St. Petersburg, Fla. (September 29, 2011) –
Hundreds of volunteers will participate in home repair projects, painting, a community garden, mulching,weeding, planting and participating in neighborhood and shoreline cleanup during a city-wide work day this Saturday, September 29,7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
St. Petersburg CareFest 2012 starts and ends at Campbell Park, 601 14th Street
South, with check-in and light morning refreshments starting at 7 a.m., with
kick-off and send-off at 8 a.m. until Noon. Once finished at their project
site, participants are invited back to Campbell Park for volunteer
recognition, entertainment and a light lunch until 1:30 p.m.
The annual week of compassion-related activities, sponsored by Somebody Cares
Tampa Bay, under the umbrella of CareFest USA, culminates with a day of
service that gives back to the community, benefitting individual homeowners,
neighborhoods, parks, CityTrails and non-profit organizations. This year’s
event coincides with the National Public Lands Day in which Carefest St.
Petersburg 2012 is a registered event. Several Boy Scout Troops and Packs will
be participating at cleanups at a local park and CityTrails locations.
CareFest activities are part of Mayor Bill Foster’s I. C.A.N. (Involved
Citizens Active in Neighborhoods) initiative, to help disseminate and support
effective, efficient volunteer efforts throughout St. Petersburg. The city’s
Neighborhood Partnership is coordinating the day of service in St. Petersburg.
A list of projects and group assignments is available online at
www.stpete.org/ican; by clicking on “St. Petersburg CareFest.”
This year, 61 groups and 1,300 volunteers are pre-registered and ready to take
on 82 projects throughout St. Petersburg neighborhoods and surrounding areas.
“This collaborative effort brings together our neighborhoods, churches,
schools, scouts, businesses, sorority alumni, sports teams and numerous city
departments — to make this work day a huge success,” said Clarence Scott III,
the city’s administrator for Leisure and Community Services.
In addition to the city of St. Petersburg, CareFest partners include Somebody
Cares Tampa Bay, Keep Pinellas Beautiful Inc., Taking it to the Streets
Ministries, Tampa Bay Watch, Habitat for Humanity, Society of St. Vincent de
Paul South Pinellas, and Salvation Army.
St. Petersburg CareFest 2012 is possible through generous sponsors including
SweetBay Supermarkets, Sam’s Club, Walmart, Chik-Fil-A 4th Street, Jimmy
John’s Gourmet Sandwiches and Pepsico. Visit www.Carefestusa.com for more
details about ongoing programs.