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Five ways you can make a positive impact in St. Pete

Ashley Morales

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Volunteers are needed to help with the annual Point in Time count, a nationwide event that occurs every year to capture a count of the number of people experiencing homelessness in our nation on a single night in January. 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.

Help end homelessness in Pinellas County

The Homeless Leadership Alliance of Pinellas, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that operates the Pinellas County Continuum of Care program. The program operates an annual Point in Time count, a nationwide event that occurs every year to capture a count of the number of people experiencing homelessness in our nation on a single night in January. Volunteers are needed to help at the annual Pinellas County Point in Time Count Jan 25. Sign up to volunteer at www.bit.ly/2024PIT.

Pinellas County school mentor workshop

Are you interested in mentoring a student in Pinellas County? Join for a one-hour workshop to equip new mentors with the skills and insights needed to connect with kids and positively impact students’ lives. The goal is to guarantee that there is always an additional caring adult available to meet the mentoring needs of every student in our community. The workshop is free and open to the public at The Center for Health Equity, 23333 34th St. S, Feb 15. from 10 to 11 a.m. 

Adopt-a-Block street cleanup effort

The Adopt-A-Block program promotes community strength within Pinellas County by adopting communities needing assistance with code violations, lawn, alley, home improvements and trash/debris removal. The program bridges the gap between at-risk residents and socio-economic equality in the areas of affordable housing, nutritional food/immediate need access and social services. The program utilizes almost 100% volunteers and promotes “aging in place” for seniors in our area to age in their own homes. If you are interested in volunteering, email Dawn@FloridaDreamCenter.org or call the Florida Dream Center at 727-851-9074.

Recycle food and prevent waste

360 Eats is a nonprofit reshaping the food system with programs that include a mobile food rescue, a sustain-a-bowl food security food truck, and a compost initiative that works with our communities to bridge the gaps between food waste, food insecurity, and sustainability. From volunteer food sorting to volunteer chefs and servers, there are many ways to get involved with this innovative initiative. Learn more at 360eats.org/get-involved.

Help run the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs

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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