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
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Stepping Forward Tuesday Night Dinners & Getting Ahead Program at Faith Community United Methodist Church
Since it’s inception in 2011, the Faith Alliance church partners have supported a collaborative outreach called Stepping Forward
Tuesday Night Community Dinners which also began in 2011. The free dinner is hosted every Tuesday night, year-round, at Faith Community UMC on Cox Road in West Chester. Most Faith Alliance church
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
At our Monday Night Community Suppers at West Chester Presbyterian Church, I have had the privilege of talking to so many of our guests and learning about their struggles and victories. Just like us, they are trying to make their way in this world and deal with the challenges life
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.
4. IHN programs
Family Promise of Butler County began it’s Interfaith Hospitality Network Program(IHN), an Endorsed Program by the Faith Alliance, in September 2016. In that short time, they have served several local homeless families with seven of our own Church Partners as Hosting Congregations plus even more of our Church Partners as
Thursday, October 26th, was a day of Celebration for the Faith Alliance and its partners. The organization’s 3rd annual dinner and meeting was sponsored by Hillandale Family of Communities, Saint Anne Episcopal and Crestview Presbyterian Church. Clergy, liaisons and volunteers from many Faith Alliance Church Partners attended in addition to
Faith Alliance 2018 CALENDAR
Feed our Neighbors in Need Community Food Drive – Church collection Sat/Sun, March 3-4; (Distribute flyers/grocery bags February 18 & 25)
X Days OR Community Service Day – 2019
Summer Lunch Ministry – Wednesday, May 30 through Tuesday, August 7 (tentative)
Summer Lunch Literacy Program – Monday, June 4 through Friday, July 13 (6 weeks)
Help a Child in Need Succeed Backpack Ministry Collection Saturday and Sunday, July 28-29
Sing Out Against Poverty Music Festival – Saturday, September 29, The Square at Union Centre
Feed Our Neighbors in Need Food Drive
The 5th Annual Faith Alliance “Feed our Neighbors in Need” Food Drive surpassed their goal of 25,000 pounds and collected more than 26,300 pounds of food to feed our hungry neighbors. 17 local congregations in the Lakota area participated during one weekend in March. We donated to 11 different food pantries in Butler, Warren
View our 2017 FON video here: FON 2017 video
Habitat for Humanity X-days
On Saturday, June 3, 2017, the home which Habitat and Faith Alliance partnered with to build during their June X Days service event was finally dedicated! Dorothea Beasley and her daughter Aleah, were thrilled to receive the keys to their new home in Hamilton! Also, Dorothea received a Bible for
The 5th Annual X days brought the Faith Alliance Church Partners together in April to show the love of God and be the “eXternal” church by serving their neighbors. Faith Alliance partnered for the first time with Habitat of Humanity of Greater Cincinnati for their main group X days project.
Compass Christian Church at the Habitat ReStore, doing cleanup:
June and July
Help Every Child In Need Succeed
Volunteer – collect school supplies throughout the year. This program is partnered with Reach Out Lak
The 2017 Faith Alliance Help a Child in Need Succeed Backpack Ministry supporting Reach out Lakota’s Back to School Program was another wonderful success! Nine Faith Alliance churches partnered to collect backpacks and school supplies for low-income children at Reach Out Lakota.
The results from the Faith Alliance Churches were:
- More than 450 children sponsored with school supplies and backpacks
- More than $14,000 of school supplies donated
- More than $10,000 in backpacks and miscellaneous supplies donated
“Your (Faith Alliance) collaboration played a vital role in helping us to meet our goal to ensure that all children in the Lakota School District begin the school year with the tools needed to succeed.
The majority of our distributed items(over 90%) came from members of the Faith Alliance!We certainly couldn’t succeed without the many hands and hearts like yours that are dedicated to helping our community.”
A special thank you to Reach Out Lakota, Hillandale Family of Communities, Laura Zajac and all those who donated time, talent and treasure to help children be ready for school.
The Faith Alliance, a network of churches and volunteers in Lakota, served in 3 outreach ministries this summer helping low-income, at-risk local children to be nourished, mentored, and properly ready for school. BACKPACK MINISTRY The 4th Annual Faith Alliance Help a Child in Need Succeed Backpack Ministry supporting Reach out
Summer Literacy Program
On July 14, 2017, a group of 25 students and teachers from the Faith Alliance Summer Lunch Reading Program, celebrated the end of their 6-week program by visiting Fiona, the newest addition at the Cincinnati Zoo! The kids had a wonderful (and educational!) time! They had plenty of pizza
July 14th marks the final day of our Summer Lunch Literacy Program. The 6 week Reading Program, a partnership between Faith Alliance, Butler County Success and Lakota Schools, offered free instruction for at-risk first and second graders residing in low-income neighborhoods served by the Summer Lunch Partnership. These students were
Summer Lunch Ministries
August 9th marked the last day of our Summer Lunch ministry at 7 local sites around Lakota. With the help of our friends from the Lakota Food Bus, we were able to serve more children than ever this year. 13,533 meals were served with love to on average 271 children
The Summer Lunch Program in Lakota has been around for close to 10 years now and started as a ministry of local churches in partnership with the BC Success liaisons who work with struggling families at our schools. Now the program is
in the second year of partnership with the
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
An estimated 500 attendees of all ages came out to the 2nd Annual “Sing Out Against Poverty” Music Festival presented by Faith Alliance on Saturday, September 30th at The Square at Union Centre. God shined down with weather that was absolutely perfect! We were blessed with beautiful Christian music from
C3 Empty Bowls Event
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.
November – December
Holiday Season – Partner with Reach Out Lakota
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:
SPONSORBuy a new toy or gift card valued at $25
PARTNER Host a giving tree or a toy drive
DONATEMake 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.
These are the partner churches that are currently in the Faith Alliance: