People Making a Difference
“We are so very grateful for the support we received from Oldsmar Cares. As active members of our community we have always tried to give back, but never in our wildest dreams did we think it could happen to us and that we would be in need of assistance.” - Kevin, Palm Harbor resident
“Thank you so much for all the monthly help you give our family. When we needed it you were there. God bless you back 100% for this.” - Sarah, Oldsmar resident
Our programs are based out of our facility located at 163 State Road 580 West in
Oldsmar, and are as follows:
Clients who live in zip codes 34677, 34695, 33615, or 33635 may visit our food pantry once a month to receive 2 bags of groceries.
Clothing is a basic need of human existence. Providing gently used garments for individuals to feel confident about their ability to conduct their daily lives is a core competency at Oldsmar Cares. Clients who live in zip codes 34677, 34695, 33615, or 33635 may visit our clothes closet twice a month to take up to 2 bags of clothes per visit. In January of 2014, by partnering with the Oldsmar Woman’s Club, Oldsmar Cares was able to expand the clothing closet to include a Professional Clothing Closet. This portion of the closet provides the business wear needed to conduct a job interview or professional meeting.
Clients who live in the 34677 zip code can receive financial assistance for their rent, mortgage, electric, or water bill. Assistance is limited to $200 total per calendar year per household.
A service that connects Oldsmar residents who are looking for employment with local businesses looking for workers. Many people in our community are skilled, motivated and ready to work. They simply need an opportunity. Whether you are a job seeker, an employer, or someone that could volunteer a few hours to review interview skills or resume writing, contact info@OldsmarWorks.org for more info. .
Weekend Food 4 Kids
This program helps fill the hunger gap for children whose families struggle to feed them nutritious meals over the weekend. Introduced in October of 2015 the program serves Oldsmar Elementary and Forest Lakes Elementary school children.
In June of 2013 a dear friend and founding contributor to Oldsmar Cares, James Patch passed away. In honor of his memory Oldsmar Cares officially formed and named their emergency financial assistance program. This program allows for the Oldsmar Cares Board of Directors to award up to $500 for special circumstance financial assistance request. Assistance are awarded on a one-time basis in accordance with Oldsmar Cares core values of helping one’s neighbor in need to establish basic needs of food, shelter, health and well-being. Previous recipients have received financial assistance after fire, theft, medical and transportation needs. Read moreabout Jim Patch's contribution to Oldsmar Cares and the lives he touched.
At least one day a week a registered nurse volunteer is available to provide blood pressure screenings and to offer important health information.
For the past four years Oldsmar Cares has grown their Holiday Food Service Programs to include Thanksgiving, the year-end holiday season, and now Easter. These programs provide the meat for a main course as well as the side dishes to prepare an at-home traditional holiday meal. In 2010 the program was introduced with the “Thanksgiving Bounty Box.” Two years later the program was expanded with the addition of the “Holiday Ham Dinner” and on Friday, April 18th the "Easter Feast" will be added to the lineup. "The Board of Directors made the decision to provide special food for holiday occasions to help make these occasions more enjoyable for the people we serve," said David Wallace, Volunteer and Pantry Coordinator.
Oldsmar Cares has partnered with HoneyBaked Ham to launch the “Easter Feast” program. “I was fortunate enough to meet David Wallace last November and he explained all the wonderful things Oldsmar Cares does,” said Heather Holmes, General Manager, HoneyBaked Ham Clearwater store. “I am very proud and honored that HoneyBaked Ham can help give back to the community and I look forward to many years of building this new-found relationship.”