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Polk County Unites funding is making a difference in the lives of Polk County residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Five million dollars in relief funding is still available to all those who qualify. Individuals who are Polk County residents and have had a loss of income or reduction in income due to COVID-19 are eligible for $2,000 of assistance.

This aid is not a loan, and individuals with spouses who have not had a reduction in income are still eligible to receive this assistance for their household.

“The $2,000 in assistance afforded to households to cover some of those basic household needs like food, rent, mortgage, or utilities have been a much needed financial relief,” said Stacy Campbell-Domineck, President & CEO of CareerSource Polk.

The United Way of Central Florida and the Polk County Board of County Commissioners partnered in May to distribute $15 million in CARES Act funding to residents who experienced a loss of or reduction of income because of the virus.

UWCF partners still have funding available for those who qualify. To find an organization to apply for this assistance, call 2-1-1, or text your zip code to 898-211, and ask about Polk County Unites.

Partners with available funds include:

  • ALPI
  • CareerSource Polk
  • Catholic Charities
  • Central Florida Health Care
  • Frostproof Care Center
  • Girls Inc. Lakeland
  • Heart 4 Winter Haven
  • HELP of Fort Meade
  • Lake Wales Care Center
  • Lake Wales Min. All.
  • Mulberry Community Services Center
  • Salvation Army West Polk
  • St. Vincent Haines City
  • St. Vincent Lakeland
  • The Way Center
  • Theatre Winter Haven
  • Women’s Resource Center

United Way of Central Florida works to improve lives and strengthen our community by identifying gaps in services and providing solutions. UWCF works with qualified partners to improve the health, education and financial stability of people in Polk, Hardee, and Highlands counties and provide a safety net in emergencies. United Way works to amplify donor dollars with local matches, convene partners to improve efficiencies, and broker services that produce the best return on investment in the areas of most critical need. United Way believes no one can do their best if they are hungry, sick, or in pain. To learn more, visit uwcf.org or call 863.648.1500.

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