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Depression and Bipolar Support
The Tampa Bay Depressive and Manic Depressive Association offers free, weekly support meetings for anyone affected by mood disorders. The 90-minute meetings take place at various times and location. Call TBDMDA at 813-878-2906 or visit

Epilepsy Support Groups
Suncoast Epilepsy Association Inc. offers support groups each month at its St. Petersburg and Dunedin offices. Call 727-546-2856 for times and locations.

Food Addicts Anonymous
This 12-step fellowship program emphasizes physical recovery from food addiction. Program members help each other follow a food plan that abstains from all forms of sugar, flour, wheat and other high-carb/high-fat foods. Membership is free, and meetings are held at 7 p.m. every Monday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 13335 Case Road, Tampa. For more information, call Jackie at 813-960-4844.

Gamblers Anonymous
Compulsive gamblers and their families can get the understanding and support they need at regular weekly meetings throughout Tampa Bay, including Bradenton, Tampa, Brandon, Holiday and St. Petersburg. Meeting times and locations vary in each city. For more information, call 800-579-5253.

Incest Victims Support Group
Designed for women, this support group meets at noon the first and third Saturday of each month in the P.O.B. Building at St. Anthony's Hospital, Fifth Floor, 1201 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Call 727-526-4240.

Overeaters Anonymous
This 12-step fellowship program welcomes anyone who thinks they may have a food problem (overeating, purging, excessive exercising, etc.) to free, open meetings at 1:30 p.m. every Saturday. The meetings focus on the steps necessary to recovery, and are held at 209 S. Tampania Ave., Tampa. For more information of a complete listing of OA meetings, call 813-254-4190.

Rape Counseling
Family Service Centers provides free counseling to survivors of sexual violence, sexual harassment, and to all rape survivors and their family and friends. All services are confidential and available to anyone in Pinellas County. FSC is located at 2188 58th St. N., Clearwater. Call 727-535-9811 for times.

RCS Food Pantry Toy Give-away
The RCS Food Pantry is accepting new, unwrapped toys for families seeking help during the holidays. Dec. 19, 9 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.; Dec. 20, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Dec. 21, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. RCS Food Pantry, 700 Druid Road, Clearwater. 727-443-4031.

Recovering Couples Anonymous
Recovering Couples Anonymous (RCA), a 12-step program dedicated to relationship renewal, helps couples identify problems in their relationship and provides tools to resolve the issues. The group meets at the Grace Lutheran Church School Annex every Wednesday evening at 8:00, 4301 16th St. N., St. Petersburg. Meetings are free but small donations are suggested at each meeting. Call 727-898-9653.

TAN Services
Each month, Tampa AIDS Network offers free, anonymous HIV testing, informative AIDS education courses and orientation programs for new volunteers. For times, dates and information on other TAN programs and events, call 813-914-8888.Volunteers/Public LifeAnimal Shelter Volunteers The Pinellas County Department of Animal Services seeks volunteers to fill kennel, clerical, hospital and reception assistant positions. Hours are available Monday through Saturday, and volunteers must be 18 years or older. Animal Services is at 12450 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Call 727-582-2645.

Be a Parent Aide
Help a Child Inc. seeks individuals willing to visit a family once a week to provide emotional support, teach better parenting skills, and help families avoid patterns of neglect and abuse. Volunteers will be matched with a family after completing a 12 to 15-hour training course. For more information, call 727-544-3900 or e-mail [email protected].

Bookstore Volunteers
Friends of the Library Hillsborough seek volunteers for their bookstore, Grover's Corners. Volunteers are needed for mornings, evenings and weekends; you choose the days and hours. Grover's Corners is located at the John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Drive, downtown Tampa. For more information, Call 813-273-3616.

Community Boxing Club & Gym Volunteer Programs
Home of the Blazing Gloves, the Community Boxing Club & Gym seeks volunteers and members of the community to enable its four programs: restoration of The Sicilian Building, promoting health in the community, tutoring kids after-school and writing letters to inmates. Community Boxing Club & Gym, 2001 N. Howard Ave., Tampa. 813-258-2792.

CPRD Volunteers
The Clearwater Parks and Recreation Department seeks volunteers of all ages to help with various activities, duties and events. Orientation/recruitment classes are held at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month at Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater. Call 727-562-4803.

Crisis Volunteers
The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay seeks volunteers to provide counseling and community referrals via its 24-hour hotline, as well as volunteers to provide counseling to victims of sexual assault. Training is provided. Call 813-964-1965. ext. 3043.

Family and Community Education
Share your expert knowledge of your profession or trade with adults enrolled in the Hillsborough County Extension Service's educational programs. For more information, call 813-744-5519.

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