SPCA seeks weekday volunteers for office
By TIMES STAFF
Published April 30, 2007
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Tampa Bay needs weekday volunteers to serve as office assistants for various shelter departments. Help is needed with graphics, Web design and data entry. Animal lovers will enjoy a volunteer opportunity that is vital to saving homeless pets and will meet and network with fellow animal lovers with similar interests. Call 727 586-3591, ext. 127.
Guardians ad litem needed for children
More than 1, 000 children in Pinellas County need someone to be their voice in the courtroom, and the county's guardian ad litem program hopes that could be you.
You can learn about becoming a guardian ad litem by attending a one-hour orientation held each week on Thursdays. The time of the orientation is varied to accommodate the schedule of prospective volunteers.
Guardians ad litem speak on behalf of abused, abandoned or neglected children in Pinellas County courts. As a child's advocate, a guardian ad litem becomes familiar with the child and case and makes recommendations to the court to help ensure the child has a safe, caring and stable environment. Guardians ad litem receive training and ongoing supervision to help them make a positive difference in the lives of children.
Call (727) 464-6528 to sign up for an orientation. For information, go to www.guardianadlitem6.org.
Bothered by litter? Call this number
Keep Pinellas Beautiful has a new 24-hour litter reporting hotline residents can use to report litter problems: (727) 210-4663.
The litter hotline is designed for large-scale litter problems or those that pose a public safety hazard, such as cases where items could create traffic problems. Examples include:
- Road or environmental hazards.
- Illegal dumping.
- Areas with major litter problems, such as storm drains with shopping carts or bulky items in them, or places like businesses with widespread litter problems.
The hotline is not for reporting code enforcement problems such as overgrown lawns or minor instances of littering.
Action to remove the trash/litter is taken by Keep Pinellas Beautiful Staff or coordination with the appropriate city or county department.
Callers will need to provide a street address or intersection, description of the litter problem and a contact phone number. Keep Pinellas Beautiful will coordinate with the appropriate city or county departments to address litter reports.
Call (727) 210-4663 during regular business hours or visit the Web site at www.keep pinellasbeautiful.org.
Teen volunteer guide available
To promote youth volunteerism and help students complete service projects, the Volunteer Action Center and 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares has published the Pinellas County Teen Guide to Service Learning.
The guide lists 26 agencies in Pinellas that have volunteer opportunities for teens who need to complete 75 hours for the Bright Futures scholarship or for other programs.
For a free copy, call 211 or visit www.211tampabay.org. The 211 information line has information on health and human services in Pinellas, Hernando and Citrus counties. To reach the information line from a phone that's blocked from making three-digit calls, call 210-4211.
Hearing-impaired program expanded
The Deaf and Hearing Connection for Tampa Bay has expanded its no-cost telephone loan services, which include amplified telephone and equipment usage, at the following locations: Largo Library, Clearwater Library, Palm Harbor Library, Dunedin Senior Center, Safety Harbor Library, the Upper Tampa Bay Library, St. Petersburg Sunshine Center, Gulfport Senior Center and the Gulf Beaches Library. Call (727) 399-9983 for dates and times.
Small business program upgraded
Pinellas County has revised and renamed what used to be known as the Small Business Assistance Program.
Under its new name, the Small Business Enterprise Program allows qualified vendors to bid for county purchases from $2, 000 to $10, 000.
The program is designed to benefit all small businesses principally located in Pinellas County, regardless of the gender or race of their owners, with sales and staffing below established limits. Employers with fewer than 50 full-time employees and annual gross revenue of less than $2-million are eligible.
To learn more, call 464-3148 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org An online application is available at www.pinellascounty.org/ purchase/sbap1.htm.