This year, we have over 25 churches participating across Southern Chester County! We're so exciting to see the network of churches continue to grow - the more churches that unite for GSR, the bigger the impact we’re able to have! Click on the link below to watch a short video on what's happening during GSR 2018:
This Lenten season, let’s show our love for our neighbors and towns by giving of our time and energy. During GSR 2018 we are focusing our coordinated projects on impacting the education sector - those serving the educational needs of our community in public and private schools and well as a host of nonprofits providing adult education, early childhood education and after-school support. Volunteers can sign up for coordinated projects through their church and we will take care of the rest. Stay tuned for more details!
While we aim to make service more accessible and available by facilitating coordinated projects during GSR, church members are encouraged to take the initiative on other opportunities for service they see around them - whether serving a meal to a neighbor or volunteering time at a local organization.
Be creative! Projects don’t have to be big or complicated. The goal is to serve in big and small ways. And if you are already serving, keep it up! Either way we would love to hear your stories of service - it gives us the opportunity to measure the impact of the project as well as a way to encourage others to do the same! Here's how to share.
This season, we are excited to introduce a new element to the GSR project! The mission of this element is to bless those who serve the children of our community in local schools. We have collected the names of faculty and staff from area school districts and distributed a portion of them to each congregation along with envelopes and note cards. Our goal is to gift each of the men and women on that list with a personal note of gratitude and encouragement.
We suggest participating in this step collectively by taking 15 minutes or so during a Sunday service to hand out names , cards, and envelopes and giving members a few minutes to write their note before collecting the cards. We will take care of collecting the cards from you and distributing them to the correct people.
Note: In past years, we have included a food collection element to GSR. Don't worry! The food drive is not gone! After conversations with our food cupboard partners, we've decided to move our food drive to a different time of year that is more convenient for them and better meets their seasonal needs. Keep your eyes peeled for updates!
This Lenten season, our financial collection are going to a program called Getting Ahead, a 16-week workshop empowering those in poverty to build resources for themselves and their communities. Getting Ahead is based on a national model and is part of a framework called Bridges Out of Poverty, a community approach to alleviating poverty that focuses on collaboration and long-term change on a personal and community level. To find out more about Getting Ahead and Bridges Out of Poverty, follow this link. You can also watch our video (link below) on Getting Ahead and how it fits into the mission of GSR!
Four Getting Ahead workshops have already been completed, facilitated by local nonprofit staff. Nearly 40 individuals living in poverty have completed the program and expressed the enormous impact it has had on the "future story" they see for themselves and their families. Our vision is to equip other groups in the community to facilitate additional workshops and impact even more lives. Funds raised through this year's GSR program will be used to cover the cost of the workshops and the training of additional facilitators.
Interested in facilitating a Getting Ahead workshop sometime next year? Contact Kate Uhler, our Director of Community Engagement, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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