Oldsmar Cares
All-Volunteer Food Pantry, Clothes Closet, and Rent/Utility  Assistance for the Greater Oldsmar Area.

Food, Clothing, Rent and Utilities Assistance for Our Neighbors
About Us

Oldsmar Cares was established in 1997 as a volunteer organization to provide the basic needs–food, shelter, and clothing–within our community. Many of the families we serve have few options to keep food on the table and suitable clothing for school, work, or to seek employment. Our aim is to assist our neighbors so that we may help them through difficult times and support their efforts to work toward a better life for themselves and their families.

We offer residents in need, food, clothing and the opportunity for rent and utilities assistance. Caring neighbors volunteer in our food pantry and clothes closet and numerous food and clothing drives throughout the year. Generous donations from local residents, businesses, and the City of Oldsmar support all aspects of our program.

Oldmar Cares is founded on the principal that Oldsmar is a neighborhood where each of us must look out for the other. We believe that the support and genuine care we provide our residents who have fallen on hard times will ensure that they have the necessities for life. We have proof that this philosophy works: people who were once recipients of our assistance are now volunteers and donors.

Oldsmar Cares strives to break the cycle of poverty, starting with our own. Our investment in the well being of those here at home is an investment in the future of our community.

Please join us as a volunteer or donate to Oldsmar Cares. Each of us is important to the future of our friends and neighbors in need.

What is Oldsmar Cares?

Oldsmar Cares is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, all-volunteer organization which provides stop gap rent and utility assistance, a food pantry, and a clothes closet -- all at no cost -- to those in need in the greater Oldsmar area.

Who does Oldsmar Cares serve?

The food pantry and clothes closet are open to all in need.  The rent and utility assistance is limited to individuals and families residing in zip code 34677.   

Where is Oldsmar Cares located?

We are located at 163 State Road 580 West, Oldsmar, FL  34677.  

Our Mission 

Our mission is to provide stop gap rent and utility assistance, a food pantry, and a clothes closet, all at no cost, to those in need in the greater Oldsmar area.

Our Vision

Our ultimate vision is to not be needed in the greater Oldsmar community.  But until that day, we are here to fill the gap when called upon.

Our Guiding Values

Anyone may find themselves in a situation where they cannot meet their own or their family’s basic needs of food, shelter and clothing.  We believe that we should not sit idly by.  We are called to serve.   

Our History

Oldsmar Cares was started in 1997 by Community United Methodist Church of Oldsmar to meet the needs of Oldsmar residents for rent and utility assistance.  A small food pantry was added the next year.  In 2002 the Community Closet became a part of the mission. 

In July 2009, Oldsmar Cares became a separate 501(c)(3) organization to expand our ability to meet the growing demand for our program.   

Stewardship and Accountability

Oldsmar Cares relies mainly on private donations and fund-raisers to support the needs of the community.

Board of Directors

Brenda Gaulin, Chairperson

(813) 728-6968 


Dan Saracki, Vice Chairperson
(813) 891-1717


Mike McKnight, Board Member
(727) 487-4443

Scott Nixon, Board Member 

(727) 645-9524  Email

Sheila Manny, Board Member

(813) 855-1949


Suzanne D. Vale, Board Member

(813) 368-8555 


David L. Wallace, Board Member

(727) 403-6897