Community Giving Grants are an integral way Lakeland Electric creates strong partnerships with charities within our community. Every year, Lakeland Electric gives 30 organizations $1,000 sponsorships.

Last year, like many years in the past, we received more applications that sponsorships allowed. The selection process is competitive because we at Lakeland Electric want to honor and help those who are doing the very best for our community.

Two organizations that received sponsorships from the 2017 Community Giving Grant were Parker Street Ministries and Carpenters Home Estates. Parker Street Ministry is a faith-based 501c3 founded in 1999 in downtown Lakeland. Every day the volunteers of this organization improve the lives of those they work with.

Timothy Mitchell, the founder of the organization is out to create true community and neighborly kindness. This past year, Parker Street Ministry was awarded one of our $1,000 Community Giving sponsorships. The sponsorship was used for their annual friendraiser: Taking Victory to the Streets.

Kim Schell, the organization’s chief operating officer, said, “Lakeland Electric led the way with an early sponsorship and was joined by 16 other sponsors to underwrite the cost of the event, which served more than 300 Lakelanders. The event raised over $100,000. Attendees learned about [our] mission, about families held captive by generational poverty, and about the importance of the ‘power of stay,’ of staying with a cause through its ups and downs.”

Carpenters Home Estates has been a part of the Lakeland community since 1986. Carpenters Home Estates prides themselves on providing well-rounded senior care that does not force its residents to settle for something less than perfect.

This year, Brian Robare submitted the organization’s Community Giving Grant application. “While the Estates at Carpenters works to promote the general welfare of our residents and employees, we also enjoy this opportunity to work to help protect our community and our deputies. We appreciate the work that they do for us each and every day.”

To help with continued protection of our officers, the sponsorship given to the Estates was set aside to help pay for a new Polk County Sheriff’s Office K-9 when needed.

The sponsorships given through the Community Giving Grant program are aimed at helping charities that benefit the lives of those who live in our territory. To qualify for a grant, organizations must be State of Florida-registered charitable organization located within the Lakeland Electric territory.

Lakeland Electric’s Community Giving Grant application period opens June 15 and ends Aug. 1. To learn more about this program and see if you qualify, visit

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