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

Ashley Morales

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With more than 700 children on the waiting list, the need for youth mentors at Big Brothers Big Sisters Tampa Bay is greater than ever. 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.

Join thousands in cleaning up the community

Keep Pinellas Beautiful announced the 2024 Great American Cleanup from March 1-June 30. This “Keep America Beautiful” signature event engages more than 5,000 volunteers to remove litter and beautify locations throughout Pinellas County. This mission’s success relies on residents’ engagement to take responsibility within their own neighborhoods. Partners and volunteers are individuals, families, students, civic organizations, businesses and government entities improving the environmental health of the community where we all live, work and play. To find an event near you, visit Keep Pinellas Beautiful’s Upcoming Events page.

Donate clothing to up-and-coming professionals

The University of South Florida has expanded its Suit-A-Bull program. Suit-A-Bull was a 48-hour clothing rental service that provided professional clothing to students to wear for events, interviews and career fairs. Now, the program lets students keep up to four items for free. The goal is to give students clothing that reflects their professional aspirations, helping them dress for future success. Suit-A-Bull needs donations of gently worn professional clothing, shoes and accessories to keep up with student need. For more on how to donate, click here. There’s also an Amazon Wish List for those interested in donating new items. 

Help Habitat for Humanity clear the shelves

Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and Pasco Counties is closing its two area ReStore locations in order to fully focus on building affordable housing for local families. You can still shop now and receive 25% off your purchase, which will go to Habitat’s affordable housing mission. Check out the ReStore at 13355 49th St North Suite B, Clearwater 33762.

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Support a no-kill shelter

Pet Pal Animal Shelter’s mission is to rescue dogs and cats from shelters, animals that may otherwise be euthanized. The No-Kill Animal Shelter has been saving animals in St. Pete since 1988. Volunteers of all ages are needed, including at the shelter and at Pet Pal’s thrift store. See the creatures Pet Pal is saving and join the cause at petpalanimalshelter.com/volunteer.


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Become a youth mentor

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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