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

Ashley Morales



A new swim program is launching in the Lealman community of Pinellas County, and support is needed to help keep the initiative afloat. 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.

Food Pantry Donations Needed

The Lealman and Asian Neighborhood Family Center (LANFC) Food Pantry is always in need of canned goods, water, and breakfast items to assist our neighbors in need. You can drop off donations at 4255 56th Avenue N., St. Petersburg.


Adopt a Block

Volunteers are needed for the Florida Dream Center’s Adopt-a-Block program. Every Saturday morning, teams go out into the community to provide services to the homeless, home-bound, elderly, veterans, disabled and low-income individuals and families struggling to make ends meet. Teams assisting with food, clothing, and hygiene distribution are needed in Lealman and Tarpon Springs. Learn more about the program at floridadreamcenter.org/get-involved/.

Support a new swimming program

Two volunteers are needed to assist with a new swim program in the Lealman neighborhood. The program is from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and interested volunteers must pass a Level 2 background check. For more information, call the Lealman Exchange at (727) 464-5404.

You can also donate to support the effort, which helps children in unincorporated Pinellas County learn life-saving skills. Read more about the program here and donate online here.

Classroom grandparents needed

Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing solutions to community challenges by engaging volunteers aged 55 and older. Since its inception in 1984, the nonprofit has provided more than five million hours of community assistance, much of it coming from its sizable Classroom Grandparent program.

The Classroom Grandparent program puts seniors to work in elementary schools throughout Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties, where they mentor students and help teachers manage the day-to-day work of running their classrooms. Classroom Grandparents also receive a small stipend for their work. Contact Seniors in Service at (813) 932-5228 to learn more about the program and sign up.

EmpowHERment: Connecting, Inspiring, and Supporting Women

EmpowHERment offers a platform for women to connect, inspire and support one another. Currently, they need volunteers to assist with various tasks like childcare, mentoring, advocacy support, workshop facilitation and planning, and fundraising. If you are interested, visit the EmpowHERment website to register.




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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