The Hitt’em Over The Heart Charity Award

The Hitt’em Over The Heart Award is a monthly program
dedicated to giving back to charities and organizations in need. Every month, the employee with the most bonus points gets the opportunity to choose an organization, and The HOTH contributes on that employee’s behalf.


  • Step Up

    Step Up Seniors has achieved an incredible track record. With after-school and mentorship programs nationwide, they’ve completed a near-perfect graduation rate, with 98% of participants going to college in the last five years.

    I’m choosing to donate to Step Up, a non-profit dedicated to empowering young women in under-resourced communities. Step Up provides after-school and mentorship programs that guide these young women toward graduating high school, continuing their education, and pursuing successful careers.

    It’s inspiring to see an organization so focused on empowering the next generation of female leaders, and that’s why I’m honored to contribute $1,000 to Step Up’s mission. By supporting them, we’re investing in a brighter future where they can define and achieve their own unique visions of success

    April 2024

    Senior Campaign Manager

  • Planned Parenthood

    Planned Parenthood is a respected organization that provides vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions worldwide. TheirTheir services have played a significant role in empowering individuals to make informed decisions about their bodies and lives! To me, they’re more than just an organization; they represent a safe space where people, regardless of background, can seek help and find compassionate care. This donation is my way of giving back and ensuring they continue their incredible work.

    March 2024

    Content Service Manager

  • Planned Parenthood

    Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of people worldwide.

    February 2024

    Chief Financial Officer

  • Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault

    Pee Dee Coalition is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the reduction of sexual assault, family violence, and child abuse and to the needs of its victims.

    I’ve chosen to donate $1,000 to the Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault. This organization is doing crucial work in my home state of South Carolina, where we unfortunately rank 6th in the nation for domestic abuse. The Pee Dee Coalition not only supports survivors but also actively works towards eradicating domestic abuse through education and prevention initiatives. I believe in their mission to create a safer community, and this donation is a small contribution towards making a positive impact in the lives of those affected by domestic and sexual violence in the Pee Dee area.

    I would like to designate the gift specifically to the Florence County branch.”

    January 2024

    Billing Manager

  • Austin Pets Alive!

    Austin Pets Alive! is not your average animal shelter. We pioneer innovative lifesaving programs designed to save the animals most at risk of euthanasia.

    Austin Pets Alive has a special place in my heart. APA is dedicated to eliminating the killing of companion animals while providing resources, education, and programs to provide a better life for them. They’re also one of the few shelters worldwide that saves Feline Leukemia cats instead of euthanizing them when they get taken in. I got my current cat Tofu from there and she’s my best friend. I had such a good experience with them through the adoption process. As someone with a big animal heart, I believe companion animals deserve a chance at life and to be loved.”

    December 2023

    Business Development Representative

  • Friends of Strays Animal Shelter

    Friends of Strays is a local, nonprofit Pinellas County animal shelter. Their mission is to help stray animals find companionship and promote the health and well-being of animals across the board.

    Fun fact: Friends of Strays is also St. Pete’s oldest no-kill animal shelter! FoS is very involved with the local community and they stand out with several of their offered programs. These programs range from Doggy Day Out to Pet Food Pantry to MEOW Now!

    I’ve volunteered with FoS in years past, and they’re just incredible. By supporting FoS, we can support the adoption and intake of stray animals and the ongoing of these helpful, community-driven programs. This month, I would love to donate to Friends of Strays, a lovely organization dear to my heart.”

    November 2023

    Senior Campaign Manager

  • We are a global membership organisation, made up of Save the Children International and 30 national members.

    We share one name, one strategy and one ambition for all children to survive, learn and be protected.

    I have chosen to donate to Save the Children because I believe in the incredible impact this organization has on the lives of children around the world. Save the Children stands for hope, resilience, and a brighter future for kids who face unimaginable challenges.

    In the midst of the conflict in Gaza and Israel, we are reminded of how many blessings we have every day—access to safety, education, and healthcare. It’s a stark reminder of the importance of standing up for those who are most vulnerable, the children who are innocent victims of circumstances beyond their control.

    Through this donation, I aim to align our company’s values with the cause of Save the Children and make a positive difference in the lives of children affected by conflict.”

    October 2023

    Senior Campaign Manager

  • Domestic Violence Support | CASA Pinellas
    CASA provides comprehensive domestic violence support services in Pinellas County.

    I chose to donate once more to CASA, an organization my wife and I have been involved with for years, to help break the cycle of domestic violence. They, and organizations like them, are instrumental in helping individuals and families within our community.”

    September 2023

    Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

  • BUILDING COMMUNITY THROUGH FOOD Good food inspires joy, connection, health, strength, and the courage to make a difference. The Hunger Coalition believes everyone has the right to good food.

    I chose The Hunger Coalition for my charitable donation! I’ve had personal experiences with poverty, and have donated a great deal of my own resources to food banks and free meal services to help others not have to experience this themselves. Regardless of someone’s economic status, or successes in life – all people deserve the bare necessities of food and shelter! Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to make such an impact!”

    August 2023

    Product Support Specialist

  • The St. Pete Free Clinic is a non-profit that helps provide food, healthcare, housing, and education to those in need.“I would love to donate $1,000 to the St. Pete Free Clinic (SPFC)! I’ve selected this nonprofit because it’s important to recognize and care for others in our community. Many people in St. Pete are facing hardships such as homelessness, recovery from substance abuse, and a lack of healthcare every day. Organizations like St. Pete Free Clinic are vital to keeping our neighbors healthy and safe in times of need!”

    July 2023

    Senior Campaign Manager
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    The Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) program improves children’s reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to an animal. But not just any animal: R.E.A.D. companions are registered therapy animals who volunteer with their owner/handlers as a team, going to schools, libraries and many other settings as reading companions for children.
    Doesn’t that sound like a lovely way to empower kids to embrace reading and make it a special part of their lives, too?

    “Books and dogs have been a tremendous source of comfort and joy throughout my entire life.”

    June 2023

    Hiring Support Coordinator

  • Mind&Melody works with older adults with or without neurological impairments, active older adults, and kids with disabilities; we are able to adapt our program to meet the needs of whoever we will be working with.“Mind&Melody is a nonprofit organization that prioritizes mental health and well-being through the transformative power of music therapy. They specialize in enhancing the quality of life for children, older adults & individuals with special needs. Additionally, they provide tailored music therapy sessions specifically designed to support children and teenagers who are navigating various mental health challenges. I have chosen to donate to Mind & Melody because I believe in the power of music as a universal language that transcends age, race, and mental ability.”

    May 2023

    HOTH X Senior Campaign Manager

  • Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) cares for people affected by conflict, disease outbreaks, natural and human-made disasters, and exclusion from health care in more than 70 countries.“I chose Doctors Without Borders, as everyone deserves access to medical care. For those in countries that may not be as economically developed, it can be extremely hard to ensure people receive the appropriate medical care, especially in times of conflict, natural and human-made disasters. Doctors Without Borders does its best to provide medical care where it’s needed the most.”

    April 2023

    Support Team Manager

  • Children’s Sickle Cell Foundation, Inc. CSCF is making an impact for those with sickle cell disease in Pennsylvania by promoting access to quality care, addressing social determinants of health across the lifespan, and employment during the youth transition from pediatric to adult health care.“My youngest son is a Sickle Cell warrior, and it would mean so much to me and my family to lend a helping hand to other children and their families.”

    March 2023

    Tatyana Whitfield
    Customer Support Specialist

  • Give Kids The World Village rated Four Stars by Charity Navigator, is an 89-acre, whimsical resort in Kissimmee, Florida, that provides week-long, cost-free wish vacations to critically ill children and their families from around the world who want to visit Central Florida.“The reason I’ve chosen to donate to this organization is because I am from Orlando myself, and I’d love to help provide families with joyful moments that’ll lead to lasting memories.”

    February 2023

    Sam Mora
    Campaign Manager

  • Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum. The museum presents the historic voice of this St. Petersburg, Florida community from the perspective of local, regional, and national history, culture, and community. It is another demonstration of the commitment to revitalize the Midtown St. Petersburg area.​“In celebration of Black History Month, I’ve selected the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum as this month’s donation recipient. Carter G. Woodson was a scholar whose dedication to celebrating the historic contributions of Black people led to the establishment of Black History Month.”

    January 2023

    Ali Luft
    Community and Culture Manager

  • Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organization that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger.“I chose Action Against Hunger as they work to ensure that families and individuals have access to clean water, nutritious food, and treatment. Moreover, they help get to the root of the issue by helping people earn income and improve food security.”

    December 2022

    Balladine Fichtner-Morgan
    Support Manager

  • ECPAT-USA is the leading anti-trafficking policy organization in the United States. As a member of ECPAT International, ECPAT-USA belongs to a network of organizations in more than 100 countries all working together to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children.“I am choosing to donate to ECPAT-UA, which is the leading child anti-trafficking organization in the US. This concept is very important to me because I believe that it’s every child’s human right to grow up free from the threat of sexual exploitation.”

    November 2022

    Sam Mora
    Campaign Manager

  • Tallahassee Big Dog Rescue Inc., a non-profit organization, is dedicated to the rescue of as many dogs from abuse, abandonment, euthanasia or other dire circumstances, as can be placed in nurturing, caring adoptive homes in the Tallahassee, Florida area.“I chose Tallahassee Big Dog Rescue because I’ve always loved giant dogs and was finally able to rescue one myself, almost four years ago named Finn. Often times big dogs get overlooked due to their size when really they are just the biggest lap dogs. TBDR does great work to ensure every dog is placed in a loving and safe forever home!”

    October 2022

    Makayla Wood
    Blogger Product Manager

  • The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. In partnership with the public sector, private sector and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities.“The devastation Hurricane Ian brought to so many communities here in Florida is unfathomable. The HOTH’s HQ is here in sunny Florida, and I’m a native of the state. Anything we can do to help our community during this time is important!”

    September 2022

    Jessie Matheney
    Vice President of Operations

  • Gyrl Wonder is an innovative professional pipeline 501c3 initiative giving rise to ambitious young women of color ages 17 – 23. Rooted in professional development, access, opportunity, mental and physical health & wellness, Gyrl Wonder exposes and prepares mentees for the careers and opportunities of tomorrow, and today.“Using career development and social impact, GYRL WONDER empowers young women of color to utilize their skill sets and toolkits to discover their career path. I believe it is extremely important for young women of color to make sure they know they always have a seat at the table and they should never be scared to keep reaching higher towards their dreams.”

    August 2022

    Solange Gorleku
    Blogger Operations Coordinator

  • St. Petersburg Free Clinic is an independent social service organization offering temporary assistance to meet basic needs of individuals and families in the community by providing food, shelter, health care, limited financial assistance,and referral information.“I chose St. Pete Free Clinic because I wanted to help local people in our local community with basic necessities like shelter, medical care, and food.”

    July 2022

    Karl Bartling
    Director of Paid Advertising

  • TEA Fund or Texas Equal Access Fund believes that when it comes to abortion, there is no choice if there is no access. Restrictions on abortion access and funding are discriminatory because they especially burden people with low incomes, young people, people in rural areas, and people of color.“I am choosing to donate to the Texas Equal Access Fund (TEA Fund) because they provide financial support for women’s reproductive rights.”

    June 2022

    Sam Mora
    Campaign Manager

  • UNICEF is an organization that provides education, nutrition, sanitation, and overall relief, to those in need. They specialize in providing aid, relief, and education to children all over the world.“I wanted to choose an organization that is also actively working to provide relief in Ukraine right now. UNICEF’s emergency response teams have been on the ground in Ukraine since 2014 and have significantly scaled these operations since the outbreak of the Feb 2022 war.”

    March 2022

    Balladine Fichtner-Morgan
    Support Team Lead

  • Black Girls Code builds pathways for young women of color to embrace the current tech marketplace as builders and creators by introducing them to skills in computer programming and technology.“I choose to donate to Black Girls Code because it’s a program that introduces and empowers young girls of color into the STEM field. I would love to see more diversity in the tech space and believe Black Girls Code is taking the right steps to help close this gap.”

    February 2022

    Kenny Phillips
    Account Manager

  • Pet Pal Animal Shelter Pet Pal’s mission is to rescue dogs and cats from shelters that may otherwise be euthanized due to time limitations, illness, injuries or lack of socialization and training. It is dedicated to educating the public about the pet overpopulation crisis, the importance of spaying/neutering and responsible pet ownership.“I got my very first dog from Pet Pal when I was 10 as an early birthday present and immediately fell in love. I had Arlo for 15 years and he was the best dog I could have asked to grow up with. Their commitment as an organization for public education on responsible pet ownership and truly helping as many animals as possible has always been something I’m proud to support as a local cause!”

    January 2022

    Makayla Wood
    Product Coordinator

  • Meals on Wheels of Tampa is committed to the belief that all seniors have the right to live independently, with dignity and respect, in their own homes for as long as it is safely possible. It is its mission to provide homebound seniors in Tampa with fresh nutritious meals and a daily visit from volunteers.I’m choosing Meals on Wheels because of the great work they do for the Tampa Bay community. My dad is a regular volunteer for Meals on Wheels, and having delivered the meals with him many times, I’ve seen first hand the positive impact the organization can have on its recipients.”

    December 2021

    Trey Wallrapp
    Content Syndication & Press Release Manager

  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.“I am choosing St Jude Children’s Research Hospital because cancer is an awful thing for anyone to go through let alone a child. Unlike most hospitals, the majority of funding for St. Jude comes from individual contributions. Thanks to this, families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing, or food.”

    November 2021

    Christian Cappoli
    Content Service Manager

  • The Children’s Cancer Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving children and their families who are battling cancer or chronic blood disorders with the emotional, financial, and educational support necessary to cope with their life-threatening illness.“I was lucky enough to tour their center in Tampa a few years ago and got to see firsthand their direct and intimate impact on the lives of many. The community they have cultivated centered around love, support, and presence is truly beautiful.”

    October 2021

    Bali Fichtner-Morgan
    Client Experience Concierge

  • CASA Founded in 1977, is the official 501c3 domestic violence center based in Pinellas County, FL. It operates the area’s 24-hour hotline and emergency shelter; non-residential programs, such as support groups, economic empowerment and legal advocacy; Child Protective Investigative Team support; community and corporate training; and the CASA Peacemakers anti-bullying and healthy relationship school curriculum.“I chose to donate to CASA, an organization my wife and I have been involved with for years, to help break the cycle of domestic violence. They, and organizations like them, are instrumental in helping individuals and families within our community.”

    September 2021

    Matt Harrison
    VP of Strategy

  • Feeding Louisiana distributed 53 million pounds of food in 2014. This is approximately enough food for 44 million meals. They did this through a network of more than 900 community and faith-based organizations across Louisiana.“I would like to donate to Feeding Louisiana to help provide relief from hurricane Ida. Hurricane Ida recently devasted the state of Louisana. It is estimated to have caused over 80 billion dollars in damage. This storm has left many without homes, jobs, electricity, and even food. By donating to Feeding Louisiana every dollar is able to provide 4 meals to people in need.”

    August 2021

    Ashley Shealy
    HOTH X Team

  • NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. LDF defends the gains and protections won over the past 80 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments.“I am choosing the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund as they play a fundamental role in providing justice to those wronged by a system that has long contributed to and perpetuated racial inequality. My hope is that this donation will help continue the fight against institutionalized racism and other discriminatory policies, such as voter suppression. “

    July 2021

    Melissa Sadlik
    PPC Campaign Manager

    Fat Heads Rescue is a non-profit volunteer dog rescue organization serving the Southern Indiana area. Their mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome pit bull-type dogs with responsible, educated owners.

    “I would like to donate to Fat Heads Rescue. They do an incredible job of protecting, rehabilitating, and rehoming bulldog breeds that would otherwise not be accepted at many shelters. Our pets make up a huge part of our culture at The HOTH, so it’s important to me that we provide the opportunity for other dogs to have fantastic lives too!”

    June 2021

    Max Bowmer-Adey
    Campaign Manager

  • Metro Inclusive Health is a local nonprofit based in Tampa Bay on a mission to provide quality health and wellness services that are inclusive, relevant, supportive, and represent the diverse people in our community.“I would like the donation for May to go to Metro Inclusive Health. The benefits of the services provided by Metro positively affect more than just the individuals they serve – they strengthen our community as a whole and set the standard for inclusivity in our society!”

    May 2021

    Alize Luft
    Community and Culture Manager

  • Advocates Against Human Trafficking (AAHT) is a Tampa non-profit and faith-based organization that helps exploited men, women, and children who have survived trafficking.“I would like to send my donation to Advocates Against Human Trafficking. As Florida ranks top 5 in states across the U.S. for Human Trafficking, I think this is something that we cannot support enough. I believe it is important we be reminded that slavery still exists and be proactive in the fight against it.”

    April 2021

    Trey Gonzalez
    Campaign Manager

  • Metropolitan Ministries has services designed to help children and families, no matter how serious their needs.“I chose to donate to the Metropolitan Ministries because I did some volunteering with them back in college during the holidays and I was able to see the immediate impact they had on families in need. Whether they need to get off the streets at night, or they’re seeking education so they can get a job that will support their family, Metropolitan Ministries is there to help. I hope this money helps support those in need in the Tampa Bay area.”

    March 2021

    George Papadeas
    Chief Operations Officer

  • Girls Who Code is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does.Girls Who Code has a variety of programs that encourage and empower girls to enter the tech field. Their efforts have impacted over 300K girls! As someone passionate about women in tech, and with Women’s Day rapidly approaching, this organization is the perfect fit. I hope this donation helps close the gender gap in tech and look forward to seeing more women in our industry.”

    February 2021

    Jessie Matheney
    Director of Product & Development

  • Feeding America’s Covid-19 Response Fund is committed to serving communities and individuals facing hunger across America, wherever they are. Every dollar raised from the COVID-19 response fund will be used to get food and funds to local food banks across the U.S.“We’re seeing an unprecedented number of people in lines at food banks all across the country. Every dollar raised for this fund will be used to get food and funds to local food banks across the U.S., and I hope this donation will provide some relief to the people who are struggling to get by during this time.”

    January 2021

    Emilie Haridopolos
    Web Copy Coordinator

  • The Jed Foundation partners with schools and universities to bring awareness to mental health issues and help provide stronger mental health, substance abuse, and suicide prevention resources and programs.“I chose this nonprofit because unfortunately people dealing with mental health issues sometimes fight a silent battle and may feel alone. It’s so crucial that our school systems provide teenagers and young adults with the support, tools, resources, and awareness needed to help themselves and those around them. I hope this donation will help provide emotional and mental support to someone that is struggling.”

    December 2020

    Cindy Koch
    Customer Support Coordinator

  • Ronald McDonald East House does everything in their power to provide children and their families a safe place to stay while receiving some of the best medical care possible.“About a year ago, I started volunteering at the St. Pete East House with Finn as a pet therapy team and it has been the most rewarding experience. Getting to see the smiles on the kid’s faces while they play with Finn is priceless and I am so proud to be able to support such a great local cause!”

    November 2020

    Makayla Wood
    Product Coordinator

  • City Harvest – founded in 1982, they are one of the world’s first food rescue programs. On average, City Harvest saves around 136,000 lbs of food each day, with 55% of the food being fresh produce. They source the food they save from farms, restaurants, grocers, and manufacturers. They then deliver the food, free of charge to hundreds of soup kitchens, food pantries, and other community food programs, where it’s used to help feed struggling New Yorkers.“I’ve chosen this non-profit because America is the global leader in food waste, and around 40 million tons of food is discarded every year. Their mission not only helps the Earth but people in need – and I consider that a win/win.”

    October 2020

    Micaela Robinson
    Guest Post Manager

  • American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law. ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.“I chose ASPCA to help fight against animal cruelty and help animals in need. Animals have always been a big part of my life. Through ups and downs, our animals are always there just to give us unconditional love. So, here is my way of paying it back to animals as a whole!”

    September 2020

    Karl Bartling
    PPC Manager

  • Equal Justice Initiative is an organization committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, challenging racial and economic injustice, and protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.“Tens of thousands of people have been unfairly sentenced to jail and prison in the United States. It is so critical that we create a more reliable and fair criminal justice system. My hope is that this donation will go toward legislative efforts to overturn systemically racist policies and aid in the fight for criminal justice reform.”

    August 2020

    Ali Luft
    Community and Culture Manager

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education, and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.Mental health is incredibly important. You never know who needs you to be there for them. Take time to check in on the most important people in your life! I selected this charity for all those personally affected by the devastation of losing a loved one to suicide. If this donation saves even 1 life it was money well spent!”

    July 2020

    Branden Bell
    Operations Manager

  • National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and same-gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS.“The Black LGBTQ community should be celebrated and uplifted by all! Members of this community have been trailblazers in activism, arts, literature, and more – they are an integral part of this nation’s culture. Unfortunately, many experience discrimination and prejudice. I admire NBJC’s agenda of Giving Voice, Taking Action, and Building Networks to put a stop to this discrimination through federal public policy.”

    June 2020

    Jessie Matheney
    Director of Product & Development

  • NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice.“It is evident that sweeping reform is necessary. The courts are where these battles are won and my hope is this donation will make victory more certain.”

    May 2020

    Stephen Reilly
    Project Development Coordinator

  • COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund Donations support WHO’s work, including with partners, to track and understand the spread of the virus; to ensure patients get the care they need and frontline workers to get essential supplies and information.“I chose to donate to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund because this pandemic is impacting communities everywhere. Their mission is to track and understand the spread of the virus; to ensure patients get the care they need and frontline workers get essential supplies. I have family members working in hospitals in New Jersey, so I want to help the frontline workers as much as possible.”

    April 2020

    Christian Cappoli
    Content Service Manager

  • United Way of New York City fights poverty throughout the five boroughs. They design and invest in evidence-based programs that ensure that low-income New Yorkers have both a safety net and a springboard to a better life.“My donation will go to United Way Of New York City to help with the impacts of COVID-19. I have a lot of family members up there and I know the whole state is feeling the impact of this pandemic. With the help of charities like United Way Of NYC that they can help individuals, first responders, and hopefully contain the spread of this virus.”

    March 2020

    Karl Bartling
    PPC Manager

  • is a non-profit dedicated to ending our reliance on fossil fuels and transition over to 100% renewable energy.“The fossil fuel industry is a major contributor to the climate crisis we’re facing today, and is working tirelessly to help us make the switch to renewable sources of energy. I hope that by investing in their organization we will be one step closer to tackling the climate crisis. Every little bit counts.”

    February 2020

    Emilie Haridopolos
    Content Service Coordinator

  • Autism Speaks’ mission is to increase understanding and acceptance about Autism Spectrum Disorder while furthering research and increasing access to care and support for those in need.“I chose this charity because I had the opportunity to work with some amazing children and young adults with Autism while in college. This was one of the most rewarding things that I have ever gotten to be a part of. I hope this donation will go towards attaining resources to help create transition plans for more independent adult life.”

    January 2020

    Julia Cieutat
    HOTH X Production Manager

    Australian Red Cross is a humanitarian aid and community services charity in Australia and an auxiliary to the government.

    “I’ve chosen this organization in hopes that it will help those affected by the horrible tragedies these devastating fires have brought to the area. More than 1000 homes have been destroyed since the fires began, and the Australian Red Cross provides shelter and emergency assistance to those displaced and in need.”


    January 2020

    Rachel Hernandez
    Director of Content Services

    She Should Run encourages women from all different backgrounds to run for office. They provide women with the right resources, network, and opportunities to take on leadership roles in local, state, and federal offices.

    “I chose this charity because I think it’s about time we get more women into leadership positions. I have always been passionate about ending the stigma that women aren’t as effective or capable of leading as men are. She Should Run is taking huge steps towards achieving gender equality in office. I want women’s voices to be heard and to help support women to make a difference.”


    November 2019

    Emilie Haridopolos
    Content Service Intern

    Environmental Defense Fund Their mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends. They focus on different issues involving climate change and protecting different habitats across the globe.

    “We need the planet much more than it needs us. We as a people need to do all we can to push the major powers to preserve what is left of our beautiful planet. We may not be able to restore, but we can take measures to at least offset the environmental damage already done. This donation is a small step towards the world’s most important problem. “


    October 2019

    Branden Bell
    Operations Manager

    Environmental Defense Fund Their mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends. They focus on different issues involving climate change and protecting different habitats across the globe.

    “It’s time we realize the impact we have on the environment so we can ensure a healthy and happy future. I recently spent time at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it would be truly devastating if this amazing place was gone. The EDF has many different initiatives and I hope that this money will go towards finding renewable resources and cleaner oceans.”


    September 2019

    Rachael Strauss
    Production Coordinator

    Environmental Defense Fund Their mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends. They focus on different issues involving climate change and protecting different habitats across the globe.

    “With the current rate at which the world is changing, I hope the donation goes towards efforts of improving renewable energy so that in coming years we can stop the loss of environments and ecosystems that were once breathtaking and beautiful. “


    September 2019

    Jessica Wagner
    Campaign Manager

    The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief, and disaster preparedness education in the United States.

    “I chose The American Red Cross because I am hoping this will bring some relief and give them a little light at the end of the tunnel. Helping them stay positive through this extremely difficult time. I hope the money will go towards the supplies they need on a day to day basis and making life a bit easier.”


    August 2019

    Karl Bartling
    PPC Manager

    Environmental Defense Fund works to provide solutions under the broad categories of climate change, oceans, wildlife and habitats, and health.

    “I chose EDF because I have been working hard the last year to help make a difference for the environment by reducing my carbon footprint. Donating to a charity who dedicates their time and effort to not just one environmental issue but a variety really means the world to me (no pun intended!). I hope the money will go towards helping save our environment in any way. Whether it is reducing the plastic and litter in our oceans and on our beaches or global warming. “


    July 2019

    Alyssa Fama
    Content Service Coordinator

    Music Sweet Music provides free music therapy sessions to those with special needs in the Tampa Bay Area.

    ” I chose this non-profit because I read about the benefit that Music Therapy can especially have with Veterans, and those diagnosed with Autism + Dementia. Additionally, I love that they are a Tampa Bay organization and that this donation will have a positive impact on our local community. My hope is that this will go towards helping them contract more board-certified Music therapists, obtain more instruments, and continue to provide children + adults with illnesses, diseases and disorders this therapy. “


    June 2019

    Micaela Robinson
    Client Experience Manager

    The Trevor Project is an organization dedicated to crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth. They started as a suicide hotline in 1998 but have since expanded to other mediums.

    “During Pride month it is important to keep in mind that there are still young people out there who need support from organizations like these. I hope the money goes to helping LGBTQ teens in crisis understand that it’s temporary, love and acceptance are out there, and they have the rest of their lives to create and experience the world they deserve.”


    May 2019

    Rachel Hernandez
    Director of Content Services

    Metropolitan Ministries has services designed to help children and families, no matter how serious their needs.

    “I chose to donate to the Metropolitan Ministries because I did some volunteering with them back in college during the holidays and I was able to see the immediate impact they had on families in need. Whether they need to get off the streets at night, or they’re seeking education so they can get a job that will support their family, Metropolitan Ministries is there to help. I hope this money helps support those in need in the Tampa Bay area.”


    April 2019

    George Papadeas
    Chief Operations Officer

    Suncoast Developers Guild is a collective of software engineers, programmers, and designers in the Tampa Bay area.

    “I chose to donate to the Suncoast Developers Guild because they help maintain a variety of different meetup groups all with the same singular goal of teaching the community how to code. This is an invaluable resource that can help people of all ages, races, income, etc.. develop skills that are and will continue to be in high demand. I hope this money helps create more workshops to support future developers.”

    March 2019

    José Camou
    UI/UX Designer

    CASA: Community Action Stops Abuse is a victim advocacy center that helps victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in the St.Pete area.

    “I chose to donate to CASA because I am currently running a campaign through my USFSP Basketball Club to raise awareness for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. So far we’ve raised about 400 dollars for CASA and our event is April 10th! Going to college has shown me that sexual assault is way too prevalent and I really wanted to do my part to change the narrative behind this matter. So last year I started the Purple and Teal to start a change.”

    March 2019

    Aleek Nibbs
    Customer Support Coordinator

    St Jude Children’s Research Hospital provides free treatment for pediatric cancer helping children across the globe.

    “I chose to donate to St Jude because they are leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Cancer is an awful thing for anyone to go through, let alone a child. What makes this place so special is families never receive a bill and children’s cancer survival rate has increased from 20% to 80% today.”

    February 2019

    Christian Cappoli
    Content Service Coordinator

    Pencils of Promise creates schools, programs and global communities in third world countries.

    “I chose to donate to Pencils of Promise because they believe that every child should have access to quality education. This helps children better themselves and their community at the same time. I hope that this donation provides support to the teachers that help these children, as they’re the most powerful resource for them.”

    January 2019

    Trey Walrapp
    HOTH Foundations Production Manager
  • has empowered 16 million people with access to safe water and sanitation through affordable financing.

    “I chose to donate to because of their strides made in 3 continents, which include my family’s country of origin, Peru. Making small, affordable loans available helps families pay for water and sanitation improvements over a reasonable period of time. I hope that this donation goes toward setting families up with indoor bathrooms, water and sewerage connections, improved sanitary installations, and tanks for water collection and storage.”

    January 2019

    Bryan Vasquez
    Account Manager

    Metro Wellness & Community Centers is an organization committed to providing quality health and wellness services for the diverse people in our community.

    “I chose to donate to Metro Wellness and Community Centers because they do a lot of great work in the local community. This organization provides low cost healthcare services to people in need and aims to serve a diverse community. In addition to providing access to treatment, Metro Wellness also provides health education, substance abuse programs, counseling, and support groups.”

    December 2018

    Camille Moore
    Content Service Manager

    St. Petersburg Free Clinic is a multi-service human services agency providing our community neighbors assistance with food, shelter and health care.

    “I choose to donate to the St. Petersburg Free Clinic Health Center because I’ve been impressed with their transparency in the allocation of their resources as well as their highly-rated reviews from both patients and volunteers. I’m confident that they’re doing extraordinary amounts of good in our community. I hope this money goes towards medical resources for the health center to aide those who particularly reside within their family shelter.”

    November 2018

    Becca Thrun
    Account Manager

    The Sato Project is dedicated to rescuing abused and abandoned dogs from Puerto Rico.

    “When I was young living in Puerto Rico, my grandfather and I used to dream of one day having a big property to help save stray dogs on the island. We always adopted dogs off the street, gave them medical attention and made them part of our family. I chose the Sato Project because of my love and passion for dogs, for the love I have for my home, and to honor my grandfather’s memory. I hope this donation helps The Sato Project give dogs the care they need and help them find homes!”


    October 2018

    Monica Rodriguez
    Content Service Manager

    Girls Who Code provides after-school programs and summer camps to help girls learn about computer science and programming.

    “Despite programming being one of the highest in-demand industries, women only hold around 25% of these jobs. I’ve seen the stellar women at The HOTH be just as technically-minded as men, and there is no reason for women to be passed over for these roles. It is my hope that Girls Who Code will continue to encourage young women to enter the tech sector and close the gender gap in our industry, and that our dontation helps them with that mission.”


    September 2018

    Jason Gill
    Chief Technology Officer

    The Arts Conservatory for Teens The HOTH donated to ACT, a local St Pete organization that helps provide at risk youth an outlet through different forms of art.

    “I had the pleasure of working with them on a project and really loved the organization and what they’re doing for the community. I love that they let kids express themselves through various forms of art including music, dance, and painting. I hope that this donation helps The Arts Conservatory for Teens to organize a performance for their students to participate in.”



    August 2018

    Danielle Davis
    Video Production Manager

    Alpha House provides housing and supportive services to homeless pregnant women and families experiencing crisis pregnancies.

    “This local charity supports pregnant women, teens, and infants with housing and life skills training. I wanted this money to help people, and Alpha House strives to help homeless women who are in crisis. 90% of the women in Alpha House’s residential program transition successfully into permanent housing and independent living. I hope this money will go towards helping to improve the quality of life for local women and children who need assistance.”

    July 2018



    Mercy For Animals The HOTH donated to Mercy For Animals to help prevent cruelty to farmed animals and to promote compassionate food choices and policies.

    “I recently finished a book about the meat industry and am concerned about the impact cattle farming has on our environment as well as the questionable ethical methods used. The Mercy For Animals team are advocates for farm animals and work for their rights. I hope most of this money goes towards their investigative practices. There is nothing better than forcing a powerful corporation to take responsibility!”


    June 2018

    Stephen Reilly
    Customer Support Specialist

    American Cancer Society The HOTH donated to help American Cancer Society free the world from cancer. Funds go towards conducting research, and spreading the word about prevention.

    “I have had several family members pass away from cancer. The HOTH has also had many team members with family who suffers from cancer or has already passed away from cancer. Our owner Marc Hardgrove and team member Andrew Hardgrove recently lost their father Hans Hardgrove to cancer as well. I am hoping that the money will go to towards research and spreading the word about prevention.”


    May 2018

    Mackenzie Logan
    Director of Sales

    St. Petersburg Free Clinic St. Petersburg Free Clinic is a multi-service human services agency providing our community neighbors assistance with food, shelter and health care.

    “I wanted to donate locally to give back to the city that has given so much to me. The city of St. Pete has such a wonderful community and St. Petersburg Free Clinic constantly devotes their resources and time to facilitate that. The organization also has a perfect charity rating score, making it one of very few in the nation with that distinction. I hope that this donation will assist with food, shelter, and healthcare.”


    April 2018

    Alize Luft
    Community and Culture Coordinator

    Puppies Behind Bars The mission of Puppies Behind Bars is to train prison inmates to raise service dogs for wounded war veterans and explosive detection canines for law enforcement.

    “I chose this charity to honor a very special veteran in my life who has recently passed away. My Grandfather, Arch Shealy Sr., passed away recently at the age of 98. His heroism has been a huge inspiration in my life. Like him, the veterans that this charity serves risked making the ultimate sacrifice for our countries freedom! I hope this money can go towards helping as many veterans as possible get the service dogs they need.”

    March 2018

    Ashley Shealy
    HOTH X Team
  • Florida FIRST Robotics Education Foundation The HOTH donated to help inspire young people to learn science, engineering, and technology skills.

    “When I was in high school I participated in the FIRST Robotics program and it changed my life. I still enjoy volunteering with the organization each year! Donations to the organization help run the FRC Orlando Regional. This is an annual robotics competition that brings student FIRST Robotics teams together from not only Florida, but all around the world, to compete! “

    February 2018

    Jessie Poen
    Production and Development Manager
  • Florida Dachshund Rescue aims to rescue, rehabilitate and place rescued dachshunds into permanent and loving homes.

    “I chose the organization because my mom actually works with the organization! FLDR rescues dogs that have been abandoned or that families have given up. They help the dogs find new homes and it avoids the dogs being put down. My family fosters some of the dogs until they get adopted into a great home. I hope my donation will help FLDR get more resources to help rescue dogs! “


    January 2018

    Skyler Kulesa
    Sales Development Representative
  • Loggerhead Marinelife Center helps preserve the ocean’s ecosystem with a focus on rehabilitating sea turtles.

    “I hope that this donation is used for any new equipment or facility improvements that may be needed! Growing up next to the ocean, with the Loggerhead center basically in my backyard, I’ve had a close connection to the ocean’s ecosystem and what we can do to improve it. I’ve visited the center since I was younger and I’ve even seen a couple of the sea turtles getting released back into the ocean. They gave me great memories that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”


    December 2017

    Rebecca Simpson
    Customer Support Team Lead
  • The mission of Shelter Dogs with Jobs is to save, train, and place homeless working dogs in forever homes and careers.

    “I knew this donation would go to a great local organization and one that would greatly help homeless working dogs. I also know that this organization is very good at making sure the dogs are properly matched to a career and home that they will be in for the rest of their lives.” says Amy. This organization will take in these “working dogs” and match them with a home and a career! Not only are the dogs benefiting from their home and career but the community as well.”

    November 2017

    Amy Tribolet
    Content Marketing Coordinator
  • Creative Clay helps people with disabilities by providing expressive, educational and vocational experiences.

    “I chose Creative Clay because I really believe in their mission. They help people with disabilities, those in institutional settings, veterans, and children express their artistic abilities through educational and vocational activities. Our donation helps sponsor one artist for a 6-month program that pairs them with a professional artist mentor. They are also given the opportunity to collaborate with their mentor and create visual and performance art! :)”


    October 2017





Ongoing Charitable Contributions

We are so fortunate to have the success that we do, and it’s our time to give back. Here are some of the great organizations we have the privilege of regularly supporting.

  • Batshaw Youth and Family Centres FoundationThe HOTH donated to help protect the needs of children and youths for whom it is believed that their security or development may be endangered.

  • Carlton ManorThe HOTH contributed to redesign of the Carlton Manor website and provided new athletic shoes to children.
  • The New Secret Santa

    The HOTH donated to helping underprivileged children as a part of LinkNow’s Secret Santa Campaign.

  • As They GatheredThe HOTH purchased a box truck to help transport food to feed the homeless. We also have staff members regularly volunteer at the food shelter.

  • Charity WaterCharity Water helps provide clean water to people in developing countries.
  • HOTH Scholarship

    The HOTH Scholarship supports education in marketing.

  • VFW
    Veterans of Foriegn wars provides support to service members, veterans, and their families.