Metropolitan Ministries

  • April 21, 2013 · 8:45 AM
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Metropolitan Ministries faithfully reaches out to poor, hungry and homeless men, women and children in their time of need — providing life-changing answers. Within their care, people find food, clothing, shelter, and other vital services year round. But more importantly they find compassion and hope – hope for a brighter day and future.

How we will LEND A HAND

Metropolitan Ministries has a variety of areas in which they need help year round. We could be sorting food in the food warehouse, sorting clothes in the clothes warehouse, preparing or serving food in the kitchen, helping out in the thrift store, or a variety of other things. We should be helping in the kitchen preparing food or serving the clients on this day, but we ask that you be flexible if we are needed in another area!

Schedule: 9am - 12pm - Please plan to stay the entire time. Meet in the parking lot a few minutes early to meet each other and go in together. Sign in at the Family Care Center.

What to bring:

  1. Please wear long pants, a shirt with sleeves, and non-skid, closed-toed shoes that can get wet or dirty.
  2. You will be required to wear a hairnet. You may bring a hat if you'd like to wear that as well.
  3. A bottle of water for yourself.
  4. A warm smile!
  5. If you would like to donate more than your time, feel free to bring some non-perishable food items, clothing, toiletries, or a new toy to donate.

Directions and Parking:

Get directions by clicking on the location above.  This agency is located just north of downtown Tampa between N. Tampa St. and N. Florida Ave. (N. Florida Ave. is a one-way street going north and N. Tampa St. is a one-way street going south). Park in the main parking lot on the south side of the building, between N. Tampa St. and N. Florida Ave., just north of E. Ross Ave.

Other Important Information:

If you are bringing a guest, please provide his/her name along with your RSVP.

This is a child-friendly event for children 12 and older due to the nature of the work (slippery floor, using knives, etc). You must monitor your child at all times, and be fully responsible for them. Please note if you will bring a child (and child's age) along with your RSVP.

Additional information about Lend a Hand events, such as RSVPing, bringing guests, waiting lists, and last-minute dropouts is located on the 'About' page. Please familiarize yourself with our current policies and procedures:

Join us and open your heart to LEND A HAND!

Please consider this seriously before you RSVP, it is very important that we have an accurate count a couple of days in advance to provide to the organization. Last-minute drop-outs are difficult to replace and reflect badly on our organization.


How 'Metropolitan Ministries' benefits our community

For over 35 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 as many as 150 families daily through Outreach and Prevention Services, the Ministries remains committed to breaking the cycle of poverty For more information, visit their website:

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  • ~KellyM~

    As always, this was a very rewarding project! They were very happy to have our help!

    April 22, 2013

  • Joe M.

    The energy was so inspiring, and I met several new people. What a wonderful experience!

    1 · April 22, 2013

  • Nicole

    This was a great event! Enjoyed working with such warm and compassionate people. Special thanks to Kelly for starting the Lend a Hand group :).

    1 · April 21, 2013

  • Lisa

    I will be out if town for a wedding. :(

    March 30, 2013

    • Deborah

      Hi Lisa..I see you as you are attending if you are not able to come please change your RSVP. Thank you

      April 16, 2013

    • ~KellyM~

      Lisa, please update your RSVP if you are not attending, a comment is not an RSVP. Thx!

      April 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just Gabe.

    April 19, 2013

  • Deborah

    Family emergency out of the area

    April 18, 2013

  • Teresa T.

    death in family.. cant make it, maybe next time

    April 17, 2013

  • Deborah

    If anyone is free on Sunday the 21st please sign up for this event. We need 4 more helpers. Thanks so much Debbie

    April 16, 2013

  • Teresa T.

    Lisandra (17 year old daughter)

    1 · March 30, 2013

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