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Five ways to get involved and give back

Ashley Morales



Saving Our Seniors is launching a new program to provide more elderly residents with fresh food. Photo: Mark Parker.

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.

STEM Guest Speaker Needed

YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg is seeking STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) guest speakers for its Middle School Academies program. Volunteers must be currently employed or recently retired from a STEM career and commit to one hour of speaking at one or more school sites. As a guest speaker, you can provide students with an overview of your STEM career, educational requirements to get started in the field and share your inspirational experiences. Apply here.


Buy fresh produce, help feed a local senior

Saving Our Seniors is launching a new program to provide more elderly residents with fresh food. The nonprofit already serves about 14,000 people monthly, and the woman behind the initiative plans to double its community impact. Starting April 6, the local nonprofit will donate an additional Produce PAC (people assisting community) for each box purchased. The goal is to serve 28,000 seniors on fixed incomes monthly.

Customers can choose from a small or large, customizable Produce PAC. SOS then delivers the food to the purchaser and a low-income senior weekly. For more information on Produce PAC, visit the website here.

At its February meeting, the 100 Good Guys giving circle heard three pitches from local nonprofits and chose to donate to ALPHA House of Pinellas County. Photo provided.

Join the ‘Good Guys’ and give back

Men who are motivated to give back are invited to join 100 Good Guys, a giving circle in Pinellas County. The format is simple: 100 people get together and watch a five-minute pitch from three local nonprofits, after which the crowd selects a winner and donates $100 each to the chosen charity, expanding their giving power and getting to know the people and organizations doing great work in the community in the process. Learn more about the organization here and sign up for the next meeting on the 100 Good Guys’ website.

Help put food on the table for local families

The Florida Dream Center is in need of a volunteer food bank assistant to help unload and load food trucks, sort food and prepare donation boxes for the nonprofit’s weekly Adopt-A-Block program. Volunteers should be able to lift 10-30 lbs and must be at least 15 years old. Get all the details here.



Enjoy baseball and support the Florida Holocaust Museum

The Florida Holocaust Museum is partnering with the Tampa Bay Rays for a first pitch and benefit game May 22. Purchase your tickets to watch Florida Holocaust Museum member Viola “IBI” Baras throw out the first pitch as the Rays take on the Red Sox at a special discounted price. Lower-level tickets are on sale for $30, exclusively through The Florida Holocaust Museum. Every ticket sold helps further the museum’s mission to educate and inspire future generations about the lessons of the Holocaust.

Call, visit or email the museum to purchase a ticket. Tickets are on sale now through May 8. Get the contact info here..

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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    S. Rose Smith-Hayes

    April 21, 2024at9:03 am

    It does not look good to use the word ‘Impact’ when it is already being used by ‘Positive Impact’ religious organization. There are other positive connection words to use., just my thoughts. However, I do appreciate efforts to feed the needy in any neighborhood.

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