Outreach Opps (Q-Z)
Safe Harbor is a grassroots, community-based shelter founded over 20 years ago to provide food, shelter, friendship and rehabilitation opportunities to the homeless of the West Chester area. Safe Harbor receives funds through contributions from individuals, grants, and gifts from churches and other civic groups. Volunteers and staff prepare hot meals for lunch and dinner on a daily basis for residents of the shelter and others in the community. Volunteers are needed to prepare and/or serve food, act as counselors, and provide companionship to the residents. To get involved in this ministry please email ChurchandSociety@GroveChurch.org.
SALVATION ARMY DINNERS
For many years, Grove Church volunteers have prepared and delivered complete evening meals to those dining at the Salvation Army in West Chester, located on Market Street in West Chester. Volunteer teams help one night per month, taking home-cooked food to feed 25 to 30 people. Costs to the volunteers are out-of-pocket. Currently, Grove Church has five teams, each operating on a different day of each month. From time to time, persons are needed to fill an opening on a given team or fill in as a substitute. To get involved in this ministry please email ChurchandSociety@GroveChurch.org.
SALVATION ARMY – CHRISTMAS APPEAL
Each year, Grove Church volunteers join with other churches and service groups to assist the West Chester Salvation Army’s “Ministry of Bells.” This campaign raises money for the Army’s local operation. On the first Saturday in December, Grove Church volunteers staff six locations in the immediate area. Each volunteer “rings” with a partner during a two-hour shift. Partners may include family members, friends, or members of the Grove Boy Scout troop. To get involved in this ministry please email ChurchandSociety@GroveChurch.org.
SOCIETY OF ST. ANDREW
The Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) was founded in 1979 as an ecumenical non-profit organization dedicated to the feeding of the physically and spiritually hungry. Through the donations of farmers, the SoSA provides food relief and reduces food waste by distributing nationally over 15 million pounds of otherwise wasted potatoes; this effort is called the “Potato Project.” In the past, Grove Church has participated by coordinating a joint project among mission groups within the church to distribute 45,000 pounds of potatoes to local food cupboards. To get involved in this ministry please email UnitedMethodistMen@GroveChurch.org.
STOP HUNGER NOW
Meal-packaging events are the heart of the work accomplished by the Philadelphia-based non-profit Stop Hunger Now. Volunteers come together to work in teams at a variety of stations in the
packaging process. More details can be found on the Stop Hunger Now website . Grove Church is a proud sponsor of an annual event assembling these meals to help fight global hunger. These small packaged meals include rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix that includes 23 essential vitamins and minerals. The beauty of it is that with just a 2 hour commitment and impact can be made on thousands of people.
To learn more about Grove’s active efforts to fight global hunger visit Grove’s Stop Hunger Now event page. Even more information on this church and community-wide effort is available.
THRESHOLDS – DECISION MAKING SKILLS FOR PRISON INMATES
Volunteers for Mid-Atlantic Threshold Chapters teach decision-making skills to inmates in state and county prisons. The inmates who register for the classes are seeking ways to change their life direction. Teaching is structured and occurs in two-hour classes once a week for 10 weeks. These teaching cycles take place 3-4 times per year. Volunteers receive 18 hours of training and local chapters provide all approved materials. To get involved in this ministry please email ChurchandSociety@GroveChurch.org.
UNITED METHODIST COMMITTEE ON RELIEF (UMCOR)
When natural disasters force people from their homes, the global United Methodist Church is there through UMCOR, which uses local churches’ special emergency offerings to fund its national and international relief work. When disaster strikes, UMCOR is on the scene assessing needs, developing strategies, and deploying staff, volunteers, and resources. Grove Church has been involved in significant ways, such as home repair following Hurricane Sandy, financial support following many disasters such as the earthquake in Nepal, and emergency kits such as flood buckets. Meeting the most basic needs of refugees and disaster victims for food, water, clothing and shelter presents a tremendous challenge. Beyond help with emergencies, UMCOR is also committed to addressing the root causes of hunger and poverty through development aid, educational programs, and continuing ministry in over 80 countries. To get involved in this ministry please email Missions@GroveChurch.org
WEST CHESTER FOOD CUPBOARD
Located in the Gay Street Plaza in the heart of West Chester, the West Chester Food Cupboard serves between 500 and 600 clients each month. This Food Cupboard is open every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. The Cupboard is entirely staffed by unpaid volunteers and offers food, paper goods and personal care items to West Chester individuals and families who are living in poverty. Thanks to donations from the community, including Grove Church’s Circle of Giving ministry, Paper for People monthly drives, and garden gleaning efforts, we are able to serve “the least of these.” Volunteers stock shelves, collect weekly donations from local stores, write thank-you letters to donors, and “shop” with clients. To get involved in this ministry please email ChurchandSociety@GroveChurch.org.
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