Opportunities for members and friends to serve outside the church:

(1)  On September 27, 2015, we will serve a meal at Henry Hosea House (901 York Street, Newport, KY) with volunteers needed from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

(2)  Beginning September 14, 2015, volunteers are needed to tutor at Washington UCC’s Homework Club.  Washington UCC is located at 2950 Sidney Avenue, Cincinnati, OH.  The Homework Club is an after-school tutoring program from 4:15 – 5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday for children from ages 5-12.  The children eat a light meal, then work one-on-one with volunteer tutors who help them complete their homework and do other academic enrichment activities.  Volunteer tutors are asked to commit to one day a week, in order to establish an ongoing relationship with a child.  To volunteer or for more information, call the church at 513-541-7757, ext. 4, or email laurelh@zoomtown.com.

(3)  The Crossing Bridges (Greater Cincinnati) CROP Walk will take place on October 4, 2015.  CROP Walks are national walks organized by Church World Service with proceeds going to hunger relief projects locally, nationally, and internationally.  25% of the money raised by our walk goes to the St. George Food Pantry, Gabriel’s Place, and the Henry Hosea House.  Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. at St John’s UCC, 415 Park Avenue, Newport, KY, and the walk (a 5K) starts at 2:00 p.m.  Volunteers may sign up (or donate) online at www.crophungerwalk.org .  Locate our walk on the site by searching under the state of Ohio.  There is no cost to walk, but we hope walkers will raise funds by asking friends, family, and businesses to sponsor them.  Join us on 10/4 to stamp out hunger!

(4) Family Promise is reorganizing in Northern Kentucky.  To help raise funds for startup costs, day center renovations, and a van or small bus, it is bringing back its 100 hole golf marathon on Friday, October 9, from 8 am until 5 pm at AJ Jolly Golf Course (5350 US Hwy 27, Alexandria, KY).  There is no cost to play and breakfast, lunch, snacks, and beverages are provided.  There is a goal for each golfer to raise $1,000 in donations.  Pledges are due Oct. 2.  More information is available from NKYFamilyPromise@gmail.com or 859-904-3106.

MORE INFORMATION ON WHAT FAMILY PROMISE DOES: A group of dedicated people have begun the process of re-starting Family Promise of Northern Kentucky (FPNKY).  There is a tremendous need for Family Promise because many Northern Kentucky families have no regular place to call home. FPNKY is one of the only social service organizations in Northern Kentucky that keeps entire families together.  Restarting FPNKY will provide families with training and support to better their life, for example job training, a professional case worker and something as simple as a mailing address.  The goal is to help these families obtain the life skills that make a stable home life possible.

(5)  People Working Cooperatively’s Prepare Affair is on Saturday, November 14.  Prepare Affair is a volunteer event that brings together more than 3,000 volunteers to help low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners prepare their homes for winter. One of the largest one-day events in the tri-state, volunteers at Prepare Affair will perform winter preparation activities that will make a huge difference for elderly homeowners with physical limitations.   Services range from raking leaves and cleaning gutters to other small winter preparation tasks.  Information for online registration is coming soon.

(6)  We will serve a community meal at Washington UCC on Tuesday, December 15 from 5:00 pm until 6:30 pm.  The church is at 2950 Sidney Ave, Cincinnati, OH, and provides meals, clothing, and other assistance to its Camp Washington Community throughout the year; the holiday meal in December is a well-loved and anticipated annual event.

(7)  Brighton Center needs volunteers to assist in its food pantry and clothing closet in Newport, KY.  Brighton Center is a non-profit organization on a mission to create opportunities for individuals and families to reach self-sufficiency through family support services, education, employment, and leadership.  For more information about volunteering, contact Beth Hodge at 859-491-8303, ext. 2331 or bhodge@brightoncenter.com .