OUTREACH LEADERS NEEDED!
If you have a passion for serving and are interested in leading a project, we could use your help. Are you interested in helping with the vision of Outreach? If so, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Livermore Homeless Refuge IS OPEN NOVEMBER - APRIL
- HELP by donating gently used clothing, blankets, sleeping bags, hygiene products. EMAIL OFFICE
VOLUNTEER FOR A SHIFT AND GENERAL QUESTIONS please EMAIL OUTREACH
- Sign up to bring a meal!
For information the refuge program, please visit www.livermorehomelessrefuge.org
The Impact of Action: Livermore Homeless Refuge at FPCL: By Jacob Baer
Refugee Services Team:
Living into Christ’s words to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark: 12:31) and “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in...” (Matthew 25:25), we are a group that partners with Jewish Family Community Services East Bay to welcome refugee families from Afghanistan. The families we serve are in the U.S. on a Special Immigration Visa, which our government issues to those who have been employed by the U.S. or who assisted our military and whose lives are in danger as a result of that involvement. These families are settled in Concord and Walnut Creek in order to be near the JFCSEB office and the services they receive.
There are many ways you can be a part of our team:
A Welcoming Team is trained by JFCSEB and assists families with some of the details of settling in a new country, such as applying for Social Security cards, driving to medical appointments, enrolling the children in school, etc. This is one of the more labor intensive things we do, requiring 2-3 daytime hours/week for about 6 weeks. This is also one of the most rewarding things we do, as it allows us to get to know the families well and build close relationships.
Tutor in English: our families enroll in ESL classes and need help with their homework, as well as just enjoying casual conversation to build their English skills. This is an excellent way to build a close relationship and involves a more flexible time commitment.
Perhaps you are a gifted organizer? We can use help in coordinating donations and delivering them to the JFCSEB office in Walnut Creek.
Maybe you can participate in a group outing for the families as they get acclimated to their new home?
If driving or a time commitment is a deterrent, never fear! You can still help by donating grocery cards and Target or Kohl’s gift cards.
All help is appreciated and valued! No act of assistance is too small. The blessing of helping these families will come back to you tenfold! Please consider joining us. For questions contact, Fred Bahr 559 909-1080 or email@example.com
Reading and Math Tutors are Needed at Jackson Ave. School
How About YOU?
Are you interested in helping children and reaching out to our community?
Join others on the local “Finn Farm” Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 8:30am to help in the vegetable garden. The Farm’s harvest is for our veggie table at church, and for deliveries to senior citizen housing, needy families and Open Heart Kitchen. Contact Wanda Finn, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Service through Presbyterian Women
Together in Service: Meet on the second Saturday of each month, in the Upper Room (2D1), 9-11 a.m. All women are invited to attend meetings to learn about new and ongoing projects. You can also work on a project and not attend the meetings, or just stop by for a short visit. Our goal is to have more women involved with a project they feel is good and satisfying to them. We also encourage you to invite your friends who may have an interest in our outreach to our community. If you don’t sew, knit, or crochet, there are still many tasks you can help with. Some of the ongoing projects include: knitting or crocheting: prayer shawls and hats for adults, children and babies. Sewing projects include making dresses for little girls in Africa and Haiti, and Care Totes. A new “A Quilt of My Own” project is being formed by Christy Lamb and will focus on making quilts of different sizes for the organization, Seek and Save, and for other children and adults in our community. Please consider joining in these fun and worthy endeavors. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of the following: Joy Fischer email@example.com, Christy Lamb firstname.lastname@example.org, Karen Vied email@example.com
Annual Backpack Project
This is the 26th year for FPCL to be involved in the Interfaith Backpack Project which gives backpacks filled with supplies to the less fortunate children in Livermore. In 1993, three congregations decided there was a need for backpacks for these children and in 2018 there are eleven congregations providing for the children of Livermore. FPCL has committed to 175 backpacks this year. A contribution of $50 will cover the cost of one backpack, supplies, a calculator and a shoe gift card, but any amount will be greatly appreciated.
If you are interested in helping, contact Linda Alexander, ph. 925.449.9304 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Red Barrel Brigade! Help set up and deliver food collection from FPCL
First Sunday of each month, large red barrels in our courtyard are ready to receive your canned food, baby food, and non-perishable items for delivery to the Tri-Valley Haven Food Pantry. Contact Ann Meiers at 449-5602 or email@example.com
Neighbor2Neighbor is a Sunday of connections and service held the last Sunday in September each year. Connections to communities in need, connections to God, and connections t each other make this is a day you just can’t miss. Consider inviting a friend or an entire family, sports team or book club to serve with you this year! Our projects can accommodate large numbers of volunteers of various ages and abilities.
Community Outreach Service Mission Statement
Following the example of Christ, our Mission is to support FPCL in the expression of faith through ministry and service to those in need within our community. We do this to live out our church's value that we are "not a place where, but a people who...". We organize direct service projects where those in our congregation can participate in helping others. Our work also supports established groups and organizations focusing on the homeless, working poor, and others needing a hand.