Below are missional opportunities with which members of FBC Tampa have partnered. If you are interested in learning more about any of these opportunities, e-mail the contact person for the opportunity or contact the church office.
Location: 14492 University Cove Place, Tampa
Description: Provides pregnancy support, post-abortion healing, teen services, and adoption services.
Opportunities: Mentoring; office work; fund raising through annual Walk for Life
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Location: 2801 North 17th Street, Tampa
Description: Provides a hot meal for homeless individuals on a Monday evenings once per month.
Opportunities: Provide cooked dishes on Mondays; help serve on Mondays; Donate clothing
FBC Tampa Contact: Kelly Pruett
Description: A partnership of community advocates and professional staff providing a voice on behalf of Florida’s abused and neglected children.
Opportunities: Serve as a Guardian ad Litem
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Description: A ministry of FBC Tampa, Operation Rescue takes a stand against the injustice of human trafficking in the Tampa Bay area and assists victims by caring for their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. For updates, please visit Operation Rescue’s Facebook page.
Opportunities: Operation Rescue partners with community organizations and provides opportunities for involvement in six areas:
OPERATION RESCUE PRAYER TEAM
This team meets the third Tuesday of each month, 9:30-11:00 a.m. at FBC Tampa in Room 307 to pray for victims and survivors of human trafficking as well as the groups with which Operation Rescue partners. Contact Kelly Pruett for more information.
CLEARWATER/TAMPA BAY AREA TASK FORCE ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING
This agency is commissioned by the Department of Justice to identify and rescue human trafficking victims and to investigate and prosecute those who are perpetuating these crimes. Individuals are encouraged to attend task force meetings and focus groups (Community Awareness, Victim Services, Awareness Events, Legislative, and Housing & Collaboration) designed to help combat human trafficking. Contact Kelly Pruett or visit www.catfht.org to learn more.
WORLD RELIEF TAMPA
This not-for-profit, faith-based organization assists adult human trafficking victims in the Clearwater/Tampa Bay area during their healing and restoration process. Individuals can sign-up for e-mail notifications concerning when clothing, bedding, housing, and other items are needed for rescued victims. In addition, opportunities exist to transport individuals to and from appointments; support victims financially; teach English and basic life skills; mentor individuals and families; provide Pro Bono counseling, medical, dental, and legal services; and participate in outreach programs after receiving training. Contact Jackie Haight or visit www.worldrelief.org for more information.
This ministry reaches out to vulnerable and exploited women to help deliver them from their harmful situations and introduce them to the hope found only in Jesus Christ. Individuals may help provide a meal for a Friday night Bible study for these women; mentor or teach life skills; volunteer at their Thrift Boutique/Coffee Shop; participate in the Outreach Team; and donate items such as clothing for the boutique, Bibles, household items, gift cards, computers, and more. Once a month, FBC Tampa provides gift bags for children and cupcakes for the Outreach Team to take into the clubs for the workers. Contact Kelly Pruett to assist with FBC Tampa’s support of CREATED or visit www.createdwomen.com for more information and further volunteer opportunities.
This foundation helps women and children who are recovering from the sex trade industry. The HeartDance Foundation offers education opportunities to increase awareness and prevention of trafficking, ministry opportunities to women in local clubs, and spiritual retreats for women recovering from life trauma. In addition, an internship program helps women and teens to learn a skill or trade. Individuals can volunteer in the office, help produce the ministry’s newsletter, and donate items and decorations for the retreats. Visit www.heartdancefoundation.org for more information.
This faith-based agency is working toward constructing and developing the area’s first long-term therapeutic safe home for children who have been victimized and exploited through human trafficking. Fifty acres of land have been donated for this project. Presently, the main need for this agency is to develop funds to construct the facilities. Individuals may help now by being part of several teams (Volunteer Management, Fundraising, Special Events, Home Structure, Sports Events Concessions, Thrift Store, and Speakers’ Bureau); assisting with scheduled fund-raising events; assisting with day-to-day office operations; managing website updates; and assisting with marketing, communications, and video production. Contact Kevin & Amy Edmonson or visit www.bridgingfreedom.org for more information.
FBC Tampa Contact: Kelly Pruett
Description: Provides friendships, conversation partners, transportation, Bible studies, and more to international students on the campus of the University of Tampa.
Opportunities: Conversational partners; transportation to and from the airport, etc; regular table talk discussions
Contact: Jay Gregory, director
Description: Waypoint Church in Loveland, Colorado was planted by two former FBC Tampa staff members (John Sanders and Nate Tyler) and their families in 2013. Waypoint is seeking to reach a heavily unchurched community with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Opportunities: Support Waypoint Church through online giving; travel to Colorado to assist in church planting activities; pray
Contact: John Sanders