Polk County for Life is a newly incorporated 501c3 organization that started in 2014 as a committee made up of leaders from pro-life organizations in the community, as well as individuals who are also committed to life. The purpose of our committee was to organize and run the Polk County Sanctity of Life Celebration event, which is now in its fifth year. The goals of this event are to celebrate, educate and motivate our community for life. We accomplish this through Praise and Worship, Keynote Speakers, and Youth and Adult Workshops on various life-affirming topics.
In 2016, the committee took a big step by more formally creating an organization behind the event, called Polk County for Life. We have incorporated and are run by a board of directors made up of the original committee members. Our mission is to educate the citizens of Polk County regarding the value of all human life and to motivate the community to nurture and sustain the gift of life.
As Polk County for Life goes forward, our plan is to continue to bring the Sanctity of Life event to Polk County. We also want to grow in our purpose, by becoming a unifying force for life-related events and organizations throughout the county. We would like to become the ONE place people can come to to find out how to get involved to support life in our community.
The Sanctity of Human Life is a core value for Polk County for Life. The Bible establishes that human life is sacred in Genesis 1:27. “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” We believe mankind is created in the “image of God” and therefore every human being, from conception to natural death, has inherent dignity, infinite worth and a Divine purpose. To be created in the likeness of God means that each human being bears His image and with it a value beyond our unique characteristics or individual attributes. Nothing else in God’s created order has the distinction of bearing His image; it is a privileged status and reserved only for mankind. We also believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has defeated the enemy of death and restores us to our full image-bearing purpose in the world He created, Mark 12:30-31. “And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this; you shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater that these.” All human life is sacred and respect for human life should be at the center of all we do.
Polk County for Life Board of Directors
Mark Alford, President
Rebecca Klein, Vice President – A Woman’s Choice
Don Schluender, Treasurer
Emily Massarella, Secretary – Options for Women Pregnancy Help Clinic
Mary Lou Hendry – Florida Baptist Children’s Home
Kate McDonald – Choices Pregnancy Care Program
Kristi Perkins – Choices Pregnancy Care Program
Marilyn Paul – Options for Women Pregnancy Help Clinic
Adanaris Roldan – LifeChoice Pregnancy Center