confidence to help their child learn and develop.

Early Steps services are based on Early Steps evaluations and your family’s concerns, priorities, and goals. Early Steps uses a Team Based Primary Service Provider approach which aims to empower each eligible family by providing a comprehensive team of professionals from the beginning of services until the age of three. The goal is for the family to receive strong support from one person, provide a comprehensive team of professionals from beginning to end, and for the family to have fewer appointments and more time to be a family. Services are provided to the family and child where they live, learn and play, to enable the family to implement developmentally appropriate learning opportunities during everyday activities and routines.

Hearing Tests + Speech Therapy | Special Needs Resources + Organizations | Therapy - Occupational + Physical | Youth Services
Florida Baptist Children's Homes and One More Child

One More Child provides local and global opportunities to run to the aid of foster children, hungry children, single mom, sex trafficking victims and struggling families. Support One More Child through donations and volunteer opportunities. Donations needed include children’s clothing, toys, books, bedding, women’s clothing, diapers, household items, kitchen supplies, food, and more.

All donations are used to support their services including foster care, family support, single moms programs, and more. Drop off donations M-F from 8:30am-4:30pm at Harold Clark Simmons Compassion Center.

Domestic Violence | Donation Locations | Volunteer Opportunities Available | Youth Services
1015 Sikes Boulevard, Lakeland, Florida 33815
Florida KidCare

Florida KidCare is the umbrella brand for the four government-sponsored health insurance programs – Medicaid, MediKids, Florida Healthy Kids and the Children’s Medical Services Managed Care Plan – that together provide a seamless continuum of coverage for Florida children from birth through the end of age 18.

Florida KidCare is designed specifically with kids in mind. That’s why our coverage provides your child with access to the services they need at each stage of growth and development. Health and dental services are delivered through quality plans that offer a choice of local doctors, dentists, specialists, hospitals, pharmacies and other healthcare providers.

Florida KidCare includes free, subsidized and full-pay options based on family income and household size. Most families pay nothing at all, and many pay as little as just $15 or $20 a month for all children in the household. Families who do not qualify for free or subsidized coverage may purchase a competitively priced full-pay plan.

Low-Cost Health Care + Dental Care | Youth Services
Girls Inc. of Lakeland

Girls Incorporated of Lakeland offers daily after school and summer programs for girls in grades K-12 in West Polk County. We inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through life-changing programs and experiences that equip them to overcome gender, economic, and social barriers.

After School Programs | Youth Services
1220 West Highland Street, Lakeland, Florida 33815
650 West Main Street, Lakeland, Florida 33830
Good Shepherd Hospice & Bethany Center

Good Shepherd Hospice offers bereavement support for all hospice survivors in addition to ongoing community support groups, including those who have experienced a sudden or unexpected death. There is no charge for bereavement support and services. Individual & family support, as well as adult grief support groups are available.

Children’s Grief Services – Good Shepherd Hospice Bethany Center is a place of hope and healing and provides a special place for children and teens to understand their grief. The caring and professionally trained staff and volunteers are dedicated to providing compassionate grief support to children, ages 3 to 18, and their families.

The Bethany Center offers the following:
–Children and family support groups: Available to adults, teens and children to help facilitate healthy grief work through sharing and creative self-expression. Inside the Bethany Center’s activity rooms, feelings are expressed through art, games and dramatic play.
–Grief Cave: Children are able to write personal messages on the walls of this unique space where their words glow in the dark.
–Camp Brave Heart: Annual spring camp for children ages 6 to 16 who live in Polk, Highlands or Hardee counties.

Grief Care Groups | Youth Services
3470 Lakeland Hills Boulevard, Lakeland, Florida 33805
450 Arneson Avenue, Auburndale, Florida 33823
Habitat for Humanity ReStore

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that sells new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Proceeds are used to build homes, community, and hope locally and around the world. Donate appliances, building materials, paint, furniture, cabinets, plumbing, lighting fixtures, windows, and more. See a full list of items and drop off hours on the website.

Consignment + Thrift Stores | Donation Locations
1317 George Jenkins Boulevard, Lakeland, Florida 33815
Head Start Preschool Program

Head Start is a federally funded preschool program centered on education, comprehensive health services, and parent leadership. Head Services are available from ages 3 – 5 when the child enters kindergarten. Polk County Public Schools (PCPS) operates Head Start centers for low-income eligible families at schools throughout the county. Student spaces per site are limited, apply through the PCPS website.

Child Care Assistance | Preschool / Daycare for Ages 2 & Up | Youth Services
Healthy Families Polk

Healthy Families is a free, voluntary program that gives families useful information on parenting and child development. Healthy Families offers parenting classes for parents, expectant parents and caregivers of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Classes are open to the community and focus on children from birth to age 12.

Cost: $25 per person, or $40 per couple and all class materials are included in this fee. If you are a Healthy Families Polk participant, there is no charge.

Fee Includes: Six week course, Class materials, Certificate of completion (given at last class for those who participate in all classes)
To register, call (863) 534-5344. Advanced registration is required.

Pregnancy + Childbirth Classes | Youth Services
Healthy Start

Healthy Start is a free home visiting program that provides education and care coordination to pregnant women and families of children under the age of three. They are a helpful contact for finding local resources – 863-534-9224.

Breastfeeding + Lactation Consultants | Youth Services
Heartland for Children

Heartland for Children is a comprehensive child welfare service provider network that includes protective services, foster care, adoptions, independent living, prevention, family preservation, family support services and other related services. Read our article to learn more about becoming a Foster Caregiver in Central Florida.

Adoption | Donation Locations | Volunteer Opportunities Available | Youth Services
1239 East Main Street, Bartow, Florida 33830
InnerAct Alliance

InnerAct Alliance, formerly the Drug Prevention Resource Center, is very proud to have provided substance abuse prevention to the Hardee, Highlands and Polk County communities in Central Florida since 1985 with services including science-based education in elementary, middle and high schools, teen-driven social norming campaigns, as well as informative presentations and family-oriented awareness events that touch the lives of youth, adults, families, businesses, faith-based organizations, community groups and others in need with an important anti-substance abuse and anti-bullying message.

Volunteer Opportunities Available | Youth Services
621 Florida Avenue South, Lakeland, Florida 33801
kidsPACK

kidsPACK is a nonprofit organization with a simple mission – to feed kids. Join the volunteers, community leaders, corporate sponsors, churches and concerned citizens that work with us to ensure no child goes to sleep hungry. Volunteers are needed weekly, as well as donations. $25 will feed a child every weekend for a month, $300 will feed a child for the full year.

Donation Locations | Food Banks + Food Resources | Volunteer Opportunities Available | Youth Services
Lakeland
Lakeland Community Theatre

Lakeland Community Theatre boasts a Main Stage season of five high quality productions; The Eunice Fuller Theatre for Youth three show season as well as classes, summer camps, workshops, Master Classes; The Out of the Box Troupe for special needs youth and adults, a Senior Troupe and many special productions and events each year.

Art, Music + Theater Field Trips | Drama + Theatre Classes | Homeschool Enrichment - Theater | Sensory Friendly + Special Needs Activities | Theatres + Performing Arts Venues | Volunteer Opportunities Available
121 South Lake Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33801
Lakeland Regional Health Volunteer Opportunities

Please consider serving at Lakeland Regional Health to make a valuable difference in our hospital and community. We offer many opportunities in a wide variety of positions. Plus, as a volunteer you will enjoy many benefits, including: a $7 meal voucher every shift, free Starbucks, free valet, and more! If you enjoy caring for others and are interested in volunteering please call 863.687.1115.

Volunteer Opportunities Available
1324 Lakeland Hills Boulevard, Lakeland, Florida 33805
Lakeland Symphony Orchestra

The Lakeland Symphony Orchestra is a Lakeland-based arts organization that produces and presents symphonic performances, ensemble concerts, school-based outreach, interactive family events, and an annual opera as part of a mission to connect, enrich, engage, and entertain. Formerly the Imperial Symphony Orchestra or ISO.

Art, Music + Theater Field Trips | Theatres + Performing Arts Venues | Volunteer Opportunities Available
111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, Florida 33801
Larry Libertore Youth Sports Scholarship

The Larry Libertore Youth Sports Scholarship provides funds for young athletes (ages 11-18) to successfully participate in the sport of their choice by playing intramural sports, club ball or developing skills at a camp. The cost of equipment, travel and fees are often barriers to a young athlete’s option to play and this scholarship removes these barriers. Visit the website to learn more.

Supplies + Financial Aid | Youth Services
Libertore Fund for Children

The Libertore Fund for Children, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides grants and resources for non-profit agencies that offer services for our most vulnerable children, those at-risk of failure. Our team is passionate about helping children overcome obstacles that threaten their minds, bodies and hopes.

Supplies + Financial Aid | Youth Services
Lighthouse Ministries

Lighthouse Ministries serves the community by providing needed products and clothing at reasonable prices at our stores. You can contribute by donating goods to be resold. Stop by one of our stores to drop off any of the accepted goods listed on our website including clothing, electronics, furniture, shoes, linen, books – https://www.lighthousemin.org/donate-goods/

Consignment + Thrift Stores | Donation Locations | Food Banks + Food Resources | Volunteer Opportunities Available
711 North Florida Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33801
3092 Havendale Boulevard Northwest, Winter Haven, Florida 33881
838 6th Street Northwest, Winter Haven, Florida 33881
LoBo Ranch

LoBo Ranch serves sibling groups in foster care. They provide siblings currently separated in different foster care homes opportunities to unite for a time of fun on Sibling Saturdays. They also offer furnishings at no charge to families caring for children in foster care.

Welcomed donations include: bedroom furnishings, cribs, twin beds, pack n plays, new and gently used mattresses, diapers, baby formula and children’s hygiene items. Visit https://loboranch.org/contact/ to make arrangements for donations or to host a donation drive.

Donation Locations | Volunteer Opportunities Available | Youth Services
LVIM - Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine

Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine (LVIM) is a volunteer-run health care center that provides free, high-quality medical, dental, and mental health care to the working uninsured of Polk County.
-Are you a Polk County resident?
-Are you uninsured?
-Is your income below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL)?*
-Are you employed or a full-time student?
If you answered YES to these four questions, we’d love to welcome you to the LVIM Circle of Caring! Please call 863.688.LVIM (x104 or x105) to schedule your eligibility screening today! You can also visit their website for more information.
(*For Example, The income of a family of four cannot exceed $51,500 dollars)

Family Dentists | Low-Cost Health Care + Dental Care | Mental Health Counseling + Therapists | Primary Care Doctors | Volunteer Opportunities Available
600 West Peachtree Street, Lakeland, Florida 33815
Mulberry Community Service Center

The Mission of the Mulberry Community Service Center is to create financially stable households through financial management education.
What We Offer:
Money Management Education
Free Tax Preparation
Utility Bill Assistance
Rent/Mortgage Assistance
Food Boxes
Clothing/Thrift Store
Medical Assistance
Special Support to Laid Off Workers
School Uniforms/Backpacks/Supplies
Participation in Local Angel Trees
Thanksgiving Meals/Christmas Baskets

Visit the thrift store featuring seasonal decor, household items and more. All proceeds from the thrift store support the community center and the food bank. Accepting food and clothing donations. Clothing donations should be washed and food items should be in date.

Additional opportunities – Volunteer your time. Sort food/clothing, stock shelves, pack and distribute Christmas baskets. Be a Money Coach for families in our Personal Finance Center.

Donation Locations | Financial Stability | Food Banks + Food Resources | Supplies + Financial Aid | Volunteer Opportunities Available
211 Northwest 1st Avenue, Mulberry, Florida 33860
New Life Center for Family Preservation

NLC is open to single, pregnant women and teens (18 and older) in and around Polk County. The focus of the NLC is to meet the needs of the homeless pregnant women and support them in their desire to keep and raise their child¦. changing lives two at a time.

Volunteers and donations are welcome. The wish list can be found at https://nlclakeland.org/i-want-to-help. Call or email for the donation location.

Donation Locations
Nurse Family Partnership

The Nurse-Family Partnership is a free, voluntary program that partners first-time moms with nurse home visitors. When moms enroll in the program, a specially trained nurse will visit them throughout their pregnancy and until their baby turns two years old. During these visits, the nurse will offer the knowledge and support needed to confidently create a better life for baby and mom.

Pregnancy + Childbirth Classes | Youth Services
PAL Recreation Complex (Lakeland Police Athletic/Activities League)

PAL serves over 1500 children each year. PAL provides activities such as youth football, cheer-leading, baseball, basketball, track & field, wrestling and the Driven 1 fitness program. Additionally, PAL offers an after-school program, where 60 children attend and receive tutorial assistance from law enforcement officers, teachers and college interns from area colleges and universities.

After School Programs | Archery | Basketball | Cheerleading | Flag Football | Volunteer Opportunities Available | Youth Services
325 West 2nd Street, Lakeland, Florida 33805
1725 Martin L King Junior Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33805
Peace River Center

Peace River Center provides an array of mental and behavioral health services as well as domestic violence shelters, and a Rape Recovery and Resource Center.

24-hour Crisis Line: (863) 519-3744
Lakeland 24-hour Domestic Violence Line: (863) 413-2700

Services include: Mental health, victim services, substance abuse treatment, crisis services, club success, and more.

Domestic Violence | Donation Locations | Mental Health + Crisis Resources | Mental Health Counseling + Therapists | Volunteer Opportunities Available | Youth Services
Peace River Center Thrift Shoppe

The Thrift Shoppe gratefully accepts donations from the community and is open to the public for shopping. Clients of Peace River Center can shop for necessities through a voucher program. Additionally, it is a drop-off point for donations to Peace River Center’s many programs.

Consignment + Thrift Stores | Donation Locations | Volunteer Opportunities Available
2934 Florida Avenue South, Lakeland, Florida 33803
Pedal Power Bicycle Ministry

Pedal Power Bicycle Ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Lakeland, Florida collects used bicycles then restores and refurbishes to safe working order and gives away for FREE to Children and Adults in need.

We always welcome new volunteers and helpers. Teens earn community service volunteer hours for helping. We work in air conditioning once a month and have all the tools and parts you would need to safely restore and repair any size bicycle.

We graciously accept bicycle donations. To donate a bicycle you can drop off at main office of First Presbyterian Church Monday – Friday between the hours of 9 and 4.

To request a bicycle you need to stop at First Presbyterian Church main office and fill out bicycle request form. We distribute bicycles on a first come and first served basis.

Donation Locations | Volunteer Opportunities Available
175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, Florida 33801
Perinatal Bereavement Support Group - Winter Haven Hospital

This free support group is for families who have experienced the loss of a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or early infant death. Explore your grief, strengthen communication with loved ones and learn self-care. Honor the loss of your baby and begin to heal. Online the Fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm, register in advance.

Grief Care Groups
101 Avenue O Southeast, Winter Haven, Florida 33880
Polk HealthCare Plan

The Polk HealthCare Plan (PHP) is for those who are caught in the gap between not qualifying for Medicaid, and not being able to afford market place insurance. While the PHP is not insurance, it is a way for qualifying individuals to get healthcare. IHC manages a provider network for the healthcare plan that includes primary care and specialty care physicians, urgent care centers and five area hospitals. Sponsored services include primary and specialty careservices, routine diagnostic testing, lab, radiology, hospital inpatient, outpatient and emergency services, and a Plan formulary.

Because the PHP is not insurance, participants have no annual deductibles and no claim forms. Most services require a low co-payment, which is collected by the provider. Only Polk County residents who are not covered by any other health insurance and are not eligible for any other state or federal programs are eligible for the Polk HealthCare Plan.

Low-Cost Health Care + Dental Care
Project Prom Polk

This teen run organization hosts a Project Prom Store during Prom, Homecoming & Graduation time each Spring & Fall. High school students in need can pick out formal wear and accessories at no cost in return for signing a pledge to celebrate alcohol/substance-free. Donations are accepted at the Project Prom Store when open and at the InnerAct Alliance office. Learn more about shopping or donating formal wear: Project Prom Polk

Donation Locations | Supplies + Financial Aid | Volunteer Opportunities Available | Youth Services
621 Florida Avenue South, Lakeland, Florida 33801
RSVP Polk - AmeriCorps Seniors

The AmeriCorps Retired Senior Volunteer Program, also known as RSVP, is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over. RSVP Polk is an AmeriCorps Senior Program sponsored locally by the Polk County Board of County Commissioners. RSVP Polk provides opportunities for people 55 and over to make a difference in their community through volunteer service. Volunteers contribute anywhere from a few to 40 hours a week and serve through nonprofit, faith-based and government organizations to help meet critical community needs.

Volunteer Opportunities Available
1290 Golfview Avenue, Bartow, Florida 33830
SAFE Chapter (Stuffed Animals for Emergencies) - Stuffed Animal Donations

New and gently used stuffed animals are collected, cleaned if needed, and donated to local organizations that can use them. Stuffed animals are donated to law enforcement to keep in their vehicles in case they come across children in an accident or in crisis, the Child Protection Teams who are interacting with children in foster care, and other organizations serving children. Contact James at (813) 300-5769 or on Facebook for drop off times and location.

Donation Locations
Lakeland
SPCA Florida

SPCA Florida provides caring, compassion and hope to homeless animals, SPCA Florida has both cats and dogs for adoption, and is also home to a full service veterinary clinic to serve your pets.

Donations can be dropped off at the Adoption Center during normal business hours. Wish list items include:
Dog and cat beds
Used blankets and towels can be repurposed for animal crate beds.
Distilled Water, Rubbing Alcohol, Glass Cleaner, Trash Bags (all sizes), Household Rubber Gloves (all sizes), Latex Gloves (all sizes)
Kitty supplies – litter, toys, food, treats
Dog supplies – dry puppy food, dog food, biscuits, Nyla Kongs, Peanut Butter for Kongs (regular, NOT sugar free), Dog Leashes, Collars & Easy Walk Harnesses

Donation Locations | Pet Adoption Centers + Shelters | Veterinarians | Volunteer Opportunities Available
5850 Brannen Road South, Lakeland, Florida 33813
Suncoast Community Health Centers - Women's Care of Lakeland

Suncoast Community Health Centers, a not-for-profit organization, provides high quality, affordable health care to southern and eastern Hillsborough County and OB in Lakeland, FL. We believe that each and every community member is entitled to quality health care. No patient will be turned away because of inability to pay. Based on income, you may qualify for a sliding fee for your medical, dental, laboratory, and medication needs. Women’s Health Clinic in Lakeland offering: Free Pregnancy Testing, Obstetrics & Gynecology (OB/GYN), Low Risk Pregnancy Care, Family Planning, Laboratory Services, Financial Counseling, Bilingual Staff.

Low-Cost Health Care + Dental Care | OB-GYN Doctors
1729 Lakeland Hills Boulevard, Lakeland, Florida 33805
Talbot House

Talbot House provides help to the homeless and hungry of Polk County through food, shelter, medical and dental care. Volunteers are welcome as well as physical and monetary donations, visit the Talbot House website to see a list of current needs.

Food Banks + Food Resources | Mental Health + Crisis Resources | Volunteer Opportunities Available
814 North Kentucky Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33801
The Dream Center of Lakeland

The Dream Center of Lakeland operates a community co-op that provides non-perishable food, clothing, and home goods to those they serve, at no charge. Donations can also be made at the Outreach Center at 704 W. 5th Street, Lakeland. Contact the Dream Center or check the website calendar for hours.

Donation Locations | Food Banks + Food Resources | Volunteer Opportunities Available | Youth Services
706 West 5th Street, Lakeland, Florida 33805
The Nest

The Nest is a nonprofit community resource center that serves the growing families of Lakeland and its surrounding areas through lactation support and classes for pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, postpartum health, baby care, and more.

Breastfeeding + Lactation Consultants | CPR + First Aid Courses | Donation Locations | Infant Massage Classes | New Mom Support + Social Groups | Pregnancy + Childbirth Classes
3838 Lakeland Hills Boulevard, Lakeland, Florida 33805
The Salvation Army - Lakeland / Polk County

Those struggling to make ends meet will find a helping hand to move them back toward self-sufficiency. During times of disaster, we provide accommodations and a hot meal. Families going through difficult times discover spiritual help from caring Corps Officers and loving support from a community of believers. Whether it’s a warm blanket, a safe place to stay, The Salvation Army stands ready to share the love of Jesus Christ with everyone.
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES: Emergency Financial Assistance, Food Pantry, Disaster Services, Youth Character Building, Worship Services, Holiday Assistance

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Social Services Office Assistance, Food Pantry, Disaster Services, Red Kettle Campaign, Holiday Donations

Donations are welcome – needed items include new and gently used linens, school supplies, clothes and shoes, and hygiene items.

Domestic Violence | Donation Locations | Financial Stability | Housing Assistance | Supplies + Financial Aid | Volunteer Opportunities Available | Youth Services
2620 Kathleen Road, Lakeland, Florida 33810
Top Buttons

Top Buttons is a boutique open for public shopping with both NEW and gently used thrift items. The Boutique proceeds help fund the Wearing Confidence Program to promote positive body image, healthy self-esteem and modesty among young women.

Top Buttons accepts quality new or used clothing items and accessories for females including: Pre-teen, teen, adult, maternity and plus sizes, shoes, handbags, scarves, belts, and jewelry

Adult Apparel + Boutiques | Consignment + Thrift Stores | Donation Locations
236 North Kentucky Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33801
135 East Main Street, Bartow, Florida 33830
226 West Central Avenue, Winter Haven, Florida 33880
Women's Resource Center

Women’s Resource Center of Florida helps women and their families during times of crisis and transition. Services include domestic violence support, crisis intervention, financial fitness classes, interview skills, interview clothing, computer skills, job training, and more.

Donations welcome – diapers and pull-ups, formula, baby wipes, baby shampoo, teething gel, soap, deodorant, bath products, feminine products, toiletries, toothbrush and toothpaste, non-perishable food. Volunteer opportunities are also available – visit the website for details.

Domestic Violence | Donation Locations | Mental Health + Crisis Resources | Mental Health Counseling + Therapists | Supplies + Financial Aid | Volunteer Opportunities Available
165 Avenue A Northwest, Winter Haven, Florida 33881
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a nutrition program for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding or who have recently been pregnant, infants & children under age 5. WIC provides the following at no cost: healthy foods, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support
referrals to health care, immunizations, and community services. Visit the website or call 1-800-765-5942 to see if you qualify. Visit the Polk Health Department website for WIC office locations.

Food Banks + Food Resources | Youth Services
1275 Brice Boulevard, Bartow, Florida 33830
1291 Ariana Street, Lakeland, Florida 33803
835 West Central Avenue, Lake Wales, Florida 33853
211 - United Way

United Way’s 211 is the most comprehensive source of human and social services information in the country. Our teams of compassionate, highly trained specialists are available 24/7 to connect you with the best services available in Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties. United Way’s 211 provides information about:

-supplemental food & nutrition programs
-clothing, shelter & housing options
-financial assistance
-emergency information & natural disaster relief
-health care services
-child, adolescent & adult mental health services
-addiction prevention & rehabilitation programs
-support groups for individuals with mental illnesses & special needs
-a safe, confidential path out of physical or emotional domestic abuse
-adult, child, family & elder services
-services for individuals with disabilities

Community Resources | Financial Stability | Food Banks + Food Resources | Free Tax Prep | Housing Assistance | Mental Health + Crisis Resources | Volunteer Opportunities Available | Youth Services
ECHO Ministries

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. Visit the website for donation and shopping locations and hours.

Donation Locations | Volunteer Opportunities Available
4155 K-Ville Avenue, Auburndale, Florida 33823
5624 Cypress Gardens Boulevard, Winter Haven, Florida 33884
Feeding Tampa Bay

Feeding Tampa Bay, part of the national Feeding America network, focuses on providing food to the hundreds of thousands of food insecure families in the 10-county area of West Central Florida, including Polk County. Through a partner food pantry network and Feeding Tampa Bay’s distribution programs, families can collect free groceries for the week at multiple mobile pantry sites each week in Polk County. Visit the Feeding Tampa Bay website to learn more.

VOLUNTEER – Just one hour of volunteer work generates exponential meals to feed our neighbors in need. When you give your time, you’re directly contributing to the livelihood of your neighbors. From sorting non-perishable goods in our warehouse to serving meals and groceries, with every volunteer opportunity, you make a direct impact on the wellbeing of our community.

Food Banks + Food Resources | Volunteer Opportunities Available
George Harris Jr. Runaway & Youth Crisis Center

We serve youth between the ages of 10 and 17, who may have runaway, are homeless, have been kicked out/locked out by their parent(s) or guardian(s), may need short-term respite or crisis placement due to family conflict, require emergency shelter placement due to abuse and/or neglect, or due to foster home disruption.

Donations needed include clothes, shoes, school supplies, toiletries, games, sports equipment, etc. for ages 10 – 17.

Donation Locations | Mental Health + Crisis Resources | Volunteer Opportunities Available | Youth Services
1060 Highway 17, Bartow, Florida 33830
Polk County Animal Shelter (Animal Control / Polk County Sheriff's Office)

Polk County Animal Control provides a variety of services to our community. Animal Control Officers investigate bite cases and dangerous dog cases, pick up sick or injured dogs or cats, and quarantine animals. The Polk County Animal Shelter also provides pet adoptions for healthy pets including dogs and cats, and welcomes donations.

Donation Locations | Pet Adoption Centers + Shelters
7115 De Castro Rd., Winter Haven, Florida 33880
Polk County Health Department

The Polk County Health Department provides a range of services to children and adults including preventative care, comprehensive screenings, family planning, dental care, and more. If you do not have insurance, care is provided on a sliding fee scale.

Family Dentists | Low-Cost Health Care + Dental Care | OB-GYN Doctors | Primary Care Doctors
3241 Lakeland Hills Boulevard, Lakeland, Florida 33805
835 West Central Avenue, Lake Wales, Florida 33853
1700 Baker Avenue East, Haines City, Florida 33844
1805 Hobbs Road, Auburndale, Florida 33823
1255 Brice Boulevard, Bartow, Florida 33830
The Salvation Army of Winter Haven / E. Polk County

Those struggling to make ends meet will find a helping hand to move them back toward self-sufficiency. During times of disaster, we provide accommodations and a hot meal. Families going through difficult times discover spiritual help from caring Corps Officers and loving support from a community of believers. Whether it’s a warm blanket, a safe place to stay, The Salvation Army stands ready to share the love of Jesus Christ with everyone.
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES: Emergency Financial Assistance, Food Pantry, Disaster Services, Youth Character Building, Worship Services, Holiday Assistance

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Social Services Office Assistance, Food Pantry, Disaster Services, Red Kettle Campaign, Holiday Donations

Donations are welcome – needed items include new and gently used linens, school supplies, clothes and shoes, and hygiene items.

Domestic Violence | Donation Locations | Financial Stability | Food Banks + Food Resources | Housing Assistance | Mental Health + Crisis Resources | Supplies + Financial Aid | Volunteer Opportunities Available | Youth Services
320 Martin Luther King Boulevard Northwest, Winter Haven, Florida 33881