Opportunities to Help and Serve
The role of the Outreach Team is to identify and coordinate various social ministries and evangelism activities of Central Lutheran Church
The ministries currently include:
FFLC Family Dining Room Program
Food for Lane County operates The Dining Room, a meal site in downtown Eugene on W 8th Ave., where Central volunteers assist with food preparation and service on the second Thursday of each month. Sally Diehm coordinates Central’s volunteers, and we are actively seeking new helpers. Contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food for the Poor – “Central Village” Campaign
In 2012 and 2013 the Central Lutheran congregation raised over $7000 in donations to support Food for the Poor’s construction of housing for the desperately poor in Nicaragua. The Central Lutheran Foundation provided an additional $6400 toward this effort, made possible the construction of four homes for the Arauz, Gutierrez, Murillo, and Vivas families of Jinotega and Chontales, Nicaragua. Our January/February 2015 fundraising effort – especially meant to honor Margit Kegel, who had the original idea for Central Village – was very successful. A special matching program at Food for the Poor allowed the 2015 homes to be double-unit residences, allowing extra space for the Urbina and Alvarado families as well as their extended families. Become part of this with your donation to Central designated for “Central Village.”
The “4th Sunday” Free Breakfast Program at First Christian Church (11th Ave. & Oak St.)
Thanks to a generous grant from the Central Foundation, Central partners with First Christian Church in downtown Eugene to assist in funding their Sunday Free Breakfast Program. The church is an emergency meal site where homeless individuals and families can get a free Sunday morning breakfast (pancakes, sausage, eggs, with juice, fruit and yogurt). Central provides funds to support this program for one Sunday a month for a year. This supplies nearly 3000 meals for the poor and homeless. In addition to being a true Christian act of charity to people in our own town, this collaboration with First Christian provides many volunteer opportunities to the Central congregation. The entire breakfast team includes people involved in gathering food – much of it from Food for Lane County (Friday); those involved in room setup (Saturday); and volunteer cooks, servers, dishwashing crews, and room teardown crews (Sunday mornings). Contact Bernie Bopp (email@example.com) or Ginger Bopp (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information on how to volunteer.
“Opportunity Village” – Building Homes and Shelters for Eugene’s Homeless
Opportunity Village Eugene (OVE) is an outreach by faith-based and volunteer groups to assemble small bungalows as transitional housing for several dozen of Eugene’s homeless. In 2014 Council approved a cooperative arrangement with Alex Daniell, the designer of the OVE bungalows, to provide temporary office space in Luther House. OVE’s shared space in Luther House will assist in their fundraising and construction effort for their next low-income housing project, Emerald Village Eugene (EVE).
Habitat for Humanity
With the help of a $5000 grant from the Central Foundation, Habitat for Humanity began construction of its 53rd home in the Eugene/Springfield area at 4966 Royal Avenue. Central Lutheran worked with other area faith Communities, including Central Presbyterian, First Congregational, and Temple Beth Israel, to construct a new home for the Martinez family (Andres, Brenda, and their two young sons). A Central Lutheran crew of 8-10 people worked at the site on about six occasions. A new volunteer opportunity for the 2015 build was “lunch crew.” Whenever a Central team was at the work site, we recruited other volunteers (e.g., Ron and Eunice Fenchak, Gary Wolfe, Joyce Spence) to bring and serve lunch for the entire work crew (a total of at least 15 people, half of whom were Central members). This new volunteer opportunity was warmly received by all – a tasty free lunch makes lots of new friends!
Central Lutheran as an Egan Warming Center
In the spring of 2015 Council voted unanimously to establish Central as an Egan Warming Center (EWC) for the 2015 – 16 winter season (Nov. 15 – March 31). When night-time temperatures are predicted to fall below 29 degrees F, our fellowship hall and kitchen may be activated to shelter and feed 40-50 homeless adults. All bedding and food will be provided by EWC volunteers, who will also clean up the next morning. EWC has several hundred active volunteers, and over twenty of Central have taken the training to become volunteers. This past November, December, and January Central was activated on nine nights, providing shelter and hot meals for over 300 individuals and about 30 dogs. This effort has been arguably the most successful and uplifting work done by the Outreach Team all year.
For more information on how to volunteer, contact the Team Leader below.
Outreach Team Leader