In advance of #LOVEWeek, we delivered $200k in checks to great partners like Hands on Charlotte, Center for Community Transitions, Rock Hill Dream Center, and Junior Charity League.
Plus we gave to Servants with a Heart and Stop Hunger Now to make 800k+ nutritious meals to feed 2,000 families for a full year.
In addition we’re gave MORE this LOVE Week to… partners like
Your 60,000+ hours of service added up to an additional $1.2 million of volunteer time. We gave our friends at Communities in Schools, Safe Journey financial support to help adolescent moms and babies in CMS Schools.
Check out a recent 5b4 refresh to see how your giving makes an impact.
By Jennifer Harman and Kaley Thompson
LOVE Week 2014 was the greatest weeklong outpouring of service in the history of our church. Over 60,000 volunteer hours served and we met many incredible people who traveled from all over our country to join us in making a difference in our communities.
From her home in Florida, Jennifer Harman has been watching the Elevation Network since Code Orange Revival in 2012. She has dreamt of coming to Charlotte to visit Elevation Church but didn’t know if anyone would be brave enough to make a trip with a quadriplegic. This year, for LOVE Week and the Elevation Worship Live Recording, she found a family who was up for the challenge.
Jennifer and her group served at Joni and Friends for the “Day of Honoring Caregivers.” She helped sign in caregivers and volunteers as they arrived.
“Numerous volunteer experiences in the past have been somewhat discouraging due to my inability to offer much “hands-on” assistance, but this was not the case serving at LOVE Week,” says Jennifer. “My absolute favorite part of the event was seeing caregivers honored and appreciated. Being on the other end as one who needs care, I have a glimpse of how much caregivers go through. It made me so happy to thank them personally for how much they give and sacrifice.”
To wrap up the weekend, Jennifer was able to attend the Elevation Worship Live Recording at Time Warner Cable Arena and see her first worship experience at Blakeney.
“Instead of worshiping via the Elevation Network in my room, I was able to worship God with thousands of others who are passionate about Jesus. Everything was amazing. It was clear that God showed up and moved from beginning to end.
There is no doubt that God is only going to continue blessing Central Florida through the ministry of Elevation Church. Thank you for being a ministry that continues to reach outward. My life has been deeply blessed and will certainly never be the same. Thank you, Elevation Church!”
LOVE Week, the Elevation Worship LIVE Recording, Student Takeover and a series that has challenged and inspired us in new ways. We’ve got one more week of “Death to Selfie” and we know Pastor Steven is ready to bring this to a powerful close.
In the meantime, we wanted to refresh a 5b4 from week one, because there are some great updates to share. Elevation ROA – our Roanoke Extension site served 423 volunteer hours in six events during LOVE Week.
Thanks to your generosity, we just gave our Elevation Outreach partner Citizen Schools a $30,000 gift to help launch its newest North Carolina location at Quail Hollow Middle School.
Manager of External Engagement Quoinesha Jones said this in an email of gratitude:
“Thank you so much for your extraordinary support of Citizen Schools! Your gift will go a long way to positively impact our students at MLK Jr. and Quail Hollow Middle Schools this school year. Please share our sincere gratitude with Pastor Steven and the entire Elevation Church team.”
There are great opportunities to volunteer through Citizen Schools. Check out details here.
We also gave $20,000 to our friends at Second Harvest Food bank, in addition to the 5,300 pounds of food you brought to the LIVE Recording.
Community Development Coordinator Shay Merritt said this:
“Thank you, thank you, thank you! The generosity shown to us by Elevation is overwhelming. I am still smiling. $20,000 to cap a week of 401 volunteers who gave us 1164 hours during which time they painted over 200 barrels, processed 40,000 pounds of grocery salvage and 10,000 pounds of nonfood salvage AND bagged 10 tons of potatoes!
What a wonderful gift you have given to us and the entire Charlotte community with your week of service.”
Thank you for investing in what God is doing in and through us at Elevation Church!