Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Dear 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares:
"I cannot express the words to thank you for what you have done for my family. I greatly appreciate the help; you have no idea the stress that has been relieved because of the help you got for me, my daughter, husband and little boy. When I told my husband, it brought tears to his eyes. You and your organization have given so much to help us and I thank you for really going out of your way to help us in our time of financial need."
Dear 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares:
"The purpose of this letter is to let you know what a blessing the 2-1-1 program has been for my family. My daughters are 15, 16 & 17 and are hard workers in school. My oldest is co-band President, Assistant Drum Major and percussion section leader at her school. She puts her best foot forward in all her projects. She has two younger sisters, one is 15 and one 16. Both younger girls are also working hard in school and with their music.
However, I've noticed the negative impact our financial difficulties have had on the girls since father's career crises hit.
It's my goal to keep them optimistic that things will get better and in the mean time we will safely survive.
This season of life will pass and our family will be able to tell the world you and your services helped us survive it.
Thank you from the bottom of all our hearts and I promise I am teaching the girls to pay it forward."
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Shop with a Social Impact at GiftsthatGive.com. Buy designer gifts and have $1 of every $5 you spend goes to 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares.
The holidays are right around the corner and this is a great way to get started on holiday shopping while supporting 2-1-1 TBC and making the holiday season a little brighter for those who need it most in our community.
Many of our friends, neighbors, and family members will be facing a crisis during the holidays this year. The 2-1-1 phone lines are ringing with calls from parents, grandparents and other family members reaching out for holiday help for everything from food and toys, to volunteer and donation opportunities, to holiday stress and depression.
Your purchases today will ensure 2-1-1 will answer the call all day, every day, even on holidays.
When you shop with Gifts that Give, you not only have access to top name brands, but you also do social good. Giving back is easy when you shop with GiftsthatGive.com.
Search for us on Causes: 211 Tampa Bay Cares Inc, then shop away by category or by designer! Your purchase can make and IMPACT!
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
I called 2-1-1 and asked for some names of rehabilitation facilities. I had no idea about where or how to look on my own. I spoke to an extremely helpful and sympathetic woman. She gave me all sorts of information and help with things I knew absolutely nothing about. I’m not naïve to drugs and the way that it affects everyone and at every age. But, this was my first time on such a personal level.
I got several phone numbers from her. She wished me hope and told me to keep strong. I think I was crying on the phone and she could hear in my voice that I really wanted this to happen for my son. After I hung up the phone with her, I called several of the numbers she gave me and was quite surprised that some of them were actually opened at night.
One facility that 2-1-1 had given me returned my call that evening and let me know they had a lead on a place that could take him in within a week. So, I took off a few days from my job and found myself extremely lucky that my bosses were very sympathetic to my cause. I had to stay with my son so that he wouldn’t sneak out of the house to get drugs. It was like watching a prisoner in our home. I did get him in the clinic in 6 days from the night I called 2-1-1.
He went into a clinic for 10 days without outside contact. I took him there, just he and I, and got him all set up. This was another long process but worth every hour spent. The place was really nice and clean and out in the country. I met some of the staff and they were great. The only contact he was allowed to have was one phone call a day. He called me everyday, and everyday I cried after we spoke. I knew that while I was on the phone with him, I had to be stronger than I have ever been in my life to help him get through it. It was a very long 10 days. He told me a few months later, that I was the reason he made it through, but I always remind him, that this was his choice and he was the one that made it through!
It has been 2 years this month that my son came to me and we called 2-1-1 that night. I am 100% convinced that if I had not made the phone call to 2-1-1, he would be dead by now. I am and will always be eternally grateful for the help I received that night.
My son has gone through a long struggle in the last 2 years, but has remained clean and has been in NA since he came out of clinic and does sponsoring of others to help them too. His whole life has changed for the better and is healthier and happier than I have seen him in a long time.
A mother always wants the best for their children and I would do anything to help my children. But, this experience is one that we still live everyday and no mother or father or anyone should have to go through with their children.
I am so very glad that 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares exists and I hope it stays around for a very long time!
Monday, November 5, 2012
Veteran's Day Schedule of Events
- Amvets, 5864 Park St. North, St. Petersburg - Pig Roast (2:00pm)
- American Legion, 600 American Legion Dr., Madeira Beach - Boat Parade (10:30am)
- Bay Pines VA Hospital, St. Petersburg - Veteran's Day Ceremony (10:00am)
- American Legion, Safety Harbor Marina, Veteran's Boat Show (11:00am)
- American Legion, 11433 78th Ave. N., Seminole - Ceremony (12:30pm)
- American Legion, 6999 Gulf Blvd., St. Petersburg Beach - Ceremony (11:00am)
- American Legion, 1760 Turner St., Clearwater - Entertainment & Food (11:00am)
- American Legion, 360 Wilson St., Dunedin - Cookout (1:00pm)
- American Legion, 130 1st Ave., S.W., Largo - Ceremony (12:00pm)
- American Legion, 600 American Legion Dr., Madeira Beach - Ceremony (11:00am)
- American Legion, 7550 50th St., Pinellas Park - Cook Out (12:00pm)
- Amvets, 421 45th Ave., South, St. Petersburg - Ceremony (3:00pm)
- Amvets, 4681 County Road 16, St. Petersburg - Cook Out & Music (12:00pm)
- Amvets, 5864 Park St. North, St. Petersburg - Flag Raising (1:00pm)
- Amvets, 4200 62nd Ave., Pinellas Park - Flag Raising (11:00pm)
- Amvets, 1825 N. Highland Ave., Clearwater - Ceremony (2:00pm)
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares is partnering with the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce for a fundraiser by selling entry tickets to the Top O’ The Bay Oktoberfest in Oldsmar. Oktoberfest is being held October 19-21, 2012 at Tampa Bay Downs..
The UTB Chamber has provided us with Oktoberfest entry tickets to sell for $5 each (face value). 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares will keep 100% of every ticket we sell! By purchasing entry tickets from us you can support our organization, and enjoy what is considered by many to be the largest and most authentic Oktoberfest in West Central Florida!
Oktoberfest brings the best of Old Bavaria and New Florida together for three full days of authentic German food, drink, music and dancing ... along with a spectacular carnival & midway, a great arts & crafts show, and the wildest array of audience participation contests that the Tampa Bay area has ever seen! Oktoberfest is not only a great ethnic tradition but also a great time for the whole family to enjoy. Parking is FREE, and entry for children 12 and under is FREE!
If you haven’t been to the Upper Tampa Bay Oktoberfest, treat yourself to a great weekend!
For more information about Top O’ the Bay Oktoberfest, visit oktoberfesttampabay.com
Tickets are available at the 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares office located at:
Checks are to be make payable to 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares and exact cash amounts will be accepted.
For more information, please call 727-210-4241 or e-mail email@example.com.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
On September 12th, we showed off our new home and shared how 2-1-1 TBC is supporting businesses, individuals and families in our community.
A big Thank You to the St Petersburg Area Chamber for supporting our Open House!
Back row - Left to right
Paul Frielander - My Marketing Department
Major George Steffen - 2-1-1 Board Member, Bonnie Bollenback - 2-1-1 Board Member
Chris Hiestand - 1 Source Partners, Martha Linderman - 2-1-1 Board, Brooke Boccacino - St. Petersburg Chamber and Jim Lehrburger - 2-1-1 Board Secretary
|Front Row - left to right|
Andrea Tocco - ETICA Accounting, Debb Pauley - 2-1-1 Board Member, Marion Rich - 2-1-1 Board Vice Chair, Micki Thompson - 2-1-1 Executive Director, Grant Petersen - 2-1-1 Board Chair, Chris Steinocher - President, St. Petersburg Area Chamber and Shirley Miaoulis - District Representative, Congressman C. W. Bill Young office
|A big Thank you to Clearwater Regional Chamber for supporting our Open House!|
Back Row - left to right
Rich Vitraelli, VitTax Advisory Corp., Ed Woods, Protection 1 Security Solutions, Bonnie Bollenback, 2-1-1 TBC Board member, Bill Jonson, Council Member, City of Clearwater, Jim Lehrburger, 2-1-1 TBC Board Secretary, Martha Lenderman, 2-1-1 Board member, Karen Williams Seel, Pinellas County Commissioner
Front Row - left to right
Felipe Herrera, 2-1-1 Board member, Geri Costello, 2-1-1 TBC staff, Debb Pauley, 2-1-1 Board member, Grant Petersen, 2-1-1 TBC Board Chair, Micki Thompson, 2-1-1 Executive Director, Marion Rich, 2-1-1 TBC Board Vice Chair, Kip Corriveau, 2-1-1 TBC Board member and Darryl Henderson, St. Petersburg College
We had fun keeping up the the 2-1-1 Live Twitter Stream!
|(left) Debb Paulie, 2-1-1 TBC Board member and (right) Eddie Burch, JWB Communication |
& Outreach Coordinator
|(Left) Martha Linderman and (right) Major George Steffen, 2-1-1 TBC Boad members welcomes (center) Patricia Gerard, Mayor, City of Largo|
|Angela Pelegrini, Contact Center Manager |
giving tour of 2-1-1 TBC's Contact Center
2-1-1 TBC Staff
2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares Board of Directors and staff want to thank community leaders, local chambers, businesses, and community patners for attending and helping to make our Open House a hugh success!
2-1-1 Board of Directors
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares is partnering with Macy’s for the seventh annual Shop for a Cause.
Since 2006, Macy’s Shop For A Cause event has partnered with non-profit organizations nationwide to raise more than $42 million for their ongoing charitable efforts. This is your chance to be part of this monumental event on Saturday, August 25, 2012.
We appreciate your support!
For more information about 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, visit our websites at www.211tampabay.org and www.211connects.org.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Long Center, 1501 N. Belcher Rd., Clearwater.
Saturday, August 4th
12th Annual Back to School Health & Safety Fair on Saturday, August 11th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 455 Missouri Ave., Largo.
Thursday, August 16th
"End of Summer Dayze" on Thursday, August 16th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Ridgecrest Y, 180119th Street N., Largo.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Family Services Initiative Assistant
Family Services Initiative Assistant
Family Services Initiative Courier
Contact Center Volunteer
Monday, June 11, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares
Invites You to Our
Volunteer Recruitment Event
We Need Your Help!
Approximately 90,000 people in need of help call 2-1-1 TBC every year. We provide that critical connection between people and community resources.
Please Join Us to learn more about 211 and our newand exciting volunteer opportunities where you can utilize your time, talents and experience.If you have a few hours a week to spare and want to do something that is satisfying and of great service to your community, become a 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares volunteer!
Tuesday, May 8th
14155 - 58th Street N., Clearwater
9:00am to 10:30am
1:30pm to 3:00pm
*Must be 18 years of age and able to pass a Level 2 background check.
Visit us at www.211tampabay.org
Monday, April 16, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Country In The Park is a Community Service Expo hosted by the Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce and features dozens of agencies and organizations providing education, youth, recreation, health, housing, special needs care and other services.
So stop by and speak to one of 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares staff or volunteers to learn how you can access information about critical health and human services available in your community for every day needs and in times of crisis.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Friday, February 3, 2012
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
If you earned less than $50 thousand during this calendar year, you may be eligible for free tax preparation assistance. To view a list of what you will need to bring with you to the VITA site to file your taxes, visit http://www.jwbpinellas.org/vita. Dial 2-1-1 for more information.