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Trinity Cafe

  • Jun 22, 2014 · 8:15 AM
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Help feed the homeless in style!

Trinity Cafe is a non-denominational charity whose mission is to restore a sense of dignity to our homeless and hungry neighbors and nourish the human spirit through acts of acceptance, compassion, love and respect. They serve a well-balanced meal in a restaurant-like setting that restores some of the dignity they have lost weathering tough times. They believe a kind word that soothes a hurting heart is just as important as the good food that eases hunger.

They serve free meals to homeless, poor and anyone wishing to receive a meal. The meals are prepared by a professional chef and served by volunteer waiters. The guests sit at cloth covered tables set with china dishes and silverware. They are asked for nothing in return - no mandatory religious services or counseling or work.

How we will LEND A HAND

We will help provide lunch at the cafe by hosting, serving the guests, or bussing the tables. We will also help with cleaning, preparing for the next day's meal, and any other way they need our help. While helping with the work, we should also take turns sitting and visiting with the guests, as if they are guests in our home. 

Please Note - Some of the guests have a mental illness, please RSVP only if you feel comfortable talking with anyone.

Please visit this page and view the orientation videos if you have not volunteered here before:


8:15am - 10:45am - Please arrive at 8:15am to meet each other and check in with our event host. Please plan to stay the entire time. 

What to bring:

• Please wear casual, comfortable clothes. No tank-tops please.

• Closed-toed shoes with a non-slip sole are required

• A warm smile!

Directions and Parking:

Click the link in the location above to see a map to the location of the event. Turn into the parking lot from Nebraska Ave. and park in any available space. The "volunteer" entrance to the café is at the back of the building. Enter the double doors next to the Greenhouse; this takes you directly into the kitchen. You will be directed to the dining room.

Other Important Information:

If you are bringing a guest, please provide his/her name along with your RSVP. This is not a child-friendly event, the minimum age to volunteer is 16.

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.

Is this Meetup full?

Just click 'Notify me' and you will be notified if a spot opens up. This will help us fill spots that open up due to late dropouts!


How 'Trinity Cafe' benefits our community

Trinity Cafe has been a beacon of hope and compassion in the Tampa Bay community since 2001. It serves over 260 hot, nutritious meals each and every day, including holidays. Anyone who comes to our door is welcome – without question or qualification. Since Trinity Cafe first began, it has served over 892,000 meals. Trinity Cafe is a place of love, compassion, and dignity… a true lifeline to those in need.

For more information, visit their website:

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  • ~KellyM~

    I'm glad everyone enjoyed this event! I enjoyed it when I used to do it. Would anyone be interested in hosting this event about every other month? You can choose a Saturday or Sunday, but I think they have the greatest need for volunteers on Sundays. Thanks!

    June 26, 2014

    • Darren

      Hi Kelly. I would be interested in hosting for sure.

      1 · June 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    We had a great time.

    1 · June 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Made my heart rejoice.

    3 · June 22, 2014

  • Mary W.

    Awesome experience, will definitely do it again. Such a blessing for those in need

    5 · June 22, 2014

  • Darren

    What a great experience! Thanks to everyone that came out. Really looking forward to the next one :)

    4 · June 22, 2014

  • ~KellyM~

    Hi team. thanks for signing up for the Trinity Cafe event tomorrow! Please do not drop out at the last minute, we are already short volunteers and they really need the help! I hope you enjoy this event as much as I have in the past! Kelly

    June 21, 2014

  • Rob

    Would really love to attend this even, unfortunately I am traveling to London Sunday for work.

    1 · June 19, 2014

  • Angela

    I work that weekend, but this is definitely something I would be interested in doing.

    1 · June 18, 2014

  • ~KellyM~

    Please let me know if you wouldn't mind hosting this event. All you have to do is greet our members and take some pics to post on Meetup! Thanks!

    June 12, 2014

    • Darren

      Kelly, I can host. I've never done Trinity before but am certainly willing to help.

      June 15, 2014

    • ~KellyM~

      Thanks Darren! I will send you a separate e-mail.

      June 18, 2014

  • Anthony P.

    I will be in nyc that weekend :-(

    June 12, 2014

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