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Volunteers needed for Make a Difference Day
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Volunteers will be making a difference throughout Pinellas County Saturday, Oct. 26.

The Juvenile Welfare Board is coordinating a countywide initiative to commemorate the 23rd annual Make a Difference Day, the nation's largest day of community service.

JWB has partnered with many of its neighborhood family centers and well-established community events to identify volunteer opportunities for its employees, board members, community council members, supporters, partners and "family of" as Pinellas unites together to strengthen children, families and communities, according to Joseph Gallina, JWP public information officer.

The opportunities for support vary per project, but all provide a service that organizers say will truly make a difference in Pinellas County’s communities. Space may be limited at project locations, so volunteers are urged to sign up fast.

JWB created an event page on the national Make a Difference Day website. Anyone interested in signing up for one of the events, should email with the following information:

• Project site of choice

• Full name and contact phone number

• Full names of friends/family members volunteering with you

• Preferred volunteer shift (if applicable)

Volunteer opportunities are scheduled at seven different locations.

Six volunteers are needed at the Lealman/Asian Neighborhood Family Center, 4255 56th Avenue N. St., St. Petersburg, from 8 a.m. to noon, to wash windows.

Twelve volunteers are requested for a communitywide cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon at the Highpoint Neighborhood Family Center, 5812 150th Avenue N., Clearwater.

Twelve people are needed from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Mattie Williams/Safety Harbor Neighborhood Family Center, 1003 Dr. Martin Luther King St. North, Safety Harbor. Scheduled tasks include organization of the Clothing Closet, mulching of the playground and cleanup of the property.

Five volunteers are needed to help with garden improvements, weeding and planting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Greater Ridgecrest Area Youth Development Initiatives, 12601 130th Avenue N., Largo.

A playground cleanup at the Intercultural Advocacy Institute, 612 Franklin St, Clearwater, needs eight volunteers to work from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Citizens Alliance for Progress, Union Academy Family Center, 401 East MLK Drive, Tarpon Springs, needs 12 volunteers from 8 a.m. to noon, to help with a cleanup of the property as well as the historic cemetery grounds.

Last but not least, 12 volunteers, six per shift, as needed to hand out candy and help with children’s arts and crafts projects from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the 19th annual Halloween Spooktacular at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. Volunteer shifts are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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