Community Initiatives (ministries based out of our church):
These are all initiatives started at First UMC Brandon as a way to respond to the tangible and spiritual needs of our community. If you are interested in any of our community initiatives, as a volunteer or participant, please contact Rev. Vicki Harrison at (813) 689-4161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food Co-op. The New Hope Food Co-op is a great way to meet people, learn, and receive spiritual support while receiving an abundance of food, including eggs and fresh produce. We meet the first and third Tuesday of the month (at 10:00am and 5:45pm) for about 45 minutes – 15 minutes for learning/devotional and 30 minutes for food distribution. Cost is $5 for those who pre-register and $7 for walk-ins. Donations of specific food items are always appreciated as is help with set-up and distribution. If you would like to help, contact email@example.com. To sign up for the food co-op, call the front office and get on our registration list at (813)689-4161.
Homeless Outreach. We offer lunch bags to the hungry or displaced every week day from noon to 1:00pm. Case management and spiritual support are offered on a first come, first serve basis on Mondays from 1:30-4:00pm and by appointment on Wednesday mornings. Call (813)689-4161 to get on Vicki's Wednesday appointment list.
McLane Middle School. McLane 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 and tutors.
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. If you are interested in helping as a volunteer or know a man who needs assistance, contact Rev. Vicki Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (813)689-4161.
Local Mission Partners:
All of our mission partners have gone through an extensive application process and were selected based on their effectiveness in the community surrounding the church. If you are interested in connecting with any of these wonderful organizations, contact Rev. Vicki Harrison at (813)689-4161, email@example.com, UNLESS otherwise specified in the description below.
Brandon Outreach Clinic. The Outreach Clinic provides free medical care to working adults without health insurance who fall within 100 and 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Medical volunteers, as well as financial donations, are always needed. To learn more about the incredible work of this organization, visit http://theoutreachclinic.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). Visit the Emergency Care Help Organization website for more information.
Family Promise. Family Promise of Greater Brandon is a nonprofit organization that provides temporary housing and case management to area children and their families experiencing homelessness. Temporary housing and meals are provided through partnership with area churches. At First UMC Brandon, we host families approximately one week a quarter. For more information on helping during that week, contact Mike Bass at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about this awesome organization, visit www.FamilyPromiseBrandon.org.
IMPACT. Impact promotes healthy living and relationships to teens, parents, and teachers through classroom education and summer programs. For more information, go to whatisimpact.com.
LifeCare Network. LifeCare ministers to women and families in the midst of an unexpected pregnancy. The staff and trained volunteers provide free pregnancy testing, counseling, referrals, and spiritual support. LifeCare is always in need of volunteer counselors and supplies such as diapers, wipes, and baby food. To learn more about this incredible organization, visit lifecarenetwork.net.
Many Hands. Many Hands provides 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 Deb D'Errico at (813) 679-1365 or visit many-hands.org for more information or to help.
Meals on Wheels. MOW provides up to 100 meals each Friday to the homebound in our area. Volunteers prepare and deliver meals. Call Elaine Christopher at (813)689-3275 about meal preparation assistance. Call Barbara Brooks at (813)689-7016 about meal delivery.
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Women's Resource Center. The Women’s Resource Center provides information and support services to women in crisis. They specialize in employment assistance. To learn more about the great work at the WRC, visit wrctampa.org.