Our Covid-19 Response
In response to COVID-19, the Heart Gallery of Tampa has modified its volunteer initiatives to adapt to safety precautions. Aside from putting together and delivering personal care packages with toiletries, activities, and meals for kids and their foster families, it made one of the most popular volunteer programs still possible. While gathering for a birthday party may be on pause right now, the celebrations don’t have to be! Be part of the celebration and sponsor a birthday for a Heart Gallery child this spring. Each box includes decorations, gifts, dessert, and a gift certificate for pizza.
About Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay
The Heart Gallery of Tampa raises awareness of Tampa’s waiting foster children, engages the community in their welfare and secures permanent, loving adoptive families. Heart Gallery children represent those in foster care who need additional support in finding families due to factors of age, race, those part of large sibling groups and children with special needs. About 100 children are featured in Tampa’s Heart Gallery each year. This tool has demonstrated unprecedented success for children who have languished in care, historically hidden from the public eye.
the dream team
We are a passionate team on a mission to give foster children the life they truly deserve.
The Heart Gallery of Tampa’s Dream Team ensures foster children feel special on their birthday and at the holidays, are ambassadors of our mission, and support the organization is so many other ways, too!
It’s this simple, children in foster care miss out on important activities typically provided by birth parents. They often move from place to place which can disrupt their school year and their involvement in clubs, sports, and other extra-curricular activities.
The Dream Team was created to help fill in these gaps by providing experiences specifically designed for each child’s interest, which are not otherwise available to kids in foster care.
Here are some of the cool things the Dream Team has already done for our kids:
- Maysoon’s Senior Prom- the works! Tickets, dress, shoes, hair, make-up, dinner, and limo ride
- Zachary began his musical career with a new guitar and music lessons.
- Chavon celebrated her 15th birthday, Quinceañera style!
- Selena got a behind-the-scenes tour with Busch Gardens’ Veterinarian Team
- Jicarri attended his first Broadway show, enjoyed a backstage tour and private cast meet & greet
Calling all social butterflies! When requested to join a community event, we invite our Ambassadors to share the mission of the Heart Gallery and shine a light on the children featured in the Heart Gallery. We’ll provide training so you will be an expert on our organization and our services while having engaging conversations at the many tables we host at community events all around Tampa.
Our team collaborates with many businesses, churches, chambers and organizations. Exhibits can be completely customized to fit your space! There are a variety of meaningful ways for you and your organization to get involved.
Sign up to shop for a birthday present for a Heart Gallery child. This is an important role as we serve nearly 100 children each year and wouldn’t be able to ensure each child is remembered on his or her birthday without your help! We will provide you with the child’s wishlist and funds to shop for him/her. All you have to do is make the trip to the store, shop from the wishlist, wrap the gift, and coordinate with us to deliver to the child or drop back off to us and we will handle the rest.
We are a dedicated staff motivated to do everything we can to support and find Forever Families for children in foster care. Because we are a small team, we can use extra hands seasonally to support administrative tasks. Roll up your sleeves and join us in the Heart Gallery office to tackle everything from event follow-up, donation acknowledgments, and office organization!
A birthday party is an important milestone for children and one that should be celebrated each year. Unfortunately, many children in foster care never get to experience having their very own special birthday party. This is where you come in. We will work closely with you and give ideas on what kind of party would be best for each child. Then you and the party planning team will coordinate everything from venue, food, cake, gifts, and goody bags. We’ll provide you with all the info you need and the budget to plan a party they will never forget!
In addition to celebrating birthdays, we fill in the gaps and provide things to our kids that would normally be taken care of by biological parents. Several times a year we have mass deliveries we need assistance with. This can be anything from delivering bags full of toiletries, summer activity bags, Christmas gifts, school supplies, etc. to our kids. When these things come up, we serve every Heart Gallery child—that’s usually between 80-100 kids. We would love your help by signing up to take a part of town to deliver to. We are a small and mighty team and ensuring we hit all of Hillsborough county can be a challenge. This is an easy way to make a huge impact for our kids.
Want to help raise awareness and communicate our mission to the community? Help us secure venues for our traveling exhibits. All you have to do is connect us with small businesses, churches, civic groups, or large companies in Hillsborough County and we will come up with a custom installation that works best for their space. Not sure of any connections of your own who may be interested? No problem! We are always looking for help making cold calls or dropping off Introductory packets about our program to different locations in the area to help spread the word. You never know, one quick call could lead to a Forever Family for one of our kids! PS. We are also always willing to come and speak to large (or small) groups about what we do. If hosting an exhibit isn’t an option, but they are willing to let us come and speak during their staff meeting or quarterly luncheon, we’ll be there!