Special Events

Special Events @ CCC:

Our mission a Disciples is to foster Community and serve our Community.  Throughout the year we hold events that are open to all.  I hope you can join us!

 

Help A Child in Need Succeed – Backpack Ministry

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The 2015 Faith Alliance Help a Child in Need Succeed Backpack Ministry in support of Reach out Lakota was a HUGE success!

13 Faith Alliance church partners collaborated and here are the results:

  • 370 Lakota children sponsored with school supplies (80% increase over 205 last year!)
  • 312 Backpacks
  • 266 composition books
  • Several TI calculators for higher math
  • Many boxes of miscellaneous supplies

Reach Out Lakota was thrilled with the results of our second year campaign. Our collaborative effort has taken care of at least 70 % of the 532 children registered for assistance at Reach Out Lakota. Sue Cheney, ROL Back to School Coordinator commented:

“The results are amazing! The Alliance participation has been outstanding; truly a game changer for us!”

Let’s continue this success again this year 2016.

From Reach Out Lakota:

Reach Out Lakota’s Annual Back to School Supply Drive was a HUGE success in 2015! We distributed over 600 backpacks filled with brand-new, grade specific school supplies to students in the Lakota School District. 2016 is quickly approaching and we are seeking donations of new school supplies to help us fulfill our mission of ensuring that all children in the Lakota School District begin the school year with the tools needed to succeed.

You can support our mission by providing:

  • SUPPLIES: Donate one or more new school supplies listed below.
  • FUNDS: Contribute a monetary donation to Reach Out Lakota c/o School Supplies, PO Box 362, West Chester, Ohio 45071 or use the DONATE NOW button on the Reach Out Lakota ROL website: www.reachoutlakota.org
  • VOLUNTEEERS: Volunteer to help us with a variety of projects. We are looking for individuals and/or groups to participate.

More information about how to sign-up and participate in our annual Back to School Fair in 2016 will be posted soon. Check back for more information on how to be a part of our wonderful program!


The following types of school supplies are critical to the success of students enrolled in our program. Donate any combination of these items or focus on one item:

  • Backpacks (Youth to Adult Size)
  • Scientific Calculator (TI 30XIIS)
  • Graphing Calculator (TI 83 or TI 84)
  • 3-Ring Binders (1″, 1.5″, or 2″)
  • Dividers (5 or 8 Tab)
  • Expandable Folders (6 Sections or Larger)
  • Folders – 2 Pocket w/Prongs (Plastic)
  • Pencils (yellow #2)
  • Ink Pens (Black, Blue, Red)
  • Highlighters
  • Colored Pencils
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Multi-Subject Notebooks
  • Index Cards (Lined)
  • Composition Notebooks (Wide Ruled)
  • Loose Leaf Notebook Paper
  • Scissors (5″ or 7″)
Optional Items to include:
While our focus is on the items listed to the left, the following items will also help local students in need.
  • Flash Drives (2G or Larger)
  • Pencil Pouches (For 3 Ring Binders)
  • Pencil Boxes (Plastic)
  • Graph Paper (Quad, ¼” Ruled)
  • Small Spiral Note Books (4×6)
  • Permanent Markers
  • Sketch Book (9×12″ Spiral)
  • Paper Towels
  • Tissues
  • Sandwich, Quart, or Gallon Sized Bags
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Disinfecting Wet Wipes
 *Please note that we no longer accept the donation of used school supplies for this program.
Questions?
Contact a Program Coordinator today!
Sue Cheney
Program Coordinator
Mobile 513.240.4162
scheney@reachoutlakota.org
 Andrea Subler
Program Coordinator
Mobile 513.315.6236
asubler@reachoutlakota.org

Open Pantry Hours: M:5 -7pm | W & F: 10a – 12p | Located at: 6561 Station Road, West Chester, OH 45069 (Not Mailing Address)

At Compass Christian Church 6771 Tylersville Road Mason OH 45040:

At Compass Christian Church we will be handing out cards with various supplies to purchase; attached is a sample of last years cards.  In lieu of supplies you can also write a check to Reach Out Lakota c/o School Supplies, PO Box 362, West Chester, Ohio 45071 or use the DONATE NOW button on the ROL website:  www.reachoutlakota.org  Cards will be available at church for you to go shopping.  See Sarah F. for additional details.

What is Faith Alliance:

WEST CHESTER TWP. — http://www.journal-news.com/news/news/local/22-local-churches-join-to-form-faith-alliance/ng23x/

Jay Shephard knew local churches could do good on their own, but realized they could do so much better by working together.

That’s why he started the Faith Alliance of West Chester and Liberty Township, a non-profit comprised of 22 local Christian churches that “collaborate, share resources and ideas, coordinate service events and strive to promote the well-being of their neighbors.”

The idea stemmed from an area woman Shephard knew who was already well below the poverty rate before her husband died and left her with even more diminished financial means and a family to support.

“This poor woman, she called me up … and said ‘Jay, I don’t know what to do. I don’t know where to turn.’ I spent some time with her and found out … forget about churches, social organizations, they don’t talk to each other,” he said. “You think our government’s screwed up, these non-profits, they compete with each other, too.”

Shephard, after leading a two-week effort that raised $13,000, realized he needed to find a way for organizations to talk with one another and decided to start with churches with the sole purpose of serving those in need.

That, so far, has translated into helping and hosting numerous programs. Faith Alliance first partnered with Faith Community United Methodist Church to bolster Stepping Forward, a Tuesday evening church program that provides dinner and free services to help equip families with the skills and knowledge they need to move their lives forward. To do so, Faith Alliance made it a signature project.

“What that means is to be a part of the Faith Alliance, you have a requirement to serve, so that’s exactly what happened,” Shephard said.

Subsequent projects included annual food drive Feed Our Neighbor in Need, a summer lunch ministry and a Monday evening community supper signature project with West Chester Presbyterian Church.

“We are an enabling organization,” Shephard said. “We take great ideas and we make them bigger.”

Lynda O’Connor helped Faith Alliance found and cultivate Faith Alliance Community Care Caucus or FAC3, a collaborative of different organizations that enlists a large network of support from community, government, business, school and chuch leaders to do thing such as serve food to economically disadvantaged children and their families.

Earlier this month, Faith Alliance partnered with Reach Out Lakota for a backpack ministry that ended up with not only 215 school-supply-filled backpacks for the organization to distribute to local schools, but also 40 to 50 extra backpacks and a plethora of school supplies.

Sue Mahlock, director of outreach, said the group formed the ministry in support of Reach Out Lakota’s back-to-school program.

“I think it was a great success,” Mahlock said. “We collected (on) three Sundays in July and Hillandale Communities was kind enough to offer their van and a staff member to go around and pick up all the backpacks and school supplies from all of our churches and deliver them to Reach Out Lakota so they could be organized and given out to the kids.”

The backpack ministry, much like Faith Alliance itself, is all about loving one’s neighbor and taking care of them, Mahlock said.

“There are several hundred children that come from families in Lakota who just don’t have enough to get by and we feel that not only is it important to feed their bodies, but to feed their minds,” she said. “It’s important for them to have a good, positive outlook on their life, so giving them to the tools they need to succeed in school was really important to us.”