ST. PETERSBURG — A local non-profit that combines hands-on woodworking and feeding the hungry is seeking volunteers to have some fun, help the cause, team build and learn some classic skills at the same time.
Bowls for Good is prepping for its 2nd Annual Fundraiser by offering individuals and groups a free chance to turn wood on a lathe into bowls that are then sold to raise money for Feeding America Tampa Bay, a hunger-relief charity that supplies local food banks. But before the bowls are sold or auctioned off, the organization needs to make about 200 of them for the fundraiser to be held Dec. 6 at Lenny’s Restaurant in Clearwater.
To do that, organizer Ben Farrell needs up to six volunteers to attend nightly bowl-making sessions at the studio in the Historic Seaboard Train Station where the staff will provide woodworking tools and the hands-on instruction to turn chunks of tree trunk into beautiful wooden bowls.
Starting Oct. 1 the organization will begin selling tickets to the fundraiser for $20, which gets an attendee one of the volunteer-made bowls filled with a modest meal of soup and bread. There is a short program to thank the volunteers and donors and an auction of bowls created by local celebrities. Representatives of Feeding America will be on hand to accept the donation of 100 percent of the money raised.
To get the bowls made in time, Farrell has scheduled bowl-making sessions from 6-9 p.m., Mon.-Fri., and can handle six bowl turners and six helpers per session. Alternative times can be scheduled by contacting Farrell.
Businesses or social groups are encouraged to come and make the bowls as a team-building activity. Such groups that participate will be recognized at the Dec. 6 event. There is also a chance to acquire a bowl one makes by attending the fundraiser. Tickets are available at BowlsforGood.org.
You can see slideshows and videos of the process and schedule yourself or your group using the scheduling feature on the website, or by calling 727-512-9313. Prospective celebrity bowl makers should email Farrell. Privacy will be maintained, but if you think you are a celebrity – you probably are.
In the Historic Seaboard Train Station 420 22nd St. S (727) 512-9313