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

Ashley Morales



Volunteers are needed to help clean up and restore Egmont Key, a National Wildlife Refuge that sits at the mouth of Tampa Bay. Photo: Visit St. Pete/Clearwater.

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.

Sign up to support a Pinellas County treasure

The Egmont Key Alliance has a mission of restoring, preserving and protecting Egmont Key and all of its resources, both natural and man-made, for people to enjoy now and for future generations. The secluded Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge sits at the mouth of Tampa Bay, just south of Fort De Soto Park. Each month, the Egmont Key Alliance hosts an Impact Day on the island, working to clean up, restore, regenerate and explore Egmont Key. Learn more and sign up for the next Impact Day here.

Helping hands needed to restore the bay

Help Tampa Bay Watch with a nursery planting and harvest initiative in Bradenton, just a short drive south of St. Petersburg. Volunteers are needed Feb. 26 and March 2 to assist in transplanting various native plants along the shoreline areas of a brackish pond, providing beneficial habitat, improving water quality and stabilizing the shoreline. To sign up, email Rachel Arndt at

Volunteer at the Grand Prix and get free entry

Volunteers are needed to help at the St. Pete Grand Prix, Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 10. Opportunities include working at the concession or beverage stands, and volunteers get free entry into St. Pete’s largest event of the year. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and available to help in four-hour shifts. To sign up, email Megan, Grand Prix Volunteer Leader, at

Host a foreign exchange student

Northwest Student Exchange is a nonprofit organization that partners with schools to give international students a chance to study abroad by staying with host families in the United States. Host families are needed in St. Petersburg and can choose to host for just a few weeks as a short-term “welcome family,” for a semester or for a year. Volunteers do not need to be a traditional family to host; couples without children, single adults, empty-nesters and seniors are all welcome to apply. Learn more about the program and find links to sign up here.

Help museum visitors enjoy the Chihuly Collection

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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