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Five ways to make an impact in St. Pete

Ashley Morales

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Keep Pinellas Beautiful, a nonprofit dedicated to conserving and beautifying our natural environment, is looking for teen volunteers to help with hands-on projects throughout Pinellas County. Photo provided.

If you’re searching for a way to give back to your community, the Catalyst’s Impact Connector is here to help. Each week, we feature five organizations in the Tampa Bay area that need your input, whether that’s time, talent, items, funding or simply awareness. We’re certain you’ll find something here that matches your interests and will positively impact the community.

Support financial wellness for local families

January is recognized as Financial Wellness Month to serve as a reminder to prioritize financial well-being. For many families, making ends meet is a challenge that requires sacrifices. United Way Suncoast, with partnerships across the community, is committed to enabling individuals and families to achieve financial stability by leading and participating in programs focused on helping families and individuals increase income and build financial assets. If you’d like to volunteer to help families achieve their financial goals through coaching and tax prep programs, click here.

Teen volunteer opportunity

Keep Pinellas Beautiful is looking for middle and high school students who want to make a positive impact on the environment. Whether you need documented service hours or just want to get involved, the KPB VolunTEEN Program program allows you to volunteer while learning about local environmental issues and actively improving your community. Students can earn hours through a variety of opportunities in hands-on projects. Learn more here.


Help make St. Pete a shopper’s paradise

The Localtopia market brings 300+ vendors to Williams Park each year, turning downtown St. Petersburg into a hub for shopping, entertainment and food. An army of volunteers are needed to help pull off this massive event. If you’re free Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., a variety of shifts and tasks are available. Get the details and sign up here.

Make sure local pets don’t go hungry

Do you have extra pet food, treats or toys? St. Pete’s only community pantry for dog and cat food, located at 6511 3rd Avenue South, was created in memory of an adopted dog who had a profound impact on its owner. The pet food pantry has helped donate 27 tons of pet food in the past two years to local pet owners in need. The creators of Hank’s Bark Box hope the pet food pantry will prevent those who have fallen on hard times from having to give up their pets due to the high cost of food. If you can’t donate in person, visit the Hank’s Bark Box Facebook page to purchase pet food online and have it shipped.

Get food into the hands of local families

By engaging in these five impactful ways to give back, we can empower our communities and contribute to a more compassionate society. If your organization is seeking volunteers, donations or awareness, click here to submit your opportunity. We’ll get the word out to our readers.

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