Archive for Outreach Connection

Outreach Connection: Habitat for Humanity, Feb. 9

This month’s featured Outreach Connection agency is Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley. On February 9 in worship, Faith Partnerships Manager Karen Hernandez will speak about Habitat’s mission and how we are invited to partner with Habitat. The mission of Habitat is to put God’s love into action, bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Habitat believes home ownership promotes dignity and hope, strengthens a family’s sustainability, and transforms all family members.

Through your financial support and volunteer hours, you can help Habitat homeowners achieve shelter, stability, and independence to build a better life for themselves and for their families. In addition to monetary gifts in church and online, you can volunteer at the 30-unit condominium complex in Fremont, work at the Habitat Playhouse warehouse preparing playhouse kits, or help at the Habitat Restore. For more information about volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, contact Valarie Arnesen.

Outreach Connection: MVLA Scholars, June 9

Our featured agency for the June Outreach Connection is MVLA Scholars, which nurtures dreams and helps break the cycle of poverty. The organization provides renewable college scholarships and mentorship to students from the Mountain View/Los Altos high school district who are first in their family to attend college, have significant financial need, and have the drive to earn a four-year college degree. Not only is paying for college a big hurdle for these students, their parents often don’t know how to help them navigate the application process or assist with issues that might arise in college. The Scholars program provides funding, one-on-one mentoring by adult volunteers, and assistance in finding career-relevant internships.

Please give generously in worship on Sunday, June 9, donate online, or text OUTREACH and your gift amount to 650-229-5200.

August Outreach Connection: K-12 Team

This month’s featured Outreach Connection agency is K-12 Team, which serves students in Los Altos and Mountain View schools. Its vision is to provide a community educational center for any student in our area. K-12 Team provides reading lessons, reading comprehension support, and math support for students who need educational support outside of the standard class day. The majority of students are elementary-aged English language learners who are struggling with foundational reading and math skills. Most also receive free or reduced lunches due to their family’s minimal financial resources.

On Sunday, August 26, founder Carol Nunnally will speak at our worship services about the agency’s work, and we will take a special offering. All funds donated to the Outreach Connection offering will be used to provide educational services and/or materials to dedicated families. You may give in person, by text (text OUTREACH and your gift amount to 650-229-5200) or online. Thank you for helping K-12 Team serve these at-risk youth!

Outreach Connection, June 10: Day Worker Center

Day Worker Center Mountain ViewOn Sunday, June 10, our featured Outreach Connection agency will be the Day Worker Center in Mountain View, which serves men and women working as day laborers in our community. Representatives will tell us about the center during each worship service, and we will have an opportunity to donate money in support of its operation. The Day Worker Center provides for its members critical economic and emotional support, a sense of community, a clean, safe, warm and dry place to gather, and education and training.

How can we help?

  • Donate money on our online giving site and selecting the Outreach Connection gift fund or by writing a check to LAUMC with “Day Worker Center” in the memo line and bringing it to church.
  • Volunteer to lead a job training workshop (painting, pruning, house maintenance, etc.), help teach English, computer literacy skills, or resume writing, or tutor students at homework club.
  • Donate tools and equipment such as sewing machines, painting supplies, buckets, hard hats, measuring tapes, leaf blowers, drills, vacuums, etc.
  • Employ a day worker to help you move, weed your garden, paint your house, repair your fence, or prepare for a party, then post a positive review of your experience on Yelp.

For more information, visit the Mountain View Day Worker Center website, visit the center at 113 Escuela Ave, Mountain View, or call 650-903-4102.