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    © St. Petersburg Times, published October 29, 2000

    Volunteers needed to help abused and neglected kids

    CLEARWATER -- Gulf Coast Community Care, a non-profit and non-denominational organization, is seeking volunteers 30 or older to work with abused and neglected children. In its Permanency Support Program, the agency places volunteers with children ages 3-11 who live in state-sanctioned foster homes.

    Volunteers are asked to spend between two and four hours a week with one child. The volunteer and child might participate in activities such as reading, fishing and baking.

    Both male and female volunteers are needed, particularly in mid and south Pinellas County. For information, call the agency at 538-7460 and ask for Nancy Friedman at ext. 3018 or Polly Fisher at ext. 3014.

    Water workout targets new moms, moms-to-be

    BELLEAIR -- A comprehensive water workout program for pregnant mothers and those who delivered babies recently is offered from 11 a.m. to noon Mondays at the Belleview Biltmore Eclips Spa, 25 Belleview Blvd.

    For information on fees or to sign up, call Mickey Nault at 442-0618.

    Free guide lists county youth service programs

    ST. PETERSBURG -- A free guide listing more than 70 Pinellas County non-profit agencies is available to young people interested in performing a service learning project for the Bright Futures scholarships. Students who need to fulfill service-hour requirements for high school graduation also may request a copy. The guide, available through the Volunteer Action Center of Pinellas Cares Inc., gives a description of each agency, contact names and telephone numbers.

    For a free copy or for information on youth volunteer opportunities, call the Volunteer Action Center at 550-4035.

    Foundation distributing free child I.D. kits

    LARGO -- Free child photo I.D. and fingerprint kits are available through the Missing Children Awareness Foundation Inc., 13094 95th St. N, Largo. Since 1984, the non-profit foundation has made the kits available to parents and guardians in the event a child is reported missing.

    Each kit contains a section for listing the child's physical description and any distinguishing marks, a dental chart to be filled in by a dentist, a personal information section, DNA instructions, room for a photograph and thumbprint and instructions. Kits are available in English and Spanish; specify when ordering. Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Missing Children Awareness Foundation, 13094 95th St. N, Largo, FL 33773.

    In addition to distributing the child I.D. kits, the foundation sponsors a Christmas party for needy families. For information, call the foundation at 585-5360.

    Free or reduced-cost mammograms offered

    Women 50 or older in Pinellas County may be eligible for free or reduced-cost mammograms from the Pinellas County Health Department. Women who might qualify are those without health insurance, those with low incomes or who are on Medicare.

    Included in the appointments are a clinical breast exam and a free Pap smear test to detect cancer of the cervix in its earliest stages.

    To make an appointment or for information, call the Health Department at 824-6917 or 824-6900. The facility is at 500 Seventh Ave. S, St. Petersburg.

    You can help a child through Linking Lifetimes

    Adults 30 and older have the opportunity to become a mentor on a one-to-one basis with a child age 11-14 through the Linking Lifetimes program.

    No experience is necessary and training will be provided by Gulf Coast Community care.

    Children come from a singe-parent, low-income home and need the additional activity, attention and support a mentor can provide. For information, call 538-760 for Jane at ext. 3019 or Beverly at ext. 3192.

    Children are in need of volunteer grandparents

    Grandmothers and grandfathers are needed by Gulf Coast Community Care of Pinellas County. Mature adults over the age of 50 are needed to volunteer to spend time with a child who needs the special love and attention only a grandparent can provide.

    Volunteers are asked to spend two to four hours a week developing a close, loving relationship with one child. For information, call 538-7460 for Jane at ext. 3019 or Beverly at ext. 3192.

    Businesses can exhibit products at vendor fair

    Vendors are needed to exhibit business products or services for purchase or to provide information at a vendor fair to be held Nov. 28 in Pinellas Park. The event, sponsored by the American Business Women's Association Suncoast Charter Chapter, is from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Banquet Masters, 81000 Park Blvd. Vendor fees are $10, and the deadline is Monday. A buffet dinner is available for $10. Deadline for reservations is Nov. 10. Membership in Suncoast Charter Chapter of ABWA includes Largo, Seminole, Pinellas Park and St. Petersburg.

    The group meets for dinner the second Tuesday of the month at Banquet Masters. Reservations are required.

    For information, call Marion Schindler at 391-8889.

    Barbershop group seeks full range of male voices

    PALM HARBOR -- The Palm Harbor Men's Barbershop Chorus is expanding its membership and is looking for tenors, leads, baritones and basses who enjoy barbershop harmony.

    The group meets at 7 p.m. every Monday at the Palm Harbor Senior Activities Center, 1500 16th St.

    For information, call 784-8052 or 532-6126.

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