As part of our vision to see the gospel transform our city, we're focusing on our relationships with Iasis and The Oaks Fellowship. There are many ways to get involved and serve with both these groups, so check out the opportunities below and let us know if you're interested!
The Oaks Fellowship
Summer Sunday Child Care Sundays during the summer at 9:30 a.m. in our Kids area, while parents are at English class. Help with simple crafts, snacks, etc.
Practicing English One of the things most requested by the Oaks families is for people to come to their homes and help them with English. Although many of the families have been here almost two years, sadly many of them have not had much opportunity to speak English to others. There are also several new families who have been in the US less than two months. We go into their homes ideally in teams of two to help teach them English and give them an opportunity to SPEAK English and ask questions in a comfortable place. We have lots of resources and ideas of activities to help them learn. Several of the ladies currently serving on this team have worked as teachers, but most have not. We are taking the approach that we, as English speakers, are all qualified to teach it. We read books together, point at pictures or objects around the house, saying the word and allowing them to repeat it. Some teachers/tutors create games and worksheets, some go on fieldtrips to the grocery store, the park or garage sales. This is a wonderful way to have a relationship and be their advocate in navigating all the new and confusing American things.
Transportation Another equally important opportunity is to provide transportation. Most of the Oaks families do not have a driver's license or else do not have a car. We have several scheduled opportunities as well as many one time needs of rides to doctor's appointments, WIC, the IRC etc.
1. We are looking for people to commit to taking a family home each Sunday after church around 1 p.m. There are several big families who will need rides, so we could use 20 people to drive every Sunday or "job share" a family and drive twice a month.
2. One couple needs a ride from their home on north Volutsia to their English class at 2502 East Douglas at 5:30 p.m. and back home at 8:30 every Monday - Thursday.
3. One lady needs a ride to work on her Habitat for Humanity home every morning at 7:30 a.m. and then a ride from there to her job at 2 p.m. and then occasionally a ride home from her job at 10 p.m.
Job Application Help Many of the men have been working at the meat packing plant in Ark City, leaving home at 4 a.m. and returning at 6 p.m. Now that they have been here for a while and are more familiar with factory work, have better transportation and better English many of them would like to find jobs in Wichita. Since most of this seems to be done online, it would be extremely helpful to have someone sit with them to apply and help them throughout the job search process.
Other Skills If you have other skills and hobbies that you would like to share, there are always people who would be excited to learn to cook, to sew, to do needlework, to learn woodworking and repairs etc. The most important thing is that you are building a relationship with them.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Pam Van Bebber at firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer months, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (These days and times will change when the school year starts.)
- Gym Closing The Iasis staff person, Nicolette, closes down the gym each day. She could desperately use an adult to come help close the gym around 2 p.m. (Includes caging balls, turning off air conditioner, running the large dust mop on the floor and locking up.)
- Run Open Gym If Nicolette is unavailable, serve on a rotational basis during Open Gym, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Play Basketball Come participate in Open Gym by playing basketball (one to five volunteers needed)
Adopt a landscape garden on the IASIS property. Includes weeding, fertilizing, etc. Three small gardens available (individual or rotational project).
Saturday Story Time
Beginning on September 8th and continuing every second and fourth Saturday, ICT Learn will be running a story hour at IASIS. We need two helpers for 1-1/2 to 2 hours, and a list of substitutes who could help when our regular helpers are not available.
Academy of Excellence
Wednesdays beginning at the school year, 5 – 7 p.m.
Help kids at this youth group with their homework.
Produce a brochure for the center.
Cleaning or Cleaning Connections
In pricing cleaning of the facility, they have found the cost to be very high. They are looking for either someone who can direct them to cleaning that is more reasonably priced, or volunteers who enjoy cleaning and would come in to help. (mop floors, bathrooms, cleaning glass, etc.)
If you have questions, or want to help, please contact Ann Ramseyer at email@example.com