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

Ashley Morales



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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.

SPCA offers half-off adoptions

SPCA Tampa Bay is hosting a “Summer Adopt-A-Thon” with half-price adoption fees for dogs, cats and small animals. The organization is also offering the adoption of two small animals or livestock for the price of one.

According to SPCA Tampa Bay, the shelter currently has over 45 dogs and puppies, 80 cats and kittens and 80 pocket pets and livestock awaiting a home. Adoptable animals can be viewed at www.spcatampabay.org..


St. Pete rec center accepts school supplies for children

The City of St. Petersburg’s Bay Vista Recreation Center is hosting a school supply drive to help elementary and middle school students prepare for the upcoming school year. The facility, at 7000 4th St. S., accepts donations of new items Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., until July 31. For more information, contact the center at 727-893-7124..




Become an Innovation Scholars mentor

Are you passionate about nurturing the next generation of innovators? The University of South Florida is looking for mentors to join its Innovation Scholars Career Exploration program. 

As a mentor, you’ll have the opportunity to guide and inspire students as they embark on their entrepreneurial journeys. Whether you’re a seasoned industry professional or a recent graduate eager to give back, your expertise and insights are invaluable. Learn more and sign up online at https://ow.ly/GKnB50SiUWO.

Join a shoreline cleanup

Tampa Bay Watch is looking for volunteers to aid its restoration team in creating a living shoreline by installing oyster shell bars and reef balls at Maximo Park. This effort is crucial for protecting against erosion and providing vital habitats.

Volunteer days are happening July 9, 10 and 11 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This opportunity to give back can also be used as volunteer hours for various programs that require them. To learn more and sign up, visit tampabaywatch.org/get-involved/volunteer..

Donate to Daystar’s healthy food pantry

Over 26,000 children in Pinellas County face hunger daily. For many, school is their primary source of nutritious meals. But with summer break, these resources vanish, leaving thousands of kids at risk.

Daystar Life Center’s healthy food pantry currently serves over 25% of the 26,000 children experiencing food insecurity in Pinellas County. Nonperishable food items can be dropped off at 1055 28th Street South Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m..


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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