Compiled by Michelle Colesanti,

Make A Difference In The Life Of An Abused Child

How can you make a difference in the life of an abused or neglected child? Find out more about the Guardian ad Litem program and its volunteers at information sessions hosted weekly:

Thursday, June 15, and 22 at 6 p.m. at the Guardian ad Litem office, located at 700 E. Twiggs St., Ste. 750 in Tampa and Thursday, June 29 at 6 p.m. at Higgins Hall, 5225 N. Himes Ave. in Tampa.
Over 3,700 children are currently under court supervision in Hillsborough County. Only 1,800 of these children have advocates to care for their best interests. More volunteers are needed.

For more information, call 272-5110 and ask for the recruitment team.

VBS – Created By God – Built For A Purpose

St. Anne Catholic Church will hold a Vacation Bible School (VBS) Monday to Friday, June 12 to 16 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (with lunch provided).

There will be plenty of fun activities, great music, snacks and bible stories for kids ages 5 (by September 1) to 12.

VBS is for kids ages 5 (by September 1) to 12. Please sign up by June 8. Call 645-1714. St. Anne Catholic Church is located at 106 11th Ave. NE, in Ruskin.

Meals On Wheels Delivers Hurricane Preparedness Packs

Meals On Wheels of Tampa, HCI Group, CENTCOM, The Moffitt Cancer Center, Suncoast Credit Union, USF and many other dedicated volunteers delivered special Hurricane Preparedness Packs to the Meals On Wheels of Tampa recipients on the morning of Saturday, May 20 for the 2017 Hurricane season.

Hurricane Preparedness Packs were given to all program recipients in case a disaster occurs that prevents volunteers from being able to deliver meals.  Included in the packs were five shelf-stable meals, a gallon of water, a shelter evaluation form, a magic bottle opener, and a variety of emergency resource guides.  The pack is free of charge to recipients. This year, funds received from Give Day Tampa Bay helped  cover the cost of the Hurricane Preparedness Pack shelf-stable meals, as well as a generous donation from HCI Group, Inc. MacDill CENTCOM provided the gallons of water.

For more information, please visit or call 238-8410.

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Michelle has been with the Osprey Observer for almost nine years, and her current position is Assignment Editor. She resides in Bloomingdale with her husband Phil, two sons, Philip and Matthew, and Tigger the cat.