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Five ways you can give back this week

Ashley Morales



Neighborly Senior Care Network needs volunteers to deliver hot meals to seniors in Pinellas County through its Meals on Wheels program. Photo provided.

Summer is a slow time for many businesses, and nonprofits are no exception. Many of our local nonprofits see a dip in volunteer engagement, but the need for vital community services remains the same. If you’re searching for a way to give back, the Catalyst’s Impact Connector is here to help. Each week, we feature five organizations in the Tampa Bay area that are in need of assistance. We’re certain you’ll find something that matches up with your interests, location and schedule.

Meals on Wheels Needs Summer Help

Like many nonprofits, Neighborly’s Senior Care Network reports seeing fewer volunteers willing to help in the summer months. However, our local seniors still need to eat, and many rely on Meals on Wheels to put food on the table.

You can help by delivering a lunchtime meal to homebound seniors, typically 5 to 10 clients per route which averages a 1.5-2 hour commitment. Volunteers are needed on weekdays, typically between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at locations throughout Pinellas County. Spouses/partners, colleagues, friends and families can also team up to do the deliveries together. Learn more and apply on Neighborly’s website.

Habitat for Humanity Homebuilding

Are you looking for unique team-building experiences for your staff? Habitat for Humanity’s corporate team builds combine giving back with team bonding making for an unforgettable experience.

Build your team while building homes:


CASA Volunteer Open House

If you’re looking for rewarding volunteer opportunities in Pinellas County and would like to support domestic violence survivors and their children, sign up for CASA’s Volunteer Open House July 26 at 11 a.m.

Challenging the societal acceptance of all forms of domestic violence, CASA is a local nonprofit that stands up to silence through advocacy, prevention, intervention and support services. Learn more and sign up here.



Forty-four percent of 3rd grade students in Pinellas County are reading below grade level. The YReads literacy program provides kindergarten through 8th grade students with the reading instruction they need to succeed. According the the YMCA, 98% of students in the program see quantifiable progress in their reading skills and progress to the next grade level, and you can help make that happen.

Volunteers serve as reading mentors and choose two one-hour sessions weekday afternoons after school. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Learn more here.

Be a Masterclass Guest Presenter at Arts Conservatory for Teens

Do you have a gift or talent you would like to share with local students? The Arts Conservatory for Teens would love to hear from you. ACT’s Masterclass guest presenters are inspiring individuals who have gained valuable experience either in the professional arts industry or another career discipline.

Masterclasses are held both virtually and in person and are a special opportunity for students to learn from talented creative professionals and renowned artists from around the globe. Learn more here.

If your organization is looking for volunteers, click here to submit your opportunity. We’ll get the word out to our readers.

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