COVID-19 Nonprofit Needs – Funded Requests
These urgent needs submitted by local nonprofits in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have been fully funded by our donors and partners and by givers in the community who have notified us that they donated to a nonprofit directly.
The needs are displayed by row and can be accessed with 20 per page. To see more detail, click on the green plus sign next to each request. The list can be sorted by project name, organization name, category, amount, geographic area and number served.
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|Funded||Percent Funded||Project Name||Organization Name||Category||Amount Remaining||Geographic Areas||Number Served||Organization Website||Requested Need||Amount Funded||Original Amount Requested||Fund Use||Initial Submit Date||Days from Submission to Web Refresh||Status|
|Fully Funded||100%||Facility Improvement for Ministries||United Methodist Church of Sun City Center||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||250||https://www.sccumc.com/||The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center (UMCSCC) is applying for grant funds to assist us in a building improvement project that will benefit our Breakaway Respite and Children and Youth ministries. Our renovation process will be done in three phrases. Our first phase is to modify and update the security of the North, West and South entrances into the building that houses these two ministries. The Breakaway Respite Ministry has reopened for in person programs and our children and youth will begin in person ministry on March 22. We are excited to be doing in person ministry again with our Breakaway participants and children and youth. We are installing new doors, frames, magnetic locking system with key pad/fob system that will enhance our security protocols for our most vulnerable.||$14,000.00||$14,000.00||The purpose of this request is to fund updates to the North entrance of the building. The North entrance will be made handicap accessible with a new sidewalk with canopy and a new glass door with key pad/fob magnetic entry system with panic hardware that will serve as protection to keep Breakaway Respite participants and children and youth safe from unexpected visitors. The cost for this entrance is estimated at $14,000.||03/19/2021||28||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||2021 Spring COVID Relief Request- Junior League of Tampa Diaper Bank||The Junior League of Tampa||Basic Needs||$0.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||1,000||http://jltampa.org/||The mission of The Junior League of Tampa’s Diaper Bank is to combat diaper need by providing necessary supplies such as diapers, ointment and wipes to our nonprofit community partners that directly support families in need. Our goal is to improve the overall health of children at the poverty threshold. 1 in 3 families in the US report having diaper need and lack sufficient supplies to keep a child clean, dry and healthy. Daycare providers also have a minimum diaper requirement in order to provide care. In some cases, this can lead to stretching the use of diapers, affecting overall health and well being of the child or parents missing work due to lack of care. JLT has seen an increase in requests for assistance and has distributed over 207k diapers during the crisis. Further assistance would help us reach more families in need, especially those affected by unemployment due to COVID.||$4,500.00||$4,500.00||The JLT Diaper Bank is requesting $4500 to cover the cost of one pallet of 30,000 diapers, our minimum bulk order, which we are able to obtain below cost, allowing us to further stretch any grants funded. As the first and only diaper bank serving Hillsborough county and the only National Diaper Bank network initiative in the City of Tampa, our volunteers work to provide supplies to pre-screened families in need. Due to COVID, we have seen an increase in requests for assistance. Our ability to fulfill these requests depends on our budget constraints and present inventory. We do not anticipate having the necessary funds to fulfill the amount of requests coming in without help. Your assistance would allow us to purchase an additional palate of diapers, provide roughly 30 additional diapers per child at minimum and reach more families in our community that need one less thing to worry about.||03/11/2021||36||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||Mobile "Birthday in a Box" so every Foster child and child in need can get to hear the words Happy Birthday and Celebrate their Special Day!!||Celebrate Birthdays, Inc||Basic Needs||$0.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas||100||http://celebratebirthdays.org||Many children have never Celebrated their Birthday, blown out a candle or heard the words "Happy Birthday" on their very Special Day! We have created a mobile "Birthday in a Box" to change that. This Box, which is delivered to the child by a Celebrate Birthdays Volunteer includes 16 essential items like Balloons, Candles, Streamers, Plates, napkins, Plastic-ware, and decorations as well as a gift valued at $25 and a book to promote Literacy. This box is customized based on the interests and likes of the child. Covid-19 caused us to shift to this model after we could no longer perform our onsite Birthday Parties. Since June 2020 and this program's inception, the need for a "Birthday in a Box" to be delivered has tripled! We provide approximately 100 boxes per month. To date, we have celebrated the Birthdays of 1,279 children who would not have had one otherwise!||$2,500.00||$2,500.00||The funds received will be used to purchase the items for the Box, |
Candles- $1.00 Napkins- $1.00
Balloons- $1.00 Tablecloth- $1.00
Plates- $1.00 Cake Mix- $1.50
Frosting- $1.50 Banner- $2.00
Noise Blowers- $1.00 Party Hats- $1.00
Plasticware- $1.00 Streamers- $1.00
10x10 Box- $2.00 Wrapping Paper- $1.00
Trinket items- $3.00 Decorations- $5.00
Total of Birthday in a Box w/ toy & book - $50
|Fully Funded||100%||Operating cost for security patrol||Sun City Center Security Patrol, Inc.||Basic Needs||$0.00||Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||13,000||http://sccpatrol.org/||The Patrol helps deter crime in our neighborhoods and business districts by creating a patrol presence that is visible and always on the lookout for the unusual. While we have no police authority, the Patrol works in cooperation with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office (HCSO), and in particular, with its Community Resource Deputies. The Patrol functions as the 'eyes and ears' of the community. Patrol presence in an area may be sufficient to prevent an impending crime. An inquisitive concern about a suspicious person, action or vehicle may result in the apprehension of criminals or potential criminals by the Sheriff's deputies.|
|$28,000.00||$28,000.00||All of our operating funds come from donations, grants, bequests, and fund-raising projects. We receive no money from the Community Association. The impact of COVID-19 has led to a significant shortfall in our usual donations from Sun City Center residents which generally covers our operating costs, leading to a major deficit in our current operating budget. Funds received would be used to maintain our observation and reporting car patrols around Sun City Center, from 9 am through to 9 pm every day for the benefit of Sun City Center residents. Our patrols deter crime and support Division 4 of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office by informing them of any problems.||02/09/2021||66||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||27%||Saving healthy cats from needless euthanasia in Pinellas County||Friends of Strays, Inc||Animal Welfare||$7,279.44||Pinellas||160||http://friendsofstrays.org||St. Petersburg and Tampa have been ranked as two of the top 10 most pet-friendly cities in the country. By contrast, Pinellas County has the 3rd-lowest save-rate of homeless animals in the state of Florida, but Friends of Strays (FOS) is working hard to change this. Pinellas Cats Alive! is a FOS return-to-field (RTF) program that will save the lives of an estimated 2,800 healthy yet unadoptable community cats, reducing county-wide euthanasia by 51%. |
RTF has been shown to be the least costly, most effective and humane way to stabilize free-roaming cat populations while tackling the root of the problems associated with pet overpopulation, not just the symptoms. In partnership with Pinellas County Animal Services, all free-roaming and community cats are diverted to FOS, where they are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, given basic medical care, and then returned to their place of origin.
|$2,664.56||$9,944.00||To reduce the number of homeless cats and kittens entering the shelter system, Friends of Strays will host up to four free clinics for local residents and rescues to spay/neuter, vaccinate, and provide basic medical care to 160 community cats in 2021. |
The cost to host each clinic totals $2,486. $1,580 to staff 4 veterinary technicians, a veterinarian and program coordinator, and $906 to supply vaccines, flea medication, anesthesia, pain medication and surgical supplies. Each clinic will treat 40 cats. With the onset of COVID, Friends of Strays has had to forgo its fundraising events, which reduced funding for these life-saving programs.
|Partially Funded||79%||Scholarships for Center 4 Life Learning||United Methodist Church of Sun City Center||Arts and Culture||$312.82||Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||15||http://sccumc.com||The Center 4 Life Learning is a ministry of the United Methodist Church that provides educational courses for the South Shore - Sun City Center community. The classes range from teaching Bridge, Spanish, History of Tampa Bay, Computer Classes, etc. We are looking for funds to use for scholarships for students that cannot afford the class/field trip fees. The Center 4 Life Learning offers seven (7) to twenty (20) classes a semester, 15 students per semester. The average class cost is $35 and field trips run from $75 to $150. We would like to be able to offer 10 scholarships for field trips @$150 each. In previous semesters we offered 49 classes a semester. Due to Covid-19 restrictions of social distancing and the "safer at home" rules, we are offering seven (7) classes virtually in the spring semester. Our goal is to offer virtual and in - person classes for the fall semester.||$1,187.18||$1,500.00||The funds would be used for scholarships to pay for the class fee or field trip fee. We would like to be able to offer Field-trip scholarships for those who cannot afford the $75 or $150 cost. The scholarships would be offered on a first come first serve basis and recipients would be eligible for one scholarship per semester.||02/08/2021||67||Active|
|Fully Funded||100%||Improving Reading Ability of Young Children||Parents and Children Advance Together (PCAT) Literacy Ministries, Inc.||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$0.00||Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||60||https://www.pcatliteracyministries.org||PCAT is an after-school, grassroots non-profit agency since 2003, serving low-income kindergarten and 1st grade students that are at-risk of school failure with reading and reading comprehension. The program was established in Sulphur Springs, Tampa and presently serves Ruskin Elementary in Ruskin. At this school, 88.7% of the students are economically disadvantaged, 86.9% of students are minorities, and only 33% of school students tested satisfactory or above in language arts (significantly below the county district rate). Teachers refer students to our program who are reading below grade level or do not read at all. PCAT provides free intensive one-on-one reading instruction from staff and using trained volunteer mentors. Studies have shown that students who are not reading proficiently by third grade will drop out of High school, which is magnified by poverty.||$10,000.00||$10,000.00||When schools closed due to COVID-19, individual tutoring continued through Zoom conferencing to ensure that students reached their full potential. Due to our efforts, 95% of our students had an on-time promotion. Parents sat in on all remote sessions and became more engaged in their children’s learning.|
As anticipated last school year, PCAT is presently providing both in-school and virtual services. Volunteers are not permitted in the school. Thus, staff are working additional hours including evenings and weekends to work with students and parents at home.
Expenses to provide remote virtual learning have greatly increased. Funds are needed to assist with: the cost of Zoom; paying for increased hours for teachers during afterhours Zoom sessions; and postage costs to mail instructional material to the students.
|Fully Funded||100%||Communication||Sun City Center Emergency Squad||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||20,000||http://sccems.com/||The Sun City Center Emergency Squad is in need of ten portable radios. These radios are used for communication between the dispatcher and the driver and crew on the ambulances and the wheelchair vans. The Captain on duty can contact the crew on scene for information on the situation and to give advice when needed. The EMT's use the radio to contact help with COVID-19 patients and to contact the hospital with the problem and estimated time of arrival when bringing a patient.||$3,000.00||$3,000.00||These funds would be used to purchase 10 NEXEDGE Portable Radios to replace the radios that are so old they are not keeping the charge. This is very dangerous when trying to communicate the home base or a hospital.||02/07/2021||68||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||Patient Safety||Sun City Center Emergency Squad||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||20,000||http://sccems.com/||The Sun City Center Emergency Squad is in need of scoops to carefully move patients to and from the ambulances. These six scoops would be used specifically when patients faint from a drop in blood pressure caused by COVID-19 or some other reason. In many situations these patients are in a position where there is not enough space for a stretcher. (ex: bathroom)||$6,500.00||$6,500.00||This fund would be used to purchase six Hartwell Combicarrier II Spineboard Scoop Stretchers. These scoops are a remarkable improvement over the traditional aluminum scoop and can be easily sanitized which is extremely important during this pandemic.||02/07/2021||68||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||Update Samaritan Services Office Phone and Internet System||Good Samaritan Fund and Services of Sun City Center||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||600||http://suncitycenter.org/community-services/good-samaritan-a-scc-ride-services.html||Our office phone system is in need of a major upgrade, as well as our internet service. We are looking to add an additional extension. We have 10 now, but have a need of another one. This individual must wait to use another desk without this information readily available. It is also very important that our phones work well as they are the main lifeline for much of our of Sun City Center community. Currently the phone system does not have a way to identify past call ins and that has led to a delay in providing and approving requested service(s).||$6,500.00||$6,500.00||Hire a local Communications company to reconfigure our system to meet our needs for today as well as looking into the future. Much of our business is conducted on the phone as well as the internet. It is important that the telephone and internet work well. Samaritan Services would be acquiring all new phones as well as an updated operating system. We are looking to add one new extension as well as two new ethernet connections. We are not able to cover this cost due to loss of revenue from inability to hold fundraisers.||02/06/2021||69||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||0%||Taking Care of ZooTampa's Animals During the Pandemic||Lowry Park Zoological Society of Tampa, Inc.||Animal Welfare||$997,267.05||Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas||1,000,000||https://www.zootampa.org||Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, and even when we had to close to the public, we have continued to care for over 1,100 animals that live at the Zoo the same way we do every day because they depend on us for everything. Our staff has been there every day and at night if they need us, feeding them, cleaning their habitats, making sure their days are enriched with stimulating activities, and caring for them when they have health needs. |
When we had to close the Zoo on March 16, 2020, we made plans to keep everyone working for as long as possible, but after two weeks, we had to furlough all staff except those needed to care for the animals and manage the very limited operations. We suffered a huge revenue loss, as did every business that had to close, but the costs of caring for our animals didn’t change. Animal food, alone, costs more than one million dollars a year.
|$2,732.95||$1,000,000.00||Thankfully, we were approved to reopen on May 26,2020 and we brought back all of the staff who were furloughed. To ensure the safety of our guests, staff and animals, we put in place stringent COVID-19 procedures and limited attendance to 50% of capacity, as we were required to do to reopen. But, because 95% of our operating budget comes from admissions, food and retail sales, and fundraising, our ability to generate revenue from our operations is reduced by almost half while the cost of caring for our animals remains unchanged. |
We are grateful for this opportunity to put our request for donations in front of the generous Tampa Bay community. Your support will help us continue to fully operate the Zoo for the public and care for our animals while our capacity to generate revenue from our operations remains limited. Any amount will help and will be directed to caring for our animals.
|Fully Funded||100%||Sensing airborne coronavirus using an electrochemical-nose (echem-nose)||University of South Florida Foundation, Inc.||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)||1,471,968||http://giving.usf.edu/||Detection of viruses, particularly coronavirus, inside buildings provides a safe environment for schools, workplaces, and retail spaces. Mimicking the sensing mechanism in the olfactory system, the proposed sensor will be able to “sniff” and monitor the air being circulated in buildings and indicate if the virus is present. Requested funding will allow for the design and fabrication of an electrochemical nose prototype, which will be equipped with biological receptors that can detect airborne viruses with high sensitivity and specificity. The unique feature of the echem-nose is a mechanism of automatically dispensing a mucus-like solution on the sensor, similar to the function of Bowman’s gland in the nasal cavity. Using different receptors, the design can be simply modified for the detection of new or mutated viruses or bacteria to avoid the current complications in future pandemics.||$27,671.53||$25,000.00||The team, under the direction of Arash Takshi, PhD, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering, has significant experience in designing different types of gas sensors and electrochemical devices. Combining these two fields, we will assign a PhD student to design and test the new device. The fund will primarily cover the RA salary of the student. Funds will also be used to purchase required consumable materials, such as chemicals, electrochemical transistors, and the electronic circuit. A part of the budget is dedicated to the fees for using advanced facilities such as the electron microscope at the Nanotechnology Research and Education Center (NREC) at USF. Foreseeing a journal publication from the work, we have considered the publication fee in the requested budget. Given the pandemic's global impact, millions could potentially benefit from this project.||02/05/2021||70||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||29%||Mary and Martha House Emergency Shelter Relief||Mary and Martha House, Inc.||Domestic Abuse and Human Trafficking||$53,055.74||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||180||https://www.marymarthahouse.org||Mary & Martha House(MMH) provides emergency shelter, transitional housing and support services to victims of domestic violence and homeless women and their dependent children so that they may overcome barriers, obtain employment and successfully transition to permanent housing. We have recently opened a newly rebuild emergency shelter which has allowed us to increase bed capacity so that we may serve more women and children in need. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, MMH has had a decrease in monetary donations, in-kind and thrift store donations. In addition, MMH has had to suspended all fundraising events and is currently operating its thrift store at reduced days/hours. Revenue from our events and thrift store goes back into our clients/families and our programs. While the demand for shelter and services for this special population has increased the revenue and funding has decreased.||$21,944.26||$75,000.00||Funds requested will be used to provide supportive services which include parenting skills, life-skills and coping classes, family and individual counseling sessions, child care, vocational training and skills repairing/establishing credit, employment readiness, financial literacy and budgeting skills and any other barriers needed to overcome to achieve self-sufficiency.||02/04/2021||71||Active|
|Partially Funded||63%||Empowering Women's Mobility from Poverty||Enterprising Latinas, Inc.||Workforce Services and Career Development||$5,536.53||Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||50||http://www.enterprisinglatinas.org||Enterprising Latinas is piloting a research-based Mobility Mentoring approach as a core strategy to disrupt poverty and increase low-income women's self-sufficiency. The COVID-19 pandemic not only delayed the implementation of this pilot by over 8 months, but it also prevented our organization from hosting our first fundraising gala in November 2020 that would have partly funded the financial incentives component of the pilot. We seek a $15,000 grant to build a robust financial incentives program in the form of savings accounts to acknowledge members' sustained progress and goal achievement. We project finalizing the partnership with Suncoast Credit Union for the savings accounts by 3/30/2021 and award incentives to participants on a quarterly basis beginning in June. This initiative is complementary to our current Project 2025: Preparing Women for the Workforce also funded by CFTB.||$9,463.47||$15,000.00||The COVID-19 pandemic is compounding the steep 25.5% poverty rate among families in Wimauma. Poverty creates toxic stress and we see our members enduring financial pressures due to loss of jobs, work hours, or the decision to leave jobs to support their children's online schooling. The financial incentives will motivate members to continue making progress on their goals despite the setbacks created by COVID-19. The incentives are also aligned to the economic self-sufficiency goals of our Mobility Mentoring model promoting financial management and savings skills. Participants will receive financial incentives ranging from $75-$300 per member, weighed based on complexity of tasks and effort, for an average of 3 goals for a minimum of 50 participants. Overall, goals are set along 5 areas: family stability, well being, financial management, education & career, and employment & earnings.||02/04/2021||71||Active|
|Partially Funded||87%||Grant Request for Crohn's Disease Research Funding||Crohn's and Colitis Foundation - Central and Northeastern Florida Chapter||Health and Wellbeing||$198.88||Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas||3,000,000||http://www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org||The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented time of challenges for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis patients. They are in need of additional support and education above and beyond the usual, since many have unique needs and considerations as they work to remain healthy. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is simultaneously putting an enormous financial strain on the Foundation’s fundraising efforts, which have been cancelled or restructured. Given these concerns about our ability to fund our mission in this uncertain time, we respectfully ask that you consider providing a grant this year to allow us to continue our vital work. Research into precision treatments and cures for these chronic diseases must continue even during these challenging times if we are to realize our vision of a future without Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). ||$1,301.12||$1,500.00||The Foundation has a reputation for funding the best Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) research in the world. The NIH commended the Foundation for "uniting the research community and strengthening IBD research." Crucial breakthroughs have revolutionized our understanding of IBD for the 3.1 million Americans living with these chronic diseases, including data that led to the discovery of the first gene for Crohn's disease, have stemmed from our research. Patients are currently engaged in the Foundation's research studies, providing bio samples and self-reported data that are accelerating the path to cures. The complexity of IBD, the increasing number of patients, and the physical, psychosocial, emotional, and financial burdens demand the exploration of every potential therapeutic opportunity. This grant will support research to find treatments and ultimately cures for Crohn's disease.||02/04/2021||71||Active|
|Fully Funded||100%||Desk Shields for Reading/Speech Services||Wimauma Elementary School||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$0.00||Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||600||?||Literacy is important for a school like ours. Many of our students come to use speaking dialects and Spanish. Before Literacy can begin, students must feel comfortable speaking the language and it has been somewhat of a challenge with our current health dilemma. We want to encourage Literacy and the programs to improve testing scores in a safe and healthy environment.||$10,000.00||$10,000.00||The funds would be used to order desk shields for the computer lab and in the classroom. The shields would act as a extra protective barrier for students while they are reading, working in small groups, and in the lab to focus on the five components of Reading.||02/04/2021||71||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||COVID Response Storage and Distribution Efficiency Updates||Bess the Book Bus, Inc.||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$0.00||Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas||30,000||http://www.bessthebookbus.org||The Great News: Through support from the Tampa Bay community, we were able to obtain affordable storage for our book deliveries! This need received exposure when Bess the Book Bus posted a request on a previous Needs Request Form. It is wonderful to have the space to organize and sort our weekly deliveries and drop offs! |
The Not-So-Great News: Now we have a new issue, we are in need of mobile shelving so we can further organize and build efficiencies in our service delivery. The new storage space is fantastic and convenient for the tiny team of two staff members who are responsible for distributing over 4,000 books per month (and as many as 50,000 books per year!) The majority of these books are sourced to local schools, recreation centers, Healthy Start sites and other program partners who are providing essential outreach to our community's most vulnerable families.
|$6,000.00||$6,000.00||Bess the Book Bus is in need of 10 new mobile shelving rolling carts. Each rolling cart is $350 each X 10 = $3,500. We also need a new supply of industrial strength sanitizer ($500 for 4 months) and individualized "Grab and Go" bags to safely deliver books to each student served (2,000 bags X $1 each =$2,000). All totaled, we are hoping our generous Tampa Bay neighbors would consider a donation of $6,000 for these items.|
$3,500 for shelving + $500 for sanitizer + $2,000 for bags = $6,000.
|Partially Funded||90%||Help For Homebound Neighbors||Meals On Wheels of Tampa||Health and Wellbeing||$5,000.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)||800||http://mowtampa.org||After almost a year, COVID 19 continues to impact our community. Often, it is the homebound, elderly and disabled citizens who face the most risk and challenge to live independently with safety and dignity. The calls for help show the need for nourishment and encouragement is vital, especially now. For the over 800 neighbors served, they have limited options to receive the meals they need to eat to be healthy, while isolating to be safe. Being homebound is difficult during the best of time. The pandemic has made life even more difficult. The impact of receiving healthy fresh meals and a visit from a trusted volunteer to check on their wellbeing cannot be overstated. For many, Meals On Wheels of Tampa is a lifeline. As a privately funded agency, we rely on the community to help pay for meals, so no one is ever turned away from this mission due to an inability to afford the cost.||$45,000.00||$50,000.00||Over 70% of the recipients we serve are unable to afford the full cost of the meals they need. The average contribution to the meals is $1.25. The full cost of each meal is $5.50. Again, no one is ever turned away from this mission due to an inability to afford the cost of the meals. The gap in funding caused by accepting any qualified homebound neighbors onto the program has been met by this generous community for 45 years. It is for this gap that we seek help from the Community Foundation and supporters. |
A recent call to our office from a recipient told us, "I just want everyone to know how valuable Meals On Wheels is. It's the only support I get. It's all I have." Day in and day out, we deliver hot, healthy meals to allow homebound citizens to live independently in their own homes. This is only possible with the support, care and compassion of the greater Tampa community.
|Partially Funded||89%||Emergency Necessities For the homeless- Serving Pasco/Hernando Counties||Helping Children in Need Inc.||Basic Needs||$332.62||Hernando ; Pasco||200||https://helpingchildreninneed.com/||We are a grass roots organization who has typically served Pasco and Hernando county children and their families with food and clothing for children in need. We have had a major impact helping the children of our community but due to COVID-19, we understand that the homeless rate has increased. We would like to expand our scope to include all homeless people. Due to COVID-19, we have seen a significant decrease in donations. In addition, we have had to cancel several fundraisers, due to social distancing precautions. From a community standpoint, the unemployment rate has increased to 6.1% in Hernando County and 5.5% in Pasco. We are requesting $3108 or less to continue serving the needs of this community by providing those who are homeless with necessary items such as toilet paper, wipes, tooth brush and paste (more is in the proposal). Details will be explained in the section below.||$2,775.38||$3,108.00||All funds will go back to help those in our community. For this specific request, we plan on using|
the funds for the following:
- Providing necessities to the homeless. In our proposal, we are proposing providing 200 of each of the following: Back packs, dry shampoo, masks, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, dry shampoo, razors, flip flops, wipes, Toothbrushes and toothpaste, rain ponchos, feminine products and socks.
Grant request: $3108
$1.00 cost for the following (200 of each) - razors, flip flops, wipes, toothbrush/toothpaste, rain poncho, feminine products and socks - Total $1400
$500 - Dry Shampoo at $2.50 each
$400.00 - 200 sanitizers
$650 - 200 back packs
$108 - 600 masks
$50 - 25 packs of toilet paper
Total = $3108
|Fully Funded||100%||Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children in Tampa Bay||The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, Inc.||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas||5||https://crisiscenter.com||The Corbett Trauma Center, a division of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, offers counseling to individuals and families who have suffered from some form of trauma. About 50% of Corbett Trauma Center (CTC) clients are children, with the majority having experienced sexual and/or physical abuse. Many of the families who come to the center either have no insurance or are not able to afford the out-of-pocket deductibles or co-payments their plan requires. Typically, a child will see a therapist for 12 – 14 sessions and the parent or caregiver will also receive counseling services. After receiving this highly effective form of trauma counseling and tools to help them in the future if they should ever feel triggered, they go back to living a happy, healthy life. |
Funding would support five children in need of trauma counseling for the average 13 counseling sessions at $125 per session.
|$18,125.00||$8,125.00||Last year, we provided 8,481 counseling sessions to children and adults. We had a total of 439 new clients, with 143 being children. We anticipate this number to increase in 2021 due to the emotional impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our community, as well as the ease of access to counseling sessions with the introduction of tele-therapy in 2020. Funding would support five children between the ages of birth to 17 in need of trauma counseling for the average 13 sessions at $125 per session. The funding would help kids whose counseling sessions do not fit into funding already received from other government grants and contracts.||12/22/2020||115||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||82%||Regional Artist Relief Fund||The Jobsite Theater, Inc.||Arts and Culture||$3,913.86||15,000||https://jobsitetheater.org||The requested funds will directly benefit regional arts workers in an unprecedented time of crisis. We have close to 60 artists (actors, composers, designers, directors, etc) who have been un/deremployed since March of 2020. Many have lost all income since they are also fitness instructors, coaches, teachers, and so on as "gig-life" workers. Many have still not received proper unemployment benefits and it is uncertain if any additional stimulus assistance will come. These 1099 contract workers -- the reality for most artists nationwide -- are in a precarious position. This is also a critical time for the cultural life and soul of our region -- we risk losing these artists forever if they leave the area or are forced to enter a new industry due to their economic reality. These funds will create jobs and help us offset greatly reduced admissions that would normally balance the ledger.||$18,086.14||$22,000.00||In 2021 we will offer a mix of outdoor, safety-conscious physically-distanced indoor, and virtual programming including full-length Shakespeare plays streamed to regional schools. Attempting to pay for this work has hit a perfect storm: we are operating at 30% of capacity, costs of safely producing have skyrocketed, and receipts are down for both live and virtual work as our nation faces both an economic and existential crisis. These grant funds will help offset the gap between the hard costs of producing the 2021 season -- specifically for the artists creating the work -- and what is typically funded by ticket sales, private gifts, and government grants. This grant will allow us to guarantee a minimum hourly rate of $15 for our 2021 ensemble while producing six mainstage plays, our Jobsite Digital Shorts series, and our education and community outreach program.||12/19/2020||118||Active|
|Partially Funded||18%||Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Assistance||Metropolitan Ministries, Inc.||Basic Needs||$204,500.00||150,000||http://www.metromin.org||Spread HOPE for the Holidays: Metropolitan Ministries has holiday tents (9 total) throughout our region, many in partnership with area churches and civic centers. Families register for holiday assistance - a box of food, including a fresh ham or turkey, and toys for their children based on their ages and interests.|
Since the pandemic began, we have provided over $4.55 million in relief and expect to spend at least $2 million more over the next 6 months. We have also distributed more than 56,000 COVID-19 emergency food boxes through our home delivery and drive-thru programs.
This holiday season, we will serve 50,000 families, double the number from 2019. 40% of the families asking for help have never done so, showing the impact of the covid pandemic. Along with food boxes, 100,000 toys are needed to make Christmas happen for at-risk children.
|$45,500.00||$250,000.00||Through Thanksgiving and Christmas, we will purchase $1 million in food to serve families in need, which is 4X more than the entire holiday season last year. Businesses are "working from home", Churches are not worshipping in person, and people are avoiding malls and grocery stores due to covid 19. These factors have significantly reduced the amount of food and toys being donated in-kind to our holiday initiative. Traditional drives for our holiday goods are negatively impacted due to the pandemic, and yet twice as many families are seeking holiday help. Funds will help us offset the cost of spreading hope to 50,000 families for the holidays. (Food boxes cost $36 each and toys average $20 each.)||12/15/2020||122||Active|
|Fully Funded||100%||Covid Weekly Manna - Publix food and groceries relief||I Matter Too Corporation||Basic Needs||$0.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pinellas||150||http://imattertoo.org||In May 2020, in response to the pandemic, I Matter Too launched it's Weekly Manna Outreach to serve families and foster children in need of groceries and other immediate resources.|
$3720 provide will provide approx. 150 foster children and caregivers with breads, groceries and Publix gift cards.
If funded, each family will receive a Weekly Manna bag drop off every Tuesday for a full month from one of I Matter Too's Weekly Manna volunteers. Inside each doorstep dropped off bag, we include breads, added pasta/sauce or other groceries, a $25 added Publix gift card and a letter of encouragement. Each family receives a total of $100 in Publix grocery cards.
Families meet criteria to be a recipient by being a foster parent and referred by one of the agency's I Matter Too partners with in our other programs. Recipients may also be a past recipient of our Christmas Stockings Drive.
|$4,800.00||$4,800.00||Publix Groceries/Gift Cards - $3000|
Child/Delivery Coordinator - $1800
Breads/Pastries in partnership with Panera - $0
I Matter Too greatly appreciates your support. We hope to serve these additional families and children in poverty and in greatest need. With your support, we are confident this outreach will continue to bless others.
|Partially Funded||7%||5th Grade Band Program Support - Instruments / Materials / Instructors||Instruments of Change||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$54,500.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)||225||http://instrumentsofchange.com/||The dropout rates in students from Title 1 schools is higher than the national average. Students in these schools are often denied the opportunities afforded to students in more affluent neighborhoods. Instruments of Change provides afterschool band programs to Title 1 schools. These programs hold the students to a high standard and provides the opportunity for these students to earn a musical instrument for middle and high school band. We do this because studies show that students who learn to play a musical instrument: show higher graduation rates, lower dropout rates, score higher on math and language skills, have higher self-esteem and lower drug and alcohol abuse. By giving the students a path to earn their own instrument, we solidify their connection with school. Their involvement with band improves their social skills and further connects them to a positive educational experience.||$4,000.00||$58,500.00||Covid has seriously impacted our donations in 2020. In particular, Corporate donations were reduced. Our band programs serve 5th grade students in 7 schools, but your investment allows these students to continue in band through high school and into college. These are the areas most in need, and affected by the Covid-reduced donations:|
$30,000 for the purchase of earned instruments. Students sign a contract. When they complete their contract and enroll in middle school band, they receive the earned instrument.
$17,000 for instrument rental. All instruments are rented for the 5th grade band program to reduce cost and eliminate repair costs.
$8,000 Band Director stipend. The band directors are compensated $40 per band class. This saves the charity the cost of salaried directors.
$3,500 Educational materials including books, supplies, reeds and other essential needs.
|Partially Funded||60%||Support of Adult Returning Post-Secondary Students||Urban League of HIllsborough County||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$10,000.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||50||https://ulhc.org/||In June, LEAP Tampa Bay College Access Network (LEAP) launched an initiative called Complete Tampa Bay (CTB) to re-engage adults in education and training, specifically targeting Black, Hispanic and low-income populations. Those with prior college get free, personalized coaching to help them navigate re-enrolling, identify resources and complete a degree or credential. More than 330,000 Tampa Bay adults have started college but never finished a credential (2017 American Community Survey) and HCC, SPC and USF identified 60,000 past students who stopped out the last five years. An estimated 50% of those are students of color. COVID-19 has created even greater need, with recent numbers showing 13.1% of residents facing unemployment. ULHC will partner with CTB to support those students we serve who may have decided not to re-enroll in school because of loss of employment due to COVID-19.||$15,000.00||$25,000.00||ULHC & CTB are committed to serving Black, Hispanic and low-income adults (whose graduation rates lag far behind those of whites and high-income). These students have access to coaching and support to help them finish school. Many stop-outs are tied to finances. Coaches guide students who need financial support to those CTB partner schools and ULHC will offer these funds to give students a hand up on costs of attendance and basic needs to help them complete their education. This is crucial because we know earning a career or technical degree beyond high school can add an average of $10,000 to annual pay; earning an Associate’s degree can double what students expect to earn with a diploma (Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, 2017), helping adults earn a living wage to bounce back from COVID-19. The request is the cost for funding 30 students in completing their schooling.||12/08/2020||129||Active|
|Fully Funded||100%||COVID 19 Christmas for Children Experiencing Homelessness||Reach Services Inc.||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$0.00||Pinellas||55||http://reachstpete.org||Help us provide a night of community for children experiencing homelessness. We will have requested Christmas wishlist items, a hot meal, Christmas arts and crafts, hygiene items, and more. All volunteers and participants will receive mask and gloves for COVID 19 friendly event and will have social distancing in place.||$5,000.00||$5,000.00||$3,000 : Toys/Wishlist items requested|
$100 : Wrapping Paper, Scissors, Cards
$1,000 : Christmas Dinner & Drinks
$900 : Hygiene Items & Arts and Crafts
|Fully Funded||100%||Prevent Evictions||Reach Services Inc.||Basic Needs||$0.00||Pinellas||100||http://reachstpete.org||With evictions in Pinellas County at an all time high we are working to prevent homelessness and evictions by giving family support, and financial support for those on the cusp of eviction and/or homelessness. Once an eviction goes onto a clients record it hurts their chances of finding stable living options and many end up living in a Motel which ends up costing more, and hurting their physical and mental health due to lack of a kitchen space, and many crammed into one room. |
During this time COVID 19 has impacted a majority of our local community. For many of our clients and their families they need a small boost to help them catch up for when they lost jobs and/or hours due to COVID 19. Many of our clients couldn't afford to lose one paycheck as many have children, and live paycheck to paycheck.
This assistance could mean the difference of 25 families creating a better future.
|$10,000.00||$10,000.00||$400 in rental assistance for 25 families of 4 or more in their household. This includes a meeting with the family to find out how they got into their situation, working with their Landlord, ensuring they have jobs for the future, and a follow up to build long term sustainability plan with each family.||11/30/2020||137||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||80%||M.A.S.T.R. Kids Program - Mental Health||THE SHIRLEY PROCTOR PULLER FOUNDATION INC.||Health and Wellbeing||$3,060.50||Pinellas||55||https://www.sppf.org||The children and families served by the Shirley Proctor Puller Foundation (SPPF) come to us from the largest African American community in all of Pinellas County (south St. Petersburg) and from families that have faced generations of inequity. The COVID-19 Pandemic and recent social injustice events have ignited worry, anger, and sadness within this community specifically. The children and families we serve are more vulnerable than ever to the tense climate that surrounds them, and they can greatly benefit from the culturally relevant group therapy services we are seeking funds for. SPPF is dedicated to closing the achievement gap for these children but in order to do so we must understand that academic success is HIGHLY dependent upon their hearts and mental health. Funding will enable us to better support the mental health of these children through the M.A.S.T.R. Kids Program.||$11,902.00||$14,962.50||Funds will be used to pay for the integration of "culturally responsive & inclusive mental health therapy groups" into the M.A.S.T.R. Kids after-school program in order to improve the mental health of black & brown children in south St. Petersburg. We are requesting funds to add Friday therapy groups that are meant to support the mental health of the children through Art Therapy, Mindful Movement and Group Therapy. Groups will begin in January of 2021 and continue through June of 2021 for a total of 21 weeks. All the children will have access and each session will be an hour long. Each group will be facilitated by a team of ethnically and culturally diverse licensed mental health professionals. The children and families we serve have been disproportionally affected by COVID-19 and we are desperately in need funds to support culturally responsive & inclusive mental health services.||11/30/2020||137||Active|
|Partially Funded||0%||STRAZ CENTER RAISE THE CURTAIN RECOVERY FUND||David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts||Arts and Culture||$2,991,667.00||500,000||https://www.strazcenter.org/||We need your help to raise the curtains and reopen the Straz Center! |
Before COVID-19, ticket income from Broadway shows provided more than 70% of our annual income. As the pandemic struck, we took decisive action, closing our facility, pivoting community programs to virtual formats, and reducing expenses by 80% to help carry us through.
Despite significant losses, we have continued serving Tampa Bay through a range of virtual, pre-packaged and safely distanced live arts education and community engagement programs.
We are committed to reopen slowly and safely, and we are investing $1.4 million for necessary improvements to help protect everyone at The Straz from the coronavirus.
But without vital ticket income, we face an operating gap of $3 million through March 2021.
The Straz Center cannot fully recover and reopen without strong community support.
|$8,333.00||$3,000,000.00||Your gift of any amount to our Raise the Curtain Recovery Fund will support our continued virtual and on-site performances, vital arts education and community engagement programs, new health and safety measures, and our scaled-back but dedicated staff.|
With your help, The Straz you remember will be here, still vibrant, serving our community, and ready to welcome you back.
And together, we can plan and deliver the uplifting community celebration of our cultural resilience when we can safely emerge from this crisis.
|Partially Funded||11%||ThinkTank Theatre Virtual Programming Initiative - Professional Family Theatre for Young Audiences||ThinkTank Theatre||Arts and Culture||$11,167.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)||1,000||http://thinktanktya.org||As ThinkTank is in its 3rd season, it's of the utmost importance for us to continue facilitating professional theatre and its resources within reach of our audience base, Tampa Bay’s Young Audiences and Families. Over the last 8 months, we have been creative, thinking outside-the-box with programming and budgeting for both our production and educational needs; however, we’ve reached a point where Zoom and recordings no longer serve our audience. We must aim to enhance our virtual opportunities in this changing theatre scene. ThinkTank is requesting assistance with our Virtual Programming Initiative. This program will supply the means for us to virtually live streamed productions this season, artistic staff compensation, the necessary equipment to maintain safe/sanitary rehearsal/production spaces, and the opportunity to engage our audiences in a more effective technological capacity.||$1,333.00||$12,500.00||$6500 – Compensation for Digital Streaming Staff and Technology Support for up to 6 filming sessions through the end of our 2020/2021 season. |
$4000 – Artistic and Staff compensation, general operations (storage, insurance, community engagement, marketing, etc.), Safety Officer Compensation, etc.
$2000 – COVID safety materials, PPE supplies, and UV-HEPA air filtration systems
|Partially Funded||60%||Support of Adult Returning Post-Secondary Students||Pinellas County Urban League||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$10,000.00||Pinellas||30||http://ul-pinellas.iamempowered.com/||In June, LEAP Tampa Bay College Access Network (LEAP) launched an initiative called Complete Tampa Bay (CTB) to re-engage adults in education and training, specifically targeting Black, Hispanic and low-income populations. Those with prior college get free, personalized coaching to help them navigate re-enrolling, identify resources and complete a degree or credential. More than 330,000 Tampa Bay adults have started college but never finished a credential (2017 American Community Survey) and HCC, SPC and USF identified 60,000 past students who stopped out the last five years. An estimated 50% of those are students of color. COVID-19 has created even greater need, with recent numbers showing 13.1% of residents facing unemployment. PCUL will partner with CTB to support those students we serve who may have decided not to re-enroll in school because of loss of employment due to COVID-19.||$15,000.00||$25,000.00||PCUL & CTB are committed to serving Black, Hispanic and low-income adults (whose graduation rates lag far behind those of whites and high-income). These students have access to coaching and support to help them finish school. Many stop-outs are tied to finances. Coaches guide students who need financial support to those CTB partner schools and PCUL will offer these funds in support of costs of attendance and basic needs to help them complete their education. This is crucial because we know earning a career or technical degree beyond high school can add an average of $10,000 to annual pay; earning an Associate’s degree can double what students expect to earn with a diploma (Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, 2017), helping adults earn a living wage to bounce back from COVID-19. The request is the cost for funding 30 students in completing their schooling.||11/17/2020||150||Active|
|Partially Funded||5%||Planned Parenthood Virtual Health Center – Telehealth for Southwest and Central Florida||Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida||Health and Wellbeing||$23,667.00||15,000||https://plannedparenthood.org/health-center/florida/tampa||Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida (PPSWCF) has introduced the use of telehealth to create a virtual health center for direct patient care visits. Telehealth expands our reach to those unable to come to our traditional physical health center. And it assures optimal safety for our patients and staff by limiting in-person contact whenever possible. |
The virtual health center is an extension of our service offerings, positioned alongside our existing health centers as a distinct entity. In-depth care is provided by our dedicated team of clinicians and support staff that currently serve in our physical health centers.
Current services administered through telehealth include:
- Pregnancy tests and pregnancy verification for Medicaid
- Gender-affirming hormone therapy
- Birth control consultations
- Family planning
- UTI and STI diagnosis and treatment
|$1,333.00||$25,000.00||Many of our patients who currently choose to come to a traditional health center will now choose telehealth. We anticipate that we will attract new patients who could not previously access our care enabling us to support health care equity and reduce health care disparities in the greater Tampa Bay region. |
Based on strong leadership and donor support, this project moved quickly despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual health center successfully opened in just six weeks. We are seeking $25,000 in additional funding support to ensure program growth and sustainability.
|Fully Funded||100%||Light of Hope Christmas Store||Pinellas Community Church||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||Pinellas||450||https://pinellaschurch.com/||Holiday season is right around the corner. We are establishing a Light of Hope Christmas store for low-income to no income families to share hope during the Holiday season. COVID has been a hard hit for our low income community here at Pinellas Community Church and we already know holidays are hard enough. With anxiety, depression and lack of resources we want to provide a place of hope. The Light of Hope Christmas store filled with a variety of the very best gifts, covering all ages from birth to age 18, and that culturally represent our beautiful community. Caregivers will have the option to choose up to three gifts for each one of their children at no cost, wrap their own gifts, and have an opportunity for a conversation of hope and healing with one of our team members. Children will also be able to shop for their parents/caregivers and siblings! A place of hope for the whole family||$10,000.00||$10,000.00||The funds will be used to purchase age appropriate gifts (but great gifts) for children birth to age 18. We have drafted a specific toy list that are staples for this age range of children and youth and that also represent our diverse culture. We have calculated that if we serve 100 families, and each family has an estimate of 3 children, we will need gifts for 300 children/youth. That is a little over $30 per child. |
birth to toddler age gifts- $2,000 (approx 60 children)
preschool gifts- $2,000 (approx 60 children)
elementary gifts for girls and boys- $3,000 (approx 100 children)
middle-high school gifts- $3,000 (approx 100 children)
|Fully Funded||100%||Sertoma Literacy Program for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Children||Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation of Florida, Inc.||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||500||http://www.familyhearinghelp.org||Deaf/Hard of Hearing children need to participate in literacy programs to continue their language skills and develop new ones. We started a new program during the COVID 19 crisis and|
are continuing to provide it in the future. We just need a little assistance in the purchase of books from Scholastic and other resources.
|$542.17||$500.00||The requested funds would be used to purchase books to be distributed with a read a long program and fun activity books.|
The books would be delivered to hard of hearing children directly and Early Learning Centers who participate in Hearing Screenings and Early Intervention programs
|Partially Funded||13%||General Clubs Operating Costs||Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$86,666.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco||20,000||https://www.bgctampa.org||Despite the worldwide pandemic, we have kept our Clubs open, with enhanced safety measures, giving kids in our community consistency and safety in these trying times, as well as the quality programming that Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay are known for.. |
A significant portion of our fundraising comes from generous donors, like you, that believe in and support our mission “to enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, caring citizens.”
We would be extremely grateful for your consideration. Funds raised help continue the programming both in our physical Club locations and our new online Virtual Club. These programs support the key pillars of our organization: Academic Success, Character & Leadership, and Health & Wellness.
To learn more about our story, visit bgctampa.org.
|$13,334.00||$100,000.00||These funds would be used to keep our Clubs open and operating, to serve the children of Hillsborough and Pasco County. The staff at our Clubs is focused on helping kids with e-learning throughout the school year. Our entire staff is also planning to undergo mental health training, to help our kids even more as they navigate through this incredibly stressful time. And, our Clubs are also focused on being part of the solution to the social justice issues that we are dealing with, in our Club partnership with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department.||10/16/2020||182||Active|
|Fully Funded||100%||Alternative School Student & Families in Crisis||Hillsborough County School District||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||500||http://www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/||COVID-19 has deeply affected our entire community especially our low income families and minority students attending our EPIC 3 Alternative Education school. Our students traditionally are low income males and minority students who have been removed from their traditional school due to a history of chronic disruptive behaviors. We are seeking support to aid our efforts in stabilizing and building up our students during this incredible time. We are seeking to restore our students with needed resources. Our request is to support our students with needed clothing, shoes, toiletries, technology supports for academic remediation, funding for needed vaccine and immunization shots for families in need, emergency funding for families in motels classified as homeless, as well as funding for private academic tutoring where recommended.||$25,000.00||$25,000.00||Student needs including but not limited to, clothing, shoes, toiletries, technology supports for academic remediation, funding for needed vaccine and immunization shots for families in need, emergency funding for families in motels classified as homeless, as well as funding for private academic tutoring where recommended and private trauma counseling where needed.||10/15/2020||183||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||11%||Safe and Healthy Schools Program - Support for LGBTQ Students during COVID-19 Pandemic||Equality Florida Institute, Inc.||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$44,400.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas||59,477||http://www.eqfl.org||Equality Florida Institute’s Safe and Healthy Schools Program aims to create a culture of inclusion while countering the stigma that dramatically increases risk factors for LGBTQ students. LGBTQ youth face increased risk for being bullied, assaulted, dropping out, becoming homeless, abusing drugs, committing suicide, or being victims of homicide. During the Coronavirus pandemic, many LGBTQ youth are spending increased time at home with unsupportive/unaccepting families, cut off from support networks they have forged with welcoming clubs, friends, and organizations. We are hearing nightmare stories of young people forced back into the closet, making desperate plans to run away or worse. The need for our program has only increased during the pandemic, and we are rapidly adapting our services to ensure that LGBTQ students are supported in education whether in-person or virtual.||$5,600.00||$50,000.00||Schools throughout Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas are in immediate need of our support to ensure that their LGBTQ students remain resilient and cared for during the Coronavirus pandemic. Our Safe and Healthy Schools Program is a lifeline to 59,477 LGBTQ youth across Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas who are facing increased risk, lack of resources, and social isolation due to the pandemic. The increased demand for training and dedicated virtual support has necessitated increased dedication and resourcing from our staff who are racing to meet the needs of LGBTQ youth throughout the region during this crisis. Funds will partially cover salary costs for Safe and Healthy Schools staff members to provide life-saving programs for LGBTQ students and training to school district administrators, teachers, and staff during the Coronavirus pandemic.||10/09/2020||189||Active|
|Partially Funded||7%||Holiday Gifts for Foster Children||Voices for Children of Tampa Bay, Inc.||Basic Needs||$14,000.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||650||http://vfcgal.org||Voices for Children partners with the Hillsborough County Guardian ad Litem Program (GAL) to support the abused/abandoned children in our community. Each year, with the help of our community partners, we are able to provide hundreds of children with a gift to open during the holidays. In 2019, 162 volunteers attended our event and were able to select 1,308 gifts for 654 kids. Every year, various companies/individuals in Tampa have hosted toy drives that yield approximately $40,000 of in-kind donations for these children during the holidays. However, with face to face interactions discouraged, we do not anticipate our supporters will contribute to this extent. Because of this, we are expecting a significant decrease in donations this year. We need add'l funding to supplement the gaps in our toy collections, so we can ensure our children will have a gift to open this holiday season.||$1,000.00||$15,000.00||We would utilize this funding to purchase toys and gift cards so every child in our care will have a gift to open this holiday season. Every year, with the help of so many of our wonderful community partners, we have been able to ensure ALL young people in Hillsborough County have had a gift to open during this heartwarming time. It would break our hearts to have to discontinue this important program, as many of these children have NEVER received a holiday gift. Hundreds of children ages 0-18 in Hillsborough County are in jeopardy of being forgotten during the holidays and they depend on us. We have been able to deliver, year after year! Amid this crisis, we need your support now more than ever.||10/07/2020||191||Expired|
|Fully Funded||100%||Building Capacity: NAMI Hillsborough’s Mission Expansion Project||NAMI Hillsborough Inc.||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||670||http://namihillsborough.org||Florida ranks last in the nation for mental health funding. Hillsborough County has the 4th highest suicide rate in the state. It is widely accepted that the next pandemic to hit American soil will be relative to mental health. |
"Building Capacity: NAMI Hillsborough’s Mission Expansion Project" will meet the increased need for mental health education, support and advocacy as a result of Covid-19, and beyond. Our signature programs provide the opportunity for participants to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to strengthen their mental health, to better cope with daily stress and to begin recovery. Mental health education and support have been proven effective in decreasing service utilization. The time is now proactively expand our reach into the County and to get mental health education and support to those who need it most.
|$7,922.33||$7,000.00||1. Connection Support Group - $1,200 (Training 8 Facilitators @ $150)|
Capacity – 4 groups available 10 times/week
Remote – 150 people served/week
In-person – 250 people served/week
2. Family Support Group - $600 (Training 4 Facilitators @ $150)
Capacity – 2 groups available 6 times/week
Remote – 60 people served/week
In-person – 150 people served/week
3. NAMI Peer to Peer Course – 1,200 (Training 8 Facilitators @ $150)
Capacity – 8 classes/ year
Remote – 80 people served/year
In-person – 200 people served/year
4. In Our Own Voice - $450 (Training 3 Presenters @ $150)
Capacity – Unlimited (Evergreen via Social Media simulcast)
5. Ending the Silence - $450 (Training 3 Presenters @ $150)
Capacity – Unlimited (Evergreen via Social Media simulcast)
6. NAMI Smarts for Advocacy $2,500 (Training 100 Participants x $25 materials)
Capacity – 8 classes/ year
Remote – 80 people served/year
|Partially Funded||20%||Citrus County Education Foundation (CCEF) Keeps Brick and Mortar Learning Safe for All||Citrus County Education Foundation||Health and Wellbeing||$16,462.25||Citrus||16,000||https://citruseducation.org||We will provide a face mask lanyard to every student and staff member on our school campuses. Providing these items will save money and keep students and staff safe.|
We currently provide single use face masks for every student that needs one. If we were to hand out just one disposable mask to each student once a day, that would mean almost 12,000 masks. If a child loses their mask, that could mean handing out tens of thousands of masks daily. In addition, students could put their mask down on a surface that is not clean, or masks could get mixed up as they all look the same. Supplying these items would keep disposable mask purchase to a minimum and keep all masks safer and less apt to get infected resulting in lower spread of COVID-19.
|$4,077.75||$20,540.00||Our school district serves the students of Citrus County, Florida. More than 70% of our families are economically disadvantaged. Our latest enrollment count was 15,642. Almost 20% are minority students. On August 20th, students returned to school (75% at schools, 25% from home). Face masks are to be worn on all school campuses. The costs involved in the pandemic are massive. In addition to normal costs of school, we now need to spend millions on masks and chemicals to keep those that are at school safe. Face mask lanyards allow accessibility when social distancing is not possible. It reduces the risk of contamination if a mask is put down on an unclean surface. We want to keep our students and staff safe while they are learning.||09/23/2020||205||Active|
|Partially Funded||50%||Housing The Homeless||The Prayer House||Basic Needs||$15,000.00||Hernando ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas||50||http://theropecor.org||The ROPE Center is a residential program for homeless men and women serving adults from Pasco, Hernando, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Many in our area have been adversely affected by the economic impact of COVID-19. Through the provision of food, clothing, shelter and (most important) case management; the ROPE Center helps those who need assistance in getting back on their feet. Many who come to us have lost employment, some have been hospitalized. Some have faced family situations which caused them to be homeless. Others have been incarcerated and are needing a fresh start. We are hoping to be able to help even more homeless; however we need funds to assist us in housing the men and women who come to us for help. We are not a government funded organization and depend on generous donors to help us house those who ask us for a hand-up.||$15,000.00||$30,000.00||When we accept a homeless man or woman into our 90-day program, they are expected to pay a $45.00 weekly residential fee. This fee covers their food, clothing and shelter as well as case management and the resources we provide. Most intakes come to us with no funds at all. We need funding to help these individuals until they can get back on their feet financially. |
Our goal for all residents is that they leave our program self-sufficient, able to become contributing members of our community. For most, the costs associated with moving into their own residence seems insurmountable. We would like to assist and help to ease the burden of getting them into permanent housing.
As we approach the winter months, we are anticipating an even greater need as those who have been sleeping in cars, porches, sheds, garages or on the street must find more appropriate shelter.
|Fully Funded||100%||Mental Well Being for Post-Secondary Students||LEAP Tampa Bay||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||500||https://www.leaptampabay.org/||Pre-COVID research noted 1 in 6 adults needing some level of behavioral health services. This percentage has been documented to increase during COVID and the behavioral health issues are worse for disadvantaged populations, who already have double digit deficits when it comes to post-secondary success locally. LEAP has formed a partnership with multiple local college partners and is working to identify and respond to the behavioral health needs of existing Post-Secondary students in recognition of the barriers caused by increased COVID-19 stressors.||$50,000.00||$50,000.00||The more effective screening and assessment of students, developing collaborative tools which create broader data on student needs; and tools for communicating available resources to students directly. These tools may include brief videos on topics which create stress, links to community resources for support, and promotions of college services available to them as students. The use of virtual tools for education delivery will assist students during COVID and beyond to address personal/social trauma associated with certain life experiences (domestic violence, financial worries, etc.) which will ultimately help disadvantaged students complete their education.||09/22/2020||206||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training||Love IV Lawrence||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||16||https://loveivlawrence.org/||Even before the pandemic and social unrest of 2020, we knew that mental illness was a serious issue in our community and all communities. Pre-2020 research shows that 1-in-6 adults in the U.S. experience a mental illness within a given year. A study released by the CDC in August 2020 found that 40 percent of U.S. adults (2 in every 5) are struggling with at least one serious mental health issue during the pandemic. Those experiencing mental health conditions can be further impacted by stigma, which is caused by fear and a lack of understanding. It can lead to harassment, bullying, violence, and discrimination, which can cause isolation, shame, and prevention of treatment for those experiencing mental illness. The project will concentrate on providing MHFA certification to those who work in arenas that include members of the public who may be in crisis, including nonprofit staff members.||$25,000.00||$25,000.00||Mental Health First Aid (the CPR of mental health) is a national certification through the National Council for Behavioral Health that is proven effective. Peer-reviewed studies show that individuals trained in the program:|
• Grow knowledge of signs, symptoms, and risk factors of mental illnesses and addictions.
• Can identify multiple types of professional and self-help resources for individuals with a mental illness or addiction.
• Increase their confidence in and likelihood to help an individual in distress.
• Show increased mental wellness themselves.
Funds will be used to train new MHFA instructors in our service region (who would each commit to provide MHFA training to at least 100 people over three years).The National Council for Behavioral Health will provide trainers for our area to lead instruction for 16 new MHFA instructors before the end of 2020.
|Partially Funded||39%||Emergency Shelter during COVID-19||Tampa Crossroads. Inc||Basic Needs||$36,667.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||50||http://tampacrossroads.com||In April, as a means of preventing the spread of COVID-19, Tampa Crossroads began offering emergency shelter to individuals who are homeless and unsheltered by partnering with local hotels. The hotels agreed to put rooms aside for these individuals and our staff provide case management and food. The project was intended to be only temporary. Five months later the pandemic is still very real and the individuals have remained in the hotels. In August we were awarded a grant that will provide funding to place the individuals into permanent housing; however, there remains a gap in time where we have to secure the permanent housing. During that gap, the individuals remain at the hotels. The need is to assist us in providing funds for continued emergency shelter at the hotels as well as food during the time we are searching for safe and affordable permanent housing.||$23,333.00||$60,000.00||The negotiated rate is $85 per room per day day at each hotel. The requested amount would enable Tampa Crossroads to place individuals who are homeless into 40 hotel rooms for 15 days for a total of $51,000. In some cases a family unit occupies a single room, which is how we estimate to be able to serve 50 individuals, even though we would only be occupying 40 rooms. The remaining $9,000 would be used to purchase ready to eat meals, which we would deliver to the individuals. Our aim is to move individuals into permanent housing as quickly as possible. In our experience with this type of housing, called rapid rehousing, we can place individuals within days. The current challenge is limited available permanent housing as well as limited safe options for shelter. Funds for hotel stay will help us keep the individuals safe as we work to secure permanent housing options.||09/18/2020||210||Active|
|Fully Funded||100%||Tech Equipment for Combination classrooms of E-learning and In-School classes||Reddick Elementary||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$0.00||Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||900||https://www.mysdhc.org/reddick||Increasingly RES teachers, due to Covid-19, are being asked to teach combo classes of in-school and e-learning students . Every day new Covid cases are uncovered and each of these students needs a laptop to work at home. RES’ goal is to have one laptop for each student to be flexible, should a student need to work from home, and also to enhance the learning experience of all students. The good news is just this past year Wimauma finally got internet access for the needy and migrant families of students at RES. |
Unfortunately, RES does not have the tech accessories, like additional power strips to handle 10+ Laptops for each classroom and power chords for damaged or lost ones. And, even more important they need more laptops. Most of the laptops from the District are very old technology and if they break the District can’t repair them so, the school is without that laptop.
|$9,000.00||$9,000.00||The funds would be used for a variety of tech related accessories and laptops for the over 800 Students and classrooms. At this point there is a need for a surge-protected power strip for each of the 36 classrooms and at least 30 power chords that need to be replaced. There are over 60 laptops, originally given by the District with very old technology that are slow and failing and can’t be repaired so new ones will be needed. The average cost of a new laptop on Amazon is $125. Though we can’t predict the additional new tech needs, we know that they will continue to grow the longer RES operates during this challenging Covid period. It would be so beneficial to have a reserve bank of funds which could be used as the needs arise.||09/17/2020||211||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||56%||Justice Studio at Pinellas Regional Juvenile Detention Center||NOMADstudio||Arts and Culture||$16,000.00||Pinellas||700||http://nomadartbus.org||In May 2018, the NOMAD team visited Pinellas Regional Juvenile Detention Center (RJDC) to deliver what was to be a one-time printing workshop for detained youth. While there, we learned that youth attend onsite school at the facility, but no enrichment programs (art, music, dance, theatre) are offered as part of their school day. NOMAD rallied community support to establish an afterschool art program at RJCD, which we call Justice Studio. NOMAD was onsite every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon since our September 2018 launch until mid-March 2020, when all enrichment programs were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The FL Department of Juvenile Justice has now authorized the facility to restart enrichment programs. We are seeking funding to restart Justice Studio, providing detained youth with a safe space for creative expression, which helps foster a sense of normalcy and belonging.||$20,000.00||$36,000.00||Requested funds would be used to pay an art therapist and two teaching artists for Justice Studio facilitation ($24,960); purchase art supplies, sanitizing supplies, and protective equipment ($8,320); and provide food and beverages for participating youth ($2,600). If fully funded, the total amount requested would allow us to provide a full year (52 weeks) or Justice Studio programming at RJDC, twice a week for 3 hours per session.||09/15/2020||213||Active|
|Partially Funded||47%||COVID-19 Homeless Street Outreach PPE Support||Society of St. Vincent de Paul South Pinellas, Inc.||Basic Needs||$26,667.00||1,395||https://www.svdpsp.org||SVdP CARES Street Outreach is especially critical now as people without a place to stay are at greater risk of COVID-19. According to HUD, persons more likely to be harmed by COVID-19 include low income, racial minorities, the elderly, those with underlying health conditions, and those experiencing homelessness. Places most at risk to spread COVID-19 are crowded indoor spaces, especially emergency shelters with shared sleeping areas, and in places that lack proper hygiene such as homeless encampments. Face-to-face outreach involves interacting with unsheltered people who are homeless in whatever location they naturally stay (in campsites, on the streets) by building trust through engagement, and offering access to housing options. The mission is identify veterans and nonveteran homeless who might not use assistance due to a lack of awareness or active avoidance because of COVID-19.||$23,333.00||$50,000.00||SVdP CARES Street Outreach practices include personal precautions during encounters with people following the CDC Guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19. This includes use of masks and hand sanitizer, and screening from a distance of six feet. Staff explain the reason for wearing masks and taking precautions when appropriate, and offer the same to each person including masks, disposable gloves, toiletries, hand sanitizer, soap, tissue packets, and other supplies that address life safety such as water. Each staff carries a thermometer. Based on the person’s age, responses, and temperature, staff will provide direction to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and assist the individual to obtain medical care/testing as appropriate. This funding will secure COVID-19 PPE supplies required to support outreach missions in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Citrus, and Hernando counties.||09/15/2020||213||Active|
|Fully Funded||100%||Food Security with Dignity and Choice for Vulnerable Populations||Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services||Basic Needs||$0.00||Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas||467||http://gcjfcs.org||Throughout the pandemic, vulnerable populations like seniors, low-income families, and communities of color have been more adversely impacted. The Tampa Bay community has come together to provide a wide range of supports related to housing, employment, and health. Still, food insecurity remains a significant issue for 1.7 million of our neighbors, according to Feeding Tampa Bay.|
We have been stocking our own Food Pantry, arranging grocery deliveries, and linking our clients to local food distribution sites and delivery programs like Feeding Tampa Bay. With donations, we have also purchased grocery gift cards, giving our clients access to perishable items, nutritional supplements, and medication. Importantly, these gift cards also offer flexibility, dignity, and choice. Instead of being limited by a pantry’s availability, individuals can shop for what they need just like anyone else.
|$25,166.00||$25,000.00||We serve thousands of Tampa Bay residents each year, including frail seniors, Holocaust survivors, Jewish families, teen moms, unemployed parents, and refugees. Some of these individuals have special dietary needs—such as prenatal vitamins, baby formula, meal replacement shakes, or Kosher foods. Everyone we serve can benefit from access to perishable items like fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy, personal hygiene items, and medicine. Through our wrap-around approach to service, we look at all available options to help our clients meet their needs. Grocery gift cards offer us greater capacity to do so.|
Community support will allow us to purchase grocery gift cards in $50 denominations for Target, Publix, and WalMart. A small portion will cover staff costs to administer the program (no more than 10%).
|Fully Funded||100%||EmpowHERing: Single Mothers Class||Empowherment||Basic Needs||$0.00||55||http://empowherment.org||We are providing a class called "Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-by World". This class will be for women in poverty that shows how to use the hidden rules to build up financial, emotional, social, and other resources. Understanding the hidden rules of the middle class and wealth, and choosing to use them, can open doors to new relationships, new jobs, and homeownership. The single mothers in this program will learn how to tackle their financial situation while also Identifying their strengths and building financial resources for them & their children.|
*Due to the Pandemic (COVID), We had to cancel our fundraiser which would have gone towards these program expenses. Additionally, many of these mothers are struggling substantially due to COVID. This additional resource will hopefully educate and appease the need during this time.*
|$7,000.00||$7,000.00||These funds will be used for materials, curriculum, facilitation, and to provide an incentive to the mothers for attending. The mothers will be given a $100 gift card for each child at the end of the program, which will be just in time for the holidays. Also, this funding will allow us to feed the children during the time the parents are attending this class, as they are once a week, in the evening. We want to make sure the parents are able to attend with ease. |
Due to the Pandemic (COVID), We had to cancel our fundraiser which would have gone towards these program expenses. Additionally, many of these mothers are struggling substantially due to COVID. This additional resource will hopefully educate and appease the need during this time.
|Partially Funded||4%||Great Futures Scholarship||Boys and Girls Clubs of Citrus County||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$24,000.00||Citrus||70||http://www.bgccitrus.org||Due to the COVID pandemic, Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County have had to halt all fundraising events that are used to support our Great Futures Scholarship. In 2019, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County served over 700 youth and issued 65 Great Futures Scholarships that equaled approximately $115,000. Without these scholarships, children and families could not afford to join our Club, receive our services, or develop the lasting relationships. Boys & Girls Clubs are proud to promote that 75% or our members stated college is in their plans for the future but 100% stated they have a plan that includes a trade, job, or military service. A staggering 79% of regular attending youth improved their English, Math, and Science grade in 2019. Also to note: in our 25 year history we have never had a regular attending member become an underage parent.||$1,000.00||$25,000.00||Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County has taken it upon ourselves to never turn a child away from our Clubs due to the family's inability to pay the monthly or yearly fees. To maximize our impact of providing quality summer or after school care, Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County is requesting funding from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay to provide Great Futures Scholarships to families struggling financially. We are requesting the amount of $25,000 to be used to offer full or partial scholarship assistance to children of disadvantaged families attending our Clubs.|
Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County seek to help our community’s youth become responsible, caring, productive citizens. Boys & Girls Clubs has the staff and tools necessary to see this vision come to life. Thank you for your consideration and together we can ensure that our community’s youth go on to have great futures.
|Partially Funded||20%||Legal Support for Domestic Violence Survivors||CASA - Community Action Stops Abuse, Inc.||Domestic Abuse and Human Trafficking||$20,300.00||Pinellas||180||https://www.casa-stpete.org/||Local match for Florida Bar attorneys who represent survivors of domestic violence during injunction for protection/ restraining order request cases. CASA houses three Florida Bar Association attorneys and one paralegal under a federal agreement that is distributed through the state Office of the Attorney General. These professionals represent survivors of domestic abuse in injunction for protection (IFP) hearings at no charge to the survivor. As a result of restrictions and stress caused by COVID-19 precautions, CASA has experienced an increase in the number of persons asking for this service. The federal monies require a 25% match in local funding, which would be about $28,071 without the salaries, fringe, and indirect expenses. Certain line items are not covered, and certain services are needed more than ever, not just due to more demand but a need to serve remotely.||$5,000.00||$25,300.00||CASA is under contract with the Victims of Crime Act via state Office of the Attorney General to provide free legal representation in court hearings for injunction for protection or restraining orders in domestic violence cases. There is now a greater need for transcripts (180 cases x 3 transcripts each x $40/ transcript = $14,400), and for supoenas (180 cases x 2 supoenas each x $25/ supoena = $9,000). These services are limited by the federal grant to $300 and $2,800 respectively for the entire year. Additionally, the four professionals require continuing education (CLEs) that they can attend online in order to meet state requirements for practice (4 professionals x $300/ each = $1,200). Some legal references are only available in hard copy, such as the Florida Evidence Courtroom Manual and will help support the basis of these cases (2 manuals x $300/ each = $700).||09/02/2020||226||Active|
|Partially Funded||47%||Economic Fraud Educational Materials for Vulnerable Age Groups||Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$8,000.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||467,000||https://teamhcso.com/||The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) is committed to educating vulnerable age groups about potential scams that compromise their security and safety. Through advertisements, mailers, and magnets, an HCSO Deputy and Community Service Aide provide information about how vulnerable age groups can recognize economic scams and fraud and how to report them to the HCSO. In 2019, there were an estimated 95,000 residents in Hillsborough County between the ages of 15 and 19, and approximately 372,000 residents that were age 55 or older. Funding would allow the HCSO to reach communities in Hillsborough County that are at-risk for economic scams and fraud. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted a need for vulnerable populations to continue receiving education and information focusing on preventing economic crime.||$7,000.00||$15,000.00||The funding will be used to educate vulnerable populations throughout Hillsborough County about economic fraud schemes that target financial information. Recent types of fraud have included computer scams, romance scams, grandparent scams, and even ruses to get victims to sell their debit and checking account information to money laundering organizations, who then use the accounts to accumulate illicit money. Specifically, funding for this initiative will be used by an HCSO Deputy and Community Service Aide to provide awareness and educational materials, such as brochures, mailers, magnets, and media advertisements to teenagers and seniors/senior community centers in an effort to prevent these types of fraudulent activities. The medium through which education and awareness is provided may change due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.||09/02/2020||226||Active|
|Fully Funded||100%||Mental Health First Aid Training||St. Petersburg College Foundation, Inc.||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||Pinellas||22||http://spcollegefoundation.spcollege.edu/||One in five Americans has a mental illness or substance use disorder. Yet, those in need of mental health services often do not seek treatment, which can lead to tragedy. According to a 2019 report by Florida’s Suicide Prevention Coordinating Council, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in Florida for individuals in the 25-34 age group and 3rd leading cause of death for those ages 15-24.|
With an average age of 28, many SPC students are first in their families to attend college, low income and/or working adults supporting families. For many, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated challenges and presented additional hardships which contribute to stress, anxiety and depression. Training SPC and nonprofit staff to learn the warning signs of mental health issues, and how to intervene and direct individuals to proper treatment, can help the most vulnerable get the help they need.
|$2,750.00||$2,750.00||SPC will utilize requested funds to provide Mental Health First Aid training for approximately 22 leaders from SPC and the non-profit community. Presented by the National Council for Behavioral Health, Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues. Training will help participants learn how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders, as well as identify local mental health resources, such as organizations, support groups and online tools for mental health and substance use treatment and support. Through the training, College and community leaders can identify best practices for disseminating the knowledge and tools throughout their organizations, indirectly impacting the thousands of students and community members served.||09/01/2020||227||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||20%||American Stage - Creating Sustainable Professional Theatre, with Innovation, Inspiration & Inclusion for all.||American Stage Company, Inc.||Arts and Culture||$80,000.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pinellas||35,000||https://americanstage.org/||In a July 2020 press release, Jon Moses, president of the Florida Professional Theatres Association (FPTA) said, “Florida theatres are bracing themselves for what could be up to 18 months of limited or altered programming.” When live performances halted, American Stage pivoted from on-site to online programming, launching the Virtual Stage & Academy in June 2020.|
While digital innovation provides work for artists and enriching cultural experiences for community, the absence of on-site and in-classroom engagement has created a sustained impact on staff & fiscal resources.
To realize a safe return to live events & a new season of virtual programming, essential expenditures include: new technologies to produce theatre & provide digital inclusion & access for artists, students & audiences; PPE for safety protocols; programmatic payroll for those who create & deliver cultural enrichment.
|$20,000.00||$100,000.00||$50,000 helps fund the artists, educator & arts administrators who are creating and connecting our community with accessible, enriching theatrical & learning experiences.|
$20,000 in support of new technologies essential for presenting theatre & arts education virtually, while ensuring a viable and safe return to on-site performance, including hardware, software and digital production elements.
$15,000 helps sustain digital inclusion & access for our artists. students and audiences for our Virtual Stage and Academy performances, classes and outreach.
$10,000 helps fund the implementation of essential safety and sanitation protocols, inclusive of staff and PPE supplies necessary to bring artists,audiences, students and staff together again.
$5,000 in support of marketing communications necessary to promote, connect, educate, & engage with our community.
|Partially Funded||1%||The Florida Orchestra||The Florida Orchestra, Inc.||Arts and Culture||$148,667.00||200,000||https://floridaorchestra.org/||The Florida Orchestra (TFO) is the largest performing arts organization in Tampa Bay and the largest professional orchestra in the State of Florida. TFO’s mission is to enrich the life of the Tampa Bay area as it inspires, entertains, and educates a wide and diverse audience with the unique experience of live symphonic music, ensuring that future generations will continue to enjoy this legacy that so magnificently celebrates the human spirit. In response to the Covid-19 crisis, TFO launched TFO at Home in April 2020 to ensure our community had access to digital music resources such as performances, educational opportunities and more. We plan to expand our online offerings during the 2020-2021 season in order to build community through the transformative power of music.||$1,333.00||$150,000.00||TFO is planning the 2020-2021 season with everyone’s safety and comfort in mind, without sacrificing the triumphant and inspirational music our community needs at this challenging time. We are diligently exploring options that include spaced seating, no-touch experiences in the lobby, smaller orchestra performances and outdoor venues. In addition, TFO will offer digitally streamed concerts to ensure that everyone has access to music, whether or not they feel comfortable attending concerts in person. TFO’s costs for digitally streaming concerts this season will be $150,000, a vast reduction from the normal cost for this type of endeavor. We hope our generous supporters will help keep the music going at a time when the unifying and healing power of music is more important than ever before.||08/27/2020||232||Active|
|Fully Funded||100%||Outdoor Classroom||Creative Clay, Inc.||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$0.00||Pinellas||55||http://www.creativeclay.org||According to Cornell University’s 2017 Disability Report, people with disabilities experience joblessness, isolation, abuse, and discrimination at a higher rate than the general public. At Creative Clay we address these problems every day by creating a safe and inclusive art-making space for artists with disabilities. Their artwork is sold in our Good Folk Art Gallery and placed in offices, galleries and museums throughout Tampa Bay. Producing and selling artwork gives our member artists a sense of identity that equalizes and connects them to the community. As we prepare to reopen our physical location, we are building an outdoor classroom to be able to give our artists the ability to work outside on projects and take a break from mask-wearing as they are there up to six hours per day. We will rotate the different classes every hour to give the artists a chance to work in fresh air.||$17,333.00||$16,600.00||Creative Clay will use Awn Tech to build a 24x18' outdoor shelter to be used as an outdoor classroom for our artists with disabilities. On August 24, our Phase 1 reopening begins with our Pinellas County Schools Transition program students returning to the physical location. Creative Clay guidelines require mask-wearing at all times. The outdoor space is necessary to provide shade and shelter for the students as they rotate every hour from the inside to the outside in order to be able to enjoy fresh air. We will install outdoor fans in the space to make it as comfortable as possible. Costs include: 24x18' Tuff Kote insulated shelter plus labor--$16,328 and two industrial fans--$280 for a total of $16,608.||08/26/2020||233||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||40%||First Night St Petersburg-funding to support this years artists||First Night St Pete||Arts and Culture||$3,000.00||Pinellas||10||http://www.firstnightstpete.com||First Night St Petersburg has a 28 year tradition of bringing a wide variety of artistic mediums to the hearts center of downtown St Petersburg. The event supports over thirty artists each year as we all bring the City a variety of performance and interactive arts.||$2,000.00||$5,000.00||First Night St Petersburg is the largest family friendly New Year's Eve celebration of the arts and each year over 30 artists participate in the event. Due to the pandemic, our 28th annual event will not be able to be held live, so in order to continue to support our artists and to carry on the tradition First Night will go virtual. One hundred percent of the contributions will go towards our artists and their performance during the two hour virtual celebration.||08/24/2020||235||Active|
|Fully Funded||100%||New Horizons in Community Theater||The Pelican Players||Arts and Culture||$0.00||2,000||https://www.pelicanplayersscc.org/||We are working to create more opportunities for people in our main stage theater programs ( acting/directing, sound/lighting, set construction, artwork, writing new plays, video projection ability,etc. ) We also have monthly Sun Radio programs, school programs,etc. Staying active and creative is so important for people as they age. We are blessed in this community to have so many retired people who are still very talented and full of energy. We have been exploring places other than the Veteran's Theater to offer mini-plays, musicals, mystery diner theater and comedy club. Pelican Players produce programs for the entire area that are very reasonable in cost often where they can bring their own snacks and drinks.||$5,000.00||$5,000.00||We are not collecting yearly fees from Pelican Players because we are unable to use the facilities. We have no ticket sale revenue. We have to buy rights to plays and music and have additional storage costs. We still communicate with large numbers of people and groups in the community. We have bought some equipment so we can produce a monthly radio show on Sun Radio (96.3 FM) I am interested in trying to develop rear screen projection video to enhance and replace traditional sets and backdrops. This may also allow us to have sets that have moving parts and can quickly change as the players move through the play. Our new Writers Group is designing plays that will be unlike anything we have done before.||08/24/2020||235||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||93%||Tuition/Grant Program||Academy of Ballet Arts Inc.||Arts and Culture||$67.37||Pinellas||10||http://academyofballetarts.org||Many of our Academy of Ballet Arts Families were affected by the Covid 19 crisis and lost their jobs. The Academy would like to sponsor their children with a tuition/grant , which would allow the students to continue training at the Academy until their parents secure new jobs. The Academy feels that continuity in their training helps these students overcome the insecurities of their current lives. Dance provides focus, self-discipline, team building, self-esteem and a means to express feelings that they are not ready to speak about. The Tuition/Grant program also includes new studes from economically disadvantaged families.||$932.63||$1,000.00||These funds would pay for tuition for students who parents lost their jobs during the Covid 19 Pandemic and for economical challenged families. When necessary, it would also pay for dance supplies:shes, tights, leotards, and boy's supplies.||08/22/2020||237||Active|
|Partially Funded||50%||Fill The Need||Reach Services Inc.||Basic Needs||$10,000.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pinellas||200||http://reachstpete.org||We've run our "Fill The Need Program" for 3+ years and are now providing direct assistance to anyone with an impaired immune system, disability, or dynamic that prevents them from being able to drive, use public transportation, or has an impairment/ailment. Our applications come from referrals through churches and homeless shelters, as well as online applications. The top requests we will fulfill with this funding are:|
- Requests for groceries
- Requests for Miscellaneous Resources (diapers, formula, specific food, hygiene items, incontinence supplies)
All items are delivered directly to the client's doorstep via volunteers or Grocery Delivery services. Due to COVID 19, we've had an influx of clients who need assistance due to job loss/wages cut, and specifically those who cannot participate in drive-thru resources or are immunocompromised. Therefore we deliver straight to the client.
|$10,000.00||$20,000.00||200 families and individuals will receive groceries, hygiene item, and specifically requested supplies delivered to their doorstep|
$15,000: Up to $150 worth of groceries for the week for 100 individuals
$5,000: Up to $50 worth of specifically requests items (incontinence supplies, hygiene items, specifically requests items)
|Fully Funded||100%||Covid-19 Mental Health Support||Love IV Lawrence||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas||1,000||https://loveivlawrence.org/||To help support the mental wellness of residents of Tampa Bay, Love IV Lawrence will present an evening of information and education known as, "The Art of Healing." With increasing mental health concerns during COVID-19, we are providing a key note speaker and five community organizations to teach participants how to use art for immediate self care during a time of mental health challenge.||$25,000.00||$25,000.00||Funds will be used to produce a quality presentation, presented virtually, of five bay area organizations that offer art therapy for mental wellness and recovery.||08/17/2020||242||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||17%||Frameworks Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Strong Support for a Strong Transition Back to School Program||Frameworks of Tampa Bay, Inc.||Health and Wellbeing||$16,667.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||30,000||http://myframeworks.org||Frameworks will provide virtual social emotional learning education for students, grades 3-12, to return to school strong and resilient with a goal of decreasing stress, anxiety, loneliness, and related behaviors that have always present for the youth, but now include the unknown circumstances of a pandemic and are more pervasive than ever.|
SEL is critical in unpredictable environments of crisis and stress. Research demonstrates that the harmful effects of stress can be stopped or reversed when children are exposed to safe and predictable learning environments and have positive, nurturing relationships with key adults, such as caregivers and teachers, who actively participate in SEL activities. SEL helps children heal from stressful experiences, defines a path for self-reliance and success in school and beyond, promotes healthy relationships, and increases community cohesion.
|$3,333.00||$20,000.00||Funding will support Frameworks’ online education for grades 3-12 grounded in the five core competencies of SEL: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and decision-making. These interactive workshops aim to enhance what students need to return to school strong and resilient after the impact of COVID-19. Resources will also be provided to parents/guardians for at-home support through 1-hour virtual workshops via Zoom (M-F).|
The evidence-based programming is based on:
Elementary: PATHS® empowers children to handle emotions, empathize, resolve conflicts peacefully and make responsible decisions.
Middle: LifeSkills® Training is a substance abuse prevention program that focuses on the psychological and social factors which cause engagement in risky behaviors.
High School: School-Connect® increases students’ sense of belonging and connectedness to school.
|Fully Funded||100%||Managing Mental Health - Students and COVID-19||Pasco Education Foundation, Inc.||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||Pasco||84,713||https://www.pascoeducationfoundation.org/||The physical effects of COVID-19 are visual and usually apparent. What we don’t see, or even hear about frequently, is the mental effects. Even our strongest adults are struggling during this trying time. But what about our most needy children? The Pasco Education Foundation is teaming up with Pasco County Schools to bring collaborative, educational, and interactive professional development to our student services team including psychologists, social workers, nurses, and school counselors. As much of the focus has been on the educational impact COVID-19 and students, we must not forget about the mental impact as well. ***Your grant funds will be matched 1:1 by the Pasco Education Foundation.***||$10,000.00||$10,000.00||Professional development of the student services team will start with a Mental Health Symposium (Building Blocks to Wellness) to support and raise awareness of the mental health needs of students and families in our school community and to identify the appropriate and available resources to address those needs. This will be delivered to those who work with our students 1 to 1 – school psychologists, social workers, nurses, and school counselors. They will be provided with speakers, collaboration, and connection with community mental health agencies providing services in our community. Action plans will be developed together to determine how to best utilize learned strategies and community mental health services at their school. Continued support would be provided throughout the year for those most in need. Again, your grant funds will be matched 1:1 by the Pasco Education Foundation.||08/10/2020||249||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||40%||Best Buddies Virtual Programming||Best Buddies||Health and Wellbeing||$15,000.00||2,245||https://bestbuddies.org/florida/||Our programs are more critical than ever for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Studies are showing that compared to the general population, people with IDD are 4 times more likely to contract COVID-19. If they become infected, they are then 2 times more likely to die from the virus, especially for children and young adults (Turk, Landes, Formica, & Goss, 2020). Best Buddies is fighting the mental health concerns that can be created by being physically isolated from one’s peers. This can have a long-term impact on their professional development and social skills for employment. Many of our participants with IDD struggle to fully understand the reasons for being furloughed or why they are being kept at home. Instead of seeing it as a safety issue, it can be viewed as punishment. Best Buddies is providing virtual programs that break barriers to social inclusion.||$10,000.00||$25,000.00||Support will be used to fund online software and programming for participant management and programmatic events to support students with and without disabilities. This includes weekly check ins with student leaders, weekly leadership development trainings, weekly professional development workshops, and weekly online events to promote friendship and socialization. Funds will also be used for program staff time to run and manage online programs and continue training student leaders. Support will also towards virtual local leadership training days for all newly elected student leaders and virtual match parties, where one-to-one friendships will be formed between students with and without IDD. Funds will also be used for program evaluations, online chapter tracking, supplies, equipment, and community engagement.||08/06/2020||253||Expired|
|Partially Funded||9%||PPSWCF Virtual Health Center – Telehealth||Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida||Health and Wellbeing||$22,667.00||15,000||https://plannedparenthood.org/health-center/florida/tampa||Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida (PPSWCF) has introduced the use of telehealth to create a virtual health center for direct patient care visits. Telehealth expands our reach to those unable to come to our traditional physical health center. And it assures optimal safety for our patients and staff by limiting in-person contact whenever possible. |
The virtual health center is an extension of our service offerings, positioned alongside our existing health centers as a distinct entity. In-depth care is provided by our dedicated team of clinicians and support staff that currently serve in our physical health centers.
Current services administered through telehealth include:
- Pregnancy tests and pregnancy verification for Medicaid
- Gender-affirming hormone therapy
- Birth control consultations
- Family planning
- UTI and STI diagnosis and treatment
|$2,333.00||$25,000.00||Many of our patients who currently choose to come to a traditional health center will now choose telehealth. We anticipate that we will attract new patients who could not previously access our care enabling us to support health care equity and reduce health care disparities in the greater Tampa Bay region. |
Based on strong leadership and donor support, this project moved quickly despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual health center successfully opened in just six weeks. We are seeking $25,000 in additional funding support to ensure program growth and sustainability.
|Partially Funded||7%||Wheelchairs 4 Kids||Wheelchairs 4 Kids, Inc.||Health and Wellbeing||$18,667.00||12||http://wheelchairs4kids.org||Wheelchairs 4 Kids is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of children with physical disabilities by providing wheelchairs, home and vehicle modifications as well as other equipment at no charge to the families. COVID 19 has impacted our work greatly. Donations are down by 70% since the pandemic began as donors are uncertain about what the future holds and 4 grantors that have always supported us diverted funding to COVID causes such as food banks which we completely understand. We are struggling to fulfill the needs of the kids we serve. We are currently working on 44 applications for help (at an average cost of $2,000 each) with another 25 on a waitlist. The requests for help has increased dramatically with parents losing jobs and insurance. We desperately need help to be able to get these kids the wheelchairs and other equipment they need.||$1,333.00||$20,000.00||The average value per child is over $6,000. However, due to our relationship with manufacturers, contractors and distributors, our average cost is about $2,000. We would use 90% of funds received towards direct program costs (wheelchairs, home modification costs, etc) and the remaining 10% toward indirect program costs (shipping, HIPPA compliant data base, phones, etc). No funds would be used for salaries or rent.||08/03/2020||256||Expired|
|Partially Funded||20%||Operating Expenses to Continue to Meet the Demand of Feeding Our Community||Somebody Cares Tampa Bay||Basic Needs||$20,000.00||6,000||https://sctb.org||We typically get 2-4 surplus food trucks per month from Operation Blessings, an arm of The 700 Club.|
These trucks are then offloaded and organized for our 16 partners in addition to a group of 20-25 organizations. In addition, we receive Farm Share trucks that receive loads from a variety of places that deliver both frozen items and produce. Funds from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay would be used to continue receiving and processing food trucks to distribute to pantries and individuals throughout the Tampa Bay area.
With the economic downturn and affected working households, we are seeking the possibility of doubling the surplus food trucks for distribution. We want to provide as much assistance to individuals and pantries to relieve the pressure of food insecurity and supplying food for families, individuals, food pantries, and, URGENTLY, school lunch programs.
|$5,000.00||$25,000.00||We had to cancel our annual fundraising banquet. In prior years we are able to raise between $10,000 and $15,000 during this event held in April. In 2020 we were planning a much larger event and were projected to raise close to $50,000. Because this event was canceled, and because of social distancing, we have no opportunity to replace this income or hold alternative crowdsourcing and funding.|
Projected costs: Administration expenses such as $1,700 a month for rent (2/3 of our facility is a warehouse), $500 per month for electric, and additional expenses that average $8,000 a month which include a warehouse coordinator and staff. So much of our administrative expenses are offset by a significant number of volunteers. Otherwise, our monthly expenses would be so much greater.
Our urgent need: increase food distribution for schools re-opening and stimulus insecurity.
|Partially Funded||44%||Family Support Warm Line||Children's Home Society of Florida||Health and Wellbeing||$8,333.00||100||http://www.chsfl.org/||Research indicates that there is a significant increase in child abuse and neglect as a result of natural disasters and economic downturns. CHS seeks to flatten the curve, reducing as much as possible the projected increase in child abuse and neglect. Nearly 75% of children involved in the foster care system are there because of family issues including unemployment, inadequate housing, lack of medical care, and food insecurity. In the first two weeks of social media outreach 5400 individuals clicked on warm line ads. |
The family support warm line will serve anyone, but outreach will target families with young children, adoptive parents, teens, and new mothers who need an immediate session with a therapist because of the impact of COVID-19. The warm line is providing crisis counseling (and a text option) to families at no cost.
|$6,667.00||$15,000.00||• Warm line - $125 per hour for after-hours and weekend support and brief counseling.to 100 people. Available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. $12,500|
• Community education - $2,500 for increasing awareness of this service
The warm line is available 7 days per week, 24 hours per day. Because the Warm Line does not require client to provide any personal information, However, we request that clients provide the county where they live. We will have data (race/ethnicity, economic status) only on those persons who request additional assistance from CHS programs.
|Partially Funded||43%||Emergency staff for RCS Food Bank||Religious Community Services, Inc.||Basic Needs||$10,673.00||Pinellas||30,500||https://rcspinellas.org/||RCS Pinellas is requesting $18,673 to cover temporary emergency staff for the RCS Food Bank. At the start of the COVID-19 quarantine, the Food Bank was forced to hire a temporary employee to cover operations traditionally handled by volunteers. Many of our volunteers are elderly, among the high-risk group for COVID-19. For example, COVID-19 has resulted in the following volunteer workforce impacts: |
• 106 active volunteers prior to COVID-19 to 25 active volunteers.
• 161 group volunteers prior to COVID-19 to 0 group volunteers due to cancelations.
• 5 community service volunteers prior to COVID-19 to 2 community service volunteers.
• 6 student volunteers prior to COVID-19 to 0 student volunteers.
RCS has maintained this emergency position for 14 weeks. RCS expects we will continue to need emergency staff through at least October.
|$8,000.00||$18,673.00||Funding will support one temporary staff member hired to assist with daily food distribution and management. With only 8 paid employees at the Food Bank, serving 200 people a day and distributing food to 79 subsites is a challenge. Food Bank budgets are currently stretched due to equipment needs and shortages of food donations. RCS has already paid $10,120 in unbudgeted expenses for emergency staff. Extending the position another 3 months will cost approximately $8,553 ($712.80/week). The COVID-19 pandemic has increased food insecurity in Clearwater and the neighboring municipalities. RCS Food Bank has experienced a 24% increase in first-time households requesting food bank services.||07/27/2020||263||Expired|
|Fully Funded||100%||Keeping People with Disabilities Safe||Voices of Hope for Aphasia||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||500||http://vohaphasia.org||Due to COVID-19, we need to make modifications and purchase supplies to ensure our center is a safe place for people with disabilities to receive the services they depend on for quality of life and quality of health.|
Voices of Hope for Aphasia has been offering programs online to serve our members who are at risk of depression and adverse health due to their condition. Aphasia is a language disorder due to stroke or brain injury which can severely impact the way a person expresses themselves and connects with others - the added isolation due to COVID-19 has placed them at even greater risk. Our center remains closed due to underlying conditions that place our members at high-risk for severe symptoms. However, we are unable to serve everyone through technology and our in-person services will be needed when it is safe. Our goal is to offer both virtual and in-person programs.
|$4,650.00||$4,650.00||We respectfully request assistance in funding unexpected expenses due to COVID-19 to keep our members with disabilities and at-risk factors safer when we return to in-person services. To address current and future safety precautions, our center requires modifications to allow for prompt and thorough disinfection of all surfaces. We require $3,600.00 to install laminate flooring to quickly clean between programs and to ensure any areas with spills or accidents are thoroughly disinfected. This will cover the cost of the materials - labor has been donated. We also request $300 to purchase 6 table-top touchless hand-sanitizer stations to place throughout the center, $500 to purchase hand sanitizer and disinfecting supplies to clean all furniture and materials daily, and $250 for face shields (masks with plastic windows have been donated).||07/27/2020||263||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||Combat Senior Loneliness and Mental Health Needs||NAMI Pasco County Florida Inc.||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||Pasco||60||http://namipasco.org||Due to Covid 19 we had to shut down our in person programs and support groups. Though we have started to offer them online the seniors that we once served are still not able to attend. |
We are finding that our seniors (elderly) do not have the technology or technical knowledge to join our online support groups and calling in by phone just isn't the same. We would like to purchase the technology and set up a program that would allow seniors (including those with mildly declining cognitive functions) to interact with trained staff every other day. In addition they would be invited to a weekly support group just for seniors and have an interactive message sent to them everyday that they must connect with to receive a bingo number.
Senior loneliness is one of the main causes of depression with them no longer having our support they are at great risk.. With your help, we can stop this.
|$7,922.33||$7,000.00||Each senior would be given a senior friendly tablet (with a contract signed that we would get it back to help other seniors when they no longer wish to use it) and if needed a wifi device. The tablets cost $89 each as of right now, but we would try to negotiate for a bulk buy. We also know some will need wifi devices which cost approximately $30 a month.||07/26/2020||264||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||1%||Feeding Pasco||The Volunteer Way, Inc.||Basic Needs||$39,700.00||Pasco||35,000||http://www.thevolunteerway.org||We are addressing the need to supply healthy food to low to no income consumers which has been exacerbated since the COVID-19 Pandemic. Many within our community have lost their jobs due to businesses closing and them being laid off. This has caused an|
enormous increase in the amount of consumers coming to us for food.
We are feeding individuals and families, children, seniors, veterans and the homeless through our food pantry, mobile food pantry, brown bag program and soup kitchen.
Our current needs: (1) be able to purchase additional food to meet the needs of all affected by COVID.
(2) address the needs of our seniors by supplying them with pet food through our "Animeals" program. Many seniors are utilizing their food to feed their pets instead of for themselves. For many of our seniors, their pets are the only company they have. Provision of pet food reduces their anxieties.
|$300.00||$40,000.00||Funds will be used to pay handling fees for in-kind donations from Operation Blessing, |
purchasing food through other food distribution companies to supplement foods received from USDA and Feeding Tampa Bay, to purchase pet food for our Brown Bag Program seniors through our "Animeal" program, and to pay Arlisa's Events who has been preparing hot meals distributed through our food pantry. Their contract with the county through FEMA is due to run out at the end of July, 2020. They have been preparing approximately 500 meals per day for us to distribute.
|Fully Funded||100%||Near Peer Coaching for Postsecondary Success||Earn to Learn FL, Inc.||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$0.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)||3,363||https://earntolearnfl.org/||Earn to Learn FL(ETLFL) will train & deploy 10 AmeriCorps Members to Hillsborough & Chamberlain High Schools this fall. Near Peer Coaching for Postsecondary Success is funded by AmeriCorps Florida effective August 1, 2020. As a COVID-19 response, ETLFLFL is developing and implementing the program on a virtual platform. The AmeriCorps Members will provide 12 months of service to each high school to complement the existing high school counseling team. Each high school student will be given the opportunity to complete ETLFL Personal Finance Training (online & self-paced) to become eligible to apply for Near Peer Coaching for Postsecondary Success. Since the AmeriCorps Members will be working remotely for the foreseeable future, there is a shortfall of funding needed to acquire laptop computers for the 10 AmeriCorps Members to be assigned to Hillsborough & Chamberlain High Schools.||$10,000.00||$10,000.00||The requested funds would be used to purchase 10 laptop computers (plus tracking and 12 months technical service) to be issued to the 10 AmeriCorps Members assigned to remotely serve 11th grade students at Hillsborough and Chamberlain High Schools. |
NOTE; The 3363 estimate of individuals to be impacted includes the current population of all students attending Hillsborough and Chamberlain High Schools who will be offered ETLFL Personal Finance Training as a point of eligibility to apply for a Near Peer Coaching for Postsecondary Success slot.
|Fully Funded||100%||E-Mental Health Services||NAMI - Pinellas||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||Pinellas||200||http://nami-pinellas.org/||By providing e-mental health services, NAMI Pinellas can partner with behavioral health providers to maximize exposure for individuals that need personal attention to help with recovery and resiliency. Virtual support helps empower people living with a mental health condition to feel confident and optimistic about their recovery. E-mental health services can help individuals that are transportation challenge to receive services how and when they need to in the convenience of their personal space. NAMI Pinellas would offer these multiple virtual platforms up to two hundred individuals with a mental health condition. NAMI Pinellas would evaluate the outcomes of using these services by using pre and post program surveys. Our goal is to create positive outcomes for individuals with a mental health condition who may be challenged to access behavioral health services during COVID19.||$10,000.00||$10,000.00||These funds would commission the online cost/subscriptions to provide virtual mental health services for individuals needing counseling, support and education. Services include Life Recovery Program, which is designed for people coping with mild to moderate symptoms of addiction, anxiety, stress, and other mental issues; Cope Notes provides daily mental and emotional health through text messaging and invites the users to speak freely and process their feelings; EmergU provides a secure online platform and a broad network of licensed therapists to help those facing life's challenges by providing easy, confidential and private access to professional counseling. A small portion of the funds will support the costs of administration expenses to oversee the evaluation of the programs. Our goal is to create better outcomes when it is hard to access behavioral health services.||07/24/2020||266||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||Ready for Tomorrow - Technology for a Sustainable Future||Ready for Life||Basic Needs||$0.00||Pinellas||550||http://readyforlifepinellas.org||Ready for Life (RFL) provides support, resources and guidance former foster care youth need to successfully transition to adulthood. Our solution-based skill center supporting youth (ages 15 to 25) in homelessness prevention, education & employment, and lifeline support networks. |
During the COVID-19 crisis, we continue to provide services to this vulnerable population, however, now much is done virtually or by appointment. While our technology was adequate for how we did business yesterday, today things are different in every way. How we communicate as a staff, talk directly with clients, and share our stories and solicit donations changed nearly overnight.
RFL has purchased, upgraded or subscribed to technology to survive this crisis. We continue to explore "virtual" fundraising options, knowing how different fundraising & fundraising events are in today’s environment.
|$5,620.00||$4,620.00||Communication technology upgrades at RFL for the next 12 months include: Zoom $180; Constant Contact $840; IGTech $1000; Tech Soup $160. |
Fundraising upgrades for the next 12 months include: Donor Perfect On-Line Forms Plus $600; Text to Give $720; Payment Services $720; transaction swipe capability $400.
Total Request $4620
This investment in Ready for Life’s communication and fundraising technology will have immediate impact today and create sustainability for our uncertain tomorrows.
Thank you for this funding opportunity and for considering helping us be Ready for Tomorrow!
|Partially Funded||1%||Safer at Home with WEDU PBS||Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting, Inc./WEDU||Arts and Culture||$362,667.00||5,000,000||http://wedu.org||Running a public television station with a mostly remote workforce has been extraordinarily challenging. As the pandemic carries on with new cases on the rise, WEDU has never been more important. Yet, our infrastructure has not been built for this kind of long-term remote work. WEDU needs to invest in new technology that will not only benefit our colleagues working from home, but also the voices we bring on-air to share important information with our community. Our programming provides accurate news to help navigate the pandemic, inclusive programming to help give context to this moment of social unrest, and respite from the noise and rancor with comforting programs. An investment in technology is essential to navigate for WEDU our new normal.||$2,333.00||$365,000.00||These technological investments will have long-term value regardless of when, or if, our studios operate at pre-pandemic levels and will ensure production staff are safe when collecting stories, that our administrative workforce will have a reliable digital infrastructure, and most importantly that our broadcast equipment reliably delivers our six channels to more than five million citizens. These funds will provide:|
-hardware and software for our production team to produce broadcast quality content from the safety of homes
-mobile computer systems for editing
-professional remote IT support contracted services, providing a infrastructure for support to a decentralized workforce
-server and cloud-based software upgrades for a faster remote network
-new antenna system to ensure signal stability for increased viewership
|Partially Funded||5%||Tampa General Hospital Center for Infectious Diseases- ICU Monitors||Tampa General Hospital Foundation, Inc.||Health and Wellbeing||$1,895,000.00||1,000||http://tgh.org/foundation||Tampa General Hospital (TGH) is on the front-line fighting the pandemic and taking care of our community. Due to the surges in COVID positivity,our hospital is increasing COVID ICU capacity by renovating our existing Rehabilitation Hospital into an Infectious Disease Hospital. The former rehab hospital is located on the far end of the campus, and only connected by a walking bridge, which allows for natural separation of our infectious disease patients from all of the other patients at TGH. This new hospital will not only let us care for those with COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, it will position TGH among the nation’s leaders in the response, treatment, mitigation and prevention of current and future infectious diseases. This renovation includes construction, purchasing 59 ICU beds, 59 ICU monitors, and other necessary equipment to create the negative pressure isolation rooms.||$105,000.00||$2,000,000.00||These funds will be used to purchase 59 ICU monitors for the new Infectious Disease Hospital. This will allow TGH to have all COVID ICU patients in one area, instead of separate floors, which makes it safer to care for them. The ICU monitors track patients vitals, like heart rate, oxygen, etc. Each patient needs their own monitor. TGH is hoping to complete construction of the first floor of the hospital and have all of the equipment purchased by the projected open date of October 1, 2020.||07/20/2020||270||Expired|
|Fully Funded||100%||COVID-19 RELIEF FOR FOOD ASSISTANCE||SOUTHEASTERN FOOD BANK||Basic Needs||$0.00||Pinellas||20,000||http://www.southeasternfoodbank.com||Southeastern Food Bank has been ‘Feeding the hungry and caring for those in need…’ throughout Central Florida for the past 28 years. We have been a beacon of hope in our community, reaching more than 137,000 families last year alone. Currently, we are feeding an average of 10,000 families per month and with the current health and financial crisis, we need to reach so many more. As many business continue to remain closed or operate on limited hours, the need continues to be high and we are stepping up our efforts to meet that need by increasing our distribution efforts. One of our current partners in Pinellas County, St. Petersburg Free Clinic (SPFC) has seen a huge increase in services these past months. Southeastern Food Bank is a food source for the SPFC, and we have doubled our distribution to them in order to meet the need in Pinellas County.||$33,333.00||$20,000.00||Funding from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay (CFTB) will be used to procure food, hygiene items and other essentials for organizations such as the St. Petersburg Free Clinic for those they serve. Our increased efforts during this time of crisis presents unique challenges to Southeastern Food Bank. With many of our donors facing financial crisis due to job loss and local businesses closing their doors, the funds needed for operations have decreased as a result. Southeastern Food Bank has been procuring as much food as possible and distribution has increased tremendously. It is necessary to keep our trucks on the road to pick up donations of perishable and non-perishable food and essentials from grocery wholesalers and distributors. Funds from the CFTB will be used to keep our warehouse operational in a time of increased need for food for our neighbors in Pinellas County.||07/17/2020||273||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||1%||Chapters Health Foundation - COVID 19 PPE and Support for Caregivers, Patients, and Families||Chapters Health Foundation||Health and Wellbeing||$198,667.00||Citrus ; Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco||7,500||https://www.chaptershealth.org/||Chapter Health System (CHS) affiliates continue providing quality care for patients and families as COVID-19 (C19) rages on in Florida. CHS has been impacted financially, with over $1.2M in PPE costs and curtailed fundraising activity, caregiver exposure, with hundreds of volunteers on hold and staff either ill or quarantined. |
In March, CHS established the C19 wing at the Melech House in Temple Terrace—the first hospice wing dedicated to C19 patients. Today, the entire house is dedicated and full. CHS is working to provide more space to care for the influx of patients.
CHS caregivers serve on the front lines caring for thousands of patients each day. They are dedicated to patient and family comfort, risking their own health. Hospice patients deserve a peaceful transition, families deserve comfort, and hospice caregivers deserve adequate protection, support, and fatigue relief.
|$1,333.00||$200,000.00||Grant funding would be used to offset costs for|
• PPE, including N95 masks, gowns, gloves, booties, face shields, and surgical caps.
o As the number of C19 cases increases, combined with the CHS average daily census of 3,500 patients, CHS will need more PPE than ever before to protect its caregivers and remaining volunteers.
• Food and staples
o Food pantry items for patients and families in need.
• Digital/Communications Equipment
o iPhones and iPads (used and new) for telehealth patients without access and safe family visitation with C19 patients.
• Legacy Teddy Bears
o Voice recording teddy bears offer solace and comfort to grieving families who may not get the chance to visit with loved ones dying from coronavirus.
• Care Packages for Caregivers and Staff
o Morale-boosting items, such as coupons for free coffee and meals, personal comfort items, and more.
|Partially Funded||17%||Jobsite Theater Unemployed Artist Fund||The Jobsite Theater, Inc.||Arts and Culture||$10,000.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)||10,000||https://www.jobsitetheater.org||We have close to 60 artists (actors, composers, designers, directors, etc) who have been un/deremployed since 3/13. Many of them have lost all income since they are also fitness instructors, coaches, teachers, and so on as "gig-life" workers. Many have still not received proper unemployment benefits and it is uncertain whether any additional stimulus assistance will come. These 1099 contract workers -- the reality for most artists in this region -- are in a precarious place, and we want to help in this time of crisis. We will identify the most needy 24 and arrange for $500 honoraria for each of them to submit a short digital feature for us to distribute free online as a gift to the community. This is a critical time -- we risk losing these artists forever if they leave the region or are forced to enter a new industry due to the economic reality. We are less than nothing without them.||$2,000.00||$12,000.00||The $12,000 represents the 24 honorariums at $500 each that will be offered to to regional artists currently suffering un/deremployment due to the coronavirus closures. We will identify the most needy first, and then work up to take care of as many of these folks as possible. Each artist will then be contracted to create a 5-15m video they can do with proper health and safety in mind that somehow showcases their talent. These will be a collections of "how-to" videos, time-lapse videos showing off their artistic process, music, monologues, storytelling/spoken word, movement/choreography and so on that showcase the individual artist's talent. Collaborations are being encouraged, and we are encouraging work that centers marginalized voices. We will work with the artists and assist in video production and editing then distribute these for free online as a goodwill gesture to the community.||07/17/2020||273||Expired|
|Partially Funded||4%||Fund a Director of Education position to conduct remote learning sessions with teachers and students||Florida Council on Economic Education||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$28,667.00||50,000||http://www.fcee.org||Since the pandemic teachers are in dire need of assistance setting up remote learning environments and addressing the current state of our country. We have heard from hundreds of teachers who are seeking guidance as they prepare to deliver classes in a way in which they were never trained to do. The FCEE is ready and capable of working with teachers to build a framework for their social studies, economics, personal finance, business and other core classes.|
Our Director of Education will create content, administer virtual training sessions on delivering that content, vet and review outside resources to make recommendations, and work with local school districts to meet teachers' needs. Additionally, teachers who participate in professional development training will receive classroom materials and are eligible to receive Continuing Education Credits toward their teacher's license renewals.
|$1,333.00||$30,000.00||The Florida Council on Economic Education is requesting funding for a Director of Education position. The ideal person for this position would be a retired or out of work educator with experience using online platforms. Currently, the FCEE has funded smaller projects of this nature with tremendous success (over 600 teachers and students will be trained just this summer alone). This funding would allow us to bring someone on part time to continue this important work. Topics to be covered include:|
- Utilizing digital platforms at all grade levels
- Macro and Micro Economics
- Personal Finance
- Teaching students about the economics of a pandemic
- Addressing the economics of the BLM movement in your classroom
- Addressing inequities in our society
- Investing in Women & Girls
Additionally, we will cover any requests by district or school personnel for specific topics.
|Partially Funded||<1%||Straz Strong||David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts||Arts and Culture||$2,995,334.00||500,000||https://www.strazcenter.org/||If you understand and support how the arts can serve as a lifeline to people in isolation, and in times of crisis, then we need your help.|
Since March, the Straz has cancelled or postponed more than 1000 events. Our doors may be closed, but our mission has never wavered.
Although Tampa Bay's children are learning remotely, they still need to build the critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills that are taught in our award-winning arts education offerings.
Your support today could help us hang onto our remaining essential staff as we create and deliver the pivoted arts learning experiences that homeschooling parents, underserved schools and children throughout our region depend upon.
And together, we can plan and deliver the uplifting community celebration of our cultural resilience when we can safely emerge from this crisis.
|$4,666.00||$3,000,000.00||Your support today could help us retain our remaining essential staff as we create and deliver the pivoted arts learning experiences that schools throughout our region depend upon.|
As a nonprofit institution and vital economic generator in the Tampa Bay region, any and all funds awarded would be used to help:
• Keep our community workforce working,
• Keep Tampa Bay artists working to develop and deliver pivoted safe and accessible quality arts education and community engagement offerings,
• Engage with our education partners and other community institutions such as VA hospitals to identify and mitigate emerging community needs through our individual and collaborative resources,
• Maintain and protect cultural resources for our Tampa Bay community,
• Maintain minimal facility operations while ensuring a clean and safe facility for our community to return to when it is safe to do so.
|Partially Funded||5%||WUSF Needs Technology to Work from Home Indefinitely because of COVID-19||WUSF Public Media||Arts and Culture||$28,067.00||300,000||http://www.wusf.org/||In March 2020 when COVID-19 rocked our world, we at WUSF Public Media were not prepared to move to our home offices and seamlessly deliver the high-production quality news and information on-air and online programs that Tampa Bay area residents depend on and expects from us. From our ongoing pandemic experience we’ve learned we need better tools to do our work from anywhere, at any time. Consequently, we are seeking funding to help us to purchase upgraded work-from-home technological resources and computer equipment for use by our reporter/hosts and support staff. Right now, our employees are dialing into their office work stations using remote access from their own computers, tablets or even cell phones. Because they use their own equipment, there is no standardization and at times it is difficult for them to work effectively or efficiently. Our work is critical in emergencies. ||$1,333.00||$29,400.00||As a result of mandates by USF, to which WUSF radio is licensed, many employees will continue to work from home indefinitely because our office space is not large enough for required COVID-19 social distancing. Thus, improving work-from-home capability becomes increasingly urgent for us as we adapt our work processes even while prepare for hurricane season in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.|
WUSF seeks funding to purchase 7 work-from-home kits that each include a laptop, printer/scanner, monitor/mouse/keyboard, headset, microphone and software. Additionally, to improve our broadcast sound, we also would like to purchase three Comrex units. These will allow our local reporters and hosts to provide HD quality audio from consumer-grade equipment, such as a cell phone or a computer with a microphone. Comrex is an interview solution, a call management system, and a telephone interface.
|Fully Funded||100%||Veteran and Active Duty Military Support during COVID-19 Pandemic||Help Heal Veterans||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||Pinellas||30,000||http://www.healvets.org||In this time of uncertainty and hardship, we are working with mental health and voluntary service teams in Veterans Hospitals and on Military Bases to ensure those who are feeling isolated and alone can find some comfort and therapy through an alternative means. |
At this time when hospitals are actively trying to limit and minimize visitors, it challenging for veteran patients to be without their family during what is a very vulnerable time. Isolation can be difficult. Many older veterans rely on VA centers and veterans service organizations for social interaction, so the stay-at-home recommendations can be difficult for them to cope with. These veterans need support. In the past month, Heal Vets has received requests from VA Medical Centers, State Veterans Nursing Homes and US military bases around the world for more than 120,000 therapeutic kits to augment care during confinement.
|$5,000.00||$5,000.00||These funds would be used to manufacture and ship therapeutic kits to facilities in the Tampa Bay/Bay Pines area. We receive frequent requests from the facilities in the area. For example, typical shipments to Bay Pines VAMC are for 3000 therapeutic kits, which has a retail value of approximately $90,000 and a shipping cost of about $1,300. This will provide for the facilities need for 60 to 90 days. |
As one VA Voluntary Service Chief said, “In this time of uncertainty, these kits were absolutely critical to our operations! Our residents have been isolated for 6 weeks now and we have been keeping them busy with these kits. I attached an order form to this email, as we really could use some more kits. We are holding group therapy via telehealth and are incorporating these into our sessions.”
|Partially Funded||54%||Mommy, I'm Hungry: Filling Pinellas County's empty tummies||The Kind Mouse||Basic Needs||$23,000.00||Pinellas||1,750||https://www.thekindmouse.org||We have all heard our children occasionally whimper, "Mommy, I'm hungry." Imagine NOT having food to comfort and satiate your child. It happens every day in Tampa Bay.|
28% of Florida’s children are at risk for hunger. Covid has made life harder with high unemployment and springtime school closures.
36,000 Pinellas kids are food insecure, not knowing where their next meal will come from. Their lifelong consequences as a result of limited access to nutritious foods include: Weaker immune systems; More stomachaches, headaches, colds, and Chronic Fatigue; More hospitalizations and behavioral difficulties. Inevitably, they demonstrate impaired performance in every aspect of school life - academically, athletically and socially.
A large percentage of them will depend on safety net programs as adults. They depend on us now. The Kind Mouse is there for them with immediate food assistance.
|$27,000.00||$50,000.00||ds throughout Pinellas County. |
To serve the requirements and expectations of our school and agency partners, we must maintain the highest operational standards. Proper handling and storage of all incoming, outgoing and warehoused foods is the only way to ensure food quality and safety. Expenses also include rent, utilities, storage equipment and supplies, cleaning and maintenance, and insurance.
To keep costs low, our lean staff oversees program administration and volunteer management as well as supporting pantry operations. Funding will help offset a portion of wages, taxes and benefits.
Our goal is to cost-effectively meet and maintain the commitments we’ve made to our partners and our hungry little constituents. We appreciate your help.
|Partially Funded||20%||Child Abuse Victim Increased Needs||Pasco Kids First, Inc.||Domestic Abuse and Human Trafficking||$21,312.00||Hernando ; Pasco||757||https://www.pascokidsfirst.org||Children who have been victimized by a crime or trauma require on-going therapy services especially during this time of uncertainty which can exacerbate trauma or anxiety symptoms. We provide child abuse prevention, assessment and treatment services in Pasco and Hernando Counties to more than 1,800 kids per year. 2019 data included 4,367 home visits, 3,425 therapy sessions, 593 medical exams and 723 forensic/specialized interviews. With kids are out of school and isolated, we expect the needs to be even greater as children are absorbing the stress from their family members; financial, health or simply being isolated from others. Stress is piling on top of trauma can be a dangerous combination. The funds will allow more children to receive support virtually. A high quality telehealth program ensures the privacy of our clients using a HIPAA compliant platform is critical for their healing.||$5,333.00||$26,645.00||The funds will supply our small non-profit with the technology support needed to provide more effective and efficient services to children and families served by our Children's Advocacy Center providing child abuse assessments, therapy services and Healthy Families prevention services remotely. The investment will allow more children the opportunity to receive the needed high quality care remotely.|
ZOOM for Healthcare - $5,000 per year - Currently using Profession Clinic version of Doxy.me but quality isn't as good as it freezes and drops calls
3 Laptops with warranty and mice @ $715 ea. = $2,145 (3 Trauma Therapists)
100 Earbuds with microphones and bluetooth/adapter to allow greater privacy during telehealth = $500
Computer software for remote software IT - Teamviewer = $1,000
Part time IT employee - $1,500 per month = $18,000 per year - assist all 4 locations
Grand Total: $26,645
|Partially Funded||59%||Red Tent loss of income and donations for salaries and overhead||Red Tent Women's Initiative||Health and Wellbeing||$10,500.00||Pinellas||116||http://www.redtentwomensinitiative.org||Since 1990 incarceration of women has increased 700% and now outpaces men 2:1 across the US. Red Tent Founder Barbara Rhode recognized this issue from 5 years of volunteering as a therapist with incarcerated women. She developed a science based program that gets to the heart of the issue which is unresolved trauma Since 2012 Red Tent has been conducting a trauma informed program for any incarcerated women who signs up and there is always a wait list. The women want to improve their lives. Recent research shows the validity of the program. Using a 2018 cohort, only 24% of the women who took the Red Tent program in jail returned to jail compared to the national average of 44%. And of the women who returned to jail, they stayed out of jail longer than at any time prior to taking the Red Tent class. The program improves the lives of the women and we are planning to further our impact.||$15,000.00||$25,500.00||Red Tent runs ongoing classes at the Pinellas County jail. The jail closed to all outside people on March 12 because of the virus so our classes ended. Just when the jail was beginning to make plans to reopen (early June 2020), the virus was found within the jail staff and inmates. The jail now expects to be closed far longer than originally anticipated. With the jail as our largest funder of our program, it is a huge loss of revenue for Red Tent and now our PPP funds have been expended as of the end of June 2020. In the meantime Red Tent has reduced expenses as much as possible while continuing to build important infrastructure to expand programs in the jail (when it opens) and to take this successful program to other jails and prisons throughout the country and world. These funds would support the salaries and expenses for Red Tent for 3 months.||07/07/2020||283||Expired|
|Partially Funded||5%||Tampa Bay Watch General Operating Support and Educational Curriculum Development||Tampa Bay Watch, Inc.||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$19,000.00||4,000||http://www.tampabaywatch.org||Tampa Bay Watch has a need for general operating support to compensate for the numerous canceled fundraising events, weddings, summer camp sessions, and general decline in donations during the pandemic. Additionally we need support to advance our capabilities in new ways during the pandemic. Our staff is committed to creating enriching virtual lesson plans and activities that incorporate our mission and can be done from home, so that teachers and parents can be successful at keeping kids engaged while at home. A few other examples of new online learning materials which we seek to distribute on a biweekly basis are Kids’ Pages Investigations which are in-depth worksheets and answer keys, educational videos, and live teaching sessions, all to provide at-home learning opportunities.The goal of these online resources is to inspire learners to act as life-long environmental stewards.||$1,000.00||$20,000.00||Tampa Bay Watch requests $10,000 for educational curriculum development and $10,000 toward general operating support.||07/07/2020||283||Expired|
|Partially Funded||67%||Operating Funds For Online Arts Programming||The Studio @ 620||Arts and Culture||$5,000.00||1,000||http://thestudioat620.org||Since the risk of exposure to COVID 19 increases indoors and in large groups, The Studio@620 has had reconfigure its arts programming to a purely online approach. Much of our operating funds have been historically derived from admissions revenues but monetization of online content is not as fruitful as at the door income. |
The Studio@620 continues to be a leader for local arts programming embracing social justice issues while promoting local artists, dancers, musicians and other performers of all kinds.
Our organization is in need of operating funds to continue this important work in the community. Now with online content our reach is limitless!
Funds are needed for rent, salaries, utilities, and to cover expenses like cleaning supplies so that The Studio can host local performers to create live stream content.
The impact is far reaching in terms of audience and participating artists.
|$10,000.00||$15,000.00||Two months rent: $6600|
Two months utilities (electric, internet, insurance,etc): $1200
Two months employee salaries: $7200
|Partially Funded||1%||Food Distribution Operations for COVID-19/Coronavirus Response||Feeding Tampa Bay||Basic Needs||$496,000.00||1,700,000||http://www.feedingtampabay.org||The scale and scope of the challenge is beyond anything we’ve seen in foodbanking. Usually events are shorter and impact a regional area. We are now supporting a lot of different folks not normally in our network. Requests for food are up 400% and we are projecting the number of food insecure people to more than double, from 600,000 to 1.7 million. We have doubled our food distribution during the crisis to over 2 million meals weekly. |
We are focusing our efforts on covering both those we already serve as well stepping into the gaps that are created by the crisis, specifically:
- Children out of school without access to school meals or after-school meals.
- Seniors and others who are at greatest risk and cannot reach food.
- Families who are experiencing higher expenses and lower wages who would not normally have needed our services.
|$4,000.00||$500,000.00||Because we have to limit, for social distancing reasons, the number of volunteers and agency partners we can work with, we are taking on a much greater share of labor and delivery. This translates to extra hired person power, trucks, other equipment (pallet jacks, forklifts) and supplies (bags, boxes, meal containers, gloves, hand sanitizer, etc.). The silver lining is that we are trying to employ displaced workers to assist us. But, if the pandemic spreads our labor pool will grow smaller and smaller while our responsibilities increase. Minimally, we see an increase of $250,000 - $500,000, depending upon duration. This operational support is vital to providing needed meals into the community and supports Feeding Tampa Bay's other needs request application to Community Foundation of Tampa Bay.||07/06/2020||284||Expired|
|Partially Funded||20%||Food for COVID-19/Coronavirus Response||Feeding Tampa Bay||Basic Needs||$637,501.00||1,700,000||http://www.feedingtampabay.org||The scale and scope of the challenge is beyond anything we’ve seen in foodbanking. Usually events are shorter and impact a regional area. We are now supporting a lot of different folks not normally in our network. Requests for food are up 400% and we are projecting the number of food insecure people to more than double, from 600,000 to 1.7 million. We have doubled our food distribution during the crisis to over 2 million meals weekly. |
We are focusing our efforts on covering both those we already serve as well stepping into the gaps that are created by the crisis, specifically:
- Children out of school without access to school meals or after-school meals.
- Seniors and others who are at greatest risk and cannot reach food.
- Families who are experiencing higher expenses and lower wages who would not normally have needed our services.
|$162,499.00||$800,000.00||Food purchasing: supplies cannot withstand our current clients, new clients and the reduced amount of food being donated. While the availability of food at grocery stores has mostly stabilized, supply chain disruptions are still limiting local food donations. To maintain a supply, we are sourcing more food from across the nation and our expenditure on food so far is now over $2 million.|
We are also being asked to stand up kids’ meals and feeding programs normally supported by the school systems and to support homebound seniors who cannot access food. Our Trinity Café is preparing 15,000 meals weekly to be delivered to seniors and other homebound individuals.
|Partially Funded||44%||FMoPA COVID-19 Needs Request Form #2||Florida Museum of Photographic Arts||Arts and Culture||$8,333.00||150,000||http://www.fmopa.org||FMoPA respectfully requests funds to cover a portion of the salary costs for the following positions as we are slowly reopening the museum for small groups of visitors. Visitor Service (front desk), Education Manager , Exhibition Manager and Membership Manager. These past few months has been extremely challenging as we rely on admission and program revenue to cover these costs normally and without them we are in jeopardy for the future.||$6,667.00||$15,000.00||Funds from the Community Foundation will cover the following: |
Visitor Service (front desk) 3,000.00
Education Manager 4,500.00
Exhibition Manager 4,500.00
Membership Manager 3,000.00
|Partially Funded||79%||Support for Student & Family Service Continuity - Academic & Counseling||Pace Center for Girls of Citrus County||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$1,300.00||Citrus||50||http://www.pacecenter.org||Pace Citrus is a day school for girls, grades 6-12 w/ full-service counseling. We serve 50 girls with academic and counseling needs that hinder their success in their home schools. Over 90% of families qualify for free/reduced lunch and approx. 75% of families have had job displacements, food insufficiency or financial losses during the pandemic. Pace has purchased Mifi devices and paid for monthly service when families were unable (or when services were disconnected). Pace has also provided several food deliveries to nearly 90%. For approx 10 students, we anticipate a return to school may pose health concerns within their family, so we expect they will continue to need Mifi service through the end of the year. The need we are addressing is access to academic and counseling services (via mifi and monthly service) and food support for families.||$5,000.00||$6,300.00||Purchase of 5 additional Mifi devices, 5 x $60 = $300|
Monthly prepaid wifi service for 10 students for 6 months, July-December, 10 x 6 x $50 = $3,000
*July food delivery (average delivery $30/student), 50 x $30 = $1,500
*Fall food delivery (average delivery $30/student), 50 x $30 = $1,500
*If it more students/families are determined to need continued remote internet access, we will additional devices and services from these funds.
|Partially Funded||15%||Food Pantry Expansion to meet the demand of people needing food.||Dunedin Cares, Inc||Basic Needs||$42,500.00||Pinellas||1,250||http://dunedincares.org||Dunedin Cares, Inc is a Food Pantry that opened in November 2015. We have experienced exponential growth in the number of clients, especially new people who are unemployed, receiving food during the period of March 2020 to present. Since March 2020, our distribution of food increased from 10,000 lbs. (8300 meals) to 20,000 lbs.(16600 meals) per month. We primarily distribute food to Pinellas County with a few clients from Pasco County.|
Our greatest need is always having a supply of food. We are now purchasing food monthly to ensure our diverse and in need population does not go hungry, We struggle to keep up with the demand as our donations are unable to shift during the extreme time of COVID-19. In addition, we are in severe need of a walk-in cooler to keep our items safe for pick up. In addition, we have had purchased canopy tents, parking cones, thermometers, and floor decals.
|$7,500.00||$50,000.00||Funds will be used to purchase food, including perishable and non-perishable food. Secondly, with demand, we are forced to increase our refrigeration and freezer capacity thus requiring more storage space. Our expansion plan is to double our current 1800 SF and to add a 12' x 10' cooler in the new addition or on a concrete slab outside. A walk-in cooler is a must and will be ordered soon. Permitting, construction, installation, and cost of the cooler will be $15,000 - $20,000. Expansion to our existing building is estimated at $30,000.||07/03/2020||287||Expired|
|Partially Funded||9%||CMA Animal Care Fund||Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Inc.||Animal Welfare||$90,667.00||Pinellas||52||https://www.seewinter.com||Due to health concerns surrounding Covid-19, Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) closed to the public for 60 days. We have since reopened our doors and have implemented significant additional safety precautions to protect staff, animals, and guests, while ensuring a fun and educational visit for a limited number of guests. CMA relies on revenues from admission to support our animal care program. We have experienced significant financial losses due to our closure and now limited guest capacity. |
Donations to CMA’s Animal Care Fund allow us to continue the lifesaving work of our mission, which remains a dire need. Our staff is working even harder to ensure that our animals are safe, healthy, and receiving the highest level of care.
|$9,333.00||$100,000.00||Donated funds will be used by Clearwater Marine Aquarium to provide uninterrupted care for 52 resident marine animals including dolphins, sea turtles, otters, pelicans, and fish in addition to rescued animals in need of rehabilitation during this crisis. We remain a working marine animal hospital and our work never stops. The goal of CMA is to safely and purposefully work through this uncertain time in the most cost effective and efficient manner possible.||07/02/2020||288||Expired|
|Partially Funded||1%||TMA COVID Relief Fund||Tampa Museum of Art, Inc.||Arts and Culture||$99,000.00||30,000||http://www.tampamuseum.org||We are addressing the need to maintain jobs, secure our cultural heritage and rebuild the community. The Tampa Museum of Art(TMA) recognizes its role in offering a mentally and physically healthy environment which the public can use as a safe place to visit during this pandemic. However, attendance free-falls, event cancellations & layoffs will result from museum, government and CDC social distancing practices without short-term financial assistance.|
Without community support to maintain operations, TMA is in the midst of a financial threat. Postponements and cancellations of public programs and fundraising events will have a lasting impact on our current and future operations. We are seeking out assistance as TMA is not able to grow its income from ticket sales, class registrations, food & beverage and store sales as a result of fears of social interaction during the spread of COVID.
|$1,000.00||$100,000.00||Funds will be used to ensure TMA's core staff are retained and supported to carry out and develop virtual and interactive community programming off-site while developing on-site education programming for the late summer and fall. It is a critical time for the museum to retain its staff to ensure community partnerships that rely on our services remain intact. All of us need to come together to set an example that we will not have long lasting financial challenges due to this temporary crisis. |
Your support will help bridge the financial gap until the Museum community is able again to provide and underwrite many vital programs for the citizens of Tampa Bay. Funds will provide badly needed dollars to sustain our existing efforts to provide programming both in person and virtual immediately and in the future. Your support now will help TMA weather this storm and prepare for safer times.
|Partially Funded||67%||Pharmacy and Laboratory Services||Good Samaritan Health Clinic of Pasco||Health and Wellbeing||$20,000.00||Pasco||800||http://www.goodsamclinic.org||The Good Samaritan Clinic of Pasco, Inc. (GSHC) is committed to providing top quality medical and dental|
services, including prescriptions, free-of-charge to eligible residents of Pasco County. Founded in 1990, we
provided over 3,500 patient visits in 2019, including 333 new patients. Through our partnerships with
foundations, government, hospitals and licensed healthcare professionals, GSHC is the only free clinic in Pasco
County that provides a full range of services to adults ages 18-64 - medical exams, lab/diagnostic services,
dental services, limited scope behavioral health and prescriptions - all at no cost to the patient. We treat
serious chronic conditions such as Diabetes, Hypertension, COPD and high cholesterol prevalent in our
population, with effective pharmaceuticals and education regarding diet and lifestyle. Our patients must be
at or below 200% of Federal Poverty Level.
|$40,000.00||$60,000.00||Prior to the pandemic, funds from our three board-driven annual special events (May-Nurses Gala, September-Golf Tournament, November-Festival of Trees) would have been allocated to fund these programs. These three special events netted $145,000 in ‘19. As of 7/10/20, we’ve cancelled our Nurses Gala and our Golf Tournament. It is highly unlikely that those events will happen before 2021. We are exploring efforts to make the Festival of Trees a virtual event this November. Between 3/16/20 and 6/30/20, we’ve lost 975 volunteer hours. This is the equivalent of a FT employee for 5 1/2 months. We have had to add between 8-12 hours a week of additional staff time to make-up in a very small way for the volunteer attrition. Finally, within the next 4-6 weeks, we expect to see an influx of new patients, who through job and/or health insurance loss, will now be eligible to receive our services.||07/02/2020||288||Expired|
|Fully Funded||100%||Food Assistance||Humane Society of Tampa Bay, Inc.||Animal Welfare||$0.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||2,500||http://www.humanesocietytampa.org||We are seeing a significant increase in the number of pet owners who need Food Assistance. We provide free pet food to help keep pets in their loving homes.||$35,000.00||$10,000.00||The Humane Society of Tampa Bay offers two food assistance programs. We offer food assistance at our shelter weekly where pet owners can come and pick up a bag of food. We also provide Animeals in which our volunteers deliver pet food monthly to homebound, elderly, and/or disabled pet owners in Hillsborough County. The funds would help to provide pet food to these owners. We are seeing a large increase in the number of pet owners needing food assistance due to COVID-19. We want to keep these pets in their loving homes.||07/02/2020||288||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||1%||General and operations support during COVID-19||Freefall Theatre Inc.||Arts and Culture||$496,000.00||100||http://freefalltheatre.com||freeFall Theatre Company's professional and educational outreach programming includes the employment of 7 year round staff members and more than 30 seasonal actors, technical and hourly support staff. Since March 16, our programming including live theatrical performances and educational outreach programs has been put on hold. The loss of more than 50% of our ticket revenue has compromised our organization's ability to provide employment for our salaried, hourly support staff and technical theatre teams as well as key funding support from the cancellation of our season. freeFall is seeking general operational support to mitigate the loss of ticket and event revenue . Funds will go directly to our COVID-19 recovery campaign to limit the financial impact to the company ensuring our reopening in 2021.||$4,000.00||$500,000.00||Funds will go directly to staff, actors, creative teams, general operations and the shows in our new season. |
$20,000 new COVID-19 cleaning and sanitizing procedures including hand wash stations and extra hourly support staff and additional hours
$80,000 general operating expense support due to loss in ticket revenue
$300,000 full-time staff, hourly support staff, seasonal actors and creative teams for four-six months
$100,000 alternative programming including actors, sound system, outdoor stage and seating
|Fully Funded||100%||Safer Workplace!||Sun City Center Emergency Squad||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||20,000||http://sccems.com/||Due to the COVID-19 pandemic continuing and actually becoming more of a threat to our area, we are in need of purchasing additional supplies to replace some of our protective equipment. We also wish to implement more protective procedures.||$2,088.32||$2,000.00||The SCC Emergency Squad would like to use $500 to purchase and install a Plexiglas barrier to the counter on the front desk to protect the receptionists from walk-in visitors. We need approximately $300 to purchase at least 300 AAA batteries to operate and refill our new no contact thermometers. With $1200, we wish to help keep everyone safe by sanitizing all of the cloth and leather furniture in the building and purchasing more protective equipment to be used during the corona virus and to be prepared in case we have a hurricane disaster. We need to purchase surgical masks for patients, more N-95 masks and nitrate gloves for ambulance and van crews All of this helps to keep our volunteers and our community of 20,000 safe.||06/27/2020||293||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||Teacher Resilence Project||Metropolitan Ministries, Inc.||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$0.00||2,300||http://www.metromin.org||High quality early learning experiences for children ages birth to five influence child development and strong outcomes for youth, especially those in poverty. Early learning experiences shape the brain, providing the foundation for future learning. Unfortunately, the people responsible for these experiences, childcare workers, frequently experience widespread burnout, impacting the quality of care children receive. In the age of COVID 19, childcare workers are often considered essential workers, risking their own health and health of their families to provide care for the children they serve. Researchers in a 2018 study published in the Journal of Early Learning and Development concluded providing teachers with more positive work environments and training on handling work stressors was more effective in improving teacher well-being than other tested strategies.||$29,999.00||$25,000.00||EFFINITY’s Teacher Resilience Project strives to impact Florida’s early education system by providing tools which combat teacher burnout. Funds will be used to offset the training costs of 175 early educators. Approximately 2,125 children in the care of those trained will be positively impacted as their teachers are empowered through training aimed to improve teacher psychological well-being. EFFINITY, a social enterprise start-up launched by Metropolitan Ministries in 2019 delivers organizational training utilizing trainers who are certified by national accreditation agencies or considered experts in their field. Metropolitan Ministries is an accredited Trauma Informed Care agency from the Sanctuary Institute. Each participant will receive training in the areas of compassion fatigue, self-care, and trauma informed care and complete a self-care action plan to utilize in the field.||06/26/2020||294||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||Fire Protection/Prevention||Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Foundation||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||50||https://www.facebook.com/HCFR-Foundation-540022742720323/||One of our main programs is Project SAFE(Smoke Alarms for Every home). More than 3,000 people die in home fires every year. Many of these deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. The majority of fatal home fires happen at night, when people are asleep. Contrary to popular belief, the smell of smoke may not wake up a sleepy person. The poisonous gases and smoke produced by a fire can numb the senses and put you into a deeper sleep. Smoke detectors sound an alarm, alerting you to a fire. By giving you time to escape, smoke alarms cut your families risk of dying in a home fire nearly in half. To keep families safe, HCFR Foundation in conjunction with Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, will purchase and install these alarms at no cost to the residents that need them and can't afford them. Smoke alarms save lives!||$1,000.00||$1,000.00||This grant will enhance our smoke alarm program by allowing us to install ADA strobe alarms for individuals who are deaf/ hard of hearing in those needy homes and also provide public education on fire and life safety to those citizens and their families. The standard smoke alarms installed in homes are unable to notify these individuals, should an emergency occur while they are asleep. The strobe alarms will be able to wake up these individuals, which will allow them to escape their home in case of a fire. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been unable to receive donations through fundraising efforts to purchase these specific alarms for this vulnerable population.||06/26/2020||294||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||Technology for Virtual Programming||The Skills Center||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$0.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||2,000||http://www.theskillscenter.org||Based on The Skills Center's Covid-19 Family Survey- Parents would like both virtual and in person programming options offered at the Center.|
With Covid-19, our needs are based on the organization's inability to continue providing programs and services to our youth in the midst of a public health emergency. It is our desire to expand the use of technology within the organization by providing a virtual and live stream platform. This would allow the organization to provide services in person and virtually as dictated by stay at home orders as well as address our families with high risk medical conditions. Our goal is to provide continuous and consistent services no matter the situation as we seek to meet our mission of creating change through academics, life skills, mentoring, health and nutrition. Technology is essential in helping the organization accomplish this goal.
|$5,000.00||$5,000.00||The fund would be used to purchase equipment to support and expand the following:|
* Programming Instruction- expand our ability to program virtual tutoring, physical activity instruction and life skills/mentoring/health/nutrition workshops
* Live stream our weekly teen talk show called Tampa Teen Talk Show, creating a platform hosted, paneled and produced by teen girls.
* Provide viewing access to parents and family to watch their children participate in programming. (limited building access during covid-19 policy)
The equipment would include digital video cameras, monitors, microphones, lighting, software and other accessories.
|Fully Funded||100%||Windowed/Clear masks for the Hard of Hearing people||Hearing Loss Association of America Sun City Center Chapter||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||10,000||http://hlaascc.com/||For past 3 months, our community of hard of hearing people have had difficulty integrating with others. Our current Corona-virus environment requires following CDC and other safety guidelines including wearing masks. This has been done. However, wearing masks makes communicating even more difficult since we need to hear sounds and read lips to fully communicate with others. Masks muffle words by 10-12 decibels and we can't hear well at 6 feet away from someone. Taking off a mask with the elastic around our ears pulls off hearing aids and cochlear implants which often we are not aware of and are lost which costs us thousands of dollars. This is not safe for us or for those who are caring for us in this fragile environment. We hear with our brains and ears but our hearts need to be taken care of as well.||$1,000.00||$1,000.00||MATERIALS to be purchased including: 1) Plastic-vinyl for the clear portion of the mask to allow for the visualization of the mouth. 2) Elastic and cords are used to attach the mask to the head so that they are not in the way of the hearing devices. 3) Notions i.e. thread for sewing these masks. And if need be, 4) Suitable material for the masks when donations run out from the Sewing Groups here in Sun City Center.||06/18/2020||302||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||Summer4Success: #MyCovidLife Edition||Florida Institute for Community Studies (FICS)||Basic Needs||$0.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||150||http://www.ficsinc.org||FICS proposes a collaborative approach to learning this summer (and beyond) to empower youth while enhancing literacy and life skills, with family supports, from June-Sept. Rooted in two vulnerable communities with large Latino and multicultural populations, S4S is a response to an alarming amount of identified need. In Wimauma, we work with 50 farmworker families every summer at La Estancia. Farm work slows down in June and this year some will migrate but many are too scared because Covid19 has made them even more isolated. We identified gaps for PPE, technology access, healthy food and mental health that are different than in years past. In Town n Country, home to FICS Multicultural Wellness & Arts Center, we serve 18 onsite and 40 offsite. These immigrant/multlcultural families report high levels of stress, lack of healthy food and report drastic children's learning loss since March.||$13,135.00||$13,135.00||At only $88/person, FICS can offer "Project Prevention"/All-Stars Life Skills classes to 100 youth and family support, including access to food distribution points, emergency gift cards, internet/hot spots and notebooks. |
2 trained Facilitators for Project Prevention @ 25/hour to deliver the 20 hour program = 1000
Bilingual peer navigators (1.5 FTE for 3 months) @ 13/hour for 60 hours per week = 7800
Benefits - SS, FICA, UI, Workers Comp @ 0.15 is 1170
Office Expenses include art kits for youth to express themselves, draw their futures @ $500
Food Expenses include mileage to the navigators (or parents) to get to food distribution sites. We are including mileage (miles @1000 which is paid at 0.445/mile or $445) and Emer. Gift cards @ 10/family for$1000
Tech Expenses include hot spots ($420 for all summer) and 4 small notebooks (Iready, MyOn, wifi) for $800
|Fully Funded||100%||Personal Protective Equipment||Sun City Center Emergency Squad||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||2,000||https://sccems.com/||The Sun City Center Emergency Squad needs nitrate gloves for each responding crew member on every call that is answered. We also need N95 face masks for our responding crews and surgical face masks for each patient to wear during this pandemic.These gloves and masks will provide our volunteers and the community residents extra protection and lower the risk of contracting and spreading the virus.||$1,500.00||$1,500.00||Each month, the Sun City Center Emergency squad goes on approximately 400 ambulance calls and approximately 75 van runs that take wheelchair bound residents to medical appointments. These volunteers and patients need protection. To help with this mission, we need gloves and masks for all of our ambulance and van crews to use on each call. We also need masks for all our patients to wear during this pandemic. We have three volunteers on each ambulance call and the two volunteers on each van call. Therefore, it is necessary to replenish our gloves frequently and we need surgical masks for all of our patients. For this project, we are asking for $1500 to help us during this pandemic.||06/12/2020||308||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||Sanitizing||Sun City Center Emergency Squad||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||2,000||https://sccems.com/||The Sun City Center Emergency Squad schedules routne and emergency sanitizing of ambulances, vans and buildings. To be able to kill bacteria and virus, we have an Aeroclave system that uses a special solution that is costly. We also need CaviCide disinfectant to be used on non-porous surfaces including equipment, desks, wheelchairs and other items. Throughout our buildings we have touchless hand sanitizing dispensers for our volunteers to use to stay safe.||$1,200.00||$1,200.00||The Aeroclave system is a fast decontamination treatment. We have ports installed in our four ambulances and two vans. The ambulances and vans are treated on a regular basis to provide COVID-19 decontamination that can help mitigate the spread of this virus and other bacteria. We also decontaminate our buildings on a schedule to help to keep our volunteers healthy. These requested funds would be used to purchase Aeroclave solution to protect our volunteers and the approximately 500 patients we transport every month. We would purchase CaviCide disinfectant liquid and wipes to use on non-porous equipment, door knobs, kitchen counters, desks and other items. Along with all of these sanitary solutions, we need refills for all of the touchless hand sanitizing machines.|
All of these measures are used to keep our volunteers and patients safe from the coronavirus.
|Fully Funded||100%||Urgent Roof Repair||Second Chance Life Skills, Inc||Basic Needs||$0.00||Pasco ; Pinellas||100||http://secondchancelifeskills1.org||Second Chance provides on a mostly volunteer basis, Housing, Veteran Support Services, Financial Literacy, Youth Programs and Healthy Living and Food options. This past year, Second Chance refinanced its HQ to create a modern Kitchen facility to properly be able to support food pantry and food kitchen type operations since there was and is a gap in available food security with no facilities open after 7pm and nothing open on Sunday afternoons when struggling working ALICE families might have a chance to attempt to get some extra help.|
Unfortunately, due to various issues, including funding sources, that have come up with Covid, the funds spent to upgrade the Kitchen facilities are now at risk due to the problems with the urgent needs to do roof repairs.
|$30,000.00||$30,000.00||The funds will be used to do the urgent immediate roof repair needs.||06/12/2020||308||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||First Line of Defense!||Sun City Center Emergency Squad||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||20,000||https://sccems.com/||The first line of defense against the COVID-19 virus is an elevated temperature. The Sun City Center Emergency Squad needs instant accurate no contact thermometers to test all patients before beginning treatment. If the patient has an elevated temperature, our EMTs will exit the site immediately to protect themselves and the crew on duty before calling for more advanced medical help for the patient. |
These thermometers that are safe and accurate will help us to identify a possible resident who needs to be treated for COVID-19 and will reduce the possible spread to the Sun City Center community!
|$2,500.00||$2,500.00||The requested funds will be used to purchase a no contact thermometer for each of our 43 EMTs to carry in their EMT bags. This procedure will help to keep our volunteers safe and to detect a possible positive COVID-19 case in our community of 20,000 before it has spread to others. The approximate cost of such thermometers is $60 each.||06/12/2020||308||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||Operational Expenses||Second Chance Life Skills, Inc||Basic Needs||$0.00||Pasco ; Pinellas||100||http://secondchancelifeskills1.org||Second Chance provides on a mostly volunteer basis, Housing, Veteran Support Services, Financial Literacy, Youth Programs and Healthy Living and Food options. This past year, Second Chance refinanced its HQ to create a modern Kitchen facility to properly be able to support food pantry and food kitchen type operations since there was and is a gap in available food security with no facilities open after 7pm and nothing open on Sunday afternoons when struggling working ALICE families might have a chance to attempt to get some extra help. To further our work for Healthy Living and Healthy Food, we have agreed to Host the first for purpose "Urban Grange" to build an Urban Farming Platform in TampaBay. The Grange (The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry) is a long standing organization which has fought the good fight to preserve the rights of small farmers historically.||$25,000.00||$25,000.00||The services provided were disrupted by the Covid issues. The operational support will allow us to continue on the journey with adjusting to the difficulties in operating in a Covid environment "safely". The funds will also allow Second Chance to restart its programs in a safe manner, begin the operation of our Kitchen for Food Pantry/Food Kitchen in the hours that other organizations do not operate to support food security for ALICE families. We will begin to negotiate with property owners for use of their underused parts of their properties to continue the goal of at least five Urban Farms tied to the unique first for purpose Urban Grange in 2020. The eventual goal is over 100 urban farms throughout the region in partnership with "The Grange". We will also use the funds to support our work to transition some of our Financial Literacy efforts online with recordings and videos.||06/12/2020||308||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||7%||Providing Additional Online Resources and Support to Marginalized disconnected Youth||Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$14,000.00||175||http://jatampabay.org||Now more than ever amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the most recent social unrest our already vulnerable and marginalized youth need the support of our community to provide them the resources they need. Disconnected from schools, teachers and peers, with their families facing severe economic crisis, they bear an incredible burden now and are even more at risk in the future. JA provides much needed programs and interaction, through local collaborations using virtual volunteers and mentors. JA stands committed to helping all young people achieve their dreams and reach their potential. Our promise of ensuring equality is based through our values, which include respect for the talents, creativity, perspectives, and backgrounds of all individuals. Now more than ever, our foundational education on economic opportunities can help drive this conversation of change and prosperity for all.||$1,000.00||$15,000.00||Funds support the planning and implementation of Virtual Career Fairs designed to provide the tools and support needed to begin planning for a prosperous future. Working with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa and Suncoast, and Think Big for Kids a collaborative effort provides area youth access to much needed resources. Utilizing JA Programs marginalized youth are given the opportunity to research and plan for their futures. Programs prepare them for Career Fairs where they will interact virtually with area professionals providing a glimpse into their future through the experiences of these professionals. JA has also collaborated with the Pinellas Opportunity Council and Pinellas County schools to provide 2 different internship readiness programs. Offering both a month long program and several one day workshops we are preparing area at risk youth for placement into local internships.||06/10/2020||310||Expired|
|Partially Funded||72%||Face Masks for our Big & Little Matches in Hillsborough County||Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, Inc.||Health and Wellbeing||$2,580.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||2,500||http://www.bbbstampabay.org||Due to the COVID-19 virus, all our comprehensive mentoring programs are being provided on a virtual basis until it is safe once again for our Bigs and Littles to meet in person. Some Big & Little matches have already elected to start meeting in person with the permission of the child’s parent/legal guardian. To that end, we feel it is of the utmost importance to provide all our Big and Little matches high quality, washable, reusable face masks for when they do meet in person, to enhance their safety. We are requesting $9,380 in funding to cover the cost of facemasks for Hillsborough County, including the cost to mail these facemasks to our Community-Based Big & Little matches. Our staff will distribute the masks for School Based and School-To-Work matches once those sites open back up, to decrease shipping costs.||$6,800.00||$9,380.00||Funding will directly cover the cost of face mask production and distribution. We expect to serve 100 youth this year in Citrus and Hernando Counties and want to provide every Big and Little with a mask for safety. The face masks selected by our agency are high-quality, two-ply washable masks which can be adjusted to fit both youth and adults. We will mail facemasks to our Community-Based Bigs for both them and their Littles. Our staff will distribute the masks for School Based and School-To-Work matches once those sites open back up and matches are able to continue meeting in person. The safety of our matches has always been the highest priority for our agency and continues to be as we face this unprecedented pandemic||06/09/2020||311||Expired|
|Fully Funded||100%||Face Masks for our Big & Little Matches in Citrus and Hernando County||Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, Inc.||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||Citrus ; Hernando||200||http://www.bbbstampabay.org||Due to the COVID-19 virus, all our comprehensive mentoring programs are being provided on a virtual basis until it is safe once again for our Bigs and Littles to meet in person. Some Big & Little matches have already elected to start meeting in person with the permission of the child’s parent/legal guardian. To that end, we feel it is of the utmost importance to provide all our Big and Little matches high quality, washable, reusable face masks for when they do meet in person, to enhance their safety. We are requesting $750 in funding to cover the cost of facemasks for matches in Citrus and Hernando County, including the cost to mail these facemasks to our Community-Based Big & Little matches. Our staff will distribute the masks for School Based and School-To-Work matches once those sites open back up, to decrease shipping costs.||$3,333.00||$750.00||Funding will directly cover the cost of face mask production and distribution. We expect to serve 100 youth this year in Citrus and Hernando Counties and want to provide every Big and Little with a mask for safety. The face masks selected by our agency are high-quality, two-ply washable masks which can be adjusted to fit both youth and adults. We will mail facemasks to our Community-Based Bigs for both them and their Littles. Our staff will distribute the masks for School Based and School-To-Work matches once those sites open back up and matches are able to continue meeting in person. The safety of our matches has always been the highest priority for our agency and continues to be as we face this unprecedented pandemic.||06/09/2020||311||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||36%||Face Masks for our Big & Little Matches in Pinellas County||Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, Inc.||Health and Wellbeing||$6,047.00||Pinellas||2,500||http://www.bbbstampabay.org||Due to the COVID-19 virus, all our comprehensive mentoring programs are being provided on a virtual basis until it is safe once again for our Bigs and Littles to meet in person. Some Big & Little matches have already elected to start meeting in person with the permission of the child’s parent/legal guardian. To that end, we feel it is of the utmost importance to provide all our Big and Little matches high quality, washable, reusable face masks for when they do meet in person, to enhance their safety. We are requesting $9380 in funding to cover the cost of facemasks for matches in Pinellas County, including the cost to mail these facemasks to our Community-Based Big & Little matches. Our staff will distribute the masks for School Based and School-To-Work matches once those sites open back up, to decrease shipping costs||$3,333.00||$9,380.00||Funding will directly cover the cost of face mask production and distribution. We expect to serve 1250 youth this year in Pinellas County and want to provide every Big and Little with a mask for safety. The face masks selected by our agency are high-quality, two-ply washable masks which can be adjusted to fit both youth and adults. We will mail facemasks to our Community-Based Bigs for both them and their Littles. Our staff will distribute the masks for School Based and School-To-Work matches once those sites open back up and matches are able to continue meeting in person. The safety of our matches has always been the highest priority for our agency and continues to be as we face this unprecedented pandemic.||06/09/2020||311||Expired|
|Partially Funded||38%||Museum of Fine Arts | Aid for Public Safety||Museum of Fine Arts of St. Petersburg, Inc.||Arts and Culture||$12,333.00||Pinellas||62,500||http://www.mfastpete.org/||As the first area museum to close due to the pandemic, the Museum of Fine Arts is taking extra precautions to protect staff and public at large. While thoroughly researching data for the most appropriate new protocols to reopen responsibly, we continue monitoring the Centers for Disease Control, and comparing local, regional and national mandates, as well as other risk factors, to ensure health and safety best practices for the community. |
With more than 125,000 annual visitors, we are changing how to experience exhibitions and programs, converting content to digital formats, reserved advance admissions, increasing staffing to allow for touchless points of entry, ordering masks for staff as well as public use, and installing plexi-screens, sanitation stations, and other unfunded safety measures. These necessary steps bring increased costs on top of major revenue losses from closure. .
|$7,667.00||$20,000.00||Funds will be used to implement COVID-safety protocols and preventative measures, including, but not limited to, the following expenses, which total $30,025 in 2020:|
- Disposable masks (visitors and staff)
- Plexiglass screens for any public-facing visitor services stations
- Increased staffing for screening and access points (checking temperatures on arrival)
- Increased cleaning frequency and protocols for sanitizing common areas
- Hand sanitizer and stations at all entry points
- Thermometers to scan staff and guests at point of entry
- Disposable gloves (visitors and staff) for interactive displays
- Sanitizing wipes to clean common surfaces and office equipment after use
- Signage for social distancing, wayfinding and new information (e.g. entry points, traffic flow, advance touchless ticketing)
- Touchless sinks in public restrooms
|Fully Funded||100%||ProBono License Mental Health Professionals||Project LINK, Inc||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||600||http://project-link.org||Due to a shift of services and social safety nets from face-to-face meetings to virtual ones, Project LINK implemented a telehealth online program titled ‘EmergU Telehealth. EmergU will provide access to no-cost mental healthcare for low-income, uninsured, or underinsured families. |
We are currently seeking Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Psychologists, and/or Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC) to provide mental health care Pro Bono to families in the Tampa Bay area.
We are seeking counselors who are willing to offer individual, couple, or group virtual counseling for 3 free session, up to 6. Upon completion of sessions, counselors may continue working with the client at their customary rates.
|$18,000.00||$18,000.00||Funds will cover operational cost and services such as, Web-based Platform fees, Tech Support, E & O insurance, Marketing (social media, Internet) and Scheduling coordinator.||06/06/2020||314||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||Technology for Senior-Aged Volunteer Tutors||Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay, Inc.||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$0.00||1,140||http://seniorsinservice.org||We must equip very low income, senior-age volunteers with technology to continue helping at-risk children build literacy/social-emotional skills. All live in the same area as the kids they serve. Last year they each served 20+ hours/week in 190 classrooms, tutoring & mentoring K-3rd graders. Teachers assessments showed 95% improved literacy. Now kids in e-Learning may feel intimidated to ask for help. Our volunteers are missing the kids & a reason to get up every day. Most don’t have technology to continue their support while schools are closed. They could be joining class zoom meetings with virtual support for kids who struggle or recording read-alouds & questions to foster comprehension/critical thinking. It’s unlikely volunteers will immediately be allowed back when schools reopen. We need to provide a safe way for them to continue serving children who desperately need their support.||$5,880.00||$5,880.00||Funds cover an initial pilot to acquire devices, connectivity & training for 20 volunteers before equipping all 190 volunteers who each provide 1-on-1 tutoring/mentoring to at least 5 at-risk children. This helps both the children & volunteers. The pilot goal is to establish process/procedures to help senior-aged low-income volunteers embrace & effectively use technology for teacher-guided activities that support children adapting to e-Learning while schools remain closed, with support continued after schools are reopened. Pilot costs include: 1) Tablets (20 volunteers @ $150 each); 2) Connectivity for 5 volunteers who don’t have internet (5 @ $30/month x 12 = $1,800); 3) Cyber Seniors: initial group training followed by one-on-one training/ongoing support for 1 year (36 hours @ $30 = $1,080). Total requested for pilot: Tablets $3000 + Internet $1800 + Training/Support $1080 = $5,880.||06/03/2020||317||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||15%||COVID 19 Direct Needs||Faith in Florida_Hillsborough||Basic Needs||$56,525.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||1,640||http://faithinflorida.org||Faith in Florida Hillsborough is a network of nonpartisan multicultural congregations residing in poorer areas and comprised of Black and LatinX people who address systemic racial and economic issues that cause poverty for our families. As our community organizers are working with our clergy, it has become apparent many are facing dire circumstances. Some are struggling with worship services going online. For those who are tech-savvy and able to live stream, the tithes and gifts their places of worship once received are not following. Also, some have food pantries or offer emergency funds of relief to their congregants (gas cards, one-time payment of utilities, etc). In regular times, the large grocery stores would donate items left over from the day. These days there is not anything left over, therefore the pantries are going bare, and the relief funds are being used quickly.||$10,000.00||$66,525.00||As described above the direct client services will go to basic needs such as food and water, or benevolent emergency help with gas, utilities, etc. A portion of the funds will go towards technology such as internet services, tripods for video cameras, etc. in order for the clergy to conduct faith-based services online. The last portion will go to operational funds to keep the faith-based places open.|
Churches Requesting Funds
1.Bible-Based Fellowship Church of Temple Terrace:
2.Victory AME Church:
3.St. Luke A.M.E. Church:
4Unity AME ChurchFood Pantry
5Potter's House Deliverance TabernacleTechnology
6Mount Olive African Methodist Episcopal Church
7New St. Paul AME Church
8Saint John Progressive Missionary Baptist Church
9.Bethanie SDA Church?
Breakdown of Funds:$7,400 Food Pantry $3,700 ER Fund $25,750 Technology $29,675 Operating Costs
|Fully Funded||100%||Transition to Virtual Programming||Community Tampa Bay||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||5,000||http://www.communitytampabay.org||Community Tampa Bay (CTB) must respond to increased need for programming when physical distancing prohibits face-to-face connection. COVID-19 (and response to it) have exacerbated systemic and interpersonal discrimination. Youth, Asians, people of color, and LGBT+ individuals have experienced disparate and harmful impact. Our virtual programs positively impact mental health as we facilitate reflection and welcome vulnerability to prioritize healing. Participants of all ages engage in community building. Many turn to our programs because they have lost access to their support systems. Their coping mechanisms have been compromised. Youth sheltering in unsafe homes rely on our safe, welcoming and consistent approach. This increased need comes when CTB's annual fundraiser and signature revenue producing program, ANYTOWN?, were postponed out of safety concerns for participants and volunteers.||$7,000.00||$5,000.00||Funding will be used to support CTB's conversion to virtual program implementation and support the operating expenses of CTB during a time when other funding sources have disappeared due to COVID-19. CTB must continue to acquire software to ensure that our delivery is safe and secure for our participants. Inherent in anti-discrimination work is being targets for those who live with hate in their hearts. We must secure our virtual platforms from "Zoombombing" and other harmful/destructive attacks. CTB's staff have contributed countless hours to development of and conversion of programming to a virtual format. Our team is invested in the needs of our community. Programming is even provided at night to connect with more community members at times that work for them. We must realize additional revenue to commit to our current staffing.||05/22/2020||329||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||53%||Covid-19 Girlstories Leadership Theatre||Powerstories Theatre||Arts and Culture||$3,500.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||40||http://powerstories.com||The Covid-19 Girlstories Leadership Theatre enables middle school girls a virtual educational and creative summer program. This out-of-school program emphasizes leadership, drama, and storytelling for middle school girls who live in circumstances that limit their opportunities. The objective is to use theatre arts to increase a sense of becoming and belonging, increase leadership skills and increase confidence in the communication process. The program has been successful for 12 years showing a 98% increase in communication skills for all girls served. This year, due to Covid-19 we need to offer the program virtually, which has caused our regular funder to opt out this year. All staff are returning this year and are very committed to providing a highly stimulating and successful program with guest artists and a final Zoom production titled GIRLS WHO DARE.||$4,000.00||$7,500.00||The funds will be used to build, implement, and evaluate the Covid-19 Girlstories Leadership Theatre Program. Over a 6-week time frame, a program staff of three (3 women with teaching and theatre degrees) will meet and build a 3 week virtual curriculum, communicate the program details to families, provide daily instruction for the young girls, direct a zoom theatre production, market it for massive distribution, and evaluate the program for effectiveness. Each staff will be working 20 hours a week for 6 weeks. |
A part time marketing individual will also assist in creating visuals and marketing expertise on how to reach our goal of maximum viewing of the girls' final show. The funds will also be used to provide any technical support or equipment that families may need to complete the program.
|Partially Funded||41%||COVID 19 related closure||Stageworks Theatre||Arts and Culture||$58,667.00||10,000||http://www.stageworkstheatre.org||Stageworks has a long history of being committed to artist salaries as we produce quality performance, responding to the needs within our community with grace and agility and and bringing arts experience to those who are unable to engage in the arts otherwise.|
We ask for the following:,
--- Operational and Salary support both for our regular personal and the artists we engage to provide both online programming and small performances that we will bring to the community until such time as we can reopen to the public in a fiscally responsible way
--- An investment in the technology we will require to reach communities in a digital rather than tactile space: Cameras, audio equipment, streaming service membership, etc
--- Artist and Teaching artist support : salary, health insurance stipend and technology that allow them to teach from home.
--- Enhanced marketing plan is required
|$41,333.00||$100,000.00||$45,000 -- The operational costs of the organization is approximately $15,000 per month. This includes staff compensation, utilities, mortgage, insurance and other monthly financial commitments such as agreements for office equipment, storage facilities and professional memberships. A detailed spreadsheet can be made available upon request.|
$10,000 -- Professional camera package that includes two professional grade video cameras, tripods, audio enhancements, extra battery power and memory cards as well as digital streaming service subscriptions
$30,000 -- Artist and teaching artist compensation, health support and home technology support.
$15,000 -- Enhanced marketing plan in order to expand the reach of our digital programming to a much broader. audience -- compensation for local marketing firm PRESS and support for advertisement placement
|Fully Funded||100%||A Safe Home for Tampa Bay Human Trafficking Survivors||Rahab's Daughters||Domestic Abuse and Human Trafficking||$0.00||30||http://www.rahabsdaughters.org||Rahab's Daughters was founded and is run by a victim of trafficking who is fighting back by helping others. We are here for any and all women who want to be rescued from the sex industry. |
We are currently in the process of opening a safe house for our Super Bowl rescue, awareness, and outreach mission during the Big Game week in 2021. However, due to COVID-19, our timeline for a safe house has become even more urgent.
Due to the virus, traffickers are abandoning their victims because of the lack of demand, so we currently have a waitlist of 32 survivors in need of rescue. We have served 16 women and children in Tampa Bay since Jan 2020, and 287 nationally. Our safe home will serve more than 30 women in year one.
|$10,000.00||$10,000.00||the rescue, rehabilitation, and reintegration of survivors. We offer survivors of human trafficking: shelter, clothing, education, vocational training, and the ability to create a dream plan that empowers them to start making choices for their own lives and break free from being controlled.|
By its nature, human trafficking involves the forced work of individuals in the labor or sex industry and as such, the victims have no income or housing of their own. Because the traffickers keep the victims’ income, the women we rescue typically come to us with the clothes on their back and nothing else, as well as, medical and mental health issues.
The funds would allow us to open our safe home to house women who have been abandoned during COVID-19 or provide other housing options.
|Partially Funded||33%||Keeping babies and children in the Tampa Bay area dry, clean and healthy||Babycycle Diaper Bank||Basic Needs||$6,716.07||Pinellas||9,000||http://babycyclefl.org||Due to COVID-19 and the economic crisis, individuals are struggling to not just purchase diapers and wipes, but let alone find them in stores. With our partnership with the National Diaper Bank Network and the procurement process they provide, we are able to purchase diapers as a very discounted rate, therefore getting more diapers for the dollar. We are currently distributing about 30,000 diapers a month to our partner agencies across Pinellas and into Pasco County. Due to gathering restrictions we have had to cancel our main fundraising event for the year which generates monies for our warehouse space, and other necessities to run the diaper bank.||$3,283.93||$10,000.00||These funds would be used to purchase diapers wipes and other baby essentials to better serve our partners. We would also use fund to keep the diaper bank up and running with rent, utilities.||05/12/2020||339||Expired|
|Partially Funded||28%||General and operations support during COVID-19||Freefall Theatre Inc.||Arts and Culture||$18,000.00||Pinellas||100||http://freefalltheatre.com||freeFall Theatre Company's professional and educational outreach programming includes the employment of 7 year round staff members and more than 30 seasonal actors, technical and hourly support staff. Since March 16, our programming including live theatrical performances and educational outreach programs has been put on hold. The loss of more than 25% of our ticket revenue has compromised our organization's ability to provide employment for our hourly support staff and technical theatre teams as well as key funding support from the cancellation of our season. freeFall is seeking general operational support to mitigate the loss of ticket and event revenue . Funds will go directly to our COVID-19 recovery campaign to limit the financial impact to the company ensuring our 2020-2021 season can and will go on.||$7,000.00||$25,000.00||Funds will go directly to staff, actors, creative teams, general operations and the shows in our new season. |
$5,000 new COVID-19 cleaning and sanitizing procedures including hand wash stations and extra hourly support staff and additional hours
$10,000 full-time staff, hourly support staff, seasonal actors and creative teams
$10,000 shows 1 and 2 2020-2021 season
|Fully Funded||100%||New Mobile Smart Phones||Good Samaritan Fund and Services of Sun City Center||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||600||http://suncitycenter.org/community-services/good-samaritan-a-scc-ride-services.html||The mobile flip phones Samaritan Services currently use are outdated. Samaritan Services operates 8 cars that provide transportation through-out Sun City Center and the greater Hillsborough County and upper Manatee County area. Our residents may utilize our service to go to local businesses, medical appointments and all other life needs. The newer smart phones to be used by the dispatcher, receptionist, office manager and drivers would allow Samaritan Services to better accomplish these goals. Safety is always a major concern for our organization. Smart phones would allow drivers to be hands free, utilize google maps and the Waze app for information. Drivers will also be able to call clients and destination points which will help streamline our process. Information could also be texted to save time.. Samaritan Services would also need protective cases, and car dashboard holders.||$2,325.00||$2,325.00||Samaritan Service would purchase 6 new smart phones including 6 protective cases and 3 car dashboard holders. Samaritan Services is looking at possibly starting back up our transportation services on June 1st. We are monitoring the slow opening of Florida. The safety and health of our volunteers and their passengers is our main concern. While we are not using our existing phones, it would be an ideal time to implement the change.||05/04/2020||347||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||30%||Tampa Ready Medical Face Shields Project||Christ Fellowship Tampa||Health and Wellbeing||$5,619.00||30,000||http://christfellowshiptampa.com||Christ fellowship Tampa with a desire to serve our neighbors and community was able to secure fourteen 3D printers to manufacture medical face shields at our church. We are currently running 24/7 and have given out for free over 20,000 medical face shields to hospitals, doctors, and nurses ( Baycare hospitals, Tampa General Hospital, Florida Cancer Hospitals, Memorial Hospitals in south Florida, and two Covid hospital units in NYC ). We have orders for thousands more. Christ Fellowship is a multiethnic congregation and regularly pulls together large groups of people to serve the community during moments of crises and opportunities. Because our facilities are operating 7 days a week and 24 hours a day our running operations for volunteers and electric costs are enormous.||$2,381.00||$8,000.00||The funds will be specifically used for electrical power usage for the 14 industrial 3D printers and the purchase of ABS plastic to manufacture face shields to distribute to first responders and hospitals.||05/04/2020||347||Expired|
|Fully Funded||100%||Call and Text Second Line||NAMI Pasco||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||Pasco||350||http://www.namipasco.org||We are a mental health organization. Due to Covid everything had to go online or by phone. Sadly, our calls for help and our texts have multiplied by 10. We can't have one volunteer handle all of them. We would like to get a second phone and second line that can travel between volunteers. Our goal is to make one line for just the youth and one that would be strictly for 18+. Not only do we answer basic questions we also offer text a peer and support calls. Just this am we were asked to take on another orgs calls as well.||$1,840.00||$1,840.00||To purchase a second phone, pay activation fee, and first year of service charges.||05/04/2020||347||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||9%||Feed our 10 tigers and 1 lion||Big Cat Rescue||Animal Welfare||$24,067.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)||11||https://bigcatrescue.org||We depend in part on our tour revenue to feed the cats. Having to cancel all tours in peak season, we have laid off half the staff and are cutting other expenses, but are likely to still operate at a deficit until we can safely resume offering tours. Our 11 biggest cats, tigers and a lion, consume more than half of the food. It costs about $800 per big cat per month for food. Funding that expense of for three months will help cover the likely deficit during this difficult time. $800 x 11 x 3 = $26,400.||$2,333.00||$26,400.00||To purchase Carnivore Diet, beef and chicken to feed 10 tigers and one lion.||05/02/2020||349||Expired|
|Fully Funded||100%||Prenatal Care for Financially Needy Women||Guiding Star Tampa||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||Hernando ; Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco ; Pinellas||20||http://guidingstartampa.org||Guiding Star Tampa is a non-profit womens’ medical clinic. Due to the pandemic, we have seen an increased number of uninsured pregnant women who we assist in applying for medicaid to pay for their care with us. The wait time for Medicaid approval has significantly increased during the pandemic. Mothers are choosing to forgo their first two visits, sonogram and blood work while waiting for Medicaid approval. According to the Florida Department of Health mothers in prenatal care have healthier pregnancies—mothers who are not in care are three times more likely to have a baby of low birth weight and five times more likely to have a baby who dies at birth. The “typical” client that falls into this category is someone whose household of 2/ income $16,910 or a household of 3/income of $21,330. This grant will allow these women to begin prenatal care as recommended by ACOG.||$12,000.00||$12,000.00||Candidates will be screened for eligibility to receive by completing our “sliding scale discount” application to assess their household income and particular circumstances, as a result of the pandemic.|
A grant of $12,000.00 would allow us to provide 20 prenatal clients,in need, the six hundred dollars necessary to begin their prenatal care while waiting for Medicaid to be approved. We would continue to offer the discount to those financially affected until the funds are depleted.
The following is a breakdown of what is covered by the $600 per patient grant:
Visit to Establish Care - $125.00
Initial Dating & Viability Ultrasound - $125.00
New OB Appointment - $100.00
New OB Labs - $250.00
Labs will include:
Obstetric Panel, Including HIV
Hbg Solubility (Sickle Cell Test)
Urine Culture, Routine
Pap IG, Ct-Ng, rfx HPV
|Partially Funded||53%||Safer At Home - Keeping families and pets together||Friends of Strays, Inc||Animal Welfare||$2,333.00||Pinellas||100||http://friendsofstrays.org||Friends of Strays is doing everything we can to help pet owners affected by COVID-19, including those who have lost their jobs and are facing financial crisis. Friends of Strays has started a new "Safer at Home Fund" with $10,000 and is doing additional fundraising for the program. By offering pet food, supplies and veterinary care to families who have lost their income, we are helping pets and people stay healthy, safe and together during this critical period of uncertainty. The need, however, is beyond the amount we have pledged to the fund. With your help, we can prevent animals from entering shelters and keep pets with their loved ones.||$2,667.00||$5,000.00||Friends of Strays' new Safer At Home Fund is designed to provide those who are unable to care for their pets due to loss of income with an alternative to surrendering their animal to a shelter. We have partnered with Operation: SNIP & SPOT: Spay & Neuter, spay/neuter and wellness veterinary clinics, and Pet Food Warehouse, a pet supply store, to provide veterinary care and pet supplies at no cost to Saint Petersburg residents who are out of work. Our staff will review all submissions and distribute vouchers that can be redeemed at Operation: SNIP, SPOT, and Pet Food Warehouse based on individual needs. The Safer at Home Fund provides vouchers for the following goods and services: cat and dog food, cat litter, flea & tick preventative, annual exams, spay/neuter surgery, core vaccines, and dewormer. We anticipate providing vouchers with an average value of $50 per family.||04/29/2020||352||Expired|
|Fully Funded||100%||Client Support Services (CSS) for the Blind during COVID-19||Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind.||Basic Needs||$0.00||Citrus ; Hernando||50||http://lvib.org||This grant will help us provide a program for under-served adults and seniors who are visually impaired and in need of support because of COVID-19. Our clients have expressed a need for the following services: |
~ Help with reducing the isolation they are experiencing due to social distancing
~ Assistance with shopping and other activities they can't do because they do not have access to a car or because they are afraid to leave their homes
~ Emotional support as many are feeling particularly vulnerable because their usual support and services have been cancelled
~ In-home adjustment to vision loss counseling and training while they are waiting for Lighthouse to return to providing in-person Independent Living Skills training
These clients live in a state of isolation or are at risk of isolation and/or physical injury. They also can not afford the cost of having a personal assistant.
|$2,000.00||$2,000.00||The grant will help cover the costs of the staff needed to provide the program. The services will include wellness calls; vision loss counseling, training for independence that can be taught on the phone; shopping; assistance with applications for talking books, handicapped placards & money identifiers; marking appliances and phones; and making address books, recipes and other documents accessible with large print or Braille. We will encourage all clients to join our support group conference calls. The fund will also be used to help pay for the transportation required to provide these services. All recommended COVID-19 safety practices will be used when services are provided.|
A funder is helping us provide these services in Pasco but we don't have funders in Hernando or Citrus. A Pasco client said being able to talk to someone who understood vision impairment was very calming.
|Fully Funded||100%||Support for BRIDGE during COVID-19 Crisis||University of South Florida Foundation - Bridge Healthcare Clinic||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)||400||http://health.usf.edu/bridge/||The BRIDGE Healthcare Clinic is a student-run free clinic that provides primary care to uninsured patients below the 200% poverty level in the USF area. The clinic is open once weekly at the Morsani Center, an outpatient center located on the USF health campus, and is led by physician, faculty, and student volunteers from various medical disciplines including medicine, physical therapy, pharmacy, public health, and social work.|
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have transitioned a large portion of our clinic to telemedicine to continue providing care to our patients. We continue to have in-person visits for patients who require them. Given our limited resources and the needs of our patients and providers we are seeking assistance to purchase supplies that will aide in caring for patients, keep our volunteers safe, and be able to assist in obtaining needed food.
|$8,030.00||$8,030.00||The requested funds will be used to purchase the following:|
• Face Masks $1000
• Oral Thermometers $1000
• Thermometer Probe Covers $20
• Purell Hand Sanitizer $200
• Pulse Ox $300
• Glucose Test Strips $360
• Lancets $150
• Food Vouchers $5000
The requested amount will be used to cover the cost for resources that the clinic needs urgently during this crisis and that we could not fund entirely with donations alone. These funds will primarily be used to provide resources to assist with our telemedicine service such as thermometers, pulse oximeters, glucose test strips, and lancets, which will help patients monitor their vitals remotely. We will also use the funds to provide patients with face masks, food vouchers, and other resources such as hand sanitizers. This will help keep our patients safe and assist them in buying groceries for themselves and their families during this pandemic.
|Fully Funded||100%||Looking to the Future for Center 4LifeLearning||United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, Inc DBA Center 4lifelearning||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||3,000||http://4lifelearning.org||Due to complete shutdown of classes and trips for our Senior Citizens, we had to refund thousands of dollars to our customers. We are still working on refunds for other cancellations. The refunds has a major impact to our operating expenses. Our operating expenses include Facility fees of $9000 for the remainder of the year, lost surplus Bus Charter fees of $2500 and refunds not yet processed of around $5000. These expenses will have a major impact on our year end bottom line.|
We will start our donation drive after we can get back to normal and the virus is behind us. Every year we canvas local businesses to advertise for support publication of our bi-annual catalogs. This year we do not anticipate that support.
|$25,000.00||$25,000.00||To recover and keep our Center's operations viable for the future. Everyone's classes and trips provide surplus funds for the operation of the Center. The amount requested will keep the operation solvent until we begin our next semester in the fall. One day bus trip refunds currently exceed $26,000 and class refunds exceed $5000 with more to be processed. We have 3 bus trips scheduled for this summer that could be cancelled with additional refunds over $7,000. Operational expenses need to be covered during this period. Our Office Manager, (only paid employee for the Center) is working from home mainly processing refunds, and preparing for Fall Semester. . The center is under the 501c3 corporation of the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, but the school operates independently of the church.||04/27/2020||354||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||12%||American Stage Arts Engagement, Education and Outreach||American Stage Company, Inc.||Arts and Culture||$66,333.00||Pinellas||2,500||https://americanstage.org/||American Stage’s professional and educational programming includes the employment of 30 year-round staff members and over 125 seasonal artists, educators and technicians. Due to COVID-19, since March 13, our live programming, including our professional mainstage productions, American Stage in the Park and our arts education classes and outreach programs for youth and adults. The loss of 30%-50% of our revenue has compromised our ability to provide employment for our teachers and artists, as well as the funding support for our student scholarships.|
Support from these funds will provide the resources, including the teaching artist fees and student scholarships, to pivot to live-streaming classes and outreach programs for grades K-12 during the summer months at a time when families are in great need of engaging and enriching activities that stimulate creativity and emotional well-being.
|$8,667.00||$75,000.00||$25,000 scholarships to students and families|
$20,000 teaching artists
$10,000 new marketing campaign to promote change in platform for online arts education and outreach
$10,000 technology to support online programming (including hardware and software needs)
$10,000 staff and administrative support for digital programming
|Fully Funded||100%||Need for Equipment to provide Telehealth Services||The Centre for Women, Inc.||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||100||https://www.thecentre.org||The Centre for Women has maintained a consistent and supportive mental health and counseling|
program throughout our long history. We offer behavioral health services to over 400 individuals each
year and see over 120 unique, unduplicated clients for mental health counseling each year.
The transition to virtual programming and telehealth is a recent switch due to the stay-at-home
restrictions put in place due to COVID-19. We have been operating this program via virtual means since
March 17 th and will continue to offer these virtual services to our clients so long as quarantine
restrictions are in place. Should we acquire the appropriate technology to continue these virtual services
long term, we may consider continuing telehealth options post-quarantine for those that are limited in
their transportation and/or mobility.
|$5,000.00||$5,000.00||It is in the interest of our clients that The Centre for Women is requesting funds to support our telehealth services. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, o services have transitioned from face-to-face counseling sessions to virtual counseling sessions, however, due to limited funding and the unexpected turn of|
events, our Counseling and Wellness department has not been equipped with the technology needed to
optimize these services. As with any telehealth service, quality and HIPPA compliance is incredibly
important, and upgraded technology/equipment would assist us in providing these services to the best
of our ability. Additionally, it would increase efficiency and allow us to expand capacity as the need and
demand for virtual mental health services continues to grow.
|Partially Funded||27%||USF Pandemic Research and Response Fund||University of South Florida Foundation, Inc.||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$36,666.00||22,000,000||http://www.giving.usf.edu/||As the novel coronavirus spreads around the world, healthcare workers have become key soldiers on the frontline of the crisis. In the midst of the contagious outbreak, USF Health medical professionals are working tirelessly to address the nation's swab shortage for COVID-19 tests, research solutions, expand testing for the virus in the Tampa Bay community and continuing to care for patients. |
USF Health’s Pandemic Research and Response Fund supports the immediate and long-term needs of USF Health to prevent, treat, and train for a pandemic response. This fund supports research efforts and is helping to fight the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has affected the lives of millions.
|$13,334.00||$50,000.00||With your help, we can support our frontline medical professionals and combat the spread of COVID-19 in the present, and other outbreaks or emergencies in the future. Your donation will be put into action right now, to help patients and the frontline medical staff immediately.|
Your gift of any size helps to purchase additional equipment and material needed for patients; personal protective equipment (PPE), including hospital-grade masks, gloves, gowns and face shields, for employees; and other emerging needs and rapid-response activities related to COVID-19, along with future health emergencies. With partnerships across the Florida, USF Health carries the potential to impact the entire state’s population – an estimated 22 million – and beyond, through the Pandemic Research and Response Fund.
|Fully Funded||100%||Student Intergenerational Virtual Volunteering Helps Lonely Elders||Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay, Inc.||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||450||http://seniorsinservice.org||Elders are not the only ones whose health is at risk. Teens & college students also struggle with isolation - feeling lonely, uncertain, missing friends/routines. Adding to academic concerns, they urgently need to earn service hours required for graduation/college admission/employment. Volunteer TelePals make regular calls to lonely elders, offering AND receiving comfort; reducing their own isolation; building self-confidence & communication skills. Some may even connect with alumni who would love to hear stories about their alma mater. |
Before COVID-19 in-home Senior Companions helped elders age in place. Now volunteers can’t visit them at home. Senior Living residents are relegated to their rooms, deteriorating faster under stress. The demand for telephone reassurance for seniors has skyrocketed. Students can be the solution. Regularly scheduled calls to seniors will help them both.
|$2,500.00||$2,500.00||Funds contribute to supporting 300 elders/150 students. Service delivery includes school collaboration to enroll students on http://www.TelePalNow.org. (We’ve already initiated partnerships with USF St. Pete, UT Nursing, Hillsborough & Pinellas High-schools.) Participant screenings & assessments help match students/elders. Ongoing e-training gives students tools to help elders AND themselves (Conversation starters; Open-ended questions; Stress Mgt; Chronic Disease Mgt; Nutrition; Fraud). Monthly surveys ensure maximum impact for all. Reporting to schools & students provides record of hours served, training, impact. We bring 30+ years experience engaging volunteers to help lonely elders. We’ve operated TelePals for over a year using best practices from a Senior Corps affiliate who brings decades of phone reassurance experience. And we regularly engage student interns who build lifelong skills.||04/23/2020||358||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||13%||Tampa General Hospital (TGH) COVID-19 Team Member Emergency Fund||Tampa General Hospital Foundation, Inc.||Basic Needs||$43,333.00||8,000||http://www.tgh.org/foundation||Tampa General Hospital recognizes that team members may be faced with an unexpected or emergent situation during the course of their career. As part of a commitment to caring for our team members, TGH has established a Team Member Emergency Fund to help provide financial assistance in times of need. This program is largely funded through the generous donations of our TGH team and the community we serve. When we take care of each other, it allows us to provide better patient care as a team.|
The Team Member Emergency Fund is here to support during the challenges associated with COVID-19. Team members experiencing financial hardships are encouraged to apply and may receive funds to cover critical bills such as rent, utilities, and car payments.
|$6,667.00||$50,000.00||Funds from this grant would go directly to Tampa General Hospital employees facing emergency hardships due to COVID-19. Examples of these hardships are: hotel rooms so front-line team members can isolate from their families and assistance with paying critical bills like car payments, so team members can come to work, and other emergent needs that arise.|
There is a $1,500 annual max; lifetime max of $3,000 per eligible team member. All cases will be reviewed and considered. All approved payments are made directly to the requested bill/vendor, not to the Team Member directly.
|Partially Funded||11%||Hunger Relief for Farmworkers||Beth-El Farmworker Ministry, Inc.||Basic Needs||$26,667.00||Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||2,400||http://www.beth-el.org||Beth-El Farmworker Ministry is an essential resource center for farm working families in South Hillsborough County. Our weekly food distribution on campus distributes 650-800 grocery bags per household, and our delivery service to farmworkers at the fields serves an average of 200 farmworkers every week. In Hillsborough County, there are an estimated 14,500 farmworker households. With the impact of COVID-19 we have already experienced a 20% increase in demand for emergency food bags. Our challenge is reaching farmworker families who are working the fields and unable to come to our campus and/or without reliable transportation during their time off of work. Therefore, we rely on our direct service to distribution to farms and farming communities to bring to them the essentials they need.||$3,333.00||$30,000.00||Basic Needs: to Support Hunger Relief for Farmworkers Program for the next 12 weeks (3 months). This includes: transportation costs, building operations for food management, and cost of hunger relief support staff team.||04/21/2020||360||Expired|
|Fully Funded||100%||CHATS (Companionship, Help, and Access by Telephone for Seniors) Program Expansion||Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||100||http://gcjfcs.org||Each year, Gulf Coast JFCS serves more than 1,600 seniors directly (and 6,000 more indirectly) throughout Tampa Bay. Our goal is to ensure seniors can live independently in safety and with dignity for as long as possible. Yet, with this independence comes increased vulnerability to social and emotional isolation. Research has shown that socially isolated older adults are at greater risk for poor health and death than their more well-connected counterparts. For these reasons, we launched a pilot program in July 2019 called CHATS (Companionship, Help, and Access by Telephone for Seniors) with funding from the RRF Foundation for Aging.|
CHATS can serve as an even greater resource to the Tampa Bay community during the Coronavirus pandemic. With additional funding, we will expand its capacity to provide more seniors with regular phone calls and an ongoing source of support and stability.
|$15,000.00||$15,000.00||Funds will be used to:|
- Increase the Program Coordinator’s time in order to meet the increased program volume;
- Print and distribute dual-language recruitment materials throughout the community;
- Purchase advertisements in print, radio, and digital communications;
- Sign up interested seniors throughout the community, starting with our own senior clients and those living at our Myrtle Oaks senior apartment complex;
- Recruit and screen additional volunteers;
- Train community partners to facilitate telephone support for their own constituents; and
- Conduct volunteer training by webinar or phone.
Existing grant funds will be used to cover the costs of background screening for new volunteers. Until new volunteers are identified, screened, and trained, Gulf Coast JFCS will pay for staff in other programs to get trained and to make the phone calls to interested seniors.
|Fully Funded||100%||End 68 Hours of Hunger-Tampa Covid-19||End 68 Hours of Hunger - Tampa||Basic Needs||$0.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)||350||http://www.end68hoursofhunger.org/find-your-community/florida/tampa/||End 68 Hours of Hunger (www.end68hoursofhunger.org) is a 100% volunteer organization that provides nourishing food for school children that are food insecure, or at risk of going hungry on weekends. With your help, we make a difference for a growing number of local children who won’t experience the fear of hunger. Before the school shutdown, we were delivering backpacks to 590 school children per weekend, but now we are reaching 300, limited by issues with school staffing and changes to the distribution process.|
Due to pandemic demand, bulk orders for groceries from normal sources are not being filled, so higher food prices are being paid. As a result, local food donations and funds are more critical than ever! Also, some families can't get access the school's "Grab and Go" foods, so a week's supply of groceries is provided. The challenges are great, but our commitment is greater!
|$2,000.00||$2,000.00||Nearly all of monetary donations purchase food for children that are identified as at-risk by school social workers! With no paid staff, End 68 Hours of Hunger has very low non-food expenses. Storage space for food and supplies is provided at no charge. A standard backpack covers weekend meals for students as well as their siblings: 3 dinners, 2 lunches, 2 breakfasts and snacks, and has an approximate value of $10 per child.|
The requested funds will also be used to purchase two-handled, disposable bags to deliver the groceries to each of the children. With school in-session, two sets of backpacks are used, with each week's backpack being returned by students to the schools. Now, non-plastic disposable bags are being used each week, which increases the supply needed.
Please join our efforts to provide foods in support of hungry school children in Tampa!
|Fully Funded||100%||Meal Services for Sheltered Homeless Adults and Children||Homeless Emergency Project, Inc.||Basic Needs||$0.00||Pinellas||100||http://hepempowers.org||Hunger has disparate impacts on those experiencing homelessness, especially families with children, seniors, and persons who are chronically homeless. In 2019, Pinellas County reported to HUD that there are 7,570 people experiencing homelessness on any given night. School homeless data shows that there are 2,583 homeless students. These children are either awaiting foster care, living in hotels or motels, couch surfing, or living on the streets. (Ray C. Santa Lucia, Ph.D. 5, Analysis of Pinellas County Point-in-Time (PIT) Data from 2015 through 2019. June 2019). According to the Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger, there are 134,650 food-insecure people in Pinellas County, which represents 14.2% of the county population. And within the 33755-zip code - where HEP operates - the meal gap is 538,956 among 9,186 households, including 2,996 ALICE households residing in the area.||$22,667.00||$20,000.00||The target population for this program is individuals and families with children who are experiencing homelessness in Pinellas County and are sheltered or housed at HEP. Last year, HEP housed 1,059 adults and children in our emergency shelter, transitional and permanent supportive housing programs. Veterans represent 47% of those served, 42% are seniors, and 13% of those served are children. |
Through HEP's meal services program, we will prepare and deliver individual meals, food baskets and healthy snacks to adults and children residing at HEP. A unit of service will be an individual meal, meal basket or healthy snack. With this funding, we will provide 8,000 meals.
|Fully Funded||100%||Supply Drive for Pinellas childcare centers||Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County, Inc.||Basic Needs||$0.00||Pinellas||2,000||http://www.elcpinellas.net||The Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas continues to emphasize the importance of childcare in our communities, especially for the workforce deemed essential. With over 70% of childcare centers closed temporarily, the remaining centers continue to open their doors to the children of essential workers such as first responders, grocery clerks, postal workers, delivery drivers, and others. A portion of the funds requested will be used to help provide relief to those centers remaining open and providing services but operating at a loss due to a significant decrease in enrollment. In addition, funds will be used to provide centers with various cleaning, hygiene, and safety items that help them to continue providing safe environments to the children of essential workers.||$15,000.00||$15,000.00||To ensure the backbone of our nation’s economy remains stable in Pinellas County, funds will be used to provide critical supplies and financial relief to the centers that have remained open – primarily serving the children of essential workers. $3,000 of the funds donated will be used to purchase critical supplies such as Hand Sanitizer, Face Masks, Disposable Gloves, Toilet Paper, Sanitizer Wipes, Hand Soap, Paper Towels, Garbage Bags, Anti-Bacterial Sprays, and Bleach and go directly to the open centers. $12,000 of the funds will be used to help stabilize the open centers with immediate relief to be used for current monthly operating expenses such as mortgage/rent, utilities, and insurance. Over 2,000 children, caregivers and child care workers will be impacted. The use of all funds will be documented - need, use and impact - for reporting purposes.||04/21/2020||360||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||EmergU||Project LINK, Inc||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||300||http://project-link.org||The outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is causing astronomical stress for families. The anxiety about the disease and financial strains are overwhelming. It’s causing strong emotional stress within the families. Coping with the stress of uncertainty during this pandemic includes worrying about the health of ourselves and loved ones, economic pitfalls, changes in sleep/eating patterns, food insecurities, difficulty in concentrating, worsening of precondition illnesses and increased use of alcohol and drugs. CoronaVirus/COVID-19 has brought a change to the mental health care landscape, shift of services and social safety nets from face-to-face to virtual ones. Our program will address these concerns through an online virtual teletherapy platform accessible via a smartphone, tablet, or desktop that was developed to improve access to mental healthcare and services for families.||$55,000.00||$55,000.00||We intend to utilize the funding to expand our services by hiring additional staff to include (1) program manager who will oversee the operation of the virtual program; maintain (2) program support staff to provide supplemental support, and virtual check-in assistance; contract (1) technical support person who is versed on telehealth platform, oversee staff training, website management, virtual training for 50 providers, technical support, and ensure communication runs seamlessly. There is a $50 fee per Provider per month to access the platform. The Platform requires add-on features include additional fees totaling $3000. The point of access to the platform may come from the program's dedicated website, which will enable a user to connect via a link while using a mobile phone, tablet, or computer. We will utilize Facebook boost campaigns for geotargeting to our desired population.||04/19/2020||362||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||Home-Delivered Meals for Senior-Aged Volunteers During COVID-19||Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay, Inc.||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||232||http://seniorsinservice.org||232 volunteers generated 203,878 hours of community service last year. They are all age 55+ and now, suddenly, they are our community’s most vulnerable. We need to tell them in a meaningful way that they are still valued by the community they love. Yesterday they felt purposeful. Today they are the most at-risk, lonely and scared. Many helped the most challenged children with daily tutoring/mentoring in classrooms throughout Hillsborough and Pinellas. Others were in-home companions for frail elders who have no other link to the outside world. All are extremely low-income, from the same neighborhood as those they serve. Most serve with the same schools or the same elderly clients for 5, 10, even 20+ years. They often tell us that staying active by serving others is what keeps them alive. They need to know that as we work to re-engage them in new ways, they are not forgotten.||$1,000.00||$1,000.00||A home-delivered meal to 232 suddenly-isolated, low-income age 55+ volunteers tells them they are still valued; that their selfless devotion of 15-30 hours serving others each week is not forgotten. We will insert postcards with an uplifting message & recommendations for staying healthy & safe. The food will come from their favorite restaurant, the very same meal they so look forward to each May at our volunteer in-service luncheon to celebrate Older Americans Month. The restaurant will generously provide the BBQ chicken with sides they love so much at a significant discount ($4 vs. $10.50 retail) plus free delivery to each volunteer’s home. The home-delivery team will include Seniors in Service staff and the restaurant owner that our volunteers have come to know and love during their years of ongoing service. Postcard cost: $73.00 w/shipping. Total requested: $4.31 per volunteer.||04/18/2020||363||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||45%||General Support and program development||Faces of Courage Foundation, Inc||Health and Wellbeing||$5,520.00||1,500||https://www.facesofcourage.org/||Faces of Courage Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit cancer patient support organization, dedicated to providing, free of charge, programs emphasizing practical education; life coping strategies; and improved self-esteem; through non-threatening, engaging, and recreational outings/workshops and overnight camps, including culturally relevant programs for minorities, which encourage a sense of “community” rather than isolation, with a primary goal of helping the cancer patient navigate their way through the treatment process and to thrive as a survivor. Faces of Courage provides the following Programs for people diagnosed with any type of Cancers:|
• Medically supervised Weekend Camps for Adults, Teens, Children
• Empowerment Days (Educational/ Recreational)
• Work closely with H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and University South FL on numerous cancer research grants
|$4,480.00||$10,000.00||Our annual fundraisers have been either been cancelled or have been postponed due to Covid-19. Our cancer survivors are reaching out requesting assistance, reassurance and comfort at this time. We are in the process of adapting our in-person educational workshops to online sessions. We need to keep the doors open while we adapt to a new delivery system for our support. Since 2004 we have provided free services to over 11,000 cancer patients with only one employee and the support of 1,600 volunteers. We are the boots on the ground supporting cancer patients and their families during their battle and now, more than ever they need support. We are directly impacting our community and we do it with the support of people who care.||04/15/2020||366||Expired|
|Partially Funded||33%||Surviving the Covid-19 Crisis||St. Petersburg Opera Co.||Arts and Culture||$40,000.00||120||http://www.stpeteopera.org||St. Petersburg Opera closed its doors on March 13, 2020 due to the Covid-19 Crisis. We have cancelled or rescheduled events, but our estimated loss of ticket revenue alone for the missed events is greater than $120,000. We have also suffered additional lost income via sponsorship opportunities that evaporated over night as well as forms of income from the sale of artwork in our gallery, refreshments at events, merchandise sales, and room and building rentals. The crisis hit as we were nearing our release date for our new season and the creation of season brochures, further affecting our income stream due to a delay in subscription sales. Our staff works remotely from home right now. We are creating and offering performances for viewing on the internet, reaching out to our donors, rescheduling events for when the crisis has passed and retooling next season to meet the current climate.||$20,000.00||$60,000.00||St. Petersburg Opera will use the urgently needed funds to ensure our survival. With your generous support, and when the Covid-19 crisis has passed, we will be ready to resume our performances, events and educational initiatives that nourish our community. Funds from this request will be used as follows: |
-To help cover facility related expenses, insurances, and utilities.
-To help cover expenses related to the redesign, planning and marketing of our new season
-To help cover expenses of performers who are continuing to present programming via live stream
-To help cover expenses of performers, directors and designers for rescheduled and redesigned shows utilizing updated technology and incorporating heightened safety measures
(Please note: SPO has applied for PPP through the SBA to help with payroll expenses for two months which is why this particular expense is not cited here.)
|Fully Funded||100%||WEDU PBS At-Home Learning||Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting, Inc./WEDU||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$0.00||5,000,000||http://wedu.org||The Coronavirus pandemic has disrupted traditional in-classroom learning for millions of Florida’s PK-12 students. Parents are now navigating a new role as full time educators because kids are at home instead of in the classroom. WEDU PBS has stepped up to fill the crucial need by providing educational programming for students that supports at-home learning. On March 23rd, WEDU At-Home Learning launched with 12 hours of educational programs tied to specific grade-level curriculum developed by educators for students in grades PK-12. This program provides free content on-air and online for families and educators to help support our community through this trying time. This project is crucial for our community because not every household has access to a home computer with Internet access, and free broadcast TV is the best solution to help close the education gap during this global crisis.||$36,667.00||$10,000.00||WEDU PBS will utilize funding to help defray the expenses for the following areas: WEDU staff was reallocated to quickly change our broadcast line-up and incorporate the new WEDU PBS At-Home Learning focused programming. This major shift from our previous broadcast schedule allows students to have over-the-air access to educational content. This change demanded many hours of reorganization of our schedule, placement of promotional spots, and necessary trafficking work by our programming and Master Control teams. Additional staff members were allocated to develop corresponding educational web resources, and to help drive new and existing users to Florida PBS LearningMedia’s robust online curriculum. This totals $10,000 a week, and WEDU has committed to this At-Home Learning project for five months, for a total of $200,000 for 5 months.||04/15/2020||366||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||18%||COVID-19 RELIEF FOR FOOD ASSISTANCE||SOUTHEASTERN FOOD BANK||Basic Needs||$12,333.00||Pinellas||10,000||http://www.southeasternfoodbank.com||Southeastern Food Bank has been ‘Feeding the hungry and caring for those in need…’ throughout Central Florida for the past 28 years. We have been a beacon of hope in our community, reaching more than 137,000 families last year alone. Currently, we are feeding an average of 10,000 families per month and with the current health and financial crisis, we need to reach so many more. As local businesses continue to layoff and furlough our neighbors, friends and family, the need has never been greater and we are stepping up our efforts to meet that need by increasing our distribution efforts. One of our current partners in Pinellas County, St. Petersburg Free Clinic (SPFC) has seen a huge increase in services this past month alone. Southeastern Food Bank is a food source for the SPFC, and we have doubled our distribution to them in order to meet the need in Pinellas County.||$2,667.00||$15,000.00||Funding from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay (CFTB) will be used to procure food, hygiene items and other essentials for organizations such as the St. Petersburg Free Clinic for those they serve. Our increased efforts during this time of crisis presents unique challenges to Southeastern Food Bank. With many of our donors facing financial crisis due to job loss and local businesses closing their doors, the funds needed for operations have decreased as a result. Southeastern Food Bank has been procuring as much food as possible and distribution has increased tremendously. It is necessary to keep our trucks on the road to pick up donations of perishable and non-perishable food and essentials from grocery wholesalers and distributors. Funds from the CFTB will be used to keep our warehouse operational in a time of increased need for food for our neighbors in Pinellas County.||04/14/2020||367||Expired|
|Partially Funded||20%||Transportation Needs- WellBuilt Bikes||The Well||Basic Needs||$4,000.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)||100||http://welltampa.com||WellBuilt Bikes always offers Sliding Scale Repairs so folks with little to no money can keep their bike on the road. It's basically a pay what you can agreement with those who need assistance. With the rise of COVID, buses are not a healthy/viable option for many, & for those with no home to 'shelter in place' they are often used to carry everything. As a tool of transportation they are more crucial than ever & as unemployment rises those with limited (or no) ability to pay is only increasing. We are doing our best to serve everyone who comes to the shop but with precarious sales revenue, a depleted supply of refurbished bikes for inventory, & our current inability to rely on volunteer assistance, we are finding ourselves struggling to meet the needs. Sliding Scale repairs cost time and money. Last year we did 88 bikes & over $12,000 in charitable repairs, we expect that to increase.||$1,000.00||$5,000.00||We would like to place these funds into an account to actually cover the costs of sliding scale repairs during this time of uncertainty about revenue. We are also unable to facilitate Earn-A-Bike hours right now do to the pandemic and this fund could also offset costs of offering bikes to those in need (or with irreparable damage to their existing bikes). This fund would cover the costs of tubes, tires, locks, lights, helmets, chains, cables, bikes, etc. We want to continue to make reliable transportation readily available and we could really use the help to make that possible during this situation. |
Now more than ever it is imperative that our neighbors in need can reliably get to the resources and services that they rely on and the need is only increasing as unemployment increases and a virus makes the city bus a bad choice. Help cover the costs of the repairs our neighbors will need.
|Partially Funded||35%||Frameworks Social and Emotional Learning Program||Frameworks of Tampa Bay, Inc.||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$27,334.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||30,000||http://myframeworks.org||To ensure our compliance during COVID-19, we unfortunately had to cancel our largest annual fundraising event scheduled for 4/22/20, with anticipated donations representing 1/3 of our revenue. Several grants under consideration are now being delayed, postponed or cancelled. Frameworks is developing an online platform to reach teachers, students and their families with support, professional development and SEL strategies to manage in these challenging times. Research demonstrates that the harmful effects of stress can be stopped or reversed when children are exposed to safe and predictable learning environments and have nurturing relationships with key adults, such as caregivers and teachers, who actively participate in SEL activities. SEL helps children define a path for self-reliance and success in school, and promotes healthy relationships.||$14,666.00||$42,000.00||Funds awarded will support Frameworks’ online SEL consultation, training, and community education for grades pre-K-12 grounded in the 5 core competencies of SEL: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and decision-making. These evidence-based programs include: PATHS® empowers children to handle emotions, empathize, resolve conflicts peacefully and make responsible decisions. LifeSkills® Training is a substance abuse prevention program that focuses on the psychological and social factors which cause engagement in risky behaviors. School-Connect® increases students’ sense of connectedness to school. Community Building Sessions™ develops a positive classroom community where students feel they belong and build connections with peers.As life returns to pre-COVID-19, staff will travel and support teachers onsite at central locations across the county.||04/13/2020||368||Expired|
|Fully Funded||100%||Food, clothing, rent||Haven of Hope of Hillsborough County||Basic Needs||$0.00||Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||6||http://havenofhopehc.org||The women at Haven of Hope transition home are laid off work and can not pay their weekly fee. We cannot have fund raiser. This reduces our income substantially. Thrift shops are closed so cannot buy used clothing. Need to provide clothing for new residents, food for everyone and rent for the facility in which they live along with utilities. The ladies arrive from prison with nothing and no money. They have little or no family support. Without our provision and support they would be on the streets and possibly back in prison.||$5,000.00||$5,000.00||The money will be used to pay rent and utilities for the home where the ladies live. Also to purchase food and clothing as needed. It will enable us to continue to support the ladies and give them an opportunity to start over and become productive citizens. To become successful in life. |
Although it directly impacts a few it indirectly helps all of society in Hillsborough Co by reducing crime and the number of homeless.
|Partially Funded||50%||COVID-19 Emergency Needs||Good Samaritan Mission, Inc.||Basic Needs||$22,500.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||4,000||http://gsmission.org||Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to shift our focus from Adult Ed classes (focusing on teaching useful life skills) to the collection, processing, and transportation of food to La Estancia, Newmauma, and Diehl Farmworker housing projects, as well as homeless individuals in Tampa, Mango, and other locations.||$22,500.00||$45,000.00||As a result we are in need of funds to cover: packaging materials, gloves, masks, pop-top canned food, sanitizer, and hygiene products (for homeless population), beans, rice, Maseca flour, vehicle maintenance, fuel, electricity and water (used while processing food to be donated), payroll, etc. The requested funds will cover these expenses from April to June.||04/10/2020||371||Expired|
|Fully Funded||100%||Toiletries to supplement daily food distribution for Lealman area families||Pinellas County Sheriff's Police Athletic League, INC||Basic Needs||$0.00||Pinellas||250||http://pinellaspal.com||Pinellas Sheriff's PAL with our partners, The Florida Dream Center, Lealman and Asian Neighborhood Family Center, Lealman Community District Services, Charity Works and Coast Brothers, Inc. have set up a partnership to distribute toiletries in the Lealman area. We will use the funds to purchase in bulk, hand soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, razors, shaving cream, feminine hygiene products, for distribution in the Lealman area. We ran a similar program at our Christmas event and it was extremely successful. Lealman is the largest, toughest, most neglected area of Pinellas County. Toiletries are not products available for purchase will SNAP funds. The needs of our feeding efforts in Lealman are growing weekly. The homeless population is growing. These people need help with the basics.||$5,000.00||$5,000.00||Charityworks, a 501c3, purchases products in bulk from manufactorers at a discount, Coast Brothers serves as the in network distributor and provides the local trucking at no cost. The dollars requested would all be used for product. Pinellas PAL, THe Florida Dream Center and the Lealman and Asian Neighborhood Family Center are all distrubuting food daily. Lealman Community District Services is an organization made up of non profits,residents and local businesses, they provide community support and volunteers. We are seeing the need and have recieved some requests from our Christmas event participants. Our organizations coordinate together to prevent double dippers. We would provide bags to carry supplies in. We are envisioning a community distribution event. Starting your day without toothpaste is both depressing and disgusting. Together we can help!||04/10/2020||371||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||3D Printing of Face Shields for Local Health Care Workers||University of Tampa||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||10,000||http://ut.edu/||The University of Tampa's Fab Lab, under the College of Art and Letters, is utilizing it's 8 3D printers to fabricate protective face shields to NIH standards to supply at no charge to local hospitals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Utilizing University Funds, we've already made our first several hundred and donated them to local health care organizations but the University is requesting additional funds to help in production of these all important defenses for our health care workers.||$20,000.00||$15,000.00||Funds would be used to purchase the necessary materials to print 3D face masks, maintain the 3D printers during this process, and additional staffing to maximize the number of masks we can produce.||04/10/2020||371||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||Keep Winthrop Arts Strong||Winthrop Arts, Inc.||Arts and Culture||$0.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)||10||http://winthroparts.org||Winthrop Arts was forced to cancel its annual art festival set for March as well as in studio art classes and the Mobile Art Factory (free art classes to underserved children who live in Wimauma, Ruskin, Progress Village and Plant City). Despite the cancellation and suspension, we continue to have expenses each month. Additionally, our creative art instructors rely on the pay they receive to supplement their income. During this time of isolation, we have tried to keep art creativity going by producing both virtual and online art classes. The funding requested will help to pay the creatives who create the videos and host the classes as well as offset the continuing expenses including rent, utilities and operating expenses. We hope that this will help to keep Winthrop Arts strong and allow us to continue to provide arts instruction to everyone who loves being creative.||$6,000.00||$6,000.00||The funds would be used to help pay rent ($3,000), utilities and other operating expenses ($1,500) and pay art instructors and creatives who create virtual content ($1,500)||04/10/2020||371||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||Francis Wilson Playhouse Needs due to COVID 19 closure||Francis Wilson Playhouse||Arts and Culture||$0.00||Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pinellas||5,095||http://franciswilsonplayhouse.org/||Francis Wilson Playhouse in Clearwater was nearing the end of its 90th Season of high-quality community theater when we had to shut our doors starting March 15th due to adhering to the social distancing guidelines. Three scheduled productions taking place from March 26th through May were either cancelled or postponed. To date, we have refunded nearly $11,000 in ticket sales and also had to refund deposits for two benefit productions we give to local community non-profit partners. We rely on our ticket sales to cover our monthly operational expenses.||$6,000.00||$6,000.00||These requested funds will help us cover our operational needs while our doors are closed. These include our utilities (electric, water, cable), cleaning, maintenance, landscaping and our website. This does not include any monthly advertising or any expenses directly connected to a show.|
Thank you for your generosity to our community and for your consideration.
|Fully Funded||100%||Funding for a new A/C||My Warrior's Place||Basic Needs||$0.00||Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||1,000||http://mywarriorsplace.org||A central a/c unit for one of our cottages has to be replaced as the one we have currently is not working and the cost to repair it is almost the cost of a new one. Without a new central heat and air unit this cottage is not usable. We have already had to turn away those in need of a retreat stay and will continue to have to do so until a new unit is installed. Due to the loss of fundraising because of this pandemic we have limited funding necessary to pay for this new a/c unit.||$4,000.00||$4,000.00||To pay for a new a/c unit and have it installed.||04/10/2020||371||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||Operating/Salary Assistance||Spanish Lyric Theatre, Inc.||Arts and Culture||$0.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)||5||http://www.spanishlyrictheatre.com/||Due to Covid-19, we are not able to perform, therefore we are not able to pay our creative team, our insurance and our warehouse which stores all our props and costumes.||$5,400.00||$5,400.00||Two of the most important bills are our insurance and our warehouse space which houses all our costumes and props. These two costs are $1000 a month. I've spoke with CubeSmart which houses our costumes and props and they are NOT being very cooperative at this time regarding our April rent. This owner doesn't seem to care.|
We also had several shows cancelled in March and April which equates to a loss of about $3000. Part of this money was to be used to pay our director and music director. Currently both have lost all of their income and having $1200 to pay each of them would certainly be helpful at this time.
So without knowing how long it will be perform we can produce a show (In the Heights, was supposed to be the first two weekends in June, and we are currently conduction Zoom rehearsals), we are asking for support to cover us for the next 3 months.
|Partially Funded||6%||Help WUSF Journalists and Program Hosts to Work Safely from Home||WUSF Public Media||Arts and Culture||$21,167.00||315,000||http://www.wusf.org/||WUSF Public Media operates two radio stations, WUSF 89.7 (NPR/all night jazz) and WSMR (Classical) and WUSF.org. We need upgraded equipment to help our journalists, program hosts and other on-air staff to prepare, record and broadcast stories from the safety of their homes. |
WUSF 89.7 reporters are aggressively covering the coronavirus crisis in the Tampa Bay area, Florida and beyond (https://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu). The content they produce may help save the lives of Tampa Bay citizens - our service is considered essential. Most are using a hodgepodge of old laptops and personal equipment from their homes.
Likewise, Classical WSMR's music programs provide meaning and comfort to the homebound during this trying time. For safety's sake, WSMR hosts are preparing their programs from home for future broadcast but they are challenged by the age and quality of equipment that is available.
|$1,333.00||$22,500.00||A grant of $22,500 would purchase 15 work-from-home recording kits ($1500 x 15 units). Each kit will include a new laptop, a monitor, a printer, appropriate recording and editing software, a good quality microphone and video capability. A kit will be provided to each member of WUSF/WSMR's staff of journalists, program hosts, editors, operations specialists and program managers. This equipment will standardize home work stations, make working from home more productive for our team and assure the high quality of our local broadcast programs.||04/09/2020||372||Expired|
|Partially Funded||45%||Emergency Food Fund to Feed Families with Children in Hospital||Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay, Inc.||Basic Needs||$27,332.00||Pinellas||700||http://rmhctampabay.org/||Dinners for families - Any amount helps! Cost to us, $5,000/week. Ronald McDonald House has always provided meals to families of sick children by inviting the community to bring groceries and cook a meal at the house. We are not able to allow these community groups into the house right now due to Covid-19. Therefore, we are purchasing food from local restaurants. A service that used to be a benefit with very little expense, is now a necessity with a cost of about $5,000 a week! Our families have children with weakened immune systems, so it is not preferable to go to the grocery store or to pick up food. Because of the amount of meals we need and the individual packaging required during this time, it is more effective for us to receive funding and purchase directly to effectively coordinate the logistics. We can provide a report to donor on expenditures if requested.||$22,668.00||$50,000.00||The funds will be used to purchase food directly from local downtown St. Pete restaurants and food trucks every night for dinner and given to families staying at the Ronald McDonald House who have children receiving medical treatment at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. The hospital has said this is a key need from us right now and is even exploring have us to expand to additional families at hospital. 700 meals, mostly dinners, but also some snacks and breakfast items. About 100 families a day for 7 days.||04/09/2020||372||Expired|
|Fully Funded||100%||COVID 19 Fill The Need Program||Reach Services Inc.||Basic Needs||$0.00||Pinellas||700||http://reachstpete.org||We've ran our "Fill The Need Program" for 3+ years and are now providing direct assistance to those with proof that they were directly affected by COVID-19 whether that be job loss, wages cut, immunocompromised residents, etc. Our applications come from referrals through churches and homeless shelters, as well as online applications. The top requests we are fulfilling have consisted of the following:|
-Bill/Housing Assistance for those recently laid off
-Job Assistance (helping those laid off indefinitely find temporary jobs to afford bills)
-Request for Miscellaneous Resources (diapers, formula, food, medications)
-Delivery Requests for immunocompromised families/individuals
-Recovery Plans for those who are low-income and at-risk of being homeless
|$61,733.00||$61,733.00||$27,000 Rental Assistance & Bill Assistance to prevent homelessness|
$10,500 Need Request Online Applications (groceries, miscellaneous)
$2,800 Weekly Hot Meals
$1,435 Portable Hand washing Stations & Supplies
|Fully Funded||100%||Replacement Vehicle for Transportation Needs||Good Samaritan Fund and Services of Sun City Center||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||600||http://suncitycenter.org/community-services/good-samaritan-a-scc-ride-services.html||Our fleet of cars is getting older and Samaritan Services is looking to trade in one of the oldest vehicles while it is still operational. The main part of our service is transporting residents who live in Sun City Center and are no longer able to drive at no cost to them. We transport them in town to the doctor, grocery store, bank, drug store, etc. Out-of-town rides are for medical appointments only and many of those include our veterans to James Haley VA Hospital as well as their many satellite clinics.|
It is important that the vehicles we purchase are large enough for our residents to get in and out of with relative ease as many have mobility issues.
At this time, we are not transporting any residents until the Corona Virus Stay-at-Home order is rescinded.
|$25,000.00||$25,000.00||We would purchase a new vehicle. The car dealers right now are offering great incentives that we would like to take advantage of. We do require a full size vehicle, SUV or small van to transport the residents we service.||04/08/2020||373||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||Telemedicine Platform||Clearwater Free Clinic, Inc.||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||Pinellas||4,500||http://clearwaterfreeclinic.org||Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the immediate need for telemedicine capabilities, the Clearwater Free Clinic (CFC) requires a telemedicine platform available to practitioners in order to maintain uninterrupted care to low-income, uninsured patients safely. The CFC is conducting patient visits primarily over the phone at this time, with the exception of patients with acute health problems that must be seen in person. These remote patient visits would be enhanced with video capabilities. We expect to continue use of the telemedicine platform to assist patients with transportation issues, alleviating the need to access transportation for healthcare needs post-pandemic. We expect an influx of new patients in the months to come as unemployment rates continue to climb, and the telemedicine program could increase our capacity to serve, and to do so safely.||$6,580.00||$6,580.00||The funds will be used to enroll in Henry Schein's medpod video only, unlimited use, annual plan for a two-year commitment. The cost is $2,750 per year for four users, plus an additional user at the rate of $540/year. This will enable each of the Clinic's three staffed general nurse practitioners along with the behavioral health program's licensed mental health counselor and nurse practitioner to utilize the program and provide virtual patient visits. |
Features of the program include:
Direct to patient video consultation services on the Clinic's website
Improve load balance for greater productivity
Provide unrestricted health care delivery
|Fully Funded||100%||Medications for Uninsured Patients||Clearwater Free Clinic, Inc.||Basic Needs||$0.00||Pinellas||2,500||http://clearwaterfreeclinic.org||The Clearwater Free Clinic is an essential health care facility remaining open during this COVID crisis. The CFC provides patients with the acute and chronic medications they need to manage their illnesses. Patients are asked to make a donation for their medications when they are dispensed. These funds account for over $8,000 per month and offsets the cost of keeping the Medication room fully stocked. Clinic patients have no their option for their medications. To ensure patient and staff safety and lesson exposure, the Clinic is providing two to three months of medications for our patients. Unfortunately many of our patients have lost their jobs and can no longer donate creating a financial strain to keep the Medication Room fully stocked. The Clinic is requesting $20,000 to purchase medications to restock our inventory over the next few months.||$20,000.00||$20,000.00||The funds would be used to purchase generic acute and chronic medications for the low-income uninsured patients of the Clearwater Free Clinic||04/07/2020||374||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||40%||COVID-19 Abused & Neglected Children Relief Project||Suncoast Voices for Children Foundation, Inc.||Domestic Abuse and Human Trafficking||$3,000.00||Pinellas||90||http://suncoastchildren.org||Voices?works?in the?Pinellas?Sheriff's?Child?Protection?Investigation?(CPI)?Division?as an independent nonprofit. CPI's act as first responders to child abuse and neglect allegations during?COVID-19 by reviewing abuse?and?neglect?allegations?to determine?if?children?can?remain?safely with their parents or if they must be removed. If children must be removed, the CPI's attempt?to?locate?a?safe relative?or?nonrelative who is familiar with the children, but if they can't, the?children?enter?foster?care. Voices assists relative and nonrelative caregivers who are safe, but do not have the financial ability to buy childcare?essentials?on?an emergency?basis?to?take custody of children to avoid entering foster care. The goal of this project is to?provide?emergency?assistance?in?the?priority areas of rent, utilities and childcare identified by CPI's to avoid?children?entering?foster?care.||$2,000.00||$5,000.00||The?needs?of?the?families?served?by?the?Pinellas?CPI's have increased due to COVID-19. Financial strain often causes "placement breakdowns," where caregivers are forced to give custody?of?children?to?the?state?of?Florida?'s?foster?care?system due to a lack of funds. There?are great?foster?parents?in?our?community,?but most children in foster care are?placed?out?of?their own community or across the state. In about 42% of cases in Pinellas County,?siblings are?placed?in separate foster homes. In Pinellas County, children change foster?homes?once?every?5?months.?CPI's are able to identify financial hardship so we can act quickly. The CPI?leader estimates?that, of the 800 families served each month, at least?half?will?need?childcare, utility or rent assistance. Voices?respectfully?requests?$5,000?toward the goal of providing?one-time assistance?of?$250-500 per household for 60-120?families.||04/07/2020||374||Expired|
|Partially Funded||11%||Immediate Operational Support Funds||The Studio @ 620||Arts and Culture||$10,667.00||Pinellas||135||http://thestudioat620.org||The Studio@620 had been experiencing a decline in attendance due to COVID-19 starting in February 2020. All public programming ceased as of March 16, 2020 and it is uncertain at this time when public events will resume. As a visual and performing arts non-profit, a large percentage of The Studio@620's funding is derived from admissions revenues, art sales, event rental fees, and membership dues. This loss of income is presenting a challenge to the organization as funds are lacking to pay immediate expenses such as rent, insurance, utilities, and wages for staff and virtual performers who are continuing to present programming via livestream. Although revenue streams have stalled, many operating expenses continue. A donation toward covering these costs would help ensure The Studio is able to remain a resource for the community.||$1,333.00||$12,000.00||These funds would be used to cover staff and performer salaries ($8500), rent ($3100), and utilities/insurance expenses ($400)||04/07/2020||374||Expired|
|Fully Funded||100%||COVID-19||East Pasco Meals on Wheels||Basic Needs||$0.00||Pasco||2,000||http://epmow.org||We need food. We not only deliver hot meals daily to our homebound clients, but we support 10 different food banks in East Pasco. Our outreach is vast. We are doing well with breads and pastries, however we get no meat and trying to improvise with what little our local stores have is almost impossible. We now have to purchase from large restaurant suppliers which is something we have never had to do.||$10,000.00||$10,000.00||With the increase in clients and decrease in food supplies available, We have been hit hard two different ways. One, we completely lost our Sav-a-lot donations which was two stores two days a week, Panera Bread has been temporarily been suspended. Wal-mart and Publix donations have been drastically reduced since their shelves are empty. There is nothing left to donate so we now have to purchase all our food from big box restaurant dealers. |
Secondly, our number of recipients has increased greatly due to the amount of seniors confined to their homes. We have added approximately 30 people daily in the last month, which led to another route.
We are doing our best to continue our support of the 10 food banks that feed the surrounding communities, but admittedly that is a struggle as well.
|Partially Funded||6%||Support Increased Need for Child Abuse Prevention Programs||Champions for Children, Inc.||Health and Wellbeing||$70,667.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||40,000||http://www.cfctb.org||Champions for Children works to prevent child abuse and neglect through science-based family strengthening and family education programs primarily in Hillsborough County. Tragically, studies show with kids out of school, parents out of work, and basic needs like food unmet, the risk of child abuse right now is higher than ever. In Hillsborough, where more children are removed from their homes every year due to child abuse and neglect than anywhere else in FL, the impact of the coronavirus is expected to be especially dire. |
When the pandemic forced most in-person services to shut down, we moved quickly to provide almost all our existing services and even some new ones virtually. Since then, we have seen more families participating than ever! Unfortunately, several prospective funders of these critical programs have suspended their grant cycles due to coronavirus, creating a funding gap.
|$4,333.00||$75,000.00||Currently, our greatest philanthropic needs are for the four programs described below and/or general operating purposes:|
(1) Kids on the Block: educational puppets that teach children how to recognize, report, and get help in cases of child abuse, neglect, and other maltreatment.
(2) Parents as Teachers: an evidenced-based home visiting program that uses the most current research to promote healthy development and positive parent-child relationships for children prenatal thru kindergarten.
(3) Layla’s House: a community-based learning center in the heart of Sulphur Springs that provides caregiver-child learning opportunities and resources for parents of children aged prenatal thru 5.
(4) Talk Read Sing: a community awareness campaign focused on educating parents on the importance of fostering healthy child development and parent-child bonds by talking, reading and singing from birth.
|Partially Funded||4%||The Master Chorale Support During COVID 19 Pandemic||The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay||Arts and Culture||$46,000.00||9,550||https://www.MasterChorale.com||Five cancelled performances including our Two Cathedrals concert series and Masterwork performances with The Florida Orchestra (to be performed in Tampa, St. Pete, and Clearwater) has resulted in an immediate impact of a loss in contract and admissions revenue of $17,425. These funds would have gone towards program administration, Education and Outreach and Community engagement programs, and general operating expenses. We are currently seeking funding of $48,000 to secure three months of Operating & Marketing Expenses ($4,370) and payroll costs of Artistic Staff and Administrative Personnel ($43,630) through June 30th.||$2,000.00||$48,000.00||Funds will be used to cover monthly expenses for administrative and marketing costs including communication with patrons, ticket holders, donors, singers and general public and to cover the payroll costs of our seven Artistic and two Administrative staff members through June 30th.||04/06/2020||375||Expired|
|Partially Funded||83%||Virtual Arts Alive! St. Pete Arts Gallery||St. Petersburg Arts Alliance||Arts and Culture||$1,600.00||Pinellas||24,000||http://www.stpeteartsalliance.org||SPAA supports & helps grow the arts community with funds, resource assistance & education. Many have lost income without an online presence, especially now without ArtWalk or walk-in traffic. We request funds to assist our fragile businesses. |
SPAA launched the Pinellas Arts Community Relief Fund with 2 funding partners providing emergency financial relief for artists & creative businesses. Planning & preparing for what businesses will become, we propose converting our Arts & Cultural Directory into a Virtual St Petersburg Arts Gallery. Working with creatives to develop their social media pages into sales pages, we will aggregate all the pages into our virtual gallery & collectively market far beyond what they can do. We are also adding a virtual ArtWalk & a COVID Arts Resource webpage updating it regularly to guide artists from all disciplines to resource information.
|$8,000.00||$9,600.00||Funds will setup the Virtual Gallery, assist artists & do updates for 6 months. Additional staff hours will update the COVID Arts Resource page for 6 months, getting us all through this crisis.|
Now & when all this is over, an effective online presence will carry even more weight. Over half of art sales are online now. Many artists do not have any online presence except Facebook. SPAA offers a chance to be represented by a virtual gallery, facilitating sales by referring interested customers directly to the artist. The current directory has 123 Fine Artists and 75 Galleries & Studios.
Individualized mentorship helps businesses succeed in difficult times, telling their stories & selling their artwork more effectively, creating longer term value for themselves & the community at large. Now is the time to teach artists how to “fish,” supporting themselves beyond emergency relief.
|Partially Funded||33%||General Operating & Fall Scholarships||Girls on the Run Greater Tampa Bay||Health and Wellbeing||$26,667.00||800||http://www.gotrtampa.org||Girls on the Run uses running and other physical activities as a platform for teaching life skills and promoting holistic health outcomes for girls in grades 3-8. Girls learn critical life skills such as how to manage emotions, help others, make intentional decisions, and resolve conflict that they use at home, at school, and with friends. The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact on our ability to serve girls and our program is halted due to school closures. We have quickly pivoted to provide girls with lessons they can do at home. However, we are acutely aware that girls are being isolated from their peers, caring teachers, and daily structure, thus increasing their risk factors even more. When they return to school, many families will still be recovering from the financial impacts and will need even more financial assistance to be able to participate in our program.||$13,333.00||$40,000.00||Our goal was to serve 550 girls this season and we are now in a challenging position of honoring refund requests for program fees and virtual programming implementation costs with the extra difficulty of losing much-needed future revenue from our Spring 5K, Annual Campaign and Summer Camp fundraiser. We are currently making very intentional decisions about our operations in order to ensure that Girls on the Run Greater Tampa Bay survives to launch another season of programming. Our financial forecasting tells us that, along with significant measures to reduce costs, we need to raise $40,000 to ensure that we will be able to serve girls in Tampa in a fall season and beyond. Funds will be used to close the gap in missed income and provide scholarships for girls in our fall season.||04/06/2020||375||Expired|
|Partially Funded||61%||“TampaBay-Job-Links Job-Search Readiness Response”||TampaBay-Job-Links||Workforce Services and Career Development||$35,000.00||500||http://tbjl.org||Since 2010, TBJL has been a supportive community where people gain relevant job-search and career transition skills, helping them find employment to sustain themselves and their families. |
Professional career coaches work with clients 1:1 and in workshops to guide them through the job-search process. Our approach is holistic and high touch as we work with each client to minimize or eliminate barriers to employment. Due to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19, we expect the demand for our services to increase dramatically as individuals in our community face uncertainties from job loss, income reduction, and the inability to make ends meet. Clients will need hope, encouragement, community connection, current job-search tools, updated self-marketing materials, social media networking proficiency, virtual interview preparation, and more.
|$55,000.00||$90,000.00||TBJL needs funding to increase capacity to provide professional and comprehensive career transition services, mental health counseling, and referral to emergency services for existing clients as well as those who have lost jobs to COVID-19. With the support of individuals and foundations, we will be able to serve 60% more 1:1 career coaching clients and an unlimited number of interactive video-conferencing participants in 2020 over 2019. Funds will be used to support and scale: |
* Intake & initial consultation of new clients
* Weekly 1:1 client career coaching sessions
* Development and presentation of video-conferencing programs on topics i.e., managing change and transition, building resilience, identifying transferable skills, behavioral & virtual interviews
* Short-term mental health counseling
* Referral to community partners for financial, housing, food, and crisis assistance
|Partially Funded||15%||Specialized and assistive technology for remote learning of the blind and visually impaired||Lighthouse of Pinellas, Inc.||Basic Needs||$13,589.59||Pinellas||500||https://www.lhpfl.org||We are requesting funds to purchase technology and licenses for our staff to develop, deliver, and monitor a virtual independent living curriculum for our blind and visually impaired clients (children/adults/seniors) during the COVID crisis, that will TAKE THE PLACE of in-person classroom training for adults, and weekly home visits with parents and children. This training and education is critical for our client's health, well-being, learning, avoidance of isolation, and overall independence and quality of life improvement. |
Without this technology, our clients cannot take advantage of the curriculum, and our staff cannot deliver the lessons and monitor progress. Intended technology purchase also includes products related to web meetings (Zoom) & conference calls that will greatly improve the quality of our services to our clients through clear calls, & improved & larger web viewing.
|$2,474.41||$16,064.00||Funds will be used to purchase assistive technology needed by our clients’ to use the curriculum, including Zoom features (available only thru a license), magnified screen software, handheld media readers, & more. Instructors delivering the curriculum need special products to work virtually with each client to view their screens & direct them with their training. For our young clients, instructors also need software to be able to virtually track their eye-movements & to monitor their developmental progress.|
Curriculum lessons include teaching of independent living skills (online shopping, completing forms, using email, word processing, & using their smartphones - skills that clients learn in the classroom or during home visits. Without specialized software & devices, our clients will not be able to use virtual curriculum & continue on their path towards independence.
|Partially Funded||40%||Mary & Martha House COVID-19 Relief||Mary and Martha House, Inc.||Domestic Abuse and Human Trafficking||$30,000.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||100||https://www.marymarthahouse.org||Since 1982, Mary & Martha House (MMH) has provided emergency shelter, transitional housing and support services to victims of domestic violence and homeless women and their dependent children so that they may gain employment, successfully transition into stable permanent housing and overcome barriers. Mary & Martha House also operates Mary & Martha House Fashion and Home Goods Store. Due to the spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19, MMH has had to close its store. This store provides revenue to sustain our program and also provides a portion of case management salaries. Mary & Martha House is already seeing the impact of COVID-19 within the community and will continue to see this impact in the weeks, months and years to come. The drastic downturn in the economy has forced people to save money which has led to a drop in monetary donations, in-kind donations and thrift store donations.||$20,000.00||$50,000.00||Mary & Martha House is committed to providing “Essential Services” to women and children facing domestic violence and/or homelessness while abiding by the CDC’s, local and state COVID-19 rules and regulations. |
Funds will be used for shelter supplies, cleaning supplies, food for clients and a portion of the salary for essential staff so that we may continue the operation of our emergency and transitional facilities.
|Partially Funded||34%||The Florida Orchestra||The Florida Orchestra, Inc.||Arts and Culture||$315,000.00||67||https://www.floridaorchestra.org/||The Florida Orchestra (TFO) is the largest performing arts organization in Tampa Bay and the largest professional orchestra in the State of Florida. TFO’s mission is to enrich the life of the Tampa Bay area as it inspires, entertains, and educates a wide and diverse audience with the unique experience of live symphonic music, ensuring that future generations will continue to enjoy this legacy that so magnificently celebrates the human spirit. Last season, more than 200,000 people of all ages attended TFO concerts in a variety of venues across the region, and 90,000 of those attended at little or no cost due to TFO’s extensive outreach initiatives. TFO plays more than 130 concerts every year in a wide range of styles to appeal to the largest possible audience. TFO exists for one purpose – to build community through the transformative power of music.||$165,000.00||$480,000.00||The Florida Orchestra is composed of 67 full-time professional musicians who live, work and teach in Tampa Bay. In accordance with health recommendations and government orders, TFO has canceled all performances from March 20 to at least May 10, which means sacrificing significant ticket and sponsorship revenue. Despite the shift in revenue, however, TFO is committed to paying its musicians because they are an integral part of our community and music is their livelihood; therefore, we are looking to our community for extra support for musician compensation at this time. Once the COVID-19 crisis ends, with your help, TFO will be poised to unite the Tampa Bay community once again with the transformative power of music in the concert hall.||04/03/2020||378||Expired|
|Fully Funded||100%||Truck Replacement to pull mobile shower/laundry trailer||Showered and Empowered, Inc.||Basic Needs||$0.00||1,500||http://showeredandempowered.com||To the best of our knowledge, we are the only mobile shower trailer still serving the homeless communities throughout Tampa Bay during the Covid 19 crisis. We are in need of a new truck to ensure dependability to our clients that we will be at our scheduled outreaches. Also, with our territory expanding to Polk and Pasco counties we believe a newer truck would be more fuel efficient since we will be traveling further distances and allow us to continue to serve our new clients with reliability. Our current truck is a 2007 with 123,880 miles on it. This new truck would help us better serve the homeless communities throughout Tampa Bay.||$50,000.00||$50,000.00||To purchase a newer F250 truck to pull our 18' mobile shower/laundry trailer to all of our outreach sites with reliability and fuel efficiency.||04/03/2020||378||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||Refrigerated Truck Replacement - Pinellas Food Pantry Distribution||RCS Pinellas Inc.||Basic Needs||$0.00||Pinellas||30,500||https://rcspinellas.org/||RCS is requesting funds to replace one of its refrigerated trucks which is critically close to being inoperable. The RCS Food Panty and its 47 additional distribution sites rely on refrigerated transport to transfer close to $6.2 million worth of donated food items from 15+ grocery and restaurant locations throughout Pinellas. As COVID-19 has a severe impact on family income, we expect to see a rise in food insecurity and an increase in demand for food pantry services. RCS, through its current program and its partnership with USDA is equipped to provide food throughout Pinellas County. We acknowledge that this is a large request, however it is community critical, and we will work to acquire funding through multiple sources if this request is partially funded.||$75,000.00||$75,000.00||All funds will be used to replace a refrigerated truck used daily by the RCS Pinellas Food Bank. RCS responds to the issue of hunger in Pinellas County by providing groceries to people experiencing food insecurity. RCS utilizes its refrigerated truck to pick-up in kind food donations received daily from stores and restaurants (Publix, Costco, Walmart, etc.). Much of this donated food is nutrient-dense produce and meats which requires refrigerated transport. Additionally, food is transferred to 47 distribution subsites located in 10 municipalities in Pinellas County. |
The current truck in use, “Big Blue,” is critically close to being inoperable and is in need of close to $40,000 worth of repairs including roof, refrigeration and engine replacement. Replacing with a used truck is estimated at $50,000 while a new or “newer” truck would be $75,000 - $100,000.
|Fully Funded||100%||COVID-19 Pandemic Relief for Homeless and At Risk Families With Minor Children||Dawning Family Services (fka Alpha House of Tampa)||Basic Needs||$0.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)||115||https://www.dawningfamilyservices.org||Dawning Family Services (DFS) provided shelter to 290 adults/children in 2019. In addition, our wrap-around services include case management, housing search, rent/utility financial assistance, diversion services, childcare referrals and post-shelter support. Demand for shelter will increase in the weeks and months to come. Simply, more people will become homeless as parents lose income; childcare/schools continue to be closed; and medical needs increase as COVID-19 progresses. One homeless parent emailed on 4/1, “I am looking for shelter for me and my 3 kids. I don’t have help from family and friends. Last night we had to sleep at a park.” According to Fla Housing Coalition, Hillsborough will need 1195 more emergency shelter units to manage the pandemic. Per Florida’s “safer-at-home” mandate, DFS converted our 13 units of shelter, which normally support 30 families, to single-family use.||$82,966.00||$77,966.00||DFS requests funding to maintain current “low-barrier” emergency shelter operations so we are prepared to meet the long-term & deleterious repercussions of COVID-19 among homeless families w/minor children. A “low-barrier” shelter is one that has as few barriers as possible to allow more people access to services. DFS is seeking support to cover 3 months of our master lease agreement, which = $14,692/month. In addition, we are seeking to cover 1/3 the cost of annual salaries for our Shelter Manager & Operations Director, $42,902 & $60K respectively. These positions are critical to maintenance of a healthy shelter & expanded agency operations (ie-hotel utilization) to address COVID-19 but are paid for solely by general operating dollars. As individual donations dwindle (< online gifts as evidence) & redirected corporate funding, we know we will not be able to close the gap this fiscal yr.||04/02/2020||379||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||Funds to provide food for the hurting poor in our community||Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church||Basic Needs||$0.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||2,000||https://www.palmaceia.org/||Increase the number of people we can service through our programs of providing food to the hurting poor in our community during this pandemic||$26,667.00||$26,667.00||Provide food for school children of the hurting poor in our community whose only meals are what they usually get at school.|
Provide food for the homeless.
Provide food for Beth-El farmworkers.
|Partially Funded||99%||Tampa General Hospital (TGH) COVID-19 ICU Expansion||Tampa General Hospital Foundation, Inc.||Health and Wellbeing||$1,000.00||1,000||https://www.tgh.org/foundation||TGH needs to create a COVID-19 wing by adding additional negative pressure isolation rooms in our ICU to treat the influx of COVID-19 patients. TGH currently has 81 negative pressure isolation rooms. Negative pressure rooms prevent cross-contamination from room to room. In order to treat our community’s growing caseload, we are adding an additional 32 beds to start. The cost of this includes construction and equipment like air scrubbers, beds, and negative air machines.||$149,000.00||$150,000.00||The funds will be used to construct the COVID-19 wing, allowing for an additional 32 negative pressure isolation rooms to be built. This fund will help TGH continue to combat COVID-19 and care for our community today and in the future.||04/02/2020||379||Expired|
|Partially Funded||22%||Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger (TBNEH) COVID-19 Response for Food Insecure Transportation Disadvantaged School-Aged Children and Homebound and Seniors||Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$117,088.60||9,000||https://www.networktoendhunger.org||TBNEH works collaboratively with community partners and 350+ Network members to provide nutritious food to most vulnerable populations in our communities.|
In order to meet the need of feeding children when school is closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, we launched a pilot MOWs4Kids program in St. Petersburg. The program delivers a week’s worth of groceries to the families that need it most. The program is a necessity, as there are thousands of children who cannot access regular distribution sites.
In addition, more than 13,000 individuals over the age of 65 in Pinellas County are food insecure and over 900 have been waitlisted for regular meal delivery services. In this new reality we are seeing a 100% increase in applications in the last two weeks with consistent exponential growth.
These funds will allow us to expand MOWs4Kids to Hills/Pasco and meet growing demand of our MOWs seni
|$32,911.40||$150,000.00||The Meals On Wheels for Kids (MOW4Kids) pilot program was developed as an alternative option for: 1) kids that are not able to access any of the school meal distribution sites; and/or 2) kids that have difficulty accessing food pantries. Average cost per child served a week’s worth of food is $15/child per week. We aim to serve up to 1,000 children per week, per County. Our Pinellas program began with 20 children, 2 weeks later we are serving 250 per week.|
For Pinellas County seniors and homebound we will purchase necessary meals and deliver them weekly. We plan to purchase up to 150 3-meal packs at $16.50 per 3-meal pack. We have seen a 100% increase in applications from our seniors and homebound since COVID-19.
The funds will help cover the costs of expansion of our MOWs4Kids program and continue to serve our seniors in Pinellas in the period between April 15 – June 15, 2020.
|Partially Funded||33%||General Operating Funds - Year Up Tampa Bay||Year Up||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$26,667.00||80||https://www.yearup.org||All gifts up to $100,000 made to the Year Up COVID-19 Impact Fund will be matched by an anonymous donor! The Year Up COVID-19 fund was started to support our transition to a virtual environment and help us mitigate shortfalls. Opportunity youth are impacted by this crisis more than others and the best support we can provide them is to offer an uninterrupted program to help empower them to reach their potential.|
Year Up serves young adults ages 18-24 who have a high school diploma or GED, are unemployed or underemployed and have been systemically disconnected from living wage jobs. The majority of students in our program are low-income young adults of color that have been locked out of opportunities to realize their full potential. Our young adults face additional challenges that can inhibit their success. We create tailored support plans that position our participants for success.
|$13,333.00||$40,000.00||This pandemic has created unique hurdles for Opportunity Youth, and we are more committed than ever to our work to empower talented young adults both during and beyond this unprecedented crisis. Those who face economic inequity will be disproportionately affected by the negative effects of lost wages, lay-offs, closed schools, and limited access to healthcare. Year Up will continue to provide meaningful pathways to employment and education opportunities for young adults to help them gain the financial security and career stability necessary to face potential crises in the future. To that end, Year Up has been taking steps to ensure that we can continue to deliver our program in a way that is safe for our young adults and our staff. Our Program and IT teams are working diligently to equip and support our staff and students as they engage in instruction through online platforms.||04/02/2020||379||Expired|
|Partially Funded||43%||Academy Prep Assistance for COVID-19 Sustainability||Academy Prep Center of Tampa, Inc.||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$86,000.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||450||https://academyprep.org/tampa/||Academy Prep (APT) is a private non profit middle school whose mission is to inspire and empower students qualifying for need based scholarships to be community leaders through an rigorous academic program coupled with ongoing graduate support. We are virtually providing instruction not only the core academic classes of math, science, English and history, but also in required weekly art, music, chess and social-emotional learning classes. We serve over 300 graduates in high school and college who needs help with finances, educational guidance, ancillary costs, etc. Due to the challenging environment of the COVID crisis, we have canceled two events (over $200,000 revenue loss), and we are still seeking funding to teach our students, support our graduates in high school and college, operate the school and fund faculty and staff salaries through the end of the school year.||$64,000.00||$150,000.00||Academy Prep will utilize funding to continue supporting students, graduates and their families, and ensure that we retain the staff to serve our mission. APT is requesting assistance with funding the operation of the school; students are still taking classes daily, and all staff are working remotely to assist students and families to ensure their needs are met. Although campus is physically closed, our teachers and staff are still working hard to virtually educate our students and support our families, Grad Support staff are still serving our graduates an our guidance counselor is still providing guidance, counseling sessions, and required weekly social-emotional learning community-building classes for students.||04/01/2020||380||Expired|
|Partially Funded||64%||Assitance to fund relief programs during COVID-19 pandemic||Redlands Christian Migrant Association, Inc.||Basic Needs||$72,966.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco||3,000||https://www.rcma.org||During the COVID-19 crisis, the families we serve are deeply vulnerable. Food staples, medical, and sanitizing supplies are difficult to find. Even if there was availability of critical items, agricultural working families do not have the means to purchase or store extra food and supplies. These families disconnected from phone and internet, they do not have access to health care, and many do not have transportation to reach food distribution centers. These families share tight living spaces, if COVID-19 penetrates farmworker camps, containment would be a challenge. |
Agricultural workers are a critical part of our nation’s food supply chain and have been called upon to continue picking as many other industries have shut down. So that they may continue working, we must provide them with the food and supplies that are necessary for them to care for their families.
|$127,034.00||$200,000.00|| RCMA respectfully requests $100,000 from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay's Rapid Response Fund to provide agricultural working families in rural Florida, critical support (food, diapers, formula and possibly rental and utility assistance) as we navigate through the COVID-19 crisis. RCMA serves 766 families in Hillsborough and Pasco counties. RCMA staff will order, package and distribute food and supplies to the neediest families through child development centers closest to most vulnerable communities.|
RCMA will provide $25 worth of staple food products each week for families for the next two months. For families with infants RCMA will provide $50 worth of diapers per family per month and $90 worth of formula per family per month. For families who are in need of rental assistance, RCMA hopes to provide about $700 per month per family and $200 per month per family for utilities.
|Fully Funded||100%||Dress 4 Success||Kiwanis Club of Sun City Center FL. Foundation Inc.||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$0.00||Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||100||https://www.kiwanissouthshorefl.org||Our Kiwanis Club is applying for a COVID-19 grant for our project, “Dress 4 Success”. Several of the foundations we applied for grants with have postponed funding, such as Interfaith Social Action Council of Sun City Center and the Tampa Bay Rays Baseball Foundation. We have served 100 low-income elementary-age school children annually for the past few years with uniforms, shoes/socks, undergarments, pants/shorts, t-shirts, and backpacks with school supplies. We would like to add non-perishable food to this year’s project due to the pandemic. |
The annual income for families in SouthShore is much lower than the rest of Florida, and there are many children from farmworker families. These children will be able to go to school and feel like they belong, which is so important in the early years of school. No child deserves to be bullied for how they dress.
|$7,500.00||$7,500.00||The project budget is $10,000: $7,500 grant from CFTB and $2,500 from our Club. The grant funds will be used to purchase clothing, school supplies, backpacks, and non-perishable food at the lowest prices. The children are identified by school counselors and teachers in Wimauma, Reddick, RCMA, Ruskin, and Cypress Creek elementary schools. We sort and fill backpacks at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center with assistance from Boy Scout Troop 204 and other Kiwanis Club members. Each child will have a backpack labeled with his/her name. Delivery of the backpacks will take place during the first week of school. Photos will be taken of the children and Kiwanis members. We will post the event in the Observer, on our website, and on our Facebook page. CFTB will be indicated as a major sponsor.||04/01/2020||380||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||Serving Vulnerable Single-Mother Families||Shepherd's Village||Domestic Abuse and Human Trafficking||$0.00||Pinellas||40||https://www.shepherdsvillage.com||With the current world wide crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic the single-mother families we serve have been effected financially. Shepherd's Village provides affordable housing and life skill resources for working low income single-mothers. During this crisis more than half of our moms have experienced a job loss or significant decrease in wages, all while having to take care of children that are doing school from home. Shepherd's Village residents are benefiting from donor supported housing making it a below market price, however with no income this can not be paid. Shepherds' Village is feeding families 3 meals a week plus supplemental snacks weekly to help with food cost. This request is for two important needs: Shelter and Food. The subsidized rent at Shepherd's Village is $550 per month. The average food and basic hygiene needs for a family of 3 to 4 is $75-$100 a week.||$11,400.00||$11,400.00||These grant funds would be used specifically to help supplement rent and assist in weekly food and basic hygiene needs such as toilet paper, and cleaning supplies to help families stay healthy and safe during this time. Estimates are based on providing rental assistance and food for an average of 12-15 resident families and additional distribution to random vulnerable at risk families over a one month period.||04/01/2020||380||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||17%||AMIkids Education Continuity Plan||AMIkids Inc.||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$32,083.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)||155||https://www.amikids.org||AMIkids is a national 501(c)3 non-profit based in Tampa that serves troubled youth. We are in need of technology solutions in order to continue providing the vital education and counseling services that we normally provide on a daily basis to a particularly vulnerable population. Our kids come from low-income families and experience a variety of barriers to educational success including learning disabilities, lack of family support, mental health issues, and time out of school due to suspensions and involvement with the|
juvenile justice system. Most of these kids do not have the technology resources to continue their education while staying at home. Without quickly returning these youth to their regular educational programming, they are at high risk of becoming disengaged with learning, sliding back and losing recent educational gains, as well as participating in criminal activity.
|$6,667.00||$38,750.00||We are specifically requesting funds to purchase Chrome Books for online learning for our youth. With this technology in place, our teachers will be able to continue supporting youth with scheduled tutoring classes throughout the day. The number of Chromebooks needed per community is as follows:|
Tampa - 20
Gainesville - 10
Volusia County - 15
Miami - 40
Jacksonville - 20
Orlando - 10
Fort Lauderdale - 20
Clay County - 20
The cost of each Chrome Book is $250, for a total cost of $38,750.
|Fully Funded||100%||Virtual Volunteering During COVID-19 and Beyond||Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay, Inc.||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||900||https://www.seniorsinservice.org||Seniors in Service engages 500+ volunteers annually, many of whom are continuing to provide solutions to community challenges remotely. We are now seeing an alarming increase in the number of elders who feel lonely. Studies show loneliness in elders eclipses obesity and even smoking as a predictor of early decline/death. Older adults need social connection to preserve their mental/physical health and to remain independent. Instead of in-home visits, Senior Companion volunteers are now TelePals, offering clients friendly conversation/wellness checks by phone. And with the growing need, there are many new volunteers who want to help. We must now convert our in-person training for TelePal volunteers to virtual, online training using best practices for creating captivating content that engages and instructs TelePals so they can maximize their impact.||$4,500.00||$4,500.00||We will immediately/urgently create e-learning modules (initially 3 @ $1500 ea) that are compelling, memorable and inspiring to train volunteers for maximum community impact. Demand is exploding with elder-centric agencies, physicians, hospices, etc. clamoring for us to provide TelePals for their clients. We need to train the ever-increasing number of volunteers who want to serve. Training includes: Phone Etiquette; Do’s & Don’ts; Using Call Logs; Scripts for Tactful Questions/Stimulating Conversation; HIPPA; Chronic Disease Management; Stress Management; Nutrition; Elder Fraud; Community Resource Lists; Online Personal Fitness Strategies; Emergencies: When to Call for Help; COVID-19 Updates and more. We will incorporate e-learning best practices to create training that informs, inspires, engages, maximizes productivity for and retains dedicated volunteers – our most valuable asset.||04/01/2020||380||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||20%||Crisis Center 2-1-1 Gateway Contact Center and TransCare EMS Support||The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, Inc.||Health and Wellbeing||$24,368.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)||3,750||https://www.crisiscenter.com||The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay exists to ensure that no one in our community has to face crisis alone. In times of crisis like the one we’re currently experiencing, our staff have no choice but to step up and do their jobs. |
Last week alone, our Gateway Contact Center answered over 500 calls related to the pandemic through the 2-1-1 line from individuals needing emotional and financial support. This is about one-third of our total call volume. Our TransCare Medical Transportation Service is also still actively working throughout the community, transporting sick and injured individuals in the community to hospital emergency rooms. They serve as extra hands of support for the medical community treating COVID-19 patients. Both of these services are vital to support Tampa as we work to ebb the spread of the virus and address emotional needs.
|$6,000.00||$30,368.00||While both our Gateway Contact Center and TransCare departments were close to fully staffed, we are actively hiring for both. Additional staff in both of these departments allows us to meet the increased demand for services. However, for the month of April we anticipate not having additional staff in a position to be answering calls or providing emergency response services and will need to lean on our existing staff to take on additional shifts and work overtime. |
Since this is an unprecedented event, we had not anticipated needing to budget for the expected overtime costs we will incur. Right now, we’re estimating $16,640 in overtime costs for our TransCare staff, and $13,728 in overtime for our Gateway Contact Center, totaling $30,368. These funds will allow us to be available to support community members as they struggle to cope with the pandemic currently weighing on our city.
|Partially Funded||8%||COVID 19 - Personal Protection Equipment for Caregivers and Patients||Chapters Health Foundation||Health and Wellbeing||$184,334.00||6,800||https://www.chaptershealth.org/||In this time of unprecedented need, simply put—we need your help. Chapters Health Foundation is the fundraising arm for Chapters Health System (CHS) and is charged with rallying our donors to help support $850,000 of unplanned and unbudgeted COVID 19 expenditures occurring in the past two weeks. In the days and weeks to come as COVID-19 spreads throughout Tampa, we confidently anticipate these financial demands to exceed $1M. We appreciate your past support and we welcome your present day consideration.|
Chapters Health System’s service area has experienced 833 new cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of April. The number of cases has doubled in six brief days. As a result, CHS has brought COVID-19 patients under our care with many patients under investigation for the disease. Chapters Health System is a safety net for COVID-19 patients as we are committed to caring for all in need.
|$15,666.00||$200,000.00||Addressing the pandemic, in addition to treating a large population of COVID-19 patients in homes, CHS has converted its Melech Hospice House to a COVID-19 Center. The Melech Center offers one wing to treat new COVID-19 patients and those who cannot be cared for at home. As the number of COVID-19 patients increase CHS is committed to providing more hospice space to meet the need. |
Donations received will be used to secure Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) required to safely treat COVID-19 patients under CDC guidelines, both in homes and at the Melech Center. CHS is a safety net for COVID-19 patients as CHS is committed to caring for all diagnosed. As the number of COVID-19 cases increases, combined with CHS’ census of 3,500 critically and terminally ill patients, CHS will need more PPE than ever before to protect its 1,650 front line caregivers and 1,100 patient facing volunteers.
|Partially Funded||20%||Filling the Gap Children's Needs Fund for Abused and Neglected Children||Guardian Ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay Inc.||Domestic Abuse and Human Trafficking||$20,000.00||Pasco ; Pinellas||3,500||https://www.facebook.com/herotoachild/||We provide advocacy and support for abused & neglected children in Pinellas and Pasco Counties. When a child's future hangs in the balance, we are there. Volunteer child advocates make sure that victims of abuse and neglect aren't alone. They stand by them for as long as it takes to reach a safe, permanent home where the child has the opportunity to thrive. We help children heal, by connecting them to resources and services, so they can become happy, successful adults. That's where we come in-to help "fill in the gap." We are there when a child is placed into care with nothing but the clothes on their back. We are there when a child has been moved 5 times and just can't keep up with their school lessons-falling further and further behind. We work every day to meet the unique needs of every child who has been removed by no fault of their own and we can’t do it without your help.||$5,000.00||$25,000.00||Beds, mattresses, car seats, and clothing are the items of greatest need most often requested by volunteers. These items are necessary to ensure that children removed from their homes are placed in a safe and stable environment quickly. Lack of resources play a major part in decreasing placement stability and stress on the caregiving family and child. We are also providing Safer at Home Care Packages for foster families and relative caregivers who are unable to find essential items like diapers, wipes, toilet paper, pantry items, and cleaning supplies in stores. Funds may also be utilized to stabilize placements that have experienced financial challenges due to job disruption or child care challenges. With a lack of foster homes, it is essential that we provide support for current placements to minimize disruption for the children. 100% will go directly to support program services.||03/31/2020||381||Expired|
|Partially Funded||10%||Telebehavioral Health Services||Directions for Living||Health and Wellbeing||$58,533.00||4,200||https://www.directionsforliving.org||Many years ago, Directions for Living (DFL) implemented a telehealth service line for individuals living with a severe or persistent mental illness and who were unable to receive services in a bricks and mortar clinic due to transportation barriers or the severity of their illness. So when COVID-19 hit, DFL was able to quickly convert the majority of our behavioral health providers (e.g., psychiatrist, counselors, case managers, and psychologists) to working from home providing virtual and telehealth services using a secure HIPAA compliant platform. Unfortunately, we were not set up to transition 100% of our providers due to a lack of proper equipment (i.e., laptops with cameras). DFL has 34 behavioral health professionals unable to work and provide services simply because we do not have enough laptops to distribute. Additionally, we are in need of additional Zoom licenses.||$6,667.00||$65,200.00||DFL will immediately purchase 34 laptop computers at a cost to our agency of $1,800 each, for a total cost of $62,200.00. Each computer is equipped with all of the specifications necessary to conduct Telebehavioral Health services. In addition, DFL will purchase 20 business licenses. Currently, DFL only has 10 business licenses. Each business license allows our behavioral health providers to deliver therapy sessions in increments of a traditional 60-minute hour. These licenses are purchased in increments of 10 at a cost of $2,000. The total cost for 20 business licenses will be $4,000.00.||03/31/2020||381||Expired|
|Partially Funded||30%||Support Ongoing Care for Winter and CMA's Resident and Rescue Animals||Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Inc.||Animal Welfare||$70,000.00||Pinellas||52||https://www.seewinter.com||Two weeks ago, due to the health concerns surrounding Covid-19, Clearwater Marine Aquarium made the difficult decision to close its door to ensure the safety of the public and its resident animals. Yet, our work has continued unabated. The work of our marine rescue and care facility is a 24 hour/7 day a week job. Though CMA is temporarily closed to the public, our veterinary and essential-only staff continue to tend to our resident animals,which are reliant on us for their full-time care. |
• Every month, animals at CMA eat about 2,186 pounds of fish including trout, capelin, herring, mullet, smelt, silversides, clams, squid and shrimp.
• Every month, our rescued sea turtles eat approximately 374 pounds of greens
• CMA currently spends around $29,000 a month on medication and $3,000 more for supplies and chemicals to keep our hospital operational.
|$30,000.00||$100,000.00||Donated funds will be used by Clearwater Marine Aquarium to provide uninterrupted care for 52 resident marine animals including dolphins, sea turtles, otters, pelicans, and fish in addition to rescued animals in need of rehabilitation during our temporary closure. Even while CMA has temporarily closed doors to the public, we are a working marine animal hospital and our work never stops. The goal of CMA is to safely and purposefully work through this uncertain time in the most cost effective and efficient manner possible.||03/31/2020||381||Expired|
|Fully Funded||100%||#StrongerAfterTheStorm COVID Recovery & Support Initiative||2020 Plan Taskforce at the Pinellas County Urban League||Basic Needs||$0.00||Pinellas||40||https://www.pcul.org||In St. Petersburg, African Americans are among the hardest hit by COVID shutdowns in part because they are overrepresented in the part-time, hourly and gig sectors of the workforce, and hyper-concentrated in sectors such as hospitality and food service where employers are drastically slashing hours. |
The challenges are equally severe for black entrepreneurs. Some have seen customer flows shrivel to one-third or less of their typical volumes (e.g., hair stylists, barbers and nail shops). Event vendors have had their cash flows cut to the bone as all scheduled events are cancelled (e.g., event promoters, caterers, printers, DJs, media outlets, etc.).
Available federal and state resources and loan pools are not able to support many in need, in part due to requirements that are prohibitive for a sizable portion of St. Pete’s minority entrepreneurs (see our survey results for details).
|$20,000.00||$20,000.00||Foundation funds will match a $50,000 investment by the City of St. Petersburg to support microgrant programs for hardest hit business sectors. We have already launched #PayItForwardStPete to help hair stylists, barbers and nail techs whose customer flows are decimated by social distancing. This campaign calls on their patrons to pay them in advance for future services and provides them micro grants and business supports to stay afloat. |
This week, we launch #4StPeteCreatives, to support graphic & digital artists, photographers, painters, crafters, screen printers and other “creatives,” who usually earn their daily bread through face-to-face sales. The program will help them buy tech tools that enable virtual business and provide them 1-to-1 coaching to devise a business transition strategy.
Foundation funds will enable us to support 40 entrepreneurs across the two programs.
|Partially Funded||1%||The Florida Aquarium Support During COVID-19||The Florida Aquarium||Animal Welfare||$296,667.00||840,000||https://www.flaquarium.org/||The Florida Aquarium has been closed to the public due to COVID-19. As a non-profit, ticket sales, memberships, education program fees,& donations drive our revenue to operate. As a result, we’re challenged to retain staff & supplies to care for our animals, as well as continuing to serve as a source of education via digital platforms while our doors are closed. As a community, we’ve already achieved excellence in animal care, made progress in conservation, and have made unique research discoveries. These are achievements YOU have helped make possible since we opened in 1995. In honor of past accomplishments, and in hopes of brighter days ahead, we ask our community to support us as we operate in new ways to Protect & Restore Our Blue Planet. Our planet & our community will need us more than ever before! With your help, we will be a stronger organization when we emerge on the other side.||$3,333.00||$300,000.00||Funds received through this request will support three vital areas:|
* $100,000: To support general operating initiatives
* $100,000: Educational Initiatives through digital programming
* $100,000: Funds will support the Animal Care Department for the care of all 8,000+ animals who call The Florida Aquarium home
If not funded in full, funds received will be distributed evenly between the three areas listed above.
In the interim, our long-term business continuity plan includes:
1. We will continue to be fiscal stewards to ensure we have the essential financial resources to support our Florida Aquarium into perpetuity.
2. We will protect and leverage our talent.
3. We will continue to maintain standard operations for the care and health of our animals.
4. We must remain innovative and solution oriented.
5. We will continue to have an open dialogue with our Florida Aquarium family.
|Partially Funded||14%||Move to New Dealership Location||Wheels of Success, Inc.||Basic Needs||$11,868.91||100||https://www.wheelsofsuccess.org||We were supposed to consolidate our two existing locations (office and car lot on opposite sides of town) and move to a single, new dealership car lot location close to our repair facility where we can conduct our social enterprise as well as run our non profit, but because of social distancing we were unable to pull together the necessary volunteers for the move requiring us to pay April rent on our current location as well as on the lease for the new location. In addition, all of our dealer license requirements are due in April and we have not been selling cars to cover the costs as three of our deals fell through because of the applicants losing their jobs or fear of losing their jobs, leaving us $20,000 short in our budget but with these 3 vehicles still in inventory. We would need the requested funds to keep our dealer's license and location, required to continue operating.||$1,964.09||$13,833.00||$2444 April rent at current office location - (would have been moved out with volunteers if not for social distancing)|
$ 389 April office and cell phone and internet
$5600 First month's rent and utilities (electric, water, sewage and garbage but not including phone and internet) and security deposit at new dealership location
$2800 moving company (at a 25% discount)
$1850 garage liability insurance and surety bond
$ 550 dealer licensing fees
|Partially Funded||34%||People with Parkinson's Disease and Their Caregivers in Pinellas County continue to receive services and support from Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson's||Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinsons', Inc.||Health and Wellbeing||$2,577.00||Pinellas||300||https://www.neurochallenge.org||The mission of Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson's is to improve the quality of life of people with Parkinson's disease and their caregivers today. In Pinellas County, Neuro Challenge currently serves over 200 families living with Parkinson's. The speed with which COVID-19 has spread and the measures necessary to slow its spread and protect citizens' health continue to significantly disrupt their way of life. They are most at risk and face unique challenges in receiving support and services on which they depend. This requires Neuro Challenge to act swiftly and strategically to prepare for the short-term and long-term impact. Neuro Challenge's 8 monthly education, therapeutic and support programs along with daily personal care advising, have to move online, care advising conducted virtually, and all programs and services be available and easily accessible to everyone.||$1,333.00||$3,910.00||A grant from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay will allow Neuro Challenge to reach more of the 3,400 people diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and their caregivers and provide greater access and connection to personal care adiving, support groups, ongoing education and therapeutic programming and speaker presentations. |
We will provide all programs using enhanced website, social media and conferencing platform technology. As a result, the Pinellas Parkinson's community will have easy access to over 40 free monthly programs, reduce isolation and eliminate barriers such as transportation, program distance or safety of a senior population. The funds will provide Zoom conferencing licenses, ClickMeeting for live education events, TableMesa for hosting program feeds on demand, adaptation and implementation of platforms and staff training for immediate impactful virtual program delivery.
|Fully Funded||100%||The Centre for Women; Women’s Business Centre||The Centre for Women, Inc.||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$0.00||1,000||https://www.thecentre.org||Our Women's Business Centre, the only SBA-affiliated WBC in West Florida, offers small business advisement, workshops, webinars, and resources throughout Tampa/Hillsborough County and five neighboring counties. We strongly advocate for women's entrepreneurship and in our current climate, support for small businesses is essential. Not only does our WBC offer support for small business owners, but we also educate and empower individuals to take control of their financial future and forge their own path for future success. Our Women’s Business Centre offers one on one business counseling, business advisement, and workshops in topics such as financial literacy, marketing your small business, and building a business plan. The WBC is part of a national network nationwide dedicated to helping women in business. Our WBC will play a key role in helping small businesses to recover and succeed.||$15,000.00||$15,000.00||Funding will go directly to supporting the Women’s Business Centre to maintain operations. We will keep supporting women entrepreneurs through virtual coaching sessions and support as well as informational webinars and classes. Services funded will provide critical attention to small business owners and entrepreneurs who are trying to navigate uncertain times. Additionally, funds will be put toward our $150,000 SBA required dollar for dollar match. We will also use funds to support contracting business consultant(s) to assist businesses in access to capital to help offset their financial losses during this time. The contracting of business consultants not only benefits the client needing assistance but provides consultants (small business owners) a means to maintain business revenue during this time of hardship.||03/30/2020||382||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||Tampa Bay Works for Women (Workforce Development, Career Development and Employment Services)||The Centre for Women, Inc.||Workforce Services and Career Development||$0.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||1,800||https://www.thecentre.org||The Centre for Women is requesting funds to continue our Workforce Development, Career Development, and Employment Services programming. Through this program, women can access one-on-one coaching, informational workshops and webinars, and career services. Additionally, our program offers a 15-week construction curriculum that provides participants with certifications for future jobs in non-traditional fields.|
Our employment and career program offers an essential service that increases the number of individuals placed in jobs, the number and percent of individuals who improve essential-skills behaviors, the number and percent of individuals that earn certificates, and the number and percent of individuals earning job-seeking skills. With unemployment at an unprecedented high, services such as the ones provided through this program are crucial for those seeking future financial stability.
|$15,000.00||$15,000.00||Funds will be used to continue employment and career support programming. Given the nature of our current climate, one on one counseling sessions will be done via telephone and workshops will be presented via webinars. We are currently developing a webinar calendar including informational sessions on how to apply for reemployment assistance, job seeking during uncertain times, tips to improve working from home, and navigating uncertain times.||03/30/2020||382||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||36%||Emergency Financial Assistance for Families at risk of homelessness due to Covid-19||Metropolitan Ministries, Inc.||Basic Needs||$161,001.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River) ; Pasco||125||https://www.metromin.org||In the midst of this pandemic, Metropolitan Ministries (MM) remains committed to alleviating suffering and promoting dignity for the most vulnerable members of our community. MM is seeing the impact of COVID-19 within the community and expects the need to grow exponentially in the coming months. Currently, 43% of Tampa Bay households struggle to pay for basic needs. Additionally, low-wage jobs dominate Florida’s employment landscape, with 67% of all jobs paying less than $20 per hour. Those working low-wage jobs will likely be laid off or have reduced work hours as a result of COVID-19. |
We are working to help those at-risk of becoming homeless who are seeking financial assistance to meet basic living expenses. This population includes seniors on a fixed income who will have a harder time accessing resources due to social isolation and stay-at-home orders and a reduction in services.
|$88,999.00||$250,000.00||MM is providing “Essential Services” for families living with us and those we serve in the community in the wake of COVID-19. We have several programs in demand due to the pandemic: food distribution, homeless street outreach, case management and emergency shelter. Of these services, we have the most need for support to provide Financial Assistance.|
MM continues to administer prevention services to ensure households remain in stable and safe housing during this pandemic. Families and seniors are provided with financial assistance for rent and utilities. Clients needing services can submit an online form or call for a prevention assessment via telephone or virtual appointment. There are currently over 652 requests being reviewed for rental assistance since March 16.
The average amount of help needed is $200 so MM could ensure stability for 125 clients with every $25,000 in support.
|Fully Funded||100%||Maintain Staff to Provide Support to our Clients Through the Crisis||Southeastern Guide Dogs||Animal Welfare||$0.00||70||https://www.guidedogs.org||Southeastern Guide Dogs has 35 certified trainers on staff who train our guide and service dogs and also provide support to our clients who are part of an active guide or service dog team. We have 592 clients who are actively working with a guide or service dog provided to them from Southeastern. Approximately 70 of those live in the Tampa Bay area. Our dogs provide freedom to our clients by allowing people with vision loss the ability to move freely in their communities and veterans with PTSD the ability to feel safe and confident enough to leave their homes. Our clients experience positive transformation because of the services we provide. We support our clients for the entirety of their partnerships with their dogs, approximately 8 years, with training and dog care advice. We need your help to ensure we can keep our staff employed who are involved in providing this important service.||$60,000.00||$50,000.00||Our client services team and team of certified guide and service dog trainers are responsible for maintaining contact with every client to ensure that every human/canine team that we form is functioning at maximum efficacy. Training does not end when our clients leave our campus with their new dogs. Instead, it is an ongoing process that requires fine-tuning throughout the working partnership. We have performed a series of cost containment measures, stopping short of furloughing the trainers and staff in these critical positions. We will use the funds to maintain our staff that directly supports our clients. The trainers are also actively training dogs - in their homes since we can no longer meet on our campus to train - so that when this crisis is behind us, we will be prepared to ramp up our services to place new guide and service dogs with community members experiencing disabilities.||03/30/2020||382||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||4%||Emergency Assistance for Animal Care at ZooTampa During COVID-19 Crisis||Lowry Park Zoological Society of Tampa, Inc.||Animal Welfare||$956,667.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)||1,000,000||https://www.zootampa.org||Because we expect to lose millions in earned revenue during the COVID-19 crisis, we seek your support to care for our animals during this event and as we recover. We depend on admissions, ticket sales, memberships and rentals for over 80% of our operating budget. In addition to our great concern for the health of our staff and guests, our first commitment must always be to the daily care of the 1,100 animals who depend on us for their every need -- food, clean habitats, and medical treatment. Our commissary must still prepare hundreds of different meals every day that are delivered by staff who continuously monitor their charges’ health, maintain their habitats and provide daily enrichment. Our animals will still require regular and emergency medical treatment and we must, and will, continue to be there for them, but we urgently need your support to do that during this crisis.||$43,333.00||$1,000,000.00||Providing the highest standard of care for our animals requires that we keep our commissary stocked with food for them and our dedicated animal care and veterinary staff working.The $1,000,000 need identified here is the estimated total cost to care for our animals for the next 30 days that we expect to be closed and operating without offsetting revenue, and an additional 30 days for attendance to rebound. We seek funding in any amount to help us defray those costs. Anything you give will be dedicated to personnel, food and medical care for our animals. When we are cleared to open, we will gratefully welcome back the nearly one million friends and guests who visit each year with a beautiful Zoo full of wonderful, amazing animals to bring joy to all who have suffered through this event. Please consider a generous gift to help us care for our animals during this extraordinary time.||03/30/2020||382||Expired|
|Partially Funded||44%||Domestic Violence Survivors at increased risk during COVID-19||Citrus County Abuse Shelter Association, Inc (CASA)||Domestic Abuse and Human Trafficking||$8,334.00||Citrus||300||https://www.casafl.org||During this pandemic the very thing that will flatten the curve – social distancing and isolation – will have a profound negative effect on domestic violence victims. As we have seen with other disasters, the loss of income from unemployment and increased time at home with the abuser are real life threats for domestic violence victims and their young children. This pandemic is and will continue to be yet another tool an abuser has to isolate their victims and conceal horrific abuse. Domestic violence calls to law enforcement will increase during the pandemic and additional funds will be needed to maintain our essential services to victims. Now more than ever, our 24/7 hotline, our emergency shelter, and our numerous support programs are essential to keep domestic violence victims and their children safe. Sanitation of our facilities and technological resources will be essential.||$6,666.00||$15,000.00||The funds requested will help us cover our unexpected expenses that have occurred and will continue for the unforeseen future due to COVID-19. We have drastically increased our purchase of PPE, antibacterial products, and cleaning supplies to ensure our shelter is as hygienic and sterile as possible. Additional cleanings and disinfection of our facilities have resulted in increased personnel costs as well. Funds would also be used to increase our ability to reach survivors through various technology based products and tools so our outreach staff can practice social distancing and still serve the many survivors needing our life-saving support programs. With the increased time in shelter our food, utility, and other costs have increased as well. We graciously request your support to help keep survivors and their children safe during this uncertain time in our history.||03/30/2020||382||Expired|
|Partially Funded||20%||Safer at Home for Pinellas Healthy Start Families||Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas||Health and Wellbeing||$8,000.00||Pinellas||400||https://www.healthystartpinellas.org||The Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas County, Inc. will be addressing hardships families are facing during the national pandemic of COVID-19 by focusing on health and nutrition, infant safety, and economic stability. Pregnant women and families with infants are now at higher risk for domestic violence, child abuse, food insecurity and hunger, and mental health challenges. Our home visitors and intake specialists are at the frontline for families and we can meet the needs of those who can’t otherwise access support. We will be supporting families during this challenging time by providing assistance with transportation, basic living essentials such as food, toiletries, basic newborn/infant items and items to provide a “child-proof” and safe home. We can deliver items to families who are currently unable to access resources because of COVID-19 pandemic health and safety concerns.||$2,000.00||$10,000.00||The Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas County, Inc. will use funds to provide relief to up to 400 families we serve. Healthy Start staff will arrange for delivery of items to each family’s home, or pick up, based on each family’s needs and concerns. By supporting families with these resources, we can support and address their concerns and anxieties. Specifically, we would purchase Items that are being reported as needs by our families including childproofing kits valued at $7.00 each to help protect infants, portable cribs valued at $70.00 to prevent unsafe sleep practices by anxious parents during this critical time, highchairs and boxes of diapers/wipes valued at $40.00 each, and $20.00 gift cards for WAWA gas and Walmart for families who have cars and cannot get to other community resources due to financial constraints. All of these are reported as high need items by our families.||03/30/2020||382||Expired|
|Fully Funded||100%||Computers for remote education and telehealth counseling services||PACE Center for Girls, Inc.||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$0.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)||130||https://www.pacecenter.org/hillsborough||Pace Center for Girls provides daily academic instruction and counseling services for at risk middle and high school girls. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have transitioned all of our in house services to a remote model. Girls are now receiving daily classroom instruction from their teachers via an online platform, they are also receiving much needed supportive counseling, case management, individual therapy and family therapy via a telehealth platform. The center has distributed donated loaner laptops to girls as needed, unfortunately we have not yet been able to meet the needs of all girls. It is important to note that the laptops were older donated items, with the recent extension of school closure and remote operations until May 1st. it is very likely that we will have equipment that breaks and needs to be replaced. We are requesting $10,000 to purchase lap top computers.||$10,000.00||$10,000.00||The requested funds will be used to purchase 23 lap top computers to be used as loaners for girls during our remote operations. Girls will utilize the computers to access online virtual instruction daily, as well as participating in weekly counseling sessions each week. Case management services will be provided via a telehealth model to assess and meet the needs of the girl and the family. Once remote operations have ended and the center returns to full in person operation, the computers will be used to continue to support the academic and vocational needs of the girls. Girls will have access to online programs and academic supports, they will also participate in a comprehensive online vocational education program that will build and refine their skills and prepare them for a successful future.||03/30/2020||382||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||Extra Relief Needed for Increase of Children in Need||Citrus County Harvest, Inc.||Basic Needs||$0.00||Citrus||175||https://www.citruscountyblessings.com||Due to the pandemic and the measures that have been taken, we have seen a large increase in the number of families that are in need of our service. In the last 2 weeks alone we have seen 75 new children needing food for the weekends. We have received countless calls from parents who have lost jobs and wonder how they will provide for their kids. This is effecting our entire community and as of right now we can't know how big of a toll it will take.||$39,334.00||$31,000.00||The requested funds would be used to buy the shelf stable nonperishable foods for the influx in number of children we are feeding.|
These items include: oatmeal, cereal, granola bars, crackers, pudding, raisins, vienna sausage, chef boyardee and water.
We have no way of knowing what the final number will be when things have settled down, we can only hope to serve as many kids as need it now.
Our fear is that even after things have rebounded there will still be families who won't fully recover.
|Partially Funded||3%||Tampa Bay Wave Rising Tide Relief Fund||Tampa Bay Wave||Basic Needs||$58,000.00||1,000||https://www.tampabaywave.org||Tampa Bay Wave is supporting startups during the COVID19 economic crisis by providing a timely zero interest microloan cash infusion lifeline while millions of applications to state and federal program are processed. Helping startups retain jobs and ensure long term survival helps flatten the ripple effects being felt by health and human services providers and allows for an environment in which an economic recovery can occur. Some micro businesses will not meet program criteria and may be inadvertently excluded. COVID19 was unexpected and unprecedented and we are doing whatever we can to help. TBW is willing to collaborate with public and private partners to maximize impact.||$2,000.00||$60,000.00||The Wave is hoping to offer short term zero interest microloans to help startups survive while they apply for and await processing of applications to state and federal programs. Millions of applications are in the pipelines and will take time to process, leaving a critical timing gap. Advances from the emergency fund will be documented and awarded based on objective criteria; funds are to be used for normal business expenses. Repayment to the fund will be requested so that advances can be offered to others, but provisions for extensions or forgiveness based on circumstances have been provided. Donations to the emergency fund will be maintained separately from Wave operating funds, allowing for reporting back to Donors. The amount of monies collected will drive how much help can be offered, including the number of businesses and the amount of advances per business.||03/30/2020||382||Expired|
|Partially Funded||1%||DaySpring - Safe and Ready: Preparing to Serve our Community Again||DaySpring Episcopal Camp and Conference Center||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$123,667.00||20,000||http://www.dayspringfla.org||DaySpring is a sacred place for spiritual growth and nature-based education, a camp and conference center situated on 97 pristine acres of “old Florida” on the Manatee River. Governed by the Episcopal Diocese of SW Florida, DaySpring serves nonprofit organizations that use our facilities to deliver mission-critical programs. Groups rely on DaySpring to share experiences of inspiration and renewal focused on personal and organizational growth.|
Now, the COVID-19 pandemic precludes such gatherings. School and community groups have cancelled their reservations through May. Despite the loss of revenue, the Diocese is committed to keeping DaySpring’s staff working by safely re-deploying them to execute planned projects during this disruption of our usual “at-capacity” operations. We seek $125,000 to fund projects that will make DaySpring safe and ready for the return of our community groups.
|$1,333.00||$125,000.00||We are deeply grateful for the opportunity to share our need for support in this unprecedented crisis. The Diocese will match grant funding of $125,000. Any funds gifted to us will be used for supplies, materials and labor to improve DaySpring’s appearance and functionality. Projects such as repairing docks, renovating restrooms and rebuilding our high ropes challenge course are important because they express our core mission of unique hospitality to the 230 groups and 20,000 individuals we serve each year, and because we will be able to keep our dedicated staff working during these challenging times. We expect DaySpring ‘business as usual’ will return quickly once the virus is contained, and that we will return to a stronger, cleaner, better DaySpring that will enhance the mission of our community partners and continue to transform the lives of our guests.||03/30/2020||382||Expired|
|Fully Funded||100%||Protecting and Caring for Animals and Volunteers||Elmira's Wildlife Sanctuary||Animal Welfare||$0.00||Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||100||https://www.elmiraswildlfie.org||Even with the threat of COVID-19, the volunteers at Elmira's Wildlife Sanctuary are still coming on a daily basis to feed and clean up after the animals in our care. Elmira's is the permanent home to 11 big cats, 4 bears, 5 lemurs, 4 wolf hybrids, and a plethora of birds and other small animals. We use approx. 175 lbs. of fresh meat, 20 lbs. of fresh produce, plus dog food, bird seed and animal medications on a daily basis. Due to the run on fresh meat, our weekly meat donation has gone from 500 lbs. to almost 0. We also purchase meat regularly in order to have enough.|
In addition, we need to protect our volunteers as much as possible. Purchasing masks, hand sanitizer, bleach, disinfecting wipes and other necessary items has become impossible or prohibitively expensive. We must also be able to purchase required medications and supplements for the animals, many of whom are aging.
|$5,000.00||$5,000.00||We are requesting $5000 to help cover the purchase of supplies to protect our volunteers plus food and medications for the animals for 2 months. We hope to resume our public tours in May in order to begin generating income again. Elmira's has no paid staff so all funds go directly to the care of the animals.||03/30/2020||382||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||92%||Ensuring Digital Equity||Hillsborough Education Foundation||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$11,667.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||500||https://educationfoundation.com/||With COVID-19, our most vulnerable students are in jeopardy of falling behind in their studies because of a lack of technology and Wi-Fi preventing them from accessing their learning platforms. Hillsborough County has approx. 145,000 students at or below the poverty level. Low income households with children are four times more likely to be without broadband as their middle and high-income counterparts (Digital Action Equity Toolkit, 2010). Without aggressive steps to close the digital divide and develop a support system for low income students, the achievement gap will continue to grow. Providing access to adequate broadband internet and laptops/tablets is a critical element of ensuring every student in Hillsborough County can continue learning. Without technology these students will fall behind and it could take years for them to recover from the lack of learning and learning loss.||$138,333.00||$150,000.00||We estimate that $300 per student will provide a laptop/tablet device and a minimum 90 days of internet access. 100% of these funds will go directly to purchasing a computer/laptop and/or internet access for a student from a high needs school. 68% third grade students in these schools are below grade-level reading. Without technology and access to their e-learning, they will not continue learning at the level and speed they should and lose all the skills they’ve built so far this school year. While we are not limiting our support to third grade students, this is an example of how significant the need is and potential long-term impact of digital inequity.||03/30/2020||382||Expired|
|Partially Funded||94%||Reaching the Children During COVID-19||The Kind Mouse||Basic Needs||$2,431.78||Pinellas||36,000||https://www.thekindmouse.org||Many children receive free or reduced-priced breakfast and lunches at school, but few have reliable access to food on the weekend and evenings. Each Friday, the hungry students receive a Mouse Nibbles sack filled with healthy snack items that will feed them through the weekend. We were feeding a many as 350 grade-school students each week which means we pack and prepare 17,500 sacks annually. Additionally, we serve up to 20 agencies with bulk food.|
With the school shutdown we have been asked to feed those children plus hundreds more, not just over weekends, but 7 days a week. We contacted our agency partners and provided each partner with 2 to 4 weeks worth of food. The Kind Mouse intends to do the same for the duration of this pandemic.
We are now packing 2,425 extra Mouse Nibbles sacks per week at a cost of $6.05 per sack. Each sack consists of 3 meals.
|$36,439.22||$38,871.00||We will continue to distribute Mouse Nibble Sacks to agency partners. At the Mattie Williams Neighborhood Center, Safety Harbor, with JWB Board Member Mike Mikurak we delivered 1,406 pounds of food to hand out via 2 drive by food pickups for 4 zip codes. We will continue to serve Mattie Williams Neighborhood Center throughout this pandemic. |
Meals are being distributed by St. Pete Police, Sheriff’s Office Children Protection and our local agencies. Clearwater Police is introducing us to communities in need such as the NAACP, and they wish for our distribution to go county-wide throughout the law enforcement offices.
The Kind Mouse will continue to serve our community through this public emergency. We must continue to reach and feed the food insecure children of Pinellas County while school are shutdown.
|Partially Funded||9%||Abe Brown Ministries/Ready4Work-Hillsborough Emergency Relief||Abe Brown Ministries, Inc.||Basic Needs||$320,001.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)||130||https://www.abebrown.org||In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, men and women continue to be released from jail and prison, perhaps even more so than usual. These individuals are in dire need of services. Abe Brown Ministries (ABM) operates a 12-month Transitional Living Program that provides returning offenders with managed housing, case management, and direct linkages to reentry services. ABM also operates a nationally-recognized program called Ready4Work-Hillsborough, a workforce development program that provides holistic workforce training and job placement services to underserved communities, specifically citizens returning from incarceration. It is critical that ABM maintains its housing capabilities, and its ability to both assist citizens released from prison needing reentry services and assist those clients displaced or laid off with attaining new employment.||$29,999.00||$350,000.00||With our State of Florida funds exhausted for the State of Florida’s fiscal year and the minimal ability to raise funds in the current environment, ABM will utilize these funds to continue providing direct client services including managed housing and case management to the residents of its Transitional Living Program. Funds will be used to maintain staff and resources to provide transitional housing, transportation, holistic workforce training, and job placement to citizens returning from incarceration. Barring further extenuating circumstances that would cause the Governor to veto our State appropriated funds, these funds should bridge our funding gap so that we can provide this continuum of care through August 2020.||03/30/2020||382||Expired|
|Fully Funded||100%||Emergency Financial Assistance for injured post-9/11 veterans and their families||Wounded Warrior Project||Basic Needs||$0.00||25||https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org||In these challenging times, warriors and their families may need immediate assistance. To meet this need, Wounded Warrior Project’s Emergency Financial Assistance (EFA) program is a much-needed safety net for many warriors. In response to an anticipated surge in requests due to COVID-19, the EFA program has activated their Disaster Response Program (DRP) which waives our “one-time assistance” rule.|
Achieving financial stability can be difficult for injured warriors separating from military service. Government benefit and disability payments may take many months to kick-in and those who are physically and/or mentally able to work often face difficulties transitioning to the civilian work force. Medical bills can add another significant layer of financial hardship.
|$5,000.00||$5,000.00||WWP has already seen an increase in calls from warriors who have been laid off or furloughed due to business closures, and more are anticipated over the next few months. For warriors in need of immediate assistance, the Disaster Response Program is able to provide:|
• Walmart electronic gift cards - $300 for single warriors and $500 for couples
• 1 month rent/mortgage payment
• 1 month utility payment
In addition, through WWP's telephonic Resource Center, warriors and their families can request assistance for the following:
• past-due rent or mortgage
• first month’s rent and deposits
• past-due utilities with shut-off notice
• emergency moving assistance
• hotel for emergency shelter purposes
• emergency home repair
• transportation for new employment (2-days max)
• childcare in conjunction with new employment
|Fully Funded||100%||Serving Those Impacted by COVID-19||St. Petersburg Free Clinic, Inc.||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||Pinellas||24,000||http://www.stpetersburgfreeclinic.org||The COVID-19 crisis has significantly impacted our food program budget. We have seen a more than 50% decrease in bulk donations from retailers, like Wal-Mart and Publix, as well as from farm-share and other partners, at a time when the demand is growing exponentially. We typically see 200 people in our We Help Food Pantry on a given day. On Tuesday, March 24, we served 456 families and on March 26th, we served 619. We have begun to buy bulk food to meet the need. We will begin mobile distribution within the next two weeks. We are committed to continuing to be a trusted food source. Nearly 20% of the men and women who live in our shelters have already lost their employment. Their need for our continued support and services will only grow as the weeks and months go on. Our health clinic has shifted to a telehealth model and our health education classes are now delivered via Facebook Live.||$50,000.00||$50,000.00||COVID-19 Response funds will be used to purchase food and hygiene items distributed through the food pantry and expenses related to supporting our food operations, including truck/vehicle expenses, staff rotating in at We Help who are typically stationed in other programs, and enhanced communications with our volunteers, partners, clients and the broader community as we increase our social media and messaging related to services during the COVID-19 crisis.||03/29/2020||383||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||Providing Hope to the Less Fortunate||Women Helping Others of Tampa Bay, Inc.||Basic Needs||$0.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||100||http://www.womenhelpingotherstb.org||Women Helping Others of Tampa Bay is a local 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides monthly food and resources to the less fortunate. Our events have been impacted/canceled, including fundraisers.||$1,000.00||$1,000.00||Funds would be used to buy food and supplies to continue to give a helping hand to those less fortunate.||03/29/2020||383||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||25%||Makeitout Emergency Relief Fund for Students||The Make It Out Foundation, Inc.||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$7,500.00||Pinellas||300||http://www.makeitoutfoundation.org||The need we are addressing focuses on grade school and college students who are in need of economic resources during this time. Last week, the world health organization deemed COVID-19 as the first global pandemic in over 10 years. The outbreak has already disproportionately affected underprivileged and impoverished communities, and if the virus continues to spread, it will only cripple them further. And that’s why we want to help.||$2,500.00||$10,000.00||Requested funds would be used to provide students and families with food care packages; school supplies such as laptops, calculators, pencils/pens, etc.; gas cards; financial aid to pay for economic obligations such as tuition and other related fees.||03/29/2020||383||Expired|
|Fully Funded||100%||Funding to Purchase Food||Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Migrant Mission||Basic Needs||$0.00||Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||4,000||http://www.ourladyspantry.com||We need $3,000 to help pay for a months worth of food.|
In 2019 and through 2020, we spent about $4,000 a month to purchase food from Feeding America.
This accounts for about 60% of our operating budget. The other 40% is used for insurance, truck maintenance, electric etc..
Our main source of income is contributed by the Knights of Columbus. The rest comes from individuals and grants.
The Knights collect about $3,300 a month for the Pantry,
They collect at Prince of Peace Church and Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission once a month at Sunday Masses.
The churches are closed. Individuals are being careful with their spending and most organizations have not accepted an "ask" for food.:
Therefore, we are asking for $3,000 to tide us over until the churches open again.
|$8,333.00||$3,000.00||The $3,000 would be used specifically to buy food at Feeding America.|
We have about 1,400 families registered to get food.
We give out boxes of non perishable food, frozen meat and produce to between 175 and 250 families on Saturday each week.
In addition, we give out bags of non perishables, produce and frozen meat to any one walking in an requesting food.
A few weeks ago we had about 5 families requesting bags of food but this weekend the number jumped to 25 and we expect to see a bigger increase as the virus persists and for a while after, as people get their feet under them.
|Fully Funded||100%||Feed the Tuna Chest & Spay/Neuter||Cat Lovers Club of SCC||Animal Welfare||$0.00||Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||100||http://www.catloversclub.org||Cat Lovers Club of SCC has provided cat food, spay/neuter (TNVR), minor surgeries, required pet immunization and necessary disease testing to assist home bound seniors, and low-income pet owners for 10 years in South Hillsborough County.|
We provide cats food and dog food on a monthly schedule to our low income clients. Veterinary care is provided, as required, when we rescue an abandoned pet or our clients need assistance for veterinary care.
We provide assistance to approximately 370 cats and 7 dogs for home bound seniors, disabled, veterans and low-income pet owners.
We provide assistance and education to caretakers of community cats with Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return, to help control there colonies and keep their cats healthy.
We are an all volunteer organization. All of our resources are obtained through community fundraising to service our local community.
|$5,000.00||$5,000.00||Funding will be used to purchase cat food, pay for spay/neuters through the Humane Society of Tampa Bay and basic local veterinary care for fosters, lost and abandoned pets. Most of these abandoned pets will be put up for adoption with rescue groups.|
In FY 2019, we spent $9,968.07 for veterinary care and $3,267.73 for cat food from donations that we received. We anticipate 2020 will require similar expenditures.
In FY 2019, we provided assistance to 151 pets abandoned or that needed to be re-homed due to pet owners no longer able to care for their animals. Spay/neuter for 90 cats was provided to community caretakers. Additionally,15 rescued cats had to be euthanized due to serious health conditions or injuries. We also assisted in resolving a hoarding situation for 55 cats. We anticipate there will be a similar need in 2020 to address these ongoing issues in our area.
|Fully Funded||100%||RESPOSPONDING TO THE IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY THEN SUPPORTING IN THE AFTERMATH||Daystar Life Center||Basic Needs||$0.00||Pinellas||1,500||http://www.daystarlife.com||During this COVID-19 crisis we have moved operations outdoors, following all CDC recommendations for health and safety. We provide food, hygiene items and mail service. Currently we are the only place to offer SNAP/Medicaid onsite assistance and computer access/assistance for those applying for re-employment benefits. All of the DCF sites are closed as is Career Source. We have computers set up outside for those who do not have on-line access or are unable or are uncomfortable using a computer. Volunteers are assisting with this. Based on calls received, we anticipate a huge increase of those needing financial assistance.|
When virus restrictions are lifted we will again assist with utilities, rent, and transportation. Though the the utility companies are not currently cutting off service for past due bills this is a deferment, not a forgiveness of the bill.
|$50,000.00||$50,000.00||Funds will all be used for direct assistance to households in need. We are currently purchasing larger quantities of food both from retail stores when they have it and Feeding Tampa Bay. We have continued to provide personal hygiene items we have available and purchasing others as they become available. We are also purchasing household cleaning supplies and paper products as available. We will once again assist with bus passes. Fortunately the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) is not charging fares.We will resume the financial assistance we provide utility and rent/mortgage assistance anticipated to be in much higher demand because of the increased unemployment and unrealistic Unemployment Checks and short time frames for receiving.||03/28/2020||384||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||67%||Boys & Girls Clubs of Hernando County's Cyber Clubhouse||Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$3,500.00||Hernando||350||http://www.bgchernando.org||Boys & Girls Clubs of Hernando County's Cyber Clubhouse will provide a safe and monitored virtual Club experience to deliver mentoring, prevention programming and real discussions about anxiety, emotions, and decision-making that help youth to learn key skills for coping during this unprecedented time. It is a time of extraordinary challenge yet through that challenge, the young people we serve need us more than ever. Boys & Girls Clubs of Hernando County will continue serving youth – possibly even to expand the number of youth we serve – by developing, delivering and supporting positive youth development at a distance through our Cyber Clubhouse.||$7,000.00||$10,500.00||Funds will be utilized for orientation and training of staff including safety policies for virtual communication with youth, parental consent and communication, and virtual programming. Funds will also support technology, including computers and Zoom Meetings’ Pro-level services needed to provide a safe and secure environment for communication exchanges.||03/28/2020||384||Expired|
|Partially Funded||16%||The Florida Holocaust Museum Digital Education Resources||Florida Holocaust Museum||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$21,000.00||15,000||https://www.flholocaustmuseum.org/||COVID-19 has had a devastating economic impact on The FHM, resulting in loss of revenues from admissions, cancellation of events, school group tours, etc. Although our building may be closed, The FHM’s work continues with school districts in Tampa Bay and around the state to bring them the tools they need to teach for Holocaust Education as they transition to virtual classrooms. This is a moment in history when we all need the lessons that Holocaust Survivors have shared with us: lessons of hope and resilience. During this time of fear and uncertainty, our commitment to never forget and to educate remains strong. History has shown that there is an uptick in prejudice and bigotry during destabilizing events. It is critical right now to teach about the consequences of unchecked hatred, and the inherent worth and dignity of people of all races and cultures.||$4,000.00||$25,000.00||The FHM Education Team is working directly with school district officials and educators to assist with teaching the Holocaust in a virtual environment. A special section has been set up on our website to access these resources https://www.flholocaustmuseum.org/learn/virtual-resources/. We also have a robust social media campaign to reach those who might need our resources outside the Tampa Bay Area. Some of the things we are offering free of charge include: 1. Grade appropriate Zoom Classroom lessons with a Holocaust Survivor or a Second Generation (adult child of Holocaust Survivors) 2. A set schedule of drop-in education-oriented content on our Facebook Page. 3. Online resources featuring primary sources that can be used independently or with our Education Team’s assistance including a Museum Guide for Educators that has images and activities corresponding with our core exhibition.||03/28/2020||384||Expired|
|Partially Funded||20%||Straz & Patel Conservatory Relief Request||David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts||Arts and Culture||$80,000.00||270,500||https://www.strazcenter.org/||The Straz Center & Patel Conservatory has evacuated its facilities, and our staff is working from home to sustain basic operations, to plan ways to connect the community during these unprecedented times, and to plan for the cultural resurgence after this crisis is over. We need to keep our essential programming, education and administrative personnel, as we plan and implement a framework to keep the community connected during the pandemic. We need to keep our workforce engaged in developing plans for how we can help reunite Tampa Bay in a celebration of our cultural resilience.|
By the end of June, we will have cancelled over 550 performances, classes, community programs and events that would have served 275,000 adults, children and visitors in our community.
To keep our workforce of almost 500 Tampa Bay residents and maintain our closed facilities until June will take $5 million.
|$20,000.00||$100,000.00||As a nonprofit institution and vital economic generator in the Tampa Bay region, any and all funds awarded would be used to help:|
- Pay employees (keep our community workforce working),
- Contract artists/entrepreneurs to help develop "safe" community engagement and arts education offerings,
- Develop and maintain new technologies for delivery of "safe" engagement, arts education and community connections,
- Maintain communications with our Tampa Bay community, patrons, students, volunteers, artists and contributors,
- Engage with other community institutions to identify and address community needs through our individual and collaborative resources,
- Assist with minimal facility operations, maintenance, insurance, utilities, etc., and
- Maintain a clean and safe facility for our community to return to when the crisis is over.
|Partially Funded||16%||Medical Care and Shelter for Animals in Tampa Bay||Humane Society of Tampa Bay, Inc.||Animal Welfare||$21,000.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||100||http://www.humanesocietytampa.org||The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is respectfully requesting assistance to help with the care of homeless animals. We are now the only shelter accepting strays in Hillsborough County. Additionally, we have seen an increase in the number of animals surrendered to us by their owners who have been laid off or furloughed due to COVID-19.||$4,000.00||$25,000.00||Each animal in our care is spayed/neuter, vaccinated, and microchipped before adoption. Additionally, any medication deemed necessary by our shelter veterinarian is administered. We are also providing them with shelter, food, and of course, lots of love. The funds would be used to pay for the surgery supplies, vaccinations, medications, medical treatments, food, and any other need the animal may have while in our care. We are seeing a huge influx of animals as a direct result of COVID-19.||03/27/2020||385||Expired|
|Partially Funded||31%||Childcare, food & supplies for youth in Residential Foster Care no longer in school as a result of COVID-19.||A Kid's Place of Tampa Bay, Inc.||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$38,800.00||80||http://akidsplacetb.org/||As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all children residing at A Kid’s Place residential foster care facility are no longer in school 5 days a week, which requires us to hire additional childcare and provide additional food and supplies during this time. The children we serve have been abused, neglected or abandoned, and in order to serve them effectively we maintain a standard 4:1 ratio of adults to children. It will be especially important to give our children additional attention during this stressful time to avoid adding emotional distress or trauma on top of what they have already experienced. As detailed below, over the next 12 weeks we will incur an additional $16,776 in childcare expense, $35,858 in food expense and $3,500 in academic expense to address E-learning technology requirements.||$17,334.00||$56,134.00||Funding will be used to cover the following:|
Childcare: Additional staff: 79 hours/week @ $12/hour * 12 weeks = $11,376. Overtime for current staff: 25 hours/week @ $18/hour * 12 weeks = $5,400.
Total Childcare Expense: $16,776
Food: 2 additional meals/day @ $1.68/serving * 22 days * 80 children = $5,914/month * 3 months = $17,742. In Kind Food & Supplies normally provided by Corporate Drives held during the months of March/April/May that have now been cancelled = $18,116. (based on numbers from the same months in 2019)
Total Food Expense: $35,858
Academic: 10 additional laptops to address e-learning requirements @ $350 = $3,500.
Total Academic Expense: $3,500
Total Funding Requested: $56,134
|Partially Funded||4%||Support for Hospitalized HROB and NICU Families during COVID-19||High Risk Hope||Basic Needs||$76,667.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Pinellas||2,000||http://www.highriskhope.org||High Risk Hope (HRH) provides support, information, encouragement, and resources to women and families who are experiencing a high risk pregnancy resulting in hospital bed rest, potential premature birth and neonatal intensive care after delivery. Due to COVID-19, our six hospital partners have greatly restricted visitors. Women on hospital bed rest are not allowed visitors and only one parent may visit a child in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). If this parent leaves the hospital, they may not return. Pregnant women and premature babies are at high risk for severe complications if they contract COVID-19. The amount of stress placed on these families, already at high risk for PTSD and postpartum depression, is at an all-time high. HRH is working to develop virtual support groups and provide resources online for these women and families when they need it most.||$3,333.00||$80,000.00||High Risk Hope’s largest fundraiser, the Jersey Mike’s Subs Day of Giving, was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We rely on this event to raise $120,000+, or 50% of our annual cash revenue. We are now challenged to continue to pay our employees. Keeping employees working is critical to our programmatic operations. We are working to determine new virtual ways to reach our target population, moms on hospital bed rest with high risk pregnancies and families with premature babies in the neonatal intensive care unit, who need emotional support more than ever with new hospital visitation rules. We also need to keep people employed so we are ready to resume our Bed Rest Basket and NICU Napsack deliveries as soon as we can get back into the hospitals and start fundraising again.||03/27/2020||385||Expired|
|Partially Funded||31%||St Vincent de Paul Community (SVdP) Kitchen and Resource Center Coronavirus Response||St. Vincent de Paul Community Kitchen and Resource Center||Basic Needs||$8,705.00||Pinellas||10,500||http://www.svdpsoupkitchenchapel.com||SVdP is a nonprofit org. whose goal is to serve the homeless and those in need with solace, meals, and human services. Prior to COVID-19, our 130 volunteers fed, clothed, provided showers and hygiene products for our clients, with a cost per meal of $1.18.|
Since the COVID-19 outbreak, our daily number of clients has increased from 115 to 169 with high probability that the number will rise through this crisis. In addition, we have shifted our feeding policy to comply with CDC and Florida government guidelines, which include social distancing. In response, we are now distributing nutritious and hearty Styrofoam box lunches with sanitized plastic utensils, a napkin, a wet wipe, and a 4oz juice box included.
These changes have driven the cost per meal dramatically from $1.18 to $2.21 increasing our daily costs by $211.75, which will amount to an unpredicted expense of $12,705 over 60 days.
|$4,000.00||$12,705.00||If we serve 175 people each day, a conservative estimate based on recent increases, we will incur an additional $12,705 in costs over 60 days. This increase is 75% of our current monthly operational budget. The requested funds will provide nutritious balanced meals to the hungry while adhering to distancing policies. Normally we serve each meal on a stainless tray that is washed through the dishwasher and sanitized. Our new delivery system is much more expensive and cutting very deeply into our very limited operating budget. The additional daily expenses per person we now incur are:|
1 case of Styrofoam boxes at $19 per case: $0.13 ea
1 case of individual plastic ware w/ napkin at $54.64 per case: $0.22 ea
1 case of 4oz juice drink at $76.54 per 96 units: $0.80 ea
1 case of alcohol sanitizer wipes at $64.85 per 1000: $0.06 ea
Total additional daily cost increase to provide meal: $1.21
|Fully Funded||100%||Veggie Van Emergency Relief Funding||Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA||Basic Needs||$0.00||3,000||https://www.tampaymca.org/||The COVID-19 pandemic has led to empty shelves of essentials at grocery stores, and individuals in food deserts and food swamps (defined as neighborhoods without ready access to fresh, healthy and affordable food, or an area dense with high-calorie fast food establishments) who use the Tampa YMCA’s Veggie Van services are among those unable to obtain fresh produce and pantry staples. Many of our clients are low-wage workers who may be out of work at this time and facing additional hardships while their children are out of school. Our objective is to serve 500 families in our current service areas (Sulphur Springs, Tampa Heights, Lacoochee, Wimauma, Plant City and Dover) by providing fresh produce and non-perishables free of charge for all April and May Veggie Van stops. The Veggie Van will continue its normal delivery schedule of the first and third weeks of each month.||$25,000.00||$25,000.00||In addition to the usual produce purchased, we will purchase non-perishable pantry staple items to include in all Veggie Van deliveries in April and May, serving 1,500 client families each month (3,000 total). We will also use this funding to suspend the nominal monthly Veggie Van membership paid by clients. At the Veggie Van stops, clients will receive two produce bags as usual, with their membership fee waived, in addition to a bag of non-perishables.||03/27/2020||385||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||Fostering Hope Kidz Closet Emergency Need Request||Fostering Hope Florida||Basic Needs||$0.00||Citrus ; Hernando||100||http://fosteringhopeflorida.org||Our resource center is low on supplies with immediate needs: food for pantry, toddler care seats, diapers, baby formula.|
Our Kidz Closet in Hernando County is a free resource providing: food, baby formula, diapers, car seats, crib, hygiene products, and clothing to families caring for children in foster care (relatives, non-relatives, guardians foster parents). The most critical time of need is when children first are placed into a home. Often children come with very little personal belongings. Infants arrive in homes without formula, bottles, diapers. Caregivers need,: car seats, beds, clothing. Our Kidz Closet, meets emergency and ongoing needs.
We are currently low on critical items. Food distribution coop is shutdown. Donations are down. The items we need to purchase to stay ahead of the need in the foster care community are: toddler-size car seats, diapers, baby formula, food
|$4,167.00||$3,125.00||Substitute-caregivers IF compensated, are paid in arears (avg. $15/per diem). Many are out of work. Schools closed. No free meals. No $500/child stimulus relief for foster kids. Items to meet emergency needs:|
6 Safety First Grow & Go Sprint 3in1 Convertible Car Seat 134.ea 804.00
20 Enfamil Gentleease Sensitive Baby Formula 35.ea 700.00
30 Boxes of Diapers (5 boxes of each sizes 1-6) 20.ea 600.00
100 lbs whole chicken 1.50 lb 150.00
100 lbs ground beef 4.00 lb 400.00
50 doz eggs 1.50 dz 75.00
30 gal milk 3.20 gal 96.00
50 jar 16 oz peanut butter 3.00 jar 150.00
50 loaf whole wheat bread 3.00 loaf 150.00 *per bls.gov
Total Request = $3125.00
|Partially Funded||78%||Tampa Bay Watch Educational Curriculum Development and General Operating Support||Tampa Bay Watch, Inc.||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$3,282.07||3,000||http://www.tampabaywatch.org||Tampa Bay Watch has a need for support to advance our capabilities in new ways during the COVID-19 crisis. Our Bay Grasses in Classes staff is creating enriching virtual lesson plans and activities that incorporate our mission and can be done from home, so that teachers can be successful at keeping kids engaged during the school closure. Our education team is developing and enhancing current and future field trip and summer camp program curriculum, and valuable educational training material. They are also developing youth and adult programming opportunities for the new Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center on the St. Pete Pier. Additionally Tampa Bay Watch has a need for general operating support to compensate for the numerous cancelled fundraisers and weddings and general decline in individual and corporate gifts during the pandemic.||$11,717.93||$15,000.00||Tampa Bay Watch requests $5,000 for educational curriculum development and $10,000 toward general operating support.||03/27/2020||385||Expired|
|Partially Funded||5%||Art is NOT Optional||Tampa Museum of Art, Inc.||Arts and Culture||$94,667.00||30,000||http://www.tampamuseum.org||We are addressing our need to maintain jobs, secure our cultural heritage, and rebuild tourism at the Tampa Museum of Art (TMA). TMA is sacrificing its institutional stability for the the community's safety during this pandemic. Attendance free-falls, event cancellations, and layoffs are the result of closures meant to enforce social distancing. These setbacks continue to escalate as closings and cancellations continue.|
TMA faces a very real financial threat as we remain closed due to the virus. Our partnerships with nearly 300 agencies and non-profits around Tampa Bay are all on hold until it is safe to reopen. Postponements of public programs and cancellations of significant fundraising events have a lasting impact on our future operations. TMA is currently generating zero income from ticket sales, class registrations, food and beverage commissions, and store sales due to closures.
|$5,333.00||$100,000.00||The funds will be used to ensure TMA's core staff are retained and supported to carry out and develop virtual and interactive programming off-site while busy developing on-site and off-site programming for the late summer and fall while the crisis is mitigated. It is a critical time for the museum to retain its community partnerships and now more than ever all of us need to come together to set an example that we and they are not alone in this temporary crisis.|
Funding will help bridge the financial gap until the Museum is able again to provide and underwrite many vital programs to the citizens of Tampa Bay. Specifically, funds will provide badly needed dollars to sustain our existing efforts to provide programming immediately and in the future. Your support now will help the Tampa Museum of Art weather this storm and prepare for safer times.
|Partially Funded||10%||SPC Student Emergency Fund||St. Petersburg College Foundation, Inc.||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$9,000.00||Pinellas||20||http://spcollegefoundation.spcollege.edu/||During this time of crisis, and all year round, St. Petersburg College (SPC) is dedicated to making sure our students have what they need to lead a healthy and productive lifestyle. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it has had on our students, SPC is working tirelessly to remove barriers so all students will continue to receive the highest quality education.|
One of the ways SPC has answered the call is with the SPC Student Emergency Fund. This fund quickly addresses those barriers relating to a variety of our students’ needs- from food insecurity and medical bills to technology and housing assistance. For our students struggling through this unprecedented time, support from this fund often means the difference between a student completing their education or having to drop out.
|$1,000.00||$10,000.00||The SPC Student Emergency Fund will be used to assist our low-moderate income students experiencing hardships from unforeseen circumstances such as COVID-19, with expenses such as:|
Personal Automobile Repairs
|Fully Funded||100%||Nutrition and Activity Needs for Isolated Seniors||Suncoast PACE, Inc.||Basic Needs||$0.00||Pinellas||150||https://suncoastpace.org/||Every week, the Suncoast PACE Adult Day Center serves approximately 150 seniors who are facing chronic illness and aging, helping them stay healthy, well-nourished and socially connected. Our clients are among those most at risk from COVID-19 and in order to keep them safe our Adult Day Center has temporarily closed. However, we are continuing to provide care and support to our elderly clients while they are socially isolated. Our Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) are making phone calls and home visits to check their health status, help with self-care, deliver meals and provide activities to help keep their minds active. CNAs also serve as a first line of defense, notifying the PACE nursing team if there is a need for additional care. We are requesting support to purchase food, games/activities, and hygiene supplies to deliver to PACE clients while they are homebound.||$2,800.00||$2,800.00||These funds will be used to purchase meals for delivery to PACE clients, including: 150 bag breakfasts, 150 bag lunches, 140 shelf-stable meals that do not require refrigeration and 30 frozen meals. In addition, we will also purchase and deliver 150 sanitation packs containing tissues and hand sanitizer. Lastly, we will purchase materials to create 150 “socialization kits” to help our clients’ minds stay active and ward off the detrimental effects of isolation. These kits will include activities such as puzzles, games and crafting materials.||03/27/2020||385||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||67%||COVID-19 Community Relief Efforts||Florida Dream Center||Basic Needs||$20,000.00||Pinellas||26,242||http://www.floridadreamcenter.org||Our organization is one of four major food distributors in the Pinellas County, and we are assigned to mobilize meals to families and children during the COVID19 pandemic. Our Mobile Food Pantry program typically distributes food to at-risk communities, delivering food to our families/residents who are either without transportation, elderly, homeless, low-income/no income, or disabled. Recent School closings due to this pandemic have placed an economic hardship on most parents and grandparents as they try to provide additional meals and has increased the need. In addition, smaller pantries and churches are closed. Our COVID19 relief efforts to distribute food to families and pre-packaged school meals for the children will not only help to alleviate hunger, but it also relieves cost burden expenditures related to food for low-income parents and those who recently became unemployed.||$40,000.00||$60,000.00||This project will utilize staff members, collaborative partners, and volunteers throughout the week to deliver to local pantries, churches, shelters, and low-income neighborhoods in need of food and to assist with our stationary sites as well. Once the pandemic ceases, this project will extend to the newly unemployed parents who will need our social services to recover economic stability.|
The funding we are requesting will go toward costs related to emergency food assistance and food bank support in order to distribute meals and safely store them in our pantry.
|Fully Funded||100%||Feeding the Nature Coast||The Volunteer Way, Inc.||Basic Needs||$0.00||Citrus ; Hernando ; Pasco||276,000||http://www.thevolunteerway.org||We have been in operation for 28 years feeding low-income, food-insecure children, seniors, veterans, the homeless and all those who, for whatever reason, find it difficult to put nutritious food on the table for themselves and their families. We do this through our programs: Food Pantry, Mobile Food Pantry, Brown Bag Program, Soup Kitchen, Resource Center and Hydroponic Garden. Our garden not only provides fresh produce we harvest/distribute through our Food Pantry but also gives an opportunity to those who are mentally disabled to have a place to go to each day and work on the farm.|
With the Corona Virus spreading, we have had to forego the help of our volunteers and those doing community service in not allowing them into our building. We are relying on our small staff who are working tirelessly bagging/boxing foods and distributing them every morning outside of our building.
|$40,000.00||$40,000.00||To enhance our programs which include essential resources to lift people up by feeding the hungry and bring them out of poverty. We will formalize our partnership with Work Force Development Organizations to provide world of work skills which includes GED and ESL.|
The Volunteer Way assists 35 ministries who operate food pantries and soup kitchens within their own communities by providing food free of charge. We also partner with 14 non profit agencies and 7 schools supplying them with food, drinks and snacks free of charge.
Our success lends to partnering with other non profits as we realize we cannot achieve these goals in isolation. We partner with Habitat for Humanity, Foster & Adoptive Parents Assn., One Community Now, ACE Opportunities, Coalition for the Homeless, Guardian Ad Litem Foundation, Red Apple in assisting them with food, clothing and non-food product support.
|Fully Funded||100%||Musical Youth Summer Camp Underwriting and Virtual Programming Technology||Firehouse Cultural Center, Inc.||Arts and Culture||$0.00||Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||520||http://www.firehouseculturalcenter.org||Optimistically we anticipate that our first opportunity to return to the new normal will be our Summer Music camps for 4 weeks starting on June 1st. FCC offers 9 weeks of programming which provides a safe space for children as parents return to work.|
Our need is to have sufficient funding to secure our Teachers and develop the technological infrastructure to provide virtual classes and content to preserve the mission of our camps of Imagination, Exploration and discovery.
Underwriting of this request allows FCC to honor our commitment of providing scholarships for camp to low income families.
|$7,500.00||$7,500.00||We will use the grant to compensate the the Instructors leading the camps. Ideally if the funding can be granted soon We will complete our Agreements to secure them and offer to pay the first of their weekly instructor fees. This also provides a much needed boost to their current finances. Most contracts are $700 to $800 per week. The total expense for Instructors is just over $14,000.|
To develop the on line capability of holding virtual classes and rehearsals FCC will need to purchase technology including but not limited to Video production software, Video cameras ( 3 ), lavalier and wireless microphones, a boom microphone and a well provisioned laptop with increased processor and memory for digital editing. We can secure much of this through our Tech Soup authorization to keep expenses as best as possible. In the past 2 days secured Zoom and You Tube channel licenses this way.
|Partially Funded||71%||Essential Support for the Mental Health of Tampa Bay||NAMI - Pinellas||Health and Wellbeing||$7,333.00||Pinellas||10,000||http://nami-pinellas.org/||During this challenging time, NAMI Pinellas County strives to shine a light on the individuals affected by mental health conditions. We are requesting essential support during this public health crisis due to increased demand of our services, evaporating revenue and uncertain charitable donations. Throughout the year NAMI Pinellas launches campaigns to raise awareness of mental illness. Such campaigns fight stigma, provide support, educate public and private sectors and advocate for equal care. NAMI Pinellas plays a significant role in growing the movement since one out of five individuals will be affected by a mental illness. We deliver critical programs and services making a difference in the lives of thousands of people in Tampa Bay affected by mental illness. We focus on bringing hope and relief to individuals and families by continuing to offer support groups and programs.||$17,667.00||$25,000.00||With the uncertainly of our economic climate, increased demand for our support services and impacted donations is adding strain to our funds. Grant funds will help our operations function into the coming and subsidize both the Executive Director's and Director of Development salaries. The ED leads NAMI Pinellas strategic initiatives to support our consumers. While expanding our mental health initiatives, the ED is able to strategically promote NAMI Pinellas programs and collaborate with community behavioral health partners. The DoD integrates current and potential funders missions with our support services and programs. This role is crucial with the ambition to expand/diversify revenue streams and strategically market/communicate our services to the public. The support allows NAMI Pinellas to remain at the forefront of the mental health community.||03/27/2020||385||Expired|
|Partially Funded||6%||Behavioral Health Care delivered through Telehealth||Children's Home Society of Florida||Health and Wellbeing||$39,033.00||75||http://www.chsfl.org/||Family crises occurring as a result of the pandemic include inconsistent access to food, lack of adequate supervision of children during the day if parents stay employed, and economic stress if parents lose their jobs. Additionally, older siblings may have to care for younger siblings that previously were in early childhood programs. The combination of these factors will result in an increase in behavioral health issues among children and youth including depression, anxiety, stress, and acting inappropriately. Left unchecked, these issues could impact healthy child development resulting in increased risk of dropping out of school, homelessness and involvement with the law. 100 children/youth are on a waitlist for treatment. With additional resources, 75 of them would receive tele counseling. These youth are in foster care placements, referred from schools, or other community agencies.||$2,667.00||$41,700.00||• $85/hr x 300 hours (average of 4 hours of telehealth counseling per youth x 75 youth). These children and youth are currently on a waiting list for Promoting Stability and Clinical Services which is a specialized program for children and youth in need of behavioral health services = $25,500.|
• 6 tablets with VSEE software capability = ($1,200/tablet + $250/tablet for secure video conferencing software software) x 6 count = $8,700 to ensure that all Counselors have access to conduct sessions through Telehealth.
• $200 per family served with emergency food and supplies x 50% of total families served ( estimated 37.5 families) = $7,500.
|Fully Funded||100%||Covid-19 Literacy Interruption||Bess the Book Bus, Inc.||Basic Needs||$0.00||6,000||http://www.bessthebookbus.org||Due to Covid-19, Bess the Book Bus (BBB) is not able to provide our mobile literacy outreach face to face with students and families during this pandemic. Instead, we would like to supply families in need in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties with books. BBB needs funding to ship books to our program partners. We are seeking $7,500 in funds to pay for shipping costs so that children who are economically challenged are able to receive new books. With this funding, we can supply 10,000 books to families in need.||$7,500.00||$7,500.00||BBB is seeking $7,500 in funds to pay for shipping and distribution costs so that children who are economically challenged are able to receive new books while we practice social distancing. Each book will be disinfected before shipment. When families go to our program partners to pick up meals at their local food pantry or drive through food pick up through the local school system, families will be provided with age-appropriate books for each child. BBB would like to offer this service to over 3,000 families, averaging 2 to 3 books per family (approximately 6,000 individuals). We anticipate shipping 10,000 books at an average shipping price of $.75 each = $7,500 in funds.||03/26/2020||386||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||33%||Created's Emergency Response to COVID-19||Created Women Inc||Domestic Abuse and Human Trafficking||$6,667.00||Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||400||http://www.createdwomen.com||Created Serves women in Hillsborough County who have been sexually exploited and trafficked. Our mission is to bring them into a community where they can find healing and restoration from the trauma they have endured. Many women we serve through our programs have lost employment and are at risked of losing housing do to the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic. We have also had to alter our normal responses for transportation and housing options in order to keep the women we serve as safe as possible. We are requesting funding to help transport clients to needed services and job opportunities as it is unsafe to ride public transportation, and for funding to help cover the expenses to serve women who come tour for help in need of clothing, groceries and other physical needs.||$3,333.00||$10,000.00||Created currently runs residential community programs for women in healing and recovery from trauma and addiction that comes out of being a victim of human trafficking. While in our programs women receive the support they need to access medical care, therapeutic services, drug treatment and job resources. Our goal upon their exit would be that they have stable income and stable housing. In order to successfully obtain those services we provide bus transportation, under the Coronavirus pandemic this is not possible. We are seeking to uber clients short term, and them hire an hourly transporter until the pandemic ends. This would cost $6,000. We also serve women still stuck in prostitution and trafficking through our emergency drop in center. The other $4,000 would be used to cover current needs from loss of work like: groceries, toiletries, a utility bill, clothing, and luggage needs.||03/26/2020||386||Expired|
|Partially Funded||18%||Virtual Art Classes for 3 months||Creative Clay, Inc.||Arts and Culture||$29,568.33||Pinellas||70||http://www.creativeclay.org||We are addressing the needs of both our contract teaching artists and our clients. According to Cornell University’s 2017 Disability Report, people with disabilities experience joblessness, isolation, abuse, and discrimination at a higher rate than the general public. At Creative Clay we address these problems every day by creating a safe and inclusive art-making space for artists with disabilities. Their artwork is sold in our gallery and placed in offices, galleries and museums. Producing and selling artwork gives our member artists a sense of identity that equalizes and connects them to the community. The COVID-19 crisis has closed our studios indefinitely, which has isolated our member artists from our program and the community. Creative Clay’s teaching artists are also hard hit because they cannot teach while we are closed. Our proposed project addresses all of these needs.||$6,666.67||$36,235.00||During this time of indefinite closure, Creative Clay wants to ensure that our artists with disabilities have access to art-making, socialization and earning potential. With the requested funds, we propose creating a virtual art class with online access and an art kit that is free to our member artists and also will include public participation for a fee. This would create an inclusive environment, which is part of our mission. It would also enable Creative Clay to contract our 15 teaching artists to help support them during this uncertain time. Creative Clay's virtual online gallery and online shop will also be utilized to sell the member artists' artwork, furthering their earning potential. Expense detail: Teaching artists=$12,000; Program staff (social media, marketing, training)=$5420; Facility=$13,200; Insurance=$810; Art kits=$4760; Teleconferencing=$45||03/26/2020||386||Expired|
|Fully Funded||100%||TelePals Telephone Reassurance Expansion - COVID-19||Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay, Inc.||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||150||https://www.seniorsinservice.org||Even before COVID-19 we faced crisis: a growing # of isolated elders with no family support. Studies show loneliness eclipses obesity & even smoking as predictor of early decline/death, yet elder services are among those least funded. Now social distancing drastically increases the # elders desperate for help. |
True story: 70-year-old Jim sits alone in his mobile home. A Veteran, he’s conditioned to never ask for help. Alone in his doctor waiting room, he picks up a red postcard that says “You’ve Got a Friend”. It’s an invitation to call Seniors in Service about TelePALs. Inexplicably he makes the call: “I am 70. I have nobody. How can I go on this way?” Seniors in Service jumps into action, contacting retired Pastor Bill, now a TelePAL. Jim is expecting Bill’s call. They share stories/interests. Like many, Jim’s loneliness isn’t about being alone; it’s about knowing someone cares.
|$7,500.00||$7,500.00||e crisis; refer clients to expert resources. Volunteers are screened, get electronic training on Call Protocols/Do’s & Don’ts, & also benefit from connection with clients. Impact is measured by Client Surveys & Volunteer Call Logs. |
Promoted by elder-centric agencies like AARP & doctor referrals, word is getting out. We urgently need your help.
|Fully Funded||100%||COVID-19 Employment Interruption||Golden Generations, Inc.||Basic Needs||$0.00||Pinellas||25||http://www.goldengenerations.org||The Corona Virus COVID-19 has created a major hardship for the girls involved in our Senior Connection Project at My Sistah's Place. GoldenGenerations serves two very high-risk populations, 1.) seniors who are fragile and who are economically challenged and 2.) girls between the ages of 18 and 21 who are either in foster care or transitioning out of foster care and into a life of independence. We are seeking funding to bridge the time of social distancing and self-quarantine to create a WIN:WIN. For the girls who were recently laid off from their jobs, we would like to employ these girls to assist the challenged seniors with grocery shopping during this pandemic. This will be welcomed assistance to the seniors and a continued paycheck for the girls. All disinfecting/anti-contamination procedures will be taught to the girls so that they can support the seniors and not put them at risk.||$15,000.00||$15,000.00||Five young women @ 10/hr. for 15 hours/week X 8 weeks= $6,000 |
Admin Costs = One manager @ $20/ hr. for 20 hours/week X 8 weeks $3,200
Food Costs = $3,300 in funding for groceries and anti-contamination supplies.
Anti-contamination training from medical professionals and job coaching for the employment participants = $2,500
|Partially Funded||13%||COVID-19 Relief||Julie Weintraubs Hands Across the Bay, Inc.||Basic Needs||$86,666.00||2,000||http://www.handsacrossthebay.org||During this difficult time with the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more individuals and families are reaching out in need of assistance with necessary bills, filling daily medications, and putting food on the table. We have seen a significant increase in those needing assistance in just a few short days. Many of those reaching out are elderly or families with children with special needs. Hands Across the Bay is actively helping as many as possible to help ease the burden and stress they are currently experiencing. Our organization is in need of grants to be able to continue to help those out of work due to the virus and unable to provide for themselves and their families.||$13,334.00||$100,000.00||Hands Across the Bay is requesting a $50,000-$100,000 grant. Utility companies and banks are deferring payments, only causing those in need to have larger bills when the pandemic has passed. Those individuals and families will be in great need of a stress relief on their daily living expenses, as well as any that have accrued during quarantine. With this grant, we will be able to provide necessary financial support to families in our community affected by this pandemic. We will assist our community with paying utility bills, purchasing groceries and other essential items, basic medical needs, gas, and any other financial relief that may come from COVID-19. Our goal is to help stabilize families in our community.||03/26/2020||386||Expired|
|Fully Funded||100%||USF United Support Fund||University of South Florida Foundation, Inc.||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$0.00||2,000||http://www.giving.usf.edu/||COVID-19 has disrupted all our lives, but our USF students, many of whom are far from home, have been especially impacted. Students have lost their jobs, and due to family financial challenges, some face further reduced financial support. Our young students are facing challenges that are unexpected and which may seem insurmountable. |
While USF is providing remote instruction, counseling, and other support services to these students, their new financial realities are a source of significant stress and unease for many. Urgent needs like food, toiletries, rent money, and other basic essentials are beyond the reach of some of our students.
|$34,333.00||$25,000.00||In response to this need, the USF United Support Fund is uniting the community to assist our most vulnerable. Funds are available to students of any USF class year, major, college, or campus.|
Students may request up to $1,000. Applicants provide a signed statement explaining their need for funding and how it will be used, along with documentation supporting the amount requested.
A generous gift of $25,000 will help lessen the burden of at least 25 students who face financial hardships during this pandemic. With campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota/Manatee, your gift will potentially support students from any and all of the Community Foundation’s focus counties. The success and well-being of our students remains our top priority; your investment will be invaluable to many students struggling through an overwhelming time.
|Partially Funded||1%||Continuing Operations Support Request||Pinellas Ex Offender Re Entry Coaltion||Health and Wellbeing||$91,000.00||Pasco ; Pinellas||425||https://exoffender.org/||The Pinellas Ex Offender Re Entry Coalition operates in Pinellas County serving clients in four offices and in our housing programs, and two additional offices in Pasco County. We are currently in the process of working through the SBA Economic Disaster loan program such that we can continue operations during the current COVID 19 crisis. Pinellas County is now under a ‘safer at home’ ordinance, however as essential services in our housing, treatment and case management programs we are continuing to operate with limited face to face and online formats. This request for operating funds will allow us to continue services without layoffs for an additional six-eight weeks while other funding is secured to continue operations in the service of our clients. We will continue to meet with clients, and direct towards employment, food, and other case management and subsistence needs.||$1,000.00||$92,000.00||PERC will use funds to continue be able to pay staff to work with clients in our four Pinellas County offices, in our housing programs, and two offices in Pasco County. Pinellas County is now under a ‘safer at home’ ordinance, however as essential services in our housing, treatment and case management programs we are continuing to operate with limited face to face and online formats. This request for operating funds will allow us to continue services without layoffs for an additional six-eight weeks while other funding is secured to continue operations in the service of our clients. We will continue to meet with clients, and direct towards employment, food, and other case management and subsistence needs.||03/26/2020||386||Expired|
|Partially Funded||7%||Food safety and housing support for homeless youths during COVID-19.||Starting Right, Now||Health and Wellbeing||$55,900.00||40||http://www.startingrightnow.org||Due to COVID19, Starting Right, Now is in crisis situation to supply our homeless, unaccompanied youths (students not eligible for foster care because they left home rather than being taken) with 3 meals a day, paper and cleaning products, oversight of house management and tutors for academic support. With schools closed, we are forced to supply food safety at an all-time high. Additionally, having kids in the house all day increases utilities. Without school in session, we can't close our houses during school hours, so increased house support to oversee our youth and ensure proper cleaning/monitoring is needed. Further, with school moving online, we have to employ additional tutors to help these disadvantaged youth overcome intense credit recovery and graduate.|
Without our support, these youth would be on the street. With our support, they soar, ending the cycle of generational poverty.
|$4,000.00||$59,900.00||Starting Right, Now (SRN) implements holistic services to end the generational cycle of youth homelessness in Hillsborough and Pinellas County. Aside from basic needs such as shelter and food, our youths access academic support, life-skills classes, social services, healthcare, mentoring and more.|
Funding would assist SRN with urgent, unexpected costs associated with COVID-19 school closures. Our homeless youths need: three meals per day brought to each housing facility; additional cleaning supplies to proactively ensure no one is contracting/spreading this dangerous virus; extra medicine/vitamins/paper products; tutoring and academic resources to ensure these at-risk kids graduate on time; 24/7 housing staff at each facility, and to afford increased utility payments from constantly staying at the houses. We must ensure these youths continue receiving SRN’s crucial programming.
|Fully Funded||100%||Read with PAL||Police Athletic League of St. Petersburg, Inc.||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$0.00||Pinellas||100||http://www.stpetepal.org||It is well documented that access to print materials produce positive impacts on children’s educational, psychological and behavioral outcomes, and just providing books to children improves their attitudes toward reading, the amount of reading they complete, the acquisition of basic literacy skills, and their reading performance. Unfortunately, young people living in poverty have less access to books and other print materials in their homes. Now, more than ever, when children will be out of school for weeks, if not months, we need to get books in the homes of low-income youth to prevent learning loss and boost their social emotional skills during this crisis.||$4,000.00||$3,750.00||The funds requested will be used to purchase approximately 500 books that will then be distributed to our PAL kids to read at home over the coming months. All of the books will be selected by Dr. AnnMarie Alberton Gunn and Dr. Susan V. Bennett, professors at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) College of Education (COE), who are considered experts in the field of literacy and diversity education nationally, and will have one or more of the following attributes: be an award winner, of high reading interest of the age range of the child, culturally relevant, and/or encompass social and emotional learning themes. Our staff will package and deliver the books to our kids and then call the home to speak with the kids once a week to discuss the book until they can return to PAL.||03/26/2020||386||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||Domestic Violence survivors need safe shelter therefore, The Spring of Tampa Bay, the certified Domestic Violence Center in Hillsborough County, needs to continue operations.||The Spring of Tampa Bay, Inc.||Domestic Abuse and Human Trafficking||$0.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||100||http://thespring.org||In our work, the very thing that helps slow the pandemic – social distancing and isolation – can have a negative effect on domestic violence victims and actually increase its occurrence. Unfortunately, we are seeing this terrifying pandemic being used as a weapon against domestic violence victims. Abusers are using access to medical treatment and financial resources against their victims at a time when those are some of the most precious resources. Now more than ever, our 24/7 hotline, our emergency shelter, our legal services, and our support services are critical to keeping victims and their kids safe from further harm.||$7,500.00||$7,500.00||The funds requested would help us cover our unexpected expenses that have occurred or may occur directly due to COVID-19. In the past two weeks alone, we spend $866 in cleaning supplies and an additional $388 in personnel costs to make sure we keep the shelter as clean as possible. We also spent $3,291 in technology. We purchased Zoom software and tools so our outreach staff can social distance themselves and still serve survivors needing support. With limited kitchen staff, we are expecting our food distribution plan to change which could create a cost of $2,500 a week to feed all survivors in shelter two meals a day. We are asking for your support to help keep survivors safe during this unprecedented time.||03/26/2020||386||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||Employee loss of income||Red Tent Women's Initiative||Basic Needs||$0.00||Pinellas||3||http://www.redtentwomensinitiative.org||Red Tent operates a class at the Pinellas County Jail. The jail closed on March 13, 2020 to outside people and consequently our employees are now without this work. We want to sustain our trained, experienced employees so that they are still in tact with Red Tent and ready to return to work when the jail opens again. The loss of weekly income for our 3 jail instructors is $520 a week. Please note that none of these employees are eligible for unemployment for various reasons and yet this income is vital to each of them.||$5,200.25||$5,200.00||The funds would be used to replace the income our employees are missing because the jail has closed and they cannot earn their normal income. It would encourage them to stay with Red Tent and not find other employment to replace this income. The request is for 10 weeks of missed earnings which totals $520 for each week. Ten weeks was chosen as the best guess as to how long the jail class will be closed. It could be longer than 10 weeks but likely not less. Red Tent wants to retain these employees so that when the jail opens again, we have our trained, experiences instructors ready to return. None are eligible for unemployment.||03/26/2020||386||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||40%||Continuity in Delivery of Services during and post-COVID-19 crisis||Florida Council on Economic Education||Education: Early Childhood, K-12, and Post-Secondary||$6,000.00||3,000||http://www.fcee.org||The Florida Council on Economic Education (FCEE) provides free personal finance and economic educational opportunities to K-12 students, teachers, and adult education learners from all walks of life throughout the Gulf Coast region and the state of Florida at no cost to our constituents. The primary delivery model we employ is face-to-face training and hands-on experiences. Currently, to ensure the safety of our learners and staff we have ceased all in-person training. Now more than ever, our community needs to understand the critical importance of managing their finances. As with any crisis, on the horizon are predatory lenders and bad actors waiting to take advantage of the financially illiterate. The FCEE and our partners at universities across the state are in need of funding to redirect our efforts from in-person training to creation of digital content.||$4,000.00||$10,000.00||This funding would be used to create and produce a series of videos that address critical personal finance and economic topics that are relevant to people in high school through adult education. Our target audience will be high populations of learners in socio-economically disadvantaged areas, however we will not limit who can access these videos. We anticipate each video to cost between $2,500 - $3,500 to produce and we will employ high school teachers and college professors to develop the content and facilitate the program. This video series will cover topics such as creating a realistic budget, finding employment and writing a resume, identity and fraud protection, and loan management. Once created, the FCEE will host the videos indefinitely. All videos can also note that it was created through the generous support of, "...".||03/26/2020||386||Expired|
|Partially Funded||54%||Horse Care for Therapy Horses||Quantum Leap Farm, Inc.||Animal Welfare||$12,699.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)||1,600||https://www.quantumleapfarm.org/||Quantum Leap Farm is a 20-year old Equine-assisted Therapy Center. We serve adults and children diagnosed with physical, intellectual and emotional challenges, including cancer, autism, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, PTSD, Down's Syndrome, traumatic brain injury and other life changing conditions.|
Given that many of our participants are immune compromised, we unable to operate our programs until it is safe to do so. We still have the cost of maintaining our therapy horses until we can serve our participants again. Older, experienced horses tend to make the best therapy horses, but that means they often come with extra needs, in terms of veterinary and farrier care. We are requesting financial support as we anticipate the loss of program revenue, reduced donations and possible fundraiser event cancellations.
We serve 1600 participants annually.
|$14,666.00||$27,365.00||We have 13 therapy horses, as well as 2 donkeys and 3 goats also used for therapy. Older, experienced horses tend to make the best therapy horses, but this also means they can require more veterinary and medical costs than younger ones. Most of our herd is comprised of older horses. If funded, we would use the donation to provide minimal essential care: hay, grain, bedding, medications, hoof and dental care.|
Horses and their environment require daily care and maintenance. The amount we are requesting includes only essential staff salaries to underwrite this daily care and maintenance.
* 1 month of horse care expenses (feed, bedding, medications, farrier, dental, etc.) costs $15,800, on average.
* 1 month of horse care and stable maintenance staff payroll is $11,565
NOTE: We are asking for 1 month of support, but if someone could fund several months, we would be IMMENSELY appreciative!
|Fully Funded||100%||Emergency food for Families||One Community Now||Basic Needs||$0.00||Pasco||2,000||http://www.onecommunitynow.com||We are providing emergency food for families in West Pasco County. Prior to the Corona Virus, we provided Pack A Sack meals every weekend to 1,431 children who do not have food to eat over the weekend. With the schools being out, the fear of the virus and people losing their jobs, these families are struggling even more to find basic food to eat. All of the families we are helping qualify for free meals in the school. The school provided us with the contact information of each child, we have called these families and have set up multiple evening "drive-thru" distribution sites around the county where families are able to get a meal for every member of the family plus a bag of groceries plus their child's pack a sack. The groceries and pack a sack are intended to help provide food for the rest of the week. We are also providing delivery service. We plan to provide food for 4 weeks.||$60,000.00||$55,000.00||We need $16,000 to provide 8000 ready to eat meals for families. This would be sandwiches, chips and fruit. This provides each family some immediate food on the night of pick up or delivery. |
We need $34,000 to purchase grocery items to make up a bag of groceries that will last for a week until the families come back the next week for more food. Each bag will include: a full size box of cereal, oatmeal, breakfast bars or poptarts, pasta & sauce, black beans & rice, peanut butter & jelly with bread, soup, fruit cups and other donated food items.
We will also deliver food to families that are shut-in, on isolation or who do not have transportation to get food.
We need $5000 to pay for a contract labor warehouse person who will oversee donations and distributions at a local civic center. We will assist to pay utilities at the civic center while we use it as our main staging area.
|Partially Funded||20%||Urgent Medical Needs for Pasco County Free Medical Clinic||Good Samaritan Health Clinic of Pasco||Health and Wellbeing||$4,000.00||Pasco||300||http://www.goodsamclinic.org||The Good Samaritan Clinic of Pasco (GSHC) is committed to providing top quality medical and dental services, including prescriptions, free-of-charge to eligible residents of Pasco County. Founded in 1990, we provided over 3,500 patient visits in 2019, including 333 new patients. Through our partnerships with foundations, government, hospitals and licensed healthcare professionals, GSHC is the only free clinic in Pasco County that provides a full range of services to adults ages 18-64 - medical exams, lab/diagnostic services, dental services, limited scope behavioral health and prescriptions - all at no cost to the patient. We treat serious chronic conditions such as Diabetes, Hypertension, COPD and high cholesterol prevalent in our population, with effective pharmaceuticals and education regarding diet and lifestyle. All our patients must be at or below 200% of Federal Poverty Level.||$1,000.00||$5,000.00||We've lost 135 volunteer hours just from 3/16 projecting through 3/31. We added about 16 hrs/wk paid employee hours to replace absent volunteers. We also implemented intense daily cleaning of all restrooms, exam rooms, waiting areas etc. This has increased supply costs. We typically have enough donated cleaning and sanitary supplies from an annual November event to last the entire year - I anticipate running through all our cleaning supplies within the next 4-6 weeks. Finally, within the next 4-6 weeks,we expect to see an influx of new patients, who through job and health insurance loss, will now be eligible to receive our services. At $12.50 per hour for 16 hours a week, we are incurring an extra $200.00 per week or $2,800 from 3/16 to 6/30. We need $1,200 for cleaning supplies and $1,000 for the extra need to purchase generic drugs for our pharmacy to match increased demand.||03/26/2020||386||Expired|
|Fully Funded||100%||NTP Uptown Expenses during COVID Shutdown||New Tampa Players||Arts and Culture||$0.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)||800||http://www.newtampaplayers.org||New Tampa Players is a 501c3 community theater. In early 2020, we pursued renting a space for rehearsals and small performances in the University Square Mall. We took possession of the space at the end of February. In the first part of March, we were able to get some of the work done on the space. We did however have to cancel our programming until at least May 15th. Once we are able to begin rehearsals again, it will take at least a month to be able to produce a show that could bring in more funding. |
New Tampa Players serves children and adult of all ages, all abilities, and all socioeconomic levels. Our space in the University Mall is specifically to address the lack of arts spaces in the University Area. It will also help us serve children and adults with disabilities in our Penguin Project program.
|$9,000.00||$9,000.00||With the new space, there are expenses that we have to pay, even if we are not able to use the space, including rent and utilities. The fund will be used for these expenses for the months of March, April, May, and June. Rent for each month is 2000 dollars. We are not sure where how much the electric bill will be, but it is estimated at 200-300 dollars for each month to maintain some air-conditioning in the space.||03/26/2020||386||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||34%||Feeding the Hungry Through COVID_19||Community Food Bank of Citrus County||Basic Needs||$25,616.00||Citrus ; Hernando||40,000||https://communityfoodbankofcitruscounty.org/||We are supplying 53 local pantries, soup kitchens and shelters with food and supplies for those in need and facing food insecurity. With COVID-19 we have seen both a dramatic increase in need and a shortage of available product to distribute. Assistance is needed to provide for the transport of vital food resources from various locations into our Citrus and Hernando agencies for distribution. While normal practices would share the transport fees, the tremendous influx of need has caused us to waive fees to our agencies in an effort to maintain service to the residents in need. Decrease in the supply of donated products from local stores forces us to supplement the need with purchased goods and national or state relief. Since our cost to supply the needed foods has dramatically increased, our need for funding has as well.||$13,000.00||$38,616.00||$38,616 provides for 30 days of sponsored food and supplies to be brought into Citrus and Hernando counties. These products will supplement any products which continue to be available, but allow for continuity in care of our food insecure residents. Since there are no other resources, those facing food insecurity will go hungry without additional supplementation. The Community Food Bank of Citrus County will continue our fight against hunger and nourish the hope of all of our neighbors.||03/25/2020||387||Expired|
|Partially Funded||5%||Food distribution operating support for COVID-19/Coronavirus response||Feeding Tampa Bay||Basic Needs||$475,999.67||1,400,000||http://www.feedingtampabay.org||The scale and scope of the challenge is beyond anything we’ve seen in foodbanking. Usually events are shorter and impact a regional area. We are now supporting a lot of different folks not normally in our network. Layoffs are significant in a tourist-based economy and we are fielding unprecedented requests (the ‘find food’ page of our website saw a 434% increase week over week.) It will take many families 6 months to a year to recover from the long-term impact on their household. |
We are focusing our efforts on covering both those we already serve as well stepping into the gaps that are created by the crisis, specifically:
- Children out of school without access to school meals or after-school meals.
- Seniors and others who are at greatest risk and cannot reach food.
- Families who are experiencing higher expenses and lower wages who would not normally have needed our services.
|$24,000.33||$500,000.00||Because we have to limit, for social distancing reasons, the number of volunteers and agency partners we can work with, we are taking on a much greater share of labor and delivery. This translates to extra hired manpower, trucks, other equipment (pallet jacks, forklifts) and supplies (bags, boxes, meal containers, gloves, hand sanitizer, etc.). The silver lining is that we are trying to employ displaced workers to assist us. But, if the pandemic spreads our labor pool will grow smaller and smaller while our responsibilities increase. Minimally, we see an increase of $250,000 - $500,000, depending upon duration. We’ve already expended just over $90,000 in one week. This operational support is vital to providing needed meals into the community and supports Feeding Tampa Bay's other needs request application to Community Foundation of Tampa Bay.||03/25/2020||387||Expired|
|Partially Funded||21%||Food for COVID-19/Coronavirus response||Feeding Tampa Bay||Basic Needs||$633,000.00||1,400,000||http://www.feedingtampabay.org||The scale and scope of the challenge is beyond anything we’ve seen in foodbanking. Usually events are shorter and impact a regional area. We are now supporting a lot of different folks not normally in our network. Layoffs are significant in a tourist-based economy and we are fielding unprecedented requests (the ‘find food’ page of our website saw a 434% increase week over week.) It will take many families 6 months to a year to recover from the long-term impact on their household. |
We are focusing our efforts on covering both those we already serve as well stepping into the gaps that are created by the crisis, specifically:
- Children out of school without access to school meals or after-school meals.
- Seniors and others who are at greatest risk and cannot reach food.
- Families who are experiencing higher expenses and lower wages who would not normally have needed our services.
|$167,000.00||$800,000.00||Food purchasing: supplies cannot withstand our current clients, new clients and the reduced amount of food being donated. The run on stores has cratered our donated food supply chain. We are now buying food to supplement. As of now, we’ve spent about $100,000 and by the time we’re done this may be closer to $400,000. This issue, more than any other, scares us. |
We are also being asked to stand up kids’ meals and feeding programs normally supported by the school systems and to support closed in seniors who cannot access food. Our Trinity Café is preparing 2000 meals per day to be delivered (by UberEats) to seniors and we are partnering with the state to open summer BreakSpots for kids, for which we receive some reimbursement. Our expenditures here will total somewhere close to $250,000 - $400,000.
|Partially Funded||55%||COVID-19 Financial Assistance (Rental)||Catholic Charities, Diocese of St. Petersburg, Inc.||Health and Wellbeing||$9,000.00||Pinellas||174||http://www.ccdosp.org||Due to the financial strain from loss of work during the COVID-19 pandemic, extremely low and low-income households are struggling to pay their rent. This population earns just enough to live month-to-month and rarely if ever, has emergency savings for situations like this. Funding will be used to pay the rent of households who qualify under the HUD income guidelines for extremely low- and low-income households. We are requesting $20,000 which can provide rental assistance to up to 87 households (up to 174 individuals).||$11,000.00||$20,000.00||Funds awarded will be used to provide rental assistance, to extremely low and low-income households (using HUD guidelines). Case managers assess needs, develop a service plan, monitor progress and make follow up contacts. All funding received will be used for direct service to ensure that the household remains stably housed. Follow up will be conducted at regular intervals to ensure the household has stabilized and is not needing further assistance. 100% of funds will go to direct assistance (rental) as Catholic Charities will cover all administrative and operational program expenses including Case Manager services.||03/25/2020||387||Expired|
|Fully Funded||100%||FMoPA COVID-19 Needs Request Form||Florida Museum of Photographic Arts||Arts and Culture||$0.00||10,000||http://www.fmopa.org||FMoPA respectfully requests funds to cover the costs of our lease of space and associated costs from Rivergate Tower Owner, LLC. We are desperately challenged in covering this due to the closure of the museum with the Coronavirus epidemic. We rely on admission and program revenue to cover these costs normally and without them we are in jeopardy for the future.||$16,646.36||$16,577.74||Funds from the Community Foundation will cover the following :|
-Base Rent- $15,000
-Conference room rental-$25.00
-Common Area Maintenance (04/2020) Suite: P200- $1,552.74
|Partially Funded||44%||Lealman & Asian Neighborhood Family Center - Financial Assistance / Gap Funds||Lealman and Asian Family Neighborhood Center||Basic Needs||$14,000.00||Pinellas||400||http://www.lanfc.org||Lealman has one of the largest populations of immigrants, children, & individuals living in poverty in Pinellas Co. Lealman residents & the Asian community look to the Lealman Asian & Neighborhood Family Center (LANFC) for support (in their own neighborhood) & offer an accessible & welcoming place that uniquely understands the needs of this diverse community. With this in mind, LANFC is requesting $25,000 in grant funds for financial assistance to help low-income households bridge the unexpected gap in funds that have resulted from the COVID-19 crisis. We are receiving calls from panicked heads of households who live on fixed incomes & who cannot afford the extra costs they have incurred to keep their elders & families safe from harm. Many are now also under-employed. $250 financial assistance grants will help us to quickly help them from falling further into debt and a deeper crisis.||$11,000.00||$25,000.00||Funds will be used to help Lealman families who are experiencing situational poverty & who have children or older adults living with them in the home. Funds will be used to pay for rent, power, water, gas, telephone, & wifi bills. We anticipate issuing a maximum of up to $250 per household (between 80 - 100 households & up to 400 individuals estimated in total) to help ease the financial pressure that individuals & families are facing as they try to immediately adjust their budgets to our new reality of unemployment, illness, & increased demand for goods. LANFC will be screening & paying each bill collector directly on behalf of each applicant. A small 10% administrative expense will also help our non-profit to cover the cost of additional accounting, phone use, & hand sanitizer associated with serving those in need and meeting this unprecedented crisis.||03/25/2020||387||Expired|
|Fully Funded||100%||Virtual Health Education and Development Services (HEARTS) Help||Life-skills,Empowerment And Development Services, Inc. (LEADS)||Health and Wellbeing||$0.00||Pinellas||430||http://www.leadsflorida.org||Life skills Empowerment and Development Services (LEADS) has been delivering an evidence-based curriculum to prevent teen pregnancy, HIV/STDs for Black youth in S St Petersburg. The program is funded by the Office of Population Affairs and we deliver curriculum during two consecutive Saturday HEARTS camps. Now, due to the crisis, we cannot deliver this vital information. We have received permission to offer our program virtually using ZOOM. However, our budget did not allow for this pandemic and we desperately need three laptop computers so our trained staff can begin virtual implementation. We were on track to serve 500 youth having agreements with Job Corp, Urban League, Boys and Girls Club as well as 12 black churches in St Pete. We are at a stand still. Our facilitators are ready to proceed using personal phones if necessary but we need 3 laptops to deliver the program effectively||$1,791.00||$1,791.00||Funds will be used to purchase 3 Dell Inspiron15 3593 Business laptops at $579.00 each with three Essential Sleeves carrying cases at $17.99 each totaling $1791.00.||03/25/2020||387||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||93%||Habitat Homeowners Emergency Foreclosure Prevention Program||Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties||Basic Needs||$666.00||Pasco ; Pinellas||100||http://www.habitatpinellas.org||To date, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties (Habitat PWP) has helped over 600 families earn and purchase their Habitat home. They purchase the home with a zero interest mortgage that is serviced by Habitat PWP but the mortgage is owned by large financial institutions. By servicing the loans, Habitat PWP maintains relationships with the homeowners and can quickly see if they are experiencing a financial hardship. Habitat PWP’s homeowners are hard-working individuals whose income is 30-80% below area median income. Unfortunately, due to our location as a major tourist destination our local economy has quickly been torn apart by the Coronavirus. Sadly some Habitat homeowners have already report losing their jobs. Habitat PWP wants to establish an emergency fund to help any Habitat homeowner that looses their job or has significant income loss.||$9,334.00||$10,000.00||Habitat PWP will use the funds to help Habitat homeowners that lose their job or have significant cut in pay due to the coronavirus. Habitat PWP fully believes in the hardworking, never give up attitude that has gotten these homeowners where they are today. With some emergency funding assistance, they will be able to get through this time without losing their home and acquiring vast amount of debt. Habitat PWP feels that helping a low income family stay in their home is just as important as putting one in a new home. Let’s help them not lose what they have worked so hard to achieve. |
Habitat PWP will use the funds to make their mortgage payments, help them stay up to date on escrow payments, pay electric or water bills.
In order to receive assistant, homeowners must have proof of loss and must also provide updates on their current job search.
|Partially Funded||89%||COVID 19 Relief||We Care Food Pantry||Basic Needs||$1,666.67||Citrus ; Hernando||25,000||http://wecarefoodpantry.org||We Care Food Pantry is the largest hunger relief organization in Citrus County and it also serves as the FEMA Hub for Citrus, Hernando, Sumter and Marion Counties. During times of crisis such as this pandemic, We Care will be bringing in and distributing approximately 50 tractor trailer loads of supplies not only for its clients but for all the food pantries in a four county area. We Care is also setting up a network to deliver food and other supplies to the large elderly population in the county. We Care has already been contacted by many pantries getting ready to shut their doors because of a lack of food product. Most of our pantries do not have trucks and staff available to pick up large quantities of products so the We Care trucks will be running all over four counties getting product to those who need it both pantries and individual deliveries.||$13,333.33||$15,000.00||Handling a crisis of this magnitude and length presents unique challenges to We Care. With the social distancing orders, We Care has had to cancel or postpone major fundraising events that would have provided the operational funds necessary to carry out this daunting task. The funds will be used to keep our warehouse running. The cost to keep a 7,200 sq. ft. warehouse operational runs thousands of dollars per month. We will also be using the funds to make sure we can keep our staff in place without which none of what we do would be possible. However, the greatest portion of the funds would be used to keep our trucks on the road. This pandemic could be with us for weeks or months to come and We Care must keep our trucks operational and have money for fuel to keep them on the road.||03/25/2020||387||Expired|
|Partially Funded||44%||COVID-19 Recovery Assistance||Advantage Village Academy||Health and Wellbeing||$8,333.33||Pinellas||5,000||https://www.facebook.com/AVA727||As with many disasters, Advantage Village Academy has stepped up to provide assistance to many needy families in Pinellas County. On a continuous bases, we provide help to low income families in need. During the Covid-19 outbreak many families are relying on our support in providing healthy meals, help with medication and toiletries. Our office is located adjacent to Jordan Park Apartments, a low-income public housing. The services we provided during this pandemic, is what we do on an ongoing basis. Therefore, just like many of the non-profit organizations in our area, our funds were depleted quickly. We are requesting fundng to continue providing healthy meals and toiletries our community.||$6,666.67||$15,000.00||The funds will be used to purchase toiletries, hand sanitizers, Clorox wipes, and necessary food to assist needy families during the COVID-19 Pandemic.||03/25/2020||387||Expired|
|Partially Funded||8%||Food, Resources, and Hope||Emergency Care Help Organization||Basic Needs||$11,000.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||4,800||http://www.echofl.org||We are currently serving 35-45 families with prepackaged food bags. The overwhelming of those served have never asked for help before.|
We are providing out of our existing inventory.
Our annual fundraiser and two large food drives have been postponed. Our thrift boutique is closed. Our reserves are being depleted like never before.
|$1,000.00||$12,000.00||The funds would be used to buy food, toiletries, and carry out shopping bags.||03/25/2020||387||Expired|
|Fully Funded||100%||Clean||Critter Adoption and Rescue Effort, Inc.||Animal Welfare||$0.00||Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||100||https://www.careshelter.org/||Under normal circumstances the shelter uses a lot of bleach, detergent, paper towels and sanitizers to maintain a disease free environment for the animals. In the current situation, we are also concerned that our 100 volunteers and 4 staff members are also protected from the COVID19 virus. The majority of our volunteers are elderly and may be more susceptible but most are still showing up for their shifts. We are currently closed to the public, so we are not receiving the normal donations that keep us in supplies, and we are, of course, using more hand sanitizer than usual.||$2,500.00||$2,500.00||The funds would be used to replenish our supplies of paper towels and cleaning products in order to maintain the health of the volunteers and the animals in our care.||03/25/2020||387||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||Feeding Kids While out Of School||I Will Foundation Inc||Basic Needs||$0.00||Pinellas||100||http://www.icaniwillidid.org||I Will Foundation Inc is a nonprofit organization that currently focuses on Childhood Obesity. We empower, educate and help youth and their families in areas of health and wellness as well as self-esteem. We are committed to enlightening young people and families on the emportance of exercising and eating healthy.||$1,333.00||$1,000.00||The requested funds will be used to provide families with fresh fruit and vegetables and healthy snacks while the children are out of school. Several children rely on breakfast and lunch during the school day however since school has been out it has been a challenge for families to provide meals. We would like to alleviate some of the pressure with being able to assist with food.||03/25/2020||387||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||CASA Emergency Needs||CASA - Community Action Stops Abuse, Inc.||Basic Needs||$0.00||Pinellas||500||https://www.casa-stpete.org/||Thank you so much for thinking about us during this emergency. As our community is faced with these unusual circumstances, and many of us begin to distance and isolate ourselves within our homes, please remember that for many, home is not a safe place. In fact, with the rising social tension due to children being at home, people losing their jobs, shortages of supplies, and serious health concerns, incidents of domestic violence are expected to increase. Now, more than ever, we need our community to stand up for those who are living in silence, in our Emergency Shelter and do not have the luxury of home. Your support of our emergency services is vital to our ability to serve survivors of domestic violence. Because there are new developments in the news daily, we request unrestricted assistance to help with salaries, operating supplies and other expenses unique to this situation.||$33,333.00||$20,000.00||This request would replace unrestricted revenue from our thrift store that we closed this week due to COVID 19, and help us maintain flexibility in response to survivors and our employees. We have limited our non-residential services, in favor of implementing support via technology whenever possible. Regarding our Emergency Shelter, we are accustomed to operating 24/7/365 and continue to do so. We have increased our usual sanitation practices, relocated additional advocates to work on site with the increased number of survivors and their children who are out of school or have lost their jobs or are social distancing from the community. We have implemented outside activities at our shelter, and are asking some employees to work from home. We are offering rapid rehousing in the form of rent and utility deposits for survivors who wish to relocate to the community and can do so safely.||03/25/2020||387||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||Support for Abused and Human Trafficked Homeless Moms and Babies||ALPHA House of Pinellas County||Basic Needs||$0.00||Pinellas||32||http://www.alphahousepinellas.org||Due to Covid-19, we have an influx of adults who are homeless pregnant and parenting. These Women have been a victim of domestic violence, abuse and or human trafficking. As our world faces this devastating crisis filled with uncertainty our residents are facing this as well. We have residents with no financial support other then our own and face our own uncertainty as grants become less and less available because of the financial crisis we all face.||$27,666.67||$20,000.00||We are requesting support to keep the adults housed through our general operating expenses as well as financial assistance to pay for a deposit and first months rent for each resident. Our Women and Babies where just starting to get their future started when life turned upside down for everyone in the World. Your support would give hope and a new start to those who are facing a new level of fear of the unknown. It would also allow our agency to continue to provide the needed services to help them be successful, its not just saving 1 life but 2.||03/25/2020||387||Fully Funded|
|Partially Funded||3%||Keeping people healthy by keeping pets in their homes and providing a safe place for those who can no longer do so.||SPCA Tampa Bay||Animal Welfare||$96,667.00||Pasco ; Pinellas||40,000||http://spcatampabay.org/||COVID-19 has devastated Florida’s economy and unemployment is soaring. People are making heart-wrenching choices about their pets. “What happens if I get sick?” “Who will care for my pet(s)?” “Should I put off life-saving animal surgery to save money?” SPCA Tampa Bay is the only non-profit, animal welfare agency that runs a “For-All” animal shelter and public veterinary center in Pinellas County. Our shelter in Largo cares for more than 9,500 animals annually. We do not limit admission or refuse to take in an animal. Our veterinary center serves an average of 45 clients daily, providing everything from wellness to complex, life-saving emergency surgeries, which we discount significantly for low-income clients. We are an “essential service” as defined by the government and by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and we will stay open to the public as long as we are able.||$3,333.00||$100,000.00||We take in an average of 30 animals daily. They remain in our care for about 19 days, receiving food, a bed, vaccines, medical attention and more. Our vet center offers discounted services to those who otherwise would have to euthanize a sick pet. In a normal economy, fees and significant donor dollars fund these critical programs. As the economy continues to spiral downward, a lack of donations and the inability of many to pay our fees may force us to make difficult life-and-death decisions. This money would directly support the care of animals surrendered to us by their owners, and help low-income clients pay for critical veterinary care. Why animals? Because animals benefit the people who love them. Studies show that pet ownership increases fitness levels, relieves stress, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and boosts overall happiness and well-being.||03/25/2020||387||Expired|
|Fully Funded||100%||Children's Needs Fund||Voices for Children of Tampa Bay, Inc.||Basic Needs||$0.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River) ; Hillsborough - South (south of the Alafia River)||2,200||http://www.vfcgal.org||Voices for Children of Tampa Bay remains in partnership with the Guardian ad Litem Program of Hillsborough County to support and advocate for the abused, neglected and abandoned children in our community. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, we are in desperate need of funds to help with the immediate needs of our children. Research and history tell us that disasters like the Coronavirus place enormous stress on families, leading to an increase in child abuse and neglect. We are already seeing an increase in requests for the immediate needs of our children. We anticipate more and more children will enter care in the coming months; especially in Hillsborough County, where more children are removed from their homes due to child abuse and neglect than anywhere else in the State.||$10,000.00||$10,000.00||We would utilize funding to provide foster children with basic necessities, which will be crucial in the coming weeks and months. Sadly, most children enter the dependency system with very few belongings and right now, many of our caregivers are unable to work, creating a significant crisis for everyone. Funding for basic necessities like food, clothing, undergarments, shoes, toiletries, beds/bedding and electronics for school will be vital to ensuring our children are not forgotten, especially now! Voices for Children does not want to turn away ANY reasonable request for a child in need. The children we serve are thrown into the dependency court system through no fault of their own. Our hope is to make their life as normal as possible, as we all navigate this difficult time. Together, we can give them the things they need to feel safe and loved.||03/25/2020||387||Fully Funded|
|Fully Funded||100%||Emergency Coronavirus Response Funding for Tampa's Homebound Community||Meals On Wheels of Tampa||Basic Needs||$0.00||Hillsborough - North (north of the Alafia River)||850||http://www.mowtampa.org||Meals On Wheels of Tampa serves the vulnerable elderly and disabled homebound community of Tampa. We contribute to better health and improved welfare of our deserving "stay at home" neighbors by providing daily delivery (M-F) of a nutritious hot meal, freshly made in the MOW professional kitchen, and a critical safety check-in with each recipient by a volunteer. For many of the 850 people we serve, the meal from MOW will be the only food they eat that day, and the contact with the volunteer who brings the meal, will be the only human they will interact with. Bringing food and comfort for 45 years to the homebound, MOW is a grassroots, effective organization, completely privately funded. To date, no one has ever been turned away from service due to an inability to pay for the meals; most need help to afford the cost. We rely on generosity for financial support and for caring volunteers.||$33,333.00||$23,229.00||With the sudden impact of the virus on homebound citizens and the serious concern of spreading infection, we immediately sought to reduce the exposure of elderly recipients to volunteers by ceasing the daily delivery of meals, instead providing a 7 Day Frozen Meal Pack to the 850 recipients. Although this would not allow for the daily check-in with recipients, the overriding importance of physical distancing to prevent the transmission of the virus outweighed the loss of this mission benefit. We did not have the in-house capacity to produce and freeze the 6,300 meals needed to accomplish this feat quickly. MOW purchased 900 7 Day Frozen Meal Packs from GA Foods. They were delivered March 17, at a cost of $3.69 ea. The total unbudgeted expense was $23,229. This stop gap measure has allowed the kitchen to catch up with production, as we continue to assess changing conditions.||03/25/2020||387||Fully Funded|