Critical Nonprofit Needs

While nonprofits provide services to those most in need within our community, many are often under-resourced and a single, unexpected event can dramatically impact their ability to provide crucial services. To address these unexpected needs, Community Foundation Tampa Bay has created the Critical Needs Form for nonprofits to share those urgent, unexpected needs with community philanthropists.

To support local disaster recovery efforts, Community Foundation Tampa Bay has expanded the criteria for critical needs through the month of November to include requests related to Hurricane Idalia.

What is a "Critical Need"?

A critical need is defined as unbudgeted, unforeseen, and time-sensitive, and one that significantly interferes with a nonprofit’s ability to provide crucial services or presents an imminent threat to the organization’s continued operations.

This is not a competitive grant process. It is an innovative way to share specific needs with us, our fundholders as well as other philanthropists in the Tampa Bay community. Examples of requests for need might include:

  • Emergency repairs of building structure or mechanical systems (heating/cooling, water service, etc.) where a sudden and unexpected failure interferes with the provision of services.
  • Replacement of essential equipment and technology where a sudden and unexpected failure interferes with the provision of services.
  • Addressing circumstances external to the organization that interfere with the provision of mission-critical services. Examples may include:
    • The increase in gas costs for transportation-centric programming (i.e. – mobile services, client transportation, etc.)
    • Updated security measures for organizations, such as churches or synagogues, that are experiencing increased safety concerns due to current events
    • The local community is receiving an influx of refugees as a result of international conflict and your organization needs to purchase bedding to shelter families

*Organizations must provide justification for the request including: 1) how is the request mission-critical to the programming offered?; and 2) the amount of funding the organization budgeted in the previous fiscal year for this expense vs. anticipated amount needed in the current fiscal year and the current gap in needed funding.  

New submissions are added to the list once the nonprofit has been verified, usually within 24 to 48 hours of submission.

Fundholder Match Program

The Community Foundation Tampa Bay has also created a Fundholder Match Program that provides a 1-to-3 match to grants made from a Community Foundation donor advised fund or Family Foundation to directly address a need submitted on the Critical Needs List. The minimum match is $250 when $750 is granted to help meet a need on the list. The maximum match is $5,000 when $15,000 or more is granted to address a Critical Needs Request on the list.

If you are interested in funding a critical needs request or want information about a specific nonprofit, please contact Nicolette Rea, Director of Donor Relations. The specific project name listed in the request should be included as the grant purpose when making a grant recommendation for one of the nonprofits on the list.

Critical Needs List

Instructions: To access the full detail for each Critical Needs request, simply click on the green plus symbol on the left side of the row. Clicking on the red minus symbol will then collapse the Critical Needs request information. To sort any of the columns, simply click on the column header once or twice depending on the desired sort. Pulldown filters can be used to select items to filter on and the RESET FILTERS Button can be used to reload the webpage thus resetting all the filters. Finally, the CSV and EXCEL buttons can be used to download all the detail for the items on the page in the selected format.

FundedPercent FundedProject NameOrganization NameFocus AreaAmount RemainingGeographic AreasOrganization WebsiteHurricane Idalia RelatedHurricane Ian RelatedRequested NeedCritical Nature of NeedInitial Submit DateDays from Submission to Web RefreshCalculated StatusAmount Funded
Not Funded0%Emergency Replacement of Security System to Provide a Safe Environment and Uninterrupted Services for the Blind and Low VisionTampa Lighthouse for the BlindHealth and Wellbeing$16,903.00Hillsboroughhttp://www.lighthouseblv.orgNoNoThe Lighthouse for the Blind provides critical services to people who are blind and low vision. Our Facility at 1106 Platt Drive in Tampa is home to where people who are blind come in to learn braille, learn how to use a white cane to safely negotiate their environment and learn independent living skills so they can live safely and productively. We provide highly innovative technology training to help people who are who have lost their sight later in life gain the skills to go back to work or have access to computers so they can have quality of life.

The breakdown of the security system creates an unsafe environment for an extremely vulnerable population who attend services at the Lighthouse and creates a risk of theft of high technology equipment used to help people who are blind become independent.

Our security system has broken down and we do not have the funds to replace it. As mentioned, we have high tech equipment for the blind inside of the building such as CCTV's, Magnifiers, Computers with high tech scripting technology, and other critical training materials for the blind that cannot be replaced. Even more importantly, people who come to services would have their safety and security compromised by a broken-down system.
People who are blind and low vision come to the Lighthouse of Tampa daily for training. High tech computers, CCTVs, JAWS equipment, magnification equipment and other high tech scripting equipment, if stolen from the Lighthouse, would be irreplaceable and interrupt services. There is increasing suspicious activity on the property, which has us all concerned, so it could not happen at a worse time. We need to get the security system in place as quickly as possible We offer all services for free which is which puts pressure on the finances, so if someone were to break in and steal the expensive technical equipment in the building, it would be a long interruption to services. Many of the people who are veterans or elderly who have lost their sight are already traumatized. and services provide not only safety training but hope for the future. It would be devastating if the one thing that is giving them hope is stripped from their lives.

Perhaps most importantly, the people we serve are extremely vulnerable and count on the safety and security of the environment. We monitor the front door, but the security system monitors all the other entrances. The system not working compromises the safety of a profoundly compromised population.
03/15/20241Active$0.00
Not Funded0%Foster Family Displaced Due to Plumbing CrisisThe Salvation Army - St. PetersburgBasic Needs$11,230.00Pinellashttps://www.salvationarmystpetersburg.orgNoNoOne of the foster homes at The Salvation Army Children's Village in St. Petersburg had an underground pipe burst, flooding a section of the house and causing the foster family and children to have to move. Complete re-piping for the home needs to be completed and all damaged parts of the home repaired.The Salvation Army of St. Petersburg runs four foster homes at their Children’s Village site and assist in the placement of children due to abuse, abandonment and neglect. Due to the pipe burst, all water had to be shut off and the foster family and four foster children had to move out of the home. It is critical for this to be fixed so that the foster family can move back into home. The home will be completely re-piped by the plumber and any floor or wall damage that was done by the water or the plumber to re-pipe, will need to be repaired.03/22/20241Active$0.00
Not Funded0%Air Conditioning Replacement/Flat RoofFLUFF Animal Rescue, IncAnimal Welfare$70,000.00Pinellashttps://www.fluffanimalrescue.org/NoNoAir Conditioning/Flat Roof replacement(s) for animal shelter in Pinellas CountyIf we are not able to secure funding needed to replace Air Conditioning and Flat Roof Section, our ability to take in between 50-100 animals a month from local overcrowded county shelters will be diminished. These shelters count on us to save lives of cats and dogs, and our mission is so very important to the community as a whole, as we also provide pet food and resources to pet owners in the Tampa Bay area, and we take in owner surrenders from people who can no longer afford to care for their pets.03/21/20241Active$0.00
Not Funded0% Unexpected, forced relocationBallet Academy of St. Petersburg Inc.Arts and Culture$20,000.00Pinellashttp://balletacademyofstpetersburg.comNoNo We are in critical need of assistance with move-in deposits, flooring, equipment, and storage due to a forced relocation to a very bare facility.
The floor of the new space is concrete which must be covered with Marley floor covering wooden sprung flooring underneath in order to be viable. We will need new barres and mirrored walls as well. The new space also has no storage for: costumes, equipment, set pieces, supplies, chairs for dancers/parents awaiting their class etc.
We must cease operations entirely if we cannot move into this space and we are already well into rehearsals for our spring show.
We received notice February 8th that the company we sublease from will be terminating their lease March 31st. This new space will also require us to add Marley flooring with sprung wood structure underneath. These floor coverings are for the safety of our dancers as training and jumping on concrete is detrimental to knees and ankles and can cause injury if someone falls. We will also have to replace our barres and add mirrors to the walls as these are the very basic needs of any dance class.
03/14/20248Active$0.00
Not Funded0%Deuces Live Headquarter OfficeDeuces Live, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$10,725.48Pinellashttps://www.deuceslive.org/NoNoThe Critical Needs Project is an initiative aimed at addressing the emergency repair needs of building structures within our community. Our goal is to ensure the safety and comfort of all residents by providing timely and efficient structural repairs in times of emergency.

The primary goal of this project is to address immediate infrastructure repair needs that pose a threat to the well-being or security of residents. This includes, but is not limited to, repairs for damages caused by natural disasters, unforeseen structural failures, or any other incidents that compromise the integrity of residential buildings.
Deuces Live building is older than 20 years old. Our roof is starting to leak extremely bad in different areas of the office. We have some open holes around the building which has begun letting in mice and other rodents. Each day has been a fight to work and deal with the residents on a day to day community with rodents and leaks in building and now A/C going out. Due to finances we are not in a place to move to a more secure modern building which would push off the corridor. Our current office is our home and has been to many of the residents for over 20+ years in the same location.

Everyone comes to us for support and events in the community and at this present time we are seeking donations/grants to help us cover these costs to allow myself and staff to return to the building and not feel scared about it.

We firmly believe that our project will productively respond to the identified need for timely building repairs during emergencies. With careful project management and efficient resource allocation, we can deliver high-quality services that significantly reduce the discomfort felt by residents during periods of building structure emergencies.
03/12/20249Active$0.00
Not Funded0%Crisis Recover Grant:Restoring Hope For Johns Pass RescueJohn's Pass RescueAnimal Welfare$130,000.00Pinellashttp://johnspassrescue.com/NoNoJohns Pass Rescue is dedicated to rescuing diverse animals, excluding cats and dogs, with a strong commitment to wildlife conservation and education in our community.
Our sanctuary recently suffered a devastating fire, resulting in the loss of over 100 animal lives. Despite this setback, we saved 150 animals and welcomed 40more in need.
Our focus now is on habitat restoration and facility repair. The fire damaged critical infrastructure, including our environmental control system. To address this, we require immediate action:
Habitat Restoration: Reconstructing destroyed habitats is crucial for the animals' health and safety, creating environments that mimic natural conditions.
Veterinary Bills: The fire resulted in unforeseen veterinary expenses for animals injured by smoke inhalation and other fire-related injuries.
Your approval of the Critical Needs Grant would:
Enable swift habitat restoration for animal health and safety.
Cover veterinary bills, ensuring injured animals receive necessary care.
This grant application is a request for partnership in our mission of recovery, healing, and continued animal care. With your assistance, we can rebuild, restore, and continue our vital work.
Thank you for considering our application.
If we do not receive assistance, the consequences for our organization and the animals we serve would be severe:

Habitat Restoration: Without funding for habitat restoration, we cannot provide the appropriate living conditions for our diverse animal residents. This compromises their health and well-being, hindering our core mission of animal rescue and conservation.
Veterinary Bills: Inability to cover veterinary bills puts injured animals at risk of untreated injuries and suffering. It also strains our resources, making it challenging to continue our mission effectively.
Without this critical assistance, our ability to provide essential services would be severely impacted, jeopardizing the lives and well-being of the animals we strive to protect and educate about.
01/25/202411Active$0.00
Not Funded0%Emergency Vacated Drop In CenterReach Services, Inc.Basic Needs$34,450.00Pinellashttp://reachstpete.orgNoNoReach St.Pete had been working hard to make improvements to our Drop In Center to open to the public. When we moved in we had a few issues with our Landlord but made the best out of it for as long as we could. Most recently we realized the entire facility had black mold embedded in the drywall of the walls which wasn't found until we hired professionals to take samples and remove portions of the walls. With this finding we had two separate professionals encourage us to leave the space immediately or request the Landlord terminate the lease because the black mold was at high levels unsafe for us to operate in. Unfortunately our Landlord was aware of the black mold and is refusing to terminate our lease.

Regardless our Board of Directors made the difficult decision for us to move out of the space for everyone's safety (volunteers, clients, staff, etc) and we have been operating out of church partners buildings in the interim. This is only the temporary solution until we can move into a new safe space to carry out our Drop In Center plans. We have found the perfect building at the same price but we need to have the lease covered to confidently enter in a new commercial lease without an official termination of our last. The nature of our situation is vulnerable but we know our last lease has been broken many times and is in code violation with the black mold. (mold reports available upon request) but requires time and money to win the case and exit our old lease.
Because we haven't been able to move into a new building in 2024 we had to pause crucial programs like Pop-Up Pantry operations (Mobile grocery store) that thousands rely on each month for free healthy food options. We have already had to pause our in person client appointments for case management, wrap around service like rental and billing assistance, clothing, hygiene, etc. this will be prolonged the longer we go without a home base. We have temporary storage solutions for our items but that is taking crucial money that could be serving more people in our community if we could move into our potential new space.12/12/202323Active$0.00
Fully Funded100%Defective Technology Replacement at School for Students with Developmental DisabilitiesProject Focus FoundationEducation$0.00Hillsborough ; Pascohttps://www.projectfocususa.orgNoNoThe Project Focus Foundation urgently seeks emergency funding from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay to address a pressing issue at Focus Academy Public Charter School. Our immediate concern revolves around the malfunctioning projector system and related technology in the school's auditorium, which plays a crucial role in serving over 130 students with developmental disabilities.The auditorium serves as a multifunctional space, facilitating daily educational activities, school performances, and the sharing of essential information to parents, particularly concerning guardianship and other crucial matters for students with developmental disabilities. Focus Academy is unique because of its art-therapy-based curriculum, heavily reliant on the auditorium's projector system. This technology enables our students to learn and express themselves in ways that differ from traditional public schools. Regrettably, the malfunctioning projector is hindering our ability to provide this specialized form of education effectively. The auditorium's technology is vital for effective communication with our diverse group of parents, many of whom English is a second language. During a recent seminar on guardianship, the projector malfunctioned, forcing us to resort to printed PowerPoint handouts. This unexpected technical hurdle disrupted the seminar and deprived parents of valuable educational time.Failure to provide assistance for the malfunctioning projector system and related technology in the auditorium at Focus Academy Public Charter School will have negatively impact the services offered. This includes:

Disruption of Specialized Education: The malfunctioning projector limits the delivery of the art-therapy-based curriculum that sets Focus Academy apart. Students with developmental disabilities rely on this unique approach to learning and self-expression.

Hindered Parental Engagement: The auditorium is a crucial platform for sharing information with parents, especially those for whom English is a second language. The equipment disrupts seminars and meetings, hindering effective communication and depriving parents of critical knowledge.

Inefficient Resource Utilization: Printing materials during seminars, due to the malfunctioning projector, adds unexpected costs and wastes valuable time that could be better spent educating parents and enhancing the learning environment for students.

Diminished School Performances: School performances are essential for students' self-esteem and development, and a malfunctioning projector detracts from the quality of these events and reduces their impact.

The malfunctioning technology compromises the specialized education provided and impedes vital communication and engagement with parents. It disrupts the efficient use of resources and negatively affects the overall school experience for our unique students.
02/05/202439Fully Funded$1,800.00
Not Funded0%Lost sponsor at community outreach food pantryLove Thy Neighbor IncBasic Needs$5,000.00Pinellashttps://www.lovethyneighborfl.org/NoNoThe needs we are requesting are help with rent and utilities in Saint Petersburg, FL, at our local food pantry that help many families in need with food, toiletries, paper products, cleaning supplies when donated, and clothing.If no help the pantry would be forced to shut down and families in need that we serve would not receive the help that we offer such as free food, clothing, and toiletries they need to live.01/06/202459Expired$0.00
Partially Funded96%Security Gate repairSelah FreedomDomestic Abuse and Human Trafficking$133.00Hillsborough ; Pasco ; Pinellashttps://www.selahfreedom.com/NoNoSelah Freedom's safe home located in Hillsborough County is one of the busiest safe homes for victims of Sex Trafficking in the State of Florida. We have a need to repair our security gate that is having electrical issues. This is the only gate to get into our property. It is also tied to our entire security system.As you can imagine, while dealing with survivors of sex trafficking that security at our safe home is of the upmost importance. It is imperative that we get the front security gate fixed asap. The safety of our residents, staff and volunteers is at risk. We need your help to repair our security gate to restore our security system in full. These survivors of trafficking have been through horrible abuse and the need to feel they are safe from their traffickers is paramount in their healing journey. Also the wonderful people, our staff and volunteers, that have dedicated their live to helping these survivors deserve to work in a safe home with working security systems.01/12/202459Expired$2,867.00
Not Funded0%Increased Stipend/Mileage Costs for Low-Income Senior-Aged Volunteer TutorsSeniors in Service of Tampa Bay, Inc.Education$65,833.00http://seniorsinservice.orgNoNoWe urgently need funding to cover increased stipends/transportation costs needed for low-income senior-age volunteers to continue helping the MOST at-risk children with the MOST urgent needs build literacy.

Last year 237 volunteers served 146,266 hours (5-30 hours/week each for the full school year) tutoring/mentoring 1,354 economically-disadvantaged K-3rd graders. Teacher assessments show 98% improved literacy. To retain high-quality volunteers, best practices include engaging volunteers from the same neighborhood as those they serve. To help cover costs related to volunteering, volunteers who income-qualify get a small $4/hour stipend and mileage reimbursement to/from their assigned school. This allows low-income seniors the same opportunity as more affluent community members to participate in service, doing what they love most: helping children who struggle to read.

Our critical need to fill a $65,833 budget gap is due to unbudgeted, unforeseen, time-sensitive budget impacts that significantly interfere with our ability to provide at-risk kids with crucial tutoring services:
- Federal-mandated stipend increase ($3.15 to $4/hour) is not reflected in existing grants from funders whose fiscal years don’t align. (Gap= $27,079)
- Federal-approved mileage increase to $.655/mi is not reflected in existing grants. In addition, Children’s Board of Hillsborough budget was reduced mid-year due to Policy change that made volunteer mileage an Unallowable Expense. (Gap = $38,755)
COVID19 Learning Loss creates urgent need to retain volunteers to tutor/mentor kids who desperately need their help. TRUE STORY: Arthur, usually well-behaved & eager to learn, was acting out in class. Noticing this, his teacher asked him to work with Volunteer “Grandma” P. When he remained uncooperative “Grandma” asked what was going on. After some time & space he shared how he’d been removed from his home, sent to live with his aunt. He’d seen his mom for the first time since & was feeling homesick. Teachers do not have time to create that kind of space for each child. “Grandma” lives nearby & understands what life is like for him. She serves 15 hours/week for the full school year, a stable force for at-risk kids & the teacher she’s served for years. Knowing “Grandma” is right there creates genuine connection challenged kids crave. Without assistance, kids like Arthur won’t get support needed for academic & life-long success.
Affordable housing crisis, skyrocketing rents & inflation make it essential to continue helping low-income volunteers cover costs related to volunteering. High-poverty seniors on fixed incomes like “Grandma” P struggle to make ends meet. Studies show seniors who volunteer remain active & purposeful, improving their mental & physical health and ability to age in place, delaying their own need for services. Without assistance, volunteers like “Grandma” P won’t get financial support needed now more than ever to cover expenses related to volunteering.
10/31/2023117Expired$0.00
Partially Funded87%Hospital Closure - Mental Health Professional To Fill GapsNAMI Pasco County Florida, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$1,533.00Pascohttp://namipasco.orgNoNoHelp to bring on board temporary help for the influx of participants due to local hospital shutdownWe pride ourselves on providing complementary and placeholder services for those receiving or in need of specialized care. However, we have recently become the only option for some as one of our local mental health hospitals has been completely shut down along with all of the services that they provide to the area in addition the remaining hospital stopped providing their outpatient mental health support group services due to lack of staffing. Not to be overly dramatic, but if this care is not available and received the results could be catastrophic for some. In the less intense cases lack of care results in a lower quality of life and in some cases inability to function. We are doing the best that we can to fill the gaps, but with the holidays coming which always brings us more people anyway, we are worried.11/08/2023117Expired$10,667.00
Not Funded0%Replacement and Cleaning Costs for Kids’ Clothing and Shoes: Warehouse Storage Destroyed by Lightning Strike and Mold from AC OutageOASIS Network of New TampaBasic Needs$42,020.41Hillsboroughhttp://www.oasisopportunities.orgNoNoOASIS’ main clothing site and warehouse were deemed unusable because of mold and AC outage when one portable building was hit by lightning and the other building suffered water damage on multiple occasions. OASIS must relocate and find a new home for the clothing, shoes and hygiene items not damaged and replace the 563 pairs of shoes, 873 pieces of school clothing and 1,300 hygiene items that were destroyed. Twenty-seven shelving units used for clothing storage had to be thrown away and plastic storage bins had to be purchased to store usable inventory. Additionally, 1,110 lbs. of clothing had to be professionally laundered.OASIS’ programs provide clothing, hygiene items, and other essentials to over 13,000 PreK-12th grade students per year. These essentials are critical in reducing absenteeism, minimizing discipline problems, and often mean the difference between a student graduating and dropping out of high school. Access to these items allows students to build their self-confidence, fit in with their peers, and reach their full academic and personal potential. If the destroyed clothing, shoes, and hygiene products are not replaced, at least 563 students will go without items needed for school.

Additionally, the closure of our warehouse, a clothing site, and the Online Order & Delivery Program has a significant impact on our ability to serve students. With this delay of services, an estimated 250 students per month will not benefit from OASIS programs. It is critical that the warehouse storage and clothing closet shelving is replaced so that all OASIS programs can resume normal operations when new locations are found.
11/10/2023129Expired$0.00
Not Funded0%Girl Scouts Camp Wai Lani Dock ReplacementGirl Scouts of West Central Florida, Inc.Education$53,806.00Pinellashttp://gswcf.orgYesNoDuring Hurricane Idalia, Girl Scouts Camp Wai Lani sustained damage across camp, with the the most damage in the waterfront area. The dock sustained major damage and a portion of the dock was found moved several feet on the shoreline next to the boathouse. The timber piles for the portion of the dock that remained in place were pulled out of the water by approximately 6 inches from the force of the storm surge. Due to this, the dock will have to be rebuilt. Our dock extended 50 feet from the camp site into the Gulf at Boggy Bayou on St. Josephs Sound and was ripped from its’ pilings, warping the boards, rendering it unusable for the waterfront activities at this active aquatics based camp. The dock area is currently closed to our members.Due to the loss of the dock, we have had to close our waterfront, eliminating all waterfront activities at Camp Wai Lani, our aquatics based facility. These include: canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, waterfront based ecological education, and fishing. Should we be unable to replace the dock, we anticipate that our attendance and the camps revenues will significantly drop off as these are the primary activities that girls come to the camp for throughout the year. This includes weekend troop camping that keeps the camp almost fully booked every weekend, large group encampments, program events, trainings, community group rentals, and traditional summer resident and day camps.. Outdoor education and outdoor experiences are one of Girl Scouts foundational program pillars. The loss of our dock means that the camps 6800+ annual visitors are unable to experience all parts of a high quality Girl Scout Leadership Experience, whether it’s their first float in a canoe, conquering their fear of swimming where they can’t see and touch the bottom, or learning about our delicate coastal ecosystem firsthand. When girls are unable to participate, they also lose all of the concentrated skill building and mission critical outcomes that participation in these activities bring to the overall camp experience: conquering fears, independence, challenge seeking, building healthy relationships, learning positive values, and problem solving, among a multitude of other important life skills.10/31/2023129Expired$0.00
Not Funded0%Collapsed ShelvingUloc of TampaBasic Needs$5,375.00Hillsborough ; Pasco ; Pinellashttp://www.uloccommunitynetwork.orgNoNoWe have been serving the Tampa Bay area since 2003. We provide house essentials, food, clothing and hygiene products and disaster relief that are held in our 2400 square foot warehouse. Our shelving units have collapsed, we need shelving ASAP to hold and organize all donations that we currently have and those we pick up every week. In 2020 we was able to provide to over 2000 people in our community cleaning supplies, tissue and paper towels when supplies was scarce due to the Covid 19 pandemic. We currently & specifically have mask, sanitizers, Lysol wipes, tissue and paper towel. God forbid there be another pandemic of any kind. Shelving and proper placing is everything so that we can get to what we need in a timely manner.We want be able to organize and hold item in the warehouse, making it unsafe for volunteers and people to come get the assistance they need. Organization is a must so that we are able to pull the necessary items for the people in our community and for disaster relief. Last year we provide to over 2000 families, We gave 12,000 toys to kids, this past August we provided 1500 book bags for school. We supplied the elderly communities with household essentials and food, we serve our homeless population with hygienes & meals. With out these shelving there is no way for us to organize or categorize what we have to assist those in need.10/26/2023129Expired$0.00
Not Funded0%Critical Safety For Clients, Staff, and Volunteers at FRESH PantrySt. Petersburg Free Clinic, Inc.Basic Needs$66,610.00Pinellashttp://www.stpetersburgfreeclinic.orgNoNoSt. Petersburg Free Clinic’s (SPFC) We Help FRESH Indoor Choice Pantry offers essential food and hygiene items utilizing a client choice model, which allows individuals to select the food and basic items they need while providing a dignified market experience. Through our Indoor Choice pantry location alone, we are serving an average of almost 20,000 individuals per month. Consistently, over half of the households served through the pantry are families with children, many of whom bring their children to the pantry. Along with providing high-quality food, it is critically important for everyone accessing our services to feel safe. Unfortunately, recently there were two threats of gun violence at the pantry inside of the same week. SPFC leadership took immediate action, coordinating with the St. Pete Police Department (SPPD) to report the incidents and otherwise support their investigation. We temporarily implemented officer presence during pantry hours and plan to hire security personnel aligned with our values for a lasting solution. We have chosen a well-established security firm with previous experience working in healthcare settings, and we will be involved in interviewing potential candidates to ensure values alignment. We also plan to equip our staff with tools to navigate interactions with clients who become escalated while at the pantry by offering de-escalation training to all SPFC staff as well as a six-month refresher training.At SPFC, we share a deep commitment to creating welcoming, accessible, and inclusive spaces for our clients, staff, and volunteers. We pride ourselves on keeping our buildings and services as barrier-free as possible. We are also committed to ensuring the safety of the children, adults, and seniors who rely on our services, as well as that of our staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to deliver those services. While we recognize the critical importance of providing safety for our clients in these ways, these are unexpected organizational expenses arising from recent threats to client safety. As we continue to respond to the highest level of community need we have witnessed in our 53-year history, this funding would allow us to focus our funds on operating at this unprecedented level while additionally not sacrificing the quality of security personnel for our Indoor Choice Pantry. As SPFC projects program budgets for the next fiscal year, we are already facing difficult decisions regarding our ability to serve the continuously increasing number of clients with finite resources. Continuing to operate our much-needed programs and services while ensuring the safety of our clients are both nonnegotiable. Receiving this support would ensure our ability to accomplish those goals without scaling back more than we already must within our budgetary constraints.10/04/2023152Expired$0.00
Fully Funded100%Flooding of Healthy Families Hudson Building due to HurricanePasco Kids First, Inc.Basic Needs$0.00Pascohttps://www.pascokidsfirst.orgYesNoOur building in Hudson (western Pasco) was flooded with 1 foot of water from Hurricane Idalia. This building houses our Healthy Families program which serves pregnant moms/expecting families and parents with young children with education and resources. Eight employees occupy the building and children and families frequent the office for workshops, check-ins, educational opportunities and group activities. The flooding in the building damaged the floors, carpets, baseboards, walls, desks, bookshelves, chairs, and program materials and curriculum. We are requesting $30,000 to cover the cost of drying out and stabilizing the building which was done by a professional company, the removal of damaged furniture by a professional company which was hauled away, the removal of salvageable items by a professional company which went to a storage unit, the moving of equipment, the cost of renting a new storage unit, and the purchase of new office furniture (as listed below) to replace damaged ones. We have invoices from all items mentioned above except the damaged (and to be replaced) office furniture. We have pictures of the furniture. This damage to our building was UNEXPECTED and thus NOT budgeted. Unfortunately, we are NOT able to claim this damage via our insurance because our deductible is too high. This means that we have had to and will have to come out of pocket to cover these expenses which puts a major burden on our organization.If we are not able to recoup these costs from the hurricane damage, we will have to use unrestricted funds meant for other mission critical items such as program supplies (diapers and baby supplies, home and car safety items, curriculum, group activities, technology needs, bus passes and transportation help). These type of program items are essential for our pregnant moms and enrolled families in the program to grow and thrive in their development. The program provides education but also many basic needs such as those listed above. If we have to use these funds to cover hurricane damage, it directly takes away from our program participants and services. In addition, we will have to take away from other program enhancements such as adding new staff positions and boosting training and education for staff.

Healthy Families is a proven child abuse prevention program which boasts a 98% abuse free (reported / verified through the state system) rating for participants while they are in the program and up to 2 years after. It serves over 500 families per year and plays a critical role in giving parents (and the children) a great start in the very early childhood years.
10/20/2023152Fully Funded$30,000.00
Fully Funded100%Refrigerator Unit Replacement at Early Childcare Centers that serves under-represented population in Hillsborough CountyCornerstone Family Ministries, Inc.Education$0.00Hillsborough ; Pasco ; Pinellashttp://www.cornerstonefamilyministries.orgNoNoWe are seeking this critical need grant for the replacement of two critical refrigerator units at our early childcare centers. Our mission to provide supplemented to free early education for underrepresented populations is contingent upon our ability to ensure their safety and well-being. Recent unexpected events have severely compromised our capacity to store and keep fresh food for the children in our care.
At our Old West Tampa Early Childcare Center, our milk refrigerator, an essential piece of equipment ensuring our children's daily nutrition, is currently malfunctioning beyond repair. Despite our best efforts to administer daily makeshift fixes to keep it running, the unit's consistent functioning is now beyond guarantee. This situation is not sustainable and poses a potential health risk to the children due to unreliable temperature control.
At our Oak Grove Childcare Center, a recent power surge from Hurricane Idalia has damaged our commercial 2-door refrigerator. The affected part is unrepairable. The refrigerator is pivotal in storing a variety of foods that feed our children every day. Like our other center, the need to constantly monitor the appliance for temperature consistency is not just a drain on our resources, but also a lingering concern for the safety of our children's meals.
Both of these pieces of equipment are essential for us to provide three nutritious meals each day to over 100 students ages 0-12 years old who may otherwise not receive these meals.
For Cornerstone Family Ministries, the pressing situation regarding our refrigeration units is not just a logistical concern, but a grave impediment to our core mission. This is an unbudgeted and time-sensitive critical need that poses a significant threat to our ability to deliver mission-critical services.
The mission of Cornerstone Family Ministries is to nourish young bodies, develop young minds, and foster hope through Christ one child at a time. We meet our mission by providing learning opportunities on-site, nutritious food, and connections to local churches for children and their families who live at or below the poverty level. Proper nutrition is not just a service, it's a lifeline. Children, especially those in vulnerable populations, require consistent, healthy nourishment for proper physical and cognitive development. Without a safe and secure way to feed our children and staff, we cannot provide for our community.
To highlight the breadth of our impact, Cornerstone annually serves more than 14,000 children across Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, and Manatee counties. Cornerstone Family Ministries is dedicated to serving families of all religions and beliefs without discrimination. Each of these children, their families, and the broader communities depend on us to consistently deliver on our promise. Your support in addressing this critical need will ensure that we can continue to be a beacon of hope and nourishment for so many.
10/16/2023152Fully Funded$3,543.00
Not Funded0%Securing the Safety and Security of Children During Israel - Hamas WarHillel AcademyHealth and Wellbeing$61,760.00Hillsborough ; Pasco ; Pinellashttp://www.hillelacademytampa.comNoNoOn October 7, 2023, Israel was attacked by the terrorist group, Hamas. Since then, based on a worldwide history of propaganda and antisemitism, the Jewish people are now faced with an incredible security risk in addition to the uptick in antisemitism already experienced in recent years. Witnessing the local and national rallies supporting Hamas and its murder of innocent civilians on Israeli land has made it clear that individuals and groups with anti-Israel and anti-Jewish sentiment have been emboldened to act.

While an annual security fee is charged to our families and the state of Florida also minimally supports Jewish day school security efforts, these annual funds do not completely cover our security costs, especially our most recent critical needs. We have increased security personnel beyond our budget. We have expedited the erection of a campus gate utilizing the final funds of our National Homeland Security Grant, but it doesn't cover the entire cost. Most importantly, we have opened our school doors to Israeli families seeking safety, security, and normalcy for their children without the funding or the ability to extend our budget to fully support their needs (the community is stepping up to help with food and housing).

Currently, we are grieving and we are scared. On top of all of this, we are encouraging our community to support Israel, knowing our own annual fundraising efforts may be greatly impacted.
The safety and security of our 300 students and educators is too important to decrease services. The reality is we will continue with additional security, we will pay the expenses for expediting a major piece of security equipment, and we will manage the emotional and academic needs of the Israeli children who find refuge at our school. We will manage a budget that will dramatically end up in the red and we will keep on asking our donors who have to make a choice between supporting Hillel and supporting Israel to support both. In a crisis, this is just what we need to do as a community.

The greatest impact will be on next year's budget and for a short time afterward. In order to make up for this year's shortfall, we will not be able to compensate our teachers well. We will not be able to provide them with professional development and benefits to the degree that they deserve. We will have to diminish the Jewish life activities of the school for the students, during a time that we should be assuring them that being Jewish and pro-Israel are not risks, but are parts of an identity to be embraced and of which to be proud.

While we have been assured there are no local credible threats to Jewish organizations, we have been warned that the greatest threat at this time is an attack by a "Lone Wolf" who will use the war as a motive for an antisemitic attack. An attack such as this at our Jewish community day school will break the spirit of our local Jewish community.
10/22/2023152Expired$0.00
Not Funded0%Emergency Veterinary Care for Miniature Therapy HorsesHoney's Mini Therapy AdventuresHealth and Wellbeing$14,000.00Hernando ; Hillsborough ; Pasco ; Pinellashttps://www.minitherapy.org/NoNoOur main need is addressing the costs when it comes to providing our miniature horses with the proper emergency veterinary care. Supplying our horses with the necessary health care, such as procedures and medications is extremely important during times of an emergency. Their emergency procedures can get expensive as many of our horses are prone to health issues and require consistent care.As we continue to provide our services throughout our community, our organization is facing a variety of challenges involving the health of our horses. During the past year, we have been concerned with the veterinary needs of our horses as it has been a struggle to cover the cost of their care in emergency circumstances. For instance, two of our horses, Belle and Honey, have been experiencing eye issues. Belle has Euvitis which has turned into an eye ulcer. This eye ulcer has raised the pressure in her eye and caused glaucoma. The procedures and medications for Belle have been costing around $5,000 while Honey could benefit from this care as well. She suffers from the same problems in both eyes and her procedures would cost us around $6,000 for each eye. We also had another horse, Jack, who was in the equine hospital in May for a high temperature and low white blood cell count. The hospital fees in total for him cost us about $4,000. These veterinary costs were unexpected as they were not specifically budgeted for in 2023. To cover some of these emergency expenses as the health of our horses is our number one priority, we have been using our operational funds. For us to ensure our continued work and allow these unique services to remain accessible to our community, we need assistance in addressing these emergency veterinary expenses.09/20/2023184Expired$0.00
Not Funded0%Disaster Relief - Hurricane Idalia - Somebody Cares Tampa BaySomebody Cares Tampa BayBasic Needs$25,000.00Hernando ; Hillsborough ; Pasco ; Pinellashttps://sctb.orgYesNoAfter Hurricane Idalia touched ground in Perry Florida, Somebody Cares Tampa Bay partnered with Somebody Cares International and Evangel Assembly of God in Perry, Florida, to set up a distribution site to receive truckloads of food, materials and supplies for residents who experienced flooding and food and power shortages caused by Hurricane Idalia. Mark Roye, On-Site Response Coordinator for Somebody Cares America, arrived early with the Holy Smoke USA grill and 500 pounds of sausage donated by Kiolbasa Sausage. SCA also directed trucks to the church with Tyson chicken and water. Mark said, "There is massive destruction here and there is no food service at all in the area. We are really blessed to be here and to be the hands and feet of Jesus to people who are hurting after this storm”.

Somebody Cares Tampa Bay sent our first truckload of generators, gas cans, contractor trash bags, shop vacs and chainsaws to Perry on August 31st. Our second truck arrived on September 6th containing paper towels, ready-to-eat foods, water and other items.

Somebody Cares of Tampa Bay has always been one of the first on the ground bringing disaster relief to people in need after storms. Our efforts start though a collaboration between Somebody Cares International and Somebody Cares Tampa Bay. We pull in local churches and reputable organizations in the area hardest hit who have the facilities to receive large trucks with adequate storage for distribution to affected residents.
Storm surges and battering waves can result in loss of life, buildings destroyed and erosion of roads and bridges which endangers public health, properties and the environment. The recovery efforts of groups on the ground are hampered if they don’t receive the generators, chain saws, food, water and cleaning supplies they need to help residents with basic needs.

SCTB has been providing disaster relief wherever needed for over 20 years with the assistance of the 700 Club and their program, Operation Blessing. Because of previous assistance, local and national organizations depend on us to support their disaster relief efforts. As a compassionate organization, we want to continue to be a lighthouse in major storms letting people know that Somebody Cares. We are effective at mobilizing partners because we go first without initially asking for financial assistance. After we assess the needs, we ask partners in affected areas to join us in meeting those needs.

SCTB paid for the disaster relief we sent to Perry and will be sending a third truck soon. Without a replacement of funds, future disaster relief services will be impacted which presents an imminent threat to our effective operations. We cannot replace these funds because partners have already donated food and other necessities that we sent to Perry. We’re requesting a Critical Needs Grant to cover these unexpected costs to position us to assist during hurricanes and strong storms that may occur.
09/18/2023184Expired$0.00
Fully Funded100%Emergency and Recovery Food Relief and Supplies in Citrus and Hernando Counties Due to Hurricane IdaliaCommunity Food Bank of Citrus CountyBasic Needs$0.00Citrus ; Hernando ;https://feed352.org/YesNoWe are filling the meal gap and personal needs of flood victims. Many homeless encampments as well as homes were severely damaged by the storm surge and citizens have lost many of their belongings including food, appliances, clothing, and toiletries.
Our staff and trucks are working extra shifts and covering more ground to ensure the necessary supplies are acquired and appropriately distributed. Additional wages, urgent supply purchases, and fuel costs continue to be impactful on our overall budget. The Community Food Bank provides food relief for over 70,000 residents every day and has ramped up our efforts with direct distribution and the facilitation of emergency meals, water, cleaning supplies, personal care items, and small appliances through agency partners in Citrus and Hernando Counties. By focusing initially on Meals Ready to Eat and longer term with perishable, nutrient-rich foods, water, and household supplies, residents are being given immediate relief and the tools for permanent recovery and sustainability.
The need for both immediate and long-term food relief continues to escalate with over 20% of our most vulnerable residents displaced and heavily impacted by flood waters. Hard choices between medication, gas, or meals are made daily and disasters like Hurricane Idalia intensify that need. Those suffering from traumatic situations will not bounce back without healthy meals nourishing their bodies and minds. Hundreds of residents have lost their entire kitchen including appliances and are working hard to recover what they can and then rebuild their homes. We know that we are better together and the Nature Coast will shine once again!09/12/2023193Fully Funded$45,000.00
Not Funded0%Replace broken electric breakersArts Center Association, Inc. dba Morean Arts CenterArts and Culture$5,640.00Pinellashttps://www.moreanartscenter.orgNoNoThe Morean Arts Center is facing a critical infrastructure issue that requires immediate attention and funding support. The Morean is in need to replace the broken electric breakers that control the lighting on our exhibition galleries. To achieve this, we plan to install four 12 circuit 40amp lighting contactors and four switches, which will allow us to efficiently manage the lighting in our galleries. This upgrade is essential because it not only ensures the safety of our visitors and staff but also enhances the overall visitor experience by providing optimal lighting conditions to appreciate the artworks on display. The project also involves rerouting the existing wiring from the old panels to the new contactors, which is a crucial aspect of the upgrade.This will not only address the immediate problem of broken breakers but will also modernize our electrical infrastructure, making it more reliable and energy-efficient. The Morean Arts Center serves as a cultural hub in our community, showcasing the work of talented artists and offering educational programs to the public. Ensuring a well-lit and safe environment is essential to fulfill our mission of connecting people with art, and we seek funding support to make this critical upgrade a reality, ensuring the continued success of our organization and the enrichment of our community through the arts.09/11/2023193Expired$0.00
Partially Funded1%Food relief for those affected by Hurricane IdaliaFeeding Tampa BayBasic Needs$248,667.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough ; Pasco ; Pinellashttp://www.feedingtampabay.orgYesNoAs the region’s largest foodbank, and the primary food-related disaster response organization, we are launching our response after Hurricane Idalia. Disaster response distributions will be added and we will distribute food through our partner agency network as we learn which partners have the capability to do so. We are also operating multiple mobile distributions to those affected. To do this, we need additional financial support to purchase food and supplies, as well as for transportation expenses.

There were over 600,000 food insecure individuals in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas Counties before Hurricane Idalia. Many not normally in need of food will have been affected by the storm and also seek our assistance. Food insecurity refers to the USDA’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. Food insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all the time and food insecurity may reflect a household’s need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as post-storm repairs to house or vehicle, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods.
• During and immediately after the storm response: Beginning before the storm hit, we started receiving supplies of MRE's and water. We always have FEMA supplies on hand and received more immediately following the storm. We've also been packing disaster kits and preparing meals for special needs areas of our community.
• Following the storm we will work to restore household food needs as families recover from any impacts. This may last anywhere from 1 - 3 months.

Many served will be those already in our care- low to moderate income families facing food insecurity- who have been negatively affected by Hurricane Idalia. Others will be newly facing food insecurity directly related to the impacts of Hurricane Idalia. Any of these folks may have lost income due to workplace closures around the storm. With power outages, they may have lost perishable food supplies or otherwise be newly in need of food. And they may be facing repair costs while living on a fixed income. Increased access to food will help ease this household budget strain.
09/08/2023197Expired$1,333.00
Not Funded0%New HVAC System for Crisis Center & Hurricane Idalia Disaster PayCrisis Center of Tampa Bay, Inc.Basic Needs$70,877.28Hillsborough ; Pascohttps://crisiscenter.comYesNoThe Crisis Center of Tampa Bay is in need of a new units as part of our HVAC system for the main facility in North Tampa. With over 330 employees providing support to community members in need 24/7, having functional air conditioning allows services to be provided continuously without discomfort for clients or the staff supporting them. While this has been a need for several years, we have been putting a Band-Aid on our issues with minor updates when a full replacement of certain units is needed. A replacement of these systems will ensure a more seamless work process for our staff and a comfortable environment to provide services and greet clients.

Additionally, as an essential service in the community, several of our service areas remained open and operating throughout Hurricane Idalia. Our Gateway Contact Center answers calls to the 211 information and referral line, as well as the 988 suicide and crisis lifeline. Our staff was available to answer calls throughout the storm and ensure that anyone who reached out for help had a caring, compassionate staff member to speak with. Our Emergency Medical Transportation Services division, TransCare, also worked hard ahead of and throughout the storm to provide support as first responders throughout Tampa Bay. All of the employees who stayed throughout the storm qualified for disaster pay, which is over and above the budgeted salary expenses.
As a vital resource in our community, the Crisis Center needs to be open and fully operating at all times. Part of being operational is having functioning air conditioning to keep staff and the clients who visit us comfortable, especially in the summer Florida temperatures. Replacement of three units of our current HVAC system has been put off for years in favor of supporting clients but is a need that can no longer be ignored.

Separately, Hurricane Idalia required us to adjust regular operations to ensure we had staff that could safely stay at the Crisis Center’s main location to provide continuous services. Crisis Center services are vital to the Tampa Bay area, and we need to ensure that we are ready and prepared to answer the phone when our community members call for help. Staff within our Gateway Contact Center and TransCare Medical Transportation Services departments remained at the office throughout the storm to provide 24/7 coverage and ensure that staff were available to provide services as needed.
09/08/2023197Expired$0.00
Not Funded0%Hurricane Idalia: Response & RecoveryRebuilding Together Tampa BayBasic Needs$250,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough ; Pasco ; Pinellashttps://rttb.org/YesNoAs of Friday 9/1, there have been 15,007 requests for individual assistance to FEMA, 30% of which have come from Pasco, Pinellas, Hernando, and Citrus counties. There is a massive need for response and recovery services including mucking and gutting, flood and mold remediation and treatment, tree removal, and tarping post-Idalia. From there, Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay, a local leader in long-term disaster recovery will repair and rehab the homes of low-income (80% AMI and below) Hurricane Idalia survivors. Support received via the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay's Critical Needs List will be used to acquire materials like flood buckets and tarps as well as towards providing critical repairs to the homes of low-income homeowners whose homes were devastated by Hurricane Idalia.Should Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay not receive support through the Critical Needs list, we will not be able to mobilize as quickly into homes that were flooded and damaged by Hurricane Idalia, this increases the possibility of toxic mold spreading, leaves vulnerable families without critical assistance and safe and healthy environments in which to live, and lengthens the time it will take to fully recover from the damage wrought by Idalia.09/08/2023197Expired$0.00
Not Funded0%Local Patient Financial AssistanceLeukemia & Lymphoma SocietyHealth and Wellbeing$100,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Pascohttps://www.lls.org/YesNoIn cities and towns across the United States, so many blood cancer patients and families, with an overwhelming majority residing in the state of Florida, are fighting more than their diagnosis – they are battling with the high cost of care and the uncertainty of inclimate weather and the debilitating effects of Hurricanes. Cancer alone can cause a cascade of overwhelming financial challenges, all too often threatening to interfere with a patient’s ability to access the very care needed to survive.

Through the LLS Local Financial Assistance Program, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay will establish a dedicated fund for patients and families in Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties to specifically target those residing in the areas most heavily impacted by Hurricane Idalia. 100% of the recipients of this program are at or below the poverty level. With your kindness, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay will help people to cover expenses such as home repairs, gas, food, utilities, housing, elder or childcare and so much more during this critical time of need.
Cancer treatment can take a tremendous financial toll on patients and their families. In fact, the health care cost of the disease in the United States is projected to increase by 34 percent between 2015 and 2030, from $183 billion to $245 billion, in large part because of the escalating price of cancer therapies. Cancer patients experience substantially higher financial burdens than noncancer patients. As advances promise even more effective therapies for patients, the cost of new treatments can be burdensome, and many insurance plans now require increased cost-sharing, shifting more responsibility to patients.

Right now, blood cancer patients and their families are navigating even more uncertainties brought on by Hurricane Idalia and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, financial burdens are even more daunting and can create significant barriers to getting care. Making ends meet or managing a typical household budget can become challenging, especially when patients or caregivers are forced to reduce hours at work or stop working completely during treatment.

At The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), we want every patient to have the very best chance of a cure. With the partnership of generous donors like the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, we help patients and families cope with the financial strain of cancer treatment and overcome some of the potential obstacles to care.
09/08/2023197Expired$0.00
Partially Funded3%Hurricane Disaster ReliefMetropolitan Ministries, Inc.Basic Needs$97,334.00Hillsborough ; Pasco ; Pinellashttp://www.metromin.orgYesNoMetropolitan Ministries (MM) will provide crisis assistance and system navigation support to families impacted by Hurricane Idalia. Specifically, these funds will provide flex funding to our Family Support Centers and community-based case management programs to support immediate crisis needs, which can include rent/utilities assistance and emergency motel stays as well as emergency food, clothing, hygiene products, and connection to public benefits. MM’s Family Support Centers, located in Tampa, Holiday, and Dade City, provide system navigation services and financial assistance for approximately 80 families daily to prevent and divert homelessness. Prevention Specialists conduct assessments with each household to determine needs, the type and amount of financial assistance needed, and the other community resources available. The community-based case management programs provide homeless or at-risk of homeless families with system navigation and wrap-around services in their homes or at a location convenient for them. These programs help homeless families stabilize, work towards self-sufficiency, and promote family well-being. In addition to providing flexible financial assistance to address needs, these programs also help families reach other goals, including gaining additional income, finding permanent housing, childcare, or supporting children in school.If assistance is not received, MM will not be able to serve as many families affected by Hurricane Idalia. The 2020 United Way ALICE Report states that 43% of households (505,868 households) in Tampa Bay are unable to afford basic needs and that a small emergency can plunge them into poverty and financial chaos, often causing homelessness or increasing the risk of homelessness. We do not know the full impact yet, but Hurricane Idalia has likely disrupted the financial situation of many families in the area. Preparing for and recovering from a hurricane brings extra unanticipated costs such as having to replace food that spoiled when the power went out for multiple days or costs associated with relocating to a safer location to weather the storm. These extra costs have put some families over their budget, unable to pay their current bills or unable to replace the food they lost in the storm. Individuals and families are affected in many ways by disaster situations, and MM will be there to support and provide resources to prevent homelessness and to help families recover from the effects of these crises.09/05/2023199Expired$2,666.00
Not Funded0%Floors Replaced in Food PantryECHO of Brandon, Inc.Basic Needs$14,090.00Hillsboroughhttp://www.echofl.orgNoNo18 months ago, we replaced the dirty commercial carpet in our Emergency Food/Clothing Market .
The tile was a great match.
As the contractor got to work, he seemed to struggle with the 2000 square foot project, but he completed it.
Some of the lines were wonky, but our racks covered up the inconsistencies.
Unfortunately, he did not properly prepare the bare floor before applying the mastic and tile.
Our floors are now cracking and bubbling.
He is no where to be found.
There are now multiple orange cones and yellow caution tape areas throughout our emergency food and clothing market.
We simply have absolutely no choice but to replace our floors.
We serve all ages in our self shop market.
Last month alone, over 300 families accessed our emergency food and clothing at our Brandon location (the site of the broken tile).
Without a functioning floor, we simply cannot provide emergency food and clothing for our neighbors.
Our emergency provisions are provided via a neighbor self shop service delivery.
Our neighbors use shopping carts and make their own choices.
The food/clothing market is often wall to wall people: Monday - Friday 9-1 and Tuesday evenings 5-7.
In addition to our neighbors shopping, items are restocked by volunteers, the majority of whom are senior citizens.
For the safety of all involved, a floor, without cracks, soft spots, bare floors, or broken tile is an absolute necessity.
We simply cannot deliver on our mission to bridge the gap between crisis and stability without functioning floors in the food/clothing market.
09/01/2023200Expired$0.00
Fully Funded100%Hurricane Idalia Housing ReliefCitrus County Education FoundationBasic Needs$0.00Citrushttps://citruseducation.orgYesNoDue to the storm surge brought on by Hurricane Idalia, many of our most economically disadvantaged families have been displaced from their homes. As we continue to work with community agencies we have identified a need for temporary housing/hotel stays until a critical disaster relief housing center can be established. Although we are not the hardest hit from this storm, we have many displaced families. The window for state and federal support is approximately 7-10 days out. This leaves many of our families homeless until those necessary measures are available in Citrus County.The Citrus County Education Foundation works closely with the Citrus County School District to identify families in need. Currently, there are no additional funds available to support the level of enormous requests for temporary housing. By not meeting these needs many of these children and families will experience trauma that will be felt in the classroom and beyond.09/01/2023200Fully Funded$25,333.00
Fully Funded100%Replacement of Air Conditioning SystemsEnterprising Latinas, Inc.Workforce Services and Career Development$0.00Hillsboroughhttps://www.enterprisinglatinas.org/NoNoReplace the air conditioning unit of a modular classroom and office building that make up the Wimauma Opportunity Center where community and educational are offered to residents of Wimauma and surrounding communities.Enterprising Latinas is a women's economic development community-based organization that in 2018 purchased and renovated a neighborhood restaurant building and converted it into the now-known as the Wimauma Opportunity Center. Located on Highway 674 in the heart of Wimauma, the Wimauma Opportunity Center stands as a beacon of hope and empowerment for the community serving an average of 2,000 residents annually.

Having a functioning air conditioning system at the Wimauma Opportunity Center's facilities is critical in maintaining a healthy, comfortable, and conducive learning environment for all residents engaging in educational programs and accessing the resources they need most. Beyond the main building, the Wimauma Opportunity Center is comprised of three modular classrooms and office buildings, of which two are owned by Enterprising Latinas, and one is owned by Hillsborough Community College. The two modular buildings owned by Enterprising Latinas are older models with failing systems that have been repaired over time. This month, one of the two modular buildings' AC systems stopped functioning entirely after having gone through some repairs, and the second modular building while still operating, technicians have warned that it too will require replacement.
08/30/2023204Fully Funded$17,333.00
Not Funded0%Floor ReplacementLeadership Development Resources, Inc.Workforce Services and Career Development$7,558.54Hillsboroughhttps://www.ldresources.online/NoNoIn our building, we need to replace the floors. The floor of our building has old tile that has become a trip hazard and needs to be replaced. Empire Flooring came out and gave us a quote for replacing the floor. Please see the attached invoice. I greatly appreciate your help.Because the existing floor is buckling and detaching from the sub floor, this has become a hazard. The entire area
will need to be replaced to eliminate the potential trip hazard.
08/24/2023207Expired$0.00
Not Funded0%Purchase of Refrigerated VanDunedin Cares, IncBasic Needs$89,000.00Pinellashttp://dunedincares.orgNoNoDunedin Cares, Inc. requests funding to purchase a much-needed refrigerated van to pick-up food at participating Feeding Tampa Bay grocers. Dunedin Cares, Inc. became a member of Feeding Tampa Bay in 2022 and has subsequently been receiving weekly deliveries of food at our location in Dunedin. The food deliveries typically include 20 cases of frozen meat, 15+ cases of produce and 5 cases of non-perishable items. We typically receive 2,500+ pounds of food each week from Feeding Tampa Bay. Hannah Spanos at Feeding Tampa Bay has notified Dunedin Cares that in September, 2023 they will discontinue delivery of food to our site, and we will be required to pick-up food items from assigned locations by 11am in the morning. This change is significant in that Dunedin Cares will be required to pick-up large amounts of food which require refrigeration for safe food handling. Our van is not outfitted for refrigeration and our only method of keeping food cold is the use of coolers for food transport.This has become a critical need because of the sudden change in how Feeding Tampa Bay will supply local food pantries. The transition to pick-up of food from participating Feeding Tampa Bay grocers will require that the majority of items being picked up stay either refrigerated or frozen while being transported to our food pantry. Currently, the 20+ cases of meat are delivered to the pantry and volunteers quickly move them from the delivery truck inside to our freezers where they open the boxes and sort them by type of meat for storage. With our current van we will be limited in the amount of meat and produce we will be able to pick up and it will require multiple trips.. Cases of frozen meat will have to be opened and put into coolers to stay frozen until they are arrive at the pantry and loaded into freezers. We use ServeSafe guidelines in handling of frozen meat and this requires that any meat which has begun to thaw out, must be thrown out. Given the Florida heat and the timeline to transport food, it is essential that we have a safe mechanism to transport food, especially frozen meat and produce and we are asking for assistance to purchase a refrigerated van. The additional van will be key since we will be performing multiple food pick-ups per week and we utilize the van two days/week for "pop up" pantries which requires us to transport food to specific locations to serve food insecure areas and our van will be unavailable two mornings per week.08/15/2023219Expired$0.00
Not Funded0%Emergency Transit Van ReplacementTampa JCC-Federation, Inc.Education$187,891.00Hillsboroughhttps://www.jewishtampa.com/NoNoThe Tampa Jewish Community Centers and Federation are in urgent need of two (15) passenger transit vans due to a near-simultaneous major breakdown of our existing vehicles, which are critical to the operation of our afterschool and summer camp programs.As mentioned above, the Tampa Jewish Community Centers and Federation operate afterschool and summer camp programs in the Citrus Park area of Tampa, Florida. These two programs collectively serve hundreds of children each year. Our after-schoolers and campers are mostly from non-Jewish families (approx 60%) and neither of these programs involve any religious content. One of the major (key) components in operating both programs are two transit passenger vans that pickup children from 4-6 schools in Hillsborough County for the afterschool program during the school year, as well as to transport summer camp children to educational and recreational field trips during the summer. Both of the Tampa JCCs and Federation transit vans recently experienced nearly simultaneous breakdowns. As the summer winds down, we are covering summer camp transport with very expensive third-party transportation services. This solution, however, exceeds our budget allocation for both programs and we are unable to rely on this interim measure beyond July. With the school year set to begin on August 10, 2023, our afterschool program is in urgent need of two new (15) passenger transit vans as soon as practical. Otherwise, the children who gain so much from our afterschool programming, as well as the parents who rely on this extended afterschool enrichment and supervision, may be unable to participate due to this unforeseen simultaneous mechanical breakdown of our two vehicles.07/28/2023232Expired$0.00
Fully Funded100%Parent and Student Information session to reduce academic regression for students Pre k - 12th grade.Debra Mitchell Educational Consultant and Associates, Inc.Education$0.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough ; Pasco ; Pinellashttps://debramitchelleca.org/NoNoMy computer and podcast equipment are obsolete and no longer able to allow me to operate my program. I need to replace my computer and pod-cast equipment. No further repairs are working on my equipment.I provide monthly blogs and podcast to inform parents of educational options. I am not able to interact with state of Florida parents and students to provide empowering and informational information so that when students return to school in the fall regression has not increased.06/20/2023277Fully Funded$4,000.00
Partially Funded91%Termite treatment for Family Residential Resiliency-Building ProgramFlorida Resurrection HouseBasic Needs$425.00Hillsborough ; Pasco ; Pinellashttp://www.floridaresurrectionhouse.orgNoNoWhile performing maintenance in the attic access above participant apartments, we identified damage that was determined by our pest control company to be caused by dry-wood termites. Evidence of termites has been found in two buildings on campus: the attics above participant apartments and above administrative offices. Action is needed to immediately treat and prevent further damage from occurring. Spot treatment of the affected areas is recommended.As a residential facility, health and safety of our campus community is a top priority. If left untreated, the termites are likely to continue to cause more damage. Due to the termite damage having been found in the attic of the residential building, prompt action is needed before the health of families is impacted. If damage progresses and is found inside an apartment, treatment will be both more costly and disruptive to families who rely on our program for safety and consistency. Treatment by tenting this area is not feasible. Due to the location of the damage it would be cost prohibitive as it would mean having to close down our entire physical property and temporarily relocate 15 families (close to 50 individuals), as well as staff and volunteers.06/07/2023277Expired$4,267.00
Not Funded0%Richey Suncoast Theater AC and Roof RepairsRichey Suncoast TheatreArts and Culture$10,500.00Pascohttps://www.richeysuncoasttheatre.com/NoNoRecently, we have discovered a couple of issues with our facilities that need to be addressed urgently.

During a performance with a full house, patrons were complaining of excessive heat. We have discovered that only 3 of our 9 air conditioners are working. We have managed to get 2 damaged units repaired, but 2 large AC units are still down and need substantial repair and all of the units need to be inspected. Cost for this is estimated at $5,000

We have some roof issues and need to get them addressed. The roof is generally in good shape, but if these issues are not resolved soon, they will be lead to much larger issues and ultimately a roof replacement will be needed. Cost for roof repairs is $5,500
No one will come to a hot theatre in Florida. Having poor HVAC will negatively impact our ability to book the theater and attendance at the shows will suffer. The current board of directors has spent the last year rebounding from Covid and getting theater attendance back to a level where the theater is sustainable, however, it does not currently have the funds to deal with these issues.06/14/2023277Expired$0.00
Not Funded0%Kids Homeless Shelter - AC Repair and Unexpected Rent IncreaseJust Initiative IncBasic Needs$9,260.00Hillsboroughhttp://www.justinitiative.comNoNoThe air conditioner stopped working in our Emergency Bridge Shelter for moms and children experiencing homelessness. This required a new coil. We were able to acquire the coil and have it installed for $1340.
In March the rent for the building where we operate Petra House unexpectedly increased. After initial fundraising we are still short $660 per month (a total of $7920 for the lease). We are asking for a total of $9260 for these 2 things.
The rent was an unexpected or planned for expense this year. This will be taken in to consideration in developing our budget and overall plans for the following year.
Without air conditioning or raising the remaining funds for rent, we would have to close Petra House. This would lose 12 beds for homeless moms and children in Hillsborough County. Recently the Hillsborough County School system reported over 3300 homeless school aged children are in our county. It is critical for our county's continuum of care that we do not lose any beds.05/17/2023309Expired$0.00
Partially Funded97%Food Bank Truck and Equipment BreakdownHope Villages of America, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$320.00Pasco ; Pinellashttps://hopevillagesofamerica.org/NoNoAt Hope Villages of America, we distribute nearly 7 Million pounds of food each year throughout the community. We utilize various equipment to assist in this effort, including trucks, pallet jacks, and fork lifts. Our 2011 26' refrigerated box truck picks up food donations from various retail stores like Publix, Walmart, Costco, and Sam's Club on a regular basis. In order to work more efficiently and safely, we utilize pallet jacks to load and unload the truck. After picking up the donations, the food is transported back to our warehouse for unloading and sorting for distribution to our neighbors in need. The truck has broken down and is in need of a $3400 repair, and our two pallet jacks are broken beyond repair. The truck utilizes a DEF filter system to clean the exhaust to protect the environment. When the filter becomes clogged, it causes the truck to degrade where it will not travel more than 25 miles per hour. A forced regeneration of the system can normally fix the problem; however, if the filter is too clogged, it only fixes the problem for about a week. Each forced regeneration costs about $500. Rather than throwing good money after bad, we need to replace the DEF filter for $3400. Additionally, our two electric pallet jacks, which have been in service for 15 years, are no longer repairable. Each pallet jack costs approximately $3,000, and we need two in order to continue distributing millions of pounds of food each year. Our total request is $9,387.We pick up and distribute nearly 7 Million pounds of food each year utilizing various equipment to assist in this effort, including trucks, pallet jacks, and fork lifts. Not having one of our trucks operational drastically reduces our ability to distribute food. We do have 2 additional trucks; however, they are being utilized for other routes. The food from the retail stores is only available for pick up and redistribution in the morning hours each day of the week. Additionally, not having a pallet jack to load and unload the food is a huge disadvantage; not only in terms of time, but safety. We mainly utilize volunteers to help with food distribution, and the average age of our volunteers is 65 years old. This means that the volunteers do not have the capability to lift and carry heavy boxes of food. Being down one truck and two pallet jacks in a huge detriment to our operations.04/18/2023309Expired$9,067.00
Fully Funded100%Ultrasound Exam Table for Pregnancy Care CenterPregnancy Care Center of Plant CityHealth and Wellbeing$0.00Hillsboroughhttps://plantcitypregnancycenter.org/NoNoTo replace a broken exam table used during ultrasounds at a pregnancy care centerThe adjustable headrest on our current exam table is broken and will not stay in position. Therefore, it is permanently folded down. This makes the area that the patient lies on very short and her legs hang off of the end of the exam table. Without the use of the adjustable headrest, the patient does not have a clear view of the ultrasound image without straining her neck or trying to raise up.04/13/2023309Fully Funded$1,067.00
Not Funded0%Transmission Repair - Mobile Food Pantry - Donation Pick upULOC OF TAMPAHealth and Wellbeing$6,200.00Hillsborough ; Pasco ; Pinellashttp://www.uloccommunitynetwork.orgNoNoOur mobile food pantry / donation pickup truck needs transmission repairs.We will not be able to continue to serve our communities or pickup food donations from 7 stores and we will lose partnership. There are many people who are struggling in rural areas due to the enormous increase in cost to live. We provide food and household essentials to 1,200 - 1,600 people monthly. The calls are overwhelming to hear so many people that need food, toiletries, and baby items. The impact would be terribly great as we try to help meet the needs in the Tampa Bay Area.04/23/2023309Expired$0.00
Not Funded0%Replacing Damaged BarnKids and CaninesEducation$15,000.00Hillsboroughhttp://kidsandcanines.orgNoYesKids and Canines is requesting a $15,000 critical need grant to tear down an existing building that is not suitable or safe and to replace it with a pole barn. The pole barn will be roughly 24 by 34 with an additional 10 feet for picnic tables. The main section of the pole barn will be used for dog training. The fence will surround the pole barn area for the direct release of the dogs into a safe, spacious yard. The current barn sustained damage during the storm a few months back. After having several contractors out to give quotes on fixing the damage, it was determined that the best thing to do was to demolish the current structure for safety reasons and to replace the enclosed barn with a pole barn.

At Kids and Canines, we help the most underserved, disadvantaged children. These children have often faced challenges that most of us will never encounter nor be able to understand fully. They have been abused, neglected, abandoned, and live a life rife with challenges. Our programs provide educational enhancements, deliver cognitive well-being services and help children develop critical social, life and job skills. Our programs are available to all Hillsborough County Schools at no cost. Priority is given to Title I (low income) schools and ESE (special needs) students. Over 1500 students were served through our programs in 2022.
The removal of the barn (at a cost of $3000) is not optional. It must happen to provide a safe space for the youth, staff and our trained program dogs. The impact of not having a large training facility decreases the number of dog/handler volunteer teams needed to work in the school programs. We have more requests for our program services than we can fill. By using trained volunteer/dog teams we can better meet the needs of our community, and save considerable funds otherwise spent on the care of program dogs. Currently, we have 10 program dogs that we provide all the care for (over $18,000 annually) along with five dog/owner teams which cost us very little ($150 one time) to train and evaluate. To meet our program needs, we need 10 more dog teams or to add 10 more program dogs.

The pole barn will be equipped with lighting and fans allowing Kids and Canines to hold community dog training programs for prospective volunteers. Additionally, the picnic table areas will provide outdoor opportunities for the kids participating in activities like summer camp to interact with the dogs and for us to host fundraising events. Quotes for the new pole barn are running $11,000 to $28,500 plus the costs of landscaping and flooring ($1500)

The fence ($1200) to be installed where the old barn was, keeps our trained dogs safe especially as we sit off Hwy 301, and it saves staff and volunteer time that must be utilized to walk and exercise dogs.
05/05/2023309Expired$0.00
Fully Funded100%Hot Water Electrical Panel Replacement at Community Food PantryDaystar Life CenterBasic Needs$0.00Pinellashttp://www.daystarlife.comNoNoThe electrical panel that powers the hot water tank at Daystar malfunctioned and needed to be replaced immediately to restore hot water to the building.Hot water is essential for proper sanitation of the building. Cleaning services, washing of produce and eggs prior to distribution, and the ability for clients, staff and volunteers to wash hands properly is significantly impacted and poses a health risk to the community at large.05/03/2023309Fully Funded$1,446.25
Not Funded0%Commercial Refrigerator Maintenance & RepairGreater Mt. Carmel Development CorpBasic Needs$1,200.00Hillsboroughhttps://www.greatermtcarmeldev.org/index.phpNoNoFood Pantry has 1 commercial freezer; 1 small freezer, and 2 refrigerators that support our weekly donations. Recently, we lost over 100 pounds of primarily fresh meat, due to a mechanical malfunction. We need maintenance work and repairs for our freezers and refrigerators.We typically run out of meat and other perishables, for our twice a month food pantry events. We turn away many in need because we do not have the freezer /refrigerator capacity to serve our east Tampa community. We will not be able to store fresh foods for distribution to those in need without repairs to our freezers and refrigerators.03/30/2023346Expired$0.00
Fully Funded100%Rebuilding Back Deck and ADA Acess RampTampa Realistic Artists, Inc.Arts and Culture$0.00Hillsboroughhttps://www.tamparegionalartists.comNoNoTampa Realistic Artists, Inc. operates the Old Hyde Park Art Center, an historic turn of the century schoolhouse. We have a front door and porch on Swann Ave., and a back deck with our ADA ramp on the alley behind the building. The back deck/ ramp also provides access from our 3 dedicated parking spaces. Through years of use and weather, not helped by last year's 2 hurricanes and this year's Gasparilla, the deck and ramp had deteriored to the point that it had become a safety issue. Boards were loose or popping up, supports on the rails had broken, etc. Over the past years, we have been continually patching the deck, nailing down loose boards, etc. However, we determined that the deck had deteriored to the point that rather than patching this time, it needed to be replaced before someone was injured.The Old Hyde Park Art Center only has access through the front and back door. Access by the front door involves 5 steps, which is not possible for anyone who is disabled, and is very difficult for people bringing in their art supplies. The Art Center is in use 7 days a week with classes, workshops, etc., with people bringing in art supplies. Many of those who attend our activities are senior citizens, and need the convenience of the ADA ramp.02/22/2023361Fully Funded$10,000.00
Fully Funded100%Technology/Computer Lab ReplacementSalesian Sisters of Tampa Inc d/b/a Salesian Youth CenterEducation$0.00Hillsboroughhttp://salesiansisters.orgNoNoThe Salesian Sisters of Tampa, Inc, which is the nonprofit that owns and operates both Salesian Youth Center (SYC) and Villa Madonna School (VMS) (both located on Villa Madonna Campus), has a desperate need for new computers in the computer labs that are used daily. The computers at both SYC and VMS no longer have operating systems that are current which has made the computers virtually unusable, as these computers are now over 10 years old and also in terrible shape otherwise. Both computer labs for the SYC (after school and summer program) and Villa Madonna School have 25 computers each. Children ages 5 to 18 use the computers daily for homework, tutoring, and learning typing, STEM activities, and learning computer literacy, which is so important these days. There are even other nonprofits and volunteers that come in over the summer and work with the children on computer skills, work with the teens on building their resumes, looking at colleges and scholarship opportunities, and searching for occupations they may be interested in. Children at Villa Madonna School also use the computers daily for typing lessons, and computer classes beginning from Kindergarten up through middle school to teach the kids computer literacy.The computers at both the SYC and Villa Madonna School are beyond the point of repair. Students currently are waiting in line at the SYC after school to try to complete homework on the few slow computers that do work, as many of the computers simply are unusable. We have recently had them inspected to see what can be fixed, and the recommendation is that they are all replaced as soon as possible. The computer teacher at Villa is unable to work with students other than to show them what happens when a computer doesn't work. There is already an interruption to students, and if we don't replace them immediately, students' education and grades that staff have worked so hard to help improve over the past 28 years of the SYC being open will suffer.

For many of the children, especially the ones who come daily to the Salesian Youth Center, the computer lab is their only resource for technology. This need for the computers to be upgraded is so incredibly important for them, as students, to be able to get their homework done, be tutored, and learn, grow, and thrive in a world filled with technology.
02/01/2023415Fully Funded$56,540.50
Fully Funded100%Repair Damages to tower and equipment for WPHX FM Radio caused by Hurricane IanFirehouse Cultural Center, Inc.Arts and Culture$0.00Hillsboroughhttp://www.firehouseculturalcenter.orgNoYesHurricane Ian's winds tilted the antenna at the top of the 100 foot communication tower. Additionally the guide wires may have been slightly weakened. We had a tower climber come and temporarily fix the antenna The tower is structurally safe but the guide wires need tightening and securing to be assured that future storm seasons dont impact it. There is also so significant rust at that a galvax coating can extend the life of the tower.

Additionally the power surges damaged the Mac Book which runs the Mega Seg software that feeds the programming to the transmitter and connects teh Emergency Broadcast system to the transmitter. We are currently operating on a 2015 Macbook that has been kept as an emergency backup.
The County will not maintain the tower and if it is determined that the supports place the tower in an unsafe state it will be removed thus leaving WPHX unable to broadcast. This preventative maintenance is beyond our financial ability as underwriting for programs has been significantly impacted the past few years as South County small businesses have struggled12/08/2022450Fully Funded$7,700.00
Fully Funded100%Critical Needs Relief Program Hurrican Ian ReliefGIRLS OF THE WORLD INC.Workforce Services and Career Development$0.00Hillsboroughhttps://girlsoftheworldinc.com/NoYesWe are requesting funding to replace essential items and technology that was damaged from Hurricane Ian. The technology places a big part in our daily operation for our girls and organization. The essential items are needed for our girls daily living.If assistance is not received it will be a challenge for GIRLS OF THE WORLD INC. and greatly reduce the quality of services due to the safety and equipment we need to educate our girls. Our girls will suffer significantly. A lot of them rely on coming to the center to get help with their online school work, projects and applying for jobs. We also supply the girls with personal hygiene items that families can not always provide. We make sure refreshments are provided for every young lady that way no one goes home hungry. Our organization is the pillar of the community for girls we believe. We want to continue to positively impact the future of our young leaders.11/04/2022505Fully Funded$8,000.00
Fully Funded100%Roof Replacement for Transitional Living HomeAbe Brown Ministries, Inc.Workforce Services and Career Development$0.00Hillsboroughhttps://abebrown.orgNoYesOne of Abe Brown Ministries' Transitional Living Homes experienced roof and soffit damage during hurricane Ian. Many shingles are missing and soffits were blown off. Given the age of the roof, it is recommended that the entire roof be replaced.Abe Brown Ministries (ABM) and its transition homes serve the marginalized, vulnerable, under-served, and economically disadvantaged residents of Hillsborough County. The population we serve primarily consists of individuals who have been affected by the criminal justice and/or corrections systems. Those reentering society after incarceration are often among the most poor and vulnerable population within any community.

ABM operates a 12-month Transitional Living Program (TLP) that provides managed housing to 20 returning citizens. TLP residents are assigned a case manager and receive comprehensive reentry services that improve their health and well-being as they transition back into the workforce and society. It is imperative that those returning to the community after incarceration secure healthy, safe, stable and affordable housing. The particular location that was damaged during hurricane Ian is home to 5 returning members of the Tampa Bay community. In order to maintain the safety of this dwelling place, the roof must be replaced.
10/24/2022509Fully Funded$13,333.00
Fully Funded100%Replace food lost due to power outages in our residential home.Selah FreedomDomestic Abuse and Human Trafficking$0.00Hernando ; Hillsborough ; Pasco ; Pinellashttps://www.selahfreedom.com/NoYesDue to Hurricane Ian, our safe home was without power for several days we had to throw our 2 freezers and 2 refrigerators worth of food that was meant to feed the residents in our home. Currently, Florida ranks 3rd in the nation for incidents of sex trafficking and the Tampa Bay area is second highest area in our state. Every day Selah Freedom provides safe housing, basic needs, therapy and wrap around services to survivors of sex trafficking. Currently our safe home in Hillsborough County is full with residents with several women on a waiting list. We are in desperate need of funding for food and medication for these survivors. Selah Freedom does utilize the services of food banks as much as possible. Often these food banks only supply non-perishable items. Funds are needed to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, diary, eggs, meat and other protein items. We also need funding to fill their prescription or over the counter medication that is needed.Selah Freedom provides a place for survivors of sex trafficking to rest, pause and reflect. We currently have two safe homes. A short term one, where we work with the survivors to develop a safe plan for the next steps for their life. A long term one that they can stay in while working on their mental health, physical recovery and career goals. We provide them the path to obtain the life they were meant to have. A healthy diet and proper medication is so critical in their recovery. Without the proper nutrition or medication, it is hard to move any further. With the recent rise in food costs, plus the increased number of survivors we are helping, this cost is really growing. Once the basic needs are supplied, Selah's team can help these survivors further their recovery and move on to the life they dreamed of.10/02/2022537Fully Funded$3,500.00
Fully Funded100%Critical Needs Relief Program - Hurricane Ian ReliefRedlands Christian Migrant Association, Inc.Basic Needs$0.00Hillsboroughhttps://www.rcma.orgNoYesDue to the loss of power in the Tampa Bay and rural outlying regions, RCMA staff and parents have lost the food they had in their refrigerators. There are still many families without power. There is also some damage to homes, not severe, but some damage. Feeding Tampa Bay will be sending food this week. However, many of our families still have no power to cook. We would like to request food vouchers, gift cards, and financial assistance for 250 families in Hillsborough County.If assistance is not received, our families suffer significantly. Many families and children go hungry, and their quality of life declines. They are also more susceptible to illness, mental depression, crime, and many other uncertainties. Our migrant families depend on food assistance, medical care and supplies, utility coverage, infant and toddler care, and educational resources. This is a domino effect where it starts at the top, and if RCMA lacks any resources for families, the end result will be detrimental and potentially life changing. RCMA relies 100% on financial support to perform all of its community responsibilities, programs, initiatives, and human services.
07/09/2021537Fully Funded$25,000.00
Fully Funded100%Mobile Grocery Store Emergency RepairReach Services Inc.Basic Needs$0.00Pinellashttp://reachstpete.orgNoNoIn February 24th, 2022 we launched out newest initiative of the Pop-Up Pantry that is the first of its kind in the entire state of Florida. It is a decommissioned city bus that was gifted to us from PSTA to transform into a mobile grocery store. This mobile grocery store has been dubbed as the "Pop-Up Pantry" a grocery store on wheels committed to restoring access to fresh foods in food desserts and low-income areas. Recently our bus has been faced with multiple mechanical issues. Including but not limited to broken HVAC, broken AC, Coil Replacement, Disconnect switch replacement, electrical panel repair, and replacing a commercial fridge.This need is crucial to our operations, our bus served 355 unduplicated individuals during service route with fresh milk, eggs, breads, dry-goods, meats, produce, and hygiene items. Families depend on this twice a month because it drives out to high need areas, food desserts, and low-income areas. It serves some of our most vulnerable populations in Pinellas County. The bus will not be able to run if we do not get these items repaired. A survey response from a client can be found below:

"My only comment or feedback for you all is thank you. You saw I had 3 kids with me and grocery shopping is something that has been given me anxiety because we cant afford them. Now the girls look forward to coming to the bus because its fun in there and so clean. Its fun for me to because we use the bus service the two times in the month it comes and the other two times in the month we go to the grocery store because I can afford the 2 trips there a month with the help of the bus. so my feedback is thank you so much for doing this for us."
08/02/2022592Fully Funded$13,333.00
Fully Funded100%Urgent Repairs to Building and Electrical Set-up at Child Abuse Prevention Organization OfficesChampions for Children, Inc.Domestic Abuse and Human Trafficking$0.00Hillsboroughhttp://cfctb.orgNoNoAn electrical pole recently fell off the side of one of the buildings where we provide services at our main campus on Azeele Street in Tampa, leading to power and internet outages. We discovered that the part of the building to which it had been attached has rotted out and is no longer capable of holding the weight. A temporary solution has been but put in place, however ultimately that portion of the building will need to be restored, and then the pole reinstalled and rewired to provide electricity and ensure the safety of staff and participant families using the building and parking lot. Any funds to help offset the cost of the repairs will ensure that the building and parking lot can quickly be restored for safe and comfortable use, without drawing necessary funds away from direct services.Failing to repair the building and/or electrical pole will have a negative impact on the services we provide in two ways. First, the instability of these two physical components of our building poses a safety thread to staff as well as parents and children walking through the parking lot and/or utilizing services inside the affected building. This building houses the offices of more than two dozen staff who work directly with families, and is also a place where new moms can come for one-on-one, no cost professional breastfeeding support in a comfortable and supportive environment. Second, we are vulnerable to further power and internet outages that make it difficult or at times even unsafe to provide services onsite. Without these needed repairs, neither the building nor the parking lot (which serves two other buildings of ours on the same campus) cannot be safely or comfortably used by staff or families. As a result, we have already begun the process without dedicated funding, but have a need to recoup a portion or all of the expense in order to not adversely impact other parts of the budget.08/02/2022592Fully Funded$7,711.00
Fully Funded100%Portable Sound and Stage EquipmentThe Pelican PlayersArts and Culture$0.00Hillsboroughhttps://www.pelicanplayersscc.org/NoNoIn order to provide services throughout South Shore, Pelican Players takes programming to residents who often are unable to get to the theatre. As a senior theater company, we need to replace the current outdated and heavy equipment which limits our ability to deliver programming. In addition to portability, we need our sound equipment replaced so that programming can be delivered, often to a population that has challenges with hearing.We will start turning down off-location shows.06/02/2022635Fully Funded$16,239.56
Fully Funded100%Replacement TechnologyUnited Methodist Church of Sun City CenterBasic Needs$0.00Hillsboroughhttps://www.sccumc.com/NoNoThe community facing programs that are run through the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center need to replace their current technology/systems in order to continue to serve the community. The current technology in place is hindering our ability to deliver programming such as the Mary Petro program - for example the Director's current computer does not allow for video calls.Updating the equipment will allow for clients to continue to receive services in a timely and efficient way.06/24/2022638Fully Funded$4,500.00
Fully Funded100%Gas for Transportation CostsSun City Center Security Patrol, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$0.00Hillsboroughhttps://sccpatrol.org/NoNoThe cost of gas has more than doubled in the past few months, which is causing a shortfall in our budget, as our main service is to patrol the Sun City Center Community for safety concerns and to ultimately reduce crime. This rise in the price of gas was unbudgeted and unforeseen, but we must be able to cover the cost to continue providing services. We also need to replace the tires on our cars, and due to inflation, the cost is significantly higher.If we do not receive assistance, we will not be able to continue patrolling the neighborhoods in our community to the same degree as we have been. We would have to reduce the number of cars that are able to patrol, which would reduce the safety impact of having the Security Patrol patrolling the town. If we are not able to replace our tires, we will also have to reduce the number of cars that are able to patrol the community.06/20/2022642Fully Funded$15,000.00
Fully Funded100%Gas for Transportation CostsGood Samaritan Fund and Services of Sun City CenterBasic Needs$0.00Hillsboroughhttp://suncitycenter.org/community-services/good-samaritan-a-scc-ride-services.htmlNoNoWe provide transportation for vulnerable residents of Sun City Center, so that they can safely access medical treatment and other basic needs. In addition to the increased need for our services, the significant increase in the cost of fuel has caused a shortfall in our budget. This rise in the price of gas was unbudgeted and unforeseen, but we must be able to cover the cost to continue providing services.If we do not receive assistance we will need to cut down on the services we provide to this community. Due to the population of Sun City Center, transportation services are critical to ensure the health and well-being of the residents.06/20/2022642Fully Funded$15,000.00
Fully Funded100%Air Conditioning Replacement at Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation LibraryChi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation, Inc.Education$0.00Pinellashttps://www.chichi.org/NoNoAir conditioning for the library at the Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation no longer functioning and needs to be replaced.Currently not able to operate in the library due to the AC no longer functioning. The library is used by students to check out books for recreational or academic focused reading. Our teachers utilized the library to expand their collection of books throughout the year. It has also been used as additional classroom space when needed.05/05/2022681Fully Funded$5,990.00
Fully Funded100%Refrigerator for Healthy Meals ProgramPolice Athletic League of St. Petersburg, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$0.00Pinellashttp://www.stpetepal.orgNoNoThe Police Athletic League of St. Petersburg provides a safe, affordable place for children to go when they are not in school where caring adults offer thoughtfully designed activities to help them succeed academically, make healthy lifestyle choices and grow to be productive adults. Every day after school we provide the kids with a healthy snack and in the summer we provide both a healthy lunch and afternoon snack. Earlier this spring we began having trouble with our existing refrigerator and after several trips from the repair company, last week they said it is no longer worth spending the money to fix as it only works for several days after being serviced and it will not keep a constant temperature.This winter we had to use our budgeted repair funds to replace the catalytic converters that were stolen from our two vans and bus, so we do not have any funds remaining to cover this unexpected expense, too.For the last few weeks of school, we have only been providing non-perishable snacks to the kids afterschool. However, during the summer, we will need to provide a healthy lunch and snack to the 75 children attending camp, so we need a refrigerator to keep items like milk, cheese, hummus, fruits and vegetables at safe temperatures. Our summer camp program begins on Monday, June 6, 2022 at which time we need a refrigerator to store the food for the childen's meals. If we cannot purchase a new refrigerator, we will not be able to offer our free meal program to the children.05/10/2022681Fully Funded$5,082.57
Fully Funded100%Repair Motor on Mobile Food Pantry TruckUnique Ladies of CharacterBasic Needs$0.00Hillsborough ; Pasco ; Pinellashttp://uniqueladies.orgNoNoOur engine went out and is in the shop now. We need the engine repair for our mobile food pantry truck to continue to serve. We have 3 mobile pantries weekly.We want be able to serve our community effectively. We are currently renting U-Haul trucks to deliver, which is costly. We need our truck fixed soon to keep our commitment to those in our community, especially in the rural areas. We feed 1,200 to 1,600 families monthly - mostly seniors, struggling families and homeless individuals. Last year alone we served over 18,000 families. With your support, it would help us to continue the work.02/09/2022752Fully Funded$4,685.11
Fully Funded100%Emergency Plumbing Repair at Affordable Housing UnitHope Villages of America, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$0.00Pinellashttps://hopevillagesofamerica.org/NoNoHope Villages of America (HVA) operates an 11 unit affordable housing complex for formerly homeless families who came from either Grace House (HVA's emergency shelter) or The Haven.(HVA's domestic violence shelter). One of our units had a sewer pipe break underneath the slab, causing sewage to come up out of the toilet, bathtub, and access panel. Because the unit is at the 'end of the line,' when another tenant flushes their toilets, it causes a sewage overflow in the unit that has the pipe break. The pipe needs to be replaced, along with bathtub drain mechanism. This is an invasive repair, as the concrete must be broken up.This is a critical repair because we are not able to house a family in that unit until it is fixed. It has caused us to displace a family, and it is causing major damage to the unit, including flooring and drywall damage, not to mention the potential for mold growth.01/04/2022807Fully Funded$4,650.00
Fully Funded100%Van RequestShirley Proctor Puller Foundation, Inc.Education$0.00Pinellashttps://www.sppf.orgNoNoSPPF is seeking to address our need to improve reliable access to transportation for our youth. The van and bus that are currently leased to us by the host facility (Mount Zion Progressive) are 2007 models, over 14 years old, past their warranty period, unreliable, in poor condition, and in need of frequent repairs. In addition, at present we share these vehicles with our host facility (a church). SPPF clients (youth) and staff have encountered disruption - delays due to maintenance and/or scheduling overlaps and notifications of no availability - making current use of leased vehicles a challenge for the transportation of the children who rely on the M.A.S.T.R. Kids program for daily after-school educational programming and summer learning, enrichment, and care.The children and families served by the Shirley Proctor Puller Foundation (SPPF) come to us from the largest African American community in Pinellas County (south St. Petersburg) and from families that have faced generations of inequity and who typically encounter some form of crisis/trauma every day. SPPF is dedicated to helping to close the achievement gap for these youth but to do so we must first get them to our program. Without reliable transportation our youth will lose access to valuable educational opportunities in a safe environment filled with positive reinforcement.

Parents depend on us to pick up their children every day after school and for summer transportation. Reliable transportation enables our program to provide a positive, safe learning environment for our scholars, reducing their exposure to crime after school. Reliable transportation reduces the daily stress of possible conflicts, potential breakdowns and/or accidents, and improves our ability to provide safe transportation conditions for the scholars. This enhances trust with parents. Most importantly, the transportation provides consistency and program fidelity which is critical to our success in advancing literacy skills with our students.
11/12/2021858Fully Funded$52,738.00
Fully Funded100%Walk-in Freezer Repair at Wildlife SanctuaryElmira's Wildlife SanctuaryAnimal Welfare$0.00Hillsboroughhttps://www.elmiraswildlfie.orgNoNoThe motor for the walk-in freezer at Elmira's Wildlife Sanctuary must be replaced or 4000 lbs of meat for big cats and wolves will spoil. The repair company has been out 3 times, trying to keep the existing motor going to no avail. This is a costly repair that is not in this year's budget. Renting a freezer truck is not an option, nor are upright and chest freezers. We rely on this freezer for our daily storage needs.

Please help save the food for animals.
4000 lbs of meat for animals, along with a variety of frozen fruit, dog food and other animal feed, will spoil, resulting in an additional financial loss of several thousand dollars. The food may not replaceable at the price we originally paid for it.The food loss is much more costly than replacing the motor in the freezer11/09/2021862Fully Funded$1,640.00
Fully Funded100%Office Printer For Mental Health OfficeNAMI Pasco County Florida Inc.Health and Wellbeing$0.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough ; Pascohttp://namipasco.orgNoNoThe printer at our mental health office needs to be replaced as it is fully broken with no chance of revival.Since our printer has died we have had to outsource our printing or not do it at all. In some cases, this has led to us having to take funds from other areas such as programming or has resulted in our resources not being able to be given out to participants and community members. These resources range from mental health fact sheets, assignments, and further support resources. Without them, we sometimes break the chain in care causing some stagnation and in extreme cases backsliding in wellbeing.11/11/2021862Fully Funded$5,000.00
Fully Funded100%Emergency Secure Storage for Musical Instruments and EquipmentGirls Rock St. PeteHealth and Wellbeing$0.00Hillsborough ; Pinellashttps://girlsrockstpete.org/NoNoThe carefully invested instruments and equipment for Girls Rock St. Pete (guitars, keys & stands, drum kits, amps, mics, equipment) has been partially stored in the secure and temperature controlled garage of a generous volunteer who has unexpectedly needed to move out of the area as early as Dec. 15, 2021. As we revitalize our budget after two COVID years without hosting camp or our major fundraising associated, we are in need of proper storage space large enough to store over$35,000 worth of inventory and which is accessible by our volunteers for various programming and fundraisers. As we gear up for camp in 2022, we are also coordinating our instrument lending library, which will entail an inventory and check-out system from storage for campers who wish to continue their musical education beyond camp and need borrowed instruments. A local storage company is well located between our coordinators with easy access in a secure location. A locked in rate would save us $1,400 and allow us time to host our major fundraiser, as well as other planned fundraising campaigns in 2022 to ensure fiscal sustainability going forward.Five years of financial investment into the instruments and equipment required to run camp will be at risk. 15-16 guitars, bass guitars, drum sets, keys, stands, amps, equipment, merch, supplies must be properly stored to avoid repair and replacement costs come Spring. Volunteer access to this equipment is essential to our operations as well as keeping all equipment protected from potential weather and security damage. Also, not securing proper storage could severely delay a new program The Girls Rock Instrument Lending Library, which will entail an inventory and check-out system from storage for campers who wish to continue their musical education beyond camp and need borrowed instruments.11/12/2021862Fully Funded$4,716.00
Fully Funded100%Truck Repairs for Ministerio Mujeres Restauradas Por Dios Food PantryMINISTERIO MUJERES RESTAURADAS POR DIOS, INC.Basic Needs$0.00Hillsboroughhttps://www.facebook.com/MujeresRDios/NoNoThe truck that we use to transport food, hygiene items, and clothes to our food pantry for at-risk families just broke down. The clutch, Load Handling System, rear door, and all four tires need to be replaced. The A/C compressor and expansion valve, the rear lift gate, and the transmission need to be repairedWithout these repairs and replacements, our truck will be inoperable. This means that we cannot use it to transport food, clothing, and hygiene items to our food pantry. This limits the supplies that we are able to offer to vulnerable families in our community. Typically, we serve up to 500 people a day. This number has been severely diminished since our truck broke down- we are able to serve less than half that number of people with resources available in our facility.10/13/2021891Fully Funded$8,071.76
Fully Funded100%Recovery Home Roof RepairTimothy Initiative Ministries, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$0.00Hillsboroughhttps://www.timothyinitiative.org/NoNoWe operate several recovery homes in the Ybor area and 1 of our homes needs a new roof. The condition of the roof has been surveyed and is considered to be in urgent need of repair. We are not able to cover the costs of the new roof and it threatens the livability of the home should it begin to fail. The men we house have life issues with homelessness and addiction and rely on our programs and housing.The home currently houses 7 men in recovery that we would not be able to absorb into our other homes. We would loose the revenue from the fees that we collect as well as having the task of finding other affordable options if any for our residents. We will have no other option other than to move the men out of the residence.09/14/2021921Fully Funded$15,170.00
Fully Funded100%Replacement of Transmission for Therapuetic Community Recreation Center Transport VanTherapeutic Community Recreation CenterEducation$0.00Pinellashttps://tcrcofamerica.com/NoNoWe are seeking funds to repair our daily transportation van for the Therapeutic Community Recreation Center. We serve children who have been exposed to severe trauma and display behavioral issues. We provide a safe haven for these children as wells as homework assistance, employability skills, counseling and mentoring. Most of these children have not been successful in traditional childcare settings.This van is used for drop offs and pick ups for the children in the program daily. There are morning pick ups, and also afternoon pick ups from various schools and some of the children are also dropped off at home at the end of each day if parents aren't able to pick them up.09/04/2021928Fully Funded$5,534.00
Fully Funded100%Washer and Dryer Replacement for Family Resiliency Program with Long-term Transitional HousingFlorida Resurrection HouseBasic Needs$0.00Hillsborough ; Pasco ; Pinellashttp://www.floridaresurrectionhouse.orgNoNoThe washers and dryers in our on-site laundry facility need to be replaced with commercial equipment. The machines are nearly two decades old and are also residential grade, so can't keep up with constant use. One (of the four) dryers has completely stopped working, a second dryer works on and off, and two (of the four) washers regularly overflow or breakdown. (For example, a single washer or dryer can only handle a twin bedspread and nothing else). We have made multiple small repairs and part replacements as needed and finances allow, yet these machines are at the end of their lifespan.With fifteen families in our program, their budgets are already small and stretched tight. Participants are provided a time in the weekly laundry schedule when they may use the laundry facilities. However, if the machine(s) are out of order during their assigned time, they either try to use an emergency time slot, or pay for laundry at an offsite laundromat. Going off site means participant's already small budgets are stretched even farther. Some participants with no income do not have this option. Full replacement of the washers and dryers is not a budgeted expense and therefore it is unknown when we will have the funding to replace them. The machines were purchased in 2007 and at least one can no longer be repaired. Additionally, the commercial grade machines will be better able to handle the large volume of use.08/27/2021939Fully Funded$8,552.00
Fully Funded100%Purchase Replacement Safety VestsSun City Center Emergency SquadBasic Needs$0.00Hillsboroughhttp://sccems.com/NoNoReplenishment of critically needed safety vests- slip-on for all sizes.We are critically low on safety vests. They need to be replenished asap. The Need: The Squad equips each of our 4 ambulances with 3 vests (one for each team member) and our two wheelchair vans with 2 vests (one for each team member) for a total of 16. Our current vests are old and are sized often resulting in a team member being unable to fit into one of the three vests onboard. Our request for 24 allows for 1 vest when needed in our Chief’s car and replacements when vests are soiled while performing our duties.

The impact will be a major issue as the vests are used whenever an ambulance is called to a motor vehicle accident and anytime the team exits the vehicle in a public place particularly during night-time hours. With the population boom in this area, more and more traffic is traversing SR 674 (SCC’s main thoroughfare between I75 and SR 301) resulting in an increase in motor vehicle accidents in SCC. We are also heading into the return of snowbirds which will add to the traffic and a potential for more MVA's. Another more recent unanticipated need has been when our squad members who are now working at COVID vaccination sites (our EMT’s vaccinate at drive throughs). Squad members also provide traffic control at the site. This need is likely coming up again shortly when Booster shots are offered. We want to be prepared.
Not realizing the unforeseen increased need, we did not budget for enough vests. We will rectify this situation when we work on a 2022 budget.
08/20/2021943Fully Funded$34,548.00
Fully Funded100%The EmpowHERment Community Center Table and Chairs ReplacementEmpowhermentWorkforce Services and Career Development$0.00Pinellashttp://empowherment.orgNoNoThe EmpowHERment Community Center is an all-inclusive, grassroots-operated space that encourages women to reach their full potential through education, communal support, and individual advocacy. EmpowHERment organizes and hosts a Monday night financial literacy class, a "Painting and Healing" workshop, a single mother support group, monthly networking events, and many programs designed to aid the budding entrepreneur.
Our workshops take place in the EmpowHERment Community Center Conference Room, where we have a long wooden table and eight IKEA-bought chairs. We are coming up to our one-year anniversary in our community center, and unfortunately, it has become apparent to the team that the conference table is too small and that every single chair in the conference room is broken to some degree. The conference table is too small to allow comfortable social distancing, and the chairs are missing bolts or screws or are uneven and wobbly. Not only is this distracting during workshops, but it is dangerous for our guests, clients, and team members. With the help from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, we can replace the conference table with a larger one-preferably 11ft- and we can purchase steadier, high-quality chairs as soon as possible without interrupting our programming.
If we are unable to receive funding for new conference room furniture, we may have to revert back to virtual workshops via Zoom. Over time, we may be able to receive a donation that will allow us to purchase a new table and chairs; however, our clients prefer to meet in person to establish community support and browse through the hygiene pantry at the center. Without this interpersonal connection provided by in-person meetings at the center, our clients may fall through the cracks and eventually stop participating in events and programs.08/17/2021948Fully Funded$6,000.00
Fully Funded100%Repair of Air Conditioning and Plumbing in Our Re-entry HomeCons Helping Cons - Free to Serve, Inc.Basic Needs$0.00Hernando ; Hillsborough ; Pasco ; Pinellashttps://conshelpingconsfreetoserve.org/NoNoWe assist an average of 240 men and women each month to successfully re-enter society after incarceration by providing housing, employment, and a mentor. One of our re-entry homes is currently uninhabitable due to the air conditioning failing. We were already having problems with the plumbing in the house but the AC outage was the straw that broke the camel's back. We desperately need to get this home back up and running to provide the necessary housing component to those re-entering society.We cannot operate this home without AC and plumbing. Without this home, we are unable to provide housing to the men and women who are exiting incarceration. That population then has a greatly increased recidivism risk.08/13/2021950Fully Funded$25,000.00
Fully Funded100%Transportation Bus Roof Leak and Catalytic ConverterSerenity Outreach INCWorkforce Services and Career Development$0.00Hillsboroughhttp://www.serenityoutreachinc.irgNoNoSerenity Outreach is in need of assistance with repairing the roof leak on our 14 passenger bus which was discovered after this past storm we had. We also desperately need assistance with the replacement of the Catalytic Converter that was cut and stolen from our bus. Because of this, we have had to cancel 3 of our community trips and make other provisions for our clients to get to work.If we do not receive assistance it will impact our workforce development program and our community engagement & outreach which will impact the family systems that depend on transportation to work, stores, and doctor visits. It will also impact our part-time diver he will lose his job if we can afford to get the bus back on the road.

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08/10/2021954Fully Funded$3,200.00
Fully Funded100%Air Conditioning Replacement at Seniors in Service of Tampa BaySeniors in Service of Tampa Bay, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$0.00Hillsborough ; Pasco ; Pinellashttp://seniorsinservice.orgNoNoSeniors in Service’s Air Conditioning unit for our main office unexpectedly stopped working and needed to be replaced – an unforeseen problem that is crucial to daily operations. We are a nonprofit dedicated to providing solutions to community challenges by engaging volunteers aged 55+. We help at-risk children, isolated seniors, adults with disabilities, overwhelmed family caregivers, struggling veterans, hungry families and more. Plus our volunteers benefit from staying active and purposeful. We engage over 900 volunteers annually in collaboration with 150+ community partners to meet the needs of 7500 underserved individuals in Hillsborough, Pinellas & Pasco counties. During 37 years of service, we have provided over 5 million hours of community assistance with a fair market value exceeding $131,600,000. Each year independent audits show over 93% of each dollar goes to program services.If assistance is not received we will need to use unrestricted donations that we intend to use for program services. The $5,145 in assistance will support 5 low-income seniors with ongoing in-home companion services for a full year or 5 economically disadvantaged children with intensive one-on-one tutoring/mentoring for a full school year.

The Air Conditioning Unit must be replaced to ensure a healthy workplace for our staff and for our senior-aged volunteers. WIthout working air conditioning in the midst of the hottest summer months, program staff and volunteers cannot use the office. Program staff use the office to enable volunteer recruiting, criminal background checks, volunteer training and ongoing services to help our community’s most vulnerable residents. In addition, our dedicated volunteers attend 4-hour new-volunteer orientations and mandatory monthly trainings that are required to maximize the impact of their service and improve life for the at-risk children, elders, adults with disabilities, Veterans and food-insecure individuals they serve.
08/10/2021954Fully Funded$5,145.00
Fully Funded100%Air Conditioning Part ReplacementArts Center Association, Inc. dba Morean Arts CenterArts and Culture$0.00Pinellashttps://www.moreanartscenter.orgNoNoThe Morean Arts Center is requesting funding to replace parts needed for its air conditioning system. The system failed last month due to its age which has affected all the 3 classrooms,4 galleries and the retail area located on the first floor. The Morean's building at 719 Central Avenue was built in the early 1990s and the old air conditioning system parts are not available anymore. The part needed is a condenser coil which is non-repairable. Our vendor, ABM (see attached quote doc) will rebuild that part for us for $7,668.65.The Morean serves more than 5,000 students every year, a third of which take classes on the floor affected by this issue. Those classes include Jewelry, painting, open studio and figure drawing. We also welcome more than 1,000 visitors monthly to our galleries. The uncomfortable temperatures are detrimental to our visitation numbers, where visitors are not likely to spend any time at the galleries. During our past exhibition openings, the Morean used portable A/C units as a temporary solution which proved ineffective due to the ventilation needed to operate them. Temperatures were uncomfortable throughout for our guests and we had to postpone some events. They also affect our class registrations as we have received numerous complaints from students during the current session who are not likely to sign up for future classes until the issue is fixed. This has definitely affected our operations.08/12/2021954Fully Funded$7,000.00
Fully Funded100%Roof RepairGirls Incorporated of PinellasEducation$0.00Pinellashttp://www.girlsinc-pinellas.orgNoNoAt Girls Inc of Pinellas, we experienced major leaking in our roof during the last two rainstorms. The storms left our front check in/check out area for our students filled with puddles of water. This reception area houses our intake computer and the front area telephone station.This reception area houses our welcome area, student intake computer and the receptionist telephone station. Without the repair to the roofing system, we anticipate continued flooding in the reception area and risk to our systems. The check-in station is strategically located at the entrance of the facility to monitor arriving and departing students and families.07/23/2021971Fully Funded$38,850.00
Fully Funded100%Wall Repair and Computer ReplacementNext Generation Kids Camp IncEducation$0.00Pinellashttp://nextgenerationkidscamp.orgNoNoCurrently need to replace computers, fix wall in facility which is causing water to come in from heavy rain, and clean carpets.If assistance is not received we will have to scale back children at the center due to the inability to use one of the rooms because of the water coming in. We also will have to deny many children access to our services and resources needed in the community.07/09/2021982Fully Funded$7,200.00
Fully Funded100%Replace Stolen Catalytic Converters on Transport Buses for Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa BayBoys and Girls Clubs of Tampa BayBasic Needs$0.00Hillsborough ; Pascohttps://www.bgctampa.orgNoNoOn June 7, 2021 (the first day of Summer Camp), we arrived at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay administration office to find that the catalytic converters had been stolen off of all four of our transport buses, which had been parked in our parking lot. These are the buses that we use to transport kids to and from field trips during summer camp. Last year, we were not able to take any of our kids on field trips, due to COVID, so we were really excited to be able to offer field trips for the first time in two years. Field trips are really a wonderful way to let our kids enjoy special experiences that most of them would never have the opportunity to experience. So, the theft was especially disappointing. Our insurance does not cover the cost to replace and repair the vehicles, which is a total cost of about $8,800. And, this is a cost that we did not budget for. And, unfortunately, we do not have security cameras, which we definitely need, which is an additional cost of $3,100.The four transport buses are the only mode of transportation that we have, to get kids to and from their Summer Camp field trips. So, without the repairs and without the buses, we will have to cancel the field trips, which will take away the opportunity for our most underserved kids to have new experiences. We have a saying of "If the kids can't see it, then they can't be it," meaning that it's impossible for these kids to even imagine what they've never had the chance to experience. We don't want to take that away from them.07/08/2021983Fully Funded$12,000.00
Fully Funded100%Washer and Dryer Replacement for Single Mother HousingShepherd's VillageBasic Needs$0.00Hillsborough ; Pinellashttps://www.shepherdsvillage.comNoNoBroken Washer and Dryer at a single-mother housing facility. Shepherd's Village provides onsite free laundry for our residents and their children. Currently we have one broken washer and dryer. The second washer and dryer are on it's last leg of life. Two washers and dryers provide the basic need of laundry assistance for 11 families (22 children and 11 moms). With the COVID-19 pandemic we saw a significant increase in the usage of the washers and dryers which has resulted in many repairs and now a broken washer and dryer.Our families would see immediate financial stress to their budget. Some of our families have small children and the stress of finding laundry locations that are safe and conducive to their varying schedules would bring stress to families that are working hard to provide a stable environment for their children. These families are in crisis, by providing free laundry facilities we give them a little more breathing room to reach their goals.07/12/2021983Fully Funded$5,875.00
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