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Hillsborough County is the fourth largest county in Florida with 1,266 square miles, and it encompasses the city of Tampa. Despite the beautiful weather and picturesque beaches, Hillsborough County faces serious challenges regarding residents living in poverty and experiencing homelessness. According to a 2012 report from the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the Tampa-St. Petersburg area has one of the highest rates of homelessness in the United States. In a 2017 report from the United Way, 42% of households in Hillsborough County are failing to meet their basic needs, which translates to around 210K households either living in poverty having jobs that do not allow them to cover their basic living needs. In addition to the high number people living below the poverty line, Hillsborough County has made significant strides to gain a better understanding of their homelessness crisis. Through the Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative, since 2013 there has been an annual point in time count of those individuals experiencing homelessness. Through this coordinated effort, the county has seen a slight drop in the number of homeless individuals from 2013-2017. As of February 2017, there were 1,549 individuals sheltered or unsheltered in Hillsborough County. Additionally, there were 479 families with 3,316 children enrolled in county schools who are by definition homeless. This data has allowed providers to understand more about the trends of homelessness in the county, and collaborate to provide services to individuals, children, and families experiencing homelessness. There are many serious challenges facing individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Hillsborough County, including inconsistent access to affordable housing, income insecurity, lack of adequate childcare, food and other basic needs. To address these challenges there is a coordinated network of human service providers and community organizations committed to providing supportive interventions with the goal of ultimately ending homelessness in Hillsborough County. The Tampa 1st Service Platoon is partnering with organizations leading the charge to develop and implement best practices for supporting individuals and families who are experiencing homeless. With one of the most significant barriers to permanent housing being access to affordable housing, it is a natural fit for the platoon to work with Habitat for Humanity Hillsborough County to increase the number of affordable homes in the area. Through their 31 years of affiliation, the Hillsborough Chapter of Habitat for Humanity has built or renovated more than 200 homes. The Tampa 1st Service Platoon will partner with Habitat for Humanity Hillsborough County to build 13 homes throughout 2018. Additionally, the platoon will partner with other organizations addressing the needs of homeless and impoverished residents of Hillsborough County including Trinity Café, ECHO, and Baylife Ministries. Each of these organizations supports individuals experiencing homelessness with their basic needs—food, clothing, toiletries, school supplies, and cold weather sheltering. Join us as we get our brother and sisters off the street and into homes!

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Reach City Food Distribution

Location: Reach City Church 6605 Krycul ave riverview FL 33578

March 11, 2024

08:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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Reach City Food Distribution

Location: Reach City Church 6605 Krycul ave riverview FL 33578

March 25, 2024

08:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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2024 Earth Day

Location: Ballast Point Park 5300 Interbay Blvd Tampa FL 33611

April 22, 2024

08:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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The Mission Continues is a national non-profit that empowers veterans to continue serving in our nation’s under-resourced communities, giving veterans the opportunity to keep serving even after the uniform comes off, right here at home. Our programs deploy veterans and volunteers to work alongside nonprofit partners and community leaders to improve educational resources, tackle food insecurity, foster neighborhood identity, and more.  

Who should volunteer?

Our service projects are for all veterans with a desire to continue their service and for all non-veterans that want to be part of a nationwide movement to transform communities. Please note, age and accessibility accommodations can be made at any project. There is room for everyone to make an impact. 

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Click “Register” under the event and it will take you to the event details that will review in more detail what it entails, when and where the project is located, parking details etc.  

Then click “Attend” to fill in simple volunteer information. You will get an email confirmation and updates about this event through your choice of email and text messages

What is a Service Platoon? 

Service Platoons are your opportunity to engage and connect with veterans and community members while generating community impact in a real and tangible way. Led by veteran volunteer platoon leaders, each platoon works with dedicated community partners and volunteers to provide the manpower and support that they need to help them do their work more effectively. 

We currently have service platoons in more than 40+ cities across the country that are having events at least once a month. Everyone is invited to serve, regardless of veteran status: a service platoon is for you if you have a passion for service. 

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