Outreach Opportunities

SAMARITAN HOUSE :: Samaritan House provides safe emergency housing and support for people who are in danger and need a way out. They are committed to helping individuals and families in crisis in Hampton Roads. They walk side-by-side with those who have been victimized by domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, as well as families who are at risk of losing their homes. Some of their services are housing, case management, counseling, victim advocacy, food assistance, medical assistance, group therapy, and job training. At the current time there are 12 emergency shelters in Virginia Beach.

SAMARITAN HOUSE
PROJECT APPROPRIATE FOR WHICH GROUPS AVAILABILITY REQUIREMENTS
Shelter Cleaning Adults, Youth Evenings, Weekends Supplies are provided
Shelter Repairs Adults Weekends Special tools may be needed
Shelter Decorating Adults, Youth Evenings, Weekends Supplies are provided
Shelter Gardening Adults, Youth Evenings, Weekends Provide plants
Shelter Painting Adults, Youth Evenings, Weekends Supplies are provided
Car Washing – 10 vehicles Adults, Youth, Families Weekends
Create Welcome Kits for families moving into permanent homes (for kitchen, bath and bedroom) Adults, Youth Evenings, Weekends Supplies are provided
Create Arrival Bags for adults and children (toiletries, towels, games, books, etc) Adults, Youth, Families Evenings, Weekends Supplies are provided
Organize Donations Adults Daytime
Adopt -a-Home Adults, Youth, Families First 2 Saturdays in December (December 7 and 14, 2019) Some cleaning, decorating for the holidays, provide gifts
Painting offices Adults, Youth Evenings, Weekends Supplies are provided

UNION MISSION :: The Union Mission Ministries is committed to caring for the poor and homeless by providing for their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs helping people overcome their poverty and homelessness. Most importantly they are committed to changing lives forever by sharing the redemptive love of our Savior through the Gospel of Christ. Some of the services they provide are shelter and emergency services, community assistance, rehabilitation and training programs, and Camp Hope Haven. Their main campus is on Virginia Beach Blvd in Norfolk.

UNION MISSION
PROJECT APPROPRIATE FOR WHICH GROUPS AVAILABILITY REQUIREMENTS
Meal Prep and Service – Women and Children (6 prep; 6 serve) Adults, Youth 12 and up Dinner nightly 4-7pm;
Lunch Saturday 11am-1pm
Provide food, beverage, plates, cups, napkins, plastic ware for 250
Meal Prep and Service – Men (6 prep; 6 serve) Adults, Youth 12 and up Dinner nightly 4-7pm;
Lunch Saturday 11am-1pm
Provide food, beverage, plates, cups, napkins, plastic ware for 250
Women and Children Bible Study Helper (in conjunction with dinner) Adults Nightly 6-8pm
Recharge Respite Buddy – Paired with special needs children and siblings to provide individual attention during day’s activities. At Hope Haven. Provides parents day of rest. Adults September 21
October 12
November 9
10:30am – 6pm
No special training required
Recharge Respite Lunch At Hope Haven Adults September 21
October 12
November 9
10:30am – 6pm
Provide food, beverage, plates, cups, napkins, plastic ware for 15-20
Recharge Respite Dinner At Hope Haven Adults September 21
October 12
November 9
10:30am – 6pm
Provide food, beverage, plates, cups, napkins, plastic ware for 15-20
Food Warehouse – Assemble food boxes for distribution Adults, Youth 12 and up Saturdays
Donation Warehouse – clean items for sale Adults, Youth 12 and up
Building and Ground Maintenance Adults, Youth 12 and up Evenings, Weekends
Christmas Gift Bags for men (Decorate paper lunch bag and fill) Adults, Youth, Families At your convenience/drop off by December 15 lunch bags, bus passes, $5 fast food gift cards, wallets, men’s manicure set, Christmas card with note, candy

PEOPLE IN NEED, INC. (PiN) :: PiN exists to provide food, clothing, shelter, and free medical care for people that are either homeless or extremely poor. The ultimate focus is to help the homeless of Hampton Roads transform their lives by meeting them where they are and sharing a God that loves them and wants a relationship with them. Services are provided at their new ministry center near the intersection of Birdneck Road and Virginia Beach Blvd as well as at Mount Olive Baptist Church on Birdneck Road.

PiN
PROJECT APPROPRIATE FOR WHICH GROUPS AVAILABILITY REQUIREMENTS
Thursday Dinner and Bible Study Adults, Youth 11 and up September 19, 4:30-8:00 Provide food and beverages for 70; cook; serve; participate in Bible study
Sunday Services and Dinner: visit, serve dinner, participate in church service Adults, Youth 11 and up November 3, 1:00-4:30 Dinner is provided
Sunday Bag Lunches (opportunity to visit with guests during delivery hours) Adults, Youth 11 and up October 20
October 27
December 22
Provide 50 or 100 bag lunches (2 meat & cheese sandwiches, chips, dessert, and bottled water). Can be delivered on Saturday morning from 9:00am-12:00pm or between
Ministry Center – Greet guests; assist with services (clothing & hygiene closet); organize supplies Adults, Youth 11 and up Saturdays, 9:00am – 12:00pm

VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA :: Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas is a faith-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to empower self-reliance and inspire hope. As a church without walls, they do this through personalized housing, ministry, health, and human services that benefit vulnerable individuals, their families and the community.

Their services are provided to those experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless, individuals with mental illness, individuals and families of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, those in need of affordable housing and supportive services, those recovering from substance abuse addictions and those involved in community corrections. They also provide support services for veterans and their families.

In Virginia Beach, they operate the Lighthouse Center (day program for homeless adults) and two Community Living Centers (for adults with intellectual disabilities).

VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA
PROJECT APPROPRIATE FOR WHICH GROUPS AVAILABILITY REQUIREMENTS
Landscaping at Community Living Center Adults, Youth 16 and up
Cleaning/organizing sheds at Community Living Center Adults, Youth 16 and up
Painting room at Community Living Center Adults, Youth 16 and up

PUBLIC SCHOOLS PROJECTS ::

PUBLIC SCHOOL PROJECTS
PROJECT APPROPRIATE FOR WHICH GROUPS AVAILABILITY REQUIREMENTS
Water Bottle Give Away Adults, Youth, Families Landstown High – 9/6, 9/20, 10/4, 10/18, 11/1 at 7pm
Kellam High – 9/6, 9/20, 9/27, 10/11, 10/25 at 7pm
Purchase and brand 200+ water bottles to give away at home football games. Potential to sign students up for Bridge Youth events or community service hours.
Staff Appreciation Adults, Youth, Families Landstown and Kellam High Schools (more may be added) Provide, gifts, food, or drinks to staff (teachers, custodians etc.) during school hours to show appreciation.
Staff Birthday Recognition Adults, Youth, Families Landstown and Kellam High Schools (more may be added) Provide birthday cards with encouraging note for staff members

INDEPENDENT PROJECTS ::

UMBRELLA ESCORT On rainy days, wait by the exit areas for shoppers to come out. Step forward with your umbrellas and say*, “We’re the umbrella escort team!” Stroll along and explain that you are not from the store, but are doing this to show the love of God in a practical way. Give them a connection card and offer to help them unload their groceries.

Where to go: Grocery stores, shopping centers, etc.
What you’ll need: Large umbrellas (2 per team member – one for the member and one for those he/she serves), connection cards*, “Kindness in Progress” vests*
Know in advance: Get permission from the store prior to starting.

LEAF RAKING Teams of 12-20 with high energy offer to rake the front yards in a neighborhood. Say*, “ Hi, we’re showing God’s love by raking the front yards of your neighborhood. You’re next on the list.” To keep the momentum rolling, have someone going several houses ahead of the team to explain the project and hand out connection cards*. Each yard should take only 5-10 minutes. Neighbors will come out to watch! Designate some as baggers.

Where to go: neighborhood in which small group meets
What you’ll need: Rakes, leaf bags, connection cards*
Know in advance: Leaf blowers don’t do as good a job and don’t support the team process.

APPRECIATION EVENT FOR FIREFIGHTERS AND EMTS Provide a meal to people who live very stressed-out lives and are often underappreciated. Agree as a team to spend time with the honorees, not with each other.

Where to go: local firehouses
What you’ll need: plenty of food and beverages, paper plates, cups, napkins, plastic ware, thank-you card large enough for everyone in your group to sign, name tags
Know in advance: Arrange in advance, but be flexible as these people are on call and emergencies may arise

TOTALLY FREE CAR WASH Set up on a street that has a significant traffic flow at a location with an easy entrance and exit. You will need access to water. Get the attention of motorists with people placed with signs, whistles, etc. Minimum of 12-15 people are needed. Designate rinsing team, washing team, tire team, and drying team. Have several parallel lanes of washing at once. Also designate several volunteers to explain the project* and give out connection cards* and bottled water or coffee. You can even provide lawn chairs for people to sit while waiting. Great project for families with children – they draw in a lot of business!

Where to go: many times gas stations, auto stores and convenience stores will allow onsite car washes and have water access
What you’ll need: 5 or 6 large signs “Totally Free Car Wash” “Free Car Wash – No Kidding” “No Donations Accepted” Six buckets, Dawn dishwashing soap, “Y” hose splitters, thirty-foot garden hoses, towels for drying, squeegees, wheel-cleaning brushes, and connection cards*
Optional: Music to create a positive atmosphere, cooler with cold drinks or hot coffee/cups, creamer, sweetener, stirrers, trash bag, lawn chairs, whistles, etc.
Know in advance: Get permission from the location. Do not take donations, even if offered. It robs the gift you’re giving of its power. Be prepared to explain what you are doing and why*

* More information is available from the Bridge Servant Outreach Coordinator