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

Ashley Morales



Ronald McDonald House Tampa Bay keeps families close to their children while they receive lifesaving treatment in local area hospitals. You can support the nonprofit's mission by helping out in its kitchens in St. Petersburg. 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 out in the kitchen for families facing health hardships

Volunteers are needed to serve as Housewarmers in downtown St. Pete for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay. The nonprofit has three locations in St. Pete that need Housewarmers to help in the kitchen, overseeing meals, helping prep, minding the pantry, organizing cupboards, cleaning and assisting with set up and break down of meals. Current shifts are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. throughout the week. Learn more and sign up here.

Volunteer during sensory hours at Great Explorations

Welcoming Wednesdays is a monthly program made for adults (15 years+) with special needs and their families. On the first Wednesday of the month, Great Explorations Children’s Museum will open its doors from 5:30  to 7:30 p.m. for a special evening dedicated to adults with neurodiversities and memory loss. Volunteers are needed to help set up and take down the event and help guests with activity instructions, directions around the museum, answer any questions and interact with kids and adults during the event. Head to the Great Explorations website here to get connected.

Volunteer at the Grand Prix and get free entry

Volunteers are needed to help set up the St. Pete Grand Prix, Friday, March 8 from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Helpers are also needed to work beer or food tents during the weekend. Westgate Elementary School gets 10% of sales and volunteers keep 100% of tips. Get more details and sign up here.

Become a Gallery Guardian at the Florida Holocaust Museum

The Florida Holocaust Museum in downtown St. Pete is looking for volunteers to help as Gallery Guardians and to facilitate as guides to the new “Dimensions in Testimony” exhibition, as well as to fill other roles, such as helping with check-in during in-person programs and special events, photography at programs/special events, project research, phone outreach and clerical duties. The Museum is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more at

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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