All posts by Haley Haman

SPC Students Building Hope

Habitat for Humanity has a vision where everyone has a decent place to live and call home. Their mission is to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope.

On Friday, April 21st St. Petersburg College Downtown and Midtown campus joined together to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity to help revitalize a home for a deserving family.

There was a total of 10 SPC students and staff out of the 16 total volunteers that showed up and were put to work. Habitat homebuyers help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. We were tasked with restoring the home by painting inside the house , changing doors in each room, yard work in the front and backyard, pressure washing the driveway, cleaning the outside of the home, and also changing out windows.

Habitat for Humanity actively helps the community by providing affordable housing for families and  SPC is proud to join Habitat, the local community, and the new homeowners in helping to make this a wonderful home. Volunteers completed a step in the process that will still be ongoing for this house to be completed and made a huge impact in the homeowners’ life and future home. 

Being able to give to those in our community hope is all apart of the #theSPCdifference !

Keep Pinellas Beautiful: Great American Clean-Up

Here in Florida we LOVE our beaches! What better way to help  the environment than volunteering your time doing a beach clean-up?

On Friday, March 18th, the Outdoors Club at St. Petersburg College Downtown Campus came together to participate in the Great American Clean-Up at St. Pete Beach- Upham Beach with Keep Pinellas Beautiful.

The Outdoors Club arrived and got straight to work, walking along the shore and in between cabanas located on the beautiful, St. Pete Beach. The majority of our trash bags were full of cigarette buds, water bottles, pop cans, straws and bottle caps. The impact that the students made will not only draw in more families and friends to a cleaner beach, but also help keep marine life safe and healthy.

 

The Great American Clean-Up is a nation wide program that promotes clean parks, beaches, and public areas around the United States. Volunteers gather in their communities from March 1st to May 31st to help Keep America Beautiful.

Keep Pinellas Beautiful is an organization that promotes a clean environment in the community through volunteer programs. They work along side with businesses, schools, neighborhood groups and local governments to encourage recycling around the community especially in areas like beaches, parks, roadways and green spaces.

The mission of Keep Pinellas Beautiful is to conserve and beautify our natural environment by means of community engagement and education. 

Keep America Beautiful envisions a country where every community is a clean, green and beautiful place to live.

“Did you know that approximately 1.4 billion pounds of trash per year enters the ocean?” NOAA

Participating in a beach clean-up is rewarding because of the impact on the environment. St. Petersburg, FL is well known for their lovely beaches, and when the community can give back to the beautiful atmosphere, it results in overall happier beach visitors and animals.

St. Petersburg Free Clinic – Giving a Helping Hand

 Volunteering at the St. Pete Free Clinic will not only give you the “feel-good” hearty feeling but also open your eyes and heart to those in need right here in our community.

Three hours of teamwork can influence the lives of more than 800 people in our community.

The Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement encourages the act of giving back and the St. Pete Free Clinic is a local spot to do just that. On Friday, February 17th SPC students from the Downtown Campus came together at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic to pack lunches for kids and families that are food insecure.

The St. Pete Free Clinic houses many programs from food banks, a community kitchen, health care resources and shelter. For the most part, the clinic is volunteer-based and sees about 400 volunteers a year.

Programs at the Clinic:

What did we do to help?

On Friday, SPC students volunteered for the Pack-A-Sack Program which sends children home with food to have over the weekend when they aren’t at school. Students from SPC worked together to pack a bag full of snacks that the kids especially like such as crackers, peanuts, fruit snacks, ravioli, shelf stable milk and more.

“Two days is too long. No child should
go hungry over the weekend.”

At the end of the 3 hours of teamwork, we managed to pack enough bags to feed 800 people. It’s truly jaw dropping how easy it was to influence that many lives in such a short amount of time.

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