Help Dunbar Elementary Teachers

Dunbar Elementary Magnet school is a Title 1 elementary school roughly two miles from our Hyde Park campus. As part of an initiative of the Florida Conference, Hyde Park United Methodist has partnered with Dunbar to provide support to the students and staff at the school.

The following grades are requesting classroom help:

  • Ms. Alexander and Ms. Hungerford – Kindergarten
  • Ms. Williams- 2nd Grade
  • Ms. James and Ms. Burke – 4th Grade

If you would like more information or are interested in helping out, please contact Kathy Avant, by email or phone, 813.928.3333 or Vicki Walker, by email or phone, 813.253.5388 ext. 223.

If you haven’t already:
1. Please take a moment to review and complete this form to let us know more about your interests and availability:

2. Complete your background screening for the Hillsborough County school system. This can be completed online and is required for only the current school year. Complete the Form

3. Complete the Hyde Park United Methodist Background Check Info Form.

Help With Annual Homeless Point-In-Time Count

The annual Homeless Point-In-Time Count in Hillsborough County will take place on Thursday, February 28, 2019. Hyde Park United Methodist serves as the downtown deployment site for the count.

The Count is coordinated by the Tampa/Hillsborough County Continuum of Care (CoC), led by the Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative in conjunction with community partners. The data, collected through a short survey and observation during the Homeless Count, provides a Point-In-Time (PIT) ‘snapshot’ as to what the homeless population in our community looks like during a single, 24-hour period. The purpose of the count is to help community planners better understand, through demographic information, who is homeless, why, and for how long.

Want to help? Volunteer here.

10th Annual Women’s Interfaith Prayer For Peace

10th Annual Women’s Interfaith Prayer For Peace

Come celebrate women, honor spiritual unity, and gain strength as a community working toward a nation of peace. The service will include prayers, sacred readings, and music.

Featured Speaker and Gospel Singer: Belinda Womack

Time/Date/Place: Noon Friday, March 8, The Franciscan Center, 3010 N. Perry Ave., Tampa 33603

Light refreshments will be served. Fee: Donation.

There are several easy ways to sign up, so use whatever is easiest for you. You can sign up online, send an email or call 813.229.2695. (Note: Hyde Park does not manage registrations for this event.)



Blood Mobile at Hyde Park Feb. 10

Blood Mobile at Hyde Park Feb. 10

Not all heroes wear a cape! Some show up, spend a little time in a comfortable converted bus and give the precious gift of life. They may never know the recipient of their gift, but it has made a difference in the life of someone truly in need.

Bring a friend and help double our number of donors. (Must be 18 years old to donate.) Stop by the Blood Mobile or register online at

8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 Azeele Street, Hyde Park campus


Book Drive for Dunbar Elementary

Book Drive for Dunbar Elementary

Dunbar Elementary Book Drive a Huge Success!

Dunbar Elementary school is a Title 1 school (which means many of its students live below the poverty line) located less than three miles from the Hyde Park campus of Hyde Park United Methodist.  The school serves students in Kindergarten – Grade 5. 253 of the approximately 275 students qualify for free or reduced lunch.

Jan. 18, 2019 Update: We are half-way to our goal of 600 books! Books for grades 3-5 are especially needed. Thank you to those who have donated books and volunteered to collect them!

Feb. 3, 2019 Update: We surpassed our goal with more than 2,000 books delivered to Dunbar Elementary!

Watch our video from Delivery Day.


News from the Society of St. Andrew, Gleaning Network

Let’s take a glance at the numbers of Abundance from 2018…
16.2 Million Pounds Gleaned from the Fields
6.8 Million Pounds Shipped in Potato & Produce Project
23 Million Pounds Collected and Distributed Total
69 Million Servings of Fresh Produce Provided
29,079 Passionate Volunteers Engaged
6,295 Events to End Hunger Held

Now, let’s talk about what’s coming up in 2019…

Learn more. Do More.
Our Harvest of Hope Program is a fun way for you to learn more about hunger and food insecurity and to get involved in 2019. We would love to see you “turn-up” at an event.

There are trips available for all ages: college, middle school, high school, and intergenerational groups. There are opportunities almost year-round with trips planned beginning with Spring Break in March and going through October.

Using bowl games to fill empty bowls
Each year, through strategic partnerships, our team in Florida rescues tens of thousands of pounds of fresh citrus after the Citrus Bowl Parade comes through Orlando. The parade uses rubber bands to secure the thousands of fruits to the floats while keeping their skins intact.

This time-honored tradition of “gleaning” the Orlando Citrus Parade is made possible by our passionate volunteers and Florida Citrus Sports. More information will be available in our newsletter coming in February.

Tennessee wants to talk to you.
Did you know that we need you to join the mission so we can do more than ever before? Whether it’s helping spread awareness, gleaning the fields, or hosting a speaking event, you make all the difference.

For your next house meeting, church service, school club or something else – send us an invite. We would love to attend and share about the mission to end hunger and how you can make a difference in your community.

Sign up to feed a Hoosier this year.
We had a terrific year in Indiana in 2018. We met many new friends and volunteers. Our enthusiasm to get busy even landed us in a bit of a pickle. A local cucumber farmer answered our pleas and allowed our volunteers to come gleaning. Little did we know then that we would end up rescuing and distributing more than 50,000 servings of these delicious veggies in 2018, in Indiana alone.

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