At Ekim’s Place, we believe we are stronger together, and we believe in helping our neighbors. Strong neighbors equal a strong community and that is what we are striving for! Our Community Outreach page was created to give hard working non-profits and community organizations who serve Lakelanders a platform for the residents to easily find and learn more about.
Our first SPOTLIGHT! is The Free Teacher Market at Polk Education Foundation. In their own words,
“The Polk Education Foundation was started in 1988 as a vehicle to administer scholarships. Since that time, we have not only grown that scholarship program, we’ve added additional programs such as an additional scholarship program with a matching component for donors and a mentoring component for the students, a reading tutoring program for struggling elementary school students, multiple grant programs, and, the Free Teacher Market (FTM).
The Free Teacher Market was started 10 years ago as a way to get supplies into the hands of teachers, at no cost to them. Studies have shown the average teacher spends about $350 a year on supplies. Now, if they come to the Market, we can help offset some of those costs. Donations of new and gently used items are accepted.
We make sure to always stock consumable items like pencils, paper, folders, glue, markers, crayons etc., but, then add specialty items like art supplies, bulletin board materials, learning games, office supplies, books etc.”
During the entire month of August, we created a special GIVEAWAY Fundraiser for this great non-profit! We have partnered with 6 of our businesses on our Local Directory who have generously donated gifts for YOU to win!
- Florida Printing Company – Custom Decals for the Grand Prize Jeep
- Vitality Farms Company – Microgreen Grow Kit
- Swan City Hair – Gift Card
- Bungalow Boutique & Gifts – $50 Gift Card
- Main & Monroe - $25 Gift Card
- Krazy Kombucha - 32oz Growler (Flavor of Choice)
These small businesses have great community spirit, and we highly recommend you follow them on social media and think of them next time you shop!
Ekim’s Place is also putting up a GRAND PRIZE! A 12V Ride-Along Kid’s Jeep!
The rules are simple -
- Each $5 donation to the Free Teacher Market gets your name entered into the drawing. For example, if you donate $5, your name is entered once. If you donate $25, your name is entered 5 times! There is no limit to the donation amount or the number of entries!
- A purchase of a $20 Free Teacher Market T-Shirt (made by iNK Printing) gets your name entered 10 times!
- Tune into our Facebook Live on September 1 to listen for YOUR NAME as we draw for prizes!
100% of your donation and/or T-Shirt purchase will go to the Free Teacher Market because we are donating the cost of the shirt and the processing fees.
The T-Shirts are one-of-a-kind and made locally at iNK Screen Printing in Downtown Lakeland. They always use quality products and include lots of local love.
Be a Superstar! Invest in a local Teacher and know your small support will make a difference for years to come!