Volunteer Programs

Whether it's helping to recover from a natural disaster, or to pair private employers with volunteer opportunities in the community, Volunteer Polk can coordinate your needs through its programs.

Disaster Volunteers and Donations Coordination

Volunteers can play a key role in the recovery from a natural disaster. Volunteer Polk, at the direction of Polk County Emergency Management, becomes the clearing house for volunteers in times of disaster. This department registers all volunteers and conducts background check to make sure the volunteers have all the training, certifications and credentials they need to do their job. For more information on becoming a disaster volunteer, click here.

Business & Corporate Citizenship

Volunteer Polk can connect businesses that want to make a difference in the community through employee volunteering and social responsibility projects. This department also accepts donations of surplus goods from businesses.

Whether it's unwanted product samples, surplus furniture, or unwanted office supplies and equipment, Volunteer Polk can pair these items with other agencies who serve those in need. For more information on how to donate equipment or supplies, click here.

Court-Ordered Service Opportunities

For those who have been ordered by the court to complete community service, you can find a list of approved agencies here.

Mats for the Homeless Outreach Project

Volunteer Polk is looking for volunteers to crochet plastic bags together for its Mats for the Homeless Project. Each mat takes about 700 plastic bags and up to 40 hours to complete. To volunteer, call (863) 534-5580 or email volunteerpolk@polk-county.net.

Clean plastic shopping bags such as those from retailers and boutiques may be brought to the sites listed on the Volunteer Polk Bag Collection list.

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