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VOLUNTEER TUTORS URGENTLY NEEDED AT RUSKIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - Ruskin Elementary School needs volunteers who are willing to spend an hour or more each week helping young children develop reading and/or math skills.  Prior teaching experience is not necessary.   If you are interested in volunteering and want more information, contact either: Maureen Long 813-767-5416 - melongieee@gmail.com. Barbara Silver 301-509-8032 - codie0408@msn.com 


Bi-lingual English-Creole volunteer needed for Wimauma Senior Center. We are looking for volunteer that will come 2x a week to help translate for one of our new clients. For more information and eligibility requirements please email brewingtona@HCFLGOV.net  or apply online at: https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=1583617405 


Collaborative Labs at St. Petersburg College, specializes in the design, facilitation and documentation of highly interactive and dynamic strategic planning sessions that can be completed in only six hours! Serving private companies, non-profits, associations, governmental and regional entities, the engaging process enables maximum participation to identify areas of consensus on a shared strategic vision and priorities. Our unique approach incorporates interactive technology, strength-based techniques, and real-time documentation to develop an actionable plan that produces tangible results. We carefully analyze each client’s needs and goals, then synthesize our findings into a custom solution that ensures consensus, team building and accountability.   Call Laurie Hill at 727-424-3429 to schedule a VIP Tour and receive a free ½ day rental of our Beach Lab!  


ECHO in need of volunteers
The Emergency Care Help Organization in Brandon is opening a new facility in Riverview in September to improve their service to South County families in need of assistance. They are in need of volunteers to assist in providing food, clothing, and other supplies to families that have experienced a sudden life-altering event. If you have 3 or 5 hours, or an entire day or two that you might enjoy helping, please call (813)685-0935


Volunteers Needed at South Bay Hospital - Sun City Center, Florida - - (August 17, 2018)—South Bay Hospital is seeking volunteers for several highly visible patient experience positions throughout the hospital. If you have the desire to help others, the ability to provide exceptional service and can offer courteous communication skills, this could be the perfect opportunity for you. Volunteers are needed on weekdays and hours are flexible. Customer experience is a plus. Patient experience training, background screening and orientation will be provided. If you are interested in volunteering at South Bay Hospital, please call 813-634-0187. For more information about South Bay Hospital, please call 813-634-0496 or visit SouthBayHospital.com. 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM’S STINGRAY TOUCH POOL AT MANATEE VIEWING CENTER ONGOING RECRUITMENT, SEPTEMBER THROUGH JANUARY


The Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. The Florida Aquarium is recruiting volunteers to assist guests at the Cownose Cove touch pool at the Manatee Viewing Center. These volunteers will receive excellent training about customer service, as well as the natural history of the animals who live in the habitat. We are hosting several information sessions about our Cownose Cove Volunteer Program at the main Aquarium in downtown Tampa, now through the month of September (Sept 4 at 6:00 p.m.; Sept 8 at 4:00 p.m.; Sept 18 at 6:00 p.m.). For more information, please contact Rebecca Hughes, rhughes@flaquarium.org, 813-367-4075.
HOW ABOUT A PAID VOLUNTEER...?
Are you 55+? You can be a part-time paid volunteer. South Shore Coalition for Mental Health and Aging needs your help in the Sun City Center and Ruskin areas. Call Darlene at 813-419-4902 to get details of this AARP program available to you. 


The Sun City Center Woman's Club, Inc. meets the 3rd Thursday from September thru May at Sun City Center Community Hall, 1009 South Pebble Beach Blvd., Sun City Center.  The social hour starts at 11:00 a.m. with a meeting, catered lunch and program to follow. The Sun City Center Woman's Club, Inc. Arts and Crafts Committee led by Sally-Anne Barclay made 537 heart pillows for the patients at South Bay Hospital, Sun Towers, Lifepath Hospice House, and a local Cardiology center. Last year they created over 1,500 pillows bringing comfort and a smile to those who received them.For further information about the Sun City Center Woman's Club, Inc., contact Membership Chair Linda Raymond at sumrluv21@aol.com or call 813-331-3108.


Looking for ways to support young people that don’t pose transportation or scheduling hassles? We’ve got you covered. Here are 10 ways to volunteer virtually while using your experience and wisdom to help kids thrive. 
1.Help aspiring college students through the entire college admissions and financial aid application process. To become a Strive for College volunteer, you simply need to create a profile on Strive’s site, complete a background check ($40) and do a one-hour training before being connected with students interested in your support. Over 90 percent of students with Strive mentors go to a four-year institution, many being the first in their family to attend college, usually with little or no debt. Read Karen’s story. 
2.Become an online volunteer for the United Nations and use your skills for global good. They have a great online portal that allows you to search for opportunities by area (research, teaching, writing, outreach and advocacy, etc.) and join the more than 12,000 online volunteers that support them each year. Search current opportunities and see if anything sparks your interest — many of the posts listed touch on issues impacting children and youth. 
3.Provide support via text to young people in crisis by becoming a volunteer with Crisis Text Line. Volunteers commit to 200 total hours, serving a recommended 4 hours/week, and undergo a six-week, 34-hour training program to ensure they feel fully prepared to deal with issues such as self-harm, suicide, depression, bullying, and gender/sexual identity. If you’ve personally overcome mental health challenges in your own life, this virtual volunteer opportunity could be the perfect way to pass it on. Read Rainy’s story. 
4.E-mentor a high-school student from a low-income community and help close the opportunity gap with iCouldBe. Students select their mentors based on the mentor’s professional experience and what the student is interested in learning more about. The mentors go through a training and then begin supporting their student through iCouldBe’s online platform for one hour per week. The focus can be on academic success strategies, career exploration, and post-secondary educational exploration and planning. 
5.Volunteer with the American Red Cross remotely in a variety of ways. You can become a digital advocate, following Red Cross on social media, engaging in conversations and helping to spread their messages to your friends, followers and community. You can start an online fundraising campaign or use your communications skills to assist the fundraising team as they research, write and execute grants. You can also work with individuals, groups and companies to recruit blood donors and promote blood drives. Learn more here. 
6.Fight childhood hunger with Feed the Children by becoming a policy advocate, using your voice to ensure policy makers hear what’s needed to defeat hunger. Stay informed on key legislative issues and get the tools you need to effectively contact your legislators here. And if you have a unique way you’d like to use your experience to be of help, email volunteer@feedthechildren.org and explain your idea. 
7.Ease an international student’s transition to America and help them improve their conversational English through weekly mentoring via video chat with Table Wisdom. This St. Louis-based social enterprise has already matched more than 90 mature adults with young people born abroad (recent immigrants and international students) and they’re currently getting ready to make many more matches beginning in the fall of 2018. It’s a great opportunity to learn about a different culture and make a new friend. Read Rey’s story. 
8.Answer phones for a suicide prevention hotline by contacting your local crisis center (scroll down to search by zip code) or learn more about how you can help someone in your life who might be in crisis by using these #BeThe1To5 action steps. You can also spread awareness of mental health issues every September, which is National Suicide Prevention Month, and encourage those in your community to donate to mental health causes. 
9.Generate additional income as an online tutor with Tutor.com. If you have a background as a teacher, professor, adjunct, PhD student, or industry professional and want to use your areas of expertise to help students learn, this could be the perfect opportunity for you. Every tutor is vetted through a rigorous screening process with subject exams, mock tutoring sessions, mentor review and third-party background check. Students range from kindergarten through college to adult learners. 
10.Provide positive encouragement to children and support their natural curiosity by joining the Granny Cloud, an online learning environment that helps children living below the poverty line in India to learn basic English and make the most of their access to the internet. While based on the ‘grandmother approach’ to emphasizes the warm, encouraging nature of the interaction, men are also welcome to join and “The Grannies” include volunteers from all walks of life. Many have retired and are passionate about working with children.


Feline Folks is a 501©3, totally not for profit operating on donations and through the kindness of volunteers.  Currently there is a need for help feeding the community cats.  Contact us at Info@FelineFolks.us or better yet, stop by the Meow Mixer.


The Mary Petro Fund provides financial assistance and referral information to many of our low income senior residents in Sun City Center who need assistance with purchasing food and medicine or have other related quality of life needs.  We are located at 1501 LaJolla Ave in the SouthShore United Church of Christ building on the corner of LaJolla and North Pebble Beach.  If you can spare four hours per month we would love to have your help.  We are open every Tuesday and Thursday between 10am and 2pm and our team of two volunteers meet, greet and assist your neighbors in need.  You can set your own schedule.  Why not visit us and see how we help others?  Please call 813-634-8306 for more information.


AARP SEEKING VOLUNTEERS - RESPONSIBILITIES: Actively organize, promote and conduct AARP Smart Driver classrooms. Conduct at least 3 classroom courses annually . Experience teaching, facilitating and public speaking. Training provided for more info go to www.aarp.org/volunteernow


Volunteers are needed at the Nearly New Shop in the Sun City Center Plaza. This time of year with Sno-Birds leaving and vacations more frequent the Nearly New Shop becomes understaffed. Needed are willing workers who can put in 3 hours or more a week helping with the necessary chores and duties that make the Nearly New a successful endeavor. Interested parties can call 813-642-9099 or go to the shop which is in the rear of the Sun City Center Plaza behind the Bon Worth store. The Nearly New Shop is a project of the Sun City Center Interfaith Social Action Council and raises funds through the sale of donated goods. The shop is open for sales from 8AM - Noon on Saturdays during the summer months. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 8AM - 3PM for donations.   


Volunteers are needed to assist us with the operation of our van that transports local Veterans to and from the James Haley VA Medical Center.  We need volunteers with basic telephone and computer skills to receive and process requests for rides from Veterans in the Sun City Center/Ruskin area.  The work would be carried out in your home using our telephone but your computer.  Dispatchers complete basic Excel forms and place them in the van for use by our drivers.    For more detailed information, please contact Stu Swayze, Transportation Coordinator, DAV, Chapter 110, Sun City Center. Tel: 813-642-0302. 


Volunteer tutors are needed to assist kindergarten and 1st grade students with reading at Ruskin and Wimauma Elementary Schools! PCAT Literacy Ministries, is a non-profit after-school literacy program. Our students are recommended into our programs by their teachers, as they are at risk of school failure. Without additional assistance, they might not be promoted to the next grade. Children who are not reading properly by third grade, experience poor grades and tend to drop out of High School, a situation that is magnified by poverty.  Please consider joining our after-school literacy programs at either Ruskin or Wimauma Elementary Schools.  Schedule:  Mondays-Thursdays, either from 3;00 - 4:00 or 4:00 - 5:00.  All we ask is one hour a week of your time! Contact:  Christene Worley, christene.pcat@gmail.com or 813 598-2103


NEEDED: Want to help prevent Human Trafficking of children?  ARTREACH is a program for Middle School students (those at highest risk of being trafficked) to learn about all forms of human trafficking; then collaborate to create artistic messages to teach others.  Volunteers are needed to work together with students for five 2-hour sessions, discussing what they learned and how to express it in art, writings, or skits for students to share with their peers.  Art will be displayed at school and in public places.  Call June Wallace 813-419-4053.


Community heroes needed!!! Many Floridians find the Medicare system to be daunting and there are millions of individuals who need guidance to understand their options. By volunteering for the Florida Department of Elder Affairs' SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Program, you'll gain the ability to change lives for the better by empowering older adults and individuals with disabilities to be confident and in control of their health care choices. In addition to serving members in your community, the invaluable knowledge and experience you gain with SHINE can be beneficial for you, your friends and loved ones. To find out more, please visit www.floridashine.org or call 813-740-3888 and ask to speak with Kyrie-Leigh Chambliss, the SHINE Liaison. 


Reaching Out to Long-Term Care Residents - Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program has advocate positions available in the Hillsborough and Manatee areas. Volunteers visit with residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult-family care homes to ensure they are treated with dignity and respect. Training and certification are provided and volunteers participate in council meetings, administrative assessments and complaint resolution in facilities. If you would like to become an ombudsman and make a difference in your community, visit ombudsman.myflorida.com, search for us on Facebook or call 1-888-831-0404. 


Have time & talent to spare? Volunteers needed at Firehouse Cultural Center! Donate your time & talent for Events or Office Support. Call the Firehouse Cultural Center and ask for Frances 813-645-7651 


Opportunity! Receive the reward of helping your neighbor with as little as 5 hours per week. Need something rewarding to occupy your time? Visit the Sun City Center Emergency Squad today. Learn about the different ways you can contribute! Medical background is not a requirement. Like to cook? Enjoy puttering around the house with projects? Knowledgeable about vehicle maintenance? Want to wash an Emergency Vehicle or greet new faces as a Receptionist? Have computer knowledge that you would like to share? These are all opportunities for you to contribute to “Neighbors Helping Neighbors”.  For more info, call 813-633-1411 today and ask for Marilyn Navaro or email MarilynN@SCC-EMS.us 


VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR HELP WITH SPECIAL EVENTS AT MARY & MARTHA HOUSE. Calling all year-round and seasonal residents. Looking for a place to volunteer your skills and talents?  Come help us out right here in Ruskin at Mary and Martha House. We are especially looking for volunteers with Event Planning experience to help the agency with its fund-raising efforts.   If you have experience with non-profit organizations as a Team Leader, Fund-raiser or Event Planner please consider joining our volunteers.  Mary & Martha House provides emergency and transitional housing and support services to homeless women, victims of domestic violence and their dependent children and serves all of  Hillsborough County. We encourage and help them to realize that their life is not over, it has just begun. The need is great and we cannot do this without the help of the community.  Please consider donating your time to help support our mission. For more information on volunteering call 645-7874 or visit our website at www.marymarthahouse.org.


Volunteer Opportunity: Recording Secretary for the Charitable Foundation - Want to be a SCC volunteer with minimal time commitment?  Here is a “ground floor” opportunity to have a positive impact for the residents of  SCC — for the following prestigious, not-for-profit SCC organization; meets locally, once a month, third Monday at Sun Towers Retirement Community from  2-3:30; responsible for taking minutes of monthly Board meeting;  Call Paul Wheat at 813-634-7777 to learn more and to apply. 


We are looking for volunteers who have a penchant for mental health/brain issues and are interested in: participating in the South Shore or Tampa NAMI advisory board which meets on the third Wednesday of the month from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. in the Royal room of the atrium in Sun City Center. Legislative advocacy on mental health/brain issues. Being trained to answer our Resource and Referral line, being trained to be a member of our Speakers Bureau to talk about NAMI and mental health issues to houses of worship and other community groups, helping to develop our County Walk/Strut for this coming October, office help. Our training for the Speakers bureau and the Resource and Referral line will be monthly. If you have any interest please call 914-469-2323 or 813-634-6747 Karen. 


Love the outdoors? Love interacting with kids? Love spreading knowledge and skills to others? Then you might just love volunteering at Camp Bayou! Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is currently seeking additional instructors for our K-12 Nature Programs. Training provided. Volunteers are mainly needed Thursday and Friday, from 10 to noon, throughout the year. Call 813-641-8545 or email campbayou@gmail.com for more information. A volunteer form can be downloaded from www.campbayou.org.


Volunteers needed to assist the South Shore Coalition for Mental Health and Aging. If you possess clerical skills and want to contribute to a great organization, please contact Debbie Caneen at 813-892-2990


Our Lady’s Pantry - Can you help feed our neighbors? By sharing your time? “It requires a considerable effort to run Our Lady's Pantry," says Anita Bullaro, co-director of Our Lady’s Pantry, along with her husband Tom. "We could never do this work without our many helpers. Volunteers come when they can, and leave whenever they wish. No formal commitment is required. If you would like some more information about helping out, just stop in some Tuesday, Friday, or Saturday morning.” You can find us immediately south of Sun City Center Blvd., on U.S. Highway 301, in Wimauma. We are in back of the classroom building on the far right-hand corner of the Mission Center. We welcome donations of unexpired, non-perishable, nutritious food. Kindly bring your donations to the Pantry whenever it is open. "Every little bit helps," says Anita. We purchase most of our food for $.18 a pound at Feeding America, a regional food bank in Tampa Bay. Feeding America, however, supports more than 100 other food pantries in Central Florida. Sometimes there's not enough food to go around. On those occasions, we must purchase food at current market prices, considerably draining our resources. If you can help, kindly send a check to Our Lady’s Pantry — Food, c/o Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Migrant Mission, 16650 U.S. Highway South; Wimauma, Fl. 33598. Thank you for your help.