Elevation Outreach

Archive for October, 2011

FAQ’s – #30daysofthanks

We are thrilled by your response to our November outreach initiative, #30DaysofThanks. At every Elevation Church location this weekend, dozens of families said they wanted to jump in to support efforts to feed hungry people in our area this holiday season.

Here are some answers to your most frequently asked questions:

Which service opportunities are the most family-friendly? One of the best options for families to serve together is Charlotte Family Housing. And we’ve got space available November 1! CFH is opening its brand new Hawthorne Place transitional housing facility inside St. John’s Baptist Church. We’ll provide the food and menu. You’ll prepare and serve it to six families working towards a common goal of self-sufficiency.

One7, Jackson Park, and Matthews Help Center and Habitat for Humanity are also GREAT options for families. You can click on the links directly above to sign up for those options.

Do I have to buy the food? Not in most cases. For most of these volunteer opportunities, we’re doing all the heavy lifting for you. Menus and food are provided. You may get to prepare it, but Elevation Church is purchasing the goods for you. Unless you choose the Matthews Help Center option. On or before November 21, you can go shopping for the holiday meal for one family, and drop it off at our Elevation Matthews location. Shopping list is included there as you sign up.

Are there opportunities to serve near the Elevation University and Rock Hill locations? Yes – tonight in Rock Hill, you can bring canned food items to the Boo Ha-ha that will go to fill empty pantries at Pilgrims’ Inn and A Place for Hope. You can also join Frank and Jessica Bealer and I on November 4 as we seek to learn more about A Place for Hope as a potential outreach partner. They are celebrating 10 years serving the Blackmon Road community. We are saving a seat for you.

In University on November 17, the YMCA is hosting its annual Thanksgiving dinner, and we are stepping up to serve there. Many of our production eTeam volunteers are already signing up for that event, and you can join them!

Why is Elevation working so hard to feed families this November? We are hearing from our outreach partners that increasingly, working families are having to make impossible choices in difficult situations. Food pantries are running low or in some cases are entirely empty. Because of the continuing recession and lack of jobs, children living in persistent poverty in our city are at great risk of hunger.

We are blessed to work together with such great outreach partners that can help us fill this important need this holiday season. We want to do everything we can to stop hunger in our area. We can’t imagine a better way to give thanks this November than sharing what we have with those in need. We’re glad you’re joining us!

Candy, Costumes, Fun, and Funnel Cakes

If you missed out this fall like we did on getting to the county fair have no fear, funnel cakes are STILL here.

At least they will be this Saturday night at Elevation Blakeney. Right after the 5pm worship experience, join us for our Fall Festival. Food, music, and fun for the entire family.

Elevation Matthews is planning a return of the fabulous Trunk or Treat. That’s Sunday evening right after the 6pm worship experience. The parking lot will be filled with cars and grownups all dressed up for the party. Kids will be in costume and gathering as much candy as their bellies and bags can hold.

Elevation Providence is holding its Fall Festival Saturday evening from 5-8pm at Providence High School. Lots of fun there for the whole family is scheduled there as well.

Elevation Rock Hill is joining in on the fun in Old Town Rock hill on Monday October 31 for the town’s Boo ha-ha. Safe trick or treating with 25 vendors expected there, as well as a big costume contest. Bring a canned food item to help fill up the food pantries at Pilgrims’ Inn and A Place for Hope.

Looking forward to seeing you this festive weekend!

Elevation Rock Hill Serves!

ROCK HILL, South Carolina – Elevation Rock Hill is ready for the next big thing – it’s time to serve together right in our community!

The buzz and excitement at our Rock Hill location has been through the roof since the campus launched in September.

Lines of VIP guests have been crowding the black tent seeking more information about Elevation and how to get involved.

Incredible, dedicated volunteers every weekend are transforming Northwestern High School into a high-energy, spirit-filled place of worship.

Volunteers and staff at Elevation Rock Hill have been asking for opportunities to serve their neighbors and we’ve got TWO great ideas in the coming days and weeks.

We’re excited to announce Elevation Rock Hill’s sponsorship of the big “Boo Ha-Ha!” coming up on October 31. It’s happening right down Main Street in Old Town Rock Hill. A fun, safe alternative to trick-or-treating – there will be a costume contest for kids, a dance party, and more.

Sign up using our the Elevation Outreach volunteer registration to learn more, and bring a shelf-stable food item to the event.

We’ll donate the goods together to food pantries at “Pilgrims’ Inn” and “A Place for Hope” as they work to serve the community’s emergency needs. Canned meat, fruits, vegetables, hearty soups, and dried beans and pastas are great options.

Then you can also sign up to join us Friday, November 4 at the “A Place for Hope” 10th Anniversary Gala. We’re saving a seat for you at a sponsored table. Together, we will learn more about the Blackmon Road community and how we can help.

Two great opportunities to serve IN Rock Hill. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

See a need and fill it… #30DaysofThanks

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – This beautiful Monday morning, as every morning, there were more than 200 people waiting in line for assistance outside the doors of Crisis Assistance Ministry.

At lunchtime, Urban Ministry Center will serve more than 300 hungry people their only meal of the day. At dinnertime tonight, a working single mother will weep because she doesn’t have enough decent food to feed her children.

Hunger is real in the Charlotte area. You know it. You want to do something about it.

But you worry the need is so great, that no amount of effort on your part can make any sort of difference at all. And especially now, as the holidays are approaching, you’re wondering – how can I make THIS season different for my family?

In the offices of Elevation Outreach, we’ve been working to make your holiday season more meaningful than ever before.

Starting November 1, we are launching “30 Days of Thanks”- 72 opportunities for you, your family, your eGroup, or your eTeam to serve the hungry in Charlotte. Working with our strategic outreach partners, we are doing all the heavy lifting for you. All you need to do is provide the hands and the heart to serve.

Click here on our Elevation Outreach page for the list of opportunities. Check in to see where you can serve our neighbors in need this November.

You can’t do everything. You must do something. Not “one day” – but today. Sign up now, and then tell your friends on Facebook and Twitter where YOU will be serving during #30DaysofThanks this November.

Big News in Outreach

Photos courtesy Lyon Pictures Photography

We have been busy in the offices of Elevation Outreach, working to plan incredible November-December volunteer opportunities for you.

I’ve been serving through our church for more than five years – and this is going to be the BEST holiday season EVER! You are going to love these great chances to serve to fight hunger and homelessness.

Find out more here on Friday. For now, I’d like to introduce you to our new friend 28-year-old working mom, Jamicka.

We met today in a neighborhood in West Charlotte.

That look of confusion, surprise, and then joy on her face??? Those papers she’s clutching in her hand like they are her most-prized possession???

That’s all because of your generosity. I can’t wait to tell you all about it! We’ll share all the details this Friday!