Brandon Outreach Clinic. The Outreach Clinic provides free medical care to children & adults who cannot afford medical insurance. All the doctors and nurses volunteer their time. For more information, please visit www.brandonoutreachclinic.com or contact Vicki Harrison at 689-4161 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Spaghetti Dinner.*** The community spaghetti dinner is a free, delicious meal cooked in our church kitchen and offered to both church members and anyone from the community. It is a festive atmosphere and families with young children are welcome. Volunteers are needed to help serve and pray with guest. For more information, contact Becky Jordan at 690-1157, email@example.com
Emergency Care Help Organization. E.C.H.O. provides food and clothing assistance to approximately 7,000 individuals and families in crisis situations each year. E.C.H.O. is always in need of spaghetti sauce, dried beans, peanut butter, flour, etc. And diapers (sizes 4 and 5). For more information, please visit www.echofl.org or contact Vicki Harrison at 689-4161 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Promise. Family Promise is a new program in which a group of 10-13 churches work together to house homeless families with children and help them move toward self-sufficiency. Still in the organizational stages, Family Promise of Greater Brandon is hoping to launch in fall, 2012. For more information visit www.familypromiseofgreaterbrandon.org
Food Co-op.*** The Food Co-op is a more effective model at helping local people address their food shortage needs. We meet twice a month for about 45 minutes (15 minutes on meal planning & preparation tips and 30 minutes putting the food bags together). Cost is $5 each time we meet. Donations of specific food items are always appreciated as is help with set-up and distribution. Contact email@example.com with questions.
I AM Hope Café. A coalition of local faith and service organizations run the “I AM Hope Café”, serving meals to Brandon’s poor and homeless residents out of facilities at First Baptist Church of Mango. The meals are donated and prepared by Metropolitan Ministries; although salads, desserts and sandwiches-to-go are supplied by volunteers. The Café serves hot meals four days a week from 5:30 – 7:30pm and Saturdays from 9:00 – 11:00am. For more information visit www.iamhope.org or contact Vicki Shoun at 689-7335 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Vicki Harrison at 689-4161 or email@example.com
LifeCare of Brandon (formerly Brandon Care Pregnancy Center). LifeCare of Brandon is located on our property, ministering to girls and women in the midst of an unexpected pregnancy. The staff and trained volunteers provide free pregnancy testing, counseling, referrals for government services, support groups and training for teens to help reduce the number of unexpected pregnancies. In addition, trained lay speakers go to area schools to give presentations on abstinence. For more information, contact Jacque Dixon at 409-2871, firstname.lastname@example.org; or contact the Center at 654-0491 or http://www.LifeCareofBrandon.com
The Lighthouse. Invests in troubled men who have life-controlling addictions, i.e. alcohol and drugs - through a 24-month, Christ-centered residential discipleship program in Dade City. For more information, contact Rosemary Blevins, 689-8463 or email@example.com
Many Hands Volunteers. Provide no-cost or low-cost minor home and auto repairs to those who are on a limited income. We also provide referrals to outside organizations that can assist with more involved or special needs that are beyond the capabilities of the volunteers. Call 813-679-1365 or visit many-hands.org for more information or to help.
McLane Middle School.*** McLane Middle School is located just two blocks north of the church. A Title 1 public school, they have significant need for school supplies, uniform shirts, and people willing to serve as mentors. For more information, contact Vicki Harrison at 689-4161, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meals on Wheels. Provides up to 100 meals each Friday to the homebound in our area. Volunteers prepare and deliver meals. Call Elaine Christopher at 689-3275 regarding cooking meals. Call Barbara Brooks at 689-7016 regarding meal delivery. CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER TO PREPARE AND/OR DELIVER A MEAL.
Men's Resource Center.*** Located in the Church Office Building. The purpose of this center is to introduce men to the love of Jesus Christ, help them gain employment or disability coverage, and teach them important life skills. We are looking for more men to work in the center by appointment. A short training orientation is all it takes to get started. To learn more about volunteering, or to refer someone you know who would benefit from this ministry, please contact Vicki Harrison, email@example.com
Metropolitan Ministries. Metropolitan Ministries provides extensive services to homeless families, including a highly successful and growing residential program called Uplift University. For more information please visit www.metromin.org or contact Marsha Odor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Military Care Package Mailing. Twice a year, we send a box filled with home-baked goodies, magazines & books, personal care products and more to service personnel in our families serving overseas. Stateside troops get cards and other items, too. For more information, contact John Dukes at email@example.com
Thorn Ministries. THORN (Thankfully Helping Others’ Real Needs) Ministries provides hot lunches, to-go meals, toiletries, basic clothing, and limited medication to the homeless at three different locations in Tampa. They serve out of a mobile “kitchen” which is pulled by a large SUV. Volunteer drivers are always needed! For more information, contact Vicki Harrison at 689-4161, firstname.lastname@example.org; or learn more about the ministry at www.thornministries.org
Women's Resource Center. The Women’s Resource Center provides information and support services to individuals and families in crisis. They specialize in employment assistance. For more information, contact Vicki Harrison at 689-4161, vharrison@fumcbrandon or contact the Center directly at www.wrctampa.org
***Community Initiatives - These are local mission & outreach efforts based out of our church to be a blessing to the community, build relationships, and serve the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those who live around us.