Ways to Help
BONITA SPRINGS -- Chris Jeffray had it all planned. His father Russ, now in his fourth year as a cancer survivor, would join his mother Karen and fly down from New Jersey for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Estero/Bonita Springs on April 4 at Bonita Springs High School. He also had friends flying in from Massachusetts and California. The coronavirus changed all of that. In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the American Cancer Society suspended all in-person events through mid May, but it didn’t suspend Chris’ desire to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society. So now he’s inviting the world to fly down and join him -- virtually.(Read more)https://www.facebook.com/notes/american-cancer-society-florida/relay-for-life-bonita-springsestero-bounces-back-with-virtual-5k-event/2648630495356286/
As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we wanted to reach to you as a supporter of The Florida Aquarium. While the aquarium is closed to the public, we remain steadfast in our mission and are focused on our vision for the future. We are thrilled to announce that we’ve launched a new Adopt an Animal program. This fun program, which has a variety of options, allows everyone around the country to share in a bit of the Aquarium. Whether you want to digitally adopt a sea star, or send a friend or loved one a special otter to love on, there are many ways that you can share your passion for our aquatic creatures. Yes, you can even adopt Nemo!
The Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Dr Tampa, Florida
Advocate for change. Help us raise awareness about the reality of hunger in America. By creating a dialogue with legislators, the media and the public, you can make a difference in the lives of more than 35 million hungry Americans. Advocate, connect with others and donate your time or financial support.
ECHO is in desperate need of volunteers who will hep us serve in the month of August.Our student volunteers will be heading back to school and our normal standby retirees are still understandably a bit hesitant to come back to the front lines.We could really use your help any day of the week Monday - Friday from 9-1:30.Both locations are in need.
507 North Parsons Brandon, Florida 33510
We need support/funding to enhance our remote learning platform! We want to add a Learning Management System to Microsoft Teams. Help us with Preparedness, OnBoarding, and Staying Engaged.As the pandemic forced students to remote learning, our students are disproportionately impacted. Many are from low income HH’s likely to suffer most from increased unemployment and economic uncertainty. Parents are unprepared to “homeschool” – lower education, less time (high % of “essential workers”). Our students were already lagging academically.
Shirley Proctor Puller Foundation
4133 Cortez Way S Saint Petersburg, Florida
Coaching a Girls on the Run program is the most rewarding way to get involved with Girls on the Run. You get to experience the program first hand, feel a sense of accomplishment that you have made a difference in the lives of girls and have a ton of fun with your team of coaches and incredible girls.Coach is a volunteer position that works with a team of coaches to facilitate the Girls on the Run® curriculum to program participants. This position works closely with the Council Director and entails approximately 4 hours per week with additional time required on two to three weekend days for: training; a community race event; and for First Aid/CPR training, if necessary.Major responsibilities include: preparing, organizing, and supervising the weekly lessons; leading the program participants through each lesson; serving as a role model and mentor; coaching program participants on proper stretching, running form, hydration and sports nutrition; attending a community running race with program participants and other volunteers; attending 1 Mid Season Coach Appreciation Meeting; interacting with parents of program participants; and understanding and believing in the mission of the organization and program.
Girls on the Run Greater Tampa Bay
2519 N McMullen Booth Road Suite 510145 Clearwater, FL 33761
We are dedicated to addressing the needs of the residents, families, and businesses in this community. Many families are challenged with finding resources to assist in these unprecedented times. Combining case management, education, job training, parenting education, and ongoing support, STEPS provides wrap-around services to assist families in stabilization. This funding will serve 4 University Area families in our STEPS program, changing the lives of an estimated 14 individuals over a one year period.
University Area CDC
14013 North 22nd Street, Tampa, Florida 33613
Companionship, Help & Access by Telephone for Seniors (CHATS) is a Gulf Coast JFCS program that matches seniors with a volunteer caller so they can enjoy a weekly telephone chat.CHATS program staff matches callers based on preferences and interests. Callers work together to decide what day and time to chat. CHATS is free, only a reliable land line or cell phone is required.WHY CHATS?Research shows friends are good for your health Callers can become lifelong friends Callers can connect you to Gulf Coast JFCS resources that might be helpful You can learn and share something together Callers can make you SMILETo learn more, email [email protected] or call our CHATS Program Coordinator at 727-450-7278.
Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services
14041 Icot Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33760
Assist 211 in tracking program changes with local health and human service organizations in order to provide accurate and up-to-date information to the community.You can easily participate in your own home.
2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc.
5500 Rio Vista Dr. Suite 5500, Clearwater FL 33760
Computer Mentors has assisted youth being impacted by the “Digital Divide” for the last 23 years. Though many thought the divide had been alleviated, the coronavirus has exposed a persistent divide. Additionally, the current divide now determines whether or not children can participate in education. Contact us for more details.
Computer Mentors, Inc.
2802 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Suite F Tampa, FL
The core of our award-winning online safety program is presented in a classroom or group setting. With schools and businesses closed we are unable to provide our traditional programs. We are working now on developing a digital program that can be done at home. We are offering a reformatted online version of the Garfield cartoons to families for FREE along with weekly tips and activities for the children. Our plan is to have a complete digital program available by the end of May but could use financial and technical help to make this possible. We would also like to convert the program to a game based app.
Center for Cyber Safety and Education
311 Park Place Blvd, Suite 610, Clearwater FL 33759
Please donate to us through Amazon Smile, Ebay, or on our website. All funds are going to help students. We also have some custom t-shirts that we will accept donations for to help the cause. Our Help Line program helps the students get into a shelter as soon as possible and/or helping the student find a food pantry. We do need some help operating the Help Line and we need help with fundraising.
As the oldest and largest, fully-independent kidney patient organization in the U.S. – AAKP depends on contributions from you to help support the programs and activities of the Association. AAKP has aggressively distinguished itself as the leader in patient-centered education, advocacy, and patient engagement - making AAKP highly respected among fellow non-profit organizations; professional associations; the medical community; renal-industry partners; federal and government agencies; and most importantly the individuals and families we serve coping with chronic kidney disease.
Students ages 15-21 are needed to serve and lead this summer. Participants must commit to one day a week, 8:30-3:00. Volunteers will serve in the food pantry, clothing room, or at donation drop off. In services will also be held to focus on the root causes of poverty, hunger, and homelessness. All activities will be held at ECHO's main campus: 507 North Parsons Brandon, FL 33510.A submitted application and interview are required. These can be found at: www.echofl.org/youth
507 North Parsons Brandon, Florida 33510
FICS Finds Solutions To Difficult Problems!Imagine this scenario: Doña Estela (not her real name) is 67 years old, a cancer survivor and is raising her grandson, Julio (not his real name), age 10. Doña Estela, an immigrant from Venezuela, does not speak English well enough to help Julio with homework. During the shutdown, FICS was able to work remotely to help them and Julio passed. However, given the option to send him to school or do e-learning, she was overwhelmed one day and started to cry, "It's an impossible situation, " she said through her tears.We know nothing is impossible. We called other parents and spoke with some school personnel. We decided FICS could embark on something new: serving as an Elearning Resource Center.Doña Estela is just one of many people who are at elevated risk if they contract Covid-19; moreover, most do not have the resources or computer skills to navigate the complicated world of elearning. This is a health and educational equity issue - writ LARGE.FICS listened to Doña Estela and many others and made the decision to pivot to Elearning for this semester. That means we are not conducting our "normal" Afterschool4Success. But these are not "normal" times. Elearning has been a serious challenge for families everywhere, but especially for Town n Country's essential workers, mainly immigrants who value education for their children. Some of the parents are offsite but we assist by giving technical assistance to them via phone and zoom....and it's working!There have been learning curves - many, BUT we are now four weeks in and need some community support to keep going. Instead of only being open 3-4 hours for afterschool, we are now open 9 hours every day, driving up our costs and needs.Can you mentor or tutor an at-risk student, virtually through our zoom or in person (with a mask and safety precautions)? Do you have any extra laptops, computers, tablets you can donate? Hotspot modems so youth can use them at home, since most don't have internet and use parents' phones, which cannot handle the requirements for elearning?We can also accept your tax deductible donation of any amount.https://www.ficsinc.org/#donateThe CARES Act means that you can now DEDUCT any donations this year. Our estimated cost per child per week is $60.Can you sponsor a student for a week? $60 A month? $240 A semester? $960THANK YOU TAMPABAY!
Florida Institute for Community Studies
204 Forest Park Ave. Temple Terrace, Florida 33617-4133
Assist 211 to answer text messages from people seeking help. We'll provide you training videos, a remote training session with one of our staff, and access to our information and tools to help our community. Must be at least 18 years old and pass a level 2 background check paid for by 211 Tampa Bay Cares to volunteer.
2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc.
5500 Rio Vista Dr. Suite 5500, Clearwater FL 33760
Please Note. If you are willing and able to volunteer in the face of a pandemic – or other crisis situation like a hurricane – become a part of our emergency response volunteer team.Feeding Tampa Bay is an essential facility and we are working hard to ensure our neighbors have the food they need during this critical time. Volunteers are crucial in these efforts and we need you to #standwithFTB now more than ever. We are taking extra precautions to ensure our volunteers’ safety in our warehouse and at distribution sites. We kindly ask volunteers who fall within an “at-risk” category (immunocompromised, age 65, etc.) or those not feeling well to take care of themselves at home.
Feeding Tampa Bay
4702 Transport Drive, Building 6 Tampa, FL 33605
Due to COVID-19, personal protective equipment such as face masks, gloves, gowns and face shields are critically needed for our nurses, doctors, social workers and chaplains.Together, our team cares for more than 600 patients every day in homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals and at our two hospice care centers.These "angels on earth" do extraordinary work every day. Today, they need our help.Your donation of any size will help our team on the front lines deliver compassionate care to vulnerable hospice patients and support their families with counseling and bereavement services during these uncertain times.Please donate today at www.gulfside.org/make-a-gift.html.
Gulfside Healthcare Services
2061 Collier Parkway, Land O' Lakes, FL 34639
With many people at home now or working from their homes or families with children home from school, it would be a perfect way to spend your time and redirect your attention away from what is scary and concerning to all of us. It would be a wonderful learning skill for your children as well who may be our future rescuers and at the same time knowing how good it feels to have saved a life! We supply everything you will need and you supply the love and care. The pet foster parent provides basic care for the Beagles such as shelter, food, and water. While fostering a Beagle, the foster family may teach it basic house manners.
or many children, a grandparent fills a role no one else can. For others, it’s a role that desperately needs to be filled.The Foster Grandparent Program is a nationally-affiliated program, through Senior Corps of the Corporation for National & Community Service, offering individuals 55 and over the opportunity to tutor and mentor students in a school near their home. This child mentoring program takes place in the child’s classroom with a teacher present.Foster Grandparent volunteers are role models and friends to children with exceptional needs. For children who are struggling in school, at-risk, neglected, or abused, the support of a foster grandparent can help build confidence and stability.A Foster Grandparent is someone with time, love, and understanding, who enjoys being around children and wants to help them to be their best. They take time to listen, offer support and friendship, and share knowledge gained through a lifetime of experience.Volunteer opportunities serving children and youth create a legacy for the future and help children, families, and communities become stronger and shift from surviving to thriving.
Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay, Inc.
1306 W Sligh Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
Thanks to a recent small grant from the Tampa Bay Resilience Fund, the HOME Foundation is able to offer some free counseling sessions to children and families, including essential workers. Right now the sessions are through a secure Telehealth service until our office reopens this Summer. If you are interested in obtaining counseling sessions for yourself or a member of your family, please call (727)786-7951 for more information.
House of Mercy and Encouragement Foundation (HOME)
2030 Main Street, Dunedin, FL 34698
The effects of COVID-19 continues to impact The FHM, resulting in loss of revenue, cancellation of events/tours, etc. Admissions alone comprise 12% of our budget. COVID-19, however, has not stopped our ability to offer educational outreach to school districts in Tampa Bay and around the state. Although we are closed, we continue to work with schools who are transitioning to virtual classrooms. We are adapting our outreach to conform to their needs to teach Holocaust education as part of public school instruction (grades K-12) per State mandate.A special section has been set up on our website and we have a robust social media campaign to complement our efforts to reach those who might need our resources outside the Tampa Bay Area. All of these resources and tools are offered free of charge. https://www.flholocaustmuseum.org/learn/virtual-resources/
The Florida Holocaust Museum
55 5th St. S St. Petersburg, FL
Bess the Book Bus has assembled some wonderfully supportive fundraising ambassadors, we call this philanthropic team Friends of Bess! Would you like to help us spread the of love of reading by hosting a Bess the Book Bus Stop? It’s simple, Friends of Bess support the mission in many ways:Host Jennifer and a volunteer at your home to save money on hotel costs, and/or Host a neighborhood fundraiser and the local children can come pick out a book when they bring a donation to Bess, and/or Organize a Bess the Book Bus visit to your school, each child (for a suggested $5 donation per student) can climb aboard Bess and pick out a book. This idea has worked well for student council groups that are youth-led.
Bess the Book Bus, Inc.
301 National Orange Avenue