Team Tampa Bay took its first Mission Trip in June of 2010. The group is made up of various medical and non-medical volunteers from across the country that have been working together to provide medical, dental, and family planning clinics in the bateyes of La Romana, Dominican Republic. The bateyes are small villages in remote areas which house sugar cane workers and their families. The care we provide is all at little to no cost for the people. We travel with all the supplies needed in order to setup clinics on the spot in churches or schools at each batey. We typically treat 500-600 people throughout our week of work. For many of us La Romana has become a second home and a family we graciously serve beside.
After six years of trips, a group of the dedicated volunteers decided to embark on the journey of starting a nonprofit. Our hope is to expand the trips and volunteer opportunities, as well as add more of a focus on education in addition to medical care. We became incorporated as Team Tampa Bay Mission Inc. in January of 2016 and are now registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We hope this will open many doors for fundraising and more volunteer activities.
Through the years we have learned when you go out on Mission with the intention of helping others to better their lives, you never expect to be bettering your own life in the process. We witness the strength, hope & happiness shine through everyone we meet throughout our trip each year. "It's a life changing experience" seems to have become the common theme amongst our first time volunteers for our trips.