The Oaks Fellowship
Most of you have noticed all the new faces of the Oaks Fellowship at Eastminster and several of you have wondered, "how can I get involved?" There are many ways to use your gifts to bless the Oaks families.
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 email@example.com
Want to help on a more regular basis at Iasis? Current volunteer opportunities at Iasis are:
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Embrace has been serving the Wichita community since 1985 by offering free pregnancy tests, limited sonograms, STD testing and more! The biggest volunteer need is for men and women to serve as peer counselors for clients experiencing an unexpected pregnancy. Peer counselors share the love of Christ with clients by offering support and resources in their pregnancy decision. This three-hour a week position requires client advocate training, provided by Embrace. For more information see our website or contact Raquel for an application at email@example.com
Fourth Fridays (Broadway location)
Serve our city's homeless with a group of other Eastminster volunteers. You must have a food handler's license. Contact Andrea MacCorkle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eastminster’s newest supported US/Local Missions ministry is looking for Eastminster folks who are interested in mentoring children between the ages of 5 and 17 in Christ-centered matches. Options include meeting once a week to hang out together for a couple of hours or meeting with a middle schooler at Coleman Middle School (other middle schools also need mentors). Please e-mail Judith Wencel at email@example.com for more information. Click here to see the children waiting for a Youth Horizons mentor >>
Meet once a week with a child from a single-parent family for encouragement.
Meet once a week for a year with a student at a school (especially Coleman near 13th & Rock)
Contact Tim Rorabaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer Group Leaders and small-group or one-on-one mentors are needed to meet with middle school or high school age students and share the love of Jesus. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Facebook: Young Life Wichita
Campus Ministry Networks
Prayer partners needed to commit to praying for Coleman Middle School's Campus Ministry Network group. (You will get updates with specific needs).
Contact Keith Malcom at campusministrynetwork.org.
Become an Advocate
HopeNet Advocates assist us with client care. They help welcome our clients and create a safe environment for each person. They are the first glimpse of hope that a client hears on the phone and the first friendly face the client will see. Advocates volunteer weekly or biweekly during normal business hours. Advocates are interviewed to ensure the role is a good fit.
Our Event Volunteers help us prepare and execute a variety of events throughout the year. The tasks of an Event Volunteer vary and can include greeting, party planning, registration, refreshments, etc. Event Volunteers can participate in all events or just once a year.
Our Special Project Volunteers help with a variety of different small projects throughout the year including office tasks, organizing storage closets, event preparations, holiday meals for clients, etc. These volunteers are scheduled on an as needed basis and generally help once or twice a year.
HopeNet understands the power of prayer in our lives as well as the lives of clients. The Prayer team is made up of devoted prayer warriors that lift HopeNet to the Lord daily.
If you are interested in volunteering or learning more about a specific volunteer opportunity, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Wednesdays of the month, 6:45 to 8 p.m.
You have an opportunity to serve food to those staying at the Union Rescue Mission at 2800 N. Hillside. There is no long term commitment – just choose one of the following dates to offer your service: March 4, April 5, May 6 – any upcoming first Wednesday. All you need to have is your food handlers license from the City and be 18 or older. If you are available to serve and want to be a part of this ongoing ministry, contact Marcia Davis at 634.0337, ext. 231, or email@example.com.
Central Kansas Prison Ministry
Central Kansas Prison Ministry is an organization for the purpose of training Christian volunteers to work in area Kansas Correctional Facilities and County Jails. More information and volunteer forms are available at www.ckpm.org.
· Christian paperback books for the library at the Butler County Jail.
· Yarn and fabric for the inmate sewing projects at the El Dorado Facility.
· Study reference books in hardback. These can include: concordances, commentaries, and studies.
Please bring donations to the Missions office.
You can mentor an inmate through CKPM's mentorship training and program. Click here for all the details.
Urban Young Life
Help high school students with homework alternate Thursdays 5 – 6 p.m. Email Nicolette Ellison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
High school students are looking for odd jobs to raise funds to attend camp. Email Megan Kice at email@example.com
Facebook: Urban Young Life Wichita
International Students, Inc.
Help with English conversation groups on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – noon.
Invite international students to dinner. E-mail Norm Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Become a "Friendship Partner" to a WSU international student. Meet three or four times a month.
Friendship partners are needed, especially men. (A significantly higher percentage of international students are male).
Assist with or provide food for an outreach event to international students.
Facebook: Westminster Woods Camp
Campus Kids Ministry
Help with Bible Clubs at Circle Greenwich (Wednesdays from 3:25 – 5 p.m.) and Washington Elementary (Mondays from 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.). 2015 year ends mid-April but help is needed until then.
Facebook: Campus Kids Ministries Inc