Here are a number of Tampa area organizations that seem worthy of your
time. As far as areas concerned I selected ones that politically
viable and also where you would have the opportunity to meet others.
As regarding how many, probably one or two at the most. The
organizations that I mention all have directions on how to get
Tampa Bay Harvest
"Tampa Bay Harvest is an all-volunteer organization that transports
donated foods from those who have it, and do not want it, to those who
want it but cannot afford it. This means that businesses that have
overages, or outdated but perfectly edible food arrange for a TBH
volunteer to collect the food and deliver it, free of charge, to
pre-approved charities that assist the needy of Pinellas and
Many of the volunteers working with us commit 1 hour per week to
Tampa Bay Harvest. Volunteers use their own vehicle to collect food
from a single donor and then deliver the food to a single recipient
agency. Once the transport volunteer has relayed their requirements to
us, our management team matches the volunteer?s availability, and
vehicle size to the needs of a specific donor and recipient agency. A
transport volunteer may, of course, accept more than one route per
Other volunteer opportunities can involve filling in for another
volunteer as a backup transporter or they may fall under the "Special
Events" category. Also, see "Other Openings" for a variety of
non-transport activities. Special events are activities where one or
more volunteers are needed to complete the volunteer assignment. Some
of our food drives and some of our booth work qualifies as Special
Event Activities. See the Special Events section of this web site for
more information about these types of activities."
Habitat for Humanity is a worldwide organization which President Jimmy
Carter is involved in - here is the Tampa office:
Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County Florida, Tampa, Florida
"Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976 by Millard
and Linda Fuller. Habitat has built more than 100,000 houses around
the world, providing more than 500,000 people in more than 2,000
communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter. Habitat is a
worldwide, grass-roots movement. There are more than 1,900 active
affiliates in 83 countries, including all 50 states of the United
States, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.
To learn more about Habitat for Humanity International, visit the
HFHI website by clicking here":
American Red Cross - Tampa Bay Chapter
"Serving the Community of Tampa Bay since 1917. The Tampa Bay
Chapter serves the 2.36 million residents of Hillsborough, Pinellas,
and Pasco counties, with offices in Tampa, Brandon, Clearwater, St.
Petersburg, Hudson and MacDill Air Force Base. This Chapter is
governed by a volunteer board of directors, made up of dedicated and
civic-minded community and corporate leaders.
Last year we reached more than 136,250 families in the Tampa Bay
area with services like:
Aquatics/ Water Safety
Armed Forces Emergency Services
CPR/ First Aid
International Messaging and Tracing Services
Nurse Assistant Training
Volunteers are essential to the American Red Cross to provide
services for Tampa Bay residents. The Tampa Bay Chapter has many
volunteer opportunities that will utilize your existing skills,
develop new ones, gain experience, make new friends, and most of all,
help others in need. Training is provided. Check out some of our
Hillsborough County Volunteer Fire Departments
"Volunteer But Professional"
"Consisting of 7 stations manned and operated by Volunteers 24 hours
a day, and 1 combination Volunteer/Paid station. Together with
Hillsborough County Fire Rescue which has 28 stations, the dedicated
Volunteers respond to over 6000 (yes, six thousand) alarms a year and
they maintain and operate over 30 different pieces of apparatus
including some specialized items to provide emergency assistance and
care to our neighbors and friends in their times of need."
Seffner-Mango Volunteer Fire Department
"What if there were no volunteers?"
Volunteer Opportunities in Hillsborough County
"In Hillsborough County, thousands of people a year donate millions
of volunteers hours in a variety of positions. These contributions
have saved the county government, and in turn the taxpayers, millions
of dollars a year!
"Without these wonderful citizens many adults would not know how to
read. The Literacy Tutors helped make a significant difference in many
lives. The "computer techies" have helped hundreds of people get on
the Freenet from their home computers. Without the compassion and
assistance of volunteers, many old people would have no way to go
shopping, or have their yards cleaned for them. And the animal shelter
would have had fewer adoptions without the loving care the volunteers
Can you imagine all those sports leagues without volunteers? Or the
recreation centers where you can learn to line dance? Or the
endangered lands we purchase which is being cleaned? Or horse or bike
trails which were just wilderness?
There are many, many opportunities available if you have a few hours
a week or month."
This site is Tampa business related:
"The New Tampa Community Council is a non-profit community-based
organization serving and promoting the quality of life in the New
Tampa area in the interests of its residents and businesses.
Marked by intelligent efficient partnership among New Tampa residents
and business leaders, the Council has provided innovative solutions
and instills high standards for preserving a high quality of life in
our community since 1991. Working colleague-to-colleague, neighbor to
neighbor the members of the New Tampa Community Council have tackled
and triumphed over issues most important to the business and residents
along the Bruce B. Downs corridor North of Fletcher to S R 54. The
Council has positively impacted areas at the very heart of our quality
Tampa Bay Watch
"Tampa Bay Watch trains and organizes citizen volunteers, students,
at-risk youth, and civic organizations to participate in environmental
projects while heightening community awareness of the fragile nature
and importance of the environment."
The Professionals Network of Tampa Bay (ProNet Tampa Bay)
"The Professionals Network of Tampa Bay (ProNet Tampa Bay) is a
volunteer-driven marketing, networking and career support program that
helps connect Florida Business with Florida Professionals. If you'd
like to learn more about this and other innovative programs and the
professionals who are driving them, subscribe to ProNetWorking
Connections? by visiting"
This site answers questions on joining its various coed sports teams:
Tampa Bay Club Sport
Club Sport Frequently Asked Questions...
"From coed sport leagues to parties and happy hours to special
sporting events, active young professionals can do it all with Tampa
Bay Club Sport. Year round leagues include, flag football, soccer,
softball, sand volleyball, basketball, golf and more! It is a great
way to stay active, meet new people, and have fun in a friendly
atmosphere. Check out our photos page for snapshots of past TBCS
events and sports or get on our mailing list to stay informed on Club
Sport activities. If you have any suggestions regarding our leagues,
events, offerings, or website, do not hesitate to contact us. We are
here to make sure you get involved, stay active, and meet new people."
This site offers an internet course on volunteer management:
"However, the Volunteer and Community Resource Management
Certification Program is specifically designed for nontraditional
students and current volunteer managers who are working full time,
says Pamela Sybert, director of the consortium. Its five courses are
taught entirely on the Internet, allowing students to complete class
assignments around their schedules."
"ElderNet helps homebound elderly and persons with disabilities
maintain their quality of life and independence with a sense of
security by providing daily telephone reassurance calls. It is an
opportunity for daily interaction with another person, friendship, and
the knowledge that someone cares.
For those who live alone or have no available support system to
assist them, ElderNet provides a daily call to help reduce isolation
and loneliness. ElderNet links people with appropriate services before
their needs become critical. The service helps people maintain their
ElderNet, a service of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, Inc. since
1981, utilizes staff and volunteers to provide service."
Others might have insight regarding community involvement at this chat room:
Tampa Bay Chat
"Have you visited the Tampa Bay Chat room yet? If not, you are
encouraged to do so. It's a great way to meet other Bay Area
residents, and a great place to just have fun.
There are no downloads required, just a java-enabled browser, so 'cmon in!
Welcome to the Tampa Bay chat room. Let's talk about Tampa Bay issues,
events, politics, or any other issues you want to bring up. Visit the
chat room at anytime to see who might be here. Scheduled chat events
will be listed here as they are confirmed by featured Guests."
I hope that you find this information useful. If you need further
assistance, please let me know-jdb ga