St. Petersburg Mayor Kenneth T. Welch recently demonstrated the power of giving as he joined the City’s Neighborhood Team (N-Team) and other city employees for exterior home improvement work. The work included repainting a resident’s entire home.

“Servant leadership is truly important to me, and giving back in this way, while our St. Pete homeowner watched the transformation unfold, made the volunteer work feel incredibly special,” said Welch.

The CareFest celebration of volunteering in St. Petersburg runs from September 1 through October 31. The City facilitates community outreach CareFest projects that help homeowners with minor home repairs, yardwork and painting through in-kind donations and volunteers. Each year, volunteers complete more than 400 projects throughout the Tampa Bay area.

City employees and volunteers staff the N-Team to help preserve and improve the health of City neighborhoods all year. Residents can apply for the following services year-round: exterior painting, carpentry, handicap access ramps, minor roof repairs and patching, roof tarps, minor plumbing, junk/trash and debris removal, overgrowth removal and code violation repairs. Free home improvement services are available to homeowners who are elderly, disabled or low-income. Homeowners complete an online application.