As lawmakers debate the size of economic stimulus checks this week, need around the Tampa Bay area continues to be high. Local nonprofits are struggling to meet demand. The coronavirus has continued to force layoffs and closures as well as the cancellation of fundraising events.
Do we need more reasons to help others in unprecedented times? If you are looking for the good Samaritans in our midst, here are some ways to contribute.
Feeding Tampa Bay has turned their Mobile Pantry free grocery program into a drive-thru model to eliminate crowds. To help, you can simply donate money to this and other local food banks. Or donate your time by creating food baskets or assisting in the warehouse. For information, call (813) 254-1190 and feedingtampabay.org.
Tampa Food Not Bombs provides mutual aid survival programs assisting the houseless and hungry, and stands in opposition to the violence of war and poverty. instagram.com/tampafoodnotbombs.
Hope Villages for those in need through innovative programs and services. rcspinellas.org.
Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger brings people together to find solutions that eliminate barriers, increase access and knowledge, and expand the amount of nutritious food available. networktoendhunger.org.
Meals on Wheels delivers nutritious meals to the country’s most vulnerable seniors. Donations will replenish food supplies, subsidize additional transportation and personnel, and enable tech-based efforts to check in on isolated elderly recipients. For the holiday season, the group has partnered with commerce platforms and brands that have pledged to donate a portion of proceeds. You can donate at mealsonwheelsamerica.org.
Citrus County Harvest hunger relief program works through 26 local schools. citruscountyblessings.org,
Pasco’s Community Aid Network is dedicated to providing basic human necessities such as food, toiletries, hygiene products, bedding and clothing to anyone in need. communityaidnetwork.org
Need Help Paying Bills: Find information on charities, churches, government assistance programs, organizations. needhelppayingbills.com. Duke Energy and TECO have programs that allow people to donate toward the cost of power bills in their area.
Black Collective Movement defends and protects Black lives in the Tampa Bay community. instagram.com/thebcmtampa.
Reach Services helps to prevent evictions and provide food. reach.services
Metropolitan Ministries provides practical solutions for poor and homeless families and individuals throughout Tampa Bay. metromin.org
Blanket Tampa Bay gives out blankets and thousands of hygiene items across the Tampa Bay community, involving people of every age, interest and need. blanketampabay.org.
St. Vincent de Paul CARES is committed to ending homelessness — “making it rare, brief, and one-time.” It serves people in 16 counties, including Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lake, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Sumter.” svdpsp.org.
Clearwater Free Clinic provides health care to low-income uninsured residents of upper Pinellas County. clearwaterfreeclinic.org.
St Petersburg Free Clinic is a human services agency providing assistance with food, shelter and health care. stpetersburgfreeclinic.org.
Voices for Children of Tampa Bay is in need of volunteers and support to help with the wide range of needs of children, including clothing, beds and school necessities. vfcgal.org.
Daystar has a mission to alleviate hunger, homelessness and hopelessness. daystarlife.com.
Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services has diverse community programs to provide support for individuals during all stages of life, from children to senior citizens. gulfcoastjewishfamilyandcommunityservices.org.
Somebody Cares Tampa Bay is a network of organizations that assist individuals and families in financial need. sctb.org.
Help Heal Veterans provides therapeutic craft kits to veterans healvets.org.
Good Samaritan Health Clinic of Pasco provides medical and dental services free-of-charge to residents of Pasco County. goodsamclinic.org.
Beth-El Farmworker Ministry serves the nearby rural population to meet the needs of education, hunger and medicine. beth-el.org.
Homeless Emergency Project provides homeless and low-income families and individuals with housing, food, clothing, and support service hepempowers.org.
Good Samaritan Mission is dedicated to a holistic approach to enhance the spiritual, emotional and physical quality of life for those living in poverty. goodsamclinic.org..
Redlands Christian Migrant Association funds child care, education, and resources for migrant farm families. rcma.org.
Shepherd’s Village is a non-profit in Pinellas County that helps single mothers who come from abusive or broken relationships. https://goodsamclinic.org.
Abe Brown Ministries: Hillsborough County ranks second highest in the state for the number of inmates admitted into prison, according to data from the Florida Department of Corrections. More than 2,000 prisoners are released to Hillsborough County each year. Without intervention and assistance, a number of them fall through the cracks and return to a life of crime. abebrown.org.
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