Category Archives: Announcements

25Mar/10

Catholic Charities of Central Florida Celebrates Expansion of Agape Food Bank

Agape Food Bank | www.cflcc.org

625 McCue Rd, Ste 2 | (863) 665-7074

Agape Food Bank has been operated by Catholic Charities of Central Florida, Inc. since 1983.  We are a partner of United Way, Feeding America (formerly known as America’s Second Harvest) and the Florida Association of Food Banks.  We are the USDA commodities provider for Polk County through the Department of Agriculture.

We moved to our new location in October of 2009 due to needing increased storage space for perishable and non-perishable food items.  In the last three years, we have increased our distribution of food from 2.6 million pounds to 4.1 million pounds.  We have increased our active non-profit member agencies from 128 to 237.  We have now increased our warehouse space from 10,000 square feet to 21,000 square feet.  We are currently working on expanding our resources to the community by implementing additional community programs such as Mass Distribution, Backpack Program, Kids Cafe, etc.  If you would like to get involved, please contact us at (863) 665-7074.

23Mar/10

How High-Speed is Ultra-High Speed?

Recently, a group of community members met to discuss the City of Lakeland’s application to Google to be considered as a test community for ultra-high speed broadband. I knew it would be a cool meeting, but I didn’t quite know why… I am a self-proclaimed tech-moron.

I sent an email to one of our board members asking if perhaps she would come and mask my ignorance, and she graciously obliged. The question of the day was “What would you do with 10gb?” Not knowing what I’d do with or without 10gb, I asked Linda Jezard. Her response has become my understanding: “You can never have enough gigabits, dahling… they’re like shoes and handbags!”

Here’s an excerpt from the Google Web site announcing the project:

Google is planning to build, and test ultra-high speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the country. We’ll deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. We’ll offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000, and potentially up to 500,000 people.

This group will meet again and will continue to meet to  educate the community & generate buzz about the possibilities that ultra-high speed fiber would open for our community.

Think about this… at the turn of the century, Lakeland was the most well-connected community in the state- by roads. What can we do to make Lakeland well connected in the beginning of this century and beyond?

Help us make the case to Google. Click the Nominate Your Community button at http://bit.ly/LakelandFiber and take just a few moments to answer some non-technical questions about our network and the need in Lakeland. (I believe you need a Google account to complete the survey- a small step to bring something so powerful to Lakeland!)

To share information on the move to “Connect Lakeland” for the future, we’ve set up a Web site. Visit, help, learn, participate. We think you’ll be glad you did!

15Mar/10

Census 2010 Seeks New Partners – Rally Wednesday

The 2010 Census questionnaires will be mailed in the next week, and efforts are underway to ensure that everyone our area is counted. The Census count will determine how more than $400 billion in federal funding will be distributed to state and local governments.

This Wednesday, the local Census office is hosting a Partnership Rally. Attendees will not only learn about plans for events, but will also be provided with resources for creating neighborhood events. Census Partnership Specialist Cherry Hallback suggested that neighborhoods, churches and community organizations could organize an event to coordinate with the National March-to-the-Mailbox campaign on April 10. Partners in smaller areas are encouraged to join together to remind residents to complete their questionairres and march them to the mailboxes. Resources like shirts, noisemakers, banners and more are available to communities planning such an event, but you must attend the rally to register as a partner!

“Let’s Get Everyone Counted.”

Wednesday, March 17 | 10 :00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Jim Miles Professional Center | 5204 US Highway 98 S

RSVP to cherry.k.hallback@census.gov or (863) 205-2389

15Mar/10

It’s National Workplace Napping Day – ABC News

It’s National Workplace Napping Day – ABC News.

It’s official: We’re all waking up in the dark!Everyone lost the same hour of sleep on Sunday morning, so to celebrate… take a nap!

Boston University professor William Anthony, who specializes in psychiatric rehabilitation, launched this endeavor in 1999 citing the scientific benefits behind napping. And, what better timing than the day after Daylight Savings Time begins?

From a recent press release:

Based on information gathered from thousands of nappers and would-be-nappers, the Anthonys have identified the following eight significant advantages of napping:

1. Napping improves mood – makes you feel better
2. Napping improves performance – makes you more productive
3. Napping is no cost – no expensive clothes or equipment needed
4. Napping is no sweat – no shower needed
5. Napping is self prescribed – no doctor’s orders needed
6. Napping is non-fattening – you cannot eat while napping
7. Napping is a non-invasive procedure – no one does anything to you
8. Napping has no dangerous side effects – unless you are driving

Would napping benefit your company? We’re anxious to hear your thoughts! Comment below to share…

12Mar/10

Chamber’s “North With the Tigers” Goes International

The 64th Annual Tiger BBQ was a perfect kickoff to the 2010 Spring Training season for the Detroit Tigers here in Lakeland. Now in their 74th year of training in Lakeland, the Tigers are a major contributor to Lakeland’s “true sense of place”.

Each year, the Chamber organizes a trip to support the regular season Tigers “on the road”. North With the Tigers is always a fun time of camaraderie, baseball & even a mini-vacation!

This year, North With the Tigers is going farther north than ever before – Canada! With a little bit of international flair, you’re sure to enjoy your time away. Details are still in the works for hotel accommodations & hospitality, but the dates and location are set:

North With the Tigers | August 27-29

Detroit Tigers v. Toronto Blue Jays | Rogers Centre (formerly SkyDome)

Be sure to get your passport ordered today – details on accommodations & pricing will be available soon. For additional information, contact the Chamber’s Visitor & Convention Bureau.

Click here to download the registration form.