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Best Volunteer Opportunities For Kids In Tampa Bay

May 25, 2012 6:00 AM

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Give the gift that brings the best rewards: your time … and your kids. Volunteering in the Tampa Bay area is easiest accomplished with an adult, and kids can never start too early. For children between the ages of 6 and 10, volunteering must typically be a family event. Tweens will find more opportunities available through their local schools and neighborhoods, while teenagers have nearly unlimited prospects. Start your search here, with the cream of Tampa’s volunteering crop.
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Plant City Support our Soldiers
P.O. Box 3441
Plant City, FL 33566
(813) 215-0982
plantcitysos.org/

Minimum Age to Volunteer: any age with adult supervision

Children of any age may volunteer to help soldiers by collecting items used in care packages. From playing cards to beef jerky, the littlest gifts make a huge difference in service members’ deployments. Raise funds, gather pre-approved household items, and involve their classmates and schools in their efforts with teacher and principal approval. Families that don’t want to, or just can’t, participate in the money-making side of the program may also volunteer to pack boxes, sort and pick up donations, and work on behind-the-scenes projects for Plant City.

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Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful
Great American Cleanup

PO Box 2104
Tampa, FL 33601
(813) 221-0222
www.keeptampabaybeautiful.org/

Minimum Age to Volunteer: any age with adult supervision
Date: March 1 to May 31

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful provides projects for children of any age, including cleaning neighborhoods and waterways, and participating in environmental events. These projects serve as a means of teaching children responsibility and stewardship. Opportunities include the National Great American Cleanup, International Coastal Cleanup, and Hillsborough River and Waterways Cleanup. Families may provide financial donations and participate in fundraising opportunities as well.

tampa bay general hospital Best Volunteer Opportunities For Kids In Tampa Bay

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Tampa General Hospital Teen Volunteer Program
One Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 844-7449
www.tgh.org/

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 15 by the program’s start June 25

Tampa General Hospital offers a teen volunteer program every summer. Those interested must stay in touch with the hospital to receive notice that signups are available. Children and teens who would like to volunteer during other times of the year will need parental accompaniment. Children who are too young to volunteer in the teen program but would like to help may gather items through the assistance of friends and family members for the hospital’s wish list.

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Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay
28 Columbia Drive
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 258-6430
www.rmhctampabay.com/

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 15
Click here for ideas for younger children
Hours: Mon to Fri – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Teens 15 and older may volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay’s summer program. The Ronald McDonald House provides a place for families of hospitalized children to stay on a temporary basis when illness and injury put them in a pinch. The Ronald McDonald house in Tampa Bay is within walking distance of Tampa General Hospital, making it easier for struggling families and volunteers to juggle their schedules and care. Children younger than 15 may volunteer their services in other ways, such as collecting items from the official wish list, making snack bags, and donating toiletries and money.

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SPCA Tampa Bay
9099 130th Ave. North
Largo, FL 33773
(727) 586-3591
spcatampabayvolunteers.com/

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 16
Click here for the junior volunteer application process
Click here for volunteer hours

Teens interested in volunteering with the SPCA of Tampa Bay must be 16 years old and able to commit at least three hours per week. Those younger than 16 who would like to contribute may collect items for the SPCA wish list. Teens must include two references as well as a 500-word essay on why they would like to volunteer for the SPCA with their application. The application process is more in-depth for the SPCA than many Tampa Bay organizations, and the SPCA must receive all required paperwork no later than May 12. Those whose applications are approved will be contacted for a personal interview to determine whether they will be a good fit for the volunteer department.

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Charisse Van Horn is a successful freelance writer and blogger from Tampa, Florida. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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