- Completing home repairs for those in need.
- Providing nursing home residents with a bag of personal items and lap robes, delivered by children who stay for a while to sing.
- Cleaning up leaves and other debris at local parks, a cemetery, and in the yards of elderly residents who need help with fall yard work.
- Helping at a recycling collection site.
- Conducting a Winterize Your Car Check, where people can bring their vehicles for an assessment they can later share with their mechanic, Meanwhile, their windshield wiper fluid is topped off and their tires and batteries are checked.
- Operating a free winter clothing and toy store.
- Sorting and packaging food for local food banks, the food having been collected during a food drive conducted the previous week.
This event, initially hosted by one of our local churches, now includes other churches and organizations in our community, and it enjoys the support of local businesses. Over the past few years, it has grown into an opportunity to share Christ’s love not only with those we serve, but with others who volunteer as well. It’s an exciting, meaningful day of service!
What makes this event so successful?
- Passionate, resourceful people work hard behind the scenes. They carefully consider all the details. They know how to delegate responsibilities.
- The organizers understand the importance of advertising through many channels. They have developed a great logo, have adopted yellow t-shirts as signature volunteer wear, and visibly participate in our community’s September parade and festival in September.
- They make good use of technology, providing details on a dedicated Facebook page and encouraging online volunteer registration.
- They host an early morning kickoff celebration on the day of the event to help all the volunteers get enthused about serving for the day.
- They provide many options and opportunities to serve. People of all ages and abilities can find a way to help before or during the event.
- People are willing to serve because it is a one day commitment.
- Each year, the organizers evaluate the event and consider changes that could help them reach out to even more people.
What about your community?
Could your church find ways to serve your community? You need not organize a huge Saturday mission blitz, but what part of the event you just read about might work in your setting? Start by gathering a few enthusiastic planners, pray together, and then begin to talk about how God might want to work through you if your goal was to touch people in your communities with Jesus’ love. What doors might your Lord open to joy and service?