Service and Outreach

 
LEND A HAND
As our population continues to age, the needs of the older and disabled individuals in our community continue to grow. The Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program is trying to meet some of these ever-increasing needs by recruiting additional volunteers to provide supportive services to our frail, isolated and struggling neighbors.

Use your practical skills to help neighbors in need.  Volunteers are greatly needed to help with minor home repairs
Please contact IVC at 586-757-5551 to volunteer.

 

A DRIVING NEED

Hundreds of older and disabled neighbors in our community need help getting to doctor appointments, the grocery store, or other essential errands. The Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program is in need of volunteers who can provide transportation in the local area. We especially need drivers who are available during daytime business hours – mornings and afternoons. If you have just a couple hours a month that you can give to someone in need, you can make a huge difference in the life of a struggling neighbor. You tell us what day, times and area are convenient for you, and we call you with specific appointments that meet these criteria. If you are free, say yes. If you’re not, simply decline and we will call you another time. Even one more ride a year will make a big difference to the person who needs it! Please call our office today at (586) 757-5551.

(Learn more about our work at www.ivcinfo.org)

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

For many older and disabled adults who are struggling to remain in their own homes, simple tasks that we take for granted like dusting and vacuuming can become next to impossible. Not only can a cluttered house be uncomfortable, but it can become a health and safety hazard.

If you have a couple hours that you can offer to provide some light housekeeping for a struggling neighbor, you can make a real difference in someone's life -- and gain immeasurable rewards in the process. Grab a friend and clean as a team to make it even more enjoyable. You can help on a regular basis, or just whenever you have some extra time. we will schedule around your other commitments. For more details or to join our "Bucket Brigade," please call (586) 757-5551.  Learn more about our work at www.ivcinfo.org.

 

ALTAR GUILD

We are looking for Altar Guild volunteers.  It is a wonderful way to serve behind the scenes!  It's simple and easy - takes very little time - flexible and FUN!  If you like, you can split the month with someone or do the whole month.  Please don't worry if you have never done it before - you will be trained plus there is a detailed book available on what needs to be done.

Confirmation Students - it is a great way to fulfill one of your ministry projects.  The Sign Up sheet is in the Church foyer.   If you're interested in volunteering for a certain month or have questions about it, please contact Taryn Mauer via the church office.

 

MCREST

One week each year we welcome the Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter (MCREST).  The host site houses people on a temporary basis, giving them a chance to get back on their feet. Many volunteers are needed, from cooks to drivers to overnight supervision. Watch the calendar for more information.

 

EXTENDING THE FEAST FOR LOCAL FOOD PANTRIES

On the first Sunday of each month, we take a collection for our local food pantries. This practice comes to us from the ancient church. In that time, after all of the people gathered together had eaten, a deacon would take food to people in need. The feast was extended! We hope to continue that tradition. Please bring your donated items to worship the first Sunday each month.

Current Pantry requests:  peanut butter & jelly; dried beans; shampoo & conditioner; toothbrushes & toothpaste; and diapers.

 

SAMARITIS - LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES OF MICHIGAN

Lutheran Social Services has been renamed Samaritas.  Perhaps you recognize the Good Samaritan in "Samaritas."  Samaritis will continue to work in Foster Care and Adoptions, New American Services, Family PReservation, At Home Care, Affordable Living, and in Senior Living Facilities.  Click here for more information about Samaritas.

 

ELCA LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE

ELCA's Lutheran Disaster Response bring God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world. When the dust settles and the headlines change, they stay to provide ongoing assistance to those in need.   Click here to learn more about the ELCA's response and how you can help.