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Service Learning

Service Learning Guide

2003 - 2004

PO Box 5164 Largo, FL 33779-5164

Phone 727-518-3348 FAX 727-518-3353

Website: www.211tampabaycares.org

Enjoy the Benefits of Volunteering!

Develop Leadership Skills

Create College/Scholarship References

Brainstorm Career Ideas

Make New Friends

Learn New Skills

Help Other People

VOLUNTEER!

Enhance your application to college. Universities across the country are stressing the importance of volunteering and have increased the attention they pay towards individuals who volunteer.

The St. Petersburg Times reported that "83% of college freshmen last year said they had performed community work in their high schools-a jump of 26% in just more than a decade."

So let's get started... What is Service Learning?

Service Learning connects meaningful service, schoolwork, personal growth, and responsibility. It's different from volunteering because Service Learning links your individual academic coursework with a specific community Problem. Service Learning hours can meet the needs for the Bright Futures Scholarship program and the 75 hours required for the Florida Academic Scholars Award, as well as additional Service Learning hours that may be needed for graduation!

This directory is a listing of nonprofit organizations throughout Pinellas County that need your assistance, and have been trained to assist you with your Service Learning requirements.

How do I get started?

To assist you with your project, we recommend you follow the 6 steps below in order to have a positive and successful Service Learning experience:

STEP 1: What do you want to do to help your community? What segment of your community do you want to make a lasting impact on? Do you want to help to fight animal abuse? How about fight hunger, and feeding a young child, who needs people like you?! Or, if you are interested in theater, research the benefits of cultural arts in society.

STEP 2: Find an agency in this guide that matches the issue.

STEP 3: Call the contact person listed for the agency you want to work with, tell them you want to complete a Service Learning project there.

STEP 4: Ask questions!

· What does the organization do?

· Where is it located and where will I be working?

· Are the hours flexible enough so I can complete my project? · Can I get a job description and a brochure about the agency in the mail?

STEP 5: Arrange a time to meet the people at the agency.

STEP 6: Have Fun! Make the commitment to your project and keep it.

So what are you waiting for? LET'S GET STARTED!

Sincerely,

George Vasiliou

2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc. & The Volunteer Action Center Youth Volunteer Services Coordinator

Phone: (727) 518-3348 george@211tampabay.info

NORTH COUNTY

CLEARWATER

CLEARWATER PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT

Contact: Birgitt Dowd, (727) 562-4803

Email: bdowd@clearwater.fl.com

Address: P0. Box 4748, Clearwater FL 33738

· Minimum Age: 12

This agency can accommodate groups. The size is determined according to the project.

Service Learning Project Topics: Environmental Conservation and the Cultural Arts

Description: Clearwater Parks and Recreation develops, organizes, and presents activities for its citizens.

COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTER

Contact: Sharon Hillestad, (727) 441-4444

Email: sharonh@tampabay.rr.com

Address: 1611 N. Ft. Harrison, Clearwater FL 33755

· Minimum Age: 13

They can accommodate groups of about 3 people

Service Learning Project Topics: Early Adolescent Development, Education - literary and mathematics

Description: This center works at increasing the literary of youth and adults through teaching phonetics and using resource materials

HUMANE SOCIETY OF NORTH PINELLAS

Contact: Mary Chaboudy, (727) 797-7722 or (727) 542-8949

Address: 3040 S.R. 590, Clearwater FL 33759

· Minimum Age: 15

this agency cannot accomodate larger groups.

Service Learning Project Topics: Animals, animal abuse

Description: This agency serves as a voice for animals all across Pinellas County. They care for, nurture, and find homes for all animals.

MORTON PLANT HOSPITAL

Contact: Karin Williams, (727) 461-8155

Email: Karin.Williams@baycare.org

Address: 300 Pinellas St. Clearwater, FL 33756

· Minimum Age: 14

This agency can accomodate groups of up to 4 teens

Service Learning Project Topics: Health Care and Children

Description: Morton Plant Hospital provides a variety of medical services to our community.

Pinellas County Government

Contact: Joe LeGath, (727) 464-3945

Email: jlegath@co.pinellas.fl.us

Address: 333 Chestnut St. Clearwater, FL 33756

· Minimum Age: Depends on department

They can accomodate groups--size depends on project.

Service Learning Project Topics: Government, civics, environmental conservation, history

Description: Pinellas County Government provides a variety of services to its residents. Services are intended to support the needs of citizens throughout the county.

RCS

Program Names: RCS Food Pantry, The Haven Domestic Violence Center Grace House, Stepping Stone

Contact: Stephanie Dawson, (727) 584-3528

Email: sdawson@rcshelps.com

Address: 855 South Highland, Clearwater FL 33756

· Minimum Age: 8

They can accommodate large groups of up to 40 people.

Service Learning Project Topics: Poverty, Hunger, Homelessness

Description: The RCS food pantry provides emergenry food for families and individuals. More than 3,500 people come for food each month.

UPARC (Upper Pinellas Assoc. for Retarded Citizens)

Contact: Stanley Meyers, (727) 799-3330 ext. 7632

Address: 1501 N. Belcher Rd, Ste 249, Clearwater FL 33765

· Minimum Age: 14

They can accommodate groups up to 6 teens.

Service Learning ProjectTopics: Children, Education

Description: This agency provides group homes for retarded citizens and operates thrift shops and gift shops.

YWCA of Tampa Bay

Description: Judy Wood Ganisin, (727) 461-2997 ext. 22

Email: jwg@ywcaoftampabay.org

Address: 601 Lincoln Ave, Clearwater FL 33756

· Minimum Age: 14

This agency can accommodate groups of up to 12 teens.

Service learning Project Topics: Children, Education, Poverty, Literary, Immigration

Description: The YWCA provides educational programming and housing for homeless families. They are also advocates for the Hispanic population, and provide interpreters.

DUNEDIN

CITY OF DUNEDIN

Contact: Jan Sebald, (727) 298-321

Email: jsebald@dunedinfl.net

Address: 542 Main St, Dunedin, FL 34698

· Minimum Age: 16

This agency can accommodate large groups of up to 20 teens.

Service Learning Project Topics: Media, Education, Journalism, Civics, Government, Environment

FAITH IN ACTION OF UPPER PINELLAS

Contact: Mary Ann Carey, (727) 739-4307

Email: fiaup@juno.com

Address: 5 Patricia Avenue, Dunedin, FL 34698

· Minimum Age: 13

This agency can accommodate groups of up to 20 teens.

Service Learning Project Topics: Senior Citizens

Description: Independent living services to assist frail elders and disabled persons to enable them to remain in their own homes.

LARGO

Pinellas County 4-H

Program Name: Youth as Resources

Contact: Beth Tobias, (727) 582-582-2513

Email: etobias@co.pinellas.fl.us

Address: 12175 125th St., Largo, FL 33774

·Minimum Age: 5

This agency can accommodate groups of up to 20 teens.

Service Learning Project Topics: Children, education, human resources, animals

Description: YAR provides monetary grants to youth in Pinellas County to assist in the completion of different volunteer/service projects

BIG BROTHERS/BIG SISTERS OF PINELLAS COUNTY

Program Name: Site/School Based Mentoring

Contact: Amy Clark, (727) 518-8860

Email: Amy@bbbspc.org

Address: 918 East Bay Drive, Largo, FL 33770

·Minimum Age: 16

This agency can accommodate groups of essentially any size; project availability will be determined upon phone call.

Service Learning Project Topics: Children, education, literacy, poverty

Description: BB/BSPC works at matching children to adult mentors. These mentors provide support, tutoring, and companionship to children of all ages. Most of all, they act as a much needed friend.

PINELLAS HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Contact: Chandler "Chuck" Parsons, (727) 536-4755

Email: chuckparsons@phfh.org

Address: 1255 Starkey Rd N, Largo, FL 33771

· Minimum Age: Call ahead

This agency can handle groups of up to 12 teens.

Service Learning Project Topics: Homelessness, Poverty, Community Planning

Description: Habitat works to ensure that all persons of all races and classes work in partnership to eradicate poverty, change lives, and build community.

LARGO CULTURAL CENTER

Program Name: V.I.T.A.L. (Volunteers in the Arts of Largo)

Contact: Lance Riddile, (727) 587-6751

Email: Iriddile@largo.com

Address: P0. Box 296, Largo FL 33779-0296

· Minimum Age: 16

This program can accommodate groups of up to 10 teens.

Service Learning Project Topics: Children, Adults, Cultural Arts, Performing Arts

Description: This is a cultural center dedicated to providing a wide range of performances.

SOMEBODY CARES, TAMPA BAY

Contact: Gloria Baacke, (727) 536-2273

Email: GloriaC@sctb.org

Address: 2111 34th Way N, Largo, FL 33771

· Minimum Age: 14

This agency can accommodate groups of up to 20 teens.

Service learning Project Topics: Children, Poverty

Description: This agency provides food, financial assistance, as well as referrals to other agencies for clients from all over Pinellas County.

THE HOSPICE OF THE FLORIDA SUNCOAST

Contact: Kendra Polachy, (727) 773-2570

Email: Kendrapolachy@thehospice.org

Address: 300 East Bay Drive, Largo FL 33770

Minimum age: 14 and entering 9th grade

Will accomodate groups upon availabliity, but no more than 10 teens

Service Learning ProjectTopics: Children,Adults, Senior Health Care

Description: Hospice provides care for individuals dealing with chronic illness, facing the end of life, or grieving relatives.

WATSON CENTER FOR THE BLIND & VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Contact: Karina Cano, (727) 544-4433 ext. 237

Email: kcano@watsoncenter.org

Address: 6925 112th Circle N, #103, Largo, FL 33773

Minimum Age: 8

This center can accommodate groups of up to 30 teens.

Service Learning ProjectTopics: Children, Health Care, Physically disabled

Description: This center provides rehabilitation services to adults and children who are blind or visually impaired. We help those who cannot see well, live like those who do.

SAFETY HARBOR MUSEUM OF REGIONAL HISTORY

Contact: Robin Bajkiewicz, (727) 726-1668

Email: shmuseum@ij.net

Address: 329 S. Bayshore Blvd, Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Minimum Age: 16

They can accommodate groups up to 20 teens depending on project.

Service Learning Project Topics: History, Education, Civics, Children

Description: This museum offers a unique look into Pinellas (TampaBav) local history, Thev have rotatinq exhibits and give guided tours as well as lectures.

SUNCOAST PRIMATE SANCTUARY

Contact: George McCoy, (727) 943-5897

Email: info@chimpfarm.org

Address: 4612 Alt Hwy 19 Palm Harbor, FL 34683

· Minimum Age: Any, with adult present

They can accomodate groups of up to 15 youths.

Service Learning Project Topics: Animals, Abused animals

Description: This ageny is dedicated to informing the public on zoological issues and the care of aging and abused primates.

THE SHEPARD CENTER OF TARPON SPRINGS

Contact: Bill Vasiliou, (727) 939-1400 ext. 10

Email: anaphor@aol.com

Address: P.O. Box 1766, Tarpon Springs, FL 34688-1766

· Minimum Age: 14

This agency cannot accommodate groups.

Service Learning Project Topics: Children, Poverty, Hunger, Homelessness

Description: The Shepard Center provides food, clothing and help to all people. They work at defeating hunger, poverty, and homelessness throughout Pinellas County.

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