Ways to Get Involved

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Thousands of children across Tampa Bay need a decent pair of shoes. A portion of our community's at-risk and homeless youth has never worn a brand-new pair of shoes in their lifetime. Metropolitan Ministries and Fox 13 are asking for your help to make a change this back-to-school year.

The children suffering in our community are our future. This is our community in need. Join us for this grassroots effort!

Host a Drive

Hosting a donation drive is a great way to build community through the shared joy of giving with your friends, your neighborhood, your workplace, or your congregation.

Most needed items include food, toys, hygiene, clothing, baby items, or school supplies. You can also do a virtual drive.

Learn more information on how to host a drive.


Whether it’s assembling food boxes, preparing lunch in the kitchen, or helping with our iconic Holiday Tent operations, you can find individual, group, family, and leadership volunteering opportunities you will love here at Metro.

Learn more information on how to volunteer.

$13 for 13 Back to School Shoe Campaign

The Fox 13 Care Force has teamed up with Metropolitan Ministries again this back-to-school season with the $13 for 13 Campaign. From July 31st to August 14th, every $13 donation will be matched. Your donation of $13 will ensure a new pair of shoes for a child who needs them this back-to-school year.

Funds donated in excess of need will help serve poor and homeless families throughout the year. Metropolitan Ministries is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization. A copy of the official registration (ch2820) and financial information may be obtained from the Florida Department of Agriculture and consumer services by calling toll-free within the state 1-800-435-7352. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state.