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Five ways to get involved and give back

Ashley Morales



Photo: AGoldPhoto Pet Photography.

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.

31st Street South Sidewalk Cleanup Day

The Lakewood Estates Civic Association (LECA) is hosting its first-ever 31st Street South Cleanup event. Volunteers will gather Saturday, May 4, from 8 a.m. to noon. The community is invited to join in revitalizing the west side sidewalk, starting from the 31st Street Sports Complex (54th Ave S.) up to 22nd Ave S.

This cleanup event is a step toward showcasing the LECA’s commitment to providing safe and clean walking and biking paths for the South St. Pete community. Volunteers are invited to come beautify and restore this neglected pathway, creating a safer and more inviting environment for all residents. Volunteers are asked to RSVP by visiting this Facebook event page: 31st Street South Sidewalk Cleanup Day.

Play bingo to benefit the environment

Join Keep Pinellas Beautiful for a music bingo benefit night to raise awareness and funds for the nonprofit. In this special edition of Music Bingo, players will listen to hits from the ’90s and beachy/ocean-themed songs listed on their cards to complete a row and win bingo. No need to be a music buff to play this game. Music Bingo will consist of three rounds with a $5 donation per bingo card per round. Gift cards and other goodies will be up for grabs each round.

Pre-registration is available at this link.


Sign up for summer environmental workshops for kids

Keep Pinellas Beautiful has opened registration for its 6th annual Youth Environmental Leadership Workshop series. This program will engage high school students (grades 9-12) with hands-on skill-building activities that will empower them to become environmental leaders in their community. Students will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of marine debris and other environmental issues, engage with experts in the environmental field and participate in hands-on activities like canoeing, cleanups, hikes, invasive removals, etcetera. This is also a great way for students to earn Bright Futures Scholarship hours. Registration is available online here: Youth Environmental Leadership Workshop @ Brooker Creek Preserve: July 8th – 12th


Adopt an overlooked shelter dog

Dylan, an 8-year-old spaniel mix, was surrendered to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay March 21, 2024. He had both of his eyes at the time, but his right eye had a mass that needed to be removed. Dylan was photographed by AGoldPhoto Pet Photography as part of a program to shine a spotlight on overlooked adoptable pets to help them find a good home. If you are interested in learning more about or adopting Dylan, visit humanesocietytampa.org/adopt/dogs.



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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