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GiveWell Community Foundation Grants Assist Cornerstone Hospice with Care of Polk County Patients

Lakeland, Fla. – Cornerstone Hospice is already putting to good use two grants from the GiveWell Community Foundation.

Last spring, Cornerstone received a $5,000 Empower Polk grant from the GiveWell Community Foundation to purchase two CADD® pumps to be used to train Cornerstone nurses to assist with the care of patients experiencing pain.  The device provides safe and accurate medication delivery.

Previously, Cornerstone Hospice would lease the pumps during the training of new nurses. Having the devices in-house is a cost and time savings for the non-profit agency that relies on community support for special programs.

The new CADD® pumps will be used only for Cornerstone staff in Polk County and new nurses have already benefited from training on the device. On August 15, representatives from the GiveWell Community Foundation saw their donation in action as they observed Cornerstone Hospice nurses and other members of the medical team being trained on the new devices.

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Cornerstone Hospice nurses were recently trained on how to use a CADD® pump to help manage patient medications. The GiveWell Community Foundation provided a grant to purchase two of the devices.

Additionally, Cornerstone Hospice Foundation received a $5,000 Impact Polk 2019 grant for Charity Care in Polk County from the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation.  The funding will be used to support patients on hospice care who are uninsured or underinsured.

These generous grants from the GiveWell Community Foundation enable Cornerstone Hospice to fulfill its mission of providing exceptional, skilled, loving care to Cornerstone patients and their families throughout Polk County.

About Cornerstone Hospice

Cornerstone Hospice is a leading community-owned provider of end-of-life care in Central Florida. For 34 years Cornerstone has set the standard for hospice care as we serve more than 7,000 people in Lake, Sumter, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties each year. For more information, to donate, or to volunteer, call 866-742-6655 or visit

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 county 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 $182 million in grants since its founding in 1997. To learn more about GWCF, visit or call 863-683-3131.


Junior League of Greater Lakeland Thrift Sale September 14, 2019

LAKELAND, Fla. – The Junior League of Greater Lakeland is hosting its Thrift Sale on Saturday, September 14 at 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This year it will be located at 3125 Drane Field Road in Lakeland. The community is invited to attend and shop high-quality, gently used clothing for the whole family, children’s items, furniture, home decor and household items at very affordable prices. The sales proceeds will be used to support the Junior Leagues ongoing community initiatives and literacy programs.

“It is an honor to host the Junior League Thrift Sale for our community. We are able to use the generous donations from many League members and friends to meet tangible needs in our community – providing quality clothing and accessories, home decor, kids toys and more,” says Callie Miller, Junior League of Greater Lakeland President, “we look forward to meeting thousands of community members as they shop the sale. Proceeds from Thrift Sale are then leveraged to fund our ongoing community initiatives throughout the year.”

The League has filled 26,000 sq feet with items for sale, including men, women’s, and children’s clothing, toys, accessories, furniture, art, home goods, tools, electronics, holiday, and much more. The sale will include high-quality women’s fashion from brands like Lilly Pulitzer, Tory Burch, Ralph Lauren, Banana Republic and more. Additionally, some of the name brand children’s clothing and toys that will be available include specialty boutiques, Carters, Old Navy, Oshkosh, Fisher Price, Melissa and Doug and more.

The Thrift Sale benefits the Junior League of Greater Lakeland community projects focused on supporting women and children in our community. In addition, the League is responding to a community crisis to provide essential clothing and toiletries necessary for children throughout our community under our ‘Clothe the Community’ initiative.

The Junior League of Greater Lakeland would like to thank our top sponsors The Ruthvens, Southern Homes and Publix Super Markets Charities for their continued support.

For more information, please call 863.682.2112, visit or follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@jlglakeland).

About The Junior League of Greater Lakeland

Women building better communities. That’s the Junior League.

The Junior League of Greater Lakeland, Inc. is committed to promoting overall wellness of body, mind, and spirit for women and children in our community, through our own community efforts and by partnering with other non-profit organizations in the Greater Lakeland area with a wellness vision.

JLGL members actively reach well over 10,000 families each year. Sustainers, members who have served the JLGL faithfully for decades, have left a proud legacy. Together, all members continue to meet the needs of the community in unique and powerful ways.


The Junior League of Greater Lakeland, Inc is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  The Junior League is exclusively educational and charitable.

Statement on Voluntarism

The Junior League of Greater Lakeland, Inc. has as its purpose: to promote voluntarism, to develop the potential of its members for voluntary participation in community affairs, to demonstrate the effectiveness of trained volunteers, to support and promote voluntarism as an essential component of our society.

The Junior League of Greater Lakeland, Inc. further recognizes the critical role of the voluntary sector in experimenting, demonstrating, innovating and advocating for needed change, monitoring the public sector objectively and impartially in?uencing governmental program development and providing those services unavailable through government programs.

Therefore, the Junior League of Greater Lakeland, Inc. will continue to take action that will ensure the effectiveness of the voluntary sector.


SPCA Florida Auction for Animals Raffle Boasts Trip or Cash Prize

SPCA Florida Auction for Animals Raffle Boasts Trip or Cash Prize

Lakeland, FL— SPCA Florida is hosting their 27th Annual Auction for Animals and a Winner’s Choice Raffle.  The drawing will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at Haus 820 in Lakeland and the winner has their choice of a dream vacation package or a cash prize of $5000.   The vacation package features 5 coveted locations that the winner can choose from including- England & Scotland, Ireland, Greece, China, or an MSC Mediterranean Cruise.

Chances of winning: 1 in 1,000 if they “buy” 1 ticket or 1 in 333 if they “buy” 3 tickets.

Friends and family nationwide may enter the raffle. Each trip is for two people and includes roundtrip airfare from anywhere within the continental U.S., first class hotels, air-conditioned motor coach & an English speaking guide.   The winner need not be present at the drawing.

For more trip details and to secure tickets, visit:

About SPCA Florida

Founded in 1979, SPCA Florida is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Lakeland, serving all of Polk County and the surrounding communities. Dedicated to improving the lives of pets and people, SPCA Florida provides caring, compassion and hope to more than 4,300 homeless animals entering our doors each year.

Open to the public, our Reva McClurg Animal Medical Center is a state-of-the-art veterinary facility that heals and helps 50,000 patients annually. Thousands more pets and people are served through our community outreach and education programs.

Simplistically, every $100 donated to SPCA Florida, or essentially the cost of an average adoption, equates to $3,000 worth of positive economic impact throughout Polk County, Central Florida, and the state.  Additionally, we are proud of the fact that 92% of every dollar goes to program resources and helping homeless animals.


Florida Polytechnic University to host 3rd Annual Community Business Resource Fair

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In the spirit of collaboration and building a healthy and whole community, Florida Polytechnic University has planned— 3rd  Annual 2019 Community Business Resource Fair on Wednesday, September 18th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Florida Polytechnic University, 4700 Research Way, Lakeland, FL 33805.

We invite you or representatives from your organization to join us in providing information, screenings, access to your services, or whatever you believe is appropriate.

Our hope is that by bringing together a wide variety of organizations in one space, we can provide a large array of community information to the students of Florida Polytechnic.

This event is an opportunity to connect and develop a deeper relationship with your organization that will help us all accomplish our missions and serve our community more fully.

Here are some details of the event:

Date: 9/18/19

Time: 1 to 4 p.m.

Set up time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: IST Building—Common area

Venue: Indoor activity

Request: Seeking donation items as raffle prizes for students—i.e. gift cards, company marketing items etc….

If you are able to join us in serving the Florida Poly students by participating in the fair, please email


Florida Poly engineering and computer science degrees achieve ABET accreditation

Florida Polytechnic Univ

We are pleased today to announce that four Florida Poly degrees received ABET accreditation: Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Being ABET accredited tells prospective students, peers and industry leaders that the quality of our degrees has been recognized internationally, making Florida Poly part of a select group of institutions around the world.

Visit our website for more details on this great achievement.

To our students, faculty, staff, alumni, the community and the state – I hope you will share in our pride, celebrate our accomplishments and continue to support us as we advance Florida Poly to excellence.