CareFest News

 


 

CareFest® Day Saturday, September 30th, 2017 The following are the celebration sites around the bay area:

St. Petersburg -  

Largo -

Pinellas Park -

Tampa -

Plant City - TBD

CareFest Day Pasco Saturday, November 12th, 2016

Port Richey -

 

 

 


 

 

"Party Ready"" CareFest 2016

 

 

 

  

       This year for CareFest 2016's our theme is "Party Ready". In Matthew 22:1-14, the parable tells how God invited people to His wedding banquet. The prominent people refused to come so the King tells his servants to go into the highways and invite everyone. The wedding feast is filled, yet there is one attending who is not properly clothed. The servants are ordered to tie him hand and foot and throw him outside into the darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 22:13).

       I have always wondered what the appropriate attire must have been. I believe the answer is found in another wedding feast, the Marriage Supper of the Lamb found in Revelation 19. There the Bride, which is the church, is making herself ready for the grandest event in all of human history, the marriage to the bridegroom, Jesus. It states the bride has mad herself ready with fine white linen, which are the righteous deeds of the saints (Revelation 19:8).

       To be rightly clothed for the Wedding Feast of the Lamb is to have done righteous deeds or acts, which of course is what CareFest is all about. By participating in CareFest, we are making the Bride (Church) ready for its coming King, the bridegroom, Jesus Christ. We are preparing for the blow out event of all time in the universe. (This is consistent with Matthew 25 and other scriptures regarding preparedness for His return.

       We all sense the return or our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with the passing of each day. CareFest expresses the preparation and anticipation of the times we are in. Additionally, we send a message to those we encounter, "Are You Ready?" This will be on the back of this year's t-shirt. Obviously, this is a provoking quesstion, which is the point. Through this message we create a more natural way to give the reason for the hope we have in Christ Jesus.

       We hope you all will join us this year as we bless our communities with CareFest on September 24th and by doing so making those within and outside the church "Party Ready" as we prepare for the King Jesus and His return.

 

 


 

CareFest 2015

THOUSAND OF HELPING HANDS EXTENDED THROUGH CAREFEST

    

    Over 4,000 volunteers from 16 Tampa Bay area cities and St. Augustine completed over 400 projects on CareFest Day. By coming out on one day to assist in projects, we once again sent a message to our communities that we DO CARE. So many lives, homes, schools and community areas in need were served because of this collective effort. We truly portrayed Jesus in the flesh. Not only do the homeowners and others that serve get blessed, many volunteers get touched by the lives they help. CareFest is for individuals or groups of all ages, from all walks of life with one thing in common—BIG HEARTS WILLING TO TOUCH ANOTHER PERSON’S LIFE.

 

    Some of the projects we were able to accomplish this year were: painting homes, repairs, building handicap ramps, cleaning yards, maintenance jobs, weeding gardens, odd jobs at residence center, park clean-up, mulching school grounds, setting up a community block party where residents can learn about the Lord’s love, replacing fencing, just to name a few. The hands and feet of Jesus were seen throughout Tampa Bay as His love was extended to those in need. We hope that these acts will make caring contagious and continue throughout the year as we meet ongoing needs of the Tampa Bay community.

 

    Thanks to all who made this day a success! We are grateful to our sponsors, Digital Lightbridge and Bright House We also thank the city officials who worked side by side with us to identify projects and then helped complete them. We thank the coordinators who spent many hours planning the day. Major kudos to the evaluators and many who did jobs before CareFest Day to ensure it ran smoothly. Our gratitude also goes out to organizations that donated in-kind materials and supplies such as:  Hillsborough County, Lowes, Home Depot, and NuVista Foods.   Lastly, we congratulate the over 4,000 people who gave their time and talents to bless someone in need. YOU ARE A BLESSING TO SO MANY!  We CAN do more together than apart!!

 

    We will continue to help those who are struggling with home issues year round as we get the need, evaluate, post, and get adoptions.  Organizations, churches, and individuals can go to www.carefestusa.com on an ongoing basis to adopt projects. Don’t let your outreach just be one day out of the year.  Go to our website regularly to find and adopt projects.

 


 

 

This year Somebody Cares was able to mobilize over 2,300 volunteers in Hillsborough and Pinellas county to help assist, repair and up lift the properties of less fortunate families around the Bay area. This does not include Pasco or South Shore who are set to launch on November 1st. 

 

CareFest St. Petersburg 2014 was a huge success! More than 1,500 volunteers and 60 groups took on 77 projects on Saturday Sept. 27th -- including exterior painting, cleanup at historic Greenwood Cemetary, a book drive, sprucing up a community garden and more. Mayor Rick Krisman visited at least seven sites to thank volunteers and present certificates to each participating group during the work day wrap up at Lake Vista Park.

 


 

 Carefest 2013

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Governor Rick Scott, daniel & kathy Bernard with Senator Jeff Brandes - at CareFest in St. Petersburg, FL - Giving recognition to all the Carefest Volunteers throughout the State of Florida, and to Daniel & Kathy Bernard, Founders of Somebody Cares Tampa Bay for the implementation of the CareFest program.


 

CareFest is "Caretagious" and has found its way to the Caribbean!!

CareFest Puerto Rico is under way!!

I want to share with you what has been going on with CareFest in PR. It is all very exciting! We have been getting churches to unite to begin blessing the community. Our first meeting we had about 15 people and about 7 churches represented. After that we began the process of identifying projects. We then had another meeting where we evaluated projects and choose 4. 

The projects were:
  1. Helping a homeless pregnant women find a home and articles for her baby.
  2. A blind, 65 yr. old woman who has both of her legs amputated needed a security gate in her home and her roof is made out of wood but needs more work.
  3. A single mother of 3 children needed minor repairs in the home.
  4. A family of 4 live in a home that is extremely damaged. The roof has several leaks and the home only has 2 rooms. The husband has a cancerous tumor on his left leg and on his stomach. He has been discharged from the hospital with no further treatment. He is currently bed ridden. The family is a Christian family and they are believing for a miracle. They have a small business but because he can't work the wife is managing it. Their income is of about 600.00 a month. 

After evaluating these projects we wanted to pick one where we can use it as a learning experience and we can integrate the churches. So we choose project # 4. This past Monday we had another meeting with about 15 churches represented and together, we created an intervention plan. In attendence we had pastors, church leaders, business men, a contractor, an architect, and many others.  We have a contractor that will be donating his time to build this family a decent home.  Of course now we need to get the materials and we need volunteers (which we already have a couple), plus all the other things that we have to do complete this project.


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