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Poverty Community Events

A Kalamazoo Christmas 2010
Where: Kalamazoo, Michigan
When: December 19, 2010
Proving you don’t have to be big to do mighty works, a small membership church was able to lead 300 volunteers to serve 1200 guests on one day with a hot meal, warm clothing, blankets, and Christmas toys for their children. Over 34 corporate sponsors and 4 branches of local law enforcement helped support this successful annual event.

A Kalamazoo Christmas 2011
Where: Kalamazoo, Michigan
When: December 18, 2011
Proving you don’t have to be big to do mighty works, a small membership church was able to lead 300 volunteers to serve 1200 guests on one day with a hot meal, warm clothing, blankets, and Christmas toys for their children.
Over 34 corporate sponsors and 4 branches of local law enforcement helped support this successful annual event.

Impact Appalachia
Where: Red Bird Missionary Conference
When: August 27, 2011
On Saturday, August 27th, Kentuckians gathered at multiple locations across nine counties for one day of service. Projects included home repairs, community gardens, community-wide festivals, health fairs and food drives.

Celebrate Community Day
Where: Omaha, Nebraska
When: May 14, 2011
On Saturday, May 14th, volunteers engaged in service in the Metro-Omaha area. This event linked volunteers to local community agencies such as community gardens, food and clothing pantries, and shelters. Along the way participants learned about neighborhoods and agencies that are making a lasting difference in the community.

Hope Epidemic 2011
Where: Sikeston, Missouri
When: April 30, 2011
One thousand volunteers brought hope to their community during a flood crisis. Projects included sandbagging, moving people out of their homes, delivering needed supplies and giving away 500 flood buckets. The day was concluded with a Hopefest Celebration inviting a hurting community out for free food, health screenings and haircuts!

Celebrate Segundo Barrio 2011
Where: El Paso, Texas
When: March 12, 2011
The Lydia Patterson Institute, in partnership with 6 local UM Churches, several Campus Ministries and the State of Texas, held a day of cultural celebration and service in what is known as the poorest urban zip code in America. Historical tours, food box distributions and a free health fair, along with a 5K Walk/Run, served over 2000 people in the community.

Impact 10
Where: Sturgis, Kentucky
When: September 25, 2010
Six churches in five rural western Kentucky towns held a community event with 336 volunteers completing over 44 projects in one day. Multi-theme focused, this effort, though small on scale, seemed to have had big results with the churches that participated and the communities that were served.

Rethink Poverty
Where: Columbus, Ohio
When: May 1, 2010
Nine local churches hosted fourteen projects with a Poverty theme. Advocacy and learning workshops coupled with service projects on Poverty & Global Health, Poverty & Neighborhoods, Poverty & Africa, Poverty & Environment led off the first ever Love First Walk to support children in Poverty, ending with a rally on the Statehouse Lawn at Capitol Square.

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