Big thanks to the 23 North River volunteers who served at the MUST Ministries Neighborhood Pantry on May 12th. We served 115 families by distributing food donations to those who drove thru or walked up. North River's HOPEww Chapter also secured a donation of hundreds of books that were distributed. It was so special to see the kids gleefully reading books in the back seat of their car as their trunks were loaded with meals. The MUST organizers are always moved by the joy and faith of North River volunteers. We pray to be the "city on a hill" in Marietta and beyond. Our crew will return to the pantry in the fall, we hope to see you there!
During the early summer when serving opportunities with children, families, and community organizations were severely limited because of the COVID restrictions... a few disciples (campus and professionals) wanted to explore options that would enable us to continue building trusted community relationships during this unique time while planting seeds that would develop into future "in-person" connections.
One locally respected organization that educates and supports Atlanta children living within marginalized populations asked if we could make some book/career/skills videos for their summer camp program. We were ALL IN!
These few volunteers enlisted the help of more campus students (and other friends from all ages and backgrounds) to create quality videos of excellent children's books, career choices, and skillsets.
We quickly obtained positive and highly recommended books (some hot off the press!) from local libraries and matched these books with eager volunteer readers! After just a handful of weeks, this dedicated group of volunteers has created over 65 videos (and counting)! Just wow!
We hope to make these videos, and future ones of all types, available to the YES! Program, our church families, and many other community and school programs that educate and support children and families!
While opportunities to build relationships "in-person" may be restricted for a time, these love-filled videos are planting seeds for connecting "heart to heart" with many children and families in the future!
For more information on the volunteer video project for children and teens, please contact Noelle Broyles.