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First time volunteer festival seeks participants

First time volunteer festival seeks participants

Polk County, Florida -- Local organizations and community members are invited to participate in Servapalooza Polk, a free interactive volunteer festival presented by Volunteer Polk. 

Servapalooza features a volunteer expo where organizations can showcase their community service projects and participants learn about local volunteer opportunities.  

Volunteer Polk is seeking applications for the event from exhibitors as well as organizations that have service projects or donation drives that can be completed on-site.   

Join the volunteer team in Lakeland

Join the volunteer team in Lakeland

Lakeland, Florida -- Looking for a way to make new friends and a difference in the community?

Then come Volunteer in Public Service in Lakeland. The City of Lakeland offers volunteer opportunities for both teens and adults.

Being a volunteer allows people to:

Bartow Blood Drive: Calling all eligible donors!

Bartow Blood Drive: Calling all eligible donors!

Bartow, Florida -- The Bloodmobile will be at The Villages at Laurel Meadows on Saturday, June 29, and it couldn't come at a better time.

Accordning to the Red Cross, the nation's blood supply has reached emergency levels with 50,000 fewer donations than expected in June.

This shortfall leaves the Red Cross with half the readily available blood products on hand now than this time last year.
 
The Red Cross is calling on all eligible blood donors - now more than ever - to roll up a sleeve and give as soon as possible.

Free phone help for people with hearing or speech challenges

Free phone help for people with hearing or speech challenges

Bartow, Florida -- Have a hard time hearing? You may qualify for a free phone. FTRI Phone Distribution is taking place this week in Bartow. 

FTRI offers a variety of amplified telephones to meet the need of persons with a mild, moderate, or severe hearing loss.

These amplified telephones are available at all of the 24 Regional Distribution Centers located throughout the state. The free amplified phone distribution is for Florida residents who have a hearing loss and/or a speech problem.

Cypress Gardens could get national recognition

Cypress Gardens could get national recognition

Bartow, Florida --  The Associated Press reports that Polk County commissioners are on board with an effort to bring national recognition to the former Cypress Gardens tourist attraction.

The commission on Tuesday approved a resolution supporting the idea being floated by the executive director of the Greater Winter Haven Chamber of commerce.

Bob Gernert explained in a letter to commissioners that being listed on the National Register of Historic Places would aid in attempts to promote heritage tourism in the county.

Polk County Sheriff's Office: 'We have a job for YOU!'

Polk County Sheriff's Office: 'We have a job for YOU!'

Polk County, Florida-- The Polk County Sheriff's Office is seeking locals who have a love for volunteering and serving the community, and an interest in working alongside deputies to make a difference. 

In the release below, officials have included information on their Volunteer Sheriff's Service Office program (VSSO), in which participants will undergo 80 hours of training in both the classroom and the field to contribute to the county:

"Bikes for badges" event at WingHouse in Lakeland

"Bikes for badges" event at WingHouse in Lakeland

Lakeland, Florida-- On Saturday, June 15, 2013, Sheriff Grady Judd and members of the Polk County Sheriff's Office along with the Bubba the Love Sponge crew will be at the WingHouse of Lakeland, 4515 South Florida Avenue, for another "Bikes for Badges" charity event.

This event is hosted by the BTLS Foundation, the WingHouse, and other sponsors.  All proceeds will benefit the family of PCSO Master Deputy Sheriff Shane Robbins, who was killed in the line of duty on April 26, 2013.