The Homes for the Holidays program eases the financial strain of furnishing a new home by supplying basic necessities, including furniture, appliances, and pantry items. Fully stocked pantries come complete with dry and frozen foods, meats, bakery items, produce, dairy items, paper products, and classic holiday dishes. By helping to allay the costs of basic necessities, the program helps increase parents' discretionary income for other expenses such as afterschool care and doctor's visits, and gives families a foundation of nutritious foods to help them establish healthful eating habits.
State Representative Helen Gordon Davis founded The Centre for Women in 1977 to help women attain self-sufficiency through a variety of services, including professional and family counseling, job placement, and substance-abuse treatment. She based The Centre for Women in the renovated Ward-Taliaferro House, a turn-of-the-century home with neoclassical architecture and a warm environment.
Since its founding, The Centre for Women has gradually added additional programs to assist other demographics, such as providing home repairs for senior citizens and offering arts and literacy enrichment to girls. Today, its programs empower, educate, and inspire more than 3,000 women and families every year.
The nonprofit's annual end-of-summer soiree promises tasty samples from local wine, coffee, and dessert purveyors who'll be displaying their delicacies alongside the fare of local restaurateurs. As you peruse the plated offerings, you'll be serenaded by the melodious effusions of several local musical acts, such as Live After Five, Sax 5th Avenue, and Soul Essence, and can survey the for-sale items of the event's silent auction. Proceeds from the all-inclusive event benefit children with special needs, so stock up on tickets and gift them to your most generous coworkers. Spruce up and set sail for an aqua-adjacent taste of the town with today's Groupon to Vino, Java, and Jazz.
When you think about things to do in Tampa, outdoor ice-skating is usually not usually the first thing that comes to mind. But you can experience this quintessential winter activity at Tampa’s Downtown on Ice, the city’s only outdoor ice rink. Here, skaters can practice ice-hockey moves, figure-skating leaps, and carving the alphabet in cursive. The rink is part of Friends of Tampa Recreation, an organization that leads several activities, such as youth arts and crafts programs, sports leagues, and field trips for seniors.
The Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research, Inc. (LEITR) is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to the recovery, evaluation, and distribution of eye tissue for transplantation, research and education. LEITR’s Eye Bank is one of the largest in the world. Since its inception, it has brought the “Gift of Sig