• Easter Egg Hunt/Easter Bunny Breakfast:  For donations!
  • Easter Hat Competition: Who can come up with the most unusual Easter Hat…flowers, healthy food, anything works.. Charge an entry fee… turn the selection party into an event, serve food.
  • Lunch Grillers: Deliver lunches to the businesses in town or just host for your own employees… Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Soup Days, Salad Days, Dessert Days, Ice Cream Sundae’s  …food is a big draw…
  • Ice Cream Socials:  These are great fun and inexpensive to host!
  • “Your OWN  Idol: Charge admission and entry fees and let the talent begin.
  • Car Washes never go out of style, and there is lots of pollen out there!
  • Yard Sales.  With beautiful weather, comes lots of people shopping! And lots of spring cleaning.
  • Bike Rodeo:  Big people get to ride their motorcycles… what about the kids?  Plan a bike ride in a neighborhood/park, or just a gathering for the young’ens.  Have a picnic lunch/dinner ; award prizes for best decorated bike; have a local bike shop or fire department come out and check bike safety; set up cones for ‘driving tests’; get creative!
  • Lemonade Stand:  Does your neighborhood have lots of yard sales?  Set up a lemonade stand… better yet, why not grill hot-dogs while you’re at it?
  • Yard Displays:  Place plastic pink flamingos, wooden cows, or any other item in the front yard or office of unsuspecting donors.  Request a donation to remove them, and additional donation for the homeowners to pick whose yard/office they are placed in next, and
    another donation as “insurance” that they don’t wind up back in their yard again!
  • Neighborhood Block Party—the weather is nice, time for a party with all the neighbors and kids…pot-luck and each family makes a donation for what they would have spent going out.
  • Spring BOWS— make and sell Spring Bows for mailboxes and car antennas.  $5-$20 donation depending on the size of the BOW!!
  • Host a Softball tournament between employees!
  • Cake Auction—for Easter or Mothers Day.  Have your best cooks make cakes and take bids.
  • Hero —have managers offer up a service and employees bid …such as a car wash, grass cutting, gutter cleaning….how much will you pay to see the Boss do chores?
  • Mail Letters—with a self addressed stamped envelope telling why you Walk.. they WILL return your letter with a donation.  This is the easiest way to raise your own $100.
  • Bouquet of Flowers:  Ask a local florist to donate a bouquet of flowers.  Employees/ friends make donations for a chance to win some “springtime” for their desk.
  • Fresh Fruit Fridays— Deliver fruit to office mates ahead of the weekend.  Take orders early in the week for all kinds of fresh fruit.  Add a delivery fee.
  • Company Relay Challenge— Two teams or more compete in a crazy relay
  • Take a Walk with an Executive— Staff pays for a chance to walk with a top executive at your company!
  • Dress down the week of Spring Break for $20 or whatever you decide!



Media Contact:
Wonetha Hall
Public/Media Relations
Office: 813.224.9207
Cell: 248.802.9843

The New York Yankees and community come together to help children in need before school begins August 10.


Tampa, Florida (August 5, 2016) — The Salvation Army in Hillsborough County to offer families, who obtain prior eligibility, the opportunity to receive a new backpack filled with school supplies for their elementary, middle and high school-aged children, Friday, August 5, 2016, at The Salvation Army Worship Center, 1100 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa, FL from 9 am-3 pm.


The Salvation Army’s long-standing partner The New York Yankees generously donated new backpacks to give to children, along with the donations from the community allowed us to fill more than 600 backpacks to give to families in need in Hillsborough County.


“We have a long-standing partnership with the New York Yankees organization. Their support allows us to give brand-new backpacks to area students who are in need,” said The Salvation Army Tampa Area Commander Captain Andrew Miller.

We understand how important it is for children to have the school supplies they need to succeed in the classroom.”


To obtain eligibility for back-to-school backpacks and supplies, please call The Salvation Army Tampa offices Monday-Friday from 9am-3 pm by August 4. For more information on our 2016 Back-To-School Drive, contact Wonetha Hall at 813-224-9207


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About The Salvation Army in Tampa

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 150 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information on the Tampa Area Command, go to www.salvationarmytampa.org.


Sponsors and players can win $5,000, and have a chance to drive away in a new car
at annual golf tournament to help men, women and children in need in Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. – (May 4, 2015)  $5,000 is up for grabs, May 4, for any person participating at this year’s annual Red Shield Classic Golf Tournament at Hunter’s Green Country Club, 18101 Longwater Run Drive, Tampa. Sponsors and players will not only be able to win cash, but will also have a chance to take home a new mid-size vehicle, as well as five lucky winners will play to give 1 million back to The Salvation Army.

The 3rd annual Red Shield Classic golf tournament plans to be a day of fun and lots of prizes. Throughout the day golfers will be able to play several contests including hole-in-one, putting, longest drive, closest to the pin and a 1M Cash Shoot Out. Sponsorship packages begin at $1,000. Sponsor fee includes green fees and cart, range balls, tee gifts, entrance to all hole-in-one contests, lunch and Awards Dinner. Tee sponsorships are $200; individual players can play for $150.

Registration opens at 9 a.m. and Shotgun Start begins at 11:30 a.m. ABC Action News Meteorologist Wayne Shattuck will be Master of Ceremonies for the event. All proceeds go to support men, women and children in need in the Tampa area. For more information on the 3rd Annual Red Shield Classic Golf Tournament, please go to www.salvationarmytampa.org or call (813) 549-0635.

Media Contact: 

Wonetha Hall
Salvation Army Tampa Command

Birthday event to highlight importance of growing food locally and celebrates Earth Day

TAMPA, Fla. – (April 25, 2015)  The Sustainable Living Project (SLP) is a partnership garden between The Salvation Army and Tampa Bay Harvest (TBH), a nonprofit agency that works to end hunger in Tampa Bay Area.  Nearly 80 percent of the harvest supports the feeding program run by The Salvation Army in Tampa, or goes directly to families in the community who need fresh produce. The remaining produce goes to The Well and Meals On Wheels programs and volunteers. The garden is a way of giving back to the community, and has produced about 1,000 pounds of vegetables from 14 beds. The garden is open to the community and provides volunteer opportunities, educational classes, and a chance to sponsor a garden bed. The SLP allows the community to learn more about how they can affect change by recycling, becoming more sustainable in everyday life, and inspiring youth through experimental learning. To volunteer in our garden, contact Alan Lowery at (813) 226-0055 ext. 210. For more information on The Sustainable Living Project, go to sustainableproject1@gmail.com or tbhwill@gmail.com.

Who: The Salvation Army and Tampa Bay Harvest

What: The Salvation Army and Sustainable Living Project’s Earth Day Birthday Event

When: April 25th from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where:  The Sustainable Living Project, 918 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa Fla. 33604

Why: The Salvation Army and Tampa Bay Harvest is celebrating the 2nd anniversary of The Sustainable Living Project. The project founded by the Tampa Bay Harvest will observe Earth Day by teaching the importance of sustainability in the local community.  The free event will teach participants about growing food in their local community and how to start a sustainable lifestyle. The Sustainable Living Project uses state of the art technology and fully sustainable methods for organic gardening. The event will feature an organic gardening workshop, cooking class, yoga class and more. We will have food and fun for the whole family.

Media Contact:
Wonetha Hall
Salvation Army Tampa Command

medina turnerTAMPA, Fla. — Medina Turner, a former University of Georgia basketball athlete, has been named as the first recipient of the NCAA Perseverance Award.

The Perseverance Award honors a student-athlete, coach or administrator from the host city of the Women’s Final Four who, when confronted with a life-altering situation, pushed past the obstacles and showed determination to succeed. Turner was presented with the award Sunday evening during the Women’s Final Four at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

Turner’s journey began at the University of Georgia playing under women’s basketball coach Andy Landers. In her senior year, Turner was the team leader in rebounds with an average of 7.9 per game and was the second leading scorer. She led the Lady Bulldogs to the championship game of the 1993 Southeastern Conference women’s basketball tournament and to the round of 32 in the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship that same year.

Turner left Georgia before finishing her degree to pursue a professional basketball career overseas. Three years later, she made the decision to retire from the sport and move to Tampa, Florida, to care for her sister, Gloria Rene Turner, who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Gloria lost her battle with the disease in 2001, leaving behind two boys that Medina adopted and became their legal guardian. Shortly after the loss of her sister, Medina’s father, Robert Turner, fell ill and succumbed to liver cancer. A few years later, she fell on hard times and her home went into foreclosure, forcing the family to become homeless.

Turner arrived at Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa in 2013 to get back on the right track. Since then, she has joined Uplift U, a residential program designed to help homeless families and women become more self-sufficient. She was also accepted to the University of Florida’s Social Work program and is on track to graduate in 2016. Having saved enough money to become self-sufficient again, Turner and her two sons will move out of Metropolitan Ministries and into a home of their own in April.

We would like to congratulate Medina Turner, Salvation Army in Hillsborough County employee and former basketball star, for receiving the NCAA Perseverance Award during the Women’s Final Four game. We appreciate all her hard work! Read her article from the Tampa Tribune about her journey. http://tbo.com/…/you-get-up-and-keep-going-ex-college-star…/

OutREACH and AfterCARE Training

February 18th-21th 2015

Wednesday, February 18th – The Salvation Army Tampa Area Command

8:00 – 8:30 AM Check In
8:30 – 9:00 Prayer &Introductions
Major Leisa Hall, Associate Area Commander
9:00 – 9:30 Overview of Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries Model
9:30 -11:30 *Human Trafficking & the Traffickers and Facilitators
Module 1 & 2 / Detective James McBride, F.B.I. Clearwater/Tampa Bay Area Task Force Against Human Trafficking
11:30 – 11:45 Break
11:45 – 12:15 *Who are the Victims?
Module 3/ Julie Shematz, M.A.
12:15 – 1:15 PM Lunch
1:15 – 2:00 *Bias & Prejudice
Module 4/ Julie Shematz, M.A.
2:00 – 2:15 Break
2:15 – 3:45 *Mental Health Challenges
Module 5/ Julie Shematz, M.A.
3:45 – 4:30 Sign Equine Releases, Reflections, Questions, Overview

Thursday, February 19th – The Salvation Army Tampa Area Command

8:30 – 8:45 AM Greetings
8:45 – 10:45 Strip Club OutREACH
Module 6/ Julie Shematz, M.A.
10:45 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:00 PM Building Your Team
Module 7/ Julie Shematz, M.A.
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 *AfterCARE
Module 8/ Tajuan McCarty, B.S.W., M.P.A., M.P.H.
Founder – The Well House
Birmingham, AL
2:30 – 4:00 Community Engagement
Module 9/ Alex Oliveres, M.S.,
HT Regional Resource Coordinator at Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL
4:00 – 4:30 TSA Tampa Area Command Programs & Services

Friday, February 20th – The Salvation Army Tampa Area Command

8:30 – 8:45 AM Greetings
8:45 – 10:15 Public Information
Module 10/ Julie Shematz, M.A.
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 12:30 *Boundaries
Module 11/ Julie Shematz, M.A.
12:30 -1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 *Self-Care of AfterCARE Workers
Module 12/ Julie Shematz, M.A.
2:30 – 2:45 Break
2:45 – 4:15 Mentoring
Module 13/ Julie Shematz, M.A.
4:15 – 4:45 Pt. 1– Equine Assisted Psychotherapy & Learning
Module 14/ Julie Shematz, M.A.
(In Classroom)

Saturday, February21st – ADDRESS TO BE ANNOUNCED

9:00 – 9:15 AM Greetings
Equine Facility
9:15 – 11:30 Pt. 2 – Equine Assisted Psychotherapy & Learning Demonstration
Module 14/ Julie Shematz, M.A.
11:30 – 12:00 Closing

womensaux4Annual event raises funds to support programs giving to those in need in Tampa

TAMPA, FLA. (March 27, 2015) ­ —  The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary is excited to host its 22nd Annual Fashion Show Luncheon & Silent Auction on Friday, March 27, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Double Tree Hotel, located at 4500 West Cypress Street in Tampa. Veteran WFLA-TV news anchor Gayle Sierens will be the Mistress of Ceremonies and Lauren Dungy, wife of Super Bowl-winning and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy, to be a featured special guest.

The show will feature fashions from Tampa boutiques and The Salvation Army Family Stores. The silent auction, featuring items from local retailers and boutiques, begins at 11 a.m. The luncheon and fashion show begins at noon.  All funds raised help support all of The Salvation Army’s services in Hillsborough County such as housing programs for area families in emergency crisis, nursing home visitations and youth camp.

Table sponsorships begin at $550. Patron tickets are $110.00. Individual tickets are $55.00. For more information on the event, please contact Laura Ferrell at 813-226-0055 x372, or go online at www.salvationarmytampa.org.

Event organizers include:
Auxiliary President and Event Co-Chair:        Abigail Dougherty
Event Co-Chair:                                              Betty Jean “BJ” Wegman

Media Contact:
Wonetha Hall
Phone number: (813) 224-9207
Email: wonetha_hall@uss.salvationarmy.org

 Extensive training to teach prevention and restoration methods for labor and sexual exploitation

TAMPA, Fla. – (July 15, 2015)  The Salvation  Army in Tampa/Hillsborough County to hold a four-day Human Trafficking, Sex Industry Outreach and Aftercare training, July 15-18, from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Area Tampa Command building, 1603 N. Florida Ave. The extensive training, based on curriculum by Beauty From Ashes ™ Ministries, raises awareness and educates on prevention, reach, rescue and restoration for victims of sexual exploitation, abuse and trafficking.

Founded in 2005, Beauty From Ashes ™ Ministries is Florida’s first and oldest overcomer-led human trafficking community service agency. The nationally recognized program, founded by Julie Shematz, Director of Social Services for The Salvation Army in Tampa/Hillsborough County, has served more than 1,300 survivors of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and sex trafficking. The training provides resources to help educate, empower and restore.

The event promises to be days of awareness and education. Classes address how to identify victims of human trafficking, bias and prejudice survivors face and mental health challenges of survivors. The training will also include information on strip club outreach, aftercare, mentoring and a day of equine-assisted learning.  Lunch will be provided. Tickets are $125 before July 3; general admission is $175. Student discount tickets are $50. Presenters of the event include Sue Aboul-hosn, BSSW, CSW, Regional Human Trafficking Coordinator Central and Suncoast Regions; Anita Albert-Watson, Human Trafficking Unit Program Manager, The Salvation Army Tampa Area Command;Yaro Garcia, LMHC, Chair of Southwest Regional Human Trafficking Coalition;Dotti Grover-Skipper, Divisional Anti-Trafficking Campaign Coordinator; Alex Oliveres, MSW, Southwest Regional Human Trafficking Resource Center Coordinator at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU); Julie Shematz, MA, Social Services Director, The Salvation Army Tampa Area Command; and Michael Victor, Police Corporal, Tampa Police Department Criminal Intelligence Bureau.

“I believe it is critical that survivors become leaders in the development of new services, shelters and response to sex trafficking in their community,” said Julie Shematz, Director of Social Services for for The Salvation Army in Tampa/Hillsborough County.

Human trafficking involves the commercial exchange and exploitation of humans including forced prostitution and pornography, involuntary labor, servitude and debt bondage. Human trafficking is a growing problem worldwide, recently rising to the second most common criminal activity behind the illegal drug trade. Florida has been identified as a hub for human trafficking activity, citing one of the highest incidences of human trafficking in the country.

For more information on The Salvation Army’s Human Trafficking and Sex Industry Outreach and Aftercare training or to purchase tickets, go to www.salvationarmytampa.org



Media Contact:
Wonetha Hall
Salvation Army Tampa Command

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