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On The Ground

“On The Ground’’ is a special storytelling project designed to help educate readers and raise awareness about the people and places of Wimauma. The idea is to increase the communications capacity of the organizations and nonprofits working in the neighborhood, as well as to call attention to the innovations and investments that are helping move the community forward. The intended impact includes spurring additional awareness and investments that can contribute to the vitality and prosperity of the community. 

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Pastor Carlos Irizarry leads Sunday service at Wholesome Community Ministries in Wimauma.

Possible sale of property prompts Wholesome Church in Wimauma to launch Go Fund Me campaign

A Wimauma congregation is feeling the pinch as developers move southward in Hillsborough County. Faced with the prospect of the church’s leased property being sold out from under the congregation, the church pastor is trying to raise $235,000 to buy the property.

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.

Our Lady of Guadalupe in Wimauma.

On The Ground: Exploring faith, diversity and unity in Wimauma

What do the churches of Wimauma say about its diverse population and community challenges? It seems everyone has the same concerns and wants solutions for the entire community. 

Liz Gutierrez, Founder and CEO of Enterprising Latinas.

Enterprising Latinas launches project to boost Wimauma economy

Enterprising Latinas planned the Women's Opportunity Center to empower women personally and professionally by teaching them how to become successful entrepreneurs and launch their own businesses in Wimauma.

Ansberto Vallejo speaks at the Not Your Average Speakers event in Wimauma.

Seeking a united front in Wimauma: Not Your Average Speakers On The Ground in Wimauma

Not Your Average Speakers: Political clout, unity, education and job training are key to shaping the future for Wimauma residents, a diverse mix of immigrants, Hispanics, blacks and whites, as development encroaches on the rural community in South Hillsborough County..

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Teacher devotes her life to inspiring kids, adults in Wimauma

Retired teacher Margaret Claritt still lives, teaches and volunteers in Wimauma because the rural community in south Hillsborough County continues to face so many challenges that are best addressed with personal dedication and perseverance.

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Not Your Average Speakers: What smart people can learn from Wimauma

Public policy makers, elected officials, educators, business and other community leaders probably don’t think first of Wimauma when looking for new ideas, innovation and inspiration. But if they did, what would they see?

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Wimauma kids create artsy cards for holiday season

The specially designed holiday cards are sold in 10-unit packages, which allows the buyer to pick an individual design for all of them, or pick a different design for each of them.

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Wimauma students on a path to college education

Students from Wimauma and other lower-income neighborhoods in the Tampa Bay area participate in classes at Berkeley Prep that are designed to prepare them to pursue higher education.

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.

Delia Garcia, senior liaison, National Education Association, speaks at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics event at H.C.C. in Ruskin.

Migrant families face familiar hardships in schools

A national White House initiative arrives in Hillsborough County to learn more about the special challenges migrant families face in trying to access education for their children.

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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.

Beth-El Farmworker Ministry offers much needed services including worship to the Wimauma community.

Beth-El creates paths to success in Wimauma

Beth-El lights a torch for farmworkers to find their path to success by providing food, clothing, scholarships and guidance.

Reyna Rocha prepares cactus leaves for cooking.

Wimauma couple's tenacity leads to progress for family, community

With an entrepreneurial spirit aimed at solving a community problem, Reyna and José Rocha opened a grocery store to serve the needs of Wimauma residents.

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Marcela Estevez Ancira: Transforming Wimauma through education

Educator says parental involvement proves key to success for student achievement at charter schools operated by Redlands Christian Migrant Association in Wimauma.
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