Lakeland's Neighborhood Association Coalition hosted their last quarterly meeting of the fiscal year (October 2021 - September 2022) at Lake Crago Recreational Complex. Dinner and award ceremony was provided following the meeting agenda to congratulate all neighborhood volunteer efforts throughout the year. Full Photo Album: Click Here
2022 Award Recipients
Rookie of the Year: Cathleen Nelson (Beacon Hill Neighborhood Association)
All Smiles: Morris Chestang (Gladys Leggett Neighborhood Association)
Helping Hands: Sheliah Stills Murray (North Lake Wire Neighborhood Association)
Force to Reckon With: Shirley Pickett (Westgate/Central Neighborhood Association)
Iron Pillar: Diane Baum (Cumberland Neighborhood Association)
Forever With Us: Mary Smith (Dixieland Neighborhood Association)
No Missed Opportunities: North Lake Wire Neighborhood Association
The Westgate Central Neighborhood Association hosted its first 2022 Neighborhood Clean-Up on Saturday, March 26th. Neighborhood residents, code enforcement officers, Lakeland policemen, and city employees convened at the Missionary Assembly of God Church on Montana Avenue to discuss the plan of action and distribute supplies and plants. Volunteers spent four hours from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm elevating the neighborhood and picking up trash. They also engaged in positive conversations with residents as they passed out free flowers to plant around their homes — all in a unified effort to uplift the community and bring people together.
Every year, CareerSource Polk host a job fair and career expo to offer professional development to teens and young adults ages 14-24. In support, the NAC's SummerWerx Subcommittee sponsored the event and donated $21,500.00 to the 2022 Summer Youth Internship Program! With 125 worksites in attendance and four educational workshops, participants had the opportunity to explore job opportunities, careers paths and connect with employers from diverse industries.
For more information regarding careers, employment, or internships, visit www.careersourcepolk.com.
On Saturday, February 26, 2022, North Lake Wire Neighborhood Association partnered with multiple local health-centered organizations to host "Your Health Matters" at North Lake Wire Park. With over 150 residential attendees, the 20 participating vendors offered FREE essential health screenings to the community! The event prioritized the well-being and safety of individuals and families, including information booths, insurance coverage, exams, vaccines, food, giveaways, and more!
The N.A.C joined the City of Lakeland to celebrate Black History Month at Jackson Park on Saturday, February 19, 2022, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm! Our members promoted the N.A.C by engaging in encouraging conversations with residents. We included fun giveaway items to those that spun our prize wheel for a chance to win merch, ice pops, and helpful resources. We shared a joyful day with the community as we embraced Black history through music, performances, food, and craft vendors.
On Saturday, January 15, 2022, the N.A.C had the pleasure of participating in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. The parade route began at Providence and West 14th Street, ending at M.L.K. Avenue and 2nd Street. Several community leaders volunteered by riding on the float in a display of unity and solidarity! Others showed their support by walking the parade route and celebrating the meaningful holiday.
Check out the parade photos and video here.