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Posted: 9/1/2015
Do-It-Yourself Home Improvement Scholarships Available
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TAMPA – Home improvement scholarships are now available to qualified City of Tampa Water Department customers through a partnership with Hillsborough County Public Schools. The next eight-week (16 sessions) Home Improvement course starts Tuesday, September 15, from 6-9 p.m. Classes are being taught at the D.G. Erwin Technical Center (HiTEC) located at 2010 East Hillsborough Avenue. Seating is limited.

Those wishing to take advantage of this learning opportunity can simply call the Tampa Water Department at (813) 274-8121, option #5, to verify their utility account and request a tuition voucher, or send an email request to SaveWater@tampagov.net. Once a voucher is received, the prospective student has two weeks to register for their class on-line at www.Erwin.edu or in-person at the Erwin Technical Center Evening Admissions Office at 2010 E. Hillsborough Avenue between 1-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday or between 8am-3pm on Fridays.

The voucher issued for the Home Improvement course, which covers topics from plumbing to electrical to construction, covers $166 of the tuition fees, leaving the student responsible for just $50 (a $216 value) to complete registration.

Visit tampagov.net/DIY or call (813) 274-8121, option #5, for more information about obtaining a voucher to attend the eight-week Home Improvement course, courtesy of the Tampa Water Department.

Posted: 9/1/2015
Children's Board budget hearings scheduled for Sept. 14th and Sept. 24th
Posted: 9/1/2015
CBHC to hold five Family Resource Center “Town Hall’ meetings in 2015
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The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County will be holding five Town Hall meetings to seek community input on child safety in your community. Please join CBHC for a conversation on how we can all work together to make Hillsborough County the best place in the nation to raise children. All meetings will begin at 5:00 pm.

Date Location
February 12, 2015 Children’s Board Family Resource Center Town N’ Country
7520 W. Waters Ave., Suite 8, Tampa
April 9, 2015 Children’s Board Family Resource Center East County
639 E. Alexander St., Plant City
June 11, 2015 Children’s Board Family Resource Center North Tampa
1401-A E. Fowler Ave., Tampa
August 13, 2015 Children’s Board Family Resource Center South County
3030 E. College Ave., Ruskin
October 8, 2015 Children’s Board Family Resource Center Brandon
1271 Kingsway Road, Brandon

Learn more about the CBHC’s Family Resource Centers »

Posted: 9/1/2015
Temple Terrrace nonprofit offers innovative after-school mentoring program

While many parents are investing in school supplies and preparing to send their children back to school for another year, remember the students who are underserved and often overlooked, says Tia Dixon, President and CEO of Posimoto, a nonprofit organization that helps at-risk youth through an after-school mentoring program.

Dixon, was one of the lucky ones at first, being able to attend after-school programs that enriched her life. Then in high school, family difficulties left Dixon feeling uncertain about her own future. Around that time, a complete stranger came into Dixon’s life and helped her turn it around by taking her under her wing and showing Dixon that she had a bright future.

Continued on 83DegreesMedia.com »

Posted: 8/3/2015
FREE YMCA Swim Lesson Vouchers Available
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SAFE SWIMMING SAVES LIVES

Learning how to swim isn’t just about encouraging your kids to get in the water. Learning to swim is about building skills that will help their safety and encourage a healthy activity they can participate in over a lifetime. Through a partnership with the Hillsborough Water Safety Team led by St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, the Tampa YMCA, City of Tampa Parks & Recreation, and Brandon Sports & Aquatic Center are offering vouchers for free swim lessons to eligible participants. Funding is made possible by The Junior League of Tampa, Amscot, and Florida Swimming Pool Association (FSPA).

Swim lessons will be offered in a group setting for ages 6 months to adult with a variety of levels to provide you or your child with age appropriate skill development at your own pace.

Adult and child swim lessons are available at no cost to eligible families through your local Children’s Board Family Resource Centers, and various community events. (Value of up to $50). Visit www.familysupporthc.org for locations.

To qualify for a free swim lesson voucher you must present proof of one of the following:
1. Medicaid/Medicare Recipient
2. Food Stamps
3. Child receives free lunch

You may redeem your voucher at the following locations. Please call ahead to confirm availability.

Bob Gilbertson Central City Family YMCA 110 East Palm Ave., Tampa, 33602, 813.229.9622
Bob Sierra Family YMCA 4029 Northdale Blvd., Tampa 33624, 813.962.3220
Bobby Hicks Pool 4201 West Mango Avenue, Tampa 33616, 813.832.1217
Brandon Sports & Aquatic Center 405 Beverly Blvd., Brandon 33511, 813.689.0908
Campo Family YMCA 3414 Culbreath Rd., Valrico 33596, 813.684.1371
Copeland Park Pool 11001 North 15th Street, Tampa 33612, 813.975.2734
Cyrus Greene Pool 2101 East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa 33603, 813.242.5305
Danny Del Rio Pool 10105 North Blvd., Tampa 33612, 813.931.2107
East Pasco Family YMCA 37301 Chapel Hill Lp., Zephyrhills 33542, 813.780.9622
Interbay Pool 4321 Estrella Avenue, Tampa 33629, 813.282.2910
Dr. MLK Recreation Complex 2200 N. Oregon Ave., Tampa 33607, 813.259.1606
Loretta Ingraham Pool 1611 North Hubert Ave., Tampa 33607, 813.348.2080
New Tampa Family YMCA 16221 Compton Dr., Tampa 33647, 813.866.9622
North Brandon Family YMCA 3097 S. Kingsway Road, Seffner, 33584, 813.685.5402
Northwest Hillsborough Family YMCA 8950 W. Waters Ave., Tampa 33615, 813.249.8510
Plant City Family YMCA 1507 YMCA Pl., Plant City 33563, 813.757.6677
Roy Jenkins Pool 154 Columbia Drive, Tampa 33606, 813.274.7732
Spicola Family Pool 2615 E. Corrine Street, Tampa 33605, 813.242.5355
South Tampa Family YMCA 4411 S. Himes Ave., Tampa 33611, 813.839.0210
Sulphur Springs Pool 713 East Bird Street, Tampa 33604, 813.931.2156
Williams Park Pool 4362 East Osborne Ave., Tampa 33610, 813.635.3482

Vouchers must be redeemed by September 1, 2015.

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Posted: 7/31/2015
City of Tampa seeks members for West Tampa CRA Community Advisory Committee
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The Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Tampa is seeking three (3) individuals to serve on the newly created West Tampa CRA Community Advisory Committee.

The purpose of Community Advisory Committees is to insure that the interests of residents, property owners, businesses and other stakeholders in the area are represented in key decisions. Community Advisory Committees provide input and make recommendations to City staff and the Community Redevelopment Agency concerning their respective areas.

Interested parties must live or work in the West Tampa community redevelopment area or have significant interests within the area. Individuals with a background or expertise in the redevelopment process, such as neighborhood planning, real estate development, or real estate finance are also being sought. The West Tampa Community Redevelopment Area is roughly bounded by Columbus Drive, Armenia Avenue, Kennedy Boulevard, and the Hillsborough River.

These positions are voluntary. Individuals appointed to Community Advisory Committees serve without compensation.

The West Tampa CRA Community Advisory Committee will have a total of 11 members: 3 “At Large” seats and 8 representatives nominated by various West Tampa organizations. All members are appointed by the City of Tampa Community Redevelopment Agency Board.

Anyone interested in applying is invited to attend an information session to learn about the roles and responsibilities of Community Advisory Committee members. Information sessions will be held on:

Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. OR 5:30 p.m.
Tampa Municipal Office Building
306 E. Jackson St.
2nd Floor Conference Room

The application package is available beginning on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at the City Clerk's office, 315 E. Kennedy Blvd., Third Floor. Applications are also available on the City of Tampa Community Redevelopment Areas web page: www.tampagov.net/CRA. Applications must be received in the City Clerk's office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18, 2015.

The Community Redevelopment Agency will appoint members to the Community Advisory Committees at their meeting on September 10, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. in City Council Chambers, Third Floor, 315 E. Kennedy Blvd. At that meeting, applicants may make brief presentations to the Community Redevelopment Agency concerning their background and qualifications.

Learn more about the West Tampa Community Redevelopment Area plan

Contact

Ali Glisson,Public Affairs Director , Ali.Glisson@tampagov.net
phone:(813) 274-8262.


Posted: 7/31/2015
KIDS COUNT index rates Florida at #37 in well-being of children
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By Francisco Alvarado

When it comes to providing for children, Florida is slacking big time. The latest KIDS COUNT Index ranks the Sunshine State 37th in the nation for child well-being, up one spot from 2014. Put out by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the index compiles a broad range of statistics ranging anywhere from parental education to how often parents read to their children. The data assesses how kids score on tests, how many graduate, how many end up in prison and how many die.

Read the full story on the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting website »

Posted: 7/27/2015
State Sees Increase in Foster Care Homes Over Past Fiscal Year

DCF and Community Partners Recruit more than 1,380 New Foster Families

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Children and Families and Community-Based Care (CBC) lead agencies around the state are pleased to announce at the end of fiscal year 2014-2015, Florida has 1,384 newly-licensed foster care homes. The total number of licensed foster care providers this year is 4,845 – up 211 from last year.

“I am happy to see so many new families stepping up to the plate and offering a home to a child in need of a loving place to recover from the trauma they’ve experienced,” DCF Secretary Mike Carroll said. “Having the unique opportunity to mold a child and be a champion in their life offers immeasurable rewards for everyone involved.”

CBC lead agencies throughout the state work to recruit, license and match foster parents with children in need of short and long-term homes. Each CBC works to address the unique needs of their communities in recruiting foster parents.

Efforts led by Devereux Community Based Care of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast led to a 45 percent increase in the number of homes licensed during the past year. They launched the “25 by 25” campaign to raise awareness for foster parenting and drive potential caregivers to their child-placing agencies. They also mobilized current foster parents behind the effort to write letters to the editor, submit foster-parent profiles to local newspapers and to speak at local events.

“We realized that we had some of the lowest numbers in the state in regard to foster homes, and we’ve worked very hard during the past 18 months to change that,” Devereux CEO Carol Deloach said. “We now have three child-placing agencies working with us, and two of those work exclusively – and very effectively – within the faith community.”

Approximately 10,000 children are in foster placements throughout Florida. Foster parents change lives and offer hope to children who have been removed from their homes by no fault of their own, because they have experienced abuse or neglect and cannot safely remain with their parents. They play a significant role in helping families heal and reunite. When reunification is not possible they help children transition to a new home and a new family.

Florida is in need of more foster families in every community. Individuals and families wanting to learn more should visit www.MyFLFamilies.com/FosteringSuccess.

Posted: 7/20/2015
Free Museum Admission with Library Card

Sunday, July 26 to Saturday, August 1
Glazer Children’s Museum

Bring your Hillsborough County library card and up to 3 guests for free admission to the Glazer Children’s Museum between July 26 and August 1. If you live or pay property tax in Hillsborough County, you may apply for a free library card by visiting any branch with proper I.D. The John Germany Library is conveniently located one block north of the Museum!

Posted: 7/16/2015
Free Operation Fight the Blight Cleanup for Orient Park Community is July 20-25



To help keep the Orient Park Community clean, Hillsborough County Code Enforcement has scheduled a neighborhood cleanup for Monday, July 20 through Saturday, July 25, 2015, providing residents with a convenient disposal site.

The cleanup boundaries are Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to the north, Columbus Drive to the south, 76th Street to the east, and 62nd Street to the west.

During the cleanup, a central collection site will be located at 3100 N. 66th St. in Tampa. Dumpsters will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Residents who live within the cleanup boundaries may dispose of various items at no charge by showing proof of residence, such as a Florida Driver's License, Florida Vehicle Registration, or a utility bill.

The following items may be placed in the dumpsters:
• furniture, junk, trash, debris
• metal
• electronics
• tires (limit 5 per residence)

Items that will NOT be accepted for disposal:
• tree debris
• commercial vehicle tires
• hazardous chemicals
Hillsborough County Code Enforcement officers are partnering on the cleanup campaign with several other County agencies, including Public Works; Resource Management; Pet Resources; Streets and Addresses; and Public Utilities, along with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and Tampa Electric.

For more information, visit Hillsborough County Code Enforcement at www.HillsboroughCounty.org/Code or call (813) 274-6600.

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