Serve in the City
HOW OFTEN: As schedule permits, but hopefully 2x a month
Offering a kind word and a smile to one who is homebound or not well can bring tremendous joy and hope to them. We are looking for those with the gifts of encouragement, mercy and empathy. The Congregational Care team will offer some basic training and let you know how you can further assist this ministry.
Click here to email Joan Mellen for more information.
HOW OFTEN: 1-4 times per month on your scheduled month
Sometimes members of our church family are missing from the community because they are not well or are going through a difficult time. This newly re-organized team will reach out with a phone call or a note of encouragement to those who are not in worship.
Click here to email Linda Brown for more information.
HOW OFTEN: Weekly, monthly, or more; it’s up to you.
Sometimes you just need the gift of food to help you feel better. So, several times a month, a list is created of folks who could use a bit of ‘lovin’ from the oven and this team makes sure those meals get delivered. We hope you will consider joining us to spread the love!
Click here to email Drema Muller for more information.
Children and Families
Florida United Methodist Children's Home
The Florida United Methodist Children’s Home began as the Florida Methodist Orphanage in 1908 and has developed into a diverse ministry to help children and families facing difficult circumstances. Services include residential care for school-age children and youth, emergency shelter care, therapeutic group care, foster care and adoption services, a community child care center and a transitional/independent living program. Hyde Park United Methodist collects fifth Sunday offerings for the Children’s Home.
Cornerstone Family Ministries – Early Childhood Development
DAY: Weekday or Saturday
HOW OFTEN: One-time or recurring
Cornerstone Family Ministries’ mission is to make a lasting positive impact on children and families in our community by nurturing bodies, developing minds and fostering hope through Christ. Opportunities are available at the Early Childhood Learning Center and the Children’s Nutrition Connection.
Gleaners – Society of St. Andrew
HOW OFTEN: One-time
This ministry feeds the hungry all year long by salvaging fresh produce that would otherwise go to waste and giving it to the needy. Volunteers pick and deliver fruit and vegetables to nonprofit organizations that feed the hungry.
Click here to email Stephanie Lazanowski , agency liaison for more information. Also click here to email Rev. Jim Tinkey, Society of St. Andrew’s Southwest Florida Gleaning Coordinator, or call 863.224.0403 for more information.
Missions and Outreach
Abe Brown Ministries
Abe Brown Ministries’ mission is to break cycles of incarceration by helping to renew the minds of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated citizens motivating them to change their behaviors and achieve purposeful lives as a compassionate demonstration of the Love of Jesus Christ. Through the targeted interventions of its nationally-recognized Ready4Work-Hillsborough program, the ministry assists formerly incarcerated persons with re-entry into the community and workforce, effectively leading these individuals to self-sufficiency.
Contact Amy Morantes, church liaison, by email or phone, 813.408.8714, for more information. Also, contact
Vanessa Brown, agency liaison, by email or phone, 813.247.3285 ext. 211, or visit their website.
Hillsborough House of Hope
Hillsborough House of Hope (HHH) opened in 2003 to provides a temporary residence for women who have been incarcerated in the Hillsborough County jail. The home provides a safe and supportive environment for women while they locate a permanent residence and get a job.
Meals on Wheels
Since 1975, Meals On Wheels of Tampa (MOW) has been committed to nourishing and enriching the independent lives of Tampa’s senior and homebound neighbors by providing hot, nutritious meals delivered daily by a caring volunteer. MOW Tampa relies on community volunteers to deliver meals, provide friendly visits and safety checks Monday through Friday around lunchtime and one Saturday a month. Today, more than 800 neighbors are being served.
Dunbar Elementary Magnet
Hyde Park United Methodist joined an initiative of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church for every United Methodist Church to partner with a local Title I school and provide support and encouragement to students and staff. This initiative follows the example of John Wesley who believed that every child matters. Our missions is to make God’s love real by supporting and enhancing the opportunities for students at Dunbar Elementary Magnet School.
Volunteer to help out using this registration form.
Judeo Christian Health Clinic
The Judeo Christian Health Clinic was founded in 1972 to provide free, quality, timely and compassionate healthcare to the working poor of Tampa Bay. It is one of the most comprehensive free clinics in Florida, providing primary and specialty care, dental, eye, pharmaceutical and educational services. The clinic serves patients who do not qualify for government-funded programs and have incomes that fall under 200% of the federal poverty level. The clinic provides hope and access to care, with just under 30,000 patient visits recorded last year alone and dispensed nearly $2.5 million dollars’ worth of prescription medications to patients last year. The value of service provided to the community through volunteers and partner organizations is over $15 million dollars last year alone.
Metropolitan Ministries cares for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in our community through services that alleviate suffering, promote dignity and instill self-sufficiency as an expression of the ongoing ministry of Jesus Christ.
Feeding Tampa Bay
Feeding Tampa Bay changes lives one meal at a time by leading our community in the fight against hunger. As the local affiliate of the nation’s leading hunger relief organization, Feeding America, Feeding Tampa Bay distributes over 50 million meals annually to families, children and seniors in the Tampa Bay area.
Love INC of Metro Tampa
Love INC mobilizes local churches to transform lives and communities in the name of Christ. Lives are transformed through relationships. Love INC ministry transforms lives by linking volunteer servants with neighbors in need. In this process needs are met, and joy is our shared reality.
For more information, please contact Mary Britain, church liaison, by email or phone, 813.361.4159, Cindy Lieving, church liaison, email or phone, 813.395.2607, or Ann Doyle, agency liaison, email or phone, 813.222.5683.
Here in Tampa, The Salvation Army has a facility on Florida Avenue where it feeds and houses 110 homeless men, women and veterans each night and helps them get a new start in life. The Salvation Army focuses on providing excellent case management, permanent housing solutions, mental health care and educational resources.
For information, please contact Captain Andy and Abigail Miller, agency liaisons, by email or phone, 813.224.9207.