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.

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.) whose sudden and unexpected failure interferes with the provision of services.
  • Replacement of essential equipment and technology whose sudden and unexpected failure interferes with the provision of services.

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 of 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 WebsiteRequested NeedCritical Nature of NeedFund UseFinal Submit DateDays from Submission to Web RefreshStatusAmount FundedAmount Requested
Fully Funded100%Wall Repair and Computer Replacement Next Generation Kids Camp IncEducation$0.00Pinellashttp://nextgenerationkidscamp.orgCurrently 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. 07/15/2021125Fully 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.orgOn 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.07/14/2021126Fully Funded$12,000.00$12,000.00
Fully Funded100%Washer and Dryer Replacement for Single Mother Housing Shepherd's VillageBasic Needs$0.00Hillsborough ; Pinellashttps://www.shepherdsvillage.comBroken 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.07/14/2021126Fully Funded$5,874.21$5,874.21
Not Funded0%Termite and Pest TentingTampa Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.Education$17,083.67Hillsboroughhttp://www.lighthouseblv.orgThe 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.
07/26/2021114Active$0.00$17,083.67
Not Funded0%Roof RepairGirls Incorporated of PinellasEducation$38,850.00Pinellashttp://www.girlsinc-pinellas.orgAt 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.07/26/2021114Active$0.00$38,850.00
Fully Funded100%Transportation Bus Roof Leak and Catalytic Converter Serenity Outreach INCWorkforce Services and Career Development$0.00Hillsboroughhttp://www.serenityoutreachinc.irgSerenity 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.08/12/202197Fully Funded$3,200.00$3,200.00
Not Funded0%DACCO Mobile Health Services Unit ReplacementDACCO Behavioral Health, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$181,870.00Hillsboroughhttp://www.dacco.orgDACCO 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.08/09/2021100Active$0.00$181,870.00
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.orgSeniors 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.
08/12/202197Fully 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.orgThe 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. 08/12/202197Fully Funded$7,000.00$7,000.00
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/We 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.08/16/202193Fully 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 series Paws For Friendship IncHealth and Wellbeing$1,436.98Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough ; Pasco ; Pinellashttp://pawsforfriendshipinc.orgThank 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 you08/16/202193Active$0.00$1,436.98
Not Funded0%The EmpowHERment Community Center Table and Chairs ReplacementEmpowhermentWorkforce Services and Career Development$6,000.00Pinellashttp://empowherment.orgThe 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.
08/18/202191Active$0.00$6,000.00
Fully Funded100%Purchase Replacement Safety VestsSun City Center Emergency SquadBasic Needs$0.00Hillsboroughhttp://sccems.com/Replenishment 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.
08/23/202186Fully Funded$1,200.00$1,200.00
Not Funded0%Vehicle Replacement for Harbor Dish Community Cafe The Harbor DishBasic Needs$35,000.00Pinellashttps://harbordish.org/Harbor 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. 08/25/202184Active$0.00$35,000.00
Fully Funded100%Washer and Dryer Replacement for Family Resiliency Program with Long-term Transitional Housing Florida Resurrection HouseBasic Needs$0.00Hillsborough ; Pasco ; Pinellashttp://www.floridaresurrectionhouse.orgThe 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.08/27/202182Fully Funded$8,552.00$8,552.00
Partially Funded53%Air Conditioning Emergency Replacement at Community TheatreCarrollwood Players, IncArts and Culture$4,699.16Hillsborough ; Pasco ; Pinellashttps://www.carrollwoodplayers.orgCarrollwood 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")08/31/202178Active$5,200.00$9,899.16
Partially Funded37%Food Pantry Roof Collapse Advantage Village AcademyBasic Needs$22,667.00Pinellashttp://advantagevillageacademy.comWe 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
09/07/202171Active$13,333.00$36,000.00
Fully Funded100%Replacement of Transmission for Therapuetic Community Recreation Center Transport VanTherapeutic Community Recreation CenterEducation$0.00Pinellashttps://tcrcofamerica.com/We 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.09/07/202171Fully Funded$5,533.88$5,533.88
Partially Funded24%Renovation of Affordable Housing PropertyTampa Crossroads, Inc.Basic Needs$55,417.00Hillsboroughhttp://tampacrossroads.comTampa 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.09/13/202165Active$17,333.00$72,750.00
Fully Funded100%Recovery Home Roof RepairTimothy Initiative Ministries, Inc.Health and Wellbeing$0.00Hillsboroughhttps://www.timothyinitiative.org/We 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.09/14/202164Fully Funded$15,170.00$15,170.00
Partially Funded21%Computer Replacement for Sustained Accessibility Museum of Science and Industry, Inc. aka MOSIEducation$14,960.00Hillsboroughhttps://www.mosi.orgMOSI 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.09/21/202157Active$4,000.00$18,960.00
Not Funded0%Moving costs for The RootsCommunity Roots Collective Inc.Health and Wellbeing$8,077.75Hillsboroughhttps://barefootbirth.com/communityrootscollective/The 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)
10/06/202142Active$0.00$8,077.75
Not Funded0%Truck Repairs for Ministerio Mujeres Restauradas Por Dios Food PantryMINISTERIO MUJERES RESTAURADAS POR DIOS, INC.Basic Needs$8,071.76Hillsboroughhttps://www.facebook.com/MujeresRDios/The 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. 10/14/202134Active$0.00$8,071.76
Not Funded0%Repair the Reefer for Mobile Pantry Food DeliveriesUnique Ladies of CharacterBasic Needs$12,930.00Hillsborough ; Pasco ; Pinellashttp://uniqueladies.org “Repair Refrigerated Truck for Mobile Pantry” We provide mobile pantries to 3 regions to rural impoverished areas in Tampa Bay. We need our refer unit to be repaired for our 16ft box truck so that our produce will be fresh and cold upon delivery. We feed literally up to 1600 people monthly, around 3 to 4 mobile pantries weekly. Our organization needs help! We are small but we are doing big and great things in our community. The people in impoverished areas need produce, they need food, they need basic necessities for the daily living, and they need jobs to better themselves for their families. Their children need the proper nutrition - it's not their fault that mom or dad got in trouble and went to jail where they are unable to work or get food stamps. We need to save the children from heartache, hunger and neglect, allowing them to be a product of their surrounding. Even the parents are trying to do the right thing, but our system holds the wrong that they did against them to where they want to give up before they start. This is where we come together as a team to give them that second chance to do the right thing to make something out of their lives and the ones they love who rely on them. We will give them that hand up, we will provide food, life skills & employment for them so they won't have to rely on others but believe in themselves to make that change in their lives. It its necessary for us to continue, we will continue to make the difference in our community and individuals' lives. Please honor our request. Funds will be used to Repair Refrigerated Truck for Mobile Pantry10/28/202120Active$0.00$12,930.00
Not Funded0%Server Replacement for Sustained OperationsBoys & Girls Club of Hernando CountyEducation$10,750.00Hernandohttp://www.bgchernando.orgBoys & 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.11/12/20215Active$0.00$10,750.00
Not Funded0%Van RequestShirley Proctor Puller Foundation, Inc.Education$52,738.00Pinellashttps://www.sppf.orgSPPF 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.11/16/20211Active$0.00$52,738.00
Not Funded0%Walk-in Freezer Repair at Wildlife SanctuaryElmira's Wildlife SanctuaryAnimal Welfare$1,640.00Hillsboroughhttps://www.elmiraswildlfie.orgThe motor for the walk-in freezer at Elmira's Wildlife Sanctuary must be replaced or 4000 lbs of meat for big cats and wolves will spoil. The repair company has been out 3 times, trying to keep the existing motor going to no avail. This is a costly repair that is not in this year's budget. Renting a freezer truck is not an option, nor are upright and chest freezers. We rely on this freezer for our daily storage needs.

Please help save the food for animals.
4000 lbs of meat for animals, along with a variety of frozen fruit, dog food and other animal feed, will spoil, resulting in an additional financial loss of several thousand dollars. The food may not replaceable at the price we originally paid for it.The food loss is much more costly than replacing the motor in the freezer Pay the refrigeration repair bills11/12/20215Active$0.00$1,640.00
Not Funded0%Office Printer For Mental Health OfficeNAMI Pasco County Florida Inc.Health and Wellbeing$5,000.00Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough ; Pascohttp://namipasco.orgThe 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 Printer 11/12/20215Active$0.00$5,000.00
Not Funded0%Emergency Secure Storage for Musical Instruments and EquipmentGirls Rock St. PeteHealth and Wellbeing$4,716.00Hillsborough ; Pinellashttps://girlsrockstpete.org/The 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. 11/12/20215Active$0.00$4,716.00