Why are we doing this?
We live in a culture where there is brokenness all around us. But we believe that God is actively at work in our church, in our community and in people’s lives – to heal and restore things that are broken. Christ asks us to “feed the hungry, clothe the naked and give a cup of cold water to those who thirst.” As His followers we want to bring God’s hope and healing to those who are hurt and who need a helping hand. Whether you offer a smile, teach or mentor a child, serve a meal, build a handicap ramp, or partner with a community group, we serve because we are called to be part of what God is doing—God’s Kingdom. When we serve each other, we serve God.
Join us as we strive to be God’s hands and feet in our world.
There are countless ways to serve our neighbors and our communities. We have 10 organizations to serve with, and 20 ways to serve.
10 organizations to serve with
1. Lake Washington School District
Opportunities: Mentors, tutors, classroom helpers, Lunch Buddies
2. Kirkland Interfaith Transitions in Housing
Opportunities: office help, computer tech, moving, yard work,
3. Kirkland Parks Dept
Opportunities: Park clean up, adopt a traffic circle
4. Hope Link
Opportunities: food bank, clothing bank, drivers, front desk/
office help, ESL(English as a second language) volunteers, GED
5. Madison House
6. Friends of Youth
Opportunities: mentoring and tutoring support for refugee and
immigrant youth, meals donor, emergency shelter volunteers.
7. Jubilee Reach Center
Opportunities: Thrift store stocking, sorting, greeters, office help;
International Luncheon food preparation; Tutoring
8. Woodinville Storehouse Food Bank
Opportunities: food sorting and distribution, office help
9. Sewing: Operation Smile
Opportunities: quilts, blankets, smile dolls, arm bands, hospital
Opportunities: Weeding, painting, helping with small building
projects, spreading bark on the dog walking or wildlife
interpretive trails, stuffing packets, sorting animal toys and food
20 ways to serve
- Pick up trash in your neighborhood, park, beach, hiking trail.
- Mow the grass, rack leaves or do general yard work for an elderly or a single mom in your neighborhood.
- Plant bulbs in a common area (around mailboxes).
- Write letters or put together packages for soldiers serving overseas. Visit anysoldier.com.
- Change the oil for a single mom at Plum Court Apartments.
- Organize a neighborhood food drive for Pantry Packs.
- Sew a blanket for Project Linus projectlinus.org.
- Visit a nursing home – volunteer to read or share your musical talent.
- Organize a free community dog washing (any donations could be given to PAWS).
- Adopt a “grand-friend” – write letters, visit, call, keep in touch, make a meal.
- Volunteer at an animal shelter.
- Make sack lunches for day laborers waiting at Home Depot or Lowes.
- Volunteer at a food bank.
- Volunteer with Habitat for humanity. Visit habitatskc.org.
- Start a community or neighborhood garden.
- Deliver gifts baskets to teachers at your local school.
- Offer to babysit for a neighbor so they can have a date night.
- Help with Special Olympics. Visit specialolympicswashington.org.
- Serve a meal at a homeless shelter.
- Help transport senior citizens to doctors and other medical appointments. Email Hillary at Hilaryc@seniorservices.org or contact her at (206) 748-7588.
We started this initiative back in March of 2014 and we recorded our hours of community service and meals served for a full year. In one years time as a church, we served over 3250 hours of community service and served more than 8500 meals. It’s not about the recording, it’s about living on mission everyday of our lives and we pray that everyone will continue to live on mission, serving others for the glory of God and with the unconditional love of Jesus.