Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
To care 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. Read more
To care 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.
For over 40 years, Metropolitan Ministries has served poor and homeless men, women, and children in the Tampa Bay region. The Ministries has gone from a single room food pantry, to one of America's most effective and innovative caregivers. Serving 100-150 families daily through Outreach and Prevention Services, the Ministries remains committed to breaking the cycle of poverty...today, tomorrow and always. The facilities include Uplift U residential housing, a residence day care, an elementary school, adult training opportunities, a full-service kitchen that prepares 2,200 meals per day 7 days a week, and a thrift store to provide clothing for those in need and to the general public. Metropolitan Ministries also manages Compassion + Action, a collaborative that mobilizes partnerships across four counties to meet the growing need in local neighborhoods and transform the lives of families in crisis.
by Melissa P. from Tampa, FL
One of my fave places to volunteer, and one of my go-to choices when I have a free day and want to use it to volunteer since it's so easy to show up and find a place to fit in for a few hours. The online system makes it even easier, and I've managed to recruit a few friends to go as well -- harder than it might sound.
I have volunteered for many years and this is one of the best organizations I have given my time to. I am new to the Tampa area and have never experienced a non-profit such as Metropolitan Ministries. The amount of services that they offer to individuals and families in need is incredible. From immediate needs such as food and clothing to resume and job search assistance, they truly are making an impact on our community. I encourage everyone to support them either by volunteering or by making a donation.
The time you donate to this organization is the most productive effort you may ever make toward helping those in need. I felt the gratitude in seeing the faces of the clients and in the kind and patient words of the dedicated staff who guided me through the work. The experience will be cherished. Thank you for the opportunity. I will be back.
Great place to volunteer and definitely make an impact to the community. They have lot's of activities to help individuals/families where you can help make a difference. My group enjoyed working in the Kitchen and prepping food; working in Thrift shop, sorting clothing donation, and sorting can goods. The Volunteer Coodinator, Lindsey was great and kept my group busy.
I have had a very positive experience volunteering for Metropolitan Ministries. The orientation that I attended was very thorough and described the many volunteer opportunities that were available. The volunteer office has worked with my schedule and has told me what volunteer opportunities were available on each day that I volunteered. I have had a variety of experiences and have really enjoyed working with the staff and other volunteers.