This service policy is in effect during social distancing and distance learning. The policy will be revisited to reflect changes within the school.
Upper School can find some ways to serve and help our community below. We have a lot of talent and creativity within our school and as always, our focus is on helping our local community through direct service, now done remotely.
Before you decide on one of these opportunities, please make sure you are taking care of your wellness and your academics as much as possible. Once you email Mr. Duran-Medina and your project is approved, you may enter your hours online through the student portal. When sharing letters with pen pals, please identify yourself as writing from Shorecrest and only use your first name. You may include some information about yourself but no details that could be used to identify you. Never send money to a stranger through the mail.
Letter Writing to First Responders
Card making for children in hospitals for medical treatment
Support our Troops
Letter writing to armed forces through a Tampa-based organization.https://supportourtroops.org/cards-letters
Letters Against Isolation:
This organization will match you with a senior citizen community where you can write a letter to an elderly resident. You can write as many letters as you’d like and will earn one hour for every three letters sent. https://www.lettersagainstisolation.com
Love for the Elderly
Letters of Gratitude
Distance learning service opportunities have been expanded to include two groups of front line workers: grocery store employees and medical staff. For every three cards, letters or notes sent, you can earn one hour of service. Materials should express gratitude and uplifting messages. Please note where there is a specific person for addressing the materials. You may list the Director of Service Learning, Diego Duran-Medina, as the supervisor when you enter your hours. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Publix grocery stores:
200 37th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704
3030 54th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712
7880 113th St, Seminole, FL 33772
525 S Belcher Rd, Clearwater, FL 33764; Address to Graham Gebhart
10411 Ulmerton Rd, Largo, FL 33771; Address to Elvis Justovic
Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital: 501 6th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701;
Address to hospital or Allyn DiVito
St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation: 1200 7th Avenue North St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Largo Medical: 201 14th St SW, Largo, FL 33770
Supporting Senior Citizens in the Community (3 options)
You are invited to send greetings cards and notes directly to Mrs. Case to be distributed to senior citizens in retirement communities. For every three pieces of mail, you will earn one service hour. Please send all mail in one package to the address below:
Valerie Case, LPN | Optum
Affiliate Care Manager, Florida IPA Network
10051 5th Street North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33702
You are invited to send greetings cards and notes directly to residents at Westminster Palms. Students will earn one hour of service for every three letters written. You may write to as many residents as you'd like. Keep each card/letter friendly, upbeat, positive and hopeful - let them know we are thinking of them!
Please address each card and letter to the resident with first name and initial of last name. Place all cards in one larger envelope and send to:
Anne K. Osborne
Director of Volunteers
830 N Shore Drive NE
St Petersburg, FL 33701
These are the residents who have been enjoying cards and letters :
Contact Mr. Duran-Medina for more information.
Smithsonian Digital Volunteers:
You can earn one hour of service per one hour of transcription.
Brighten A Day:
Brighten A Day is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works to lift the spirits of those who are in need of some cheer by sending them love, hope, and joy through cards and gifts. Students can earn up to one hour for every three cards sent.
Since Brighten A Day was founded in 2018, we have reached tens of thousands of seniors and hospitalized children throughout the world and in many other countries and are continuing to reach more people!
Sign up here: https://www.brighten-a-day.org/volunteer/
Warm Up America:
Warm Up America accepts knitted or crocheted blankets of any size, adult hats and scarves, baby clothing, and 7" by 9" afghan sections. The items can be sent to 3740 N Josey Ln., Suite #126, Carrollton, TX 75007 to be redistributed by Warm Up America, or they can be sent directly to specific charities as listed on their website.