People Making a Difference
The final piece, to make this project happen so quickly was the generosity of corporate and individual donors with gifts of $10,000 or more. These donors include:
City of Oldsmar
Russell and Ruth Anderson Charitable Foundation, Inc
Tampa Bay Downs
David L. Wallace Architects
Laurel Oaks Nursery
John T. Taylor & Patricia A. Lamphear
Sue & Sam Brandon
Jamson Labs / Power Kleen Corporation
David & Elaine Pearson
Eric & Amber Seidel
Joan & David L. Wallace
A sign recognizing this premier group of donors as well as anyone that donated $100 or more to the project will be installed in the main office of the new building shortly after the grand opening.
Oldsmar Cares Board Members left to right. David Wallace, Brenda Gaulin, Mike McKnight, Eric Allen, Dana Barrows, Ira Berger DDS, Eric Benke. Michelle Baldwin, Gina Rodgers-Price not shown here.
Oldsmar Cares is a 501(c)(3) all-volunteer organization providing stop gap financial assistance, food and clothing – all at no cost – to those in need in the greater Oldsmar area. Oldsmar Cares is located at 149 SR 580 West, Oldsmar, FL. In total, Oldsmar Cares offers 16 programs to serve the community.
OldsmarWorks is an all-volunteer program offered by Oldsmar Cares to help unemployed and underemployed Oldsmar residents. The program provides support throughout the job seeking process by offering help with resume building, training opportunities, resources, emotional encouragement, and an exclusive job board.
The new 3000 square foot building is home to a food pantry, clothing closet, conference room, OldsmarWorks career counselling and an administrative office. Another important feature of the building is the 400 square feet of dry storage for canned goods overflow. In the past Oldsmar Cares relied heavily on an off-site storage, but this new on-site storage will save money, make tracking inventory and rotating canned goods much more efficient. The official opening of the new Oldsmar Cares office was January 29, 2018, just days before the tremendously successful Oldsmar Cares Wine & Food Gala. “To say we had something to celebrate the night of the Gala is an understatement,” said Brenda Gaulin, vice chairperson, “Our mantra each year, to get the volunteer planning committee psyched is, Best Gala Ever! This year we delivered, by having one of our biggest fundraisers to date, raising over $103,000 for our local community.”
Grand Opening Celebration
Saturday March 31,2018
Noon to 2pm
149 SR 580 West, Oldsmar
“I’ve designed many free standing buildings in my career, but I have to say this building for Oldsmar Cares is one of my proudest projects. I have had the opportunity to work side-by-side with the most generous businesses and volunteers over these last 13 months.”
David L. Wallace, Oldsmar Cares board member.
The building was designed by David L. Wallace Architects, founded by David L. Wallace, Oldsmar Cares board member.
Construction was completed by Bollenback Builders, responsible for numerous local and regional projects include Oldsmar’s United Methodist Church sanctuary building.
Other services including landscaping and engineering were provided by Laurel Oaks Nursery, Northside Engineering and Walter Fitzgerald.
The Oldsmar Cares Board of Directors reached out to key members of the community to support the new building and the response was overwhelming. Three key events made the new building project possible. The City of Oldsmar agreed to a 40 year land lease at a very low cost to Oldsmar Cares. The Russell and Ruth Anderson Charitable Foundation, Inc. made a significant match to our fundraising efforts. “The Foundation is honored and pleased how the community came together to support the important work of Oldsmar Cares. It made our job easy to decide to get involved,” commented George Weiskopf, director, Russell and Ruth Anderson Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Oldsmar Cares on the web: www.oldsmarcares.org
Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr4TH1-z79vSDfpCHbXChXA
Building Tour Video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G330g-6nlUw
Building Construction Video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCghLLnNn6Q
Professional Clothing Closet
Rent & Utility Assistance
Weekend Food 4 Kids
Holiday Meal Programs
“I’m happy to be a part of this exciting time in Oldsmar Cares history. We’ve become known for our events and the grand opening will be a time to celebrate our achievements.”
Pamela Yerkes, Oldsmar Cares event coordinator and volunteer.
The event will be open to the public and members of Oldsmar Board of Directors, Oldsmar City Council and local dignitaries will attend. The Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce will kick-off the event with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Donations are still needed and brick pavers are available for sale by visiting visit www.oldsmarcares.org or contact Brenda Gaulin at 813-728-6968 or Brenda.Gaulin@oldsmarcares.org.
Oldsmar, FL, March 17, 2018 – Only 13 months after project approval from its Board of Directors, Oldsmar Cares is hosting the Grand Opening of its new facility at 149 SR 580 West, Oldsmar. The new building is adjacent to Oldsmar Cares’ previous cottage location which now shares a parking lot.
The Grand Opening Celebration will be held:
Saturday, March 31,2018 from Noon to 2pm
149 SR 580 West, Oldsmar.
A tent will be provided by the City of Oldsmar and food will be sponsored by Mother’s, Chick-fil-A Oldsmar, Smallcakes and Famous Pizza. The Kona Ice truck will also be on premises. Erdinger Weissbrau will be donating beer and sponsoring the bar and Entertainment will be provided by Manny Sanfeliz, singer and songwriter. Speedpro Imaging is donating the event signage.
A Job Assistance Service of Oldsmar Cares
OldsmarWorks Career Counseling
Children’s Dental Care
Registered Social Worker
Children’s Holiday Celebration