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Five ways to get involved and give back in St. Pete

Ashley Morales



Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast is fundraising to support its summer youth programs. 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.

Support summer youth programs

Summer is a critical time for the youth served by Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast. For many, the start of summer signifies not merely a break from school but also exposure to experiences that shape their lives, foster their interests and cultivate their talents.

However, these opportunities are not readily available to every young person. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast is asking donors to support its summer programs for children and teens. Donations can be made online here.

Volunteer with Girls Rock St. Pete

Girls Rock St. Pete, a nonprofit that works to impact the lives of local girls and gender-expansive youth positively, is hosting a “Conjouring All Volunteers” event at The Potion Portal, 2319 28th St. N., May 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed for the organziation’s camp July 15-20.

Open roles include: Vibe Tribe, Dude Crew, Roadies, musicians, therapists, nurses, photographers, event planners, creative builders, street team crew, crafty folks and more.


Phyllis Wheatley Rise To Read Campaign

Committed Board Members are needed to attend a two-hour meeting once a month, assist with the New World Reading Initiative meetings with parents, attend Habitat for Humanity home dedications where the recipients have school-age children and volunteer at local Literacy Festivals.

The Juvenile Welfare Board initiative aims to increase reading scores for Pinellas County students, especially survivors of the African Diaspora. Contact: smithhayessrose@gmail.com (727) 415-4628.


Foster a dog in need

Compassion Kind is searching for a foster home for Chili, a 5-year-old dog originally pulled from the euthanasia list at a local shelter in 2020. Chili will do best without another dog or children in the home. Chili’s ideal home is animal-free, has a fenced yard and is a female-only household. Chili is up-to-date on shots and is housetrained.

To temporarily foster or permanently adopt Chili, reach out to Compassion Kind. Contact info is listed at compassionkind.org.


Help local teachers fill their classrooms with supplies

Florida’s Unique Education Learning Support (FUELS) is a nonprofit that supports teachers in Title 1 schools by donating items that are not provided by the school district. 

“We were founded on the idea that no teacher should have to dip into their own pocket to meet the needs of the students in their classrooms,” said FUELS Co-founder and executive director Melissa Ley.

In addition to education essentials like classroom supplies, FUELS provides teachers with sensory support materials for students in the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program and what Ley calls “non-education essentials,” like snacks and hygiene products. Support the nonprofit by donating items or money on its website, fuels4teachers.org.

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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