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Walden Lake Preschool, Plant City.

For Good: Hillsborough County agencies partner to prevent child drownings

A local partnership sponsored by the Hillsborough County Children's Board is working to reduce and, hopefully, eliminate child drownings. The partnership offers programs that can keep kids safe this summer and year-round.

Freddy Barton and Rosalie Smith of Safe & Sound Hillsborough work on the first Safe Summit scheduled for June 3, 2017.

How to keep communities safe? Efforts to curb violence start with youth

Safe and Sound Hillsborough is designed to defeat the roots of violence in the Tampa Bay Area by working with youth. You can see the program's progress at Safe Summit ’17 on June 3 at University Mall in Tampa.

Some of the decor at Chief's was original to the building.

School garden project celebrates community entrepreneurs

The Edible Peace Patch Project’s annual Cultivating Community Golden Carrot Award goes to Carolyn and Elihu Brayboy, local entrepreneurs committed to rebuilding the historic 22nd Street South Deuces community in St. Petersburg.

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For Good: Scallops, clams return to Sarasota Bay thanks to serious cultivation, cleanup

Next time you order local seafood, scallops or clams, consider what it takes to keep them healthy and sustainable in Florida bay waters. And what you can do to help.

The Boys and Girls Club in Wimauma.

Expansion of Wimauma Boys and Girls Club is designed to provide after-school care, help families

Donors from East and South Hillsborough County are investing in Wimauma's future by contributing to a fund at the Southshore Council that is designed to pay for the expansion of the local Boys and Girls Club. You can donate too.

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Local physician turns to small business lending to open new practice

Evolve Personal Health is a membership-based concierge medical practice with a personal approach designed to transform patients’ day-to-day lives.

Curtis, Kimberly and Caleb Darby are graduates of the Family Promise of Pinellas County program.

For Good: Family Promise works with interfaith congregations to help homeless families

Fourteen host congregations set up make-shift living quarters for homeless families inside their houses of worship. Volunteers take turns supplying the guests three meals a day, as well as helping in whatever ways are needed, including taking kids to school, donating personal and household items, or offering social and emotional support. 

Scott Adams and Aaron Palermo work at the Louise Graham Regeneration Center.

For Good: Social enterprise employs intellectually disabled in St. Petersburg

Roughly 70 disabled adults spend six hours a day at the Louise Graham Center for Regeneration learning work tasks and social skills that can help them land a job in a local workplace.

Bike lane in downtown Tampa.

Vision Zero focuses on making local streets safer for bicyclists, pedestrians

Whether you’re driving a truck or car, riding a bicycle or walking across the street, you can help prevent deaths and injuries by being more alert to the other guys. Ditto for government. Vision Zero arms urban planners with tools to make streets safer for everyone.

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ComfyTree marijuana conference in Tampa

With medical marijuana now legalized in Florida, ComfyTree offers a crash course on what prospectors need to know about getting into the industry.

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Imparten clases de cocina para mejorar la nutrición de habitantes de Wimauma

Con educación nutricional y clases de cocina, Hispanic Service Council busca romper esquemas alimenticios para que las familias de Wimauma coman rico y sano y para combatir la obesidad y la diabetes.

Reyna Barragan eats and feeds her family healthy food options.

Free cooking classes help Wimauma residents shop, eat, live better

In Wimauma, the Hispanic Services Council offers cooking classes that can improve nutrition and encourage better eating habits. The goal is to fight obesity and prevent diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

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On The Ground in Wimauma: Healthcare providers struggle to meet needs of indigent population

About 35 percent of the population in Wimauma ages 65 and under is uninsured. The challenges surrounding lack of access to medical care is tripled with the arrival of seasonal farmworkers.

Pastor Carlos Irizarry is lead pastor along with his wife Judy at Wholesome Church.

Organizaciones locales luchan por cubrir la necesidad de servicios de salud en Wimauma

Alrededor del 35 por ciento de la población menor de 65 años en Wimauma no cuenta con seguro médico. Los desafíos alrededor de la falta de acceso a atención médica se triplican con la llegada de trabajadores agrícolas temporales.

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For Good: Road to Recovery volunteers drive cancer patients to lifesaving treatment

While family and friends often provide rides to treatment for cancer patients, they can't always be there every day. That's when volunteer drivers step up to make a difference.
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