As a church, we have always had the conviction to serve our city. We knew it was vital for our church to serve our community for the good of our community. In the past, we would do many different types of service projects that would benefit our city in some capacity.
Over the last few years, we realized that there is a specific need that our church could focus our attention and really help be a support to the solution to making a community flourish.
You see, the Bellingham’s public schools are the heartbeat of our community. They work daily to educate and inspire, and they're in it for the kids. Our schools know education, and they understand which path to take to help students achieve their goals and dreams. But too often they just don't have adequate staff or resources to get there. The realities of student poverty, dysfunction in the family, and sometimes just crumbling school facilities, simply take a toll on education goals.
As a church, we felt we can be part of the solution by partnering with a school and serving along side one another to care for the families. Whether it's volunteering in the classroom to support teachers, helping the teachers feel loved, or simply doing things around the schools to ensure the teachers jobs are much easier. One of our key convictions is we are “In Our City, To Love Our City” and this partnership is a specific expression on how our church can love our city.
We have done many things from serving weekly in classrooms to blessing the teachers, to helping at one-off events. Partnering with Alderwood Elementary was never about our agenda but only come alongside the faculty to support their vision.
Throughout the last few years, we learned a few things.
Asking people to commit to weekly events for an entire school year is a lot to expect.
We need to have other ways for people to serve besides just being at the school during the day.
To make Partnership last a long time, we needed more natural ways for people to stop when they had to.
This year, to make it easier on volunteers and make Partnership matter more, we are going to.
Break up the school year, and ask volunteers to serve within ten weeks (and if at that point, you need to stop, you can)
Provide options to serve. Either "On Going" or "One-Time" events throughout the current quarter.
Volunteers need care too, so we will provide training and built-in rest.
CALL TO ACTION (Ten doing Ten):
Each quarter, we are looking for ten volunteers to serve for ten weeks. Once that ten weeks is up, volunteers will have a choice, either opt back in to help the next quarter or opt-out.
Also we are looking for volunteers, who might not be able to serve on a weekly basis to serve at a few one-off events within this quarter.
We are looking for eight more volunteers to serve at Alderwood every week until November 15th.
There are also four different one-off events coming up at Alderwood that need volunteers. We are looking for two volunteers to serve at one of those events (8 total volunteers to serve one time)
If you are willing and able to help, CLICK HERE, and we will find the best spot to serve.