Volunteer efforts: For two years, team members at Nationwide Title Clearing Inc. have volunteered at the Homeless Emergency Project, where the homeless and very low-income individuals and families are helped with housing, food, clothing and support services necessary to obtain self-sufficiency and improved quality of life.
Starting again in July, 17 NTC employees and their families began donating their time at HEP, helping to serve the evening meal every second Saturday of each month and volunteering in the thrift store that benefits the shelter. They have experienced such positive feedback from the HEP staff and shelter residents that NTC plans to make this companywide employee volunteer project with HEP a permanent community initiative.
"When NTC has the opportunity to give back to members of our community, we always encourage our employees to participate," said NTC's CEO John Hillman. "It is important to realize that we all need to come together to make Tampa Bay a better place to live for everyone."
In addition to its association with HEP, NTC helps the community through events such as blood drives, toy drives and the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Palm Harbor.
In Palm Harbor, NTC is a privately owned service provider to the mortgage and financial industry. It performs land records research services and processes documents for the residential mortgage-servicing industry.
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services for women's health: Patricia A. Urban has opened Reflexology Health LLC at 28960 U.S. 19 N, Suite 112, Clearwater, offering reflexology services to area residents.
The focus of the practice is women's health issues that include fibromyalgia, diabetes, pre and postoperative care, migraines, post traumatic stress disorder, chronic fatigue, cancer recovery and children's health.
Urban received her certification for foot reflexology through the Center for Universal Reflexology in Connecticut. She continued her studies through Acusage Academy in Massachusetts, where she obtained her master level certification in reflexology and massage therapy. She is working on a postgraduate reflexology diploma through the Universal College of Reflexology. She is a member of the Integrative Reflexology Association of America and the Florida Association of Independent Reflexologists.
Before moving to Oldsmar in 2010, Urban worked five years as a full-time reflexologist with a staff of two part-time practitioners in Tolland, Conn.
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Open for business: Antiques To Aardvarks opened Aug. 17 at 310 Main St., Safety Harbor. Owned by Martha Morrison, the shop features a variety of merchandise from vintage antiques to unusual oddities and collectibles. A website is under construction and will launch soon. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.
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