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CareFest® is a Christ centered community service day. CareFest® unites churches, businesses, organizations and cities for the purpose of demonstrating God’s love in practical ways. We believe the Church is God’s gift to every community, and as we serve our communities together in love as Christ did, we become that gift.

For the past 15 years in September, SCTB has mobilized local churches, community agencies, and businesses to meet the practical needs of our communities through a week-long CareFest®. The object of this week is literally to do all the good we can by all the means we can. During this week we work with area churches and ministries to minister the love of God through practical acts of kindness such as passing out bags of food, delivering care packages, and giving care coupons to friends, neighbors and family members.

This week of caring culminates in a day-long work day in which hundreds of volunteers in different locations throughout our service area come together to beautify and repair homes and neighborhoods. These projects are identified through local government offices, churches and ministries. At the end of the day the volunteers and the people who have been helped come together to recognize and celebrate their accomplishments. Free food and drinks are provided for all involved. In addition, each year a "Care Cup" trophy is awarded to the location with the largest number of volunteers. These celebrations also provide very important opportunities for people to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and for area churches to connect with people in need and the general community.

Approximately 6,000 volunteers and over 150 partners from area churches, businesses and other non-profit ministries are involved in CareFest® on an annual basis. CareFest® not only blesses the recipients of the services and the volunteers, but it serves to further unify the Body of Christ in Tampa Bay. This week of caring provides the additional and very powerful benefit of introducing churches, businesses, ministries and individuals to each other's work in the community.

In addition, each year a “Care Cup” trophy is awarded to the location with the largest number of volunteers. These celebrations also provide very important opportunities for people to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and for area churches to connect with the general community and people in need.