United Way of Central Florida
November Volunteer Spotlight
Dr. Pam Craven is not only the Executive Director of Learning Resource Center, she is also an indispensible UWCF volunteer and partner. Craven, who is also contracted to assist with our new ReadingPals program, goes above and beyond through her many efforts to not only advocate for UWCF, but also to encourage our partners as they strive to provide the measurable, impactful change that United Way is known for.
Craven's background is in educational reform, and she has served on task forces and advisory boards, as well as conducting workshops on the district, state, and regional levels. As a member of United Way's Community Impact Cabinet, she represents UWCF partners in Education and works with the Cabinet to identify the ways in which we can measurably improve the academic performance of the students we serve.
When not advocating for education, Craven also leads workshops for our community partners, guiding them in team-building, strategizing, and measuring their impact on the people they serve.
"Pam is just amazing," said Penny Borgia, UWCF's Chief Operating Officer and coordinator of the Community Investment Committee. "She accomplishes more in a day than most of us do in a month. In addition to directing Learning Resource Center and serving on too many committees to count, she teaches at both Polk State College and Florida Southern.”
Pam Craven, we salute you! Thank you for all that you do to create positive change in our community.
United Way of Central Florida Recognizes LRC at Campaign Kickoff
Over 600 Pacesetters gathered at the Legoland Ampitheater to launch United Way of Central Florida’s 2012-2013 Campaign onWednesday, August 29th. Co-Chair Dr. Eileen Holden applauded companies and organizations who had held successful campaigns “to get the show on the road” prior to the formal start date. LRC was one of four UWCF service providers to receive the prestigious award—constructed all of lego pieces.
LRC Staff submitted over $2300 in pledges and contributions raised from its in-center campaign. The Staff is grateful to the LRC Board members who joined in this effort to make this recognition possible.
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The Learning Resource Center is truly blessed! Friday, May 18, 2012, LRC received the generous check in the amount of $25,678.75 from the George W. Jenkins Fund within the Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland. These grant funds will underwrite LRC’s highly successful Camp READY!’s for rising and struggling kindergartners at the two Lakeland locations for Summer 2012. Approximately 100 students will benefit from this four-week program that provides a proven interactive, energetic learning environment that boosts language development, pre-reading skills, and positive social interactions. Thank you, CFGL and the George W. Jenkins Family!