FAMILIES MOVING FORWARD
Families Moving Forward is a faith-based organization providing temporary shelter, affordable housing, and supportive services to low-income families with children. Their greatest concern is the damage that homelessness causes children. Their services are free, allowing families to save their resources for their next home or future needs.
Families Moving Forward is a CPC Deacon-coordinated opportunity that takes place at CPC. Many opportunities are available for individuals, families, and small groups to serve together. Sign-ups are taken in the Great Room prior to each week of hosting.
Consider serving in one of the following ways:
- Meal Preparation: Prepare and serve the evening meal for about 20 people.
- Evening Host: Greet guest families and join them for the evening meal. Host guests, particularly children, for evening activities including games in the Multi-Purpose Room.
- Overnight Host: Host guest families overnight at CPC; help our guests get started in the morning with breakfast and see them off for the day.
- Set-up: Help prepare the church on Sunday afternoon for the arrival of guest families.
- Cleanup: At the end of the week, help to clean up and organize the areas used by guest families.
Contact: Liza Schwab at 651.485.7575; firstname.lastname@example.org.
VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People)
Mission | VEAP is a local nonprofit that serves the low-income population of Bloomington, Edina, Richfield, and South Minneapolis. VEAP’s four programs (Food, Seasonal, Social Service, and Transportation) work together to help alleviate the financial stress low-income households face as the result of unexpected expenses or lapses in income. Programs are designed to address a particular need and when used together can help to avoid crises such as loss of housing, transportation, and employment. In 2006, VEAP served over 11,000 residents. They are located at 9728 Irving Avenue South, Bloomington, 55431.
Volunteer | Our VEAP Service Team is a special group of people dedicated to serving the communities where they live and work. Some come in faithfully every week, some regularly help with our Seasonal Programs, and others take advantage of more flexible service opportunities.
Whether you come in for a few hours or a few years, we'd love your help. Check out the volunteer opportunities outlined below and call today to join the VEAP Service Team.
- Stock, pack or distribute food or goods
- Help with our Back to School or Holiday Store event
- Host a collections drive
- Drive the VEAP van or your own personal car
- Help with general office and administrative tasks
- Utilize your professional skills on a volunteer basis to help VEAP
VEAP has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for adults, both year-round and seasonal. Training is provided. Volunteers are needed Monday-Friday from 9:00AM-4:00PM and on Thursday evenings from 4:00-7:00PM. There are also seasonal and monthly opportunities available with flexible scheduling.
For more information, please contact the Volunteer Manager at 952.888.9616 or veapvolunteers.org.
Adopt-A-Family is an opportunity for you to bless a senior or an entire family at Christmastime. Organized by CPC deacons, we team up with urban churches to distribute these gifts to less fortunate families or seniors in the metro area. You will select a family or senior to pray for and to anonymously provide Christmas gifts for this year. Make your selection at the Adopt-A-Family table in the Great Room in late November or early December and then get praying and shopping! Your gifts will need to be returned to CPC in early/mid December. This is a great way to serve with your small group or your whole family!
Contact: Karen Hartwig at 952.920.8204; email@example.com.