Community Outreach at Neighborhood Church
Whether we call it "Christian Action," "Community Outreach" or "Community Service," reaching out to those around us is a key component of our mission to "Worship God and Serve Others in the Spirit of Jesus", our core value to Serve Others and our long-term goal to Create an environment in which church members embrace community service as a priority and a responsibility.
We "do" service in many different ways, and we invite you to join with us in ways that make sense to you.
Board of Christian Action
Many Serving Many
Serving others is a priority for our congregation. Donations fund an annual budget earmarked to be distributed to "people-helping organizations" in the South Bay. The Board of Christian Action identifies organizations that effectively provide key services to members of the community in need. Each year, the board makes strategic donations to many of these organizations, providing funding that will in turn help people across a spectrum of ages and needs. That really is "many serving many".
Another way Christian Action board members are helping the church to obtain its outreach goal is by volunteering themselves in the community. They are setting an example for other members of the Neighborhood Church to follow. Over the past year, board members have devoted time to the following organizations: Crop Walk, Heal the Bay, Beacon Light Mission/Doors of Hope, Belmont Village, Canterbury Retirement Home, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Habitat for Humanity, House of Hope, Peninsula Seniors, Spirit of a Giving Heart, and The Volunteer Center.
Women's Fellowship Outreach
Women making a Difference for 56 Years
organizations that are fulfilling the needs of the community in the South Bay area. This is done by organizing the efforts of the entire church membership and friends of the church. The major fundraiser has been the Yule Parlor Parade.
The Women’s Fellowship is most appreciative of everyone who supported our 2012 Yule Parlor Parade. Although our profits were down a little, we have been able to make the following community outreach donations ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to the following organizations:
Learning about Service & Leadership
The Neighborhood Church Youth Group prides itself on doing several community service related programs each year. The kids organize the activities and have the chance to hone their leadership skills while learning that lending a hand can be fun and meaningful.
The Youth Group, challenged by BOCA, set a goal to collect 100 gently used items to donate to various groups. They collected books, kitchen supplies, clothing, and donations for the animals at the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro. These items will be distributed to those in need in the Fall of 2015.
Since May 2015, NCYG members have made a commitment to Beacon Light Mission to try to volunteer in small groups at least once each month serving dinner. If you are interested in getting involved, check out the Youth page to see if our schedule works with yours. (Ours varies to try to accommodate others.)
Our Members in Action
Community Service Award
Members Lois and Sam Bloom were presented with the National Council Award of Excellence for their work in Community Service on April 9 in Las Vegas. Each year the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare recognizes the inspirational efforts of those who have changed the lives children, adults and families living with mental illness. Sam and Lois have been honored with first place for their contributions and tireless efforts to prevent suicide. You can read about the award here and watch them receive the award here.
Tyler Boyd's Sock Drive for the Homeless
In May 2013, Tyler Boyd collected 1300 pairs of socks for the Beacon Light Mission through the church for a school project. Congratulations, Tyler for a job well done!
If you would like more information on Tyler's project, please click on this LINK.
Compassionate Friends is a group that supports families after the death of a child. Compassionate Friends provides friendship, understanding, and hope to those going through the natural grieving process. Bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents meet together to talk, listen, share, and provide emotional support for families experiencing this painful loss. The South Bay - Los Angeles Chapter meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7 PM in the Church Parlor.
For more information: http://www.tcfsbla.org/