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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.

S.T.E.A.M. TEAM AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM – STEAM is an after school program designed for K-7 grade students. Kids will spend their afternoons exploring STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) based programming. School pick up available, program runs until 6pm.

eSCHOOL – Camp Fire is here to provide a safe and engaging place for K-5th grade students to participate in their campus eSchool classes.

VACATION STATION – Vacation Station provides purposeful, fun, and appropriate programming for your children (K-5) on those special days when school is out-of-session.

CLUB PROGRAM – Traditional club programs (what most of our alumnae from Camp Fire Girls remember fondly) pairs a trained volunteer leader with a group of youth who work through a Camp Fire curriculum after school, in the evening, or on the weekend. Clubs typically go on field trips, undertake service projects, and do other activities to earn emblems and learn life skills.

 

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2600 Buckingham Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33803
After School Programs | Scouts + Campfire + 4-H | STEM Programs | Volunteer Opportunities Available | Youth Services
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
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,

Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, Florida
Donation Locations | Volunteer Opportunities Available
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay
1231 East Orange Street, Lakeland, Florida 33801
Volunteer Opportunities Available | Youth Services
Boys & Girls Clubs of Lakeland & Mulberry

Boys & Girls Clubs of Lakeland & Mulberry has been in the forefront of youth development, working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social, and family circumstances. We serve more than 2,000 young people through Clubs, summer sites and outreach programs. We operate 4 full-time Clubs in 2 cities.

Donations also welcome. Donations needed include œteen things – clothing, hygiene items, card games, etc. Small dollar store/kids meal type toys, hygiene items, school supplies, snacks, candy, and toys. Club members earn œclub bucks on a daily basis that are used to teach financial literacy. The kids decide whether to save or spend their œclub bucks and learn the value of both choices.

1525 Martin L King Junior Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33805
After School Programs | Donation Locations | Volunteer Opportunities Available | Youth Services
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.

748 East Walnut Street, Lakeland, Florida 33801
Donation Locations | Volunteer Opportunities Available
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.

1010 East Rose Street, Lakeland, Florida 33801
Donation Locations | Volunteer Opportunities Available | Youth Services
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.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION – 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.
See upcoming volunteer opportunities at the Lakeland Mega Pantry.

Food Banks + Food Resources | Volunteer Opportunities Available
Florida Baptist Children's Homes and One More Child

Below is a snapshot of our services for children:
FOSTER CARE – Providing loving, Christian homes for hurting children by licensing and equipping families statewide
CHILD HUNGER PROGRAMS – Life-changing nourishment that helps children and families in Florida and globally
RESIDENTIAL CARE – Loving, family style homes where we provide essential nourishment and care for children removed from their homes
EMERGENCY SHELTER – 24-hour shelters where we care for children who need immediate placement
SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE – Compassionate, Godly counsel for women facing unplanned pregnancies
FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES – Preventive care and resources providing a boost to children and families
SINGLE MOMS – Mentorship, housing and training to help single moms become self-sufficient
ANTI-TRAFFICKING – Safe home care for child victims of sex trafficking and restoration leadership to prevent future trafficking
GLOBAL – Meeting urgent needs in Africa, Central America, Europe and South America through feeding programs, infrastructure projects, mission trips, child sponsors and more
ADOPTION – Recruiting, equipping and connecting families and churches as they navigate the complexities and joys of adopting a child who needs a loving, forever family
To learn more about our services, visit us at onemorechild.org.

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.

Visit https://onemorechild.org/volunteer-opportunities/ for details on volunteer opportunities.

1015 Sikes Boulevard, Lakeland, Florida 33815
Domestic Violence | Donation Locations | Volunteer Opportunities Available | Youth Services
George Harris Jr. Runaway & Youth Crisis Center

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.

1060 U.S. 17, Bartow, Florida 33830
Donation Locations | Mental Health + Crisis Resources | Volunteer Opportunities Available | Youth Services
Heartland for Children
1239 East Main Street, Bartow, Florida 33830
Adoption | Donation Locations | Volunteer Opportunities Available | Youth Services
Imperial Symphony Orchestra
111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, Florida 33801
Field Trip Locations | Theatres + Performing Arts Venues | Volunteer Opportunities Available
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 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.

121 S Lake Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33801
Drama + Theatre | Homeschool Enrichment - Theater | Sensory Friendly + Special Needs Activities | Theatres + Performing Arts Venues | Volunteer Opportunities Available
Lakeland Regional Health Volunteer Opportunities
1324 Lakeland Hills Boulevard, Lakeland, Florida 33805
Volunteer Opportunities Available
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/

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

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

211 Northwest 1st Avenue, Mulberry, Florida 33860
Donation Locations | Financial Stability | Food Banks + Food Resources | Supplies + Financial Aid | Volunteer Opportunities Available
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.

2934 Florida Avenue South, Lakeland, Florida 33803
Consignment + Thrift Stores | Donation Locations | Volunteer Opportunities Available
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.

175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, Florida 33801
Donation Locations | Volunteer Opportunities Available
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.

621 Florida Avenue South, Lakeland, Florida 33801
Youth Services | Donation Locations | Supplies + Financial Aid | Volunteer Opportunities Available
SPCA Florida

SPCA Florida provides caring, compassion and hope to homeless animals, and is also home to a veterinary clinic.
Donations can be dropped off at the Adoption Center during normal business hours.

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

5850 Brannen Road South, Lakeland, Florida 33813
Donation Locations | Pet Services | Pet Stores | Volunteer Opportunities Available
Talbot House

Talbot House provides help to the homeless and hungry of Polk County through food, shelter, medical and dental care.

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

The Dream Center of Lakeland operates a community co-op which provides non-perishable food, clothing, and home goods to those they serve, at no charge. Donations can be made at the Outreach Center at 704 W. 5th Street, Lakeland.
TUE: 10AM-noon & 5:30PM-7PM
WED: 12PM-2PM
THU: 5:30PM-7PM

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

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 that The Salvation Army offers through their dedicated staff and volunteers include:
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 Assistance

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

2620 Kathleen Road, Lakeland, Florida 33810
1898 U.S. 17, Winter Haven, Florida 33881
Domestic Violence | Donation Locations | Financial Stability | Housing Assistance | Supplies + Financial Aid | Volunteer Opportunities Available | Youth Services
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 available – visit the website for details.

165 Avenue A Northwest, Winter Haven, Florida 33881
Domestic Violence | Donation Locations | Mental Health + Crisis Resources | Mental Health Counseling + Therapists | Supplies + Financial Aid | Volunteer Opportunities Available