Category Archives: Service Opportunities

Hurricane Relief Giving Opportunities

We probably don’t need to tell you how brutal this hurricane season has been, both in the USA and the Caribbean. The affected regions are in our prayers this month. If you want to donate to hurricane relief efforts, here are a few vetted options:

Houston

The city is just beginning to rebuild after being hit by Harvey, which affected over 48,700 homes and caused record flooding.

The Houston Food Bank is in need of donations to continue to provide their regular services on top of emergency relief. Other local food banks, like Galveston and Corpus Christi, are accepting donations as well.

San Antonio-based Texas Diaper Bank provides supplies for infants, seniors, and people with disabilities, and they are focused on getting supplies to displaced families with young children. Donate here.

The SPCA of Texas is finding shelter and care for pets and strays displaced by Harvey and need donations to pay for supplies and medical care.

Florida

Habitat of Humanity Jacksonville is assisting with rebuilding in the wake of Irma.

Save the Children is at work in Florida providing supplies to families with infants and young children.

Puerto Rico

The US territory was hit by Irma, then Maria at Category-4 strength. It’s estimated that electricity won’t be restored there for 4 to 6 months.

The Hispanic Federation has set up a special fund for recovery – just click here and designate your donation for the Hurricane Relief Effort.

Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico was founded by Puerto Rico’s First Lady to provide relief. You can donate directly to their bank account or via PayPal.

US Virgin Islands

Irma damaged more than 80% of homes; Maria caused even more devastation. The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands has set up the USVI Recovery Fund specifically to aid this area.

The University of the Virgin Islands campus was destroyed; donate to the university’s emergency fund to support faculty and students who were impacted.

The Miami Foundation has established the U.S. Caribbean Strong Relief Fund to support aid in Antigua & Barbuda, U.S. Virgin Islands, Cuba and Puerto Rico. You can also donate to Miami Foundation funds for Florida relief.

General

Portlight focuses on providing aid to people with disabilities who have been impacted by disasters.

ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and tools to families left homeless by disasters around the world. Currently they are at work in Bangladesh helping flood victims and in Mexico in the wake of a devastating earthquakes, as well as the regions in the Caribbean hit by hurricanes.

Matthew 25 Ministries has distribution centers in Florida and Texas dedicated to providing food, laundry services, toiletries, and first aid.

Global Giving is halfway to their goal of $2 million for Hurricane Irma relief.

Photo by Jose Murillo on Unsplash

Your Back-To-School Shopping Can Do A Lot Of Good

Hard to believe it’s already time for back-to-school shopping! We’re getting flyers and emails about discounts every day now. Maybe you’re dreading the return of school, or maybe you can’t wait – either way, if you’re planning on ordering any back-to-school clothing, gear, art supplies, college dorm decorations, etc. online, your shopping can benefit the mission of Real Life Church when you shop through AmazonSmile!

The AmazonSmile Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation created by Amazon to support organizations. When you place an Amazon order through Real Life’s AmazonSmile, .5% of your Amazon.com purchase will be donated to the Real Life Church benevolence fund, without increasing the amount you pay! The benevolence fund is used to help support the people and schools in our community. Last year, the benevolence fund helped 17 local students get much-needed new shoes, completed 12 Thanksgiving meal boxes, and supported local weekly food backpacks for families in need.

It’s easy to join in: just go to smile.amazon.com and search for “Vancouver Real Life Community” (kind of a mouthful, but there are a lot of Real Life Churches out there!). Once you’ve selected us, you can simply go to smile.amazon.com for all future shopping and know you are benefiting Real Life Church’s outreach!

Unfortunately, the Amazon app doesn’t support Smile yet, so you’ll have to use your browser when ordering on your device. You may also want to add a bookmark to our AmazonSmile page to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. (If you prefer shopping on the Amazon app, fill your cart, then check out using AmazonSmile on your browser. Your items will be in your cart waiting for you, and your purchase will go towards Real Life Church!)

To add a shortcut to Amazon Smile on your phone or tablet:

  1. On iPhone, open Safari and type https://smile.amazon.com in the web address field at the top. AmazonSmile will open. Touch the share button at the bottom (looks like a box with an arrow rising out of it). Touch “Add to Home Screen”.
  2. On Android, open browser and type https://smile.amazon.com in the web address field at the top. AmazonSmile will open. Tap on the 3 dots at the top right hand of screen. Touch “Add to Home Screen.”

Thanks for using AmazonSmile for your shopping! Every purchase you make benefits your larger community!

VBX 2017: Custom-Built for Kids!

We’re gearing up for an incredible week at Maker Fun Factory VBX! Vacation Bible Xtreme is for all kids at least 4 years old through 5th grade, and it’s FREE! It all begins July 10-14th, 9a-12p daily, where kids will learn that we are created by God and built for a purpose! Each day will offer fun activities, silly songs, Bible stories, snacks, and more. On Sunday the 16th, we’ll have one regular church service at 9 AM and celebrate with the VBX mini-musical at 10:30. Bring the whole family and enjoy a free barbecue with our church community! You can sign up your child for VBX by clicking here!

If you are a teen or adult and want to volunteer at VBX, there’s a place for you to serve! Just fill out this form and we’ll find a great role for you. There are two big opportunities to serve:

  • Setup week (July 3-9)
    • No need to sign up for this one – just come and help out!
    • On the 9th, join us for a church picnic at 12pm followed by final setup until 4. Bring a sack lunch and share a meal together, then put the finishing touches on setup!
  • VBX main event (July 10-14)
    • Lots of roles are available, whether you want to work with a certain age group, serve food, lead songs, provide security, etc.
    • Volunteers will be required to have a current background check.

Please come to the volunteer meeting after second service on July 2nd at noon. All volunteers will receive their t-shirts and very important information about VBX week. Email office@seekreallife.com if you are not able to attend.

We can’t wait to kick off this exciting week! Hope you will be part of it!

Registration is Open for VBX 2017

We’re gearing up for an incredible week at Maker Fun Factory VBX! Vacation Bible Xtreme is free for kids age 4 through 5th grade and runs July 10-14, 9am-noon. Each day will offer lots of fun with Bible verses, songs, crafts and experiments, snacks, and more! The goal is to teach children about Jesus and how God built them for a purpose. There’s even a mission component to teach children about the value of giving and serving. It all culminates at 10:30am on Sunday the 17th when families watch their kids perform in the VBX mini-musical and enjoy a BBQ together! The fun starts in just three weeks so sign your child up today!

If you are a teen or adult and want to volunteer at VBX, there’s a place for you to serve! Just fill out this form and we’ll find a great role for you.

It’s going to be a fantastic week, so don’t miss it! Sign up your child or step up to serve today!

VBX Summer 2017 is Under Construction!

We’re gearing up for an incredible week at Maker Fun Factory VBX! Vacation Bible eXtreme is for all kids at least 4 years old through 5th grade, and it’s FREE!

It all begins July 10-14th, 9a-12p daily, where kids will learn that we are created by God and built for a purpose! Each day will offer fun activities, silly songs, Bible stories, snacks, and more. You can sign up your child by clicking here!

We’re able to pull off VBX with the help of many volunteers, and you could be one of them!

  • Give some of your time during prep week (June 6-10) and help us cut, sort, construct, etc. All skill levels welcome!
  • Help out during setup week (July 3-9)
  • Serve as a volunteer during VBX (sign up here)

We can’t wait for this amazing week to begin – it’s one of our favorite parts of summer! Hope you and your family can be part of it!

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