Our faith is too vital to be contained inside Sunday church! If you have the time or resources to serve and show the incredible, world-changing love of Jesus to people who really need it, here are a few ways to do that.
GIVE TO REAL LIFE MISSIONS
- The Benevolence Fund supports all Real Life missions, from our school partnerships (see below) to providing for families in our church community to overseas giving! While giving to the benevolence fund does not replace your regular tithe, it is a fantastic way to contribute additional resources to our outreach. There are a few ways to give:
- You can write it in the memo of a check and drop it in the basket on Sundays.
- When you give online, click “write a note” right under the amount you’re donating, then press the blue “plus” sign and you can indicate what your donation is for.
- Real Life events often take an offering especially for this fund.
- Summer events for kids and youth require a lot of food! Watch for lists of needed food items when summer comes around.
- We give out several thousand pieces of candy during our Neewollah outreach event every October 31st. We appreciate your donations during early October!
- Welcome Boxes give children entering foster care some comfort during a stressful time. We assemble them as part of our Advent Conspiracy Kidz program.
- Do your Amazon shopping through AmazonSmile to easily support our mission!
- Planning a vacation? Want tickets to a local sporting event or show? Get your travel and entertainment through Nazarene Vacations and you’ll get access to discounted prices, and Real Life Church will receive up to 60% of the difference between retail (the price you see on travel sites) and wholesale (the price the hotels charge those sites). When you book through Nazarene Vacations, you’re benefiting Real Life missions!
GIVE TO SCHOOLS
Real Life has giving partnerships with four schools: Crestline, Fircrest, and Riverview Elementary School, and Gaiser Middle School. You can support students in need with:
- School supplies during our annual drive
- New or gently used kids’ clothing and shoes or Payless gift cards. This is a year-round need in the schools’ resource centers. Email Laura if you have items you wish to give, or leave them in the church office in a bag labeled for her.
- Nonperishable food donations for holiday food boxes
- Want to get more directly involved in serving our community? Sign up for the Neighborhood Linkup to have emergency needs from schools (vetted by counselors and local aid organizations) emailed directly to you. You decide which needs you can meet!
- Share has a summer meal program for kids whose families face hunger during the summer. We have supported this program in a few different ways over the years, so watch for information on that to come around in May.
- Do you feel called to help with teens or kids? Do you love baking and want to supply treats for events? Are you good with power tools? No matter what your skill set is, there’s a place at Real Life where you can serve! Just fill out this survey and we’ll find a place where you can connect your skills to the mission!
- DSHS Office Moms & Dads care for, sit with, and entertain children who have recently been removed from their home, and also provide practical support to local child welfare social workers.
- On the third Thursday of every month, Real Life volunteers help prepare and serve meals at Share, a non-profit foundation that provides shelter housing, transitional housing, and nutritional assistance in the greater Vancouver area. Read more about this program here and click here to sign up to participate!
- Lunch buddies at Crestline Elementary ask volunteers to come 1 day per week for the duration of the school year for a student’s 45-minute lunch period and just spend time with them. This could be working on school work, playing games, doing art, or other activities as decided upon by the pairing. The goal is to develop a stable relationship between students and an adult figure, which might be missing from these kids’ lives.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’”