Volunteer, Community Involvement

-Community Involvement Time for Tampa Bay-

The holiday season can inspire us all to be more active in our communities.  Lucky for us, the Greater Tampa Bay Area offers countless opportunities for local socializing and community involvement.  Here you will find an array of suggestions for joining in the fun and philanthropy.

Great Ways to Get Involved around Tampa Bay

  • One of the best ways to get involved is by helping out a local church, charity, or non-profit. Start by contacting an organizational director or visit websites to find where help is needed for community involvement.
  • The holidays are an important time to donate to food pantries and volunteer for serving or preparing meals. Feeding Tampa Bay is one of the largest food rescues and distribution organizations in our area. Feeding Tampa Bay partners with neighborhood non-profits, such as The Community Food Pantry in Carrollwood, allowing you to provide meals and groceries for families in need in your part of town.
  • As for non-profits, you have your pick across Tampa Bay, ranging from pet rescues to cultural arts. Our real estate team proudly volunteers for Operation Helping Hand on a regular basis.  This non-profit provides support for the families of wounded and injured active-duty military. We enjoy helping with their special dinners on the third Thursday of each month at James A. Haley Veterans Hospital.  Let us know if you’d like information.
  • Remember that involvement comes in many forms. You might attend a fundraising event, commit to volunteer opportunities to clean up the gulf coast beaches, or join your neighborhood association in Hillsborough, Pinellas, or Pasco counties.

Activities and Opportunities for Active Seniors

  • With great year-round weather, attractions, and beautiful beaches, you can find Florida ranked high on annual lists for the best places to retire. The cost of living in the Tampa Bay metro area ranks nearly 10 percent lower than the national average for comparable cities. Low costs and limitless social activities might explain why Florida’s senior population is increasing with rising numbers of out-of-state retirees moving to Florida.
  • Activities and amenities are bountiful in Tampa’s 55+ communities. Obviously, pools, tennis, and fitness centers are a standard, but you can also find community centers with dancing lessons, crafts, holiday socials, and special events for giving back to the larger community.
  • Seniors may explore websites and find out about volunteer opportunities by talking with your HOA board members or activities director.
  • If you drive, you may consider helping out with meals-on-wheels programs. There are also senior companion programs for active seniors to visit and help homebound elders live independently in their homes.
  • During the holidays, there is no shortage of opportunities to serve organizations like wrapping gifts for Toys for Tots, helping at Metropolitan Ministries, or ringing the bell for The Salvation Army. Hundreds of volunteers are needed for a successful season, and many organizations specifically encourage seniors to apply.
Check your local news, community calendars, and event listings for activities and volunteer opportunities around Tampa Bay this holiday season.  Contact Dick and Karla Nielsen today at 813-294-5786 for helpful information and advice about buying, selling, or investing in Florida’s real estate market.