Elevation Outreach

Top 10 Family Friendly Events for LOVE Week

What better way to bond as a family than serving in your community together? This LOVE Week, we’re giving you the top 10 Family Friendly Events so you can register with all of your loved ones to make memories that will have a life long impact.

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1. Luau and Lunch Party

Let’s bring a Luau to Charlotte! Bring your family to join us as we celebrate the lives of our friends at Inreach. Inreach has 14 Charlotte area family homes that provide a safe enviroment for our friends with disabilities. Each home has 5-6 residents who rely on a house manager to provide them with 24 hr supervised care. We will be hosting a Luau them that our Inreach friends and your family are sure to love.  You can start setting the Luau spirit by signing up HERE.

2. Family Reunion

Come help us support all the volunteers at Hope Cancer Ministries that support clients and their families. We are hosting a cookout to celebrate these fantastic volunteers that work hard everyday to support Hope Cancer Ministries and their mission in Charlotte. Help us give back and serve those who serve us so selflessly year after year at this fun family event by registering HERE.

3. Ice Cream Social

Men’s Shelter of Charlotte is dedicated to providing safe emergency shelter while working to end homelessness for each man. Come spend time with the men at the shelter at an Ice Cream Social. Please wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes. Who knew serving with your family could be so sweet? Sign up HERE.

4. Card Creations

Encouraging and making others happy is one of the best rewards of volunteering. Join Hope Cancer Ministries to make cards of love, encouragement and well wishes for local families and patients suffering from and dealing with cancer. It’s amazing the impact a card can have on a person, come help many people accross the city.  Start card crafting HERE

5. Bowling

Does your family like games? Bring your family to Foxfire Bowling lanes for a morning of fun and fellowship to share the LOVE of Christ with the children at Autism Society of Cabarrus County. Grab your bowling shoes and start serving HERE.

6. Free Store

Do you or your kids like to shop?  Did you know you could volunteer at a free store for LOVE Week? Free Store is a large-scale resource for donated clothing and household items that are given to families in need at no charge. Our teams need your help inspecting, sorting and stocking donated items in the Free Store to go out to local families in need. Shop till you drop HERE.

7. Birdhouse Making

It’s summertime and your family is spending a lot of time playing outside.  Share the beauty of the great outdoors with the residents of Agape Senior & Assisted Living by building bird houses. What kind of birds will your family’s bird house bring in? Sign up HERE.

8. Family Game Night

What is more fun that a family game night? Play Bingo, cooking dinner, and make dessert with the residents at Inreach.  You win just by signing up HERE.

TORONTO AND ROANOKE – LOVE Week is going on at all our locations and our extension sites. Here are a couple of our favorites there.

9. Back to School Centerpieces 

Do you and your kids like to make arts and crafts? Then this project is for you. The Yonge Street Mission, an organization that supports at risk youth and families in Toronto, is holding a “Back to School Fundraiser” to raise money for school supplies for dozens of children this fall, and we get to create the centerpieces! We will provide all the supplies and instructions for you.  This is a perfect event to do at home with your family, or get some friends together and make 2 or 3! You will be able to pick up and drop off all supplies at church on the weekends. Start creating by clicking HERE.

10. Salem Animal Shelter

If you and your children love animals, come spend the day playing with puppies and kittens.  All ages are welcome to come cuddle with furry friends as well as help with indoor and outdoor cleaning and lawn maintenance.  Register HERE.

LOVE Week eKidz Style

eKidz Love Week Promo Video from Elevation Church eKidz on Vimeo.

This is… LOVE WEEK

MORE THAN 10 THOUSAND VOLUNTEERS

WILL SERVE MORE THAN 100 NON-PROFITS

IN 9-DAY BLITZ OF SERVICE AND GENEROSITY

Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter has declared it LOVE Week across our city this July 26-August 3. In its fifth year, this region-wide movement engages people to serve, give, and consider the impact they can make by reaching out to neighbors in need.

Serving with 100+ great non-profits like Crisis Assistance Ministry, Urban Ministry Center, Harvest Center, A Child’s Place, Salvation Army, Jackson Park, One7, Promising Pages, Charlotte Family Housing, Operation Homefront and more, you’ll see thousands of volunteers in LOVE Week tees all over our cities painting schools, sprucing up neighborhoods, planting shrubs, cooking and serving meals, playing games, leading summer camps, and everything in between.

Here are a few examples of what volunteers will accomplish this LOVE Week:

Children at every Elevation location from Matthews to Rock Hill to Uptown, Lake Norman, Gastonia, Concord, and + will “Walk for Water” to raise awareness about the global water crisis. 768 MILLION people around the world lack access to adequate water and sanitation. Together this LOVE Week, we’ll build wells on two continents.

Volunteers will assemble food to feed more than 800,000 meals for people living in impoverished countries. That’s enough to feed 2,000 families for a full year. We will collect an estimated 20,000 cans of food leading up to the August 1 Elevation Worship Live Recording at Time Warner Cable Arena. Proceeds will go to feed hungry neighbors through Second Harvest Food Bank.

Volunteers will work with Habitat for Humanity in FIVE COUNTIES this LOVE Week to participate in building or repair work on 19 homes.

For more information or to get involved, check out LOVEWeekEVENTS.COM

Love Week Poem from Elevation Media on Vimeo.

A Saturday of Service: Kick off of LOVE Week 2014

by KALEY R. THOMPSON

LOVE Week starts this Saturday!  We want kick off this week long initiative to make the name of Jesus famous in our communities with an outpouring of service. You can start the spreading of a contagious passion to see our neighbors lives and local organizations be transformed by God’s love.  Here are 4 of several organizations you can still sign up to serve with this weekend.

Do you like to build, tear down, reconstruct, or paint? Do you live in the Cornelius, Charlotte, or Concord area? Habitat for Humanity has events happening at five locations this Saturday that you can sign up for. Come be a part of the first day of a new home build or renovate an office. This is your chance to put God’s love into action to transform lives and add beauty to your community.  Register HERE.

Do you like to party? To start up LOVE Week, we’ll be teaming up with Second Harvest Food Bank to have a packing party at the Uptown area warehouse.  Come spend some time with your friends and help supply much needed food to organizations throughout the Charlotte region. To register to help to make sure that food pantries stay stocked throughout the summer and serve those who might otherwise go hungry, click HERE.

Calling all green thumbs and parking lot artists! Your passion for gardening and painting in straight lines is needed at the Ada Jenkins Center to freshen it up before Fall. The Ada Jenkins Center is a new LOVE Week partner added with Elevation’s expansion to Lake Norman and we’re more than excited to be transforming this local non-profit inside and out. Have a hand in creating an inviting environment for students as they enter the next school year by registering HERE.

Want to give a landscape a new look? Jackson Park is a long-time strategic partner that has new energy to help transition families out of homelessness. Thirty volunteers are still needed for this Saturdays transformational landscaping event. The lawn needs mowing, weeds have taken over play areas, and mulch needs refreshing. Sign up HERE and come out to create for Jackson Park an environment that matches their passion to help families in crisis and restore lives.

We know that LOVE Week 2014 is going to be the most exciting LOVE Week we have had yet.  Be a part of the beginning.  Keep us updated on where you are serving by posting pictures and tagging us on Twitter (@ElevLOVEWeek).

10 Minutes in the LOVE Week Warehouse

by TONIA BENDICKSON

“Event number 1176. Vance High School. Orange paint. Elevation Orange. Lake Norman. Gold. Man, gold paint is really expensive,” LOVE Week Project manager John Reinke, Home Depot store manager says on conference call to Kyle Ferlic and Rusty Secrist. John is working on all our events that involve hardware store purchases for our upcoming LOVE Week. John is amazing.

“Where do you want it?” Keith from Southeastern Freight Lines drops off pallets of boxes, gloves, cleaners, sponges, batteries, and felt tip markers. He proceeds to tell me about his 10-year-old son who’s playing lots of video games and basketball this summer.

“Who brought us lunch?” Jamie asks as she gets back from a quick mid-day workout. “Samantha!” says Kyle. “This is perfect! How did she know what I wanted?”

And as I look around and see the piles of ladders, shovels, applesauce, pine straw, wheelbarrows, paint buckets, and top soil, I can’t help but think about how amazing this LOVE Week is going to be. This team is more organized, more prepared (spiritually and physically), and more excited about this year’s event than ever before.

If you’re waiting to sign up… don’t. Events are filling up fast. And if you’re wondering what to sign up for… check Jamie Waldron’s twitter feed.

Today. I’ll be posting some of my favorite #LOVEWeekevents…
#10. The Senior Olympics - bit.ly/1n9YsAf.pic.twitter.com/StnRy0fpJD

We are grateful for the many behind the scenes sponsors of LOVE Week this year. Folks who would never ask for a shout out, but we’re going to give it anyway.

Movement Foundation, Home Depot, Coke Consolidated, Tyson, and the guy upstairs at Enderly Coffee who’s making this place smell amazing and getting us appropriately caffeinated every day. Thank you.

All this really happened. In ten minutes at the warehouse today. And what’s happening outside here – through our campus leaders, our volunteers, our hosts, and more is astounding. I can’t wait for you to experience LOVE Week.

One last quote from the field… I ask Jamie, “Are we getting cots?” as she talks about the high school students who will be here 24-7 helping out next week. She says, “Why do we need cots? There are beds everywhere.” We share our warehouse space with Beds for Kids and there ARE beds everywhere. All in the process of being refurbished to be given away to families in need. Can you believe we get to do this together? Join the movement. Sign up today.