Yesterday, we got word that our first corporate sponsor [Northwestern Benefit] will serve with @lovebeyondwalls on August 12th to promote literacy, education, and love at Sheltering Arms (in the Camp Creek area). In fact, we made the entire day about corporate professionals serving, and not about our organization!
We felt it is not only important to serve children and families, but to leave our core values of collaboration and sacrifice imprinted on both Sheltering Arms & Northwestern Benefit!
This day will be a day of fun for the children, education for the parents, and a day of assistance for the staff that we all will serve. The best thing about this event is that we will raise over 200 children’s books to give-away to every child to help them develop in their educational curriculum.
If you’d like to volunteer or serve, email email@example.com or view the flyer below.
This past weekend, 60+ people stopped by our facility for #lovebeyondwalls Meet, Greet, & Serve day! It was awesome! In fact, tons of the people who stopped by went out and served with us in the College Park community to serve those in need. It was our second (Dream Center type) Adopt-a-Block to outreach to the community.
We were able to provide food & water to many people who live in low income apartment complexes! It was both heartfelt and inspiring to see both volunteers and residents stand in a circle together in prayer!
In fact, one lady (resident) broke down in tears because she said, “If you guys wouldn’t have shown up, I wouldn’t have had food for the next two weeks….” This lady thanked God with everything right in the parking lot. We all left those apartments thanking God for the ability to serve, but also meditating on two passages from the scriptures that speak to what we experienced…
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world (James 1:27, NRSV)”
“Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? (Matthew 6:26-30, NRSV)