People Making a Difference

EST 1992

ERIC BENKE
Board Member and business liaison coordinator working with local community leaders.

1997 - Sharon Patch creates Oldsmar Cares created to meet the needs of Oldsmar residents for rent and utility assistance

1998 - A small food pantry is added to the Oldsmar Cares mission.

2002 -A clothing closet is added with men's, women's and children gently used clothing and footwear.

2009 - Oldsmar Cares sees the growing need and incorporates as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

2011 -Oldsmar Cares 1st Annual Wine & Food Gala at East Lake Woodland Country Club and raises $30,550.

2015 - Oldsmar Cares 2nd Annual Golf Tournament announces presenting sponsor MicroLumen, and raises $25,000 for Weekend Food Fore Kids program.

2017 -​Oldsmar Cares 8th Annual Wine & Food Gala at Nielsen Ballroom and raises $103,000.

2018 - Completed new building at 149 SR 580 West, Oldsmar

BRENDA GAULIN

Vice-Chairperson and previous Chairperson also coordinates marketing and public relations

DAVID WALLACE
Board Member, 

Volunteer Coordinator and Pantry Manager. City of Oldsmar City Manager Award recipient 2014.

IRA BERGER, DDS
Board Member and Dental Services Doctor, providing FREE dental care to children in the greater Oldsmar area.

MIKE MCKNIGHT
Board Member, Co-Chair of Oldsmar Cares Annual Wine & Food Gala.and previous Chairperson.

OUR programs

Oldsmar Cares a 501(c)3 nonprofit provides food, clothing and health screenings open to residents in greater Oldsmar.  Financial assistance and employment services are available to individuals residing in 34677.   Read more.

our leadership team

DANA BARROW
Board Member, Pantry Team Leader and Bright Futures Volunteer coordinator. City of Oldsmar City Manager Award recipient 2014.

MICHELLE BALDWIN
Board Member and Co-Chair of Oldsmar Cares Annual Wine & Food Gala.

GINA RODGERS-PRICE
Board Member, City of Oldsmar City Manager Award recipient 2017.

ERIC ALLEN
Chairperson and coordinator of Business Holiday Food Drive, working with local businesses to raise awareness.

mission & vision

Provide stop gap rent and utility assistance, a food pantry, and a clothes closet - at no cost - to those in need in the greater Oldsmar area.

OUR History