2015 White Party Beneficiary

Julie Weintraub’s Hands Across the Bay was developed to positively impact the lives of as many Tampa Bay residents as possible. We assist and mentor hardworking families in need,advocate for change, support other organizations, and spread love with variousacts of kindness. Through our work, we hope to inspire our community to become more compassionate, empathetic, and charitable.

Every day in our community a family is impacted by unpredictable circumstances, such as unexpected loss of employment, hardships, accidents, crimes etc. Hands Across the Bay understands during these times of crisis, families may feel lost, desperate, and confused. We take the unique approach of identifying the circumstances surrounding the situation in order to provide assistance to best stabilize our families.Our small but mighty team of Julie Weintraub, Dee Mantzaris, and Melissa Dohme, strives to be flexible and creative in utilizing our resources and partnerships in an effort to sufficiently assist them in getting back to the road of independence. Through our community partners, we have been able to provide previous families with the resources required to cover virtually every aspect of their needs. Wealso understand many needs extend further than money, which is why we are devoted to providing them one-on-one mentorship and guidance throughout their journey.

Due to the increasing level of domestic violence in our community, Hands Across the Bay developed a Domestic Violence Division. We are devoted to positively impacting others through advocacy, awareness, education, empowerment, and prevention. Our goal is to transform a generation saturated with hate, violence, and crime into a generation infused with love, compassion, and peace. Our Violence Prevention Advocate, Melissa, heads up our division. She is a survivor of a brutal stabbing in 2012, where she was stabbed 32 times after leaving her abusive and jealous high school ex-boyfriend. Statistics show that1 in 3 teens will experience some form of abuse while in high school. Weare committed to providing highschools in the Tampa Bay area with anti-violence presentations. Silence is part of what allows the epidemic of domestic violence to continue destroying people’s lives. We speak throughout the community to educate, inspire, and raise awareness.Presenting the facts about teen dating and domestic violence along with sharing personal experiences lies at the core of our presentations.

We pride ourselves in keeping our promise that the donations from our supporters are going directly to assist families and other small organizations in the community. Your support of 13 Ugly Men’s White Party and the funds raised will go directly support our work through the Domestic Violence Division. Steve and Julie Weintraub’s company, Gold & Diamond Source, donates the cost of our office space, supplies, and staff’s salaries. Julie also personally guarantees that her time and efforts at Hands Across the Bay are 100% volunteered. Despite being a very small organization, we have been able to work miracles because of our collective effort with the community and those who support our mission.