After a week of anticipation and stress, St. Pete was spared the full brunt of Hurricane Irma. However, there are still people in the Burg that are in need of assistance. Here are some ways to volunteer and help out those impacted by Irma.
St. Petersburg Free Clinic
With widespread power outages, many families in need have lost their food supplies and days of pay as Hurricane Irma swept through Tampa Bay. The St. Petersburg Free Clinic wants to ensure these families have access to food and bill assistance as soon as possible. You can help out by donating or by volunteering.
To ensure enough blood is available locally and for those heavily impacted by Irma, OneBlood urges all eligible donors to donate as soon as possible. While all blood types are needed, there is an urgent call for O negative and O positive blood, as well as platelets and plasma donations. Click HERE to find a location near you.
SPCA Tampa Bay
SPCA staff is working hard to clean cages and move tree limbs to ensure safe facilities for the animals. If you’re interested in volunteering at SPCA contact Lori at LMinton@spcatampabay.org.
In addition to volunteering, consider donating to aid in the recovery and help SPCA prepare to help displaced pets. Click HERE for a full list of shelter needs.
Humane Society of Pinellas
Staff and volunteers will be working to clean up the shelter property and ensure safety for people and pets to return. If you want to lend a hand, please bring your own gloves to protect your hands. For more information on volunteering, check out the Humane Society of Pinellas website.
Help clean up efforts
Hurricane Irma dropped a lot of debris around the St. Pete area. Get involved with clean up efforts such as Keep Pinellas Beautiful to restore the beauty back to the Burg.
Donate to a local food bank
If you are no longer in need of those water bottles and canned food, consider donating them to a local food bank.
Help those heavily impacted in South Florida with Volunteer Florida
Volunteer Florida is the state’s lead agency for volunteers and donations before, during, and after disasters. Volunteer Florida mobilizes and deploys resources to assist those responding to and recovering from disasters. To register with Volunteer Florida check out their website.
If you have a cause or volunteer suggestion, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org