1898 Hwy 17. N
Winter Haven, FL 33881
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Winter Haven/East Polk County
The Salvation Army of Winter Haven serving East Polk County
Doing The Most Good in East Polk County since 1958
One of the purposes of an outpost (A locality in which Army work is carried on and where it is hoped a society or corps will develop) in the Salvation Army is to grow into a Corps. It’s much like parents raising children to become mature resourceful and self-sufficient adults. The Salvationists of Lakeland achieved that when they formed The Salvation Army outpost in Winter Haven, FL.
The Salvation Army outpost in Winter Haven developed quickly and was officially dedicated in November 1958 by Salvation Army Officer, Lt. Commissioner William Davidson, and was officially designated a Corps in November 1959. The Winter Haven command will celebrate its 65th anniversary in November 2023.
The Salvation Army of Winter Haven serves all of East Polk County and is actively meeting human needs without discrimination. We invest in our community by investing in individuals, not only meeting short-term basic needs but providing a caring continuum of services to the families and individuals we serve. We offer many unique and comprehensive programs to meet basic needs that are evident across the eastern part of the county.
Our Local Leadership
Captains Dominic & Ivelisse Blanford
Captains Dominic & Ivelisse Blanford, along with their three children, Malachi (10), Sarai (7) & Gabriela (3) have served the Salvation Army previously as Corps Officers (Pastors) in Jacksonville, FL for 4 years.
Captains Blanford as first-generation Salvationists, have dedicated their lives, skills, and service completely to God through the ministry of The Salvation Army. Captain Dominic was born and raised in Orlando, FL and began attending The Salvation Orlando Citadel Corps (Church) at the very young age of 3. After achieving his associates in arts degree in Christian Ministry, Dominic, along with his wife, are currently continuing their education to obtain their bachelor’s degrees in Christian Ministry.
Captain Ivelisse was born and raised in Carolina, Puerto Rico. After graduating high school, she moved to Brandon, FL, where she attended Hillsborough Community College to pursue her degree in Social Work- something she’s very passionate about.
With a true sense that God had more in store for their lives, the Blanfords entered the Salvation Army Training college in Atlanta, GA in 2014. Captains Dominic and Ivelisse love spending time with their three beautiful children along with other hobbies. Nothing brings them more joy than knowing that are living out their purpose and doing what God has called them to do!
Captain Dominic Blanford Dominic.Blanford@uss.salvationarmy.org
Phone:863-294-7493 ext. 101
Captain Ivelisse Blanford Ivelisse.Blanford@uss.salvationarmy.org
Phone:863-294-7493 ext. 102
The Salvation Army Winter Haven Corps Advisory Board is made up of business and community leaders who provide wisdom, involvement, and support to the work and programs of the Corps.
Board members assist the Officers and Staff in dealing with, identifying, and solving complex community needs, changing funding trends, and work to connect the Army to the larger community in meaningful ways.
2021-22 ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS:
Michael Kennedy, Financial Advisor Edwards Jones
Major Darren Chambers, Polk County Sheriff’s Office
Becky Chichetto, Store Manager, Publix Supermarkets
Adam Freeman, Walmart eCommerce
Justin Hoagland, Red Hoagland Hyundai
Alisha Lester, State Farm
Bryson Macchione, Financial Advisor, Guardian Wealth Management
William Slaybough, Retired, Polk County Sheriff’s Office
Dales Smith, Retired, City of Winter Haven
C.W. “Dub” Palmore
Captain Dominic Blanford
Captain Ivelisse Blanford
Interested in becoming a part of The Salvation Army Advisory Board?
Please reach out to the Captain Dominic Blanford, Corps Officer at Dominic.Blanford@uss.SalvationArmy.org.
Meet The Staff
Salvation Army of Winter Haven/East Polk County
Church & Administration Office
1898 Hwy 17 N.
Winter Haven, FL 33881
Corps Accountant/HR Clerk
Phone: 863-294-7493 ext. 103
Corps Mission Associate
Phone: 863-294-7493 ext. 104
Salvation Army of Winter Haven Social Services office and Shelter
320 Martin Luther King Blvd NW.
Winter Haven, FL 33881
Director of Social Services
Salvation Army of Winter Haven Family Store
927 6th St NW.
Winter Haven, FL 33881
Cynthia Tremblay – Green
Thank you for your interest in a position at The Salvation Army in Winter Haven. You can access all of our job openings and apply online. See the instructions below.
- Apply online at http://salvationarmysouth.org/careers/
- Select Careers.
- Select “Apply Now” for the Southern Territory Headquarters AND the Florida Division.
- Select the position and location you are interested in applying (Winter Haven is “FL The Salvation Army-1898 Hwy 17 N.)
- Select Apply Now beside the position and create your account.
- Complete your application.
OR apply in person Monday through Friday at our main office located at 1898 Hwy 17 N. Winter Haven, FL 33881
Corps & Administration – (Seasonal Position) Kettle Coordinator
Corps & Administration – (Seasonal Position) Kettle Driver
Corps & Administration – (Seasonal Position) Bell Ringer
For Current Openings please apply online at http://salvationarmysouth.org/careers/
What We Do
The Salvation Army in East Polk County has both seasonal and year-round opportunities for volunteerism that allow you as an individual, your family or a group to “Do the Most Good.” While some may look for a face-to-face interaction with those we serve, others may prefer to be more “behind the scenes” in their volunteer efforts. Fortunately, we can accommodate both.
- Emergency Disaster Services
- Food Pantry
- Food Distrubution
- Family Store
- Youth programs
- Angel Tree Registration (September)
- Angel Tree toy shop sorting and distribution (Ages 15+ Please; December)
- Ring bells at our red kettles (Any age as long as children are accompanied by an adult; November and December)
Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) team
- This often means serving meals or passing out bottled water to first responders and disaster victims. EDS team volunteers can elect to receive short assignments, such as two hours in your community or a longer assignment that could require travel to another state for up to two weeks. Please visit our EDS website for more information on the EDS volunteer program, including training requirements.
- At times, we do have special projects that require the assistance of a volunteer. If you are already on our volunteer roster, you may be called to see if you are available to help.
Other ways to help:
- We receive calls from groups who would like to do a service project on our behalf. We welcome these calls and accommodate when possible.
- Sponsor a drive to support basic shelter needs.
- During the holiday season, host an Angel Tree at your business, club or church.
For more information on our volunteer opportunities or to complete an application, please call 863-294-7493 or click here for an application packet. Email your completed application to Captain Dominic Blanford.
The fine print: In most cases, volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Minors may volunteer when accompanied by a parent in some holiday positions. All new volunteers are expected to complete an application and meet with a staff member for a one-on-one tour of our campus.
Our local programming is made possible by:
Family Store Purchases: Donations and purchases at our Winter Haven Thrift Store on 927 6th St. NW supports the transformational services we offer to those in need, right here in East Polk County.
Your Red Kettle Donations: From the Friday after Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, volunteers and paid kettle workers “stand a kettle” Monday-Saturday at various locations throughout the eastern part of the county (Auburndale, Davenport, Haines City, Lake Wales & Winter Haven).
Community Partnerships: The Salvation Army of East Polk County regularly collaborates with local partners, such as the United Way and others, to provide resources and know-how that will help provide the most help to the most in need.
Grant Funding: Programs are often underwritten in part by generous private yearly grant awards.
Experience the joy of sharing your time, talent or treasure with others.
Whether you contribute time, skills, funds or ideas, your involvement can make all the difference.
- Donate goods to our Family Store
- Donate by Credit Card:
- Online: Use the button on the top right of this page.
- Phone: Call 863-294-7493 ext. 103 or 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
- Donate by check and mail to: The Salvation Army of Winter Haven, P.O. 1069, Winter Haven, Florida 33882-1069
- Make a lasting impact:
- Memorial Gifts
- Planned Giving
Mission Statement: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
About The Salvation Army in the USA: The Salvation Army is a nonprofit corporation, organized into four territories in the United States. Each of these territories is separately incorporated and has a distinct Federal Identification Number that covers all Salvation Army locations within that territory’s jurisdiction.
The Salvation Army of East Polk County is part of the Southern Territory:
The Southern US Territory includes the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Texas. We are a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, and contributions are deductible for Federal Income Tax Purposes to the extent permitted under Section 170(b)(2) for corporations.
Memorial and Tribute Gifts
Establishing a memorial or tribute gift is a meaningful way to honor the memory of someone special or celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday or holiday. Your memorial or tribute gift will contribute to helping others in East Polk County.
In lieu of sending flowers, you may wish to show sympathy by making a charitable gift. You and the honoree’s next-of-kin will receive an acknowledgment card. Please provide our local staff with acknowledgment contact information. Please call 863-294-7493
To make a Memorial Gift using your credit card, please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or visit https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org to make a secure online donation and designate your gift for Winter Haven, Florida.
Thank you for allowing The Salvation Army to honor your loved one.
Some people’s legacies are written on monuments.
Yours can be written on lives. The Salvation Army has many financial planning options to help you plan your estate. Salvation Army planned giving advisors are professionals with many years of experience in estate and gift planning who care about your goals and plans. They will work with your attorney or accountant to explain the many gift opportunities available to you and the financial advantages of each. Contact The Salvation Army to learn how confidential, personal financial planning can help you achieve your goals while helping to sustain our life-changing mission.
Please call, Dawn St. Clair, Senior Associate Planned Giving Director at:
Club 316 (Weekly Youth Activities)
Our free Wednesday evening programs are an incredible resource to families in our community who are looking for high-quality and accessible education for their children after school hours.
Character Building Classes (Pre-K & Up)
Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Free Dinner Provided)
Bible based life skill classes and recreation with students divided into fun groups, such as “Sunbeams”, by age and gender.
Contact: Stephen Dicks, Corps Mission Associate (Youth Pastor)| 863-294-7493 Ext. 104, Stephen.Dicks@uss.salvationarmy.org
Support the Youth programs by making a tax-deductible donation today.
Learning is the key to unlocking the possibilities inherent in every young life. But on the streets of too many neighborhoods, a child’s love of learning is too often obscured by realities such as hunger and violence. Donating to The Salvation Army ensures that these programs can continue to help children in need across the East Polk County area.
To donate by mail, please make checks payable to The Salvation Army and send to:
The Salvation Army of Winter Haven
Attn: Sharon Davis – Youth
1898 Hwy 17 N.
Winter Haven, FL 33881
Located in north central Florida, Camp Keystone has been providing life changing Christian summer camp experiences for hundreds of children every summer. The Keystone camping experience is more than just a pleasant vacation. Children learn new skills and self-reliance; trained counselors who understand their emotional needs and problems help them to mature. Camp activities include learning to swim, adventure and scouting camps, arts and crafts, music developments and sports. Open to East Polk County children ages 7-12.
*CAMP REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THE SUMMER. WILL REOPEN IN THE SPRING OF 2023.
General Information & Schedule
Corps Officers/Pastors: Captains Dominic & Ivelisse Blanford
Worship –10:45 AM
Wednesday – 5:30 PM
Thursday – 6:00 PM (1st Thursday of the Month)
The Salvation Army Center for Worship East Polk County is located at 1898 Hwy 17 N. Winter Haven, FL 33881.
For more information, please call Captain Ivelisse Blanford at 863-294-7493 ext. 102
Red Kettle Challenge
Welcome to the Red Kettle Resource Hub. Here you will find all things for the holiday season Red Kettle Challenge and Bell Ringing.
Red Kettle Challenge:
Individuals, companies, schools and churches can accept the challenge of the Red Kettle Challenge and create a team to raise $1000. Funds from the Red Kettle Challenge go directly to helping individuals and families experiencing homelessness or those on the verge of homelessness by providing nourishment, shelter, compassion, and care through the holiday season and beyond.
Did you know that spending 60 minutes bell ringing can feed 13 people? Signing up to be a bell ringer is a rewarding way to give back and raise money to support our seasonal activities as well as other programs that benefit struggling individuals and families.
Businesses, churches, civic clubs, schools, families, friends, and individuals can sign up to ring at one of our kettle locations around East Polk County. Sign up early to get your preferred location and dates!
You can sign up for a shift at www.registertoring.com.
Have questions for a specific location? See the contact information below:
Contact: Captain Dominic Blanford
Phone: (863) 294-7493
1st Annual Kettle Cookoff Fundraiser
The Salvation Army of Winter Haven serving East Polk County
1st Annual Kettle Cookoff Fundraiser
Thursday, November 17, 2022
Advent Fieldhouse & Conference Center
210 Cypress Gardens Blvd, Winter Haven, FL 33880
Join us as The Salvation Army of East Polk County will be kicking off the season with a fun first-time event, the inaugural Kettle Cook-Off fundraiser!
All proceeds raised for the event will go directly towards the local mission essentials of the Salvation Army to provide daily meals and support our neighbors in need with nourishment, shelter, compassion, and care. This event will feature a variety of local restaurants dishing up their tastiest dish for attendees to sample.
Confirmed Restaurants/Caterers for the event include: Carrabbas, Elite Catering, Smokin Ox BBQ, Ovation, Olive Garden, The Hotel Home of Cooter N’ Smoke, Krazy Greek & more!
Our special guest for the event will be Polk County Sheriff, Grady Judd!
WHAT WE HOPE OUR SPONSORS WILL DONATE FOR EACH ANGEL (CHILD) ADOPTED:
(Please keep in mind that Angel Tree only distributes new, unused items)
- One full outfit for school
- A pair of shoes
- 2-3 age appropriate toys of your Consider using the Angels wish/need list items located on the front of this card.
How to pack your Angel Tree donations:
When you select items for your Angel please be sure to that you can return all items in one bag (a drawstring type trash bag works best).
Please do not wrap any of the gifts (this is an important security measure)!
Each child should be placed in separate bags
If you have a family, place all donations for each child into one bag.
Be sure to place the Angel Tag with the child’s unique numeric code in the bag facing outwards. Please tape or secure the Angel Tag to the outside of the bag so it can be easily seen.
If you purchase an item that is too large to fit into the bag (ex: bicycle) please label it with the unique Angel code found on the Angel Tag!
If you’re feeling extra generous and would like to purchase more donations than will fit into the bag we encourage you to “adopt” two children instead!
Don’t forget to remove the bottom portion of the Angel Tag for tax receipt purposes!
ALL GIFTS MUST BE RETURNED ON OR BEFORE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9TH.
2022 Angel Tree
The Salvation Army of East Polk County will open its registration for its Angel Tree Christmas Assistance Program on Friday, September 2nd to provide toys and clothes for children in need.This program is available only to East Polk County county residents with household incomes below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
Call 863-291-5107 (English only)
863-294-7493 ext.102 (Se Habla Español)
Service Area Zip Codes:
Davenport: 33897, 33896, 33837.
Polk City: 33868 (South of I4 only)
Auburndale: 33823 (East of Hwy 570 only)
Winter Haven: 33881, 33880, 33884.
Eagle Lake: 33839
Bartow: 33830 (East of US Hwy 17 only)
Fort Meade: 33841 (East of US Hwy 17 only)
Inidian Lake States: 33855
Babson Park: 33827
Lake Wales: 33859, 33858, 33898.
Haines City: 33844
Kissimmee: 34759 (south of Cypress Pkwy only)
You will be required to bring these documents on your appointment in person:
Proof of Winter Haven/East Polk County Residency (ie: lease or rental agreement, current utility bill, pay stub, etc…)
Photo ID for applicant (NO Social Security Cards or numbers).
Birth Certificates for ALL children (12 years and younger) receiving assistance- children MUST live athome.
Proof of Guardianship (if applicant is not the parent).
Income- SNAP/Food Stamps benefit letter (if applicable).
If no SNAP benefits received- Proof of ALL household income (ie: 2 recent paystubs, TANF, SSDI,AFDC, other government benefits, etc…) and ALL household expenses.
Gift requests should be limited to toys less than $50. You will only be allowed to apply for 2 bikes per household/family. The program is limited to the first 300 qualifying families. The last day to register is October 28 or when the program capacity has been reached.
Want to save time? Print a blank application form and complete before your appointment.
2022 Angel Tree Application Form 1 (print this form for 1-4 children)
2022 Angel Tree Application Form 2 Continuation (print for more than 4 children WITH Form 1)
For more information, please call 863-291-5107 (English only) OR 863-294-7493, ext. 102 (Hablamos Español).
¡Las solicitudes comienzan el 2 de septiembre SOLO CON CITA!
El Ejército de Salvación del Condado de East Polk abrirá su registro para su Programa de Asistencia Navideña Angel Tree el viernes 2 de Septiembre para proporcionar juguetes y ropa a los niños necesitados. Este programa está disponible solo para los residentes del condado de East Polk con ingresos familiares inferiores al 150%. de las Pautas Federales de Pobreza.
Este año, daremos citas a los solicitantes para que vengan y soliciten juguetes en persona en nuestros sitios locales. Llame a nuestra oficina de Servicios Sociales o solicite una cita en línea:
– O Llame al 863-291-5107 (solo en inglés) 863-294-7493 ext.102 (Se Habla Español)
Requisitos del programa de Asistencia Navideña:
El solicitante DEBE traer todos los documentos requeridos el día de su cita o le pediremos que regrese otro día.
1. Comprobante de residencia en Winter Haven / East Polk County (es decir, contrato de arrendamiento o alquiler, factura de servicios públicos actual, talón de pago, etc.)
2. Identificación con foto del solicitante (SIN tarjetas ni números de Seguro Social).
3. Actas de nacimiento de TODOS los niños (de 12 años o menos) que reciben asistencia; los niños DEBEN vivir en casa.
4. Prueba de tutela (si el solicitante no es el padre o madre de los niños).
5. Ingresos: carta de beneficios de SNAP / Cupones para alimentos (si corresponde).
6. Si no recibe beneficios de SNAP: prueba de TODOS los ingresos del hogar (es decir: 2 recibos de pago recientes, TANF, SSDI, AFDC, otros beneficios del gobierno, etc.) y TODOS los gastos del hogar.
• Asegúrese de proporcionarnos una dirección de correo electrónico confiable o un número de teléfono donde podamos comunicarnos con usted si tenemos alguna pregunta.
• Se le pedirá que comparta TODAS las tallas de ropa de su hijo (es decir: abrigo, blusa, camisa, pantalones hasta la cintura, zapatos).
• También se le pedirá que proporcione un DESEO DE REGALO (2 por niño) y NECESIDAD (2 por niño).
· Pedimos 2 deseos y 2 necesidades para darle al donante dos opciones de regalos y necesidades. El valor del regalo no debe exceder los $ 50. No se garantiza que recibirá exactamente lo que solicitó.
· Si tiene alguna pregunta, envíenos un mensaje a través de Facebook @SalArmyWinterHaven o llame a nuestra oficina en la oficina de Servicios Sociales (863) 291-5107 o Capt. Ivelisse Blanford @ (863) 294- 7493 ext. 102.
2022 Angel Tree Application Form 1 (imprima esta forma para 1-4 niños)
2022 Angel Tree Application Form 2 Continuation (imprima esta forma para mas de 4 niños incluya la Forma 1)