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: 11 November 2020

OPERATION CHRISTMAS JOY 
November 10 – December 5
Bethany Wish List Website
Make a difference this Christmas season by ensuring that families in our region have gifts for their children. We are working with Lamprey River Elementary School and Bethany Christian Services (New Hampshire foster families) to gather a wish list from families in need this year. No child should go without at least one gift this Christmas and experience the wonder and love of Jesus in a tangible way. 

Here is how it works: Visit our Wish List website and select the gifts you would like to purchase. The system will then send you a gift confirmation. It’s also very important that you print your confirmation email or record the gift code for each gift as you will need to affix that code to each purchase. Then, go buy your gift and drop it off at any one of the drop boxes located on a Bethany campus (with your gift code attached). Be sure to return your gift NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 5. The Bethany elves will then make sure each wish is granted and the gifts delivered. 

We are planning three “in person curb side drop off” opportunities to bring your gifts:
– Sunday, November 29 | all three campuses| 11:00am-12:30pm
– Wednesday, December 2 | Greenland campus | 6pm-7:30pm
– Saturday December 5 | all three campuses | 9:00am-10:30am

Go shopping on the Bethany Wish List Website today.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD 
November 1 – December 14
Bethany Shoebox HQ

Although we are going virtual this year, the Bethany family is again participating in Operation Christmas Child. Join us as we share the hope of Jesus with children throughout the world. For only $25 you can stuff a shoebox with Christmas goodies. Building your shoebox online is very easy. Visit the Bethany Shoebox Headquarters and select the items you want to include in your shoebox. After you complete your box and checkout, Samarian’s Purse will then build and deliver your bundles of hope to kids around the world. This is a great way to share the true story of Christmas to those in need as each box also includes the message of God’s love. Involve the whole family and help us reach the goal of providing at least 1,000 shoeboxes of hope to children this Christmas. Our campaign ends on December 14, so don’t delay. 
Visit our Shoebox Headquarters to build your Shoebox today
CLICK HERE to read a Build-a-Box FAQ

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