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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.

From now through October, Community Foundation Tampa Bay has expanded the criteria for the Critical Needs List to support local recovery related to the impact of Hurricane Ian.

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 Ian RelatedRequested NeedCritical Nature of NeedFund UseFinal Submit DateDays from Submission to Web RefreshStatusAmount FundedAmount Requested
Not Funded0%Food Relief for those effected by Hurricane IanFeeding Tampa BayBasic Needs$250,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough ; Pasco ; Pinellashttp://www.feedingtampabay.orgYesAs the region’s largest foodbank, and the primary food-related disaster response organization, we are launching our response after Hurricane Ian. Pantry distributions are planned for Hillsborough Community College Dale Mabry in Tampa, Baycare Health in Clearwater and Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Other 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. To do this, we need additional financial support to purchase food and supplies, as well as for transportation expenses.

There were over 623,278 food insecure individuals in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas Counties before Hurricane Ian. 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.
Storm response has three stages:
• Before the storm: We staged mass distributions at several high profile sites to give households needed supplies.
• During and immediately after the storm response: Beginning late last week, we started receiving supplies of MRE's and water. We always have FEMA supplies on hand and are scheduled to receive between 10-15 tractor trailer loads 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 Ian. Others will be newly facing food insecurity directly related to the impacts of Hurricane Ian. 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.
Funds will be used to purchase additional food to be distributed to those effected by Hurricane Ian. Additional related costs such as distribution supplies and transportation expenses may be supported with these funds. Food will distributed in multiple ways:
-Mobile distributions throughout the community
-Food provided to our 450 partners who in turn distribute to those they serve
-Individuals may pick up food from our warehouse in Tampa
-Hot meals served at Trinity Cafe, our free restaurant with two locations in Tampa and one location in Pinellas
09/30/20221Active$0.00$250,000.00
Not Funded0%Air Conditioning ReplacementTurn Around Tampa IncBasic Needs$11,143.04Hillsboroughhttps://www.turnaroundtampa.org/NoOur facility has experienced challenges with our AC Unit, we have been in our location since 2017 and had our unit repaired in 2018. Unfortunately our system is beyond repair. The unit is extremely old and the property management will not be replacing our unit. Our facility accommodates up to 120 people including children on a regular basis and are in need of a replacement unit.Being that our facility is used for multipurpose hosting job fairs, special events, etc. and without the proper cooling system we are unable to provide the adequate services needed for our community. Being that we are unable to operate at our full capacity, after school programs and the safe haven for our youth has been suspended. Our community service for the evening events have all come to a pause until we are able to get the unit replaced.11,143.04 will be used for the AC replacement
08/26/202236Active$0.00$11,143.04
Not Funded0%Security EnhancementsChabad Lubavitch Of South Tampa Inc.Health and Wellbeing$25,000.00Hillsboroughhttp://chabadchaicenter.comNoWe have faced new threats due to the increase of antisemitic behavior in Tampa. As a Chaplain with local and federal law enforcement, we are keenly aware of the potential danger to our organization. As a result, we need to greatly enhance the security measures at our facility and off-site events. This will include security guards, lay leader training, cameras, and upgraded barriers. I am saddened by the amount of money that will need to be spent on these measures, money that could be so much better spent on helping people grow and move their lives forward.
Any assistance you could provide will be essential to our organization continuing to provide life-changing social, educational, and humanitarian services in safety.
If we're not able to secure this essential funding, then we will either have to pull some of our current programs such as loaves of love, law enforcement counseling, visit me, or we will have to cut back on programming we can't ensure as secure.$5,000 Barrier Enhancement
$10,000 Security Personnel
$5,000 Security Cameras
$5,000 Lay-Leader Training
08/19/202243Active$0.00$25,000.00
Not Funded0%S.O.S. Means Save Our ShipOpiate Awareness InstituteEducation$20,000.00Pinellashttps://www.opiateawareness.org/NoOAI has focused on getting our youth involved in the marine environment for education, skill & character building, and to provide the excitement and adventure we all desire. We operate from marine vessels to engage in scuba, water sports, marine biology & conservation, as well as salvage, rescue & recovery. Our unique and exciting programs and activities centered around the marine environment have been the "saving grace" for many young men & women, as well as the volunteer veterans who serve.

We had $25,000 of funding from SBA arranged, but we received an email from SBA that all future funding promised has been cancelled, and that the funding has run out since the funding of Ukraine began.

Our primary vessel, Research Vessel Sala (40' Albin Trawler), is in serious need of repairs to be functional this season. A haul-out is needed immediately as the vessel cannot be considered safe as is, preventing OAI members from normal boarding or maintenance. Mechanical repairs are needed as well.

Our work boat (16" Aluminum Run-a-bout) blew the old motor. A 30 to 50 HP long shaft outboard is required, and since the vessel has been stagnant for 4 months, needs haul-out and bottom paint. This vessel is very important for personnel transportation, salvage operations, and educational youth projects.
As of this point over half of the planned projects and activities have been delayed. Many of our youth participants are "losing touch" with the organization, causing more & more to be devoured by the darkness of drug addiction. Our lack of community engagement also creates a sinking revenue stream that perpetuates the problem. OAI's success at engaging Tampa Bay's youth with the areas veterans has been instrumental at saving countless lives and families in our local communities. Please help us continue to be of service to Tampa Bay & all of Florida.Haul-out R/V Sala for repairs, anti-fouling paint, diesel maintenance, thru-hull replacement & underwater lighting repair. Fees will include haul-out, vessel transportation to & from service yard, refueling, as well as physical repairs and parts..

Service boat will require replacement engine (used), mounting & rigging, haul & paint.
08/19/202243Active$0.00$20,000.00
Not Funded0%Mobile Grocery Store Emergency RepairReach Services Inc.Basic Needs$4,374.54Pinellashttp://reachstpete.orgNoIn 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, 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."
$610.64 : Suncoast Fleet Services Repair (Mechanics)
$1,263.90 : Thermos King Repair (AC)
$2,500 : New Commercial Fridge Replacement
08/09/202253Active$0.00$4,374.54
Not Funded0%Urgent Repairs to Building and Electrical Set-up at Child Abuse Prevention Organization OfficesChampions for Children, Inc.Domestic Abuse and Human Trafficking$6,743.70Hillsboroughhttp://cfctb.orgNoAn 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.If awarded, the requested funds would be used to cover the costs of necessary repairs to one of our buildings at 3108 W. Azeele Street in Tampa. The process will involve the following steps:

- Demolishing one wall of the building and removing the old wall coverings and build-outs.
- Rebuilding and reinforcing the wall.
- Purchase and run temporary air conditioning unit during repairs.
- Cutting power and disconnecting electrical conduits from the wall.
- Replacing rotted damaged board behind electrical.
- Reattaching electrical conduits to the rebuilt wall.
- Running new wiring to electrical poll and reattaching conduits to building.

Invoices are attached as evidence of amount requested.
08/09/202253Active$0.00$6,743.70
Not Funded0%Replace A/C system for One Community NowOne Community NowBasic Needs$4,900.00Pascohttp://www.onecommunitynow.comNoOne of our two A/C units in our office just stopped running cool. Our office is where we meet with clients on a daily basis. We called the repair tech and he told us we have an extensive leak which would require a full replacement of the A/C unit due to the age of our system and how much coolant we are loosing.
We use our office as the primary meeting place to assist our clients. We provide human services to individuals and families that are at-risk of becoming homeless and those that are already homeless. We are a full service agency with the ability to help our clients with employment, education, housing, food, and other resources.
Our primary clients are those that are very low income, at-risk of homelessness and the homeless. We assist them by meeting with them in our office to help them have their immediate needs met and help to set longer term goals. We help those that are looking for employment by assisting them with resume and interview coaching. We assist those that are at-risk of losing their housing due to a lack of funds and increased rent rates. Most of our clients are veterans, seniors, disabled and/or single parents. All of our clients fall at 80% of AMI or below with more than 60% of our clients falling below 30% of AMI. Our office is the location where we meet with clients face to face. We usually have 20 clients each day in our office and we have a staff of 8 employees.We will use the funds to replace one of our A/C systems that is not working. 100% of the funds will be used to purchase and have installed a new machine that will be a Champion Heat Pump Split 3 ton 16 SEER horizontal heat pump with 5KW emergency heat stips. Includes new copper line sets.07/14/202279Active$0.00$4,900.00
Not Funded0%HVAC Replacement at Family Resource CenterTampa Bay Center for Community TransformationEducation$26,790.00Hillsboroughhttps://transformtampabay.org/NoBroken A/C unit in the building where we hold programs summer/after school programs for youth in the Belmont Heights neighborhood. We also plan to conduct parenting workshops and social/emotional learning workshops in this space as well.During the heat of the summer the lack of A/C in the building creates an environment that is unsafe, and not conducive to learning. The conditions put additional stress on the youth as well as the program providers.Funds will be used to replace 3 outdated RTU units in the Family Resource Center. Funds provided will be used for the following work as described in the attached quote from 75 Air LLC a licensed Tampa HVAC company:
We will remove your old RTU unit and replace it with a new equipment that will match the
exiting curve.
Permit will be pull and work inspected by the county.
Includes: Rental of the crane, connecting high and low voltage, securing the unit,
changing the breaker if need it, disposal of the old unit, transportation of both equipment.
New thermostat.
1 year warranty.
We will be using existing curve, high and low voltage, duct system.
06/29/202294Active$0.00$26,790.00
Fully Funded100%Portable Sound and Stage EquipmentThe Pelican PlayersArts and Culture$0.00Hillsboroughhttps://www.pelicanplayersscc.org/NoIn 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.These funds will be used to purchase all of the equipment showing on the quote uploaded below. This will help us to meet the demands of community organizations hiring our theater company to perform on location at area venues.06/27/202296Fully Funded$16,239.56$16,239.56
Fully Funded100%Replacement TechnologyUnited Methodist Church of Sun City CenterBasic Needs$0.00Hillsboroughhttps://www.sccumc.com/NoThe 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.See attached06/24/202299Fully Funded$4,500.00$4,500.00
Not Funded0%Roof replacement at Bessie Boley ApartmentsBoley Centers, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$146,806.00Pinellashttp://boleycenters.orgNoBessie Boley Apartments, a HUD 202 complex providing affordable housing to 20 individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, is in desperate need of a roof replacement. The current roof leaks and has holes, when a spot is patched another area begins to leak. The roof above the hallway is cracked with pieces of the roof falling. 100% of the individuals living at Bessie Boley Apartments have income under 50% of the area median income, all are disabled. This facility allows them to pay no more than 30% of their income for rent.Currently, two of the 20 apartments are uninhabitable due to the leaking roof. Continued deterioration is expected. If the roof is not replaced the building will be closed and the residents will be without housing.Remove existing roof and gutters and replace.06/23/2022100Active$0.00$146,806.00
Not Funded0%Air Conditioning ReplacementPregnancy Care Center of Plant CityBasic Needs$13,865.00Hillsboroughhttps://plantcitypregnancycenter.org/NoWe have recently been notified that two of our 3 air conditioning units in our building where we meet with clients need to be replaced as soon as possible.Without working air conditioning units that service our client classrooms and administrative offices we will be unable to serve our clients. With Florida temperatures as high as they are and all our client classrooms being interior rooms with no windows, it's just not feasible for us to keep our doors open without air conditioning. We can't expose our pregnant clients to that kind of heat for a prolonged period of time.The requested fund will be used to pay to replace both air conditioning units and all the additional parts and labor per the quote received for this work that is attached.06/21/2022102Active$0.00$13,865.00
Not Funded0%Vex Robotics SystemFirehouse Cultural Center, Inc.Arts and Culture$6,795.00Hillsboroughhttp://www.firehouseculturalcenter.orgNoFCC conducts Summer Camps and other workshops throughout the year using Lego Minecraft robotics kits to teach students coding and STEM subject matter. We engage instructors from Lennard, HCC and USF to engage and inspire the youth in these complex subjects. Many schools do not have the resources or class offerings for all the students to be explore this subject unless it is a magnet program. The minecraft systems we have are several years old and have been condensed down to just a few as parts have gone bad or missing. The students are having to share kits in larger numbers ie rather than the optimal 2 to 3 students on a team we have had 4 or more.

It is a well-researched fact that student attitudes toward STEM topics decrease as they get older. This decrease in positive perceptions can have meaningful and measurable consequences on student persistence,
effort, and even grades. We begin workshops as camps and workshops early as 7 years of age.

It is also critical that during this past period of chaotic school scheduling that Vex has noted much attention has been given to the importance of prioritizing students' and teachers' mental health in thinking about combating pandemic-induced learning loss and successfully transitioning back to school.
Without the new systems we will continue to use the Minecraft and see reduced learning by having larger clusters of students. Additionally we are concerned that with rising Covid cases we may be returning to distancing again and will be forced to Limit the size thus reducing the class significantly. It is not financially prudent to buy overpriced third party parts for the old system on Ebay and other sources, as we have done . They simply are a band aid.

There are currently 20 campers enrolled for our Aug 1 to 5 session , 3 on a waitlist who could be added if new system is obtained. Two are attending on scholarship and 1 of the waitlist would be a scholarship
The funds will purchase the Classroom bundle, 2 storage carts and an annual software license.06/20/2022103Active$0.00$6,795.00
Not Funded0%Replacement of Broken Equipment (Air Conditioner and Playground Slide)New Life VillageBasic Needs$13,200.00Hillsboroughhttps://newlifevillage.org/NoWe are seeking funds to replace the Village playground slide and a resident's air conditioning unit. Our playground slide cracked and is unable to be repaired, so this will need to be replaced. A resident's air conditioner also broke recently, and while we have been able to service it to keep it running temporarily, it needs to be replaced as well.Because we serve at-risk youth affected by foster care or trauma, supporting children with enriching, relationship-building activities is central to our work. The Village playground is where our children have fun, build strong bonds, and learn to thrive in community. Our location on the west side of 50th St means that there isn't a nearby park easily accessible to our youth. As such, a safe and fun space for children to play is a crucial part of our Village.

Our work is built upon a foundation of safe, affordable housing for children and families. Functional air conditioning units are, of course, essential. As they age and begin to fail, it is necessary for them to be replaced so that residents do not have to deal with the inconvenience of stopgap solutions and can feel comfortable and secure in their homes.
Funds would be used to replace our playground slide ($10,500) and an air conditioner at one of our resident's units ($2,700).06/20/2022103Active$0.00$13,200.00
Fully Funded100%Gas for Transportation CostsSun City Center Security Patrol, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$0.00Hillsboroughhttps://sccpatrol.org/NoThe 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.Funds will be used to replace tires and purchase gas.06/20/2022103Fully Funded$15,000.00$15,000.00
Not Funded0%Water Heater Replacement at Intermediate Care Facility for medically fragile individuals with I/DDPARC, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$5,974.00Pinellashttps://parc-fl.orgNoParc Center for Disabilities has two ICF homes on our campus known as The Cottages. The Cottages are home to 15 medically fragile individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Both homes have water heaters that are 15+ years old. Over the years this equipment has accumulated sediment inside that reduces the amount of hot water they provide and the water temperatures are not consistent. In order to adhere to health and safety regulations, temperatures must remain consistently below 110 degrees for the dorms and +120 degrees for the kitchens. Both water heaters have become problematic and are unreliable to the point that we are constantly replacing elements that heat the water as well as devices that regulate the water temperatures. Constantly making repairs has become unsustainable putting these machines at risk of complete failure.When these water heaters break or become unrepairable the Cottages will not have hot water to bathe and provide basic hygiene to keep our vulnerable residents healthy and safe from disease. Caregivers will not have access to hot water for sanitizing dishes and cookware, laundry, basic cleaning, and for washing their hands prior to cooking and providing care for each resident.

It is critical to replace these machines before they break. Due to the difficulty with supply chain issues we could potentially be without a water heater for days or weeks if replacement parts are not available or if one of these heaters is unrepairable. We cannot put our residents in an unsafe, emergency situation for any amount of time.
The funds will be used to purchase new water heaters for our two ICF homes. Each unit is $2,987. The total cost to purchase a unit for both homes is $5,974.00.06/20/2022103Active$0.00$5,974.00
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.htmlNoWe 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.The funds will be used to purchase gas06/20/2022103Fully Funded$15,000.00$15,000.00
Not Funded0%Cargo Trailer Replacement for camp serving kids impacted by family substance useWestCare GulfCoast-Florida, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$6,138.00Pasco ; Pinellashttps://westcare.com/NoThe cargo trailer for WestCare's Camp Mariposa needs to be replaced. It was discovered at the last camp (May 13-15) that sections of the trailer are beginning to rust through, making it unsafe to transport sleeping bags, camp program supplies, and other equipment for the youth attending overnight outings. Camp Mariposa is a year-round addiction prevention and mentoring program for youth affected by the substance use of a family member. Camping weekends are critical to helping youth ages 9 to 12 learn healthy coping skills that build resiliency and help to break the cycle of addiction. Many of the youth served have involvement in the foster care system as a result of parental substance use. Camp Mariposa is a program model for youth substance use prevention developed by Eluna Foundation and is independently evaluated.If the cargo trailer cannot be replaced quickly, camps will need to be postponed or cancelled until it can be replaced. Additional staff and vehicles would be needed to transport camp necessities for the weekend which would impact staff schedules and other WestCare services as vehicles may not be available for client transportation. Without the consistent offering of these camps, the youth will struggle to make and maintain progress in building resiliency. The next camp weekend is currently scheduled for July 22-24. WestCare's Camp Mariposa follows a therapeutic model that mixes 6 weekend camps with 6 family fun days. While the no-cost family days are designed to provide new experiences for the youth, they also help demonstrate positive family interactions and provide ideas for low-cost opportunities for family activities outside of formal camp times. Camp weekends provide a safe and supportive environment for youth to express fears, concerns, and other negative emotions often associated with exposure to family substance use and begin building peer networks. Under the guidance of a Clinical Director, these camps provide behavioral health services designed to increase coping skills and build resiliency.Funds will be used to purchase a new enclosed cargo trailer. An estimate for an in-stock, tow-behind, 7x14 enclosed cargo trailer is included. Additional estimates are being requested for trailers with similar specifications from local dealerships. WestCare is not requesting any costs associated with the pick-up of the trailer from Tampa or the surrounding area or any registration requirements with FDOT.06/08/2022115Active$0.00$6,138.00
Not Funded0%Safe Equipment for Youth ParticipationCountryside Junior CougarsHealth and Wellbeing$25,000.00Hillsborough ; Pasco ; Pinellashttps://tshq.bluesombrero.com/countrysidejrcougarsNoThe Jr. Cougars is a Youth Football and Cheer Organization for children ages 5-14 in the Tampa Bay Area. We have been in existence since 1989. In 2021, we proudly served 272 children. About 85% of our children come from Title I schools, and are on free or reduced lunches. As such, our organization provides scholarships or reduced registration fees to our children that need financial help to be able to afford to participate. We are proud of the fact that we turn no child away for their inability to pay. The most important expense we are facing is the need to replace much of our football equipment. Our shoulder pads are in bad shape, and many of the helmets that we have been reconditioning for years are no longer usable. The safety of our children is paramount, and we desperately want to provide them with safe equipment to use to help prevent injuries. A CDC study published in Sports Health reports youth football athletes ages 6-14 sustained a median of 378 head impacts per athlete in a season. All of our coaches participate in mandatory training in concussion safety and proper tackling form, but training alone cannot keep the kids safe. Quality equipment is necessary as well! The estimated cost to equip a football team with pads and helmets is $7,650 each for the 6u/8u/10u teams and $10,380 each for 12u/14u teams. Our total fundraising goal this year to cover the cost of the much needed new equipment and our general operating costs is $50,000.We may not be able to have to have a season for the children in our community due to the lack of proper safe equipment. We are running out of time to raise money and order equipment due to the shortages that everyone is experiencing.The requested funds would be used to purchase helmets and shoulder pads for the children in our program to be able to have a safe season.05/12/2022142Active$0.00$25,000.00
Not Funded0%Kitchen Repair at Soup KitchenThe Volunteer Way, Inc.Basic Needs$5,668.38Pascohttp://thevolunteerway.orgNoOur Soup Kitchen in Moon Lake needs to add a grease trap, floor sink, grease interceptor, and a floor cleanout. Our soup kitchen provides meals 6 days a week for the homeless and extremely low-income in the area. It is open to all in Pasco County, FL.If we are unable to make repairs in order to pass inspection, we will have to close the Soup Kitchen. Without it, we'll also have to close our clothing closet, shower facilities, and monthly dental/medical busses. We served about 70,000 people in 2021; and they desperately need these services.Funds would be used to contract a plumber to supply and install all necessary rough in plumbing for fixture sewer/drainage. These repairs are necessary to pass inspection.
This would cover the cost of:
Excavation
Furnishing and Installing a floor sink
Furnishing and Installing a grease interceptor
Furnishing and Installing a floor cleanout
Connecting to existing pipes
Venting the kitchen

*Estimate excludes permitting, blueprints, wall patching and electrical
05/12/2022142Active$0.00$5,668.38
Fully Funded100%Air Conditioning Replacement at Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation LibraryChi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation, Inc.Education$0.00Pinellashttps://www.chichi.org/NoAir 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.Funds will be used for the cost and installation of a new 3.0 ton A/C system.05/12/2022142Fully Funded$5,990.00$5,990.00
Not Funded0%Refrigerator for Healthy Meals ProgramPolice Athletic League of St. Petersburg, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$5,082.57Pinellashttp://www.stpetepal.orgNoThe 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.The funds will be used to purchase a new two-section reach-in refrigerator that is critical to our healthy meal program.05/12/2022142Active$0.00$5,082.57
Partially Funded49%Mobile Kitchen for St. Vincent de Paul CARES to Feed the Hungry and Working PoorSociety of St. Vincent de Paul South Pinellas, Inc.Basic Needs$21,174.00Pinellashttps://www.svdpsp.orgNo. Homelessness is more than just lacking a place to sleep at night – it also includes not having a place to cook good nutritious meals. If it were not for SVdP CARES serving an average of 300 meals per day (an average of 109,500 meals per year) hungry individuals and families would have nowhere else to go.
The Food Center is in desperate need of updates to the industrial kitchen to bring it up to modern standards so it can best serve those in need with a nutritious meal. The building that houses the kitchen was built in 1966 and apart from some equipment upgrades, there has not been a renovation project since the time the kitchen was originally built. The kitchen remodel is being funded through a generous bequest but during construction, the facility will not be functional. During the time span of the project, approximately 3 months, it will be impossible to prepare food. SVdP CARES needs to rent a mobile kitchen and freezer/refrigerator to maintain meal service in the interim. Without a mobile kitchen this project would leave over 300 people, including children, per day in a state of hunger and not knowing where their next meal is coming from, or if there will be another meal.
If this assistance is not received, SVdP CARES will not be able to provide meals to those that are hungry in the community for as long as it takes to renovate the kitchen to bring it to standard operating code. The estimated timeframe for this project is quoted at 3 months for the full renovation of the kitchen. This is not a renovation to improve aesthetic appeal, this is a renovation to bring the kitchen to modern operating standards as the facility is very old and has been used at a high volume for a longtime creating extreme wear and tear. With funding assistance for a mobile kitchen and freezer/refrigerator the staff can ensure those 300 meals per day can still be served while the kitchen is being refurbished. Once the kitchen is complete the staff and volunteers will be able to return to the newly renovated Food Center and serve 300+ meals per day to the working poor and homeless individuals along with families with children in the same way the staff and volunteers are accustomed to serving.If funded, the financial assistance would be used to rent a mobile kitchen and freezer/refrigerator so that SVdP CARES may continue to serve meals to individuals and families with children experiencing homelessness as well as the working poor. Families and individuals rely on the Food Center for nutritious meals and would otherwise go hungry.04/06/2022178Active$20,000.00$41,174.00
Not Funded0%Roof repair, Storm water bubble system, plumbing underground roughing/3 bath/connect to clean out.McClain, IncBasic Needs$38,775.00Hillsboroughhttps://mcclain-inc.orgNoMcClain, Inc group home for adults with intellectual developmental disabilities is in need of a roof repair/rotted wood, replacement of gutters and down spout. In addition, groundwork (storm water bubble system) needs to be addressed to prevent foundation/structural damage. Lastly, underground roughing/ 3 bath/connect to clean out, installation of new fixture in 5 bathrooms. Currently, there are major plumbing (toilet issues).The impact on the organization if the assistance is not received will affect the organization in the following manner, the funding allotted for the purchasing of recreational items such as exercise equipment, technology items for the residents will have to be cut and the repairs take place. If house repairs such as the plumbing problem are not addressed our company will continue to incur charges for the temporary fix to our toilet (s). If the roof/gutter issue is not addressed, it can lead to major foundation/structural damage. Hence, McClain, will have to incur a larger bill for the repairs.$20,975.00 for roof repair
$4,400.00 for storm water bubble system
$10,200 for plumbing underground roughing/3 bath/ connect to clean out and installation of new fixtures in 5 bathrooms.
$3,200.00 for engineer/permitting
Total estimated cost $38,775.00
03/17/2022198Active$0.00$38,775.00
Fully Funded100%Repair Motor on Mobile Food Pantry TruckUnique Ladies of CharacterBasic Needs$0.00Hillsborough ; Pasco ; Pinellashttp://uniqueladies.orgNoOur 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.To Repair the truck03/02/2022213Fully Funded$4,685.11$4,685.11
Not Funded0%Van Replacement Needed to Transport Children in Foster CareA Kid's Place of Tampa Bay, Inc.Domestic Abuse and Human Trafficking$17,000.00Hillsborough ; Pasco ; Pinellashttp://akidsplacetb.org/NoA van that was used to transport our children to medical appointments, educational field trips and during emergencies such as evacuations was recently hit by another car. Thankfully there were no children in the vehicle at the time and no injuries resulted, however the van had significant damage and is not able to be repaired. We expect reimbursement from insurance in the amount of Kelly Blue Book value. We need to purchase a used, low mileage replacement for the van as soon as possible. We expect to receive $3,000 from insurance and an additional $10,000 from a combination of additional grants and fundraising events. We are seeking the remaining amount of $17,000. Each of our 5 homes is assigned a van for transporting their children. With only 4 vans, in the event of an emergency such as an evacuation, it would be difficult to effectively and safely transport all children in a timely manner. In addition, until we have a replacement, the remaining vans need to be shared among the homes, which can lead to scheduling conflicts, the potential for missed appointments and children being left out of group outings and field trips.Funding will be used to purchase a used, reliable low mileage replacement for the van so that we can continue to safely transport foster youth to and from medical appointments, educational field trips and during any emergencies.03/02/2022213Expired$0.00$17,000.00
Fully Funded100%Emergency Plumbing Repair at Affordable Housing UnitHope Villages of America, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$0.00Pinellashttps://hopevillagesofamerica.org/NoHope 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.The funds would be used to cover the cost of the snake to try to eliminate the issue, along with hiring a plumber to complete the repair.01/06/2022268Fully Funded$4,650.00$4,650.00
Fully Funded100%Van RequestShirley Proctor Puller Foundation, Inc.Education$0.00Pinellashttps://www.sppf.orgNoSPPF 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.
We are requesting funding to purchase a used Ford Transit Passenger Van to transport up to 13 students, a driver and a bus monitor, at a time. We are looking at Ford model vans from 2019. We have identified a first van with 39,675 miles at a cost of $47,684. The second van we are considering is a 2019 model with 34,000 miles at a cost of $52,738 (attachment pg 4). The third van we considered is a 2019 model with 55,305 miles on it at a cost of $44,991. We are confident that using the requested funds for the purchase of a used van is a wise investment balancing cost, use, and safety for our youth. Used vans are expected to last 8-10 years.11/16/2021319Fully Funded$52,738.00$52,738.00
Partially Funded62%Server Replacement for Sustained OperationsBoys & Girls Club of Hernando CountyEducation$4,083.00Hernandohttp://www.bgchernando.orgNoBoys & Girls Clubs of Hernando County is in need of replacing our outdated server. Our current server is outdated, at this point it shuts down 2-3 times monthly, and functioning slowly resulting in difficult and delayed inputting of critical data across programs, accounting, and human resources. While we had anticipated being able to purchase a new server due to the COVID pandemic other expenditures associated with maintaining the workforce and providing increased health supplies eliminated the funds set aside for this essential upgrade.Continued server failure will have a profound impact on our ability to operate. A new server is essential in providing all the services that are needed across a network, be it for large organizations or for private users on the internet. Server failure is a common issue that affects all organization types and sizes, and the cost of server downtime can include days without system access to loss of critical business data. This can lead to operation issues, service outages, and repair costs. The server could collapse under high-traffic operations.Funds would be used to replace our outdated server, which will allow BGCHC to continue functioning at a high-operations level. Specifically, critical components of accounting, program data, and human resources will not be in jeopardy of being comprised or lost. Funds will also support the setup and configuring of the server, migration of the old server to the new server, and verification that all services running properly by an Information technology expert.11/12/2021323Expired$6,667.00$10,750.00
Fully Funded100%Walk-in Freezer Repair at Wildlife SanctuaryElmira's Wildlife SanctuaryAnimal Welfare$0.00Hillsboroughhttps://www.elmiraswildlfie.orgNoThe 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.

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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 freezerPay the refrigeration repair bills11/12/2021323Fully Funded$1,640.00$1,640.00
Fully Funded100%Office Printer For Mental Health OfficeNAMI Pasco County Florida Inc.Health and Wellbeing$0.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough ; Pascohttp://namipasco.orgNoThe 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.Xerox High Output Printer11/12/2021323Fully Funded$5,000.00$5,000.00
Fully Funded100%Emergency Secure Storage for Musical Instruments and EquipmentGirls Rock St. PeteHealth and Wellbeing$0.00Hillsborough ; Pinellashttps://girlsrockstpete.org/NoThe 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.Funds would cover costs for one year of secure storage while Girls Rock revitalizes our camps after two years of COVID closures, ensuring the safety of our carefully invested inventory of musical instruments purchased specifically for youth learners practice and performance. Costs include protection coverage for all contents stored within.11/12/2021323Fully Funded$4,716.00$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/NoThe 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.This amount is based on a repair quote from a mechanic (attached). Funds would be used solely for purposes of getting our truck operational again.10/14/2021352Fully Funded$8,071.76$8,071.76
Not Funded0%Moving costs for The RootsCommunity Roots Collective Inc.Health and Wellbeing$8,077.75Hillsboroughhttps://barefootbirth.com/communityrootscollective/NoThe Community Roots Collective was notified 30 days ago that our current landlord would not renew our lease. We have been scrambling to find a new location, and we have finally landed a new home. Because this expense was not expected, We are asking for help with our moving costs. We have volunteers helping us pack; however, we have to hire a moving company to haul everything to the new location. Unfortunately, due to the time constraint, we settled on a place that required much work. The new site will have to be repainted on the inside, and the flooring will also have to be redone. This request covers all moving expenses incurred by the moving company, painting the new location, and renovating the flooring in the space.We help 750 individuals yearly, and the families we serve represent the full socioeconomic diversity of the Tampa Bay area. What does it mean to keep our doors open? This means the low-income families who attend birth education classes at no charge will continue to have a home. The mom suffering from postpartum depression will continue to have a support group to talk about her feelings and find resources on how to cope. The stay-at-home dad that is going stir crazy and wants to give up will have an outlet for their child to interact with other children their age. If we cannot find help with moving costs, we will have to postpone opening our doors to our families in need. We would have to wait until we can raise funds before starting the necessary projects to house our families. We do not know how long re-opening our doors will take if we cannot find funding to do so.Movers are estimated at 1077.75
Flooring is estimated at 6000.00
Painting is estimated at 1000.00* (Cardinal Home Solutions LLC has donated all the labor for this project)
10/06/2021360Expired$0.00$8,077.75
Partially Funded21%Computer Replacement for Sustained AccessibilityMuseum of Science and Industry, Inc. aka MOSIEducation$14,960.00Hillsboroughhttps://www.mosi.orgNoMOSI is in need of replacing our (20) Education Department computers. They are very old, at this point pieced together, and functioning slow resulting in difficult engagement for students in programing. While we had anticipated being able to purchase these on our own, the past 18 months have resulted in other expenditures associated with providing a safe environment, eliminating the funds set aside for this badly needed part of our STEM and STEAM programing.MOSI's ability to positively impact our community with engaging computer programing would continue to decline as our current units experience problems associated with outdated and over-used units. A portion of our ability to deliver on our Mission is directly connected to how we engage children through digital programing and content. With Science Camps coming up over Thanksgiving and Winter Break, then next Spring Break and Summer it is a critical component for us. We have even seen the need for these digital camps / programing / content increase over the past 18 months, as one could anticipate with current affairs, making the need even greater. For some children in our camps and programing these computers at MOSI are the only access they have for connecting with this platform of technology and immersive learning.Funds would be used to replace our outdated computers in our Education Department. This will allow us to continue delivering on our Mission especially in the areas of Virtual and Digital programing associated with distance and e-learning. Specifically, programing directly related to computer coding, design, eSports and gaming creation, as well as computer engineering and many more STEM related programs.09/21/2021375Expired$4,000.00$18,960.00
Fully Funded100%Recovery Home Roof RepairTimothy Initiative Ministries, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$0.00Hillsboroughhttps://www.timothyinitiative.org/NoWe 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.The full amount of the funds would go to pay the contractor for services related to repairs of the roof.09/14/2021382Fully Funded$15,170.00$15,170.00
Partially Funded42%Renovation of Affordable Housing PropertyTampa Crossroads, Inc.Basic Needs$42,084.00Hillsboroughhttp://tampacrossroads.comNoTampa Crossroads offers a variety of services to Hillsborough County residents, one being affordable housing. One of our affordable housing properties is a house, which provides long-term affordable housing to single families with low-income, is in need of immediate repair, due to damaged plumbing from corroded pipes and blockage, and a roof that needs to be replaced. The plumbing and roof issues have led to leaking, and subsequently resulted in damage to the flooring and walls. We were forced to move the family who was living there elsewhere. Before we can place a new family in the home we must replace the roof, plumbing, flooring, repair and renovate the bathroom and kitchen, and paint.Our regular budget allows for minor maintenance, and this plumbing and roofing issue was unexpected and therefore not budgeted. As we currently do not have the means to repair the property, we have had to close it. Affordable housing is in high demand in our community, with rent costs skyrocketing for all rental properties, but single family homes are especially hard to come by. With our property currently closed, it means the availability of one less affordable single family home.The funds would be used to hire a licensed contractor to complete the necessary repair to the rental home, as is described in the attached estimate. All funds would be restricted to this purpose.09/13/2021383Expired$30,666.00$72,750.00
Partially Funded84%Food Pantry Roof CollapseAdvantage Village AcademyBasic Needs$5,939.00Pinellashttp://advantagevillageacademy.comNoWe need to repair the roof of our food pantry due to its recent collapse. We provide food at no cost to the lowest income areas in our community.The water is destroying our food in the pantry, causing a huge loss in food that can no longer be distributed to those in need. If we do not repair the roof, we will not be able to continue storing food to provide to residents in the community.The funds will be used to:
*Pull permits
*Purchase Tarp
*Purchase roof equipment material
*Hire engineer and contractor
09/07/2021389Expired$30,061.00$36,000.00
Fully Funded100%Replacement of Transmission for Therapuetic Community Recreation Center Transport VanTherapeutic Community Recreation CenterEducation$0.00Pinellashttps://tcrcofamerica.com/NoWe 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.The funds will be used to replace the transmission in the van and also the CV joints that need to be repaired as well.09/07/2021389Fully Funded$5,534.00$5,533.88
Partially Funded99%Air Conditioning Emergency Replacement at Community TheatreCarrollwood Players, IncArts and Culture$89.58Hillsborough ; Pasco ; Pinellashttps://www.carrollwoodplayers.orgNoCarrollwood Players, Inc is requesting assistance to replace an air conditioning unit that completely failed last month due to extreme age and the failure of multiple components. This unit is located over our black box theatre, rehearsal space, scenery storage room and main lobby. The cost to replace this unit will be $9899.16.Nearly 50% of our volunteer-driven, community theatre productions take place in our Black Box Theatre, and these productions provide hundreds of people from all walks of life the chance to participate in, learn about, and experience the magic of live theatre, at no cost. Hundreds more of their neighbors and members of the community at large attend the performances at affordable prices. We are at risk of having to cancel upcoming productions in this space due to the extensive heat and discomfort. Cancellations such as these would limit our ability to impact lives and improve the cultural vibrancy of our community and will threaten a revenue stream that is key to our survival as an arts organization overall.

This space also encompasses one of our main rehearsal spaces, and the inability to use it threatens additional productions scheduled soon in our mainstage theatre. Our scenery storage room is also located here, and our scenery is at high risk for heat warping and damage under the current circumstances.

Finally, this part of our building serves as the lobby for performances in all of our spaces. Audience members, currently wearing masks, have already experienced the unbearable heat, and we have seen a drop in ticket sales.

Ticket sales pay for approximately 75% of our overall expenses, and this situation puts this, our main source of revenue, at risk, at a time when we are just beginning to slowly recover from the pandemic.
These funds will be used to pay for the parts and labor to replace one of our roof AC units ("West Unit")08/31/2021396Expired$9,809.58$9,899.16
Fully Funded100%Washer and Dryer Replacement for Family Resiliency Program with Long-term Transitional HousingFlorida Resurrection HouseBasic Needs$0.00Hillsborough ; Pasco ; Pinellashttp://www.floridaresurrectionhouse.orgNoThe 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.Purchase, delivery and installation of 4 commercial washers and 4 commercial gas dryers, into on-site laundry facility.08/27/2021400Fully Funded$8,552.00$8,552.00
Partially Funded38%Vehicle Replacement for Harbor Dish Community CafeThe Harbor DishBasic Needs$21,667.00Pinellashttps://harbordish.org/NoHarbor Dish, a community cafe, is seeking funds to purchase a nine-foot 2021 Ford Transit cargo van to replace a 2006 Ford Escape SUV, which currently has 178,000 miles, major oil leaks, faulty electronics, safety equipment malfunctions, brakes, shocks, struts, and other major mechanical issues. Estimates for this van range from $45,000 to $55,000.
On August 5, a repair estimate was received for $6,000, which is well above the SUV's actual value. The SUV has reached the end of its useful life and needs to be replaced. So the purchase of a cargo van has become urgent.
Transportation is complex and critical because food is sorted and stored in donated space in one church, cooked in a commercial kitchen in another church three miles away and served at a third location. The current vehicle is too small to operate efficiently in transporting food from one location to another.
While food insecurity has been just above 10% in recent years, 134,650 people or 14% of the population in the Tampa Bay area were food insecure by July 2020, according to Feeding Tampa Bay. The St. Pete Catalyst has reported that the gap between the wealthiest and poorest households in Tampa Bay has swelled in the past nine years. Harbor Dish addresses food security in an innovative way while helping bridge the gap between rich and poor.
Since the pandemic, the amount of food received and donated has quadrupled. Harbor Dish is handling about 200,000 pounds of food per year. Without a brick and mortar space, Harbor Dish is operating as a mobile community cafe, which entails such activities as storing food in one location, cooking food in another location and serving meals in a third location. In summary, this reflects how a dependable van is the lifeblood of the mission of Harbor Dish.
Harbor Dish cooks more than 300 weekly meals. Recipients include children at the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch and the CASA shelter for survivors of domestic abuse. Other recipients include City of Refuge, ESL and GED classes, Ready for Life, first responders and the homeless. Homebound seniors receive groceries weekly. The Taste of Community program offers 50 mobile dinners every Friday, as well as dinners at 3rd Friday gatherings and other city events.
Without assistance in acquiring a dependable vehicle, all of these activities, which support thousands of people per year, will be threatened.
The funds from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay will be used to purchase a nine-foot cargo van at a cost of $45,000 to $55,000. Harbor Dish needs to purchase a two-seat cargo van with a high roof and outfit it with shelves and hooks. The auto insurance premium will be $5,531 per year. Quotes on a cargo van and the insurance premiums are attached.08/25/2021402Expired$13,333.00$35,000.00
Fully Funded100%Purchase Replacement Safety VestsSun City Center Emergency SquadBasic Needs$0.00Hillsboroughhttp://sccems.com/NoReplenishment 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.
The purchase of critically needed safety vests. We now found a vendor for "one size fits all" vests to ensure all members of the ambulance and van teams can fit into vest.
Further information is included above in the "Critical Nature of Need" section.
08/23/2021404Fully Funded$34,548.00$34,548.00
Fully Funded100%The EmpowHERment Community Center Table and Chairs ReplacementEmpowhermentWorkforce Services and Career Development$0.00Pinellashttp://empowherment.orgNoThe 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.The funds from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay would go towards conference room furniture inside the EmpowHERment Community Center conference room.
The conference room furniture needed includes:
-10ft/11ft conference table with a built-in power outlet.
-10 quality chairs for workshop and seminar usage.
08/18/2021409Fully Funded$6,000.00$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/NoWe 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.$10,000 to replace air conditioning unit and repair ductwork. $15,000 to replace all underground plumbing in this home.08/16/2021411Fully Funded$25,000.00$25,000.00
Not Funded0%Replacement of ID Card Printer for Therapy Dog Member ID Cards: Alphacard PRO 100 I D card seriesPaws For Friendship IncHealth and Wellbeing$1,436.98Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough ; Pasco ; Pinellashttp://pawsforfriendshipinc.orgNoThank you for this opportunity to apply for a new I D card Printer, model # Alphacard PRO 100 I D card series printer. Supplies to make the I D cards for our members.The facilities we had been visiting with our certified, registered and insured pets are slowly opening up for our visits. They were closed last year because of Covid. Each member brings their pet to visit the patients, residents, and students. The members wear an identifiable membership shirt, we supply when they join, The pet either has a scarf on or a vest on identifying them as members and the owner is given an I D card with our information on it as well as a picture of the pet. This identifies them as members. Our machine has been broken and we are unable to purchase a new one. The events were cancelled last year which means donations stopped and this put our entire program at risk. The safety of our visits to the facilities is displayed by the members wearing shirts with our name and logo on them as well as with the I D card that identifies their pet as safe and a critical part of our organization. Without an I D card the facilities would question the pet because the owner has no proof it is a member and insured to visit those in need regardless of age, nationality, treatment of illness, or disability.To purchase the I D card printer as described and supplies so we can safely identify each pet that will be making visits to numerous facilities that are opening up again and welcoming our therapy pets. Thank you08/16/2021411Expired$0.00$1,436.98
Fully Funded100%Transportation Bus Roof Leak and Catalytic ConverterSerenity Outreach INCWorkforce Services and Career Development$0.00Hillsboroughhttp://www.serenityoutreachinc.irgNoSerenity 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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The funds will be used to tow the bus to the mechanic shop. Fix the Catalytic Converter and any unknown part due to it was cut off. Also the leak and repaint of the topper and roof. Plus Labor.08/12/2021415Fully Funded$3,200.00$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.orgNoSeniors 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.
Funds will be used to purchase and install a New 3.5 Ton Straight Cool Split System for Seniors in Service’s main office.
Includes;
-Straight Cool Condenser
-Air handler
-10 year parts warranty
-10 year compressor warranty
-1 year labor warranty
-1 year maintenance agreement
-Basic Digital Thermostat
-Float Switch
-Pad and straps
-Heat shield
-7.5 KW heat
*Includes all equipment, materials and labor necessary to complete work. All old equipment and
debris to be hauled away and disposed of properly.
08/12/2021415Fully Funded$5,145.00$5,145.00
Fully Funded100%Air Conditioning Part ReplacementArts Center Association, Inc. dba Morean Arts CenterArts and Culture$0.00Pinellashttps://www.moreanartscenter.orgNoThe 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.The funds will be used to directly fund the cost of the condenser coil needed to fix the A/C system.08/12/2021415Fully Funded$7,000.00$7,000.00
Partially Funded15%DACCO Mobile Health Services Unit ReplacementCove Behavioral Health, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$155,203.00Hillsboroughhttp://www.dacco.orgNoDACCO Behavioral Health has been providing mobile health services for 10 years using its retrofitted bus. The bus provides confidential space for our trained staff to deliver services which include prevention and wellness education, testing for HIV and screening, referrals and support for behavioral health issues including mental health, substance use and co-occurring disorders. On an average month, the bus travels to 10-12 Hillsborough County locations to reach residents who may not have the ability to access behavioral health and wellness support at our physical locations or may not realize such services are available. Our bus allows us to specifically schedule visits to locations that are in low-income, high poverty neighborhoods or to participate in events that would be frequented by high-risk populations. Repairs to the decades old unit have become frequent and cost prohibitive and have reduced our mobility at a time when our community is most in need of these services. The bus has reached the end of its useful life and needs to be replaced.Florida leads the nation in new HIV infections. In the last year data is available (2019), Florida added nearly 4,400 new HIV infections, with 23.7 cases per 100,000 people. Hillsborough’s rate was a bit lower at 21.5 cases per 100,000 people (266 new infections), but well above the national average of 13 per 100,000. At nearly the same time 7,400 Floridians died of drug overdoses, with Hillsborough County accounting for 538 of the totals, a 74% increase from the previous year. Efforts by DACCO to reach out to high-risk populations have kept local rates from rising even higher for HIV and behavioral health diagnoses. We have found delivering services directly with neighborhoods and at community sites throughout our large, congested county is critical. DACCO has effectively engaged diverse participants in outreach health services including HIV education, testing, and linkage for services as well as substance use, mental health, and co-occurring disorders who otherwise would not have received services. The mobile unit is critical to reaching high-risk populations by bringing DACCO’s health services directly to them.The funds from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay will be used to purchase and outfit a new mobile health vehicle. DACCO has selected a gas-truck conversion that will provide confidential indoor space for testing, screening, counseling, referral and linkage to care. The exterior will be fitted with a large canopy that can be deployed for shaded outdoor space to provide education and information to participants. The vehicle will be handicapped accessible to better serve all participants in the community. A complete quote has been included to illustrate the vehicle.08/09/2021418Expired$26,667.00$181,870.00
Partially Funded39%Termite and Pest TentingTampa Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.Education$10,416.67Hillsboroughhttp://www.lighthouseblv.orgNoThe Lighthouse building is a very old structure built in 1955 and is approximately 25,000 square feet. We have termites that need to be fumigated. The entire structure will be tented from Friday, 7/22/21 through Monday. 7/26/2021 to eliminate termites. Preparation is needed to prepare the building for tenting so we have rented a Scissor Lift to remove ceiling tiles from our warehouse area (16 feet high), so the fumigation will reach up through the ceiling to the roof. Additionally, repairs need to be made to the termite damaged roof. This is an unplanned and un-budgeted situation that has arisen for the Lighthouse.Staff and clients of the Lighthouse need a clean and uninfected area to work in with our clients. The Lighthouse provides services and programs for the Blind & Low Vision throughout Hillsborough County. We currently are meeting clients in person; by appointment in the office and via Zoom. We are reopening our doors to the public after COVID on August 2, 2021. Our mission is to "maximize independence and provide employment opportunities for persons who are blind or visually impaired".
Our programs include: Comprehensive rehabilitation programs for blind and visually impaired adults. This includes Daily Living Skills- we teach individuals to be more independent in their homes, and community. Assistive Technology and computer Training for Vocational purposes- we can assist clients in keeping their jobs with proper visual aids and equipment and finding new employment. Our Transition Program for blind and visually impaired teenagers enables our students to keep up with their peers, learn about employment, interviewing, jobs, transportation, and they learn about hard work and earning a paycheck. Our Early Intervention Program for children ages 0-6 helps prepare blind and visually impaired children to be ready to learn in school and increase the quality of life for child and family. This important program for our babies, and their parents assists the parents to best prepare and guide their child through the learning stages of their child's life and set them up for success!
Fumigation will be from Friday July 23 - Monday, July 26, 2021.
Haskell Termite and Pest Control will be handling the Termite fumigation for $13,000
From United Rental we are renting a scissor lift 18-19' to prepare for tenting removing ceiling tiles in ceilings that are 16 feet high $703.67.
Repairs to the roof cost $3,380.
07/26/2021432Expired$6,667.00$17,083.67
Fully Funded100%Roof RepairGirls Incorporated of PinellasEducation$0.00Pinellashttp://www.girlsinc-pinellas.orgNoAt 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.As per the attached estimate, the funding would be used to reinstall a roofing system.07/26/2021432Fully Funded$38,850.00$38,850.00
Fully Funded100%Wall Repair and Computer ReplacementNext Generation Kids Camp IncEducation$0.00Pinellashttp://nextgenerationkidscamp.orgNoCurrently 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.Funds will be used to fix/repair walls in facility which will allow us to once again utilize this room to be able to assist more families. We will replace 3 computers that were damaged for children to have access to for tutoring and homework assistance. Total amount requested also includes carpet cleaning. These repairs and replacements will allow us to continue offering assistance in the community due to absence of parents who have been incarcerated.07/15/2021443Fully Funded$7,200.00$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.orgNoOn 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.$8,800 to cover the cost to repair and replace the four stolen catalytic converters on the four transport buses. $3,100 to purchase and install a security camera system for our Metro administration building.07/14/2021444Fully Funded$12,000.00$12,000.00
Fully Funded100%Washer and Dryer Replacement for Single Mother HousingShepherd's VillageBasic Needs$0.00Hillsborough ; Pinellashttps://www.shepherdsvillage.comNoBroken 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.These funds would be used to purchase two commercial washers and two commercial dryers to replace a broken washer and dryer and replace the one washer and dryer that need repairs.07/14/2021444Fully Funded$5,875.00$5,874.21
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