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Five ways to make a positive impact in St. Pete

Ashley Morales



YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg needs volunteers to help deliver Christmas trees to families in need as part of its Neighbor to Neighbor Christmas Program. Photo: YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg

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 help, 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.

Deliver Christmas trees to families in need

For more than 30 years, the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg’s “Neighbor to Neighbor Christmas Program” has provided families in need with a live tree, ornaments, holiday dinner, books, toys and free YMCA programs and services. This year, YMCA leaders say the biggest need is for people to help deliver Christmas trees Dec. 2. There is also an opportunity to help on the shopping days Dec. 12-14. Here’s a link with more info:

Donate your bicycle for parts or repurpose

St. Petersburg Bike Co-op is a do-it-yourself bike shop with “the tools, space and knowledge to educate and assist you in bicycle repair and maintenance,” according to the group’s Facebook page. The group also accepts bicycle donations to be used for parts or to gift to those in need in the community. Reach out to the group to lend a hand repairing bikes or to donate one you no longer need.


Help sort food for Reach St. Pete

Every Monday and Tuesday from 9:30-11:30 a.m., Reach St. Pete receives a new shipment of food they need help processing and stocking in preparation for food distributions. Please consider signing up to help if you have the physical capabilities. Learn more and sign up at




Build homes with your group

Are you looking for unique team-building experiences for a group? Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas & West Pasco Counties offers corporate team-building opportunities that combine giving back with team bonding. Learn more and sign up here:



Write notes for seniors in the community

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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