Twenty-three non-profit agencies in Polk County have been selected to receive portions of $15 million in federal CARES Act funds that the Polk County Commission reserved for services to families that suffered economic damages as a result of the coronavirus.
The selections were made by Polk County Unites, a partnership between the county government and United Way of Central Florida.
Polk County residents in need of assistance can contact United Way’s 2-1-1 referral service by dialing 2-1-1 or texting their zip code to 898-211.
The 501(c)3 agencies receiving funds are listed here with the services provided, and where appropriate, the cities served:
- Agricultural and Labor Program, Inc. – rent, mortgage, utility
- Camp Fire USA – child care
- CareerSource Polk – childcare, dependent Care, utilities, emergency assistance; Bartow
- Catholic Charities – rent, mortgage
- Central Florida Health Care – rent, utilities, food assistance, economic assistance; Winter Haven
- Church Service Center – rent, mortgage, utilities, child care
- Florida Baptist Children’s Homes/One More Child – rent, mortgage utilities, child care; Lakeland
- Frostproof Care Center – rent, mortgage, utilities; Frostproof
- Girls Inc. Lakeland – food; Lakeland
- Heart 4 Winter Haven – rent, mortgage, child care, insurance, fuel, groceries; Winter Haven
- HELP of Fort Meade – rent, mortgage, utilities; Fort Meade
- Lake Wales Care Center – child care, senior adult care, rent, mortgage, electricity, water, prescriptions, surgery/medical bills, food, fuel; Lake Wales
- Lake Wales Ministerial Alliance – rent mortgage
- Mulberry Community Service Center – rent, mortgage utilities; Mulberry and Haines City
- RCMA Polk – food, formula, diapers, supplies
- Salvation Army of East Polk – rent, mortgage, utilities; Winter Haven
- Salvation Army of Lakeland & West Polk – rent, mortgage, utilities, Lakeland
- St Vincent de Paul St. Ann – rent, mortgage, utilities; Haines City
- St Vincent de Paul Lakeland – rent, mortgage, utilities, medical, prescriptions, child care; Lakeland
- The Way Center – mortgage, rent, utilities, child care, adult care, home insurance, food, fuel; Haines City
- Theatre Winter Haven – child care; Winter Haven
- Women’s Resource Center – rent, mortgage, utilities; Winter Haven
- YMCA of West Central Florida – child care
Agencies could request up to $1 million. The United Way of Central Florida declined to release the amounts awarded, saying some of the agencies feared they would be overwhelmed by calls.
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