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HandsOn Suncoast builds stronger communities through volunteerism. We meet critical needs through volunteer service and civic engagement. Our projects make the Suncoast Region a better place to live for everyone.

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Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

JA BizTown [HIL]

Imagine a city where young consumers (10-12 years old) 5th Grade rush to the bank to deposit their paychecks, sales managers create merchandise displays and reporters interview local business leaders to get the most up-to-date story. Across the way the restaurant prepares for the lunch hour and the mayor meets with CEO's to get an understanding of current ecnomic trends. This could be any city in the country, but it is this image that perfectly describes a day at the Muma JA BizTown. Ja BizTown is an indoor center that contains a mini city of public and private businesses. Each business within the center is sponsored by real local business. Before visiting JA BizTown. students complete a 12 lesson teacher taught curriculum program where they learn basic economic principals such as how to manage their personal bank account. They also participate in job interviews, learn about their new workplace and the job they will perform. They complete and bring a business plan with them. Jobs range from retail sales professionals, accountants, CEO's, CFO's, medical professionals to TV and newspaper reporters. There is even a mayor! Volunteers are needed to help bring the "economics of life to life" for local 5th grade students. Volunteers will be placed in a business with 3 to 9 students and supervise as they operate their business for the day! Typical Day at JA BizTown 8:00-9:30am: Volunteer orientation/training 9:30am-10:00am: Set-up & Opening Town Meeting 10:00am-11:00am: work& break(students take on the role of employees and consumers) 11:00am-11:15am: Business Meeting (students review their checkbooks and prepare for the next work and break time) 11:15am-12:45pm: Business Time/Lunch (students take on the role of employees and consumers) 12:45pm-12:50pm Evaluation (each business evulates the day's activities in preparation for the closing Town Meeting) 12:50pm-1:00pm: Closing Town Meeting (studnets gather in the Town Center to review the day)

1/16/19 8:00 AM +more

JA Finance Park [HIL]

Imagine you're a 27 year old single parent earning $25,000 a year as an office assistant, or perhaps you're a 35-year old regional manager making $65,000 annually. How will you manage your money? At JA Finance Park, 8th Grade students act as adults for a day to make personal financial decisions in a realistic simulation. Students receive life scenarios, complete with job title, marital and family status, income, credit score, and exsiting debt. They visit JA Finance Park businesses to explore their options and better understand which purchase to make based on their life scenario. They must purchase items to meet the needs of their family, such as insurance, clothing, transportation, housing, and groceries-without spending more than they earn. Whatever role they are assigned, students develop lifelong financial skills through the program's in-class and simulated experiences. Volunteers are needed to help build the foundation of our children's future. Volunteers will be placed in a business with students and supervise as they create their budget and shop for their life scenario. Volunteers provide the "ah ha" moments daily as they help students discover the value of themselves, their education, and their future possibilities. Typical Day at JA Finance Park: 9am -10am: Volunteer training 10am-10:40am: Student set up (students discover their life scenario) 10:40am-11:20am: Research (students visit businesses and learn about different shopping choices) 11:20am-12:30pm Budget &Lunch (students create a budget based on shopping research) 12:30pm-2:00pm Shopping & JA Inspire (students make shopping decisions and visit JA Inspire to discover more about career choices) 2:00pm-2:15pm Student Debrief (students discuss experiences with volunteers and receive final report)

1/11/19 9:00 AM +more

Feeding America Tampa Bay [Hil]

Feeding America Tampa Bay believes that every single person can do something to help end hunger in America. Whether it is one dollar or one hour, you can make an enormous difference in the lives of hungry women, men and children served by their network. Our volunteers will sort donated food at our local food bank, which serves 10 counties in West Central Florida. Before signing up for this project by clicking on "Sign up for this project", any volunteer under the age of 18 will also need to print out a minor release form for this project. The volunteer's parent or guardian must sign it. Bring the completed form with you to the project.

12/15/18 9:00 AM +more

Habitat Build [Pin]

Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County wants you to come out on a Saturday morning and help build a home for a needy family. No experience necessary -they provide training. Learn new skills, meet and work with new and interesting people. Have fun too! The address of where you will be building will be given to you by your Project Leader closer to the date. Build Day: • Wear close toed and closed heeled shoes • Bring a lunch and a bottle for water (water provided on site) • All tools are provided on site • Please be prompt • Carpool if possible, parking can be limited

1/19/19 8:00 AM

Whispering Oaks Bingo Party [Hil]

Play bingo and have an ice cream social with the elderly/disabled patients. Before signing up for this project by clicking on “Sign up for this project”, any volunteer under the age of 18 will also need to print out a minor release form for this project. The volunteer’s parent or guardian must sign it. Bring the completed form with you to the project.

12/20/18 6:30 PM +more

The Spring - Transitional Housing [Hil]

The Spring wants some great HOT volunteers to come to their Transitional Housing to play with their great children. It may be helping with homework, coloring, playing board games, etc. Whatever it is I am sure it will be fun. Please contact your Leader for directions. The one that the website gives out is not correct. **NO COURT ORDERED VOLUNTEERS ALLOWED** **ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST BE LEVEL 2 BACKGROUND CHECKED (through The Spring) BEFORE PARTICIPATING**

12/19/18 6:00 PM +more

Teaching Tools for Hillsborough Schools [HIL]

Do you have a passion for helping connect kids to greatness? If so, Teaching Tools for Hillsborough Schools needs your help! A program through the Hillsborough Education Foundation provides free school supplies year-round to economically disadvantaged students attending Hillsborough County Public Schools designated as Title I. Ensure that the classrooms in Hillsborough County have the basic tools for learning. Volunteers will assist teachers in shopping for a variety of items. Minors 13+ may volunteer with an adult. Must be 15 to volunteer alone on this project. New volunteers will need to complete the online application at https://www.educationfoundation.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=forms.Volunteer-application-main&tp_preview=true

1/12/19 9:00 AM +more

Ronald McDonald House [Hil]

Come try out your culinary talents at The House, a "home away from home" for families of children who are patients of local hospitals. Help make them a home cooked meal after a long day. The Project Leader will contact you with items you can bring for the meal. A minor 14+ may attend this project with an adult. To register a volunteer under the age of 18, the parent needs to create a team through their online profile. The teen would then be added as a team member. The parent can then sign up as a team and it will automatically add the teen to the project.

1/7/19 5:30 PM

Ronald McDonald House [Pin]

Come try out your culinary talents at The House, a "Home away from home" for families of children who are patients of local hospitals. Help make them a home cooked meal after a long day. An email from the Project Leader will be sent out with a list of items that will be needed for the meal. You can then pick an item that you wish to contribute and let the Project Leader know. A minor 14+ may attend this project with an adult. To register a volunteer under the age of 18, the parent needs to create a team through their online profile. The teen would then be added as a team member. The parent can then sign up as a team and it will automatically add the teen to the project.

1/14/19 5:00 PM

Quantum Leap Farm [Hil]

The Farm is a nationally recognized equestrian program serving injured and disabled civilian adults and children, as well as military service members and their families. Every horseman knows the relationship with a horse is special. But for those who are recovering from injury or who live with mental or physical disability, this relationship can open the door to new realms of possibility. By volunteering at Quantum Leap Farm, you can give back to your community, have fun and make new friends. Help riders as a side walker and with grooming and tacking of horses, light gardening and barn maintenance. As well as wearing closed toe shoes you might also want to bring along some work gloves. Before signing up for this project by clicking on “Sign up for this project”, any volunteer under the age of 18 will also need to print out a minor release form for this project. The volunteer’s parent or guardian must sign it. Bring the completed form with you to the project.

12/15/18 8:30 AM +more

Meals On Wheels [Hil]

Volunteers will be working together in a kitchen to put a variety of food cups, and many other things that will later be delivered to the homebound clients. Before signing up for this project by clicking on “Sign up for this project”, any volunteer under the age of 18 will also need to print out a minor release form for this project. The volunteer’s parent or guardian must sign it. Bring the completed form with you to the project.

12/15/18 9:00 AM +more

Hope Lodge Game Night [Hil]

Volunteers will host a game night at the Lodge. The Hope Lodge is a place that houses cancer patients and their care takers for free while the patients are receiving treatment. Volunteers 15 to 18 can do this project with a parent/guardian. But must be 18 to do this alone.

12/13/18 7:00 PM +more

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Believing in Joy as a Fundamental Right, She Throws Birthday Parties for Children in Need

By Madi Donham. Fri, 07 Dec 2018

What do you do when a second grader tells you he doesn’t know his birthday? Or when that same little boy says he doesn’t even know what a birthday is? Julia Warren was only 16-years-old when she had this heartbreaking conversation as a volunteer at a Title I elementary school in Richmond, Virginia. After she explained to the student, a little boy named Charles, what a birthday was, all he could muster for an answer was, “I think I was born when it was cold.”

On Board a Hospital Ship, a Family of Four has Dedicated Their Lives to Helping Those in Need

By Madi Donham. Thu, 06 Dec 2018

Dr. Gary Parker first volunteered aboard a Mercy Ships hospital ship thinking it would be a three-month journey. However, three months turned into 31 years, and Gary and his wife Susan, who he met on board, have devoted their lives to help those living without access to safe, timely and affordable surgical care.

Teaching At-Risk Youth to Make Every Move Count, with Chess Skills and Life Lessons

By Madi Donham. Wed, 05 Dec 2018

In a game where one wrong move can risk your path to victory, Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson encourages young adults and children to not focus on the chess pieces they have lost, but rather on what’s left on the board – and to never give up. Preaching the power of thinking strategically and making better life decisions, Orrin, a 55-year-old from Stone Mountain, Georgia, teaches his students the game of chess through what he calls the six magic words: “Take time to think things through.” These words have connected Orrin with more than 55,000 children in 30 states nationwide and internationally, including trips to the Philippines, India and Canada.

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