At our luncheon meeting on December 7 we’ll be collecting for The Kind Mouse to assist in their mission to assist families in transition and their chronically hungry children while developing the next generation of volunteers to carry on the mission of The Kind Mouse. Here’s their “wishlist.”
Are you or a woman you know going to school or continuing or starting a certification program? The Connie Passmore Scholarship makes awards directly to women, age 21 or over, who live, work or go to school in Pinellas County, who demonstrate achievement, need and well-defined educational goals, and who are attending an accredited program or a program recognized by the licensing agency in the certification area. Several awards between $250 and $1,000 are made each year.
The application deadline is October 15 and all completed forms should be either mailed to BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas, P.O. Box 1063, St. Petersburg, FL 33731-1063 or emailed to email@example.com so as to be received by the deadline. Checks will be distributed in December. Applications for certificate programs allow for non-traditional start times.
On August 3rd, BPW welcomes Gina Wilkins, Founder and CEO of The Kind Mouse, to speak with us about The Effect of Hunger on Education. Her organization is a nonprofit established in 2012 to assist local families in transition and their chronically hungry children. At that time, Gina was a self-employed certified architectural draftsman. Upon the decline in the economy she saw many of her friends and peers fall into financial despair. These
hardworking career people were too prideful to ask for help and eventually lost their homes and businesses.
Gina, wanting to help her proud friends, saw a need to assist these displaced families and to also feed the hungry children of her neighborhood. Currently The Kind Mouse is feeding 350 food insecure students every weekend through their Mouse Nibbles Weekend Feeding Program and an additional 90 students monthly through Pinellas County School Board’s Jane’s Pantry as well as assisting families monthly with food, pet supplies and housewares. Over the summer the student number increases to almost 400
students. The Kind Mouse has two peer to peer children’s clubs called Mice In Training and Mice Interns.
Join BPW on Friday March 24th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at American Spirits – 230 3rd St S for member social with proceeds benefiting the YWCA of Tampa Bay. The cost is $10 to attend so please bring your friends, colleagues, clients any anyone who enjoys wine. If you need further details, please email info@BPWStPetePinellas.org
December’s Philanthropic Endeavor: Christmas Toy Shop.
Please bring a brand new unwrapped toy to either BPW Meetings in December 1st or December 15th.
History: The Christmas Toy Shop originated in 1921. It was organized in 1952 at the request of The Community Welfare Council to coordinate the efforts of clubs, agencies, and individuals in toy giving. The Christmas Toy Shop was chartered by the City of St. Petersburg in 1959. Since then, many disadvantaged children in south Pinellas have received gifts to help them experience the excitement and joy of the holiday season.
To view the whole list, click on the link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/982gmxro6iyerrr/Toys%20needed%202012%20%281%29.pdf?dl=0
GUEST SPEAKER for December 15th.
The Christmas Toy Shop originated in 1921. It was organized in 1952 at the request of The Community Welfare Council to coordinate the efforts of clubs, agencies, and individuals in toy giving. The Christmas Toy Shop was chartered by the City of St. Petersburg in 1959. Since then, many disadvantaged children in south Pinellas have received gifts to help them experience the excitement and joy of the holiday season.
Purpose: Our goal is to provide toys during the Christmas holiday to less fortunate children in lower Pinellas County so that they can experience the joy and excitement of the holday season.
The CHRISTMAS TOY SHOP PROJECT, INC. is a non-profit, all volunteer organization with the goal of providing both new and refurbished toys to less fortunate children in South Pinellas County.
Since originating in 1921 the Christmas Toys Shop has served thousands of families in need. In 2011 we served over 2,350 children with toys and gave out over 510 bikes and trikes.
Ways to Help: Volunteers are always welcome during the hours Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to sort, wash, repair, paint and pack toys. This includes individuals, corporations, churches, community service clubs, students who need community service hours to fulfill Bright Futures requirements and anyone else who is interested. Call 727-898-3962 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please bring new & unwrapped toy. Ages 0-12 years old with a much need for older children between 8 to 12 years old. Books, sports equipment, purses, hair dryers, Fisher Price toys, remote control cars are just suggested items.
November’s Philanthropic Endeavor: St. Petersburg Free Clinic. Please bring items to the next meeting, November 17th and BPW will deliver. If you would like to drop off directly, below is more information.
Maintaining a healthy diet can be challenging for anyone but when that is paired with low income and a major medical need, it can be a daunting task. Our neighbors in need with diabetes are facing just that challenge. To help serve this need in our community we are seeking donations of diabetic friendly food items to distribute through our We Help Services Food Pantry.
Healthy Food Item Suggestions:
no sugar-added oatmeal
low-fat, no sugar-added, whole grain cereals
low-fat, low-sugar, peanut butter
low-sugar or no sugar-added preserves, jam or jelly
low-fat, low sugar, salad dressings
white tuna in spring water
low-sodium red or black beans
extra-light olive oil
Donations of all non-perishable food & personal hygiene items are accepted and appreciated.
Donations are accepted at the back loading dock of our main building Monday – Friday, 8am to 3:30pm. If you have donations in a large volume please call prior to drop off so we can make sure there is ample support to unload your donation.
863 3rd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Are you or a woman you know going to school or continuing or starting a certification program? The Connie Passmore Scholarship makes awards directly to women, age 21 or over, who live, work or go to school in the Tampa Bay area, who demonstrate achievement, need and well-defined educational goals and who are attending an accredited program or a program recognized by the licensing agency in the certification area. Several awards between $250 and $750 are made each year.
The application deadline is October 1st and all completed forms should be mailed to BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas, P.O. Box 1063, St. Petersburg, FL 33731-1063 so as to be received by the deadline. Checks will be distributed in December. Applications for certificate programs allow for non-traditional start times.
Please join us on December 17th as we hear from Ms. Julie M. Bostick, CFRE Director of Annual Giving, for the St. Pete Free Clinic, on their mission and ever expanding needs to help support our community.
Their current “wish list” for the holidays includes:
♦ Personal hygiene items (soap, toothpaste/brush, deodorant, shampoo, etc.)
♦ Low fat/no sugar foods such as oatmeal, whole grain cereals, peanut butter, preserves, jam or jelly, and salad dressings
♦Additional food items such as white tuna in spring water, low-sodium red or black beans, lentils, dried beans, brown rice, extra-light olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.
♦ Donations of any other non-perishable foods
Ms. Bostick has been working in the nonprofit sector for over 14 years working in environmental conservation, higher education, and health and human services. Examples are positions in fundraising at the Ocean Conservancy in Washington, DC and St. Petersburg, FL, The University of Tampa, and she is currently Director of Annual Giving at St. Petersburg Free Clinic.
She graduated with a degree in history from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA and holds certificates in Nonprofit Management from The University of Tampa and in Fundraising Management from the Indiana University School of Philanthropy. She has also earned the credential of Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).
She previously lived in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Virginia, and now resides in Largo, Florida with her husband, stepdaughter and infant son.
Let’s all show our support and welcome Julie to tell us about how we can all contribute towards a successful community Free Clinic!