Elevation Outreach

Archive for February, 2012

33,285 hours and counting!

33,000+ HOURS HEADED INTO THE FINAL WEEKEND

Across the region Saturday and Sunday, 99 events are planned to finish LOVE Week 2012.

Working together this week, more than 100 area churches and non-profit organizations have built a house, stocked food pantry and clothing closet shelves, refreshed and refurbished neighborhoods, fed hungry and homeless neighbors, danced the night away with seniors, honored teachers, firefighters, and police, and so much more.

We plan to finish strong this weekend with 1,903 volunteers signed up to serve.

Many events are full – here are the TOP TEN still needing volunteers.

Stuff the Truck – Remember to clean out your closets and bring gently-used items to any Elevation location to “stuff the truck.” We’re taking new shoes, new school uniforms, and any gently-used items to bless our outreach partners.

Byers Elementary School Beautification – Join us in partnership with Hands On Charlotte as we improve the grounds of Byers Elementary. It’s a family-friendly event from 10am-1pm.

Birchcroft Cookout and Job Fair – Join us from 12-4pm as we partner with Renovatus church to serve lunch and help refugees fill out job applications.

One7 Cleanup – Join us 9-Noon as we help our friends at One7 clean up their brand new site. This inner-city youth ministry is a family favorite as a game of soccer or football always breaks out at a One7 event.

Samaritan’s Feet Shoes of Hope – One of the best kid-friendly opportunities has been sorting shoes at the Samaritan’s Feet warehouse. Saturday from 9-4 you get to be a part of actually giving away 1,000 pairs of shoes at Druid Hills Elementary School.

Purple Heart Homes Walk/Run/Couples Relay – This 10k event in Statesville is an opportunity to support an organization that provides personalized housing solutions for veterans injured in service to our country.

Pregnancy Resource Center – From 9-noon volunteers will help clean and paint with this outreach partner that provides compassionate care for those facing an unintended pregnancy.

Urban Ministry Center – This outreach partner that supports our homeless neighbors has a location on Rachel street. They’re looking for painting help. Join us from 10am-3pm.

Blood Drive – On Sunday you’ll have the opportunity to give blood at Elevation Blakeney, University, Providence, and Rock Hill.

Neighborhood Blitz – Saturday morning, join your campus staff at nearby parks or YMCA locations to help clean up the area right around your Elevation location.

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26k and Counting!

What an amazing week!  LOVE Week has been a phenomenal success as we’ve seen thousands of people spread the love of Jesus by serving Charlotte and the surrounding area.

By midnight last night, you’d served more than 26,000 hours and the number keeps ticking upwards with each sandwich made, each snack bag assembled, each article of clothing sorted, and each pair of shoes boxed up to serve a child.

And the best is yet to come.  Today through Sunday there are still more than 150 opportunities for you to write your better story in service to our region.

Here are some of the big family-friendly events you’ll love.  Click on the links to sign up.

Friendship Trays – today you can take a meal to a homebound neighbor.  It’s a lunchtime opportunity that’s great for kids who will love saying hello and handing over lunch to a senior citizen in need.

Birchcroft Cookout and Job Fair – Saturday, the opportunities are endless.  Join us from 12-4pm as we partner with Renovatus church to serve lunch and help refugees fill out job applications.

One7 Cleanup – Join us 9-Noon as we help our friends at One7 clean up their brand new site.  This inner-city youth ministry is a family favorite as a game of soccer or football always breaks out at a One7 event.

Samaritan’s Feet Shoes of Hope – One of the best kid-friendly opportunities has been sorting shoes at the Samaritan’s Feet warehouse.  Saturday from 9-4 you get to be a part of actually giving away 1,000 pairs of shoes at Druid Hills Elementary School.

Purple Heart Homes Walk/Run/Couples Relay – This 10k event in Statesville is an opportunity to support an organization that provides personalized housing solutions for veterans injured in service to our country.

Matthews Free Medical Clinic and Christ Our Shepherd – Join us at 10:30am at the Matthews Free Medical Clinic as we announce a new partnership there.  Stay to serve at the Free Clinic day or walk across the street to Christ Our Shepherd where they’ll be working to improve the children’s wing inside and beautify the grounds outside.

And the list goes on.  There are opportunities near every Elevation location on Saturday to blitz the neighborhoods with LOVE.  Then on Sunday, be prepared to serve right after the worship experience and bring items to “Stuff the Truck.”

Thank you for all you’ve done already to bring God’s love to our city.  If you haven’t joined in yet, there’s still time – don’t miss out!  Go to LOVEWEEKCHARLOTTE.COM to see all the opportunities to serve!

 

LOVE Week Thursday

So many great opportunities to serve!

We’ve added new opportunities TODAY. Check out the Family Outreach tonight at our Matthews location. We’ll also be giving blood there from 2-8pm and at many Elevation locations this weekend.

And then get ready to “stuff the truck” full of new and gently-used items this weekend. We’re hoping to restock the shelves at Samaritan’s Feet with new shoes for children here and all over the world. Bring a new uniform for a homeless child served by A Child’s Place. Bring gently-used housewares for families just starting out.

We are inspired by your service this week. There are still more than 200 opportunities to serve between now and Sunday – get involved and sign up now on LOVEWeekCharlotte.com

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#LOVEWeek2012 Photo Contest

We are INSPIRED by your energy and willingness to SERVE during #LOVEWeek 2012. We are four days into this audacious initiative meant to inspire a spirit of unity and selflessness in our city so it can be changed for the glory of Jesus. Be sure to follow the #LOVEWeek2012 Twitter feed, so you can see all that’s happening every day.

Today there are 71 opportunities to serve across the Charlotte area… including opportunities just added at Safe Journey, Rock Hill Schools, Hope Haven, and Crisis Assistance Ministry.

Pastor Steven loves to see his church in action, so on Friday he tweeted about a photo contest during #LOVEWeek2012. He said:

That’s an $850 prize! We’ve seen some GREAT photos so far, and we’re looking forward to seeing YOURS. If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines of #LOVEWeek2012, TODAY is YOUR day! Take a vacation day. Tell your boss you’re writing a #betterstory. See you at one of 71 locations TODAY!

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Leading the way on Valentine’s Day

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx has proclaimed February 11-19 LOVE Week across our city. In celebration, he will join Elevation Church Lead Pastor Steven Furtick to bless children and families on Valentine’s Day, February 14.

Pastor Steven and Mayor Foxx will join children in the playroom at Levine Children’s Hospital with a team from Elevation Worship to sing songs, read books, and deliver Valentine’s Day gifts supplied by Elevation volunteer, Stephanie Castles. Castles was moved to service following an extended stay at Levine when her son Jacob was seriously ill.

Last April, Pastor Steven and Mayor Foxx signed the “Orange Initiative.” It’s an Elevation Church promise to serve 100,000 hours and give $750,000 in one year to fight homelessness and hunger and improve our city for all our citizens.

LOVE Week is an audacious, collaborative initiative to unify our city in an outpouring of volunteer service. More than 40 churches will join together to beautify our parks, improve our schools, honor our police and firefighters, feed the hungry, raise awareness about homelessness, poverty, and addiction, serve the poor and improve the quality of life for neighbors of all ages, and from all walks of life.

There are opportunities to serve TODAY. If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines of LOVE Week, this is your opportunity. What better way to show our city LOVE on Valentine’s Day than to serve?

In 2012, our LOVE Week goal is to serve 50,000 volunteer hours in collaboration with 50 churches. Our hope and prayer is that this effort will inspire the citizens of Charlotte with a spirit of compassion, unity, selflessness, and service.

More than 350 events are planned and there is something for everyone.

To find out how you can be a part of this citywide initiative, join us at www.loveweekcharlotte.com.

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