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Give Day Tampa Bay 

#GiveDayTampaBay #GiftontheFifth

Mark your calendars; OASIS will be participating in Give Day Tampa Bay on May 5, 2015.  The goal of this initiative is to raise awareness for local charities and to emphasize the importance of charitable giving in the Tampa Bay area. For 24 hours, Tampa Bay area residents are encouraged to donate a minimum of $25 to a local charity displayed on the Give Day Tampa Bay website.

How can you be a part of Give Day Tampa Bay?
1.  Share and spread the word through social media and face-to-face interactions. Use hashtags #GiveDayTampaBay, #GiftontheFifth #OASIS
2.  On May 5, 2015 go to and search for OASIS under the education category.
3.  Make a tax-deductible donation by credit/debit card. OASIS will use these funds to pay for items such as hygiene products, shoes, socks, undergarments, backpacks, alarm clocks and school supplies. Mark your calendars to make your gift on the fifth. Thank you for your support! 

Volunteer Appreciation Brunch 
Thank you to all who attended the Volunteer Appreciation Brunch. We appreciate  our many volunteers and their continued support! 
Thank You to the Tampa Palms Women's Club which raised over $1000 for OASIS at their Spring 2015 Fashion Show. 
We Need Your Help: Seffner Site
       We are pleased to announce that our Seffner site at Lopez Elementary is now open. This location will serve students in eastern and southern areas of Hillsborough County to accommodate the increased need for services there. The community has been very supportive already by volunteering and making donations  to stock the site.
     We need more volunteers and other assistance to keep the site operating at maximum efficiency. Volunteers can pick up donations from designated sites, sort donations, launder clothing and organize clothing drives.
     We rely strictly on the donations and grants and appreciate any support we
 receive. We currently need:  new and gently used children's clothing, and new hygiene products, shoes, socks, undergarments, backpacks, and other school supplies.
      There is no such thing as too much help. If you know of any person or group that can help with our efforts, please contact Executive Director Ginger Bean at
                       (813) 975-8179 or
NEW Big Orange Bin
We will soon receive a new big orange bin sponsored by the Children's Board of Hillsborough County.  The new bin will look similar to the bin at the south Tampa Y, bright orange, visible and large. It will replace the old bin at the New Tampa Y It will help OASIS by increasing visibility in the New Tampa community and facilitate a larger volume of clothing donations on a weekly basis. Once we receive the new bin we will provide updates on the new location. 
Drop Off Bin Locations 
  • New Tampa YMCA  
      16221 Compton Drive
  • South Tampa YMCA
      4411 S. Himes Avenue   
The Tampa Tribune 
Tampa Bay Times

Studio 10 Morning Show 

Gently-used clothing, particularly in children’s sizes, is the single most sought-after item we stock at OASIS and is something that even money can’t buy easily.  Trying to find non-uniform clothing in thrift stores, consignment shops, and yard sales is very time-consuming and not very fruitful.  Suitable clothing is scarce because so many families are looking for affordable options due to the current economic situation. Therefore we rely heavily on clothing drives held at schools and in the community to obtain it.  Several social workers and other school personnel have responded to our pleas and organized collections for us this school year.
   Once again we were the beneficiary of 2 days of Mary Bryant’s Week of Sharing collections, one day for clothing and the other for hygiene items.  Hammond Elementary has an ongoing collection, while Andersen, Carrollwood,  Cimino, and Mulrennan Elementary and Coleman and Madison Middle Schools have all conducted drives.  Families and volunteers at Lopez Elementary and other schools in eastern county have stepped up to help us stock our newest site.  Clothing drives have been scheduled at Deer Park, Clark, and Tampa Palms Elementary and a huge event, The Power of One, is currently taking place at Steinbrenner High.  Other schools consistently donate their lost and found items to OASIS, including Tampa Palms, Chiles, B.C. Graham, and Claywell Elementary as well as Durant and Bloomingdale High.  If I have inadvertently omitted any schools or individuals, it is not intentional but because it’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep track of donations coming in at 4 sites.
Private school students have assisted us with a group from the Academy of the Holy Names donating a huge amount of clothing and some service hours too.  A Jesuit student has done the same, as well as a Girl Scout troop in south Tampa.  Individual students from a few SDHC schools have completed very successful collection drives for NJHS and NHS projects.
This week social worker Lynette Judge, assisted by social worker Michelle Knox, conducted the 3rd Annual Social Worker Collection Drive which always brings in carloads of clothing for OASIS. We never cease to be amazed by their energy and dedication and how they encourage so many social workers to participate. 
We are so grateful to everyone who contributes to OASIS as these donations help make it possible for us to fulfill our mission of providing basic necessities to at-risk students in Hillsborough County. 


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