Urgent Volunteer Needs in the Midst of an Emergency.
Urgent Volunteer Needs in the Midst of an Emergency. — March 29th
by Dr. Stu Cocanougher, Share Strategy Pastor
The City of Fort Worth has declared a “Stay at Home Declaration." As you know, citizens are asked to stay at home except for essential travel. Only essential businesses and services are open to the public, like grocery stores and clinics.
However, not every essential service to our community is provided by a paid employee. If you are healthy and not in a high-risk category for COVID-19, here are some volunteer opportunities you might consider:
- Serving meals to homeless at Beautiful Feet Ministries. The needs of Fort Worth’s homeless population are as profound as ever. Beautiful Feet needs volunteers on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:00 AM until Noon. Please call the Beautiful Feet office at (817) 536-0505 between 8 AM – Noon to learn about volunteer needs.
- Meals on Wheels is a vital lifeline to Fort Worth’s homebound population. Many elderly and handicapped citizens rely on Meals on Wheels for daily nutrition. However, many of the dedicated Meals on Wheels drivers are retirees who are in a high-risk category for COVID-19. Because of this, younger drivers are temporarily needed. Please visit complete the form at https://mealsonwheels.org/volunteer/ if you would like to volunteer with Meals on Wheels.
- Emergency food distribution. The shutdown of the schools combined with increased unemployment has created a situation where many families in Fort Worth are facing food insecurity. Southcliff, World Relief, FWISD, and others are working with the Tarrant Area Food Bank to get groceries and meals to those who need it. Email your names and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are healthy and willing to serve at future food distribution events. We will contact you as needs arise.
- Giving blood. Carter BloodCare is in need of blood donations. However, these need to be done by appointment only. Please visit http://www.carterbloodcare.org/ for details.
- Caring for your neighbors. Do you know your neighbors? Do you have elderly, handicapped neighbors? Single parents with small children? A great way to check in on them while staying at home is via nextdoor.com . You can register for a free account and connect with neighbors who may need help getting groceries, medication, etc.
For those of you who need to stay at home, here are a few options that can be done online
- Be salt and light online. People may now be more open to the good news of Jesus than every before. Consider recording a video about your decision to follow Christ and share it via social media. Start a blog to write about your journey as a disciple of Jesus. Join the Southcliff Community Group on Facebook and encourage others in our church family - https://www.facebook.com/groups/southcliffcommunity .
- Pray for our missionaries. Take time to pray for our missionaries around the world. Visit https://www.imb.org/pray/ for up to date prayer requests.
- Become an online missionary. Global Media Outreach trains online missionaries who share the good news of Jesus via their home computer. Visit https://globalmediaoutreach.com/get-involved/join for more information.
Whether you are able to get out to serve others, or if you need to stay at home, know that this is a great time for our church family to be fully engaged in ministry to a hurting world.