Help Us Eliminate Poverty in Our Community – Month by Month
Please know, you do not have to be a member of this faith, or any faith, to be able to help volunteer at any of these events.
Ongoing During the Year
click HERE to see some pictures of our programs
Stepping Forward Tuesday Night Dinners & Getting Ahead Program at Faith Community United Methodist Church
Interested in serving at Stepping Forward?
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Many people grow up in generational poverty while others experience economic hardships after a job loss, divorce, or major medical problems. Getting out of these situations can be difficult as there can be many barriers in the way. Stepping Forward can help you with specific skills, tools, and relational support so you can move out of poverty to a higher level of self sufficiency.
Every Tuesday night – Stepping Forward includes:
- Free Community Dinner • 6-7 pm
- Free Job and Life Skills classes • 7-8:30 pm (see list below)
- Free ESL Classes for all adults, all levels • 7-8:30 pm
- Referrals to needed services • 6:30-8:00 pm
- Homework Room and fun activities for the Kids • 6:30-8:00 pm
Food Pantry for qualified families living in the Lakota School District • 6:30-8 pm
2. West Chester Presbyterian Community Suppers – Monday Nights
Community Suppers: Either help serve or come and enjoy a meal with friends. There are several groups that take turns serving suppers every Monday to the community. They work from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. For more information about joining a group, contact the church office at 777-1705.
3. Over-The-Rhine Soup Kitchen
Our work helps insure that the areas low income, homeless, and working poor people are provided with a hot, home-cooked meal.
Over the Rhine – We prepare, cook and serve lunch on the 4th Saturday of every month.
1620 Vine Street Cincinnati, OH 45202 (513) 241-5121
Directions can be found: http://www.overtherhinekitchen.org/visit.html#locations
How can I help?
Be a volunteer! Families are encouraged to help out and children have to be able to work independently. Tasks: Meal preparation, cooking and serving cafeteria style.
Over the Rhine – we need minimum of 8 volunteers. We start cooking at 9 a.m. to serve at noon to 1 p.m.
C3 Empty Bowls Event October 21st 11 am -2 pm
Join our partners at C3, The Caring Community Collaborative, at Liberty Center’s Sabin Hall, as they present the Third Annual West Chester Liberty Empty Bowls fundraiser to benefit hunger in our community. Proceeds will go to Reach Out Lakota and the Faith Alliance Summer Lunch Program. We hope you will join hands to address the needs of those who are struggling with food insufficiency in our community.
See details below:
REGISTER for either the 11:00 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. seating
DONATE $20 per person toward hunger programs in our community
SELECT a handcrafted bowl made by local artists and organizations
RECEIVE your choice of soup, bread, dessert and a drink, prepared by local chefs and restaurants
PURCHASE TICKETS: Link
Holiday Season – Partner with Reach Out Lakota
Last year program: (We will update with the 2017 program once it becomes available)
Show that you care this Christmas – share what you can with those in need and give back to the West Chester and Liberty Township community! This year we expect to serve 800 local children and their families and we need your help to ensure they experience the joy of the season.
Ways You Can Give:
SPONSOR Buy a new toy or gift card valued at $25
PARTNER Host a giving tree or a toy drive
DONATE Make a monetary donation and we’ll shop for you
Let us know that we can count on your support! Simply reply by clicking on a link above or contacting a program coordinator for more details.
|Andrea Subler||Sue Cheney|
Feed Our Neighbors in Need Food Drive
Volunteers bring non-perishable food to several drop off points including,
collecting at Compass Christian Church 6771 Tylersville Road Mason OH 45040.
You can use Kroger paper bags or other bags of your choice and leave them outside our doors- Collecting up to March 5, 2017.
The 4th Annual “Feed our Neighbors in Need” Food Drive in March 2016 resulted in more than 27,700 pounds of food & personal hygiene products that were donated to 12 area food pantries in Butler, Warren and Hamilton Counties. With the help of 17 local congregations, we outdid last year’s total collected by more than 2,400 pounds! The estimated impact of this collaborative community event is estimated as providing enough food to feed 166 families of 4, or 664 people, 2 meals per day for 6 weeks or an estimated 55,776 meals. Praise God! That is the beauty of collaboration!
Habitat for Humanity X-days
April 1 is a proposed date.
Volunteers offer a variety of activities from preparing lunches for the workers, light work on the homes, as well as some construction.
SIGN-UPS for April 2017: Faith Alliance is partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati to do light construction work to finish a new home for a local Hamilton family! Other volunteers may choose to work in the ReStore in Hamilton which sells household items to help defray the cost of the Habitat operation. Meal preparers are also needed to provide breakfast and lunches for about 20 volunteer crew members.
Sign up for Habitat individually using Signup Genius link . Participation is limited, please sign up early!
Faith Alliance churches are encouraged to also have other community service projects to supplement this X Days group project. Check with your church liaison for details about what projects will be offered at your church. For other ideas, contact Sue M., Director of Outreach.
June 2016: The 4th Annual X Days Community Service event took place. 600 volunteers from several Faith Alliance churches served at sites all over West Chester, Liberty Township, Hamilton, Middletown, Mason and Cincinnati. More than 60 projects were served. Over four years, thousands of X Days volunteers have served at more than 350 different projects. Some sites served include: Serve City, One Way Farm, Hope’s Closet, several nursing and foster homes, shut-in residences and many more. To view more photos go to our Facebook page hereClick here
June and July
Summer Literacy Program
Volunteer to help teach reading skills using multi-sensory approaches.
30 at-risk Lakota students in first through third grade were accepted into the FREE Program to help with Reading skills as many students’ skills drop off in the summer. Children worked on all aspects of Reading, using fun, multi-sensory approaches including centers, computer time and morning message time.
The program was offered at two sites, feeding from the Summer Lunch Program residential sites: Woodland Elementary and Freedom Elementary Schools. Curriculum was planned and taught by contracted teachers with more than 50 years experience between them! Four college interns and one high school intern from Miami and Xavier University and Lakota East, assisted the teachers.
The Faith Alliance Literacy Program was made possible through a private grant as well as funds from The Community Foundation of West Chester and Liberty Township.
July 29, 30
Help Every Child In Need Succeed
Volunteer – collect school supplies through out the year. This program is partnered with Reach Out Lakota.
The Faith Alliance 2016 Help a Child in Need Succeed Backpack Ministry supporting Reach out Lakota’s Back to School Program was an outstanding success! Ten Faith Alliance church partners collaborated to support low-income children registered for help at Reach Out Lakota.
The results were truly amazing:
- 520 children sponsored with school supplies for the year, (More than 100% of the 478 who registered!)
- 300 + Backpacks
- $1300 + more coming in!
- Many boxes of miscellaneous supplies
For the first time, our organized Faith Alliance response took care of 100% of those requesting help in our community!
May – August
Summer Lunch Ministry Program
Volunteers monitor lunch, offer fun and/or educational activities and provide love and connection to others at 7 different residential sites in Lakota. Volunteers are not responsible for buying or making the lunches.
In collaboration with the Lakota Child Nutrition Department, Lakota Schools, Mission Possible and Butler County Success lunch will be served to low-income children by using School Buses converted into Food Buses!
Lunch is served 7 Sites including Meadowridge Apartments, Gettysburg Mobile Home Community, Lakota Lakes Apartments, Deer Run Apartments, Liberty Junior School plus 2 new sites: Princeton Village Mobile Home Community and Countryside Mobile Home Community.
In 2016, approximately 15,000 lunches were served to several hundred at-risk children, with more than 500 volunteers from 23 churches, several schools and businesses giving love and attention to the kids.
A collaborative Lakota outreach for several years, Summer Lunch has allowed Church Partners to show God’s love by helping feed low-income children all summer. Due to the Food Bus being added in 2016, volunteers are now able to concentrate on the children with love, attention and activities. The outreach is funded by a variety of sources including: USDA; Caring Community Collaborative; Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty, church partners and private donors.
Ongoing During School Year
Whiz Kids – Literacy Program sponsored by City Gospel Mission
Whiz Kids is a literacy-based, one-to-one tutoring and mentoring program that has been recognized as a “Best Practice Program” by the Ohio Governor’s office. We work closely with local churches and organizations as they embrace a neighborhood public elementary school, develop relationships with school administrators, and provide tutors for the children. Tutoring sessions typically occur for one hour each week during the school year. If you’d like to learn more about Whiz Kids, please contact Janean at jparsons@CityGospelMission.org.
Sing Out Against Poverty Music Festival
When Sat, September 30, 2017, 12 pm – 5 pmWhere The Square at Union Centre, 9285 Centre Pointe Dr, West Chester Township, OH 45069, USA (map)Description Sing Out Against Poverty is a Christian Music Festival with bands from church partners providing music along with free food and fun for the whole family. Proceeds go to support Faith Alliance hunger and education programs serving those in poverty in our community.
These are the partner churches that are currently in the Faith Alliance: