Serve Locally


Immediate Opportunities to Serve

Provide Comfort and Care as a Love Meals Deliverer

Deliver meals to individuals experiencing loss, sickness or in need of support as a Love Meal deliverer. Volunteers are needed for a couple of hours a month. Contact Drema Muller for more information.

 If you have any questions or would like to schedule a call to discuss our areas of service, please contact us.

Explore all our serving opportunities in our community below.

For more information or to say yes to serving, e-mail the listed contact person.

Missions and Outreach

Hyde Park Serves

DAY: Weekday
HOW OFTEN: One-time
Formerly Second Saturday, light manual labor projects for our church and mission partners. Called as needs arise, less than once a month.

Click here to email Steve Rorrer, church liaison, for more information.

Disaster Relief and Recovery

DAY: Varies
HOW OFTEN: One day
Volunteer with the Disaster Relief and Recovery Ministry to provide an organized response to the local and regional needs of those affected by natural disasters and “preparation” services for those in need before a storm hits. Most trips are one-day projects, but opportunities for extended periods of service are available.

Click here to email Bruce Johnson, church liaison, for more information.

Registration and Liability Release

Serve Day

DAY: Sunday
Join other Hyde Park members for our annual serving day at the Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent. Shifts are available throughout the day from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Click here to email Kathy Pegram for more information.

Dunbar Elementary Magnet

Hyde Park United Methodist has 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. Learn More This initiative follows the example of John Wesley who believed that every child matters.

Volunteer to help out using this registration form.

Click here to email Kathy Avant for more information.

View our Dunbar blog post digest.

Poverty Alleviation - Metropolitan Ministries

DAY: Any // HOW OFTEN: One-time
For 30 years, Metropolitan Ministries has served poor and homeless men, women and children in the Tampa Bay region. Serving 100-150 families daily through Outreach and Prevention Services, Metropolitan Ministries remains committed to breaking the cycle of poverty — today, tomorrow and always. Metropolitan Ministries’ facilities include Uplift U residential housing, a full-service kitchen that prepares more than 1,700 meals daily and a thrift store that provides clothing for those in need.

Click here to e-mail Flossie Adams, church liaison, for more information. Also call Scott Bedrosian, agency liaison, at 813.209.1251.

Judeo Christian Health Clinic – Patients In Need

DAY: Any
HOW OFTEN: One-time
The Judeo Christian Health Clinic was founded in 1972 to provide free health care to the medically indigent of Tampa Bay. Clinic patients are generally considered “working poor.” They have no insurance, do not qualify for Medicaid, Medicare or any other public assistance program and lack the funds to pay a doctor or purchase health insurance.

Click here to email Billie Trocke, church liaison, or call 813.926.2620 for more information. Also click here to email Kelly Bell, agency liaison, or call 813.870.0395 for more information.

Salvation Army

DAY: Varies
HOW OFTEN: Seasonal
The Salvation Army offers multiple ways to serve those in need in the Tampa Bay area. Volunteers can serve at their facility on Florida Avenue, where the Salvation Army feeds and houses the homeless and helps them get a new start in life. In conjunction with Hyde Park, volunteers can ring the bell for the Red Kettle Drive or staff the emergency overflow Cold Night shelter.

Click here to email Tal Land, agency liaison, for more information. Click here to volunteer today.

Good Samaritan Mission: Farm Worker Families

DAY: Varies
HOW OFTEN: One-time
Good Samaritan Mission Ministers to the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of farm worker families and those at or below the poverty level. The mission offers outreach services, a daycare center, clothing and food distribution, educational opportunities, scholarship funds and more.

Click here to email Drema Muller, church liaison, for more information. Also click here to email Billy Cruz, agency liaison, or call 813.634.7136. for more information.

Love INC of Metro Tampa

DAY: Any

HOW OFTEN: One-time or more

The mission of Love INC is to mobilize local churches to transform lives and communities In the Name of Christ. Lives are transformed through relationships. Love INC ministry links volunteer servants with neighbors in need. In the process, we are all transformed, needs are met, and joy is our shared reality.

Our defining differences – we don’t distribute funds and are not set up to handle emergencies. Also, traditional charity, focused on needs rarely transforms. However, services delivered with accountability, focused on the person and demonstrating love of Christ, can transform recipient, donor and community. As scripture tells us, love never fails (I Corinthians 13:8).

What you can do:
Love INC provides meaningful and manageable family friendly opportunities to serve.
Serve as a trained resource navigator
Train resource navigators as a vision carrier, spread the Love INC good news
Part-time data entry

Prayer Need:
Provision to sustain our serving the highest in His kingdom and that we prayerfully discern and prudently steward His blessings.

Email Jennie Warner or Michael Doyle church liaisons, or call 813.480.8139 or 813.466.9166 for more information.

Sparrow Fund – In Case of Emergency

DAY: Anytime
HOW OFTEN: Anytime
The Sparrow Fund helps meet emergency needs of individuals and families. The fund assists church members through the church offices and community needs through Metropolitan Ministries. All Christmas Eve offerings go to the fund and special contributions can be made anytime. So far in 2016, the family has helped over 269 families.

Click here to email Vicki Walker for more information.


Visitation in hospitals, assisted living facilities or homes

DAY: Weekday
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.

Care Callers

DAY: Weekday
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.

Love Meals…Delivering Love

DAY: Weekday

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.

Click here to email Lisa Johnson, church liaison, at 813.789.3860, John Rivas, agency liaison, at 386.668.4774 or visit the home’s website for more information.

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.

Click here to email Kristen Price, church liaison, for more information or email Cathy Capo Stone, agency liaison, at 813.253.3853 for more information.

Youth and Collegiate

Wesley Foundation Campus Ministries

DAY: Varies

Wesley Foundations on campuses involve university students in worship, Bible studies, outreach opportunities and accountability groups. Hyde Park provides annual donations to Wesley Foundation groups at Florida State University, the University of Florida and the University of South Florida.

Call Emily Kuche, church liaison, at 813.253.5388, ext. 301 for more information.

Visit the Wesley Foundation websites for:

University of South Florida | Florida State University and Tallahassee Community College |  University of Florida

Hunger Relief

Feeding America Tampa Bay

DAY: Any
HOW OFTEN: One-time
Feeding America Tampa Bay works with over 600 partner charities in 10 counties to distribute more than 40 million pounds of food every year. Volunteers are needed to organize, inspect and sort food in the warehouse daily.

Click here to email Bette Whitley, church liaison, or call 813.818.0556 for more information. Also click here to email Karen Griffin, agency liaison, or call 813.254.1190 ext. 215 for more information.

Gleaners – Society of St. Andrew

DAY: Any
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.

Meals on Wheels

DAY: Any
HOW OFTEN: One-time
Meals on Wheels of Tampa has been serving freshly prepared hot, nutritious meals to homebound residents of Tampa since 1975. In addition to the hot meal, recipients receive freshly made soup twice a week. Over 600 volunteers deliver meals five days a week. A typical route takes about one hour and individuals can serve as often as they would like.

Click here to email Celia Ferman, church liaison, or call 813.251.3462 for more information. Click here to email Jan Costello, agency liaison, or call 813.238.8410 for more information.

Prison Ministry

Abe Brown Ministries

DAY: Varies

HOW OFTEN: One-time
Abe Brown Ministries assists offenders, ex-offenders and their families to achieve productive and fulfilling lives with compassion and respect. A variety of opportunities are available, all assisting individuals in finding gainful employment and developing life skills.

Contact Leslie McCabe Holm, church liaison, at 813.205.6056 for more information. Also contact Robert Blount, agency liaison, at 813.247.3285, ext. 203 for more information. View volunteer opportunities.

Hillsborough House of Hope

Hillsborough House of Hope (HHH) opened its doors in 2003 as a Christian Residential Program for formerly incarcerated women. The program offers Bible study and development of a Christian lifestyle; assists with job searches; teaches life skills, offers seminars to develop self-esteem and contracts with The Centre for Women for outpatient drug treatment. The HHH program is six months long and carefully tailored to fit the needs of each individual.

Click here to email Paul Phaneuf, church liaison, or at 813.349.3136, or click here to email Linda Walker, agency liaison, or at 813.231.5122 for more information. Volunteer today.

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