How to Give Back in Tampa Bay

 THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO GIVE BACK IN TAMPA BAY!

THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO GIVE BACK IN TAMPA BAY!

Happy Independence Week, Boss Babes! I wanted to take a moment to share some details about Tampa Bay-based non-profits that empower women & girls in our community in one easy to find place. The less time you have to hunt around for the details you need to help women in your community get closer to living a creative, fulfilled life that they love, the better!

The best email ever hit my inbox over the weekend and it was a Boss Babe from the community who recalled us hosting a donation drive for gently used women’s clothing earlier this year. She was wondering about the details on who the clothes were being donated to because she’s cleaning out her closet and wanted the donations to benefit a more local effort. That was such a kind & exciting message to receive, because I’m totally aware that there are women out there who want to give back but don’t know where to start. We wanna help! Here are some non-profits we have collected donations & funds for as well as raised awareness of their mission and we think once you get to know them you’ll find that they’re exactly what you’ve been looking for. The best part about giving back is that there are so many ways to help. You can host a donation drive, raise funds, volunteer your time, and yes— even clean out your closet. 

Take a peek at the details below & if you have any other questions, feel free to drop them in the comments and even reach out to the non-profit you’re interested in helping. This is by no means a list of the only ways to get involved— this is just a short list to show that there are lots of ways to get involved with a non-profit whose mission you’re passionate about. Thanks for being interested in giving back & stay boss. xx

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 OUR SECOND BABE CRAFTED MEMBER VOLUNTEER DAY OF 2018. WE TIDIED UP A COMMUNAL KITCHEN AT CASA AND LEARNED MORE ABOUT THEIR MISSION. PHOTO BY JESSICA FREDERICKS PHOTOGRAPHY.

OUR SECOND BABE CRAFTED MEMBER VOLUNTEER DAY OF 2018. WE TIDIED UP A COMMUNAL KITCHEN AT CASA AND LEARNED MORE ABOUT THEIR MISSION. PHOTO BY JESSICA FREDERICKS PHOTOGRAPHY.

CASA St. Petersburg

1011 1st Avenue N. St. Petersburg, FL 33706

727-828-1233

CASA is Pinellas County’s largest domestic violence resource & shelter for women and families. They have a 100+ bed shelter (the shelter is GPS protected —  the address above is for their thrift shop) and offer resources like a 24-hour hotline and emergency shelter, non-residential programs such as support groups for economic empowerment and legal advocacy, Child Protective Investigative Team support, community and corporate training, and the CASA Peacemakers anti-bullying and healthy relationship school curriculum. 

Ways to help: 

- Shop in the thrift store on 1st Avenue from Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM as well as Saturday from 9 AM to 4 PM. 

- Drop off donations such as clothing, furniture, household items to the thrift store Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 5 PM and on Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM. 

- Host a benefit event on behalf of CASA. 

- Host a donation drive and/or pick up some things on your weekly stop at the grocery store that CASA needs on a regular basis, you can check out their Wish List. 

- Volunteer! If interested in volunteering, get in touch with Volunteer Coordinator Kelly Steele at KSteele@casa-stpete.org

 WE HOSTED A DONATION DRIVE FOR DRESS FOR SUCCESS AT A BOSS BABE CLUB COMMUNITY EVENT FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS AT KENDRA SCOTT IN 2017. OUR TEAM IS POSING WITH JUDY BENSINGER, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF DFS. PHOTO BY THE DASHING GINGER.

WE HOSTED A DONATION DRIVE FOR DRESS FOR SUCCESS AT A BOSS BABE CLUB COMMUNITY EVENT FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS AT KENDRA SCOTT IN 2017. OUR TEAM IS POSING WITH JUDY BENSINGER, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF DFS. PHOTO BY THE DASHING GINGER.

Dress For Success Tampa Bay

1705 N. Howard Avenue Tampa, FL 33607

813-259-1876

Dress For Success was founded in 1997 and is now located in 150 cities and 30 countries! We have a Dress For Success location located in Tampa Bay on N. Howard Avenue. Dress For Success strives to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. DFS works with women in the community on a referral basis. Women are referred for DFS from agencies that provide job training & employment services, including domestic violence shelters. Some of the services DFS provides include suiting for interviews, employment retention, and job training. DFS is known for their suiting. Once a woman has an outfit that makes her feel confident, she’s much more likely to land the job. If she gets the job, she can come back to DFS and pick out a whole week’s worth of clothing to have. Confidence is priceless.

Ways to help:

- Drop off gently used professional clothing as well as shoes, handbags, and accessories at their boutique located on N. Howard. Their office hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 AM to 4 PM and Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM (closed on Friday & Sunday). 

- Host a donation drive! Your friends and coworkers most likely have clothing and accessories they no longer need and would love to donate for a good cause.

- Make a tax deductible donation on their website.

- Volunteer! To get involved with sponsorship or volunteer opportunities at DFS fundraising events, including their annual sale, contact Towera Loper at admin@dfstampabay.org.

 A BOSS BABE CLUB HOLIDAY COMMUNITY EVENT FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS AT STRANDS OF SUNSHINE IN 2017. WE RAISED FUNDS FOR GIRLS ROCK CAMP'S 2018 CAMP SEASON AND HIGHLIGHTED THEIR MISSION. PHOTO BY JESSICA FREDERICKS PHOTOGRAPHY.

A BOSS BABE CLUB HOLIDAY COMMUNITY EVENT FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS AT STRANDS OF SUNSHINE IN 2017. WE RAISED FUNDS FOR GIRLS ROCK CAMP'S 2018 CAMP SEASON AND HIGHLIGHTED THEIR MISSION. PHOTO BY JESSICA FREDERICKS PHOTOGRAPHY.

Girls Rock Camp St. Pete

Girls Rock Camp St. Pete started in 2015. It’s part of an international group called The Girls Rock Camp Alliance, a network of youth-centered arts and social justice organizations. The Girls Rock Camp Alliance provides resources and space for community building. Each chapter gets girls together to learn about music, form a band, and then play at a showcase. It builds confidence and provides girls with positive mentorship experiences and lasting friendships.

Ways to help:

- Sponsor their summer showcase on July 21 by attending the event, donating a raffle item, or being a sponsor with your business. Details on the upcoming showcase as well as sponsorship opportunities are on their website.

- Volunteer! You don’t have to be a musician in order to be of great help to GRC. They’re looking for all kinds of support, such as counselors, coaches, and women that have found a way to rock one way or another. If you’re interested in volunteering or sponsoring, send a message in the contact form on their website. 

 THE CENTRE FOR GIRLS' PROGRAMMING DIRECTOR, SARTURA SHUMAN-SMITH SHARING ALL ABOUT C4G'S MISSION AND PROGRAMMING AT A BOSS BABE CLUB HALLOWEEN PARTY FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS AT VALHALLA RESALE IN 2017. PHOTO BY THE DASHING GINGER.

THE CENTRE FOR GIRLS' PROGRAMMING DIRECTOR, SARTURA SHUMAN-SMITH SHARING ALL ABOUT C4G'S MISSION AND PROGRAMMING AT A BOSS BABE CLUB HALLOWEEN PARTY FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS AT VALHALLA RESALE IN 2017. PHOTO BY THE DASHING GINGER.

The Centre For Girls

105 W. Sligh Avenue Tampa, FL 33604

813-231-3404

The Centre For Girls is located in Seminole Heights and offers after school programming as well as summer camp to girls aged 5 to 14 from all over Tampa. It’s operated by The Helen Gordon Davis Centre For Women and introduces girls to lots of diverse programming, including music production, STEM, arts, and so much more. C4G’s programming is very hands on and they inspire all girls to be confident, respect others, love themselves, appreciate diversity, to name a few. 

Ways to help:

- Sponsor a Young Riser. Each month, one middle school girl from C4G’s program is chosen to be the Young Riser of the Month. Types of Riser gifts include art supplies, gift cards, and outdoor equipment. 

- Host a benefit event or raffle to raise funds for unique programming at C4G.

- Volunteer to teach a workshop or class to the girls at C4G! If you’re interested in sponsoring a program or volunteering, contact Sartura Shuman-Smith at ssmith@thecentre.org.

 STAY TUNED FOR PHOTOS FROM OUR UPCOMING BOSS BABE CLUB COMMUNITY EVENT AT KENDRA SCOTT. THE SPRING IS THE BENEFICIARY.

STAY TUNED FOR PHOTOS FROM OUR UPCOMING BOSS BABE CLUB COMMUNITY EVENT AT KENDRA SCOTT. THE SPRING IS THE BENEFICIARY.

The Spring of Tampa Bay

211 N. Willow Avenue Tampa, FL 33606

813-247-7233

The mission of The Spring of Tampa Bay, Inc. is to prevent domestic violence, protect victims, and promote change in the lives of families and communities. The Spring was founded in 1977 and has provided sanctuary and services to more than 60,000 abused adults and their children. They are one of the largest domestic violence centers in Florida and have services such as a 24-hour crisis hotline, a 128 bed emergency shelter, outreach services, safety planning, and more. 

Ways to help:

- Shop in their thrift store and even donate items at the Willow Avenue location Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM (closed on Saturday & Sunday).

- Make a tax deductible donation on their website.

- Host a benefit event. If you’re interested in hosting an event on behalf of The Spring, contact Amanda Puccinelli at apuccinelli@thespring.org.

- Host a donation drive and/or pick up some things on your weekly stop at the grocery store that The Spring needs on a regular basis, you can check out their Wish List. 

- Volunteer! If you’re interested in getting involved by way of volunteering, get in touch by sending an email to volunteer@thespring.org

 WE HOSTED AN ALBUM LISTENING PARTY FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS AT DADDY KOOL RECORDS IN 2017. WE RAISED FUNDS AND AWARENESS FOR TRUSTING THE PROCESS. PHOTO BY CAITLYN CONNOLLY OF LIVE.SWEAT.SLEEP.REPEAT.

WE HOSTED AN ALBUM LISTENING PARTY FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS AT DADDY KOOL RECORDS IN 2017. WE RAISED FUNDS AND AWARENESS FOR TRUSTING THE PROCESS. PHOTO BY CAITLYN CONNOLLY OF LIVE.SWEAT.SLEEP.REPEAT.

Trusting The Process FL

Trusting The Process is a St. Pete-based non-profit that helps to build confidence and change perceptions on our homeless community with help and support from volunteers. TTP was created in 2016 to help empower women who are transitioning out of homelessness by setting up events that provide them with a haircut, makeup, and clothing they feel confident in. 

Ways to help:

- Donate gently used clothing, accessories, children/teen clothing, and plus size clothing at their drop off location Salon Tru, located at 3801 Park Street North, Suite 2 St. Petersburg, FL 33709 from Tuesday through Thursday at 9 AM to 9 PM and Friday through Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM (closed Sunday and Monday). 

- Make a tax deductible donation on their website.

- Volunteer at a future transformation event. For details on future events and volunteer dates, email Alexia Perry at trustingtheprocessfl@gmail.com.

 

 ORIGINAL PHOTO BY JESSICA FREDERICKS PHOTOGRAPHY.

ORIGINAL PHOTO BY JESSICA FREDERICKS PHOTOGRAPHY.

For more information on Babe Crafted, our membership for women entrepreneurs & community leaders in Tampa Bay, please click here. We highlight a non-profit that empowers women & girls every quarter with a Volunteer Day, donation drive, & more. We are lucky to have the support & resources to lift one another up, but not every woman is so lucky. We try to bridge this gap in every way we can. Philanthropy is very important to us & is reflected in the programming we offers to the Boss Babe Club community as well las our annual members.