OUTREACH

To know Christ and not take it to the world would be a travesty.  Denver UMC is a church on fire for outreach.  We know that our community needs to see Christ glorified, and we are very active through our Helping Hands outreach ministry.  We also take the Gospel out further through our mission trips each year.  Check the calendar or contact us to find out about upcoming mission trips.  Help someone else and spread the love of Christ!

Helping Hands

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.”

~Margaret Mead

Helping Hands is a local outreach group whose focus is to serve the needs of people in and around the Denver/Lincoln County area.  We meet monthly, generally the first Monday of each month at 10:30 a.m., to discuss upcoming, on-going, and new ways to help others in and around Lincoln County.  Volunteers can sign up for particular opportunities or attend meetings and have input as to who or what organizations we support.*  Anyone interested in local outreach is invited.  For more information, contact Carol Brown at carolhwbrown@gmail.com.

On-going Projects:

Food is given to school-age children who wouldn’t have enough to eat on weekends, holidays, and over the summer. The program has fed hundreds of children in Lincoln County.

This program pairs volunteers with residents at Lakewood Care Center.  Volunteers visit special people who have few or no visitors and become the blessing and the blessed!

With this program, we use our excess to furnish and thoroughly decorate homes and group homes (like On Eagles Wings Home for sex traffic victims) for those who are struggling by no fault of their own.  This is a very exciting program, and you’re sure to see the Hand of God in the process.

We prepare food and serve in the soup kitchen the third Tuesday of each month.  It’s sure to become one of your favorite days.

Drawstring bags of toiletries, gift cards, stuffed animals, etc. are given to children put into foster care.  They are stored in “Sandy’s Shed” that Helping Hands built and decorated with a beautiful exterior mural.

The “Birdies” are the three Lincoln County school social workers who meet with Helping Hands members to let us know how we can help the neediest – financially, emotionally, or motivationally.  We’ve learned of children in dire situations and have had opportunities to help.  We provide lice kits (so children can return to school after a lice infestation); caps, gowns, senior pictures, year books, etc., to struggling seniors who can’t afford those items; Christmas and Easter gifts to let middle and high school students know they’re cared about; encouragement through notes and small gifts for those who may not get encouraged at home; shoes for those who can’t afford them; and occasionally money to utility companies or landlords to keep these children safe and warm in their homes.  Here are the chairs for those programs:

This program provides the funds for all the Birdie programs.  Come and serve, bake desserts, or eat!  All these things help!

Every quarter a church sponsors a meal and entertainment to allow area seniors to get out and have a great time visiting each other free of charge.

  • Thanksgiving Dinner to shut-ins – Alice and Charlie Blackburn, chbdawg@gmail.com

Kathie and volunteers make a delicious Thanksgiving Dinner that’s delivered to local shut-ins who would otherwise spend Thanksgiving Day alone.  Charlie and Alice make the delivery routes and many volunteer to bake homemade pies!

This building/repair team builds handicap ramps, repairs leaks, and provides other household maintenance help for those who need it.

When people donate furniture or appliances to the Furnish a Future recipients, Charlie and his team transport the items to new homes.  They need help!  Become a part of Charlie’s Angels.

AIM paints seasonal pictures that hang in Lincolnton’s Soup Kitchen.  Pat leads projects involving other groups, like decorating and distributing birdhouses around the community with girl scouts and boy scouts.  She’s created artwork for furnish a future homes, and the outside of Sandy’s Shed at DSS.  She loves helping others learn to paint and give their creative gifts to others.

Amy’s House Domestic Abuse Shelter is funded by grants, donations, and now by a consignment shop on Hwy 16.  They desperately need volunteers to work and donations of nice women’s clothing.

Many seniors have to leave their homes and their independence because they don’t feel that it’s safe for them to drive any more.  A new program’s starting where volunteers can drive these neighbors to appointments and to stores, allowing them to remain at home and giving them a little company as an added benefit.

This is a group of middle and high school students who have a passion for serving others in the local area.  They visit Levine’s Children’s Hospital, participate in Special Olympics, host parties for and tutor children in government housing, help with Operation Christmas Child, and so many other meaningful activities.

Other Done-in-a-Day Projects:

Helping Hands has participated and continues to participate in many “done-in-a-day” projects.  We furnished and decorated the playrooms at Hesed House of Hope Homeless Shelter and at the Child Advocacy Center.  We work often at Amy’s House Domestic Abuse Shelter, painting, cleaning sheds, and creating livings areas (like the new “man cave”).  We painted and decorated Lincolnton’s Soup Kitchen.  We conducted mock interviews to help high school students hone their skills, and we proctor EOG’s.  We’ve raked leaves and delivered fire wood, Christmas trees and poinsettias.

 

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