TAMPA FL

Located on the west coast of Florida, Tampa has much to offer in the way of tourism, healthcare, and culture. For everything it has to offer, Tampa is still small enough to be friendly, with a population of under 400,000.

HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE

Tampa was Tocobaga territory in the 1500s, when Spanish explorers arrived. Tampa played a significant role in the Civil War, survived reconstruction after the war, and began to prosper in the 1880s when phosphate was discovered nearby.

COMMERCE

Once the railroad came to Tampa for the purpose of shipping phosphates and the goods from commercial fishing, the same railroads were able to bring in tourists as well as goods for the residents of Tampa. The railroad also made it easier to attract businesses, since up until then the only way in and out of Tampa was wither by water or via sandy trails. Ybor’s Cigars moved to Tampa, because of the proximity to tobacco from Havana. The railway made it easy to ship the product cross-country. Of course, business built up to support the immigrants who worked at the cigar factories, and soon there were over 10,000 immigrants as well as the natives. 

TOURISM

In the post WWII U.S., tourism became one of the biggest industries in the city. Busch Gardens, along with Lowry Park were built to draw in tourists. Expanded highway systems, as well as new bridges, made it much easier for residents and tourists to navigate the city. Tampa business owners welcomed not only new residents, but the tourists as well, to their city, creating a thriving sense of community.

FURTHER DEVELOPMENT

The University of South Florida, established in 1956, spurred further growth, which brought in new hospitals, churches, and schools. More infrastructure was built, with suburbs and business offices. The Gross Municipal Product, or GMP, of Tampa is now the 5th largest in the country.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Architecture, theater, music, and art all thrive in Tampa’s downtown area, which is a showcase for post-modern architecture. The Tampa Museum of Art , itself, is post-modern in style, with the Tampa Theatre and Tampa Museum of Art are beautiful examples of Art Deco styling.

CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS

With a population based on native residents as well as immigrants from many countries, people of Tampa also share a strong commitment to helping the less fortunate.  Charitable organizations include The Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, Habitat for Humanity (building houses for the needy), Kids Charity of Tampa Bay, the Ronald McDonald House, and many others. You can also donate cars to Heritage for the Blind, which is dedicated to helping people of all ages who have visual impairment and other disabilities. People with vision problems can learn about eye disorders, locate rehabilitation services, and get support that helps them to keep their independence. Heritage for the Blind accepts car donations on their website. These vehicle donations for the blind provide funding for many services.
Whether you live here, or are just visiting, Tampa has a plenty to offer. Everyone enjoys the action, diversity, and sense of adventure that flourish in Tampa.

 

Call 813-395-0721 to donate today and receive:

Free Pick-Up!
Free Pick Up!

Free pick up nationwide, we pick up the vehicle hassle free with no fees in all 50 States. Our agents will assist you..

Tax-Deductible!
Tax-Deductible!

Your donation is tax-deductible, the maximum you can claim is $500 unless your vehicle is auctioned for more!

A gift for you!
A gift for you!

As a thank you for inquiring about our vehicle donation program, we offer a free 2 day 3 night hotel stay voucher..

Heritage for the Blind of Tampa - 2202 N. West Shore Blvd Suite 200, Tampa FL 33607 - Telephone: 813-395-0721