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Volunteers needed to work at food bank

Religious Community Services Food Bank is looking for volunteers to sort, deliver and pick up food, interview clients and distribute food to families in need two to four hours a day, one day a week during the Food Bank's regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. Youth groups are encouraged to participate.

Call (727) 443-4031 or visit www.rpantry@tampa.rr.com.

CLEARWATER

Red Cross seeking volunteer drivers

The Clearwater Red Cross is seeking volunteer drivers and dispatchers to operate its Transportation Program in North Pinellas, based at 2481 Sunset Point Road. Drivers and dispatchers are needed to fill assignments from 7:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Volunteer drivers will use Red Cross vehicles to drive those who have no other means of getting to critical medical and dental appointments.

For information, call the Clearwater Red Cross branch at 446-2358, ext. 234.

CLEARWATER

Nonprofit needs items for homeless clients

CLEARWATER - The Homeless Emergency Project Inc. is a nonprofit organization that assists needy individuals and families with children and serves more than 1,000 people each year.

A Bring Items of Necessity project created and launched in June allows local businesses to serve as collection sites for food, clothing, toiletries, cleaning supplies and other essential items used by HEP's clients.

A number of bay area businesses have had great success in raising awareness and needed items for the charity.

The public can get a list of BIN themes and drop off locations by calling HEP community relations coordinator Rebecca Lett at (727) 442-9041 or by visiting www.ethep.org.

PALM HARBOR

Group aiding homeless in Haiti seeks help

For Haiti With Love, a nonprofit organization that provides free homes for the homeless in northern Haiti and free emergency medical program and food for the hungry, needs tax-deductible cash contributions for bulk purchasing of medical supplies and food. For information, call (727) 938-3245 or mail contributions to For Haiti With Love, PO Box 1017, Palm Harbor, FL 34683.

PINELLAS COUNTY

Big Brothers Big Sisters needs volunteers

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County seeks volunteers willing to spend as little as an hour a week with local children who need mentors.

Volunteers must be at least 18 and have a valid driver's license.

For information, call (727) 518-8860 or visit www.bbbspc.org.

As part of the state's mentoring initiative, some employers allow an hour or so per week of administrative leave for employees to mentor.

Visit www.volunteerfloridafoundation.org to find out more about the program.

CLEARWATER

Dog Training Club offers varied classes

The Upper Suncoast Dog Training Club, a nonprofit organization, offers beginning through advanced classes in agility, clicker training, conformation, junior handling, obedience and puppy kindergarten.

The club also offers trials and provides opportunities to show your dog. The air-conditioned indoor club, 2101 Logan St., is near the Long Center. Call (727) 449-8738 or visit www.usdtc.org.

SAFETY HARBOR

VFW sponsoring essay contests for students

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 10093 will sponsor essay contests this fall with cash prizes for students receiving public, private and home-schooled educations.

For applications and guidelines, contact Ann Crum, chairman, P.O. Box 342, Oldsmar, 34677 or (813) 855-1182.

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