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Pinellas County news and notes

The Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County will launch a summer feeding program today (June 20) to provide weekend meals for needy children across Pinellas County. A recent study by Feeding America found that more than 20 percent of U.S. children have insufficient access to nutritionally adequate food. In Pinellas, that number rises to nearly 24 percent. The JWB has partnered with Pinellas County Schools to distribute 6,000 meals on Thursdays and Fridays at the highest needs Summer Bridge elementary schools: Campbell Park, Fairmount Park, Lakewood, Melrose, New Heights, High Point, Belleair, Sandy Lane and Tarpon Springs. In addition, distribution of meals will be coordinated at the Pinellas County Housing Authority's Rainbow Village in Largo. For information, call (727) 453-5642 or visit

The Pinellas County Homeless Leadership Board is looking to fill two VISTA member positions to support our local efforts to end homelessness. The first position will be assisting with building social media capacity within the organization. The second will assist with building a volunteer base and help in organizing the activities of the HLB. Members must commit to serve one-year fulltime in the program where you will work alongside local nonprofit leaders working to bring about sustainable change to help people out of poverty. While you are building capacity with community members you will be expanding your skills in community development, advocacy and program management. Members receive a living allowance, health benefits, training, and a $5,550 college education award on the completion of their year of service. The next training phase begins in August. Those interested must apply online at

Homeownership expo: It's National Homeownership Month and Pinellas County will be participating in the annual Homeownership for People Everywhere Expo. The HOPE Expo is from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., June 28, at Raymond James Financial Center, 880 Carillon Parkway, Tower 4, St. Petersburg. The event will feature more than 25 exhibitors, including lenders, Realtors, home inspectors, credit counselors and down-payment assistance programs. The Community Revitalization Division of the Pinellas County Health and Community Services department and the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County will be among the participants available to discuss down-payment assistance.

There will be homebuyer workshops offered in both English and Spanish. Those who complete the workshop will receive a certificate that satisfies the education requirements for a variety of affordable housing loans and down payment assistance programs. Seating for the workshop is limited and registration is required. For information and registration, call (727) 446-3532 for the English seminar or (727) 446-6222 for the Spanish seminar, or visit

Pinellas County news and notes 06/17/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 3:57pm]
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