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Where to donate

There are dozens of local charitable organizations providing food pantries, rent and mortgage assistance, temporary shelter, medical clinics and utilities subsidies.




Tampa Bay Cares, which operates the 211 information service in these counties, has an extensive list of services and their contact information on its website. Go to www.211tampabay.org, then look under "guides" to choose a county and see a list of charities.

No similarly extensive list appears to exist for Hillsborough and Pasco counties. But here is a short list of charities in those areas whose services are geared toward helping the newly needy.


The list below is by no means complete and readers are encouraged to consider other options.

Food Banks

Metropolitan Ministries Provides food, clothing, shelter and outreach services to people in need.
2002 North Florida Avenue Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-209-1200

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
The San Jose Mission Food Pantry
3214 San Jose Blvd in Dover
Phone: 813-659-2935
Helps people in need living in the Seffner and Dover areas.


Mary & Martha House
Operates a shelter for women and children in crisis
Originally founded to help victims of domestic violence, this organization now also helps women and children with economic crisis.
P.O. Box 1251 Ruskin, FL 33570-1251
Phone: 813 645-7874
Fax: 813 641-1810
Emergency Shelter: 813-641-7027

Salvation Army - Women's Transitional Housing
Phone: 813-226-0055
Provides a two-year housing program to women. Must be employed full-time working at least 32 hours a week or enrolled a full-time student and working 20 hours a week. Also, disabled women who work 20 hours a week can seek services.

Financial Assistance

Salvation Army (TECO SHARE)
1603 North Florida Ave (No Walk-ins)
Phone: 813-226-0055
Provides utility assistance once in a 12-month period for someone who has a steady income and has documentation of a hardship in the past 30 days. Must be able to provide a TECO bill in the name of the person seeking assistance or his or her spouse.

The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
In addition to helping people in abusive situations or people suffering from depression and despair, the center helps people with financial problems.
One Crisis Center Plaza Tampa, Florida 33613

Progress Energy Energy Neighbor Fund
This fund helps people who can't afford to pay their home utility bills. The funds are distributed through local agencies.
Progress Energy customers can sign up online to donate a monthly contribution from this page: http://www.progress-energy.com/community/enf.asp#fla
Or checks payable to the Energy Neighbor Fund can be sent to: Progress Energy Florida PO Box 33199 St. Petersburg, FL 33733
Residents of Pasco, Pinellas and Hernando counties are eligible for assistance. For more information, visit http://www.progress-energy.com/community/enfresources_florida.asp


The list below is by no means complete and readers are encouraged to consider other options.

Food banks

Suncoast Harvest Food Bank
Provides food, personal care items and household goods to more than 150 programs who help low-income and poverty stricken people in Pasco and Hernando counties.
P.O.Box 1613
5829 Ehren Cutoff
Land O'Lakes Florida 34639
Phone: 813-929-0200
Fax: 813-929-077

Calvary Chapel Worship Center
Provides food and clothing to the needy
6825 Trouble Creek Rd
New Port Richey, FL 34653
Phone: 727-376-7733

The Volunteer Way, Inc.
Volunteers with this organization help distribute food and personal items to low-income people, food pantries and soup kitchens.
7820 Congress Street
New Port Richey FL 34653
Phone: 727-815-0433
Fax: 727-848-5494

Medical Assistance

The Good Samaritan Health Clinic of Pasco, Inc.
Provides medical and dental care to low-income residents of Pasco County.
5334 Aspen St.
New Port Richey
Phone: 727-848-7789

Premier Community HealthCare Group
Provides medical services to people without insurance. Services include women's, dental and behavioral health care. Discounted fees might be available, depending on total household income and the number of individuals living in the household. Proof of income must be presented to be considered for discounted fees. Co-payments are charged.
37944 Church Avenue
Dade City, FL 37920
Medical Arts Court
Phone: 352-518-2000

Other resources

United Way of Pasco County
P.O. Box 609
Port Richey, Florida 34673
Phone: 727-845-3030
Fax: 727-845-3032
email: info@unitedwaypasco.org
Dial 211 Database (Search for agencies by subject)

United Way 2-1-1 of Pasco County (West Pasco)
Call 211 for information and referral for assistance from other agencies in the community ranging from food pantries to utility assistance to medical services.
Call 2-1-1 or (727) 845-HELP (4357)

United Way 2-1-1 of Pasco County (East & Central Pasco)
Call 211 for information and referral for assistance from other agencies in the community ranging from food pantries to utility assistance to medical services.
Call 2-1-1 or Toll Free: (877) 828-UWAY (8929)

Salvation Army (East Pasco)
14445 7th St.
Dade City, FL
Phone: 352-521 3126

Salvation Army (West Pasco)
8040 Washington St.
Port Richey, FL
Phone: 727-847-6321

State of Florida:
MyFlorida Web 211
This Web site links to resources available around the state , arranged by county.

Where to donate 05/08/09 [Last modified: Monday, May 11, 2009 7:39pm]


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