Agency needs people willing to be advocates
The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program administered by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs is seeking volunteer advocates for residents living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities to investigate complaints concerning their rights on issues such as funds, food, drug regimens, abuse and neglect. Volunteers are trained to assess these facilities for federal and state law compliance. Anyone with advocating and administrative abilities may apply. Retired individuals and couples are welcome. Mileage/meal reimbursements are provided at the state rate for all official ombudsman duties. Call (727) 588-6912 or 1-888-831-0404 to volunteer.
Free health clinic could use plenty of help
The St. Petersburg Free Clinic needs volunteers to answer the telephone, serve food at its community kitchen and do general maintenance work. The clinic also has an immediate need for volunteer physicians and advanced registered nurse practitioners in the Health Center. For more information call Rebecca Russell-Gootee at 821-1200, ext. 114, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free checkups keep kids' teeth pearly white
The Pinellas County Health Department will offer free back to school dental exams to children ages 4 to 17. Exams will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. as follows:
Wednesday: Pinellas Park Health Center, 6350 76th Ave. N, 547-7780, ext. 103
July 23: St. Pete Health Center, 205 Dr. Martin Luther King St. N, 824-6900, ext. 11034
Therapists offer seminars for women
Women of all ages are invited to attend a "Red Tent Lunch and Learn" seminar series each Thursday in July from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. hosted by Barbara Rhode and Annette Reiter, licensed marriage and family therapists. Thursday's seminar, "Relationships — Identifying Your Story," will cover skills and strategies women can implement to feel more empowered, find their authentic selves and heal diverse areas of their lives. The seminars are held at the YWCA of Tampa Bay, 655 Second Ave. S. For more information, call 565-4492 or visit transitionsandyou.com.
It's true: Veritas Academy is moving
Veritas Academy is moving to Indian Rocks Christian School. Classes will begin this fall at 12685 Ulmerton Road in Largo. An informational meeting is scheduled for Thursday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the chapel of First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Additional information can be found online at Veritas-IRCS.org
You can register to vote at Seminole church
Representatives from the Pinellas County Board of Elections will hold voter registration today from 11 a.m. to noon at the fellowship hall of the Seminole United Methodist Church, 5400 Seminole Blvd. Please bring personal identification.
Support the troops with candy (and other goods)
Support the troops in the Middle East by donating candy, cookies, microwave popcorn, canned meats, tuna, small canned fruits, soups, small jars of peanut butter or jelly, cheese or peanut butter crackers, powdered drinks, disposable cameras, sun screen, lip balm, stationery items, bandanas, Q-tips, feminine hygiene items, baby wipes, body wash and gallon zip bags.
Cash donations are also needed to cover shipping costs. Money orders or checks can be made out to Postmaster and mailed to P.O. Box 86223, Madeira Beach, FL 33738. If you have a relative, friend or neighbor serving overseas and would like a package sent, please provide an address and APO.
Donations can be dropped off at the Army Recruiting Office at 11223 78th Ave. N; VFW Post 4256 at 12901 Gulf Blvd.; VFW Post 9272 at 10997 72nd Ave. N; American Legion Post 7, 1760 Turner St. in Clearwater; and Extra Space Storage, 4319 Duhme Road in Madeira Beach.
For more information, call (727) 432-1057