Friday, June 19, 2009

United We Serve

Press Release

The Corporation for National and Community Service in coordination with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and other federal agencies has been preparing for the launch of an exciting new summer service initiative in partnership with the White House. Today, in avideo message, President Obama will officially announce the initiative, United We Serve,encouraging Americans to create meaningful change in their communities by engaging in service.

United We Serve will kick off on June 22 at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service and will run through the new National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11. All the tools for participating in this initiative can be found on the Corporation’s website, Please go there today, if you haven’t already, to post your own volunteer projects.

In addition, we encourage you to spread the word about United We Serve by:
  • Sending a message about United We Serve, including a link to the President’s video, to your distribution lists.
  • Putting a link on your homepage to – banners and logos are available at
  • Issuing a press release about your participation in United We Serve – a sample release is available here:
  • Sharing stories about how your volunteers are making a difference at We will highlight examples of exemplary service throughout this summer.

    Capacity is strained in community organizations across the country, so today we are also calling on Americans to take a leadership role in recruiting and organizing their friends, family, and neighbors to develop their own service projects that address pressing community needs in partnership with local organizations. To assist you, features toolkits for developing projects in education, health, energy and the environment, and community renewal.

    This will be a very exciting 81 days. But, of course, the call to service will not end on September 11. We hope that Americans who serve this summer will stay engaged in the ongoing work of strengthening our communities. America’s new foundation will be built through an ethic of service and the personal commitment of individuals willing to give of themselves to create a better future.

    In Service,

    Secretary Shaun Donovan

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Embracing Our Changing Community: Responding to Cultural Differences

On Friday, July 31, 2009 the Hispanic Leadership Council will be hosting their annual conference at St. Petersburg College. This conference will provide a forum for conversation on current issues facing teachers, staffs, students, families, social workers, mental health counselors and other community members and will identify possible solutions for working with the community. There will be several presentations and forum that will discuss how multicultural diversity and accelerated changes are current reality in our community.

This conference will emphasize a principle approach to address issues based on the active involvement and collaboration of staff, students and community members as well as highlight the best practices that can lead to providing positive outcomes in our schools and community agencies.

Pre-Registration $20 (by July 23, 2009)
Late Registration $25

Register on line at: or call Karen Sandini (727) 547-5680 for more information. Registration includes: light breakfast and boxed lunch.

July 31, 2009 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
St Petersburg College
2465 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL 33765

Clothes To Kids - New St. Petersburg Store

Clothes To Kids Announces New St. Petersburg Store Location

St. Petersburg, Florida Jennifer Silva, Executive Director of Clothes To Kids, announced today that the organization has selected a location for its new St. Petersburg store. Clothes To Kids (CTK), whose mission is to provide new and quality used clothing to low-income, school-age children in Pinellas County free of charge, has been operating for nearly six years out of a single location in Clearwater. The addition of the second store will allow CTK to better fulfill its mission by making its services more accessible to the more than 25,000 eligible children who live south of Ulmerton Road. The new CTK store, slated to open in August of this year, is located in the Cornerstone Center at 3251 Third Avenue North, Suite 145 South, in St. Petersburg.

The CTK staff hopes to open the doors to the new St. Petersburg store in time for back-to-school shopping in August. To be eligible to shop at CTK for free clothing, a child must be enrolled in school in any grade Kindergarten through 12, reside in Pinellas County and in financial need. Those children who receive free or reduced lunch through the Pinellas County School system automatically qualify to shop at CTK. A child may also be referred to CTK by a teacher, guidance counselor, social service agency, place of worship or law enforcement agency (for more information on eligibility and referrals, visit

For more information on Clothes To Kids, please visit

Safe Start Partnership Center - Helping Children Feel Safe

The Safe Start Partnership Center offers services to children ages 0-6 years that have been exposed to violence and their families. The Safe Start Partnership Center is comprised of 5 partner agencies, Help-A-Child, 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, The Haven, CASA and the Pinellas Co. Health Department. Services are private and confidential and provided free of charge. Provided services include: case management, crisis counseling and intervention, clinic assessment of young children exposed to violence, information and education, referrals to community resources, training and consultation. For more information about the Safe Start Partnership Center, call 727-544-3900 ext. 152 or visit their website at

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Senior Grant - Home Repairs

Grant Program Available to Seniors for Home Repairs

The Senior Grant Program provides funding for home repairs up to $20,000 for improvements such as a leaking roof, windows and doors, electrical systems and more. Qualifying, low income homeowners age 62 and older are eligible. For enrollment, please contact Pinellas County Community Development at (727) 464-8210.

The Local Community Housing Corporation processes these Grants in Tarpon Springs and Dunedin. If you have interested home owners who meet the requirements in Tarpon or Dunedin please have them call here and ask for Kim at extension 208. For more information: