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United Way Suncoast Resource Centers Provide a Helping Hand

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Resource Center – the name says it all.

For three neighborhoods across Tampa Bay, the United Way Suncoast Resource Centers provide hope, help and the resources our neighbors need to build a better tomorrow. At Campbell Park (St. Petersburg), North Greenwood (Clearwater) and Sulphur Springs (Tampa), we’re improving and empowering neighborhoods to create success and change.

Campbell Park Resource Center

Serving South St. Petersburg’s Campbell Park Neighborhood, the Resource Center is located at John Hopkins Middle School. This collaboration between United Way Suncoast, the Duke Energy Foundation and the City of St. Petersburg is a one-stop center providing services for families working toward long-term financial stability. Among the many services offered are:

  • VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)
  • Financial Stability workshops
  • Career Readiness and Job Training programs
  • Family Support services
  • Computer lab
  • And more

North Greenwood Resource Center

This Resource Center is home to the Operation Graduate program, with a focus of on-time high school graduation. The program achieves its goals by targeting two groups of students. Middle schoolers are able to take credit recovery classes so they can graduate with their peers, as well as having a safe space to hang out after school each day. The other group is made up of high school juniors and seniors who fall into the academic middle. Without the best or worst grades, they are at risk of being overlooked. Students are introduced to college and work experiences to help them graduate on-time with a plan for college or career. The program is a collaboration between United Way Suncoast, the Clearwater Police Department, St. Petersburg College and Pinellas County Schools.

Additionally, the center provides adults with:

  • Job Searches
  • Resume Building
  • Computer lab
  • Fax and copies
  • Notary services

Sulphur Springs Resource Center

Serving the Sulphur Springs community of Tampa for more than 10 years, the primary focus is financial stability through workforce development and economic support. Working with strategic community partners, the center provides a host of services including:

  • Basic Computer Classes
  • Career Training and Certification
  • Financial Coaching
  • First-Time Home Buyer Classes
  • GED Classes
  • Legal Aid
  • VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)
  • And more

As the Resource Centers were forced to closed in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, United Way Suncoast quickly realized that the surrounding neighborhoods were even more in need of the services provided. Before the pandemic hit, 43% of all households across our five-county footprint were not earning enough to cover basic needs. Known as the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) population, they were among the first to lose jobs due to the pandemic. As COVID-19 spread across our region, they struggled to feed their families, keep a roof over their heads and pay for basic needs.

Transitioning from in-person services to alternative ways to help, team members at the centers:

  • Contacted neighbors that had previously visited to connect them to services as needed.
  • Connected individuals calling for assistance to case management services virtually and via phone/email.
  • Kept individuals up-to-date on COVID-19 efforts and provided important information on topics like economic stimulus payments and evictions.
  • Connected individuals with partners like Bay Area Legal Services for virtual tenant workshops and more.
  • Contacted Operation Graduate students to ensure they had computers issued by the school, technology to implement and mental health checks.
  • Worked with St. Pete Works to provide jobs for unemployed residents in the South St. Petersburg Area

One of the most important services has been partnering with Feeding Tampa Bay (FTB) since mid-2020 to provide weekly food distributions to neighborhood families.

  • Campbell Park - FTB provides 10 pallets of food (1,000 lbs. each) including fresh fruit and vegetables, water, milk, bread and other essentials. Between 200 and 300 families receive food each week.
  • Sulphur Springs – partners with FTB, Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA Veggie Van and the Sulphur Springs K-8 Community School to provide 500 frozen, prepared meals along with fresh produce.
  • North Greenwood – partners with FTB to provide 250 frozen, prepared meals

But there is so much more to do. Thousands across our region are still struggling with unemployment, food insecurity, a looming eviction crisis and health challenges. Many don’t know where their next meal is coming from, or how they will pay the rent or other bills.

As we face the uncertainty of an ongoing pandemic, a looming eviction crisis and continued financial instability, the one certainty moving forward is that the United Way Suncoast Resource Centers are needed more than ever. We will continue to serve the underserved neighborhoods and provide hope for our struggling neighbors.

United We Rise. United We Win.

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