Mission & Outreach
The committee for Mission & Outreach meets on the second Monday of the month at 7 pm in the Fireside Room, January through May and then again August through December. The group does not meet during the months of June and July, but outreach activities continue year-round.
Next meeting for Mission & Outreach: March 12 at 7 pm in the Fireside Room.
To see what we have planned for our 2018 Adult Mission Trip, visit here. And maybe for 2019, Sonoma Country will be ready for our help!
Our Mission & Outreach team has spearheaded a number of services that members of the Community Church have continued to provide through their volunteer efforts and donations. As the homeless population in Sebastopol has grown, so has the involvement of our church in serving our neighbors in need. An average of 15 requests for help are received each week.
We are able to help with:
- Showers, with a clean towel, soap and shampoo
- Bus tickets on Sonoma County Transit
- Warm jackets, sleeping bags as available
- Warm socks, underwear for men
- Snack bags
- Hot meals served at our 2nd Saturday Lunch
Alternative Gifts - give the gift of hope
The Alternative Gifts program collected more than $2,500 to provide families with everything from clean water to a flock of chickens. Each donation makes a world of difference in the lives of families who otherwise struggle daily just to survive. Learn more here about Alternative Gifts International.
This past Christmas we gathered 115 wrapped shoeboxes filled with items of necessity for homeless men and women - 56 of those boxes were contributed by Hillcrest Middle School, coordinated by church member Josephine Nirmala. On December 20 members of the Mission & Outreach Board delivered the gifts to the Homeless Services Center in Santa Rosa.
Gift Cards for Displaced SRJC Students
The recent wildfires consumed the living spaces of almost 1000 SRJC students and some lost jobs when their place of work was also destroyed. Our congregation generously gave gift cards to a variety of services and store in the amount of $695 to be distributed to the students.
Thank you for your generosity!
Sock and Underwear Tree
Your generosity is amazing! Thanks to your help, more than two cases of men's new socks and underwear were collected and delivered to the Homeless Services Center. . Thank you!
All of the items were gratefully received and we know they will be put to good use.
Eye glasses collection
Eye glasses that are no longer suitable for your wear can make a world of difference in someone else's life. Donating your old eyeglasses can save someone in a developing nation from unemployment - recycled eyeglasses can be the difference between a blacksmith continuing his work or closing up shop, or the factor that enables a woman to support herself by doing embroidery rather than becoming destitute. Glasses can be dropped off at the church at any time - look for the collection box in the church entry. Hearing aids that are no longer in use are also a welcome donation.