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CareFest Returns for the Month of March

CareFest is back! The yearly celebration of volunteering and giving back to the community has returned for Spring 2021.

Due to the continued needs of the community and the positive community response of Fall 2020 CareFest, the City of St. Petersburg will host an additional CareFest in Spring 2021, running March 1-31.

St. Pete has long hosted an annual CareFest event, which generally happens once a year in the Fall. Last year’s CareFest necessitated an altered approach from the former single day of in-person events due to the pandemic. The City of St. Petersburg adjusted the event to allow neighborhoods to participate in remote, socially distant and safe service projects over several weekends.

Safety is always a top priority for volunteers, continued with measures to protect against the pandemic.

  • Rather than a single day of in-person events, the time frame of CareFest is to be stretched over the entire month of March, giving groups room to space out and allowing four distinct weekends for cleanups.
  • Place-based events will not be the focus. Instead, connections are provided with local organizations to partner for donations, supply drives and charitable volunteering.
  • Neighborhood cleanups are available with to be scheduled through Community Services Department in partnership with the Sanitation Department. Groups are not to gather but instead clean up with their own families/households individually and drop off material at central locations to avoid gathering and close contact.
  • Safety practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be required.

How to Participate:

  • Volunteer and Give Back from a Distance: Contact the Community Services Department at ICAN@stpete.org or 727-551-3249 for a list of project ideas, partners, local organizations and ways to help.
  • Organize a Neighborhood Cleanup: Neighborhood leaders can contact the Community Services Department at Robert.Barto@stpete.org or 727-551-3249 for more information and to schedule. Up to two neighborhood cleanups may be scheduled per weekend in the city.
  • Host a Donation Drive: Collect vital resources to donate to local nonprofits and families who are facing new economic hardship from the pandemic. Contact the Community Services Department at ICAN@stpete.org or 727-551-3249 for more information.

Here are some other ways to give back during CareFest and beyond:

  • Support local businesses by shopping at local retailers and restaurants
  • Make a donation at a Power of Change Donation Station to support homeless services
  • Donate to the Utility Assistance Program through a one-time or recurring donation for any amount through your City of St. Petersburg utility bill; more information and registration at stpete.org/UtilityAssistance

Help the City track your impact. Report back to the Community Services Department with how your neighborhood helped the community during CareFest by emailing ICAN@stpete.org. If your neighborhood has helped in ways not listed, let us know!

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

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