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.
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!