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Community Roundtable forum to link students, nonprofits

VALRICO – Nonprofit organizations need volunteers and can’t find them.

Meanwhile, high school students need service hours and don’t know where to earn them.

To assist both, the Community Roundtable will present its first Community Service Forum from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, in the Bloomingdale High School cafeteria, 1700 Bloomingdale Ave. The event is free.

The format will be like a college night, said Community Roundtable Vice President Janine Nickerson. More than 20 Brandon-area service organization representatives will pass out literature and answer questions at tables as students from all Hillsborough County high schools walk through the room.

“It’s an exciting opportunity for kids to meet with different nonprofits in the area,” she said. “Students may have heard about Cynthia Pinckney Ministries, for instance, but they’re not going to call her up to see what she does. Yet when they meet her and hear she’s going to feed 800 people Thanksgiving dinner, they might say, ‘I can do that.’”

There are many types of organizations that need volunteers: environmental, military and veterans groups, soup kitchens, artistic and athletic organizations, those that help children, senior citizens or animals, food pantries, health and medical clinics.

Some of the charities participating are the Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO), Honor Flight Network, A Kid’s Place, RVR Horse Rescue, Portamento of Hope Café, YMCA, Center Place Fine Arts and Civic Association, Gold Star Families, Habitat for Humanity, All Children’s Hospital Guild and the Sylvia Thomas Center.

The evening also is open to adults looking for a way to help, newcomers wanting to know more about the community and recently retired folks desiring to stay involved.

“The Community Roundtable’s mission is to help other charities here,” Nickerson said. “When we thought about the charities’ needs for volunteers and the high school kids’ needs for community service hours for the Bright Futures Scholarships, we thought, why not put the two together? It’s a win-win.”

For more information call (813) 661-4350, email [email protected] or visit www.thecommunityroundtable.org or The Community Roundtable on Facebook.

Send news of community interest to Barbara Routen at [email protected]

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