Date: October 7, 2003 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, Pager

Annual Spanish Neighborhood Conference "Construyendo Comunidad" 

With the goal of helping Polk County’s Spanish-speaking communities improve the quality of life in their communities and strengthen their relationships with local agencies, the annual Spanish Neighborhood Problem-Solving Conference, or “Construyendo Comunidad”,  will be held next Saturday, October 18, 2003.  This is the second year the conference is being  held - last year's inaugural event had a turnout of over 1,000 participants.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office, the United Way, Polk Works, Heartland  Crimestoppers, Cornerstone Hospice, Southeastern College, and the Polk County Board of County Commissioners Office of Neighborhood Revitalization are joining to present the day of outreach and information sharing on October 18, 2003.  The all-day event is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Our Lady Guadalupe Pastoral Care Center, 2150 Bomber Road, in Winter Haven.

There are three components to the event: training sessions (for example, PSCO community involvement, gang awareness, methamphetamine education), exhibitors and presenters providing information about their services, and a children’s program.  Some of the exhibits and presenters will include representatives from the Polk County Health Department, the Salvation Army, Family Emergency Services, Housing and Urban Development, Polk Works, and others.  All of the activities directed at the adult participants, including the Sheriff’s Office training curricula, will be provided in Spanish.  The children’s program will be provided in both English and Spanish and will consist of public safety exercises, education, and recreation.

All interested community members are encouraged to register and attend the event.  There is no fee for the conference, which includes the aforementioned activities, lunch, a T-shirt and reference materials, and children are welcome.  Further information and registration forms may be obtained by calling the Office of Neighborhood Revitalization at 863-534-7680.

NOTE TO MEDIA:  Please announce this conference as soon as possible to encourage registration and attendance.  Media is encouraged to attend the event.  Interview/video/photo opportunities will be made available—please contact the Office of Neighborhood Revitalization at 863-534-7680 or the PCSO Public Information Office 863-534-6217.  Thank you for your assistance in spreading the word on this important community event.


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