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Five ways to get involved and give back

Ashley Morales



Donate your unused electronics to support members of our local community who do not have access to technology. Photo: Gadgets for Good.

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.

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. 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. The electronics drive is part of an AARP Shred Event & Fraud Forum April 13 at the Lealman Exchange, 5175 45th St. N. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.



Turn your trash into a baby animal’s lifeline

According to SPCA Tampa Bay, “It’s baby season for many of our wildlife friends, and our Wildlife Rehabilitation Team is in need of some upcycled items to care for the influx of animals we see this time of year.”

SPCA Tampa Bay uses bottle caps and jar lids to offer water and formula to the baby animals in its care. If you have these items on hand, give them a second life and donate them to the SPCA shelter in Largo, located at 9099 130th Ave N.



Volunteer at Race for the Cupcake

Volunteers are needed to help at Race for the Cupcake 5K at Pass-a-Grille Beach Saturday, April 13. The race starts at 8 a.m. Typical duties include setting up the event, checking in runners and passing out water during the race. Sign up to volunteer here.


Clean up our local beaches

Join Keep Pinellas Beautiful and its community partners for a monthly beach cleanup starting at 9 a.m. April 12. Volunteers will meet at Bob Heilman’s Beachcomber, 447 Mandalay Avenue, and assist with cleaning the beach and surrounding streets. Volunteers should wear closed-toe shoes, sun protection and weather-appropriate clothing. Cleanup supplies will be provided. A water refill station will be available, so bring a reusable water bottle. Volunteers will need to sign our waiver upon arrival. Contact Megan Jackson at mjackson@kpbcares.org to register.


Donate food to neighbors in need

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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