Heart of Longmont KIDS HOPE Director
Heart of Longmont Outreach Ministry Chairperson
The next mission trip to UMCOR West in Salt Lake City will be January 22-26, 2018. Travel days will be January 21 and 27, 2018. Mission trips like this are extremely rewarding. Contribute hands-on to the disaster-relief work UMCOR performs all around the world! The cost will be minimal because we plan to drive and cook most of our own meals.
For more information, talk with Marty Allison at , or Jan Timmons at . To hear more about our last trip and what you can expect on this trip, talk with Kathy Bradley, Ray Allison, Jean Malchow or Karl Scott.
Cambodia – Challenges to Changes
A team from Christ UMC in Ft. Collins will be going to Cambodia in January or February 2018 and working with missionary Ken Cruz from the CHAD (Community Health and Agricultural Development) organization. Heart of Longmont has a covenant relationship with Ken Cruz, which means we provide him with ongoing financial and prayer support. Most of the team will be doing medical work. If you are interested in joining them contact Marty Allison at .
Heart of Longmont KIDS HOPE Mentors
The KIDS HOPE program is always looking for volunteer mentors. The commitment is one hour per week with one child during the school year. Training and materials are provided. Mentors must be background checked and Safe Sanctuaries trained. If you are interested contact Jan Timmons at .
OUR Center Meal Servers
Pull a group together to assist the OUR Center with their Café Outreach Program. Partners come to the center on weekends and holidays to serve a lunch meal. This includes planning, preparing, serving, and cleaning the café. It is usually a 4-hour volunteer shift. Ideally a group of 6 to 8 volunteers is a good number to make this successful. The volunteer partners bring menu items the OUR Center does not normally provide and leave with a sense of fulfillment and the gratitude of OUR Center clients. There are still many open dates to fill for this year.
Heart of Longmont Children and Family Ministries
Children and Family Ministries is always looking for help with Sunday School, Children’s Church and special events. If you work directly with children you must be background checked and Safe Sanctuaries trained. There are also many behind-the-scenes tasks that CFM can use help with. If you are interested contact Misty Bone at .
Heart of Longmont Nursery
The Nursery is always looking for volunteers to help out on Sunday mornings and during special events. Nursery volunteers must be background checked and Safe Sanctuaries trained. If you are interested contact Misty Bone at .
Heart of Longmont Youth Group
The Youth Group is looking for volunteers to prepare dinners for them on Sunday evenings as well as adults to chaperone mission trips and other events. Chaperones must be background checked and Safe Sanctuaries trained. If you are interested contact Emily Farrenkopf at .
SEARCH & SAVE
HOPE’s nightly search & save mobile outreach service operates seven nights a week, 365 nights per year and is designed to engage with people experiencing homelessness at a deeper level. This incredibly important work establishes supportive relationships and increases the chances that individuals will access the array of programs to help them move off the streets and into housing. Search and save volunteers connect vulnerable individuals to services and provide emergency transportation to nighttime navigation in severe weather.
Two volunteers staff the van between 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Search & save volunteers attend classroom training and work several shifts with veteran partners before hitting the streets on their own. Volunteers are supported by on-call HOPE staff to communicate and trouble-shoot outreach activities.
Volunteers are required to be at least 18 years old and in good physical condition. Outreach activities may occur during extreme weather conditions and volunteers are required to perform a modest amount of lifting when loading the mobile outreach van with emergency supplies. A valid Colorado driver’s license and background checks are required.
HOPE Soup Angels
The Soup Angel program began in September 2007, with one volunteer providing 20 meals per night. By the end of that year, the program had tripled. To date more than 150,000 nighttime meals have been served to the Longmont homeless community. The meals are delicious and nutritious, but as important as the food is, the simple reminder that someone cares is what the people we serve tell us matters most.
Soup Angels are asked to prepare 20 meals each once a month in containers provided by HOPE. Additionally, a group of Soup Angels prepare non-perishable meals as back-ups in case more than 60 meals are distributed each night. The Soup Angel program is appropriate for adults, children and is also perfect as a group or family activity. Current volunteers for this program range in age from three to 75 plus. If you are interested call the HOPE Office 720‑494‑4673 or email .
HOPE has a variety of special projects going on throughout the year that depend on volunteer support. Volunteers have the opportunity to assist with fundraising activities, HOPE’s Christmas-time sheltering project “Room at the Inn,” clothing donation drives and office/administrative help. If you are interested call the HOPE Office 720‑494‑4673 or email .
NON-PERISHABLE MEAL BUILDING
Help us ensure that everyone who needs a meal on any given night is given something nutritious to eat. Our soup angel volunteers prepare 80 – 100 meals a night, but sometimes we have more than 100 people needing meals, so we keep non-perishable meals on hand to fill the gap. Building non-perishable meals is a good group activity for folks of any age. You can build them at home, school, office or church and then deliver them to our warehouse afterwards. If you are interested call the HOPE Office 720‑494‑4673 or email .
Consider organizing a collection of socks, blankets, or other crucial item in your neighborhood, school, church, or workplace. Contact us to find out what the specific needs are at the time you would like to do the drive. We’ll be happy to come speak to your group as well! If you are interested call the HOPE Office 720‑494‑4673 or email .
Blankets help keep our clients warm at night and making them is a great activity for youth or groups of any age. All you need to make a blanket is two pieces of fleece sized like a twin blanket (about 66″x90″) and a pair of scissors. You can make one blanket or one hundred blankets (or anywhere in between) and drop them off at our warehouse at your convenience. If you are interested call the HOPE Office 720‑494‑4673 or email .