Current news and updates regarding the Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine Community.

Impact Polk 2022 Grant

LAKELAND, FL (May 11, 2022) – GiveWell Community Foundation (GWCF) is pleased to announce that a total of $835,509 has been awarded to 83 nonprofit organizations through the Impact Polk 2022 grant cycle.

For more information about the Impact Polk 2022 funding and to see a list of all the non-profits awarded grants, click the link below.



May 2022 Volunteer of the Month

Carol Viviano is our volunteer of the month for May 2022! Carol serves as a receptionist on Monday and Thursday mornings. Carol has served at LVIM since September of 2021. She has 260 volunteer hours.

When Carol is not serving at LVIM she enjoys cheering on the Tampa Bay Lightning. She also enjoys gardening and sitting on her lanai. Carol’s favorite parts of volunteering at LVIM are the people and the great atmosphere they create.

April 2022 Volunteer of the Month


Valerie Poole is our volunteer of the month for April 2022!

Valerie volunteers as a patient scheduler and as an intake screener. She has served 275 hours at Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine. Before joining Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine Valerie worked as an RN at a local hospital serving in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and ICU. She also worked as a Hospice nurse.

When Valerie is not at LVIM she enjoys gardening, reading, and traveling. She hopes to visit the Grand Canyon, the Pacific Ocean, and the Smithsonian museum.

Valerie’s favorite part of being a Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine volunteer is that it is “meaningful work, that makes a difference for people. I appreciate being a part of it.”

The myWalgreens Donation Program

LVIM is participating in the myWalgreens donation program! You can donate your myWalgreens cash rewards to Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine through May 31st. At Walgreens, you’ll earn unlimited 1% Walgreens Cash rewards when you shop and you can choose how much to donate. It’s that easy. Whether you’d like to contribute $1, $5, or more of your Walgreens cash rewards you’ll be making a big difference. It really adds up!

March 2022 Volunteer of the Month


Gretchen Hesse is our Volunteer of the Month for March 2022.

Gretchen serves as an Intake Screener on Wednesdays.

Gretchen has served at LVIM for 9 months and has 310 hours.

Before coming to LVIM Gretchen lived in California and worked as an ICU nurse for 20 years and ran a large nonprofit that provided food, housing, and social services to clients.

Gretchen’s favorite part of volunteering at LVIM is doing something that makes a difference in the lives of her peers.

Thank you, Gretchen, for all you do for our patients!

February 2022 Volunteer of the Month

Julia Stauffer is our Volunteer of the Month for February 2022. She serves as an Intake Screener and is a member of our Volunteer Advisory Committee. Before becoming an Intake Screener Julia served as a Curbside Check-In Greeter. Julia has served for a year and a half and has 370 volunteer hours.
Julia is currently a student at USF majoring in Health Information Technology. Her expected graduation date is December 2023. Her favorite part about volunteering at LVIM is the people. Julia enjoys working with the patients, volunteers, and staff.
Thank you, Julia, for all you do for LVIM!♥️

2022 Swansorship Opportunities Now Available!

LVIM supporters!

We are excited to announce that the 2022 Swansorship opportunities are now available for the 2022 Swan Derby.

Follow the link below to review the Swansorship Package.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sonia Glisson, Director of Development at 863-606-1552 or



Donations Accepted

LVIM will accept donations of unused diabetic supplies and inhalers ONLY. If you have other medical supplies or medications, that you would like to donate, please try contacting Lighthouse Ministries or The Talbot House. Thank you.

We Are Now Members with NAFC

About NAFC..
Welcome to the NAFC, a national voice promoting quality health care for all.
Building a Healthy America One Person at a Time. Support Free and Charitable Clinics Where Medical Care for the Underserved Isn’t a Dream, It’s Reality.
The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) is the only nonprofit 501c(3) organization whose mission is solely focused on the issues and needs of the more than 1,200 Free and Charitable Clinics and the people they serve in the United States. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the NAFC is an effective advocate for the issues and concerns of Free and Charitable Clinics, their volunteer workforce of doctors, dentists, nurses, therapists, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, technicians and other health care professionals, and the patients served by Free and Charitable Clinics in communities throughout the nation.
WE BELIEVE access to health care should be a right, not a privilege.
WE VALUE human dignity and ACCESS to quality, compassionate health care.
WE VALUE the individuality of our member clinics and their ability to adapt to community needs and resources.
WE VALUE volunteerism.

WE VALUE community ownership, service and collaboration.