Monday, January 25, 2010

Save the Date!

Volunteer Recruitment Events

Tuesday, January 26th or Tuesday, February 2nd

Interested in volunteering? 2-1-1 TBC has volunteer opportunities in our Call Center. We are recruiting volunteers to provide information and referral to those callers needing help by linking them to vital resources in the community.

When: January 26th  from 12:30pm-4:30pm
or February 2nd from 10am-4:30pm
Location: Largo Library, 120 Central Park Dr., Largo

Please join us to complete an application and participate in the interview and screening process.

Census 2010: A Snapshot

WHAT: The census is a count of everyone residing in the United States.
WHO: All U.S. residents must be counted - people of all races and ethnic groups, both citizens and non-citizens.
WHEN: Census Day is April 1, 2010. Questionnaire responses should represent the household as it exists on this day. More detailed socioeconomic information will be collected annually from a small percentage of the population through American Community Survey.
WHY: The Constitution requires a national census every 10 years. The census will show state population counts and determine the representation in the U.S. House of Representatives.
HOW: Questionnaires will start to arrive at each household in February and March. As soon as you receive yours, answer and send it back. Many households will receive a replacement questionnaire in early April. Census workers also will visit households that do not return questionnaires.

With only 10 questions, the 2010 Census questionnaire is one of the shortest questionnaires in the history and takes just 10 minutes to complete.

By the law, the Census Bureau cannot share an individual's census questionnaire with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities.

Please, be included.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Information on Individuals In Haiti

Here are some resources on how to help individuals obtain information on relatives in Haiti, and processes for U.S. citizens in Haiti to return to the U.S.

The U.S. State Department has provided the following information:

Americans seeking information about family members in Haiti should call 1-888-407-4747. Outside of the U.S. and Canada, call 1-202-501-4444.

Due to heavy call volume, some callers may receive a recording.

U.S. citizens in Haiti can call the Embassy's Consular Task Force at 509-2229-8942, 509-2229-8322, or 509-2229-8672. U.S. citizens are urged to contact the Embassy via email to request assistance to

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) - Family Links website
For people seeking to restore contact with family members after the earthquake in Haiti.

Helping Haiti

Numerous organizations are mobilizing to lend a hand in the devastating aftermath of Tuesday's earthquake in Haiti. The best way to help the three million people in Haiti affected by the destructive earthquake is through monetary donations.

Cash donations are the most efficient and effective way to get aid to people in time of disaster. Cash donations allow organizations to purchase exactly what is needed. Most are no seeking material items like clothes or food, or volunteers at this time. These agencies have set up phone lines, online donation pages and texting options for individuals to contribute to their relief efforts.

Authorities caution people to beware of online scammers. The FBI urges people who are looking for ways to help with earthquake relief to be wary of solicitations from scam artists. A few tips of advice from the FBI:
  • Do not give to any unsolicited (spam) incoming e-mails, including links contained within those messages.
  • Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves as surviving victims or officials asking for donations via e-mail or social networking sites.
  • Be cautious of e-mails that claim to show pictures of the disaster areas in attached files because they may contain viruses.
  • Make contributions directly to known organizations rather than relying on others to make the donation on your behalf to ensure contributions are received and used for intended purposes.
  • Do not give your personal or financial information to anyone who solicits contributions.
Many websites are posting extensive lists for relief agencies. Before making a monetary donation, you may want to do some research on the charity and become familiar with what they do and how your donations will be utilized. There are a couple recommended sites where you can get information on charities.

Charity Navigator: America's largest charity evaluator. The site also lists several relief agencies who are accepting donations.

A coalition of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). It has a page of member organizations collecting for the Haiti disaster and guidelines for giving.

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD): National VOAD is a nonprofit membership organization which includes national nonprofit organizations who mission includes programs either in disaster preparedness, response and/or recovery.


Text "Yele" to 501501 to donate $5 on behalf of the YĆ©le Foundation, the leading contributor to rebuilding Haiti founded by Wyclef Jean.

• Text "Haiti" to 20222 to donate $10 on behalf of The Clinton Foundation (former President Clinton is Special Envoy to Haiti)

• Text "Haiti" to 85944 to donate $5 on behalf of the Rescue Union Mission and MedCorp International.

• Text "Haiti" to 25383 to donate $5 on behalf of the Internal Rescue Committee.

• Text "Haiti" to 90999 to donate $10 on behalf of the Red Cross in the U.S


Publix: Publix customers can donate at a register.

Holy Family Catholic Church-St. Petersburg

Haitian Association Foundation of Tampa: 813-416-2558 or 813-416-3946

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

WARNING: 2010 Census Cautions from the Better Business Bureau

WARNING: 2010 Census Cautions from the Better Business Bureau


Be Cautious About Giving Info to Census Workers.

With the U.S. Census process beginning, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises people to be cooperative, but cautious, so as not to become a victim of fraud or identity theft. The first phase of the 2010 U.S. Census is under way as workers have begun verifying the addresses of households across the country. Eventually, more than 140,000 U.S. Census workers will count every person in the United States and will gather information about every person living at each address including name, age, gender, race, and other relevant data.

The big question is - how do you tell the difference between a U.S. Census worker and a con artist? BBB offers the following advice:

** If a U.S. Census worker knocks on your door, they will have a badge, a handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas bag, and a confidentiality notice. Ask to see their identification and their badge before answering their questions. However, you should never invite anyone you don't know into your home.

** Census workers are currently only knocking on doors to verify address information.

Do not give your Social Security number, credit card or banking information to anyone, even if they claim they need it for the U.S. . Census.


While the Census Bureau might ask for basic financial information, such as a salary range, YOU DON'T HAVE TO ANSWER ANYTHING AT ALL ABOUT YOUR FINANCIAL SITUATION.

The Census Bureau will not ask for Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers, nor will employees solicit donations. Any one asking for that information is NOT with the Census Bureau.

AND REMEMBER, THE CENSUS BUREAU HAS DECIDED NOT TO WORK WITH ACORN ON GATHERING THIS INFORMATION. No Acorn worker should approach you saying he/she is with the Census Bureau.

Eventually, Census workers may contact you by telephone, mail, or in person at home. However, the Census Bureau will not contact you by Email, so be on the lookout for Email scams impersonating the Census.

Never click on a link or open any attachments in an Email that are supposedly from the U.S. Census Bureau.


Friday, January 8, 2010

National Influenza Vaccination Week is Jan. 10-16, 2010

National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a national observance that was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination, as well as fostering greater use of flu vaccine after the holiday season into January and beyond. This year's NIVW is January 10-16, 2010.

Together, we can fight the flu.
This Sunday marks the beginning of the annual observance of National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW). This flu season has presented our community with a unique challenge to fight a new type of influenza -- the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus.

The H1N1 flu is a serious disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that between mid-April and November 14, 2009, 47 million people in the United States were infected with the 2009 H1N1 flu, more than 200,000 people were hospitalized, and over 9,800 people died.

Influenza is unpredictable and we do not know the likelihood of a future wave of H1N1 flu, but we do know that vaccination is the most important step in protecting against influenza. Protect yourself, your family and your community by getting vaccinated. Visit to find the closest vaccination clinic and learn more facts about the H1N1 flu. Show your love to your family and our community by keeping yourself and those close to you healthy; get yourself and your family vaccinated.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Ready America in 3 Simple Steps!

Ready America! There are 3 simple steps we can all take to be prepared - be ready!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Bank On St. Pete


Bank On St. Pete is a partnership between participating banks, credit unions, non-profit organizations and the city of St. Petersburg to help people without a checking or savings account learn to manage their money and save for the future.

Bank on St. Pete offers:

  • no or low minimum opening balances
  • no or low maintenance fees
  • no or low minimum monthly balances
  • direct deposit of paychecks or monthly benefit checks
  • free ATM/debit cards
  • online banking
  • money management education
  • a Second Chance Program if you have a troubled banking past
  • quick access to your money
  • safety from natural disaster and theft
  • your money is Federally insured so you know it will always be there.
For more information on Bank On St. Pete click here to visit their website.