Participants are needed for CareFest, a day of organized volunteering on September 27.


St. Petersburg, Florida -- Ever think to yourself—"I should do more to help people"?

Well, here's an easy way for you or an organization to get started. It's called CareFest.

A number of communities in the Tampa Bay area are taking part in the September 27 event; one of the most active sites is St. Petersburg. Last year in the city, more than 75 projects were completed by 1,624 volunteers.

The city of St. Petersburg is helping support the effort. Aubri Shauger-Haley of the Community Services Department says now is the time for volunteers to register. "It's giving back to our community," she says. "Everyone in our community can take part. If you can knit you can volunteer, if you can hold a paintbrush we want you too."

Pastor Chris Cahall of St. Pete Vineyard Church has been involved with CareFest for years and while this is a one-day event, he hopes it fosters a year-around spirit of caring. "The idea is that it will springboard this consciousness of caring for your community. Finding a need, seeing a need, and then meeting that need."

To find out about CareFest activities in your area click here. For more on the effort in St. Petersburg click here.

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