Tuesday, August 31, 2010

September is National Preparedness Month!

National Preparedness Month is designed to encourage you to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in your home, business and community.

September 2010 is the seventh annual National Preparedness Month and this year will focus on encouraging everyone to work together to take concrete actions toward emergency preparedness to help themselves, their neighbors, and their communities be Ready.

Visit www.Ready.gov today to learn how to get a kit, make a plan, be informed and get involved!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

2-1-1 TBC Announces its New 211Connects iPhone App

2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc. is excited to announce its new 211Connects iPhone App available for download at the iTunes App store.  Search 211Connects to find a local non-profit health and human service organization in the Tampa Bay area that you can help or that can help you whether you are looking to help give back by volunteering, donating, adopting, building a house, or mentoring a child.  211Connects lists more than 4,500 local health and human service programs serving Pinellas, Citrus and Hernando Counties in Florida.

With this application you can:
  • Search for Resources by name and have the results ordered by relevancy or distance from your current location.*
  • Save Resources as favorites for viewing later.
  • View the Resource in maps, call the Resource*, and view their website.
  • See general information and primary services offered.
  • Share the Resource using SMS* or Email.
  • Quickly identify from the search results which Resources are handicap accessible and shelters.
*Supported devices include iPhone 3GS & 4, iPod Touch, and iPad

2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc. is the first 2-1-1 organization in the United States and Canada to provide the community with a mobile directory application as an alternative to going to a website to access health and human resource information or utilizing a paper directory or guide.

2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc. also has pages on the Network for Good, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and You Tube.  On our websites at www.211tampabay.org or www.211connects.org, you can also sign up for our electronic newsletter.  Help our cause by donating, volunteering or requesting a speaker.  Log on today and get connected!!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Come Join the 2-1-1 TBC Volunteer Team!

2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares has several volunteer opportunities available. Volunteering with 2-1-1 TBC is a great opportunity to gain experience and provides you with the ability to develop knowledge of programs in our community.

To join our volunteer team, click the link below to fill out the Volunteer Registration Form.    
http://www.211tampabay.org/Get-Involved/volunteer/Volunteer-Registration-Form.  Once we receive it, we will contact you to set up an interview and schedule you for one of our upcoming orientations.

Volunteer positions currently available:

Call Center Volunteer
This position provides information and referral to those callers in Pinellas, Hernando and Citrus counties needing help by linking them to vital resources in the community.

Basic Computer Skills
3 hours Orientation and 4 hour Call Center training
Minimum 2 volunteer hours each week
Must be 18 years of age

Resource Assistant Volunteer
Assist 2-1-1 TBC Resource Department by verifying critical information on existing database programs or service information.

Must be computer literate
Complete 3 hours Orientation and 6 hr Resource Assistant training
Mimimum 4 volunteer hours per week
Must be 18 years of age

Foreign Language Ambassador
 Assist 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares in promoting the value and importance of 2-1-1 to the non-English speaking community through translation and/or community outreach.

Must be fluent in Spanish
Complete 3 hours Orientation
Computer Skills (Microsoft & Google products) and use of internet
Valid Florida Drivers License & proof of automobile insurance needed for outreach events
Must be 18 years of age

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Free Back-to-School Events from St. Pete to Tarpon Springs

School is right around the corner! Make sure your child is ready to go. Don't forget, there are still lots of free events happening in the next couple weeks from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs! Children can receive free:

- Immunizations
- Phyiscals
- School supplies
- Backpacks
- And more

Community Health Center of Tarpon Springs
Saturday, August 7th 8:00am - Noon
247 S. Huey Avenue, Tarpon Springs

Event Description: Free school supplies and backpacks (while supplies last)

Back-to-School Care Fair
Saturday, August 7th 8:00am - 2:00pm
Johnnie Ruth Clarke Health Center (medical screenings
1344 22nd Street S. St. Petersburg
Midtown Youth & Family Enrichment Center (agency forum/school supplies)
1201 22nd Street S., St. Petersburg

Event Description: Children in the company of legal guardians can receive free physicals, immunizations, vision screenings, dental screenings, backpacks and school supplies.

Back to School Fest
Saturday, August 7th, 8:30am - Noon
North Greenwood Recreation & Aquatic Center
900 N. Martin Luther King Ave., Clearwater

Event Description: Over 700 free backpacks, entertainment, lunches, supplies and wellness exams

Tools for Schools

Saturday, August 7th 9:00am - 1:00pm
Great Explorations Children's Museum
1925 4th Street N., St. Petersburg

Event Description: In addition to getting a backpack, school children and youth will be able to get a haircut, get a physical, receive a clothing referral, get their face painted, have lunch, and have access to all of Great Explorations Children's Museum! Eligibility is based on agency referrals made due to need - children must have a referral to get a backpack. The referral must be from an agency on their letterhead. For more info, contact Michael at 727-543-2600.

Free School Supplies (must pre-register by Aug. 6th)
Tuesday, August 10th 11:00am
People That Love Mission
817 5th Avenue N., St. Petersburg

Event Description: Free backpack with school supplies for pre-registered youth. Parents can sign-up starting July 20th, Mon-Fri 10:45am - 2:00pm. Each applicant must prove dependent children (S.S., birth certificate, etc.) for which they will receive a numbered ticket. A parent or guardian must accompany the children to the event and turn in the numbered ticket to receive school supplies. For more information, contact 727-820-0775.

Operation Backpack
Saturday, August 14th, 10:00am - 2:00pm
United Methodist Church of Tarpon Springs
501 E. Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs

Event Description: Games, haircuts and physicals.

Community Health Center of Pinellas Park

Saturday, August 14th 8:00am - Noon
6237 66th Street N., Pinellas Park

Event Description: Free school supplies and backpacks (while supplies last).

Community Health Center of Clearwater
Saturday, August 14th 8:00am - Noon
1020 Lakeview Rd., Clearwater

Event Description: Free school supplies and backpacks (while supplies last).

Back to School Children's Health & Safety Fair
Saturday, August 14th 9:00am - 1:00pm (must register for physicals by 11:30am)
Prince of Peach Lutheran Church
455 Missouri Avenue, Largo

Event Description: Free school physicals (excludes sports physicals and immunizations), Boy/Girl Scout registration, face painting, healthy snacks and activities.

9th Annual Back-2-School Celebration
Saturday, August 21st 11:00am -2:00pm (must register for backpacks by Aug. 13th)
Safety Harbor City Park
940 7th Street S., Safety Harbor

Event Description: Service areas: 34695, 34677, 33759, 33761. Registrations must be completed at Safety Harbor Neighborhood Family Center, 1003 Dr. M.L. King Jr. Street N., Safety Harbor. Proof of Safety Harbor residency required (lease agreement, utility bill or power bill). 700 backpacks will be distributed to school-age children.

The 15th Annual All About Kids Back to School Bash
Saturday, August 21st 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday, August 22nd Noon - 4:00pm
Tampa Convention Center
333 S. Franklin Street, Tampa

Event Description: Admission is $9 for adults; children 12 and under admitted free. Back to School Bash features 100,000 square feet of interactive activities and giveaways for children of all ages. For more info, visit www.BackToSchoolBash.com

Monday, August 2, 2010

Back-to-School 2010

Is your child ready for school?  
Summer will soon be coming to a close and the first day of school is right around the corner!  Our 2-1-1 information services provide easy access to a broad variety of resources that can help families plan for their child's Back-to-School needs including: 
school supplies, immunizations, school physicals, health insurance for children, voluntary Pre-K, before/after school care, dental exams, health and nutrition information, internet safety for children, school information, and mentoring & tutoring programs.

This is also a great time of the year to provide an invaluable resource to your community. You can get involved by donating school supplies for children in need.  These donations can include such items as shoes, pencils, paper, notebooks, tissues, 3-ring binders, etc.  Local agencies welcome these items, and your generosity can bring brighter futures to children in need.

For more on Back-to-School resources in Pinellas County, visit our website at www.211connects.org to search our online database by clicking on "Get Help" or you can dial 2-1-1.    http://www.211connects.org/