Our 3rd annual Fuel the Fight fundraiser was a huge success here at Man Up Tampa Bay! We had just over 160 attendees. We had the honor of hearing from FL Speaker of the House Chris Sprowls and our keynote speaker, White House Appointee, Commissioner Jack Brewer.
Man Up Tampa Bay’s very own Jeff Ford was able to speak at the capitol of Florida alongside Speaker Sprowls and Commissioner Brewer. The main theme of Fuel the Fight 2022 was, of course, the great importance of fathers and father figures in our community. Speaker Sprowls shared how the state of Florida is leading our nation in the fight for the fatherless by unanimously passing HB7065. Commissioner Brewer spoke about being bold as a community and not shying away from this fight.
We also premiered one of our most recent videos called We Need Fathers!. You can watch this video below.
If you are interested in fighting alongside of us in the fight for the fatherless, please go to https://manupandgo.org/fight117/
For the last two years, Man Up Tampa Bay has applied for the 100 Shares Tampa Bay grant. Our first year, we made it to the finalist stage and did not receive the grant. The Lord still provided the amount that we had requested for! This year, we applied for $100,000. This $100,000 will help us create resources for churches to mobilize men to fight for the fatherless in their communities. We will be creating content, trainings, and more to make this process as replicable of an experience as possible.
As of April 22nd, 2022, Man Up Tampa Bay won the $100,000 grant to mobilize men for generations in the fight for the fatherless. Thank you to 100 Shares for your faith in what God is going to do through our ministry. Thank you Jesus for how you provide and guide us as we seek to obey your calling.
We had 20 come on Monday to our Q3 Gathering – we talked about our mission to fight for the fatherless, we celebrated our past projects, and talked about some upcoming spring clean up projects.
Last month two of our members (Brian Varney and Mark Stern) replaced a leaky sink for a single mom in our program. Now she doesn’t have to empty the ever filling bucket of water under her drain!
Last month one of our members (Paul Banister) took two of our AAF kids out shoe shopping. He wanted to give these young men a cool new pair of shoes that they could be proud of. Paul even went on to tell them that if they could show him good grades next semester that he would take them out shopping again.
Our gatherings across the U.S. were a huge success. We are so happy to see men engaging in the fight for their local fatherless children. These men have not only acknowledged the call of James 1:27 but they are now acting on it! Here are some photos of the gatherings below:
As Thanksgiving approaches, we understand that many families have been working so hard to do everything they can to provide some sort of normalcy for children in foster care. We also understand that some families have a massive list of things going on even during the holidays.
Our Man Up teams decided they wanted to ease some of the burden by providing thanksgiving meals to some of our families. To our joy they were super glad and relieved!
For the last couple of weeks our AAF families have reached out to us for assistance. Many of them have been impacted by covid and need meals to weather the storm that is quarantine. Our Man Up 100 members were up for the challenge of delivering 30 meals during this couple weeks!
HUGE SHOUTOUT to Grow Life Church!!!! This is what it looks like to love Jesus and love neighbor! Here is what one of our Man Up 100 partners was able to do this weekend with a solid team!
Foster Family of 6 kids, 16 volunteers, 20 yard Dumpster Provided, and installed 30 new plants, 40 bags of mulch, 4 bags of rocks, provided and installed a set of Dryer and Washer machines, 1 bathroom faucet, we provided lumber to replace and repair half side of a 25 ft barn, 6 cases of water, 6 boxes of pizza.
Projects completed :- Barn soffit repairs and front wall repair (carpentry work)- Front gate repair (carpentry work)- landscaping – front of house landscaping) – clean Up, install new plants and mulch all areas. – Pressure washing – roof- exterior house full clean up- Plumbing – replace a faucet in guest bath- Laundry room – provided and installed set of machines- Property clean up – clean entire property, disposed debris, old wood etc. Filled up an entire dumpsterInterior clean up – clean up kitchen areas (detailed cleaning)
As you can tell they did so much! We are so thankful for GrowLife!
As a kid we all want to explore and play outside. Even in a world of video games and virtual reality children still want to go outside and play. Our foster families have so many children they are caring for and sometimes the kids need an outlet for all their energy!
Jim Lester has faithfully served Man Up as 1 of the many board members we have today. He shares with us the importance of men’s roles in the family as well as their communities. We are very thankful for Jim!