Monday, March 19, 2012
Blood donors will receive a $10 Walgreens gift card
Want to give blood? Florida Blood Services is partnering with local Walgreens drug stores to host bloodmobiles from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the following dates and locations in the Carrollwood and Northdale area on Mondays during the month of March: Donors will receive a $10 Walgreens gift card, and a wellness check-up of their blood pressure, pulse, temperature, iron count, and a cholesterol screening. Identification is required to give blood, and donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and be 16 or older. For more information, go to www.fbsblood.org, or call 1‑800‑68‑BLOOD.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Each week, Patch will feature a different Whiz Kid who is making huge strides in their community.
Patch's Whiz Kid of the Week ○ Whiz Kid's Name, Age: Roberto Villalba, 17 ○ Whiz Kid's School: Gaither High School ○ Whiz Kid's Accomplishment: Roberto was named a Barnes Scholar, and won a scholarship valued up to $15,000 ○ Whiz Kid's Key to Awesomeness: An honors and Advanced Placement student, Roberto is one of four people selected from 360 applicants to receive the Barnes Scholarship. Roberto was picked based on a series of essays, a personal interview and information from his school. The Barnes Scholarships target college-bound high school seniors who have overcome obstacles in their lives while remaining committed to academic achievement and community service. Roberto is awaiting response from several colleges, with his top college …
Friday, February 25, 2011
Brothers create program to help soldiers without support system back home
Like all high school students, Matt and Ryan Hoverman need community service hours for graduation. But these brothers have gone further than most to find a community service program that everyone could participate in. Matt, a senior at Carrollwood Day School, explained that he was "looking for a community service project - something I could bring to the school to get people involved in. Not just your typical volunteer project.” Ryan, a junior, adds, “Because it’s an IB school, you have to have a lot of community service, so you try to look for more creative projects that you can do.” In the past few years, the siblings had brought their campuses "Cell Phone for Soldiers," a recycling program that exchanges used cell phones for calling …
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Where to help out in and around Carrollwood
Volunteering has become a way of life for Randy and Yvonne Buffington. At the Bob Sierra Family Branch of the YMCA in Carrollwood, the couple has made a huge contribution to the community by creating a successful racquetball league. "My dad was a Methodist pastor. Finding some place to pitch in was important to me," Yvonne Buffington said. The couple played racquetball together in college, but hadn't played in about 20 years when they decided to take the sport up again. In 2004, the Buffington's started a league at Carrollwood's YMCA. "It's very rewarding," said Yvonne Buffington, who volunteers about 15 to 20 hours per week with her husband. "We have parents and kids play. It's great to see them bond over this." The couple also put their…