The Sylvia Thomas Center for Adoptive and Foster Families is committed to keeping the “forever” in Forever Families across Hillsborough County. Each year, The Sylvia Thomas Center provides support to over 500 pre- and post-adoptive families through comprehensive case management, in-home family counseling, information & referral, advocacy, support groups, and education. All services are at no cost to the family.
Each November, the Sylvia Thomas Center hosts our Signature Gems & Jeans Ball to celebrate National Adoption Month and to create awareness of the work we do locally with adoptive families. This year’s ball will be held Saturday, Nov. 5, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Winthrop Barn Theatre, 11349 W. Bloomingdale Ave., Riverview.
This signature event draws hundreds of supporters from Hillsborough County’s philanthropic community, providing 10% of the center’s annual operating budget. We are currently welcoming sponsors!
Supporters of The Sylvia Thomas Center often ask how they can help support the work we do. We have three low-commitment ways that can happen. If you feel a call to bestow a gift upon our agency, please consider one of these programs:
The 1107 Club is our recurring donation option for friends of the center. The Sylvia Thomas Center was established as a 501(c)(3) organization on 11/07/2000 to offer foster and adoptive families a safe place to seek the support and skills they need. To honor our founding date, we invite you to join our 1107 Club by making a recurring gift. Monies donated help provide ongoing support to the families we serve.
Registry for Good is a nationwide platform through Walmart Corporation. Their statement: “We’re teaming up with local non-profits to get them the supplies they need. You can help – register your organization or give to a local cause today!” explains it simply. We have created a registry with some of our higher need items that can help our agency and families.
Here is the link to STC’s registry.
AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support our agency with purchases you may already be making through Amazon. There is no cost to you. You’ll find the exact same low prices, selection and convenience with the added benefit that Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to STC every time you shop!! Go to smile.amazon.com, select Sylvia Thomas Center as your charity of choice and shop. It’s just that easy. AmazonSmile will remember your charity and donate on every eligible purchase you make!
We always welcome corporate and individual sponsorships in support of our programs and events. We also accept in-kind donations for our families, services, and to use in silent auction fundraisers. For more information about becoming a supporter of The Sylvia Thomas Center, please call us at 813-651-3150.
The Sylvia Thomas Center has many opportunities for volunteers to help throughout the year. We have a particular need in the areas of event planning, fundraising, and marketing. All talents are welcome! To learn more, contact the center at 813-651-3150.
*** A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free (800-435-7352) within the State, or online at www.FloridaConsumerHelp.com. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the State. Registration#: CH14867