Hope Rising Serving Opportunies

Opportunities to Serve

As we all look to do our part to help lessen the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, there are also opportunity as a church to serve those in need and share the Hope we have in Jesus. To that end, we have created the following list of current opportunities in which you can serve our community.
Last modified: 25 June 2020

BLOOD DRIVE @ BETHANY
Wednesday, July 22 | Noon-5:00pm
Greenland Campus |
Rotunda

Are you looking for a tangible way to serve our community and help those in need during the pandemic? The demand for blood continues to be a major priority in our region and Bethany Church is hosting a blood drive at the Greenland Campus. If you are interested, please visit the Red Cross website, search for our location and register for an appointment: redcrossblood.org.

SHOE DRIVE: DONATE SLIGHTLY USED SHOES
Saturday, August 1 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
Any Bethany Campus

Do you have slightly worn shoes that you no longer use? Consider donating them as each pair helps provide jobs to the poor in Haiti. We are collecting clean, gently used shoes for the “Help for Haiti” program. No boots please and the shoes should be at least size 10. Here how: place your pair of shoes in a plastic grocery bag, place them in a box and then drop them off to any of our three campuses on collection day. Encourage family, friends, neighbors, co-workers to donate as well!

HOUSING NEEDS: BECKET FAMILY OF SERVICES
Becket Family of Services is a New England based Non-Profit mental health agency. They are currently looking for individuals, couples and families across New Hampshire to become either adolescent Foster Care Providers or adult Shared Living Providers (for adults with developmental disabilities). This is a great way for someone who might have an extra bedroom in their home to make some additional income and help meet a growing need in our community.
For more information, contact: Jamie Carver (jamie.carver@becket.org (603) 953-3851)

FOOD/DIAPERS/VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: SEACOAST FAMILY PROMISE
Seacoast Family Promise serves low-income families in the seacoast region. They are in need of the following: 
Food: Donate nonperishable food items, toiletries and basic home cleaning needs for families in our housing and aftercare programs. 
Diapers: Donate wipes and diapers/pull-ups (all sizes, genders, brands), especially sizes 3 and 4.
Volunteer to Serve meals: Volunteers graciously provide hot meals for the four families currently in the shelter program. Dinners can be dropped off with no contact necessary.  If you would like to donate a meal or home made snack for our Day Center please contact Ashley Miller for more information: 603-658-8448
Note: All donations can be dropped off on their front porch during the following times (see address below): Monday – Friday; 10:00am – 4:00pm
Contact information: 27 Hampton Road, Exeter, NH; Phone: (603) 658-8448 seacoastfamilypromise.org

NEEDS FOR FOSTER CHILDREN
The COVID-19 crisis, together with homelessness and opioid abuse in NH has placed the foster care system in crisis.  There is a significant number of children coming into care.  The time is critical and more foster parents, foster respite, and emergency foster providers are needed NOW.  If you have ever considered fostering please contact us to start the training and approval process.  If you were previously licensed and would consider active fostering again, please contact Bethany Christian Services (a ministry supported as part of the local mission outreach of Bethany Church). 
For more information contact Cindy Thomas, cthomas@bethany.org

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: GATHER FOOD PANTRY
The Gather Food Pantry in Portsmouth (gathernh.org) has a specific volunteer need as they serve those at risk thought the COVID-19 Pandemic. If you are healthy and willing to donate some regular hours, listed below are those areas of need:
Pantry Market: Volunteers in this role help sort through food, stock & shelve, help members shopping, and log weights. Training for this is also on-site and staff are always on the floor to help answer questions. Most shifts are 8:30-11:00am, 11:00am-1:00pm, 1:00-3:30pm.
To volunteer and get a more specific list of needs, please contact Melissa Sandoval (603.436.0641 or msandoval@gathernh.org)

OPERATION BLESSING
The demand for food and everyday items has increased dramatically due to the pandemic. Operation Blessing serves the most vulnerable in our community by offering food and staple items to those who are in need. They offer a drive-up food pantry and delivery food services in Portsmouth.

Beginning June 3, they will also be resuming operations offering food, clothing and household items to individuals and families. Additionally, they will be staffing a temporary shower/hygiene station for our homeless population. Towels and hygiene kits will be provided while supplies last. In addition to monetary gifts the following is a list of needed items:
Household items:  Toilet paper, Paper products, Hand sanitizers, Disinfectant wipes, Shampoo, Deodorant, Razors, Laundry soap/dish soap AND Trash Bags (13 Gallons)
Food items: Canned Fruit, Canned Tuna, Tomato sauce, Peanut butter/Jelly, Canned soup, Cereal, Condiments, Boxes of cookies/crackers, Ground coffee/filters.
For more information, visit their website: www.operationblessingnh.org 
Please contact Tammy Joslyn at: (603) 988-2671 to schedule a delivery time
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MAKE MEDICAL MASKS
Caregivers who are serving those infected and offering medical treatment are in need of masks as the supply is running dangerously short. If you are able to sew and willing to assemble the needed masks, visit the following website for step-by-step instructions: https://www.joann.com/make-to-give-response/?icn=hpzhero&ici=make-to-give-response
Drop off finished masks at the following locations:
Joann Fabrics
BWM in Stratham
Hampton Inn in Exeter

CONTACT LOCAL FOOD BANKS
The coronavirus social distancing mandate has created an increased demand for food and household items. Contact your local food bank and look for ways to provide food items to those in need. 
Footprints | Kittery https://www.footprintsfoodpantry.org
Raymond Methodist Church (603) 895-2265
Raymond Middle School (603) 895-3394
Raymond Baptist Church (603) 895-2859