Ways to Give and Serve
God needs you and your time and your skills to do His work in the world. All over the community there are ways to share God’s love and serve our neighbors. Need help finding the right opportunities? Below are a few of our favorites.
Community Outreach Ministries
Family Promise helps homeless and low-income families in Washington County achieve sustainable independence. We recognize that poverty is a multifaceted problem that requires a multifaceted response from the community. We provide food, shelter, and support services for homeless families through the hands-on work of our many volunteers. We provide advice and advocacy for at-risk families to prevent their becoming homeless. And we educate people about poverty and the means to combat it.
The Full Shelf Food Pantry is one of the largest food pantries in the state and distributes one million pounds of grocery items annually throughout the Washington County area. Because of its purchasing, distribution, and use of the computer for tracking, auditing and reporting, Full Shelf is well known throughout the state as a model for developing other pantries. The Full Shelf Food Pantry has no paid staff and is run 100% by volunteers.
It is the mission of The Youth and Family Project, Inc. to provide support, guidance, and understanding to help people in need in Washington and Waukesha Counties realize their individual goals of independence and personal well-being, and achieve a safe, stable living environment.
LiFE OF HOPE provides programs and resources to help people better understand the topic of suicide risk factors, ideation, behaviors, interventions, and the LiFE that exists through HOPE and healing. By working to provide community education, tools, and resources for improved coping during times of suicide ideation, we strive to prevent suicide attempts in Washington County. We believe that a reduction in suicide attempt will led to a natural reduction of lives lost to suicide.
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A collaborative prevention effort to educate community members including law enforcement, elected officials, health care professionals, county agencies and community members soon began to identify and understand common problems and applicable resources.
Mexican Folk Dance
Mexican folk dance is an uneven synthesis of different cultural traditions. Its historical roots is the synthesis of indigenous, European and African cultural influences but it continues to evolves with influences from modern pop culture. It is not one particular style but rather a collection of various regional and ethnic traditions.
Global Outreach Ministries
The Mt. Meru coffee project began in 1999. Growing out of passion to empower the small independent Meru coffee farmers with both Economic & Social Justice through fair prices for their coffee while providing the finest mountain grown select Tanzanian Arabica Coffee to you. Our global faith-based relationship developed out of the partnership between the Diocese of Meru, Evangelical Lutheran Church Tanzania (ELTC), and the Greater Milwaukee Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church America (ELCA).
Brick by Brick for Tanzania!, Inc. is a non-profit organization that builds preschools for the children of Tanzania, Africa. For each of their schools, a well-defined process takes place to assure that needs, construction, use and sustainability are planned and executed for the best interests of the children.
Compassion International is a child-advocacy ministry that pairs compassionate people with those who are suffering from poverty. The ministry releases children from spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty. The goal is for each child to become a responsible and fulfilled adult.
Working with and through our congregations, in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Lutheran churches overseas and other partners, ELCA World Hunger is uniquely positioned to reach communities in need. From health clinics to microloans, water wells to animal husbandry, community meals to advocacy, your gifts to ELCA World Hunger make it possible for the ELCA to respond, supporting sustainable solutions that get at the root causes of hunger and poverty. Learn More.