27 Mar Serve Local During Covid-19
As a church we are continuing to invest in local partner organizations to help meet tangible needs in our community and newhope family. In addition, during this time we will be helping to mobilize our church to be ambassadors of hope and care during this time with Serve Local ideas and opportunities as outlined below.
Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC – Virtual Food Drive! Join in newhope’s virtual food drive or you can create your own!
newhope Virtual Food Drive: www.foodbankcenc.org/goto/newhope
The Durham Rescue Mission – Durham, NC’s oldest and largest long-term homeless shelter, providing food, vocational training, Biblical counseling, job placement, education, accountability and much more to broken men, women, and children in Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh. They and most shelters have an urgent need for supplies including cleaning supplies.
Meals on Wheels – Helping serve thousands of seniors, people with disabilities and other community members who are unable to provide proper nutrition for themselves by delivering meals. Donations and volunteers to help deliver frozen meal boxes are needed. Additional information and volunteer applications can be found at the local Meals on Wheels websites.
Ronald McDonald Houses – provide a “home-away-from-home” for families with hospitalized children and their needs continue during this time.
Red Cross Blood Drive – The American Red Cross is experiencing an ongoing critical need of blood donations due to the pandemic. Visit their website to find out safety protocols during this time and find a blood drive.
Check-in with other local organizations and see how you can help during this time! Many have Amazon “wish lists” that can be ordered and delivered to keep you safe at home!
Local Small Business/Restaurants: Find your local small businesses or restaurants that are owned locally and will having a tough time to stay open. If possible, purchase a gift card or a take-out meal from these small businesses to help them through the economic impact of this season.
Local Farmers Markets: Support local farmers by getting your fresh produce from your local farmers market if they are open. Most are being diligent to work with restrictions and create safe, healthy ways for you to get fresh produce and more! Find your local market!
Virtual Walk/Run: Many charity walk/runs have now turned virtual to support local organizations/ministries! Find a virtual walk or run and join and complete it on a local trail where social distancing is possible and then share about it on social media and in emails! It’s a great way to get moving for a great cause that will be helping people in need!
Getting Kids and Students Involved: With schools closed, this is a great time to get all ages engaged in Serve Local! Here are a few ideas that most ages can do. Follow hopetown and NH student’s social media for other great ideas weekly!
~With nursing homes closed to visitors, residents can feel isolated. Make encouraging cards for them and drop off at the front desk for staff to distribute!
~Sew face masks for local hospitals and/or drop off extra gloves or protective gear for health care staff.
~Do a walk-by/drive-by to your elderly neighbor with hand-made signs of encouragement that they can see from their window (you may want to let them know you are coming!).
~Drop off care packages or a hot meal to the front door/office of first responders who are working such as fire stations or police departments.~Read an encouraging book and then drop it off with a note on the front porch of someone who would enjoy it!
~Write letters, notes and drawings to military troops and send to organizations such as Operation Gratitude, Soldiers’ Angels, AdoptAPlatoon, America’s AdoptASoldier, A Million Thanks, Blue Star Moms, Caring Kids Cards, Hugs for Soldiers, Operation Shoe Box, or other similar ones.
We want to ensure the newhope family stays connected and cared for during this time. In addition to LifeGroups, online Worship Experiences, age-appropriate experiences with hopetown and students, we have created a Serve Local Connection Facebook page to allow specific connections of needs and resources to allow you to let us know of needs or give opportunities for you to help care for others.
Questions? Contact our team at: ServeLocal@newhopechurch.org