Community Service

To turn in your community service hours, or if you have questions about community service, please see Mrs. Pilkey in room 1-143 in the guidance office.  You may also email her at Please get permission from the guidance secretaries before going to her room.

Community service hours for the senior awards ceremony must be turned in by April 15. Please note: Seniors can still continue to turn in hours until the last day of their senior year for Bright Futures or other scholarships.


Grades 9-11 can turn in their hours until the last day of each school year.



Parks and Recreation

The Polk County Parks and Recreation is asking once again for volunteers to help with them with the programs they sponsor throughout the spring and summer.  To sign up online, click here or call 8630534-6911.  Flyers are available in the guidance and main offices with the dates and times of the events.  Any questions, please contact Jamie Vance at 863-534-6911 or email her at


The Arts Ensemble Foundation at Eloise Center

The Arts Ensemble Foundation at Eloise Center is looking for summer volunteers.  Program runs from 8-12M, Mondays-Thursdays for the summer.  Please contact Ms. Jane Waters Thomas at 863-293-2700 or email her at


Sunshine Community Volunteering

The Sunshine Community is a nonprofit charity who works with people with various developmental disabilities. The community is looking for volunteers to help with both the bowling programs and the Innovative Arts program.


Innovative Arts Program

For the Arts program help is needed to set up for the classes, help keep the members working and with cleaning up. If any art students would like to do a class lesson, it is welcome. The program runs from 10 am until 11:20 am @ AMF Lakeland Lanes 4111 South Florida Ave. in Lakeland, FL, conference room, every Saturday.

Bowling Program

For the Bowling program help is needed keeping score, being on the lanes to keep members moving and focused so they don’t lag behind and slow other bowlers down. The program runs from 12:15 pm until 2 pm every Saturday @ AMF Lakeland Lanes 4111 South Florida in Lakeland FL.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact Ruth Schilling, Vice President of Sunshine Community of Florida Inc.

Contact Information

Phone: (863) 516-1639


Eloise Resource Center Volunteering

The Eloise Resource Center needs volunteers to work with children in the Art Ensemble’s after school arts and literacy program. The hours are from 3 pm until 5:30 pm, on Monday through Friday. If you are interested please contact Kimberly Dixon, program director.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (863) 206-0169


Boys & Girls Club Volunteering

The Citrus Center Boys & Girls Club is looking for volunteers for their homework room. If you are interested please contact Avery Engram at (863) 967-6088, email, or stop by at 2400 Havendale Blvd., WH 33880.


Teen Court, a juvenile diversion program, was created in 1990 by the Honorable J. Dale Durrance.  Juvenile criminal cases are heard outside the Juvenile Court system but inside an actual court room, by a jury of the offender’s peers.  The roles of prosecutor/defense attorney, juror, clerk, and bailiff are filled by high school students.  The primary goal is to process the case efficiently and limit agency database records to a minimum.  If you volunteer, not only will you gain insight into the courts, and often choose law/government related studies beyond high school, but you can earn community service hours.  Teen court meets once a week, and there is a mandatory general training for current and new volunteers on Monday, October 16, 2017.  For more information, please contact Clever English, Director or the Polk County Teen Court, at 863-534-4656.


Bright Future and Community Service Volunteering

Bryon Maxwell, Community Relations Volunteer Coordinator with the Florida Department of Environment Protection is looking for high school student volunteers who would like to earn Bright Future/Community Service hours.

Contact Information

Office Number: (863) 815-6761
Cell Phone Number: (863) 661-8196


Explorations V Children’s Museum

Must be at least 14 years old or entering 8th grade

Assist with summer camp programs and classes, office tasks, exhibit/maintenance projects, field trip support.

*Complete an application

  • Come See Mrs.Pilkey in room 1-136 across from guidance to complete your application
  • (requires parent signature, 3 references, & live scan fingerprint)

*Attend orientation/summer training

*Schedule your days/times!

If you are interested in volunteering and need a application please contact Sue Schluender, Education & Operation Director.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (863) 687-3869

Email: (put volunteer in subject line)

Address: 109 N Kentucky Ave., Lakeland 33880

Lake Wales Care Center

Lake Wales Care Center is a faith based community service organization which demonstrates Christ’s love by building bridges between people in need and people with a desire to serve.

*Complete an application

  • Volunteer Application 2017
  • Junior Volunteer: Care Center is offering youth a summer volunteer opportunity!
    • This program is open to students under 16 who have completed 6th grade.

*Schedule your days/times!

Contact Information

Phone Number: 863-676-6678

Email: (put volunteer in subject line)

Address: 140 E Park Avenue, Lake Wales, FL 33853

Good Shepherd Hospice

Volunteers working directly with hospice patients are required to attend a thorough training. Office and community volunteers are oriented to the organization in a more condensed training session. All training sessions are provided free of charge, during daytime and evening hours.
*Complete an application

*Schedule your days/times!

Contact Information

Phone Number: (813) 871-8111

12470 Telecom Drive
Suite 300 West
Temple Terrace, FL 33637

Hope Equine Rescue

Hope Equine Rescue, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in 2008, but the love of horses has been in our hearts for a very long time.
*Complete an application

*Schedule your days/times!

Contact Information

Phone Number: (863)-521-3004
Email: (put volunteer in subject line)
1200 Dixie Dr.
Auburndale, FL 33823

Positively U Community Service Opportunity

We are a non-profit, community-based, organization that services people living with HIV or affected by HIV. We provide lifestyle classes, as well as doing outreach in the community. Our goal is to help all individuals in Florida maintain a healthy lifestyle while practicing an out of the box approach to care.

Volunteers become a part of helping communities engage to become empowered with knowledge, skills, and resources that impact their health and uplift their quality of life this is why we call them Value Peers. Volunteers will assist the events and be an assistant to staff members that are facilitating classes, set-up and break-down materials for classes, pack our marketing materials, do outreach, carry 25 to 50-pound boxes and do office duties.

Overall, Value Peers are trained to be our backbones of achieving Positively U goals for the community and our volunteers will play key roles in several of our positions. Students may gather experience for their future college major.

Here is the information:

Positively U, Inc.


Phone number: If you would like to know more information please contact me via email or phone at 813-422-0516 or contact our Outreach Coordinator, Kahlil Hall: 678-698-5330

Email: Volunteers can email:


340 1st St S

Winter Haven, FL 33880


Bok Teen Ambassadors

Here is a great volunteer opportunity.  Deadline to apply is September 15, 2018.  Students must be 15 – 18 years of age.  Please print flyer, post it, and tell your students about this.

Bok Teen Ambassador Program

This program is in its second year and offers students the opportunities to:

• Share a sense of community through fun and engaging experiences with peers.

• Forge new friendships, and spend time outdoors exploring and sharing nature with others.

• Become more self-confident through leadership development and team building.

• Gain a deeper knowledge of the natural sciences and themselves.

This program is a volunteer program that our Education Department offers and is limited to 20 students each year. The application deadline is September 15th and is open to students 15 to 18 years of age. Application Packet and a Flyer for the program attached.


Apply Now:


If you have further questions, please contact Joe Ladmichl.

Joe Landmichl

Volunteer Coordinator
1151 Tower Blvd.

Lake Wales, Fl 33853

Phone Number:863-676-1408 Ext. 2258

Monique Byrd

District Resource Specialist Trainer

School Counseling Services (6-12)

Polk County Public Schools

Jim Miles Professional Development Center
5204 US Hwy 98 S

Lakeland, FL  33812

Phone Number:(Office) 863.519.8197 (Fax) 863. 647.4708

“Be Inspired to Inspire”



Youth Driven by Purpose, Inc.

We are dedicated to providing at-risk teens and young adults with programs that are aimed to improve their spirituality, education, and cooperativeness through successful programs, advocacy, mentoring, and community-based connections. Our enrichment programs are designed to empower youth to be future leaders within their communities.

Next Generation Leaders Tutoring Program provides free tutoring to youth ages 12-17 years old. We have partnered with Polk State College to provide General Education Tutors to students that join our program. The tutors assist by preparing middle and high schoolers with upper level application. Our tutors provide coaching on practical skills to enhance learning. The tutors act as role models and form positive relationships with students.

Next Generation Leaders Mentoring Program provides an opportunity for youth to develop leadership skills and other essential life skills as they transition into adulthood. This program caters to youth ages 12-17 years old. We explore curriculum that focuses on social skills, career development, healthy living, financial stewardship, diversity, and a culture of serving. Community leaders are invited to monthly meetings to encourage, mentor, and share their journey to success. Participants have the opportunity to receive community service hours, as well as engage with other youth through learning activities, service projects, and enrichment trips.

Our enrichment programs are free to middle and high school students. Our organization would like to partner with the Polk County School Board to reach more middle and high school students in the Winter Haven community. I have attached some information about our enrichment programs, I look forward to hearing from you soon!


Extra Volunteer  Hours Opportunity


I am Sonya Mincey and I am part of the Polk School Nutrition Association board and Sharron has graciously let us hold our annual PSNA rally at your school on Nov 3rd at 6:30 to 1 p.m. we are in need of volunteers to help out and we were wondering if you had any students in need of hours that might want to volunteer for our rally. They really only have to be there from 6 to 9:30 or 10 am as our meeting will be going on for the rest of the time. I was hoping in the culinary department as they could man the food tables and keep cleaned and organized and possibly Seniors/ Juniors; National Honor society or any student needing to get their hours out of the way would be great for us. We are going to do some setting up the Friday afternoon before hand so they could also grab a few hours there too. Please let me know if you have anyone interested in doing community hours for this event. Thank you for your time. Sonya