In this season of uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19/Coronavirus, we are continuing to look for ways that we can best serve those in need in our church family and surrounding community.
Our Care Network team has been actively involved in serving people through delivering food boxes, helping with basic household and automotive projects, providing care for the elderly, and making significant home repairs through a partnership with Catalyst NW. If you would like to help, or if you need help, we would love to hear from you.
Outreach Opportunities with COVID19...Learn More
Outreach Opportunities with COVID19
Want to help out others? Here are some ways that you can serve the vulnerable and displaced in our community.
SERVE THE HOMELESS – PORTLAND RESCUE MISSION
One of the hardest hit communities with the COVID19 crisis is the homeless community. With the turn in the economy this population has the potential to increase. ALC has partnered with the Portland Rescue Mission to provide food and support to those who are striving towards getting off of the streets.
HOST A MEAL at Shepherd’s Door for women and children or The Harbor for men. These residential programs often have volunteer groups visit, prep, cook and serve a meal each night. This is now being done by residents and program participants. You can deliver a meal such as pizza or Chik-Fil-A to serve the residents and you would be a hero! Go to https://www.portlandrescuemission.org/get-involved/volunteer/
SERVE A MEAL at the Burnside Shelter downtown. The Rescue Mission serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner to those living on the streets in downtown Portland. There are opportunities to help prep and distribute these Grab and Go meals. Go to https://www.portlandrescuemission.org/get-involved/volunteer/
FOOD FOR FAMILIES – WICHITA CENTER
FEED FAMILIES in need during this season by donating food to the Wichita Center. The Wichita Center serves families from the North Clackamas School District. They are open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 2pm. They will receive non-perishable food, toilet paper, soap and other hygiene items. Learn more at www.nclack.k12.or.us/Wichita
SUPPORT FOSTER CARE KIDS AND FAMILIES Caring for vulnerable children is an important cause to our church. One of the best ways to do that is by supporting foster families. There are multiple ways that you can do that.
EVERY CHILD OREGON (formerly Embrace Oregon)We are partnering with Every Child Oregon to come alongside foster families, and vulnerable children during these trying times. Here’s how you can help.
- PROVIDE A LOVING HOME https://everychildoregon.org/foster-care/
There are many kids who are in need of a loving home in the midst of this crisis. Discover how you can safely open your home to provide respite, short-term, or long-term care for a foster child or children in need.
- FLASH BOXES https://everychildoregon.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Flashbox-PDF_Covid19.pdf
Flash boxes are a super fun and tangible way to show a little love to a foster family in our community. Check out the link for suggestions on how to put together a flash box. You can work on your own, with your family, or with your Life Group. You can drop them off at the ALC Sandy Campus Wednesdays or Fridays from 10am to noon.
- CLOTH MASKS FOR DHS WORKERS
Every Child Oregon has shared that there is a need for cloth masks for DHS case workers who are working directly with children and family. If you enjoy projects and would like to make and donate some face masks (see CDC instructions) You can drop masks off at our ALC Sandy Campus on Wednesday and Fridays from 10am to noon.
- MY NEIGHBOR
My Neighbor is an initiative with Every Child Oregon to support foster families with specific needs during this season. We have opened our ALC Sandy Campus as an Anchor Site for the My Neighbor initiative. If you would like to support a foster family with a practical need click here. https://everychildoregon.org/myneighbor/
Are you a foster parent? Do you have a need? We would love to help. You can share about your need by clicking here: www.everychildoregon.org/need
- MY NEIGHBOR TABLET & LAPTOP DRIVE
Every Child Oregon is looking to support foster families with tablets or laptops to help kids with distance learning. If you have an unneeded 2015 or newer tablet or laptop computer with a webcam please consider making a donation to a foster family through the My Neighbor initiative. Free Geek will wipe the hard drive, refurbish, deliver and provide support for donated devices. You can drop off your donated devices at the ALC Sandy Campus on Wednesday and Fridays from 10am to noon.
With Love, Oregon supports foster families by providing necessary resources such as diapers, blankets, cloths, books, etc. in a very personalize way. You can help support foster families in our community by supporting With Love in a few ways. https://www.withloveoregon.org/
- DONATE GIFT CARDS
Email digital cards to email@example.com with “Gift Card Donation” in the gift card message box, or mail gift cards to With Love, Oregon, 14555 SW 74th Ave, Tigard, OR 97224
- PURCHASE ITEMS FROM AMAZON
With Love, Oregon has set up an amazon registry with specific things they need. This makes donating easy and everything that is received from amazon gets delivered to families in need. https://www.amazon.com/baby-reg/withlove-oregon-withlove-oregon-june-2021-lakeoswego/1NWETJJXRJDID
CARE FOR REFUGEES – CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF OREGON
Catholic Charities is our partner with refugee care. Catholic Charities helps to resettle refugees in the NW as they start a new life. It’s difficult starting a new life in a new county with a different culture and an unknown language. It’s especially hard in the middle of a pandemic. We are working with Catholic Charities to ensure that their food pantry stays well stocked as they feed families in need. They currently have an opportunity for volunteers to pick up food from Organically Grown Company and the Oregon Food Bank to be dropped off at the Catholic Charities food bank. Volunteers would need to be available on Wednesdays and Fridays, have their own vehicle with insurance, and be able to lift 50lbs. To learn more email Stephanie Coleman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Difficulties in life are opportunities for our faith and dependence on Jesus to grow. Our staff is available if you want to talk through anything or would like prayer. They can be reached by calling the church at 503.658.8271 or by submitting a prayer request online. Please join us in praying over this situation and continuing to give ourselves to make the Gospel good news for others.