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Seven Ways to Give Back in St. Pete While Social Distancing

While many are out of work or struggling to get by during the global pandemic, giving back is more important now than ever. As a City of Compassion, St. Pete knows that once our own needs are met, we must look to the needs of others.

The culture of volunteering and giving back to the community that is part of the St. Pete Way traditionally culminates at the annual CareFest Day of Service. This year, to ensure health and safety, in-person events for CareFest have been cancelled, but the commitment to giving back continues. 

Between Sept. 12 and Oct. 24, St. Pete residents are encouraged to help from home, by donating their time, funds or supplies to assist those in need.

Here are seven ways you can help your community during CareFest 2020 and beyond:

  1. Donate a Local Non-Profit
    Make a donation to a local non-profit organization or team up with your neighbors to adopt a non-profit. Contact the Community Services Department at ICAN@stpete.org or 727-551-3249 to get connected with local organizations in need.
  2. Donate Supplies to Help the Less Fortunate
    Team up with your neighborhood to organize a donation drive for school supplies, toiletry items, pet care supplies and more. Contact the Community Services Department at ICAN@stpete.org or 727-551-3249 to get connected with local organizations in need.
  3. Organize a Neighborhood Cleanup
    Ask your neighborhood association to schedule a neighborhood cleanup with the City of St. Petersburg.
  4. Volunteer & Give Back Virtually
    Support St. Pete’s youth through a number of volunteering or mentoring programs with Pinellas County Schools. More information can be found at pcsb.org/mentor.
    Participate in a virtual 5K for a cause, like the Healthy St. Pete Fit City Virtual 5K on Oct. 4-10. Proceeds from the race will be used to provide interactive sports equipment and education to kids in St. Pete. More information and registration can be found at HealthyStPeteFL.com.
    Contact the Community Services Department at ICAN@stpete.org or 727-551-3249 for additional opportunities.
  5. Make a Donation at a Power of Change Donation Station
    Find the yellow parking meter stations throughout the city and support homeless services. Learn more HERE.
  6. Donate to the Utility Assistance Program
    Make one-time or recurring donations for any amount through your City of St. Petersburg utility bill. Collected funds help other utility customers experiencing financial hardships with their utility costs. More information and registration can be found at stpete.org/UtilityAssistance.
  7. Support Local Businesses
    Shop at local retailers and restaurants or offer up professional services like accounting, marketing and technology for free to local businesses. Learn more about volunteering at growsmarterstpete.com/brt.

Any questions, contact Susan Ajoc at Susan.Ajoc@stpete.org or 727-893-7356.

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