There are so many needs
Our Social Concerns committee is a volunteer-based Outreach effort to bring the grace of Christ to others. This committee’s purpose is to increase the congregation’s awareness of the needs of our church members, our community, and our world, and establish congregation-supported programs to address some of thee needs.
If you are interested in volunteering for the Social Concerns committee or have questions about any of our programs please contact the church office.
There are so many needs that other existing organizations may be better suited to serve them. The nonprofit 211info is setup as everyone’s front door to nonprofit, government and faith-based programs. There are roughly 3,000 agencies in their database providing over 50,000 programs to people throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Use this link to explore their options: http://211info.org/
Our Current Social Concerns Programs
Thanksgiving Food Baskets
Each year Shepherd of the Valley volunteers prepare and distribute Thanksgiving Food Baskets for families in need!
Typically we have about 20 volunteers (including the youth) over the course of a weekend who provide 40 plus families with boxes filled with turkey, fresh vegetables, milk, eggs, stuffing, rolls, pie, rice, canned goods, baking mixes, and other food for their Thanksgiving celebrations. The Thanksgiving Food Baskets contain enough food to provide for several additional days of dining after Thanksgiving.
The committee also asks annually for volunteers to assist in the advance preparation such as menu selection, pricing, ordering, and collecting boxes and agencies coordination. We also seek volunteers each year who can help setup the packaging and distribution activities, the actual shopping, and even the post-delivery cleanup activities at SOV.
The committee relies heavily upon annual donations of cash for this success of this program. This program is lots of fun and a great way to meet and love our neighbors and share God’s blessings!
Gap Essentials Ministry (GEM) Program
The purpose of a Gap program is to provide a resource or service to meet ongoing needs in our community that are not already being met by agencies, government or churches.
Our SOV GEM program is focused on providing: cleaning supplies, personal hygiene supplies, and baby supplies to families in need. These are items which are not covered by the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Our SOV Youth are actively involved in supporting this program. They collect and stow donated GEM items, conduct the GEM inventory, and prepare bi-weekly GEM distribution kits for the families. They also announce during weekly Sunday services the shortage items, and request the congregation provide donations.
Habitat for Humanity
On occasion, members of the SOV community provide volunteer hours to support the local Willamette West Habitat for Humanity building efforts. SOV will seek a volunteer to organize the SOV volunteers and align their skills with requirements of the Habitat for Humanity Build sites.
For more information about Willamette West Habitat for Humanity: http://www.habitatwest.org/