Lend a Hand
Volunteering through the City is a great way to stay involved in the community and invest in it through a donation of personal time and labor. Citizen involvement and volunteer service is important to the City and the need for volunteers continues to increase as resources become even more limited. The Involved Citizens Active in Neighborhoods (ICAN) program allows the community to focus its efforts based on priorities and needs assessment and opportunities focus on education, neighborhood development, environmental conservation, and green initiatives throughout the city.
Involved Citizens Active in Neighborhoods (ICAN)
The Involved Citizens Active in Neighborhoods (ICAN) program is a working partnership with City departments and local nonprofit organizations to develop an easy route for residents who are interested in volunteering. ICAN promotes City initiatives while offering residents access to a wide range of volunteering opportunities through community partners.
Fall 2021 CareFest
CareFest is back! The celebration of volunteering and giving back to the community returns Sept. 11 - Oct. 17, 2021.
Neighborhood and community-based groups, houses of worship, corporate teams, school clubs, businesses, fraternities, sororities, and individuals are invited to participate in a variety of local projects. Volunteers are needed for home repair projects, painting, mowing, weeding, yard work, cleanups, and more throughout St. Pete neighborhoods.
As a City of Compassion, St. Pete knows that once our own needs are met, we must look to the needs of others. CareFest allows community members to make a direct positive impact by helping their neighbors who live, work, and play in St. Pete.
Ways to Participate
- Adopt a Project: Visit CareFestUSA.com to adopt a local project or submit a project.
- 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 in the city per weekend.
- Host a Donation Drive: Collect items to donate to local nonprofit organizations. Contact the Community Services Department at ICAN@stpete.org or 727-551-3249 for more information.
- Donate Funds: 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.
- More: 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.
CareFest may run through Oct. 17, but community members are encouraged to give back to their community all year long.
TRACK YOUR IMPACT
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 Susie Ajoc at Susan.Ajoc@stpete.org or 727-893-7356.
Other Volunteering Opportunities with the City
- Boyd Hill
- Drains to the Bay
- My Brother's and Sister's Keepers
- St. Petersburg Libraries
- St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation
- Sunken Gardens
Become a MentoR
Learn more about mentoring and other youth support programs on the Become a Mentor page.