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Tales of Our Volunteer Heroes and Life-Changing Community Service Programs

Want ideas for volunteering in the Tampa Bay area? Enjoy articles and volunteer and contributor spotlights that offer insights and firsthand experiences with our programs.

TeleHealth Buddies: Supporting Seniors with Chronic Disease

Before COVID-19 we launched Health Buddies to reduce preventable hospital readmissions for at-risk elders struggling with chronic disease.   Hospital readmissions are very expensive, accounting for $15 billion in annual health care spending.  Many who returned to the...

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Students and Seniors Getting Through Crisis, Together

An Intergenerational TelePals Story Chelsea Hammerton, a psychology student at USF St. Petersburg has it all planned out. She will pursue her ambition to earn a Masters degree in Psychology at USF as soon she earns her BA in 2021. It’s the next step in her life goal...

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Operation Veteran Connect

Operation: Veteran Connect engages volunteers who are veterans or military family members who feel a special calling to serve other veterans.   Many are mobilized as AmeriCorps Members, committing 20 hours/week for a full year to empower veterans in their...

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We’re Here for You. Because Together, We’re Better.

The last few months have been hard on all of us. COVID-19 has spread more than disease: it has spread isolation, loneliness, and fear. Usually, we talk about this trifecta in terms of seniors. Now, we know it’s wreaking havoc on everyone. It is easy in times like this...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Growing Hope with Tomatoes

If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that good begets good. In a time of crisis, loneliness and fear, Seniors in Service volunteers have found ways to bring sunshine. Our volunteers Don and Connie Smith are a great example. They, along with their neighbor, Jackie...

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Click below to learn why!Seniors in Service volunteers experience both emotional and physical health benefits from staying active and fulfilled, delaying their own need for services. Our volunteers feel a true sense of purpose from using their existing skills – and...

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Match Campaign: EXTENDED!

Here's how Seniors in Service is helping Tampa Bay Seniors stay healthy, safe, and connected: TelePals offers friendly conversation and wellness checks that tells a lonely senior, “You have a friend who cares.” Your gift helps someone’s elderly parent or widowed...

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Readers in Motion Helps Kids & Parents Adapt to New Reality

Readers in Motion has been offering close, personal support during this time of mandatory social distancing. Classrooms are our usual arena, but with that being paused for now, we went directly to the source to see how we could help. The result? Over 1,000...

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