Outreach Update 7-15-17

Tuscaloosa Backpack Coalition collects school supplies for the children of the Tuscaloosa City and County Schools. This ministry will serve 2,000- 2,500 students in need for the 2017-2018 school year. The total cost for this project is in excess of $60,000. Please consider partnering with the Tuscaloosa Backpack Coalition to help them make a difference in the lives of these students. Backpacks and supplies will be distributed in 14 different community locations in the city and county starting on July 22 through August 5. If you would like to volunteer please visit their website for contact and location information, www.tuscaloosabackpackcoalition.com.

We are looking for a couch, kitchen table, coffee table, and kitchen and bath supplies for a young adult about to move out on her own. If you can help, please let the church office know.

Our summer “Neighborhood Time” will be on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. Our goal is to get to know our neighbors and have them get to know our church family. We will have lemonade, popsicles, pizza, music, games, water activities, and lots of conversations. Please let us know if you can help.

Cards for our home-bound are such a fun activity. We have 15 members we will send cards to for 26 days. Please help us by writing cards or notes to 15 people. We can give you an address label or we will address the card for you. Thank you.

Over Christmas we are going with Filter of Hope on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Our college students are leading this trip. We are in the process of deciding which week is best. Please let us know if you are interested in attending. More information can be found at www.filterofhope.org.

Can you volunteer to help with the nursery during the summer? If you know of someone who can volunteer or someone looking for a job, please let the office know.

Back to School at UPES – Students return to school on August 8, and we are scrambling to get our plans and schedules in place. We need volunteers who can help in either or both of the following roles:
-Pal: Pals partner with a UPES teacher to provide support as needed. Pals usually do things like donate classroom supplies (paper towels, tissues, etc.) or provide treats for special occasions. Some Pals have helped fund a child’s participation in a field trip, when the family could not afford the whole cost; others have contributed to academic resources (e.g., #2 pencils, flash cards, online curriculum, earbuds, clipboards). Every pairing is unique, so a Pal’s involvement will vary depending upon the Pal-partner match.
-Reading Assistant: Help further literacy! Reading volunteers work directly with students, typically helping struggling readers in lower grades practice reading aloud, learning sight words, etc. The UPES Reading Coordinator works with the teachers and volunteers to make assignments.
Contact the church office to learn more and/or sign up.