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: 17 September 2020

PARTNER WITH SEACOAST FAMILY PROMISE TO SERVE THE HOMELESS
Offer a Helping Hand to those who are temporarily homeless by partnering with Bethany’s hospitality team, other local churches and Seacoast Family Promise. The Joshua House (the white farmhouse adjacent to the lower church entrance at the Greenland Campus) will be hosting those in need from September 13-27. The following are items you could provide to make a difference: make a drop-off meal or donate personal items and/or household items.

If you are able to help, please contact Joan Schaeffer (jmsfiesta1@aol.com or 603-498-9979). Visit their website for more information: seacoastfamilypromise.org

Bethany Fall Food Drive
Collection dates: September 28 – October 25
Donation Boxes at any Bethany Campus | Front Entrance

Bethany Church is partnering with the Gather Food Pantry to collect needed food items for those families who are struggling to make ends meet. Join with us by collecting non-perishable food items and bringing them to any of our three campuses (there will be a large bin outside of each building for you to drop off your donation). This is a great ways to show love for the least of these in our community in a specific and tangible way. 
CLICK HERE for a list of items in most need

OPERATION BLESSING: NEED FOR WARM WEATHER CLOTHINGS
Do you have gently used or new warm weather clothing items you can donate for families in need? They are looking for fall/winter items for any member of the family and of all ages. Needed items include: jackets, gloves, hats, boots, sweaters, snow pants and other items to keep warm. 

Operation Blessing serves the most vulnerable in our community by offering food and everyday items to those in need. During the pandemic, there has been increased need for staple items from families that are struggling to make ends meet. This is a great way to tangibly help out the neighbors of our community who have been greatly impacted by the pandemic and are finding it hard to meet every day needs. 

If you are able to give, contact Operation Blessing directly to set up a donation delivery time: (603) 430-8561 or email: admin@theobnh.org.

CASA: VOLUNTEER ADVOCATES NEEDED
In NH and nationally, there is overwhelming concern among social work and law enforcement experts that children are more at risk for abuse and neglect now because they are not in school or other community settings. Children are out of sight from adults who are normally in positions to support them and report abuse, such as teachers, day care providers and extended family. To address the growing need, CASA administers and provides a volunteer advocate program to ensure the overall safety of children. The following are two ways you can partner with CASA and make a difference in the life of a child:
– Make a donation to CASA to help them increase their volunteer advocate program
– Become a volunteer advocate. CLICK HERE to learn more about volunteering.
Learn more about the CASA program and/or make a donation.   https://www.casanh.org/
For more information, contact: Suzanne Lenz (SLenz@CASANH.ORG)

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)

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

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