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Five ways to make a positive impact in St. Pete

Ashley Morales



Hero to a Child is looking for Guardian ad Litem volunteers and behind-the-scenes support. 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.

All you need is a car and two hours per week

Neighborly delivers nearly 10,000 meals per week to thousands of seniors in Pinellas County through the Meals on Wheels program. The organization needs those with the time to volunteer and help deliver meals, with a goal to add more than 200 new volunteers to its roster – as Neighborly begins to expand its client list in the new year.

Speak up for abused and neglected children

Hero for a Child advocates for and supports children, young adults and families impacted by abuse and neglect in Pinellas and Pasco Counties. Hero to a Child was founded to ensure the basic rights and needs of every child in the child welfare system are met, needs that often surpass what the state can provide. Guardian ad Litem volunteers are central to fulfilling society’s most fundamental obligation by making sure that every child has a voice in court. Learn more at herotoachild.org/beagal. If you don’t have 10-15 hours a month to become a Guardian ad Litem volunteer, you can support Hero to a Child behind the scenes by sharing your time, talent, treasure or ties to impact the lives of local children. Sign up for behind-the-scenes volunteer opportunities at herotoachild.org/volunteer.

Volunteer at St. Anthony’s Hospital

St. Anthony’s Hospital offers many different volunteer assignments to fit a broad age and skill range. Not only do volunteers get the fulfillment of giving back, but they also receive a free TB test, free flu shots and meal tickets. For more information, call (727) 825-1548 or click here.

Grow crops for a cause

15th Street EcoFarm in downtown St. Pete has been growing organic fruits, vegetables and herbs in its urban garden since 2016. Volunteers are needed to help maintain the garden, with future roles coming in 2024 as the farm opens a new Urban Food Park. Email info@15thStFarm.com or call (727)-251-1879 to learn more.


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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