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Thanksmas Day of Volunteering

On Friday, July 11 Joe Maddon and his team of Thanksmas elves will be bringing good cheer to those in need throughout Tampa Bay with the first ever Thanksmas Day of Volunteering. Check out the information below and sign up for a volunteer opportunity near you.

Volunteer Opportunities


THE SALVATION ARMY OF ST. PETERSBURG*

340 14th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Volunteers are needed to: Assist with prepping, serving and clean-up for lunch and dinner. Assist with cleaning and re-stocking items in shelter dorms.

5-6 volunteers are needed for each project and each shift. Morning, lunch and evening shifts are available.

*QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Ability to lift 10 - 25 pounds

Contact Gail Stark at 727-550-8080, ext. 332 or gail_stark@uss.salvationarmy.org

THE SALVATION ARMY OF BRADENTON*

1204 14TH Street West
Bradenton, FL 34206

Volunteers are needed to: Staff one of three food donation booths throughout the community. Booths will be set up outside of a yet to be determined grocery retailer.

3-5 volunteers are needed for each location for Friday, July 11th from 4pm-7pm and Saturday, July 12th from 10am-1pm.

*QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be polite, courteous and welcoming while interacting with the public

Contact Melissa Fernandez at 941-757-5779 or Melissa_Fernandez@uss.salvationarmy.org


THE SALVATION ARMY OF TAMPA*

1603 N. Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33604
or
1100 W. Sligh Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602

Volunteers are needed to: Assist with prepping, serving and clean-up for lunch. Assist with yard work, clearing brushes, window cleaning.

5-10 volunteers are needed from 8:30am-4:30pm.

*QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Ability to lift 10 - 25 pounds

Contact Jennifer Dodd at 813-224-9207 or jennifer_dodd@uss.salvationarmy.org

HOMELESS EMERGENCY PROJECT*

1120 North Betty Lane
Clearwater, FL 33755

Volunteers are needed to: Assist with prepping, serving and clean-up for lunch. Assist with yard work, mulching and painting. Assist with sorting, organizing and pricing donations.

5-15 volunteers are needed for each project and each shift. Morning, lunch and evening shifts are available.

*QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ability to lift 25 pounds

Victoria Richards at 727.442.9041 Ext. 107 or VictoriaR@ethep.org

 

To sign up please contact the site for which you would like to volunteer by July 8. Please be sure to include your T-shirt size. You will receive your tickets and T-shirt at your volunteer location. Details for the game on July 27 will be provided on Thanksmas Day of Volunteering.

 

T-shirt

For rolling up your sleeves with us, you'll receive an official Thanksmas volunteer T-shirt and tickets to the Red Sox vs Rays game on Sunday, July 27 and the opportunity to be in a group photo with the Rays skipper. Projects will benefit local Salvation Army chapters and the Homeless Emergency Project.

 

 

About Thanksmas: Tampa Bay Rays Manager Joe Maddon first introduced his annual Thanksmas program in 2006 with the purpose of bringing awareness to the homeless situation in Tampa Bay. Maddon cooked up the idea to create an event that brought attention to the growing number of homeless individuals in Tampa Bay by serving his family's traditional holiday favorites in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, a critical time for those in need.

Maddon took recipes from his Italian and Polish roots and combined them to create the Thanksmas meal. He rallied fellow coaches and staff members at Tropicana Field to prepare meals for thousands at bay area homeless shelters. Over the last eight Thankmas events, Maddon has served approximately 7,000 individuals in need and provided many with clothing, shoes, scarves and other necessities. His fundraising efforts have also resulted in thousands of dollars in donations to the shelters.