Commuters from Clearwater: The Path to Volunteerism

While USF St. Petersburg is establishing itself as an in-residence campus, the number of commuter students is hardly wavering. Students still drive from Largo, Clearwater, even South Tampa to attend the campus by the Bay.

Organizations and businesses at the Civic Engagement Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 3rd, displayed an array of volunteer programs, most of which are located in St. Petersburg, but making a difference in your community is not limited to those with a downtown St. Petersburg zip code

If you are a Clearwater resident looking to volunteer close to home, Clearwater Parks and Recreation offer several options. Visit this link to get a volunteer application form and to view available volunteer positions within Clearwater.

If you want a sneak peak, I did some homework for you and grabbed two sheets from the City of Clearwater booth. This is what they say:

Sheet #1: Wanted. Homework Helpers.

Volunteers are needed to assist with a tutor/mentor program, offered to children grades K-5 at Countryside Recreation Center and the Long Center.

Countryside Recreation Center

2640 Sabal Springs Drive

Clearwater, FL 33761


Long Center

1501 N. Belcher Road

Clearwater, FL 337765


  • Flexible scheduling
  • Minimum one-hour shifts, one shift per week
  • Great opportunity for Bright Futures
  • All subjects needed

Please call Karen Maldonado at 727-562-4803 for more information.

Sheet #2: Volunteer Opportunities

Project Homeless Connect: Assist homeless individuals and families to acquire services from various agencies at the event. Approximately 500 volunteers needed.

Saturday, September 27, 2008. Please contact Betty Moran at the American Red Cross to volunteer. 727-446-2358.

Studio Waltz: Welcome guests, point them in the right direction and assist artists.

Saturday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, 1 – 4 p.m. Clearwater Main Library.

Clearwater Jazz Holiday: Chair rental. Other opportunities available by visiting Thursday, Oct. 16 through Sunday, Oct. 19. Coachman Park.

Fall Costume Ball: (for persons with intellectual disabilities) Assist in serving refreshments, supervision and contests. Costume preferred, but not required.

Friday, Oct. 24, 6 – 10 p.m. Countryside Recreation Center.

Q105 Anniversary Concert: Coke wagon, volunteer food, chair rental and usher. Saturday, Oct. 11. Coachman Park.

La Nueva 3rd Anniversary Concert: Coke wagon, volunteer food, chair rental and usher. Sunday, Oct. 11. Coachman Park.

Florida Coastal Clean up:: Saturday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m. – noon. Memorial Causeway.

Saturday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m. – noon. Downtown Clearwater. Tools, supplies and water provided.

Boo Bash at Bright House: (FREE, Alternative Trick or Treat) Volunteers needed to run games and activity booths. Costume suggested, but not required. Friday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Bright House Networks Field.

Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3: Pre-race opportunities beginning Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008.Harborview Center. Race day opportunities: Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008. Clearwater Beach. Please contact Brittany Ramone at 727-562-4670 to volunteer for this event.

Unless otherwise indicated, contact Karen Maldonado to sign up for opportunities at

727-562-4803 or e-mail at


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