Resurrection's host in Omaha is The Big Garden, a Volunteers in Mission site accredited by the United Methodist Church. This family-friendly serve opportunity is a mix of get-your-hands-muddy work in community gardens, education about systemic hunger and poverty, theological reflection and small-group learning. The Big Garden challenges all participants to "see the face of God in the city" as they serve.
The Big Garden also provides grants and technical assistance to schools, faith communities, non-profits, and other organizations who are interested in starting community gardens. These gardens receive free seeds and seedlings, access to The Big Garden's volunteer network, and help with educational programming for the first three years. According to its website, the Big Garden has helped to start more than 150 community gardens in Nebraska, Kansas, and southwest Iowa.
Depending on the trip, Resurrection team members may learn about:
For questions about Omaha, Nebraska contact Lindsey Seevers at (913) 232-4163, or email using the form below.
In 1999, a small Methodist church on the south side of Columbus, Ohio, decided to make radical hospitality, community renewal and personal transformation the heart of their mission. The Church for All People committed to reality "the dream of a church 'for all people' that would be intentionally cross-class, multi-racial and diverse, with a new model of service and worship that was 'with' the poor, not just 'for' the poor."
First, they opened the Free Store, accepting donations and distributing clothing and household goods to those in need. Since then, they have:
Resurrection teams traveling to Columbus will usually concentrate on urban gardening and food security, but potential service opportunities include working at the Freedom School, the Fresh Market or Free Store, painting, landscaping or home repairs. Learn more about some of the Columbus programs below:
More than 40,000 families have become members of the Free Store since 1999. For every dollar donated to the Free Store, $21 is returned to the community.
To support families and babies living on the south side, our host celebrates quarterly first birthday parties in collaboration with Nationwide Children's Hospital. Babies, their siblings and families have fun, receive diapers, and have an opportunity to learn about more community resources that support local families.
Through their South Side Homeownership, Healthy Homes, and South Side Renaissance programs, the church helps low- and middle-income residents qualify for home ownership, repair and renovate existing housing stock, demolish and clean up dangerous and vacant property, and creates opportunities for affordable new home construction.
The innovative Harmony on the Southside program presents music and musicians that cross ethnic and cultural boundaries in a demonstration of multicultural harmony. The group mentors aspiring musicians in the community, helping children and adults discover the joy of experiencing and creating art. They also provide music lessons, and those lessons in turn provide income to musicians and artists. The group's appearances highlight and draw attention to positive community events such as the opening of new businesses, health screenings, immunization drives, and voter registration events.
Its mission is to provide reliable, affordable access to bicycles, both as a means of transportation and as a healthy recreational activity. They accept used bicycles in good condition, then refurbish and sell them at affordable prices to south side residents; routine maintenance and repairs are offered, and there are opportunity for weekly group bike rides and other fun cycling events.
Every summer, our host sponsors the Freedom School, a national literacy education program for grades K-12, offered to youth on the south side and around Columbus. Located at Lincoln Park Elementary School, staff members and volunteers work with small groups of students, focusing on literacy skills, extended learning opportunities, academic enrichment, leadership skills, character development, managing homework, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) enrichment, and the arts. The program is free, and each participating child receives healthy meals and snacks during the school day.
To nurture the community and teach the skills necessary for sustained community development and engagement, the South Side Neighborhood Leadership Academy equips participants with the relationships, knowledge, skills, and abilities to help the South Side continue to thrive. The program looks for residents who want to build a safe, opportunity-rich South Side that maximizes diversity, builds relationships, secures and advances current residents, all while maintaining the unique fabric of the community. The program objective is to have graduating participants launch an ongoing community-based project that will propel transformative change in their neighborhood.
To foster healthy living, our host created the HEAL initiative; among the resources available to residents are:
For questions about Columbus, Ohio contact Lindsey Seevers at (913) 232-4163, or email using the form below.
The team will partner with the United Methodist Church for All People; the planned focus of the trip is on urban gardening and food security, but potential service opportunities include working at the All People Freedom School, the Fresh Market or Free Store, painting, landscaping, or home repairs. This trip is open to adults and youth 14-17 if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Total estimated cost = $399
All funds received are considered a charitable contribution. As such, once they are received by The Church of the Resurrection, there are NO REFUNDS. If, for some reason, the trip is cancelled or you can no longer go, Resurrection will credit the funds toward a future serve trip (for you or for an immediate family member) within 12 months of the original trip; OR use the funds for ministry work with our Methodist partners in Columbus.
If you have questions about the deductibility of trip-related expenses, please contact your tax professional.
05/22/19: Balance due
TBD: Team Preparation/Commissioning
For questions about Columbus Serve Trip - June 22 - 27, 2019 contact Karie Kneller at (913) 544-0706, or email using the form below.
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