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News Celebrating Our Volunteers and the Benefits of Volunteering

Want ideas for volunteering in the Tampa Bay area? Enjoy newsletters offering program and upcoming event updates and volunteers’ firsthand experiences with our programs.

Past Issues

Geared Up News – June 2020


  • TelePals has helped reduce social isolation for over 100 Tampa Bay seniors.
  • We shifted to virtual service delivery, with client referrals and volunteer applications on and volunteer training delivered through virtual e-Learnings.
  • Readers in Motion kept kids and parents engaged with reading challenges that helped them with e-Learning and inspired parent engagement.
  • Dining Out At Home worked with community partners, responding to the 300% increase in requests from low-income seniors for home-delivered meals.
  • Seniors in Service continued to provide volunteers with service opportunities to serve with local non-profits.

Full June 2020 Newsletter

Geared Up News – July 2018


  • Building Literacy with Intergenerational Impact
  • Dr. Paykel honored as a 2018 Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Hero at Work
  • CEO corner – In 2018 I think collaboration!
  • RSVP Volunteer Becky Gilmore shares why Helping Kids go to College Feeds Her Soul
  • Sun City Center’s Tradition of Volunteerism Thrives
  • Congratulations, Cathie Schroder!
  • Bucket List Accomplished
  • Volunteering Can Be Fun and Social Too!
  • Thank You Again to Sponsors for our Inaugural Film Screening in May!

SIS Newsletter-July18

The Good News, September 2017


  • Foster Grandparents Post HUGE IMPACT Results
  • Positively Tampa Bay Features Seniors in Service
  • Bridging Generations Breakfast – THANK YOUs!
  • New Seniors in Service Munchkins!
  • Expansion and Name Change for Readers in Motion
  • We Offer a Volunteer Experience for EVERYONE
  • Calling All Veterans – A NEW Chance to Serve
  • Board Chair Herma White Challenges Tampa Bay to Help Our Community
  • President/CEO Tammy Criollo Announces Expansion
  • Our New Staff Members Sound Off About Working at Seniors in Service

The Good News, July 2017


  • Hillsborough County Public Schools Exemplary Program & Head Start Partner Awards
  • Grandma Sees Her FIRST In-Person Rays Game
  • Our Senior Companion Program Featured on Fox 13’s “What’s Right With Tampa Bay”
  • LPNI Sunset Safari, Graduation and Scavenger Hunt
  • Older Americans Month and Seniors Corps Week
  • 2 Volunteers Enter St. Pete’s Senior Hall of Fame
  • CEO Corner: Senior Corps Volunteering Brings Better Health
  • 2 New Board Members & Marina Goes to Harvard!

The Good News, May 2017


  • WE WON! The WEDU Be More Knowledgeable Award
  • Bridging Generations Luncheon – Keynote Speaker Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Grego
  • “Hats Off to Volunteers” Recognition Event to Honor Our Devoted Volunteers
  • Teacher Terry Rodriguez talks about Volunteer of the Year “MeeMaw” Hendrix
  • So What Does Seniors in Service Do?
  • CEO Corner … 2017 is Rocking and Rolling
  • Oak Grove Kindergartners Read a Ton of Books
  • Welcome … New Board Chair Herma White

The Good News, October 2016


  • Commendation from Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners
  • Letter from President Obama
  • WINNER … 2016 Heroes at Work Award Goes to Senior Companion Wilbur Wiggins!
  • So What Do Senior Companions Do?
  • 32nd Annual Bridging Generations Breakfast
  • New Volunteers and Satellite Office in St Pete
  • CEO Corner … 2016 Was Quite a Year!
  • Oak Grove Kindergartners Met a Tarantula!
  • New Board Member Dr. Valerie Brimm

The Good News, June 2016


  • WINNER … 2016 Non-Profit of the Year for Family Services and Head Start Honors Too!
  • Foster Grandparents Gets an Expansion and a New Leader
  • So What Do Senior Companions Do?
  • Our Volunteers Celebrated Senior Corps Week By Becoming Ambassadors!
  • Volunteer Opportunities Abound … Call Us!
  • Intergenerational Impact. Volunteer Together Like Our Mother-Daughter Volunteers
  • Congratulations to Our New Leader Glarisol Traspalacios
  • 32nd Annual Bridging Generations Breakfast
  • Welcome, Board Member Debbie Arias!

The Good News, December 2015


  • A Volunteer 36 Years Strong
  • New Training Technology Thanks to the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County
  • “Got an Hour? Give an Hour!” with our Retired Senior Volunteer Program – 1 hour events going on now!
  • Veteran Volunteers Honored This November
  • Foster Grandparent Program Adds Another School
  • CEO Corner – Your Chance to Join In!
  • Congratulations to Board Chair Susan Boyd
  • Retired Senior Volunteer Program Needs YOU!!
  • Our 31st Annual Bridging Generations Breakfast

The Good News, October 2015


  • A Bumper-Crop of Child Care Plans!
  • Surpise Delivery! School Supplies! – Thanks, Delta and United Way Suncoast
  • Our Newest Supporters – Fresh Babies!!
  • Our Foster Grandparent Volunteers Nominate Their Classroom for Classroom of the Year
  • Senior Companion Stories That Warm The Heart
  • Welcome, New Foster Grandparent Volunteers!
  • Congratulations to Board Member Tracye Brown
  • Retired Senior Volunteer Program Needs YOU!!
  • Our 31st Annual Bridging Generations Breakfast

The Good News, August 2015


  • Our Head Start and Early Head Start Volunteers Were Honored at the 50 Years of Opportunity Volunteer Appreciation Banquet
  • Maximo Elementary LOVES Their Foster Grandparents
  • We Went Luau Crazy for Older Americans Month
  • Student’s Mom Nominates Yvonne “Mee Maw” Hendrix for 2015 Excellence in Action Awards
  • Retired Senior Volunteer Program Needs YOU!!
  • A Senior Companion Goes Above and Beyond
  • We’re Winning Awards!


Amy Manning
Outreach and Communications Manager
(813) 492-8918