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St. Petersburg Free Skool goes 2.0 listen

08/02/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A new, radically different grassroots educational project is taking shape in St. Petersburg. Students are learning life skills, arts and crafts, underground music history class, women’s health and different academic subjects in informal classes.

It is a full night at the St. Petersburg Free Skool: a bike ride followed by a women’s health and a U.S. history class. There are no classroom teachers here but a handful of volunteers who want to share their knowledge and passion. Classes are not ...

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Fort DeSoto gets a new artificial oyster reef listen

07/21/11 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This morning more than two dozen volunteers armed with shovels battled the 90 degree-heat at Fort DeSoto. They’re helping build artificial oyster reefs on the shoreline to help with water filtration and coastal erosion, while giving coastal birds and aquatic wildlife a new home.

While boaters can often be a threat to Florida’s wildlife, some people are actually getting in their boats to change the local environment for the better. Local environmental nonprofit [Tampa Bay Watch](http://www...

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Big Citizenship listen

12/21/10 Dawn Morgan Elliott
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Alan Khazei is author of Big Citizenship, and co-Founder of City Year in Boston, a service organization for young adults that became the model for AmeriCorps, a national service organization started under President Clinton in 1993.

WMNF’s Dawn Morgan Elliott spoke with Khazei about his passion for national service and the start of City Year.

"During the mid-1980’s there was a burgeoning movement around the country at the grassroots level, with a number of people doing different p...

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Metropolitan Ministries Sees Significant Drop in Donations listen

11/25/09 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Each Thanksgiving, Metropolitan Ministries distributes Thanksgiving food packages to thousands of Tampa Bay residents in need. This year, amid the throes of the worst financial crisis in recent history, they’re seeing more dire need than ever exacerbated by a major drop in donations.

As volunteers sort through boxes of spaghetti, stuffing and Jell-O, the line outside the Metropolitan Ministries food distribution center on Florida Avenue is strikingly long. People wait for what the nonprofi...

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Keep Pinellas Beautiful cleans up Gulfport listen

10/19/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Ocean Conservancy coordinated an International Coastal Cleanup with their affiliate Keep Pinellas Beautiful yesterday as part of a biannual effort to educate the public, business and government officials about the scale of the global marine debris problem. In Gulfport local residents volunteered for the cleanup.

Last year, The Great American Cleanup organized 3 million volunteers through 30,000 events in 17,000 communities. The effort removed 86 million pounds of litter from landscapes...

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Resident saves turtles for 30 years

08/03/09 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Bruno Falkenstein, a longtime volunteer, was awarded the citizen of the year by the City of St. Pete Beach for his commitment of looking after and nurturing sea turtles.

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