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Five ways to get involved and give back

Ashley Morales



You can help keep our shoreline pristine at an upcoming Earth Week Beach Clean Up. Photo: Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions (ISPS).

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.

Clean up our coastline

Celebrate Earth Week with ISPS and Keep Pinellas Beautiful by joining a community cleanup at Madiera Beach April 20 from 8-11 a.m. Volunteers will meet at Archibald Park, 15100 Gulf Blvd in Madeira Beach, and are encouraged to wear closed-toe shoes, sun protection and weather-appropriate clothing. Cleanup supplies will be provided, including gloves, trash bags, pickers, sunscreen, bug spray and hand sanitizer. Register online here.

CASA’s Thrift Boutique is located at 1011 1st Ave North in St. Petersburg. Photo: Ashley Morales

Volunteer your time at CASA’s thrift shop

Do you like helping people find treasures and enjoy a retail environment? Volunteering at CASA’s thrift shop may be the perfect opportunity for you.

CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse) is the official domestic violence center for Pinellas County and has provided lifesaving services to women, children and men living with domestic violence for over 40 years. CASA has an immediate need for thrift shop assistants to receive, sort, hang and price donations, as well as assist with customer service. Learn more here.

Volunteer at St. Anthony’s Triathlon

Volunteers are needed for St. Anthony’s Triathlon in various roles ahead of and on race day. Starting April 26, volunteers are needed in merchandise sales and athlete check-in. Additional help is needed with finish line medical aid, athlete assistance, bike check-in and many other tasks April 27 and 28. See all the available roles, the duties they entail and sign up here. If you have a group, reach out to Michele at SATrivolunteers@gmail.com.

Create teacher appreciation gifts

United Way Suncoast is inviting corporate or civic partners to sponsor and create Teacher Appreciation Gifts as an engagement opportunity for their team of volunteers. The kits will be distributed during Teacher Appreciation Week in early May. View the details and get involved here.



Put your junk drawer to use

Gadgets for Good is collecting unused gadgets to support members of the local community who do not have access to technology at an electronics drive April 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Center for Health Equity, 2333 34th St. S. Bring your old laptop, tablet, cellphone, computer, or any other electronic you are not using. Volunteers will recycle it and use a portion of the proceeds to donate fully refurbished computers to kids and families 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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