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

July 2022 Volunteer of the Month


CeCe Vineyard is our Volunteer of the Month for July 2022!

CeCe has volunteered at LVIM for two years and has 760 volunteer hours. She serves in our Medical Records department every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

When she is not at LVIM, CeCe enjoys reading psychology books. When asked what her favorite part of being an LVIM volunteer is CeCe said that she enjoys helping the patients and staff by ensuring that patient records are accurately put in.

Thank you, CeCe for all of the important work you do for LVIM!




The more you buy, the more you save and increase your chances to win big!

Your raffle ticket stub(s) will be mailed to the address provided here.

Please make sure we have all your updated information!

The designated 50/50 raffle ticket stub is the only valid receipt for claiming the prize. 

Make sure to follow us @WeAreLVIM for all the latest news, updates and to watch he winning pot grow!


LVIM is conducting a 50/50 Split the Pot for the purpose of raising funds for the organization.

The winner of the 50/50 Split the Pot gets 50% of total sales and the remainder will go to LVIM.

The lucky winning number will be drawn, live on Facebook on August 31st.

Empower Polk 2022

We are excited to announce that Lakeland Volunteers In Medicine has been awarded a grant for our Empower Polk 2022 application. With these grant monies LVIM has the opportunity to cut expenses from outsourcing bookkeeping and accounting services, and to have financial information readily available by having an LVIM staff member take over these responsibilities.

This project was funded through a grant from George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation.

June 2022 Volunteer of the Month

Greg Glisson is our volunteer of the month for June 2022!

Greg serves as our Special Projects Volunteer for the Development Department and has been an LVIM volunteer for 6 years. He helps with the Swan Derby, creates LVIM’s float for the Lakeland Christmas Parade, and does anything else that needs to be done.

Thank you Greg for your many years of hard work and all that you do for LVIM!

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!