The Thorn Collection's Patricia Valladares, Martha Thorn and Kandra Covert.

People Helping People: The Thorn Collection keeps things safe

Realtor Martha Thorn knows that it’s important these days for everyone to feel safe during a property showing, whether they’re Realtors or prospective buyers. That’s why she and her team at The Thorn Collection | Coldwell Banker provide Safe Showing Kits, each one containing gloves, a mask and hand sanitizer. The color choice for these useful […]

Smith & Associates' Leslie Minder and Mary Beth Byrd.

People Helping People: Smith & Associates Gives Back

During these unprecedented times, Smith & Associates Real Estate is doing its part on multiple fronts to help those in need. Each office location is equipped with a food collection site which Smith team members fill. Every week the Realtors present donations to various organizations across Tampa Bay “to make our home and community a […]

A member of Team Rubicon, a group of military veterans who volunteered their time to help with Feeding Tampa Bay's Mega-Mobile Pantry.

V is for Volunteers: What they did for love

For the last several weeks, we’ve been teasing the content of this year’s A to Z Issue, a celebration of people and businesses who have been successfully riding the turbulent waves of change and offering service and hope to the community at large. The print edition is now arriving in local mailboxes, but if you can’t wait for […]

MPM Health Care Foundation President & CEO Ernestine Morgan and duPont Registry Tampa Bay CEO Tom duPont.

People Helping People: dRTB donates to the Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation

duPont Registry Tampa Bay publisher Tom duPont presented a check for $5,000 last month to the Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation for the benefit of its family help fund. dRTB remains committed to supporting our health care heroes by providing resources for them during this trying time. 

Dave Bautista and Titus O’Neil (center, with fists raised) lead the march across the Fortune Taylor Bridge.

People Helping People: The Love Walk

Titus O’Neil (Thaddeus Bullard) and Dave Bautista led a Love Walk June 27 that crossed the symbolic Fortune Taylor Bridge. Ms. Taylor, a former enslaved person, once owned 33 acres on the eastern bank of the Hillsborough River. In 1892, she allowed the construction of the bridge over her property; it was later seen as […]

Darrell Painter leads the Little Dresses group at Hyde Park United Methodist Church. Her husband, Brookman, is standing at her right.

People Helping People: From "Little Dresses" to Protective Masks

For years, a group of women from Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa have come together to make simple cotton dresses for children in need. The “Little Dresses” group sends them to communities in need in the Tampa Bay area, other parts of the country and internationally. Not long ago, they were close to […]

#GivingTuesdayNow: A chance to help

So many people all over the globe are suffering right now that it can be overwhelming to contemplate. But today offers a unique opportunity to reach out and to feel at the same time like you’re part of a larger effort to make the world a better place: #GivingTuesdayNow. The “global generosity movement” known as […]

A young volunteer helps out at the Mega Mobile Pantry at HCC Apr. 25.

People Helping People: Feeding Tampa Bay serves thousands at Mega Mobile Pantries

Beginning on April 11, Feeding Tampa Bay expanded its mobile pantry program with Mega Mobile Pantries on Saturdays at the Hillsborough County College Dale Mabry campus in Tampa and Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. During the first mega pantry, 2,400 individuals took advantage of the food distribution. By the end of April, the numbers of […]

The Singer sisters on mask patrol.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: The Singer sisters' mask deliveries

The Singer sisters — Kendall, Katie and Kylie — wanted to help the older population inside the Residential Planned Development (RPD) in Belleair defend themselves against the virus. Their solution? Dropping off masks at condos and homes to protect their neighbors when they they were out and about! The Singers are long-time residents of Belleair, […]

Molly duPont: "I needed to find a way to help."

Masks for Pinellas County Healthcare Providers: How a grass-roots movement was born

In the early hours of March 21 I was in a state of panic, having just begun our “new normal.” I had been working from home for a week and our sons were somewhere between distance learning and spring break. I was scrubbing hard, bleaching doorknobs and obsessively lecturing my parents on the rules. Thankfully […]