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Earth Charter

An International People's Declaration of INTERdependence for respect for nature, human rights, economic justice, participatory democracy, and a culture of peace.

Earth Scouts

Inclusive scouting program for boys and girls 3 to 17. Based on Earth Charter principles.

Ecofarm

Farm-based Intentional Community effort in Plant City. Florida

Ecology Florida

PO Box 596
New Port Richey Florida 34656-0596

Our Mission: Ecology Florida advances the harmonious integration of healthy natural, cultural, and economic ecologies to reestablish a sustainable world. Ecology is not just something ³out there,² in the natural world, it is all around us; expressing itself in how we relate to others, how we spend our money, what we acquire and consume, what we do in our free time, our dreams and our dreams for our children. Only by bringing together often-independent organizations and initiatives dedicated to restoring and integrating ecologies of nature, culture, and economics can a truly sustainable environment reemerge. Ecology Florida promotes awareness that global sustainability starts right where we are, and happens when we take specific actions furthering Natural Ecologies, Cultural Ecologies, and Economic Ecologies ‹ and bringing all three together in positive, proactive, and engaging ways. On our Ecology Florida website (linked here) we publish features, editorials, and news stories. The website is also a source for information about ECFL projects and other relevant events in the community. On our Friendship Farms & Fare website, we publish a weekly Farm Report, CSA share information, and related materials concerning sustainable agriculture http://www.fffsite.org/

Edible Peace Patch Project, Inc

877-829-5500
708 36th Ave S
St Petersburg FL 33705

The Edible Peace Patch Project is a 501c3 non-profit corporation dedicated to the development of sustainable urban agriculture, healthy food systems, and economic opportunity on the south side of St. Petersburg, Florida. Working in partnership with Pinellas County Schools, the Pinellas County Health Department, the Florida Department of Agriculture, Eckerd College, the City of St. Petersburg, as well as public and private institutions, the Edible Peace Patch Project works with at-risk youth, homeless people, and community volunteers to develop a working community that builds and manages schoolyard food gardens and wellness kitchens, builds and operates sustainable urban farmland, and will build and operate a commercial educational kitchen designed to provide training and jobs as well as affordable nutritious organic food and meals. Since January 2009, the Edible Peace Patch Project has been developing innovative food systems and nutrition educational programs at Lakewood Elementary School, Eckerd College, and the Community of Pinellas County. The Peace Patch hopes to expand to other area schools and to provide food for schools and the surrounding community through an urban farm located in the city’s Southside/Midtown region. In 2012, the organization will add three new schoolyard gardens at Sanderlin, Campbell Park, and Melrose elementary schools, as well as construct the first phase of a sustainable urban farm.

Educate Today, Inc.

727-491-8416
1201 22nd Street S
St Petersburg FL 33712

Educate Today is a new local parent resource center serving Pinellas and Hillsborough County. We strive to increase achievement levels of at-risk and disadvantaged students through family education and involvement. We do this through community workshops and presentations, hands on guidance, and afterschool enrichment programs. We believe in school choice and the opportunity for every child to receive a quality education. While our focus is on improving youth education, we believe in the complete well-being of children and families. ~ We offer a number of FREE workshops including Understanding the FCAT, Love.Read.Learn, Avoiding the Summer Slide and Healthy Kids!. We have a computer lab available to the public and also are an application assistance site for FloridaKidCare. Additionally, we work with parents and guardians to facilitate tutoring for children. Contact: Outreach Coordinators Samantha Musella (St Petersburg) or Rosemarie Banzon (Tampa ~ 5121 Ehrlich Rd., Tampa, Florida 33624) or by e-mail: Samantha@EducateToday.org or RosemarieBanzon@KnowYourChoice.org

Family Network on Disabilities

800-825-5736
2196 Main St. - Suite K
Dunedin FL 34698

Family Network on Disabilities is a national network of individuals of all ages who may be at-risk, have disabilities, or have special needs and their families, professionals, and concerned citizens. The mission of Family Network on Disabilities is to ensure through collaboration that individuals have full access to family-driven support, education, information, resources, and advocacy and to serve families of children with disabilities, ages birth through 26, who have the full range of disabilities described in section 602(3) of IDEA. Local Phone:727-523-1130

Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Heath, Hillsborough County

813-974-7930
13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd
Tampa FL 33612

Our goal is to build a comprehensive array of services and supports that meet the individual needs of children with emotional, behavioral, and mental disorders and their families. Families are equal partners with community providers at all levels of program planning, implementation and evaluation. We are family, working as advocates, reaching everyone by developing a community based on family strengths.

Feeding America Tampa Bay (formerly America's Second Harvest)

813-254-1190
4702 Transport Drive, Building 6
Tampa FL 33605-5940

Feeding America is the largest domestic hunger relief organization in the country, consisting of a network of more than 200 food banks. Working together with our fellow food banks, we have the ability to leverage food donor relationships and effectively transport food to feed hungry Americans. Across the country one in six people struggles with hunger. Of the 50 million people who are unsure where their next meal will come from, Feeding America Tampa Bay provides food to over 400,000 people in the West Central Florida. Your support of Feeding America Tampa Bay -- monetary, in-kind, your volunteer time and talent -- will be used to feed the hungry locally in our 10 county service area in West Central Florida. Our name has changed, but our integrity and mission remain steadfast.

Florida Borderline Personality Disorder Association

The mission of the Florida Borderline Personality Disorder Association is to promote awareness, education, and research of borderline personality disorder and cultivate an atmosphere of support among professionals, consumers, and families throughout the state.

Florida Craftsmen Gallery

727.821.7391
501 Central Ave
St. Petersburg FL 33701

Florida Craftsmen, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that represents fine craft artists from throughout the state of Florida. Our mission is to empower Florida’s fine craft artists, enrich the community and engage the next generation. Florida Craftsmen is your destination for unique, original hand crafted works of art for your home, gift giving and personal adornment (clay, glass, jewelry, fiber, metal, wood and mixed media, all hand crafted). Cutting edge artists are featured in the exhibition gallery and tour ArtLofts, 18 artists’ studios upstairs. Open Monday through Saturday 10a-5:30p, Thursday from 10a-7p. Second Saturday Gallery Walks open until 8:30p.

Florida English Bulldog Rescue, Inc. (FEBR)

813-927-3550
P.O. BOX 754
Odessa FL 33556

Florida English Bulldog Rescue, Inc. is a group of volunteers dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of sick, injured, neglected or unwanted English Bulldogs. We solely rely on donations for the medical care and food for our rescue dogs. Our home base is in Hillsborough/Pasco counties but we cover the entire state of Florida. ~ "We give dogs time, space and love we can spare. In return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made"

Florida Epilepsy Services

813-870-3414
3811 W. Sligh Ave
Tampa FL 33614

Florida Epilepsy Services is a private non-profit organization serving men, women and children with epilepsy/seizures disorders and their families. We are the sole provider of specialized services for persons with epilepsy living in Hillsborough, Hardee, Highland and Polk counties. Florida epilepsy services offers: Medical Diagnosis and Treatment ~ Case Management ~ Counseling provided for clients and family members ~ Employment Counseling and Placement ~ Prevention & Education ~ Advocacy information & Referrals... Most people with epilepsy can be productive and successful in all areas of school, home, and work. We are committed to helping make that a reality through working with the individual child, adult, or family; working with the schools ;working with the employer; or by educating the public.

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

813-221-2222
200 N. Tampa Street, Suite 130
Tampa FL 33602

The FMoPA is dedicated to the art of photography. With it's outstanding exhibitions, classes, lectures and community programs, FMoPA is one of a handful of museums in the country dedicated to the art of photography. - Event reservations & memberships can be purchased online, via PayPal at www.FMoPA.org, by check payable to FMoPA & mailed to: Event Treasurer at the address above or by credit card, taken on the phone only.

Florida Native Plant Society

PO Box 278
Melbourne FL 32902-0278

The Florida Native Plant Society was organized in 1980 "to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida." The Tampa Bay area is served by four chapters, Pinellas, Suncoast (Hillsborough County), Nature Coast (Pasco County), and Serenoa (DeSoto, Sarasota, Manatee, and Hardee Counties). Each has monthly meetings and field trips which the public is invited to attend. FNPS is a scientific organization that promotes native plants through participation in local environmental events, awards to landscape professionals, research grants, conservation grants, an annual conference, and lobbying on policy and legislation at the state and local levels.

Florida School of Traditional Midwifery

352-338-0766
810 East University Avenue
Gainesville FL 32601

The Florida School of Traditional Midwifery, a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit corporation, is recognized as one of the most well-respected midwifery programs in America. Graduates are eligible for state licensure and national certification, and are providing families throughout Florida and across the country with safe, high-quality, cost-effective maternity care. The mission of the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery is to offer the finest in direct entry midwifery education in an environment that encourages students to reach their full potential. We believe it is our responsibility to promote awareness of and access to midwifery services. Our graduates are and will be community builders who use midwifery as their tool.

Florida Voices for Animals (FVA)

727.656.8368
PO Box 17523
Tampa FL 33682

We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) in the Tampa Bay area that promotes animal rights and freedom, educating the masses on how to make compassionate choices for those without voices. Florida is growing rapidly, as is the reality that animal abuse and exploitation will not be tolerated. We were the first state in the nation to ban gestation crates for pregnant pigs, and cities such as Tampa, West Palm Beach, Winter Springs, Hollywood, and New Port Richey have passed Resolutions opposing the use of battery-cage confinements of egg-laying hens. Engaged in the Adopt-A-College program, we leaflet at college campus and events, educating the public about current egregious practices bestowed upon factory farmed animals. We defend non-human animals against exploitation, neglect, abuse and offer guidance and resources toward vegetarian and vegan (no milk, eggs or dairy) lifestyles, simultaneously reducing environmental destruction. Presentations for groups and classes are available on animal rights issues, and literature is available for those interested in learning how they too can be a part of the solution. Volunteers and contributions are always welcome! Help strengthen our voice for those that can't be heard.

FLORIDA WIND BAND

270-535-4881
5004 E Fowler Ave #C140
Tampa FL 33617

FLORIDA WIND BAND ~ Founded in 2007, the Florida Wind Band is America’s newest professional wind band and the only professional wind band in Florida. The Florida Wind Band is committed to providing high quality public performances of the very best in wind band literature, seeking to preserve the wind band musical heritage and to expand the repertoire with the premiere of new compositions. The goal of the FWB is to provide entertainment and artistic stimulation for Tampa Bay’s residents and visitors, many of whom have had experience in school bands and have known this experience to be life changing.

Friends of Florida Folk, Inc.

813-837-6572

Gloria Holloway, Director & Secretary ~ Friends of Florida Folk (FOFF) is a 501c3 non-profit organization. For over a quarter of a century, FOFF's mission has been to identify, protect, preserve, encourage and promote the folk arts, including folk music. A state-wide calendar listing of folk events can be found in our monthly publication "FOFF Focus" and on our website.

Friends of Joe, Inc

863.646.1972
PO Box 3344
Lakeland FL 33802

A volunteer operated, 501c3 public charity organization. Formed in 2005, named for the late singer/songwriter concert presenter, Joe Prine, we are dedicated to bringing quality music to a family-friendly, listening-room environment. An average of a concert per month is held at the Unitarian Universalist center 3140 Troy Ave. Lakeland. For information contact Anne Kearton, akearton@verizon.net or see our website.

Guardian ad Litem

813-272-5110
655 N. Franklin Street, 13th Floor
Tampa FL 33602

Contact Person: Melissa Schultz Telephone Number: 813-334-6614 Fax Number: 727-859-4359 Email Address: Melissa.Schultz@gal.fl.gov Every Child Deserves a Hand, and a Voice. Guardian ad Litem Needs You! Thousands of abused, neglected or abandoned children in our area need a voice in court. Every year in Hillsborough County, thousands of children are trapped in hopeless homelife situations. Even when they are removed by law enforcement, far too many of these children have no one to speak on their behalf in court. These abused, abandoned and neglected children face a judicial system that does not hear what is in their best interests. That is why Guardian ad Litem exists. And that is why Voices For Children works tirelessly on its behalf. You Could Become a Guardian ad Litem. If you are 19 years of age or older, have common sense, good judgment and a heart with the room to help one of these children, you could become a Guardian ad Litem. This volunteer work is vitally important to creating a successful future for the child you help. To become a Guardian ad Litem at 813-272-5110, or email Tami.Dodd@gal.fl.gov for more information. If not you, who? Visit vfcgal.org or call (813) 272-5110 today!

Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County

727.536.4755
13355 49th Street N
Clearwater FL 33762

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit housing organization dedicated to a vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International that brings community volunteers, corporate donors, civic organizations and faith groups together to build affordable homes for struggling, low-income families and individuals throughout Pinellas County. Habitat volunteers work on the build sites alongside our homeowner candidates to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. Volunteers provide most of the labor, while individual and corporate donors provide the funding to build Habitat houses. The homeowner candidates invest 250-350 “sweat equity” hours into building their homes and the homes of other families. Those interested in volunteering, donating or applying for our program are encouraged to attend our monthly “Nuts & Bolts Orientations.” The orientations are held on the first Thursday of each month from 6 – 7 p.m. at our Clearwater administrative office at the corner of 49th St and Ulmerton Rd. To reserve a spot at the next orientation, please contact us at volunteer@habitatpinellas.org. To volunteer, donate or apply for our program, please visit www.HabitatPinellas.org or call 727-536-4755.

Healing Heroes Network

877-470-HERO
31640 US Hwy 19, Ste # 2
Palm Harbor FL 34684

Healing Heroes Network is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity with the primary purpose to provide financial aid for therapy to members of our armed forces injured in Iraq or Afghanistan following 9/11/01. This is possible through a nationwide network of medical providers. HHN promotes mental and physical rehabilitation to wounded heroes who have sustained traumatic injuries in the line of duty, including both brain and bodily injuries. We provide desperately needed financial aid for therapies and services not currently provided by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. HHN will also step in if services are not available in a timely fashion, or in the amount of care needed.

Help Us Help U, Inc. (a.k.a. HUHU)

727-826-0958
313 18th Ave S
St. Petersburg FL 33705

HUHU is local Health & Wellness organization with a primary focus on awareness, education, prevention, counseling, and free testing of HIV/AIDS. We are located on St Petersburg's south side, just a few blocks away from Ole Southeast, Bartlett Park, Salvation Army, Operation PAR (Cosa) and the Banyan Tree. One of the only Minority HIV/AIDS agencies in Pinellas county, but very innovative and re-defining our approach to HIV/AIDS. Our Mission: "To provide culturally appropriate and relevant compassionate programming to individuals in Pinellas County. We are committed to preserving the dignity and quality of life of HIV/AIDS impacted individuals, and to reducing the incidence of HIV/AIDS and related illnesses in hard to reach, high risk populations in Pinellas County through high impact prevention, health literacy, outreach, testing, counseling and education."

Hillsborough Head Start Community Foundation, Inc.

813-283-1181
P.O. Box 10126
Tampa FL 33679-0126

Founded in March 1995. The part-time volunteer board is comprised of community members, early education experts, elected officials and business people. Membership also includes Head Start and Early Head Start parent representatives from the Head Start Policy Council. As a pure volunteer enterprise, the Foundation looks for novel ways to fulfill its mission and new members to join in the delivery of those activities, whether as Directors, project leaders or participants. Contact: Colleen Pruitt Head Start Foundation Board Member

Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County

813-223-6115
PO Box 360181
Tampa FL 33673

The Homeless Coalition works in partnership with organizations throughout the community to help meet our homeless neighbors’ basic needs and to implement long-term solutions to prevent homelessness and help those who are already homeless get back on their feet. We focus on four key areas: ~ Prevention – helping develop services that will prevent a household from becoming homeless. ~ Customer Service Center – a one-stop location where homeless and near homeless people can go and get connected to the services they need instead of having to visit/call multiple locations in search of the one that can help them. ~ Recuperative Care Center – a place where homeless people can go to recuperate when discharged from the hospital. ~ Permanent Housing/Supportive Housing – the inability to find affordable housing is the number one cause of homelessness. By working to develop the communities’ capacity to provide and the supply of affordable housing and related programs we can end homelessness through housing. In addition, we work with our partners to develop supportive services - such as employment, physical and mental health care, recovery services – that will help the person achieve self-sufficiency. Fax: 813-223-6178

Homeless Emergency Project, Inc. (HEP)

727.442.9041
1120 North Betty Lane
Clearwater FL 33755

The Homeless Emergency Project, Inc. (HEP) has been at the forefront of addressing the growing problem of homelessness for 25 years and is Clearwater’s principle provider of direct services to the homeless. Our mission is to provide homeless and very low income individuals and families with housing, food, clothing, and support services necessary to obtain self-sufficiency and improved quality of life. Our goals are to break the cycle of homelessness and be the last homeless shelter an individual or family ever has to access. These goals are achieved by leveraging community resources through partnerships, volunteers, and donors, employing evidence based practices, and providing a continuum of housing options (ie – emergency, transitional, and permanent) for anyone who is homeless. In addition to housing, HEP provides intensive case management, dental care, education and vocation, legal and financial assistance, food and nutrition, medical care, mental health and substance abuse treatment, personal care, transportation, and child care. HEP serves a variety of people, including single adults, children, families, and veterans. HEP is always in need of volunteers.

Humanity Working to End Genocide

Sarasota FL

Humanity Working to End Genocide is a coalition of of about 55 civic, religious, business and educational organizations whose mission is to create and maintain a community of conscience calling for action to stop genocide in Darfur and throughout the world.

InStride Equine Assisted Therapy

941-412-9333
1629 Ranch Road
Nokomis FL 34274

Mission Statement: Partnering with our horses, we challenge individuals with special needs to reach their fullest potential. "Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened."