Group petitioning Congress to help pets
By TIMES WIRES
Published August 1, 2007
Defend Our Pets is seeking home owners to sign a petition taht will be presented to congress before the summer session is over in hope of passing a bill to protect pets through tougher laws and regulations concerning the quality of pet food sold in the Uniter States. For information, visit www.defendourpets.org or e-mail Attorney Jay Edeleson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. The next training for guardians ad litem is scheduled for July 10. For information, go to www.guardianadlitem6.org.
Print out checklist for disaster survival items
Pinellas County Emergency Management has created a printable disaster survival kit that can make shopping for essential items to have on hand easier.
For information on hurricane preparedness, call 464-3800 or go to www.pinellascounty.org/emergency.
Variety of summer exhibits at library
The library is for more than books. The Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave., has a variety of exhibits on display through the summer:
-Read stories of local foster children aged 8 to 16 and see professional portraits that feature faces, voices and stories at the Progress Energy Heart Gallery. The exhibit runs through Aug. 10.
-Self-portraits drawn by Clearwater young people are in the About Face exhibit until Aug. 28.
-Collectables and unique beads by Maryann Larson are in the Awesome Bead Hats exhibit until Aug. 28.
Library hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (727) 562-4970, ext. 5284.
'We fix It' program seeks volunteers
Can you fix stuff? The Hale Activity Center is seeking adults 50 and older to join the 20-year-old "We fix It" referral program which pairs seniors in need of odd jobs with handy helpers. Experienced workers are needed in a variety of tasks including, light carpentry and electric work.
Volunteers also are needed to help staff the center's gift shopt during normal business hours.Volunteer shifts would be for three hours once a week Monday through Friday.
The center is at 330 Douglas Ave. Call (727) 298-3299.
Volunteers needed in mentoring program
Gulf Coast Community Care needs volunteers age 30 and older for its mentoring program. Volunteers are matched with children who need a positive adult role model. There is a need for volunteers for children of all ages. No experience necessary, no costs. Volunteers spend a few hours a week in activities like reading, fishing, baking, teaching a craft or visiting a park. Call 479-1841 or 479-1825.
Friends of Library seeking donations
CLEARWATER - Before silverfish overrun your old paperback collection, why not donate it? The Friends of the Library Book & Gift Store in Clearwater's Main Library is seeking donations of paperback books in good condition for resale in the store.
Bring your donations to the Main Library or call Judy Bazata at 461-6272 if pickup is needed.
Proceeds from the Friends of the Clearwater Library bookstores are used to enhance the Clearwater Public Library system.
The store also needs volunteers to work certain days and hours. A short training session is required. The Friends Book & Gift Store is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Work hours are variable, generally two hours a week. To volunteer call Rosalie Murray at 531-0667.
Get homes ready for storm with loan
Through its Home Repair Loan Program, Pinellas County continues to offer low-cost loans up to $45,000 to help some residents make their homes hurricane ready for the 2007 season.
Improvements can include roof bracing or replacement, impact resistant windows and doors, and storm shutters.
The home must be the applicant's primary residence and located within Pinellas County, excluding Belleair Shore, Clearwater, Largo and St. Petersburg, which have similar programs.
To qualify for the county program, household income must be less than 120 percent of Area Median Income and the value of the single-family detached home, townhouse, villa, cooperative or condominium cannot exceed $151,000.
For information, contact Pinellas County Community Development at (727) 464-8210 or visit www.pinellascounty.org.
Brooker educational center needs help
Looking to help out? Friendly, outgoing volunteers are needed at the Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center as exhibit hall docents and summer camp assistants. Call 453-6800.