This summer, Community Outreach is offering opportunities for you to learn, serve, and invest. To become informed about topics that matter to you, to find a way to serve throughout the summer, and to consider how God might be calling you to steward your gifts, time, and prayers to raise up the next generation of leaders and impact our cities. 


Check out our class and seminar offerings that are scheduled throughout the summer. Serving opportunities are listed by date, and the city focus of each opportunity is highlighted. Many of our opportunities are family friendly so look for the family friendly icon next to the serving opportunity. At the end of the guide you will find information on ways to invest or give this summer. 

 

Our back to school campaign will kick off in July, and throughout the summer we’d like to encourage you to think about donating food to your local cooperatives who are helping with the high demand for food from families when kids are out of school.


Lastly we’ve included some additional resources for you, a list of books for summer reading and a prayer guide and resource card which tells you where resources are available to help meet critical needs for someone struggling financially. We hope you'll find this guide a great tool for you to loving your neighbor, and impacting the city in which you live, work and play. 

 

Click on the links after each opportunity or resource.

New This Year

 

 

Wisdom, Knowledge,

Understanding

 

 

We have hand selected the topics below in response to situations and issues facing us and our neighbors. We are more than conquerors in Christ! So then why do the things we hear on the news seem overwhelming and make us feel helpless? Our speakers will cover today’s issues offering knowledge and insight revealing how God’s people are His plan to restore and heal in times of crisis and despair. Equip yourself to attempt something so great for God.

 


SEX TRAFFICKING: ATLANTA RESPONDS OFFERED BY STREET GRACE

Bob Rodgers
President & CEO
StreetGrace

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 10:45 AM – NOON 
Ministry Center
While there is more to do, Atlanta is becoming known for having one of the most coordinated and comprehensive responses to the issue of sex trafficking. Partnering together, law enforcement, NGO’s, legislations, churches, businesses and communities are coming together and leading well. There has never been a more important, or productive, time to be committed to, engaged in, or to find your place in the fight to end sex trafficking.

 


Women Only
THE KALEID PROJECT: IN-THE-MOMENT PRACTICES FOR OPEN-HEARTED SERVICE

The Kaleid Team
Karen Guess 
Liz Johnson
Sarahnell Hartman
Tiffany Alley

 

TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 6:30 – 8:00 PM 
Midtown Auditorium
SATURDAY, JULY 20, 9:00 – 10:30 AM 
Room A3227-28
Are you wondering how to serve others without a sense of striving? Do you struggle with a disconnect between your inspirational morning devotions and the experience of serving others in your daily life? The Kaleid Project is a community of women who believe that when we take the time, together, to see Jesus, ourselves, our neighbors, and our communities through new lenses, we can serve God with greater health.

 


LIFE COACHING

Bryan Brown
Perimeter Church

 

TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 6:00 – 8:00 PM 
The Shed
Develop the one skill that will have the greatest impact on your ministry and relationships - Learning to listen well! Included in this is skill is the ability to ask power questions that help others and empower them to take greater responsibility and initiative in their lives.

 


DISCOVER U

Drue Warner
Perimeter Church

 

SUNDAY, JULY 14, 10:45 AM – NOON 
Ministry Center
Come discover how you are uniquely and wonderfully made by God, with spiritual gifts, abilities, talents, and experiences all woven together to serve with a greater purpose in our neighborhood, community, and world. This fun, interactive session will provide you with resources and tools to better discover your “What?” and your “Why?”

 


TRAUMA AND THE BRAIN

Mel Meyer
Out of Darknes

 

TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 6:30 – 8:00 PM 
The Shed
This session will help you be better equipped to understand complex trauma and its impact on the brain and body. Being able to recognize the impacts of trauma empowers us to show greater empathy to people in crisis, understand God’s heart towards suffering and the healing process, and provide informed responses to the needs of individuals in our churches and communities.

 


"WILL YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?"

Joshua Sieweke
Office Director
World Relief Atlanta

 

Larry Campbell
Executive Director
Corners Outreach

 

MONDAY, JUNE 10, 7:00 – 8:30 PM 
Midtown Auditorium
SUNDAY, JULY 21, 10:45 AM – NOON 
Ministry Center
Connects the Great Commission which says to “go” or “as you go”, to the Greatest Commandment which says “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” and the Good Samaritan story which tells us, “Who is my neighbor?” Join World Relief and Corners Outreach leadership to explore ways to be a neighborhood.

 


PURSUING THE HEART

Ryan Brown
Caleb Martin 

Perimeter Church

 

SATURDAY, JULY 20, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM 
Room A3229-30
How often have you been in a situation, discipleship group, etc. when someone deeply shares, but you’re just not sure where to go with it? Maybe you sense there's more "underneath"? Proverbs 20:5 - The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out. How do we draw out understanding when others are in the midst of struggles and issues? This workshop will model skills and questions that, with the Spirit's help, can reveal the underlying issue or concern. This is the "drawing out" process that helps lead to understanding.

 


POVERTY SIMULATION

Darlene Turk 
Director of Volunteer Services
North Fulton Community Charities

 

SATURDAY, JULY 20, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM 
Midtown Auditorium
This Experience is designed to be an exploration of the challenges that families in poverty face every day. Participants are divided into family units reflecting pre-assigned skills, income, housing and a variety of stumbling blocks.

 


DISASTER RELIEF TRAINING OFFERED BY THE SALVATION ARMY

Lanita Loyd
Salvation Army

 

SATURDAY, JULY 20, 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM 
Uptown Auditorium
This course offers an overview of The Salvation Army’s mission, the services it provides during a disaster, and prepares participants for their first disaster assignment, describing everything from packing to travel to self-care. This is the gateway course to The Salvation Army’s disaster training program, is required for all disaster workers, and is a prerequisite for most other Salvation Army disaster training courses.

 


RAISING KIDS IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Bob Rodgers
President & CEO
StreetGrace

 

SATURDAY, JULY 20, 9:00 – 10:30 AM 
The Shed
A road map for caring adults. The focus is on understanding the pitfalls of social media and technology while best protecting those we love.

 



We exist to serve others by showing God’s love in practical ways through meeting the needs within our communities and spheres of influence. Simple acts of personal kindness can open hearts to the love of Jesus for both those being served and those serving. Come join Community Outreach for this morning filled with both onsite and offsite serving opportunities and a variety of seminars are being offered this year. Gather together with your friends, family or small group. Invite your neighbors and co-workers to join you as we help get our kids and schools ready to go back to school. 

 



“If you get rid of unfair practices, quit blaming victims,

    quit gossiping about other people’s sins.

If you are generous with the hungry and start giving yourselves to the down-and-out,

Your lives will begin to glow in the darkness, your shadowed lives will be bathed in sunlight. 

I will always show you where to go.

    I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places—firm muscles, strong bones.

You’ll be like a well-watered garden, a gurgling spring that 

Never runs dry.

You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew,

    rebuild the foundations from out of your past.

You’ll be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, 

Rebuild and renovate, make the community livable again." 

Isaiah 58:9-12

 

  • Serving All Summer
     

    next to an opportunity indicates that this project is family friendly and kids can participate.

    ATLANTA
    ATLANTA DREAM CENTER: OUT OF DARKNESS ANTI-TRAFFICKING MINISTRY

    VARIOUS LOCATIONS
    Become an Ambassador: The Ambassador Team serves by raising awareness through speaking engagements, representation at events and equipping churches and community partners with resources to engage in the fight against commercial sexual exploitation. (Men & women, 18 and older.)

     

    Encounter Outreach: Out of Darkness’ outreach initiative, Encounter, spends extended time on the streets and in strip clubs and brothels, loving people well and listening to their stories. This specific Friday night outreach is an opportunity for volunteers to come together to encounter God, encounter individuals in the sex industry and invite them into encounters with the Most High God. (Men & women, 18 and older.) Friday Night 7:00 PM - 3:00 AM. 

     

    Jail Mentorship: Individuals in the commercial sex industry often end up being incarcerated at some point. This is a great opportunity for the Out of Darkness Team to engage with them, offer mentoring and other referral service and assist them in developing the skills that they need to live a restored life. (Men & women, 18 and older.)

     

    Safe House Team: Calling the hotline is only the first step of the journey into healing. The Out of Darkness Safe Home provides crisis stabilization and care to survivors before they transition into a long-term program. During their stay, our team of volunteers come alongside staff to champion each woman in a host of ways – appointment transportation, leading activities and offering spiritual and relational support as each woman navigates the challenges associated with recovery.  Volunteer mentors also are needed to build lasting relationships with women as they walk through recovery and transition seasons. (Women only, 21 and older.)

     

    Jail Pen Pal Team: The Out of Darkness Jail Ministry and Pen Pal Program began when a woman in a local jail traded her lunch tray for a stamp so that she could send a letter to Out of Darkness asking for help. Since then, the organization has received hundreds of letters from women all over Georgia requesting encouragement and assistance. The Pen Pal Team was developed so that Out of Darkness could continue ministering to incarcerated individuals, no matter which correctional facility is currently housing them. (Women only, 18 and older.)


    Prayer Team:  Prayer is central to the Out of Darkness culture and impact. Through live updates and regular gatherings, the Prayer Team is a group of passionate individuals who stand in the gap for the outreaches, staff, volunteers, survivors and community with intercession and encouragement. (Men & women.)


    Hotline Team: Out of Darkness operates a 24/7 rescue hotline that can be called any time, day or night, by anyone wanting help leaving "the life" of commercial sexual exploitation. Trained hotline responders are able to assist women assessing their situation, walk through a brief intake process and offer encouragement in moments of crisis. (Women only, 21 and older.)


    Rescue Team:  When an individual calls for help, hotline responders activate a Rescue Team, consisting of a man and woman, to meet the individual and transport him/her to safety. Women are taken to an Out of Darkness safe home, while other arrangements are made for men seeking help. This incredible team provides tangible safety and comfort to each person amidst crisis and uncertainty. (Men & women, 21 and older.)

     

    For more info contact Christina at volunteer@atldreamcenter.com or visit atldreamcenter.com/outofdarkness.

    NORCROSS
    BOY WITH A BALL: LOVE YOUR CITY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT VOLUNTEERS

    NETT CHURCH 
    5320 JIMMY CARTER BLVD, NORCROSS, GA 30093

    Saturdays, 10:15 AM - 2:30 PM 
    All Summer

    This will be a life-changing and inspirational volunteer opportunity that you can be involved in once, a few times a month or every single week. After gathering for a high-energy training and orientation time, BWAB team members lead volunteers into an economically disadvantaged community to participate in community walkthroughs centered on building relationships with community members, to tutor children and youth, to provide ESL classes to families or similar activities. This is a great way to serve with your friends or family. 

     

    For more information, go to our website at boywithaball.com. Please contact Christine Torres at christine.torres@boywithaball.com or call 678.779.3637.

    BUFORD
    CHRISTIAN LIBRARY INTERNATIONAL: VOLUNTEER MINISTRY PROGRAM

    4300 BUFORD DR, SUITE 11

    BUFORD, GA 30518

    Monday – Thursday, 9:30 - 11:30 AM

    CLI depends on volunteers who are willing to prepare Bibles, Christian books and other media to send to prison chaplains in seven states: GA, SC, FL, TN, AL, MS and LA. Help process the Bibles and Christian books that we ship to the jails, prisons and youth facilities. 

     

    To join the CLI Warehouse Volunteers, contact Bill Hall at 706.362.3282 or whallcli@gmail.com to schedule a time to serve. We can incorporate a couple of volunteers each day. For a larger group, we would need to make special arrangements.

     


    BUFORD
    NORTH GWINNETT CO-OP | FOOD PANTRY ASSISTANCE OR THRIFT STORE ASSISTANTS

    4395 COMMERCE DR
    BUFORD, GA 30518

    Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
    9:30 AM - 1:30 PM 

    The North Gwinnett Co-Operative Ministries is a faith-based organization that provides food, clothing, utility, and prescription medication assistance to residents of Buford, Sugar Hill, and Suwanee. Food pantry assistants help sort, date, and process food donations. Thrift store assistants help sort clothing and assist in the store as needed. Volunteers must be 8 years and older.

     

    Contact Kim Phillips at kphillips@ngcoop.org.


    NORCROSS, DUNWOODY
    CORNERS OUTREACH: SUMMER CAMP VOLUNTEERS

    4498 BUFORD HWY
    NORCROSS, GA 30071 
    651 BROOK HOLLOW PKWY
    NORCROSS, GA 30071
    6890 PEACHTREE INDUSTRIAL BLVD
    DUNWOODY, GA 30360 5139 JIMMY CARTER BLVD,
    NORCROSS, GA 30093

    Monday – Friday, May 28 – July 26, 10:00 AM – Noon

    This camp was created at the request of the Berkeley Lake Elementary school principal, who asked that the church help the children with academics during the summer. Through a mix of stations, children have reading, life lessons, and sports, which are all followed by lunch every day. Volunteers will find this to be a fun opportunity where they can really build relationships with the children in the four communities in Dunwoody and in Norcross that we serve. This is a great way to serve with your family. 

     

    For more information, go to our website cornersoutreach.org. You can also contact Travis Sanders at travis.sanders@cornersoutreach.org or call 404.565.7120.


    CLARKSTON
    FRIENDS OF REFUGEES: SUMMER CAMP ACADEMIC TUTORING

    3701 COLLEGE AVE
    CLARKSTON, GA 30021

    Monday – Thursday, June 3 – July 26
    9:30 – 10:30 AM

    Refugee families from over 150 different ethnic groups have found a supportive, urban environment for development and growth in Clarkston. Friends of Refugees Summer Spectacular Camp serves 150 1st through 8th graders all summer. Volunteers must come at least twice per week for the summer.

     

    Contact Susan McDaniel, volunteer coordinator, at volunteer@friendsofrefugees.com.


    CLARKSTON
    FRIENDS OF REFUGEES: ASSIST REFUGEE FAMILY LITERACY

    3701 COLLEGE AVE
    CLARKSTON, GA 30021

    All Summer

    Refugee Family Literacy provides an early childhood development center for babies through pre-K while moms are attending English classes. We have a new school site! Help prepare for the new school year by cleaning classrooms, re-decorating, and finding supplies for the coming year. 

     

    For information about becoming a volunteer, visit friendsofrefugees.com/volunteer for details. Contact Susan McDaniel, volunteer coordinator, at volunteer@friendsofrefugees.com.

    CLARKSTON
    FRIENDS OF REFUGEES: REFUGEE CAREER HUB EMPLOYMENT CENTER

    1019 ROWLAND ST.
    CLARKSTON, GA 30021

    Tuesdays and Thursdays
    2:00 - 5:00 PM &
    Saturdays, Noon - 3:00 PM

    Every year, thousands of refugees are formally welcomed to the United States. The Refugee Career Hub is an employment assistance center and internet café designed especially for the global community in Clarkston. Volunteer at the Hub and help equip refugees to find employment opportunities, create resumes, receive basic job skills training, and learn computer skills.

     

    Contact Susan McDaniel, volunteer coordinator, at volunteer@friendsofrefugees.com.

    NORCROSS
    GOOD SAMARITAN HEALTH CENTER OF GWINNETT: CLINIC SUPPORT – PHYSICIANS, DENTISTS, DENTAL HYGIENISTS, TRANSLATORS

    1019 ROWLAND ST.
    CLARKSTON, GA 30021

    Tuesdays and Thursdays
    2:00 - 5:00 PM &
    Saturdays, Noon - 3:00 PM

    Every year, thousands of refugees are formally welcomed to the United States. The Refugee Career Hub is an employment assistance center and internet café designed especially for the global community in Clarkston. Volunteer at the Hub and help equip refugees to find employment opportunities, create resumes, receive basic job skills training, and learn computer skills.

     


    LAWRENCEVILLE
    HI-HOPE SERVICE CENTER: FAMILY DAY

    882 HI-HOPE RD 
    LAWRENCEVILLE, GA 30043

    Saturdays

    Sponsor an afternoon activity at Hi-Hope’s main campus or a group home to bring together the family members of the individuals we support. Plan some basic outdoor activities to keep folks entertained and develop a menu or potluck instructions with Hi-Hope staff to provide a meal. This is a simple, community-building activity that has been a huge hit in the past. 

     

    Contact Jessica Szafranek at jszafranek@hihopecenter.org to help.


    LAWRENCEVILLE
    HI-HOPE SERVICE CENTER: CREATIVE COMPANIONSHIP

    882 HI-HOPE RD 
    LAWRENCEVILLE, GA 30043

    Monday – Friday
    9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

    Hi-Hope loves to create opportunities for friendship and community-building by leveraging the interests and talents of our volunteers. To that end, we start by having our volunteers visit a few times to get a feel for our organization and then we come up with a project description to guide the volunteer’s service. This process has successfully yielded music groups, cooking clubs, acting sessions, improv comedy experiences, and basic companionship on a weekly basis. The process is simple and straight forward.

     

    Start by filling out an initial inquiry at hihopecenter.org/volunteer and register for an orientation session. Contact Jessica Szafranek at jszafranek@hihopecenter.org for more information.


    NORCROSS
    NEXT GENERATION FOCUS: SMARTERME® ACADEMY

    2500 BEAVER RUIN RD
    NORCROSS, GA 30071

    Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday,
    10:00 AM – 1:30 PM

    Our summer learning program is offered to rising K – 8th grade students. We provide STEAM education as well as tutoring with the goal of reducing summer learning loss. 

     

    If you would like more information on how you can support our program or volunteer contact Amy Sol at amysol@nextgenerationfocus.org.


    NORCROSS
    NORCROSS CO-OP: RECEIVING/SORTING DONATIONS

    2275 MITCHELL RD
    NORCROSS, GA 30071

    Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 
    1:00 – 4:00 PM

    Work in the warehouse area and assist donors by receiving and sorting donations, stocking shelves, etc.

     

    Contact Shirley at shirley@norcross-op.org or call 770.263.0013.


    NORCROSS
    PROJECT KIDS EAT: LUNCH DELIVERY IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES

    CAMPUS CHURCH 
    1525 INDIAN TRAIL, LILBURN RD,
    NORCROSS, GA 30093

    Monday - Friday
    June 3 - July 31
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

    Knowing that children living in extended-stay hotels are in very unstable conditions, Project Kids Eat was created to ensure that children received breakfast and lunch throughout the summer break, when they are not able to receive the free or reduced meals from their public school. Volunteers, ages eight and older, are welcome to help pack and pass out lunches to the kids. This is a family-friendly opportunity! Donations of laundry pods, cleaning supplies, shampoo, conditioner, soap and lotion are also needed if you can't physically serve.

     

    To sign up, go to campuschurch.org/pke or for more information contact Julie Williams at julie@campuschurch.org.


    ATLANTA
    PAWKIDS: DINNER ON DONALD LEE

    1643 DONALD LEE HOLLOWELL PKWY
    ATLANTA, GA 30318

    June through July
    5:00 - 7:00 PM 

    We would love for volunteers to come down to the west side and sponsor a dinner for the children! We would also like if it is proceeded by a small praise and worship time.

     

    For more information, please contact Anthony Gates, our Director of Operations at anthonygates18@gmail.com or via Phone at 404.944.9922.


    LAWRENCEVILLE
    THE SALVATION ARMY OF GWINNETT: HOST A HOUSEWARMING PARTY

    3455 SUGARLOAF PKWY
    LAWRENCEVILLE, GA 30044

    Mondays – Fridays, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    The Salvation Army of Gwinnett offers one of the largest emergency sheltering programs in Gwinnett which successfully moves families from homelessness on the street to permanent housing stability in apartments leased in their own names and funded with their own earnings. Help welcome home a family moving from homelessness to an apartment of their own through Home Sweet Home Gwinnett. Gifts of inexpensive dishes, tableware, linens, etc. are greatly appreciated as is the encouragement and community support.

     

    Contact Debbie at Deborah.wengrow@uss.salvationarmy.org or call 770.724.1674 to schedule a party.


    ANYWHERE
    STREET GRACE: MAKE BLESSINGS BAGS/ HYGIENE BAGS FOR OUR STREET TEAMS

    LOCATION OF YOUR CHOICE

    Select a day to prepare blessing bags with hygiene products for men, women, and children. Our Street Teams go into areas in our communities that often suffer from poverty, neglect and sometimes violence. Street Teams are in these areas on purpose to reach those being sexually exploited. During these outreach events, we are offering food, prayer, encouragement and our bags with our hotline number on different items as a way out to those who are ready to leave a life of sexual exploitation behind.

     

    Contact Information: April Henderson, Director of Outreach; april@streetgrace.org or call at 678.809.2111.


    NORCROSS
    SUMMEROUR MIDDLE SCHOOL: SCHOOL & COMMUNITY GARDEN

    321 PRICE PLACE
    NORCROSS, GA 30071

    May - August
    Tuesdays, 8:30 – 11:30 AM

    Summerour’s Environmental Education Center (EEC) includes garden areas that serve as outdoor classrooms and a source of food for local families. Volunteers are needed to help keep the gardens thriving during the summer (harvest fresh veggies in exchange for your time!) Prior garden experience not required – all ages welcome (children under 9 must be accompanied by parent or grandparent. Older youth may be dropped off - great way to earn community service and homeschool credits!) You can serve once or as often as you like.

     

    For more information, visit gardens4growingcommunity.com, email Tixie@GardensforGrowingCommunity.com or call Tixie Fowler at 770.842.2551.


    SUWANEE
    VICTORIA’S FRIENDS: BASKETS OF LOVE

    345 PEACHTREE INDUSTRIAL BLVD, SUITE 1202
    SUWANEE, GA 30024 

    All Summer

    Invite your neighbors, small group, or friends to join you. Victoria’s Friends sponsors monthly outreaches to take gift baskets directly into the dressing rooms of adult entertainment clubs in metro Atlanta. The outreach is a vital way for dancers to become aware of the care and services we provide. Get a group together to make Baskets of Love!

     

    For a list of items needed for baskets, and if you have any questions, contact Victoria Teague at victoriasfriends@msn.com or 678.580.8783.


    ATLANTA
    ATLANTA DREAM CENTER: METRO KIDS MINISTRY WITH AT-RISK KIDS – DISCIPLE CHILDREN

    625 ANGIER AVE NE

    ATLANTA, GA 30308

    Thursdays, 5:30 - 8:00 PM

    Join the club. Kids Club is a Christ-centered discipleship program for at-risk kids (ages 4-12). Through intentional time together in the Word, worship, prayer, and team-building activities, Kids Club aims to instill in each child a holistic understanding of who God is and how to live out their identity as a son or daughter of the King - growing spiritually, building healthy relationships, and rising up as leaders to have an eternal impact on their communities. For men and women 18 and older.

     

    For more info contact Christina at volunteer@atldreamcenter.com or visit atldreamcenter.com/outofdarkness.

    ATLANTA
    ATLANTA DREAM CENTER: HUDDLES

    625 ANGIER AVE NE

    ATLANTA, GA 30308

    Tuesdays, 5:45 - 7:15 PM

    Through our group mentorship program, Huddles, we seek to do more than preach a message, we look to be the Message. Each Huddle, our kids are exposed to new skills, activities, and experiences and coached on how to build healthy, Christ-centered relationships in the context of a safe, caring community. By discipling kids in this way, we invite God into the ordinary, everyday things and walk alongside each kid through real life challenges and celebrations.

     

    For more info contact Christina at volunteer@atldreamcenter.com or visit atldreamcenter.com/outofdarkness.


    JOHNS CREEK
    A BEACON OF HOPE: MAKE A MEAL FOR OUR PARENTING CLASS

    2750 OLD ALABAMA RD. STE. 100

    JOHNS CREEK, GA 30022

    Select Tuesdays, June, and August

    We are currently in need of small groups and individuals who feel led to care for our new moms and babies by providing a meal for Tuesday evening Bridge classes!

     

    Contact pgricius@abeaconofhope.com if you or your group would like to help encourage our Beacon participants in this way.


    NORCROSS, SUGAR HILL
    ACTION MINISTRIES, INC.: SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM

    PEACHTREE CORNERS, NORCROSS, AND SUGAR HILL

    May 26 – August 2

    Nearly one million children in Georgia schools are eligible to receive free or reduced-price breakfast & lunch, a crucial meal that disappears in the summer.  Our Smart Lunch ensures that these children are fed. We will be preparing lunches 
    for the children in the community this summer and we need individuals to purchase, prepare and deliver 75 lunches each day of the week to the children in our community. Unlike other feeding programs, we take the food to the children in their neighborhoods, removing the barrier of lack of transportation.

     

    For more details or to sign up go to actionministries.volunteerhub.com:

     

    Norcross   
    The Vine Apartments 
    Peachtree Corners Circle

     

    Sugar Hill  
    Peachtree Village 3500 
    1475 Peachtree Industrial


    ALPHARETTA
    NO LONGER BOUND: SPONSOR A TOPGOLF OUTING OR BRAVES GAME OUTING

    10900 WESTSIDE PKWY
    ALPHARETTA, GA 30009

    All Summer

    Sponsor a day of fun and new experiences for the men at No Longer Bound.

     

    To sponsor this outing for our 40 residents & interns, contact Chris Finley at chris.finley@nolongerbound.com for scheduling a date. (Number of men subject to change).

     

    Sponsoring a family cookout includes providing a meal for residents and families (final number upon scheduling), bring outside games, and rent bounce houses for children and adults.

     

    Please reach out to chris.finley@nolongerbound.com to schedule.


    CUMMING
    NO LONGER BOUND: HOST A COOKOUT PARTY OR PROVIDE A LUNCH

    2725 PINE GROVE RD
    CUMMING, GA 30041

    Saturdays and Sundays
    11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

    Our residents work so much on themselves to break free from their addiction and reconcile with their families while in the Regeneration Program. Hosting a cookout party is a way to love on the men and support their families. Host a cookout or provide a lunch on a Saturday afternoon.

     

    Contact marketing@nolongerbound.com to schedule a Saturday in the summer. 

     

    Sponsoring a family cookout includes providing a meal for residents and families (final number upon scheduling), bring outside games, and rent bounce houses for children and adults.

     

    Please reach out to chris.finley@nolongerbound.com to schedule.


    CUMMING
    NO LONGER BOUND: SPONSOR A DAY AT THE LAKE, A TUBING TRIP, OR WHITEWATER RAFTING TRIP

    FROM 2725 PINE GROVE RD
    CUMMING, GA 30041
    TO FACILITY OF YOUR CHOICE

    All Summer

    Sponsoring a day at the lake could mean either sharing a lake house with our group or assisting in securing rental boats and supplies.

     

    To sponsor this tubing trip or whitewater rafting trip for our 40 residents & interns, contact Chris Finley at chris.finley@nolongerbound.com for scheduling a date and location. (Number of men subject to change.) If you cannot sponsor an outing in its entirety but would like to contribute financially, please reach out to marketing@nolongerbound.com.

     

    Sponsoring a family cookout includes providing a meal for residents and families (final number upon scheduling), bring outside games, and rent bounce houses for children and adults.

     

    Please schedule by reaching out to chris.finley@nolongerbound.com.


    CUMMING
    FILL MINISTRIES: AQUAPONIC FARM SERVICE DAY

    6405 BENNETT RD
    CUMMING, GA 30041

    Various dates and times throughout the summer

    Please contact us to arrange a day and time to come help with a variety of tasks needed to run the operations of our six-acre farm.

     

    Learn more here: mealsbygrace.org/Volunteer/Service. For additional questions or information, call our volunteer hotline at 404.426.4055 to serve.


    CUMMING
    MEALS BY GRACE: CLIENT-CHOICE PANTRY

    FILL MINISTRIES OFFICE
    432A CANTON RD
    CUMMING, GA 30040

    Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

    Assist families in need with their shopping in a grocery store environment. We serve about 300 people a week, and can use your help with everything from greeting to stocking shelves. 

     

    Sign up for the service team of your choice at mealsbygrace.org/Calendar.aspx. For additional questions, call our volunteer hotline at 404.426.4055 or email volunteer@MealsbyGrace.org.

     


    ALPHARETTA
    MEALS BY GRACE: SUNDAY FOOD PREPARATION AND DELIVERY

    MIDWAY UMC
    5025 ATLANTA HWY
    ALPHARETTA, GA 30004

    Every Sunday, 1:00 - 3:30 PM

    Make a hot meal, pack a box of food, then deliver your meals and blessings right to a food-insecure child and his or her family. We will feed close to 300 neighbors in Forsyth County each Sunday throughout the summer! We love volunteers of ALL ages. 

     

    Sign up for the service team of your choice at mealsbygrace.org/Calendar.aspx. For additional questions, call our volunteer hotline at 404.426.4055 or email volunteer@MealsbyGrace.org.

     


    NORCROSS
    FULLY FURNISHED MINISTRIES (FORMERLY MOVERS & SHAKERS): RESTORE

    6180 ATLANTIC BLVD, SUITE D

    NORCROSS, GA 30071

    Every Tuesday morning for furniture restoration

    Join our efforts in making a house a home for families pulling themselves out of crisis. Our goal is to do more than deliver furniture. We want to impact lives. Restore: If you enjoy fixing and restoring furniture or want to learn how, volunteer to join our Restoration Team on Tuesdays throughout the summer. 

     

    To volunteer go online at fullyfurnishedministries.org or contact Mary Myers at info@fullyfurnishedministries.org.


    NORCROSS
    FULLY FURNISHED MINISTRIES (FORMERLY MOVERS & SHAKERS): CREATE

    5949 BUFORD HWY
    NORCROSS, GA 30071 
    4864 JIMMY CARTER BLVD, STE. 203
    NORCROSS, GA 30093

    All Summer

    Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett, Inc. is committed to caring for the uninsured and underinsured poor in our community. It is the aim of Good Samaritan Gwinnett to not only meet physical needs but to also address the spiritual needs of our patients through prayer and biblical counseling.

     

    To volunteer go online at fullyfurnishedministries.org or contact Mary Myers at info@fullyfurnishedministries.org.


    ROSWELL
    NORTH FULTON COMMUNITY CHARITIES (NFCC): FOOD PANTRY & THRIFT SHOP

    11270 ELKINS RD
    ROSWELL, GA 30076

    All Summer

    NFCC’s Volunteer Program offers opportunities for students, groups, and adult individuals. We require all volunteers ages 13-15 years to be accompanied by an adult, but age 16+ do not need adult supervision. Volunteers must adhere to the policies within the volunteer handbook and are required to sign a volunteer waiver form. A new volunteer orientation is offered for additional details.

     

    Contact Darlene Turk, Director of Volunteer Services, DTurk@nfcchelp.org or 678.387.4471. 


    DULUTH
    RAINBOW VILLAGE: HEALTHY SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM

    RAINBOW VILLAGE 
    3427 DULUTH HWY 120
    DULUTH, GA 30096

    May 27- July 29

    Participate in the Healthy Summer Lunch Program for the children at Rainbow Village collecting and delivering specific lunch supplies to Rainbow Village. Rainbow Village children participate in the free lunch program during the school year and are in need of lunches to take to summer day camp. This is an ideal team-building project to engage Discipleship Groups, Connect Groups, and anyone wanting to contribute to the Healthy Summer Lunch Program.

     

    For more details and to sign up for a specific week, contact Elizabeth Hewell at EHewell@RainbowVillage.org.


    DULUTH
    RAINBOW VILLAGE: BIG RECESS TUESDAY

    RAINBOW VILLAGE 
    3427 DULUTH HWY 120
    DULUTH, GA 30096

    Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

    Big Recess is a weekly opportunity for the children of Rainbow Village to play and have FUN. Volunteers provide support, supervision, and a variety of exciting activities. This is an ideal team-building project to engage discipleship groups, Connect Groups, and anyone wanting to impact the lives of our children at Rainbow Village.

     

    For more details and to sign up for a specific week, contact Elizabeth Hewell at EHewell@RainbowVillage.org or 770.497.1888 ext. 28.


    LAWRENCEVILLE
    THE SALVATION ARMY OF GWINNETT: PACK MEALS AND COMFORT BAGS

    3455 SUGARLOAF PKWY
    LAWRENCEVILLE, GA 30044

    All Summer, in your home

    Pack inspirational, ready-to-eat meals (emergency food kits) and include an inspirational verse or prayer to be shared with hungry families in Gwinnett. Pack comfort bags to be shared with young children who have been struggling with the trauma of homelessness.

     

    Contact Debbie at Deborah.wengrow@uss.salvationarmy.org or call 770.724.1674 to register.


    LAWRENCEVILLE
    THE SALVATION ARMY OF GWINNETT: SERVING REFRESHMENTS

    3455 SUGARLOAF PKWY
    LAWRENCEVILLE, GA 30044

    Mondays – Fridays, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    The Salvation Army's mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. Serve cookies, ice water, and lemonade at our "Cooling Station" as families seek shelter and assistance during hot summer days.

     

    To schedule time to volunteer, contact Debbie at Deborah.wengrow@uss.salvationarmy.org or call 770.724.1674.


    ANYWHERE
    PROMISE686: LOAVES AND FISHES MEAL-MAKING

    DATE & LOCATION OF YOUR CHOICE

    Host a service event and prepare freezer meals for our foster families with your group.

     

    Contact: Tracy Baird at tracy@promise686.org to volunteer.

    WELLSPRING LIVING: GARDENING

    LOCATION UNDISCLOSED UNTIL SECURITY CHECKS COMPLETED

    Weekly or Bi-weekly
    Time and day based on availability

    Help our program participants refresh and maintain our garden for the season at our residential home. We have a beautiful garden space ready to be prepped for planting.

     

    Please contact Kerrionne Phillips at kphillips@wellspringliving.org or call at 770.742.9641.

    WELLSPRING LIVING: LANDSCAPER

    LOCATION UNDISCLOSED UNTIL SECURITY CHECKS COMPLETED

    Weekly or Bi-weekly
    Time and day based on availability

    We are in need of a volunteer (or group of volunteers) that can mow the lawn as well as spread fertilizer and weed killer at appropriate times. We have a lawn mower on-site.

     

    Please contact Kerrionne Phillips at kphillips@wellspringliving.org or call at 770.742.9641.

    WELLSPRING LIVING: ART THERAPY INSTRUCTOR

    LOCATION UNDISCLOSED UNTIL SECURITY CHECKS COMPLETED

    Weekly or Bi-weekly
    Time and day based on availability and program schedule

    Lead our participants in painting, drawing, and modeling to help them understand and express their feelings and also enhance their healing journey.

     

    Please contact Kerrionne Phillips at kphillips@wellspringliving.org or call at 770.742.9641.


    STONE MOUNTAIN
    WORLD RELIEF: RELATIONAL VOLUNTEERS

    655 VILLAGE SQUARE DR
    STONE MOUNTAIN, GA 30083

    All Summer

    World Relief's mission is "to empower the local Church to serve the most vulnerable." We offer opportunities for volunteers to come alongside our work with refugees and immigrants. Volunteers are equipped to provide relational support, English tutoring, job skills training, and more. Serving often takes place in the homes of World Relief program participants, so volunteer matches take into account where a volunteer lives in addition to how they would like to serve.

     

    For more information, visit our website worldreliefatlanta.org/volunteer. You can also contact Sarah Burke, Volunteer Specialist, at sburke@wr.org.

  • Serving Opportunities For June
     

    next to an opportunity indicates that this project is family friendly and kids can participate.


    SUGAR HILL
    SUGAR HILL BOOKMOBILE AND SUMMER LUNCHES

    SUGAR HILL ELEMENTARY 
    1022 LEVEL CREEK RD, SUGAR HILL, GA 30618

    June 4, 11, 18, 25, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

    Recent statistics show that a student who can’t read on grade level by 3rd grade is four times less likely to graduate by age 19 than a child who does read proficiently by that time. A Bookmobile offers easy access, incentives and encouragement to keep students reading through the summer. This is a great family-friendly serving opportunity. This is a true team effort as we will be partnering with Sugar Hill Church, Sugar Hill Elementary, Path Project, Action Ministries and the Buford Library to offer story times, book clubs, and lunch for kids living in the Plantation Ridge communities. Together, we desire to see God transform our community and bring hope and blessing to the children living in Sugar Hill. 

     

    To learn more and to sign up to volunteer, visit perimeter.org/summerbookmobile2019


    NORCROSS
    FULLY FURNISHED MINISTRIES (FORMERLY MOVERS & SHAKERS): CREATE

    6180 ATLANTIC BLVD, SUITE D
    NORCROSS, GA 30071

    Saturday workdays 
    June 8 & 22, 8:00 AM – Noon

    Join our efforts in making a house a home for families pulling themselves out of crisis. Our goal is to do more than deliver furniture. We want to impact lives. Create: "Welcome Home" gift baskets with heartwarming home essentials. You arrange to drop off at our warehouse or schedule a pickup. A home is not fully furnished until Christ is there.

     

    To volunteer go online at fullyfurnishedministries.org or contact Mary Myers at info@fullyfurnishedministries.org.


    NORCROSS
    NORCROSS CO-OP: VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

    2275 MITCHELL RD
    NORCROSS, GA 30071

    June 3 – 8
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday
      10:00 AM - Noon  
    Tuesday, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

    Join Perimeter Church and Community Outreach as we serve children whose families are clients of the Norcross Co-Op by giving them a week of fun! We will be leading a four-day Vacation Bible School at the Co-Op and volunteers are needed to lead games, share Bible lessons and serve snacks. This is a great opportunity for families, friends and Discipleship Groups to serve together. Sign up for one day or all four days of the week.

     

    LAWRENCEVILLE
    SALVATION ARMY OF GWINNETT: SHINE CREATIVE ARTS & MUSIC DAY CAMP

    3455 SUGARLOAF PKWY
    LAWRENCEVILLE, GA 30044

    Monday, June 17 - Saturday, June 23
    8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

    Join the Salvation Army in running this exciting event for elementary age students! We need people to help supervise the children as they go between classes. Lunch and snacks will be provided every day.

     

    Contact Roberta Simmons-Smith at Roberta.simmons-smith@uss.salvationarmy.org or 770.724.1679 for more information.

    LILBURN
    FCA SOCCER: PATH PROJECT POWER CAMP

    Providence Christian Academy
    4525 Shady Dr. Lilburn, GA

    June 10 – 14 
    5:00 – 8:00 PM

    There are lots of fun ways to serve through FCA Soccer camps! Coach and play soccer with campers, teach Bible lessons, or build relationships with parents. There are also opportunities to serve the camp by leading the camp store, with snack preparation, or with camp set up and clean up. This is a family-friendly opportunity with flexibility to serve the full week or just a few days.

    Visit fcasoccer.org/campvolunteer to sign up.


    NORCROSS
    FULLY FURNISHED MINISTRIES (FORMERLY MOVERS & SHAKERS): RENEW

    6180 ATLANTIC BLVD, SUITE D
    NORCROSS, GA 30071

    Saturday workdays 
    June 8 & 22, 8:00 AM – Noon

    Join our efforts in making a house a home for families pulling themselves out of crisis. Our goal is to do more than deliver furniture. We want to impact lives. Renew: Serve on our Hearts Team which stays behind after the furniture is delivered to help make beds, learn their stories, offer support, and share the Gospel with recipient families. A home is not fully furnished until Christ is there.

     

    To volunteer go online at fullyfurnishedministries.org or contact Mary Myers at info@fullyfurnishedministries.org.


    NORCROSS
    FULLY FURNISHED MINISTRIES (FORMERLY MOVERS & SHAKERS): RESTORE

    6180 ATLANTIC BLVD, SUITE D
    NORCROSS, GA 30071

    Tuesdays
    8:00 AM – Noon

    Join our efforts in making a house a home for families pulling themselves out of crisis. Our goal is to do more than deliver furniture. We want to impact lives. In addition to moving donated furniture, you can help us in three specific ways: Restore: If you enjoy fixing and restoring furniture or want to learn how volunteer to join our Restoration Team on Tuesdays throughout the summer. A home is not fully furnished until Christ is there.

     

    To volunteer go online at fullyfurnishedministries.org or contact Mary Myers at info@fullyfurnishedministries.org.


    CLARKSTON
    FRIENDS OF REFUGEES: SUMMER CAMP WITH PERIMETER CHURCH

    PERIMETER CHURCH
    June 24 – June 28
    7:30 AM - 3:00 PM

    Join Perimeter Church and Community Outreach as we serve Refugee families from over 150 different ethnic groups. Consider this to be an opportunity to be part of a mission trip right down the street. Friends of Refugees Summer Spectacular Camp serves 150 1st - 8th graders all summer. Perimeter church will be sending a team of volunteers to help with all the activities, meals and some academic tutoring. This is a great opportunity for small groups and families who would like to immerse themselves into the Clarkston community and refugee children for a week this summer.

     

    Contact Sarah Vargas at sarahv@perimeter.org for more information.

     

    NORCROSS
    FCA SOCCER: NORCROSS POWER CAMP

    KRC Hilltop Apartments
    5651 Brook Hollow Pkwy
    Norcross, GA 30071

    June 17 - 21
    9:00 AM - NOON

    There are lots of fun ways to serve through FCA Soccer camps! Coach and play soccer with campers, teach Bible lessons, or build relationships with parents. There are also opportunities to serve the camp by leading the camp store, with snack preparation, or with camp set up and clean up. This is a family-friendly opportunity with flexibility to serve the full week or just a few days.

    Visit fcasoccer.org/campvolunteer to sign up.

  • Serving Opportunities For July
     

    next to an opportunity indicates that this project is family friendly and kids can participate.


    SUGAR HILL
    SUGAR HILL BOOKMOBILE AND SUMMER LUNCHES

    1475 PEACHTREE INDUSTRIAL BLVD
    SUGAR HILL, GA 30518

    July 2, 9, 16, 23
    from 10:00 AM – Noon

    Recent statistics show that a student who can’t read on grade level by 3rd grade is four times less likely to graduate by age 19 than a child who does read proficiently by that time. The Bookmobile offers easy access, incentives and encouragement to keep students reading through the summer. This is a great family-friendly serving opportunity. This is a true team effort as we will be partnering with Sugar Hill Church, Sugar Hill Elementary, Path Project, Action Ministries and the Buford Library to offer story times, book clubs, and lunch for kids living in the Peachtree Village communities. Together, we desire to see God transform our community and bring hope and blessing to the children living in Sugar Hill.

     

    To learn more and sign up to volunteer, visit perimeter.org/summerbookmobile2019.


    CLARKSTON
    FAMILY HERITAGE FOUNDATION: SUMMER COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY

    THE LAKES AT INDIAN CREEK APARTMENT COMPLEX
    751 N. INDIAN CREEK DR
    CLARKSTON, GA 30021

    Saturday, July 27
    9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

    Every summer, Family Heritage Foundation hosts a Community Block Party at the Lakes Apartment Complex to end the summer and begin the school year! This is a fun event for families and children in the community with bouncy houses, carnival games, hotdogs, cotton candy, and more! We need volunteers to help set-up and break down tents and bouncy houses, grill hot dogs, serve, lead and monitor different game locations while interacting with the refugee families. This is a great opportunity for families and groups!

     

    To sign up, contact Bennett Ekandem at 404.299.7766 or bekandem@fhfi.org.


    NORCROSS
    NORCROSS CO-OP: VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

    2275 MITCHELL RD
    NORCROSS, GA 30071

    Monday, Wednesday and Friday
    July 7 - 13 and July 12 - 27
    10:00 AM – Noon

    Help us serve children whose families are clients of the Norcross Co-Op by giving them a week of fun! We will be leading Vacation Bible School at the Co-Op and volunteers are needed to lead games, share Bible lessons, and serve snacks. This is a great opportunity for families, friends, and D-groups to serve together.

     

    Please contact Donna at donna@norcrossco-op.org or 770.263.0013.


    Norcross
    FULLY FURNISHED MINISTRIES (FORMERLY MOVERS & SHAKERS): RENEW

    6180 ATLANTIC BLVD, SUITE D
    NORCROSS, GA 30071

    Saturday Workdays
    July 13 & 27
    8:00 AM – Noon

    Join our efforts in making a house a home for families pulling themselves out of crisis. Our goal is to do more than deliver furniture. We want to impact lives. In addition to moving donated furniture, you can help us in our Renew: Serve our Hearts Team, which stays behind after the furniture is delivered, to help make beds, learn their stories, offer support, and share the Gospel with recipient families. A home is not fully furnished until Christ is there.

     

    To volunteer go online at fullyfurnishedministries.org or contact Mary Myers at info@fullyfurnishedministries.org.


    JOHN CREEK
    PROMISE686: VOLUNTEER TO SERVE AT BIG FUN FAMILY DAY!

    PERIMETER CHURCH
    9500 MEDLOCK BRIDGE RD
    JOHNS CREEK, GA

    Sunday, July 28
    Noon - 9:00 PM 
    Time slots vary

    BIG FUN! is an annual event hosted by Promise686 at Perimeter Church for adoptive and fostering families in the metro area. Along with our partners, families are invited to come together and share food, fellowship and fun utilizing the facilities of Camp All American - swimming, zip line, ninja course, laser tag, and more! Volunteers are needed at registration, food service, games, activity sign-ups, set-up, and tear-down. Volunteer with us as we seek to bless courageous families reaching out to vulnerable children and providing stability and/or permanence for kids!

     

    Contact: Tracy Baird at tracy@promise686.org to volunteer.

  • Serving Opportunities For August
     

    next to an opportunity indicates that this project is family friendly and kids can participate.


    DULUTH
    DULUTH HANDS OF CHRIST FOOD CO-OP: VOLUNTEERS

    3395 FOX ST
    DULUTH, GA 30096

    Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 
    August 1 – 30
    10:00 AM – Noon or Noon – 2:00 PM?

    August is Perimeter’s month to volunteer and stock the food pantry. You will help receive and sort donated food as well as pack basic food items for low-income families.

     

    For more information or to volunteer please email pfryan130@gmail.com or call 770.232.7454.

    NORCROSS
    BEAVER RIDGE ELEMENTARY: WELCOME BACK TEACHER LUNCH

    3395 FOX ST
    DULUTH, GA 30096

    Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 
    August 1 – 30
    10:00 AM – Noon or Noon – 2:00 PM?

    Join Perimeter’s Community Outreach department as we welcome back and appreciate the faculty at Beaver Ridge Elementary School. We will serve lunch, encourage the teachers at the start of a new school year, and then pray for the school and their families while we are there. 

     

    For more information contact Jackie Dieter at jackied@perimeter.org or 678.405.2122. 

     

    NORCROSS
    FULLY FURNISHED MINISTRIES (FORMERLY MOVERS & SHAKERS): CREATE

    6180 ATLANTIC BLVD, SUITE D,
    NORCROSS, GA 30071

    Saturday workdays
    August 10 and 24
    8:00 AM – Noon

    Join our efforts in making a house a home for families pulling themselves out of crisis. Our goal is to do more than deliver furniture. We want to impact lives. Create: “Welcome Home” gift baskets with heartwarming home essentials. You arrange to drop off at our warehouse or schedule a pickup. A home is not fully furnished until Christ is there.

     

     To volunteer go online at fullyfurnishedministries.org or contact Mary Myers at info@fullyfurnishedministries.org.

    ROSWELL
    NORTH FULTON COMMUNITY CHARITIES: BACK TO SCHOOL BACKPACK EVENT

    11270 ELKINS RD.
    ROSWELL, GA 30076

    Thursday, August 1 - Sunday, August 4

    NFCC’s Annual Back to School Event provides over 1,000 low-income children with new backpacks filled with school supplies just in time for the first day of school. Host a drive or donate new backpacks filled with school supplies for the first day of school by August 1. Volunteers 16 and older are needed to sort, fill, and help children select the perfect backpack during the first week of August.

     

    Contact Eden Purdy, Director of Programs at epurdy@nfcchelp.org or 678.387.4458.


    LAWRENCEVILLE
    SALVATION ARMY OF GWINNETT: BACK TO SCHOOL BASH

    3455 SUGARLOAF PKWY
    LAWRENCEVILLE, GA 30044

    Saturday, August 3
    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Join the Salvation Army as they distribute hundreds of backpacks to help families get their children off to a good start in school this year. There will be bounce houses, games, face painting, and many more activities we need help running. Volunteers are needed for all activities and to pass out backpacks. 

     

    To volunteer, contact Roberta Simmons-Smith at Roberta.simmons-smith@uss.salvationarmy.org or 770.724.1679.

    NORCROSS
    FULLY FURNISHED MINISTRIES (FORMERLY MOVERS & SHAKERS): RENEW

    6180 ATLANTIC BLVD, SUITE D,
    NORCROSS, GA 30071

    Saturday workdays
    August 10 and 24
    8:00 AM – Noon

    Join our efforts in making a house a home for families pulling themselves out of crisis. Our goal is to do more than deliver furniture. We want to impact lives. Renew: Serve on our Hearts Team which stays behind after the furniture is delivered to help make beds, learn their stories, offer support, and share the gospel with recipient families. A home is not fully furnished until Christ is there.

     

     To volunteer go online at fullyfurnishedministries.org or contact Mary Myers at info@fullyfurnishedministries.org.

  • Host A Summer Food Drive
     

    According to Feeding America, there are approximately 280,980 food insecure individuals in Forsyth, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties combined (Feeding America, 2018). 

     

    Community Outreach has longstanding partnerships with several Title I schools within the 10 mile radius of Perimeter Church whose rate utilizing reduced lunch ranges from 87% to over 95% of the student population (varying by school). If these numbers are representative for where students receive two of their three meals a day, then we can conclude that these students and their families are left without in the eight weeks of summer break. All summer long, Community Outreach promotes serving opportunities through partnerships in our neighborhood to bring meals to families from extended stay hotels to low-income apartment complexes.

     

    Low food security and hunger can contribute to toxic stress – the strong, unrelieved activation of the body’s stress management system (APA, 2019). A study focusing on low-income children ages six to twelve categorized into “hungry,” “at-risk for hunger,” or “not hungry” found that hungry children were significantly more likely to receive special education services, have repeated a grade in school, and to have received mental health counseling than at-risk-for-hunger or not-hungry children (APA, 2019. Also in this study, hungry children exhibited 7 to 12 times as many symptoms of conduct disorder (such as fighting, blaming others for problems, having trouble with a teacher, not listening to rules, stealing) than at-risk for hunger or not-hungry peers (APA, 2019). Among low-income children, those classified as “hungry” show increased anxious, irritable, aggressive and oppositional behavior in comparison to peers. Additionally, the multiple stressors associated with poverty result in significantly increased risk for developing psychiatric and functional problems (APA, 2019).

     

    As the end of the school year approaches, students across the country are anxiously anticipating the start of their summer vacation. Not everyone can afford to be excited about the end of the school year, however. Hunger doesn’t take a vacation. In fact, the need is greatest during the summer months. Low-income students are no longer receiving free or reduced-cost breakfast and lunch at school, and families need to look elsewhere to replace those meals.

     

    For many of our neighbors, putting food on the table remains a daily struggle. Our local co-ops, meanwhile, typically see a drop in donations this time of year. Now is the time to take action and fight hunger in your community by hosting a food drive.

     

     

    Hosting a Food Drive can be a fun way to meet new friends and reconnect with old ones! Consider hosting a food drive:

     

    • In your neighborhood
    • On your street
    • At your workplace
    • With your kids summer clubs or camps
    • At your swim team club
    • At your child’s daycare or school
    • With your Connect Group or Journey Group


    Community Outreach has already created flyers and a how-to guide to get you started! For more information and to download flyers, sign up sheets and yard signs, go to: 

     

  • Back To School Campaign
     

    We want to be involved in the lives of students starting from the earliest stages of life all the way  to adulthood. Not only do we want to support their needs as they start off the school year but we want to provide continual care and support throughout the entire year as well. We are passionate about early childhood development that will lay a foundation for the rest of their lives. When we walk with children from the beginning to provide developmental support we are impacting not only their immediate needs but we are also impacting them in a way that extends into their future. 

     

    More information will be coming soon.

     

    We want to see children thrive at every age and grow into individuals who will invest in their community and live healthy flourishing lives. Throughout the summer you can find ways to serve children when they are out of school through the opportunities listed in this guide. There are bookmobiles, summer lunch programs, summer camps, VBS, summer school programs and so many ways to make an impact this summer. Or help us get critically needed items into the classrooms and into homes of children so they can be set up for success.

     


    Host a Back to School Supply or Basic Needs Drive

    There are many items that children need to be prepared as they begin a new school year and some of the most important ones are items you don’t even think of. Many children just need the basics: socks, underwear, personal hygiene items, feminine hygiene products, and school supplies. These are just a few items that most of us provide almost thoughtlessly for our own children. As we build deeper relationships in our community through love and service, we can have deeper conversations about the real needs of our children. Get your kids involved and start collecting these items throughout the summer. Invite your friends, neighbors and co-workers to join you in helping our kids be ready to go back to school.


  • Serving Schools and Students Year Round
     

     

    Throughout the school year, children and youth in our cities need loving, supportive people in their lives. Our different life experiences and viewpoints broaden the landscape of possibilities for children. God designed you and your journey packed with learnings and insights that can be easily shared as you journey alongside a child.


    This year there are so many unique opportunities to serve in your city, to bless your schools, the teachers, kids, and families in our community by serving your local school EVEN if you don’t have children attending that school. We have the opportunity as the kingdom to love on children in a way teachers might not have time to do. Just one hour per week or one day a month could help a child know they are loved, valued and dream about a different future for themselves. From mentoring, helping in a classroom, putting a bulletin board together, visiting with a parent, helping with childcare, move day, career day, reading, or teacher appreciation, there are so many ways to be involved. 

     

    Most schools in your community have these programs going. If not, reach out to the Community Outreach Staff, and we will support you in finding a way to serve in your local school.


    Debra Potter
    Director of Community Outreach 

     

    MULTIPLE LOCATIONS
    ALL PRO DAD

    Provides a fun and meaningful opportunity for dads and elementary kids to connect over breakfast at school. The monthly All Pro Dad Breakfast (allprodad.com) makes our students feel special and valued.

     

    For more details and information, contact Drue Warner at druew@perimeter.org.

    MULTIPLE LOCATIONS
    KIDS HOPE USA

    List of schools that have Kids Hope programs include:

    • Chattahoochee Elementary – Duluth

    • Berkeley Lake Elementary – Duluth/Peachtree Corners

    • Creek View Elementary – Alpharetta

    • Webb Bridge Middle School – Alpharetta

    • Medlock Bridge Elementary – Johns Creek

    • Peachtree Elementary – Norcross/Peachtree Corners

    We believe that Kids Hope USA is the most effective and impactful mentoring program for churches to engage and invest in one-on-one relationships with students in our neighborhoods. Sign up to serve at one of these schools just one hour per week.

     

    For more information about mentoring or to start a KidsHope program in YOUR local elementary, contact Mary Lou Heaner at Marylouh@perimeter.org.

    NORCROSS
    SUMMEROUR MIDDLE SCHOOL: CLUB PROGRAMS

    321 PRICE PLACE
    NORCROSS, GA 30071

    One Hour A Week

    Summerour Middle School hosts a variety of clubs and groups to meet the interests of our variety of students. Each student is different. If you have an hour to serve each week there are many mentor, leadership and interest clubs for you to serve with and make a difference in the life of a child.

     

    For more information go to gwinnett.k12.ga.us/SummerourMS/clubs.html.

    NORCROSS
    SUMMEROUR MIDDLE SCHOOL: WYLDLIFE PROGRAM

    321 PRICE PLACE
    NORCROSS, GA 30071

    Every other Thursday, 4:45 PM

     WyldLife, a YoungLife program for middle schoolers, meets after-school twice a month at Summerour Middle in Norcross. Connect with a beautifully diverse group of kids by helping us with crazy games, awesome snacks, and sharing who Jesus is.

     

    Contact Laura Buchanan, YL Area Coordinator at gwinnettcentralyl@gmail.com.

    MULTIPLE LOCATIONS
    MOMS IN PRAYER

    Our vision is that every school in the world would be covered with prayer. What if you could change the world–not just for today but for generations to come? We believe that a mom can be the single greatest force for good in the lives of her children and the children around her. 

     

    If you would like to find a group near you or might be considering starting a group at your school go to momsinprayer.org for more information.

    NORCROSS
    BEAVER RIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: BOOK CLUB

    1978 BEAVER RUIN RD
    NORCROSS, GA 

    Are you interested in serving your community by volunteering at a local elementary school? Join our six-week book club for the schools advanced readers at Beaver Ridge Elementary. Book club runs for six weeks each semester, and meets during their 30 minute lunch period. All supplies needed are provided. Book club is so much fun, and an amazing way to invest in the students. We need eight volunteers total (two volunteers per grade for 2nd - 5th) to make sure each grade will have a book club.

     

    If you are interested in this opportunity to serve the kids of your community, contact Sherry McLatcher for more information at sherrymclatcher@hotmail.com.

    NORCROSS
    BEAVER RIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: BALLET PROGRAM

    1978 BEAVER RUIN RD
    NORCROSS, GA 

    Several Perimeter Ballet dancers host a weekly after-school 1st Grade ballet class at Beaver Ridge Elementary. Funding for shoes, costumes, etc. is needed as we continue to reach out into the community.

     

    Contact ballet@perimeter.org or visit our website at perimeterballet.com for more information.

    NORCROSS
    BEAVER RIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: AFTER-SCHOOL CLUBS

    1978 BEAVER RUIN RD
    NORCROSS, GA 

    VARIOUS DAYS: 3:15 - 4:30 PM

    There are various clubs that meet after school at Beaver Ridge Elementary. Everything from chess club, robotics, Legos, basketball, soccer, and running club. If you are interested or available to come and serve alongside staff members, this is a great way to assist and build relationships with our students.

     

    Contact Dr. Kara Guy at kara_lefevre_guy@gwinnett.k12.ga.us for more information about the specific days for each club. 

    ATLANTA, NORCROSS, LAWRENCEVILLE, CUMMING
    JA DISCOVERY CENTER

    GWINNETT, SOUTH FORSYTH COUNTY AND ATLANTA
    NORCROSS, LAWRENCEVILLE, CUMMING, ATLANTA
     

    Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

    JA Biztown and our JA Financial Park serve kids in 6th - 8th grade every day attending public school. JA of Georgia's programs are intensely focused to bring relevance, authenticity and application into everyday learning to energize students around academics and their future possibilities. Students will spend the school day at JA BizTown or JA Finance Park. It takes at least 50 volunteers a day to run programs so there are opportunities for small groups, large groups and businesses to serve. Volunteering with JA goes far beyond your time spent with the students. The experiences you share and scenarios you help bring to life will impact these students forever.

     

    For more information or to sign up, go to georgia.ja.org/volunteer/.



    BUFORD, SUGAR HILL
    PATH PROJECT: AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS

    BUFORD AND SUGAR HILL LOCATIONS

    Monday – Thursday, 4:00 – 5:30 PM

    Path Project volunteers serve as role models and make it possible for children to receive individualized encouragement and support. Volunteers don’t need to be trained as a teacher or even know the latest way to do math. Volunteers just need to be there, smile, ask questions, and offer encouragement. These are the things that matter most and have a lasting impact. We are currently serving in Peachtree Village of Sugar Hill and Countryside Village of Buford. You can help on days and times that work best for you. In addition to our after-school clubs, you can serve on the prayer team and visit families in our community, help with soccer clubs, and our mommy-and-me program.

     

    Read and sign up at pathproject.org/become-a-volunteer.

    DULUTH, NORCROSS, DUNWOODY
    THE CORNERS OUTREACH: HOMEWORK CLUB

    DULUTH, NORCROSS, AND DUNWOODY

    Monday – Thursday, 3:00 – 4:30 PM

    Volunteers are needed to help elementary students complete daily assignments and build reading and math skills. This is a great opportunity for high school students to serve as well as families.

     

    For more info, contact Travis at travis.sanders@cornersoutreach.org or visit cornersoutreach.org.


    DULUTH
    RAINBOW VILLAGE: HOMEWORK HELPERS

    3427 DULUTH HWY 120
    DULUTH, GA 30096

    Monday – Friday
    3:30 – 6:30 PM 

    The Rainbow Village After-School program provides academic development opportunities for K-12 students of our residents and graduates. We start the afternoon with a healthy snack, playground time, fun and creative projects. Then we get down to business with homework support and tutoring to ensure they reach their full potential academically. Our After-School program is full of praise, encouragement, and a great time with friends.

     

    For more information or to volunteer, contact Elizabeth Hewell at Ehewell@RainbowVillage.org or 770.497.1888 ext. 28.

    NORCROSS
    NEXT GENERATION FOCUS: SMARTERME® ACADEMY

    2500 BEAVER RUIN RD
    NORCROSS, GA 30071

    Monday - Thursday, 4:00 - 6:30 PM 
    Saturdays, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

    We aim to build foundational skills and remediate weaknesses in literacy and math so that students in grades PreK-8 can experience increased success as learners in the classroom, bridging the achievement gap. STEAM enrichment activities offered on Mondays and Saturdays.

     

    If you would like more information on how you can support our program or volunteer, contact Amy Sol at amysol@nextgenerationfocus.org.



    Contact your local schools for more information

    Did you know your children don’t have to attend the school for you to be involved? 

    • Join the PTA

    • Volunteer to serve with a Younglife or Wyldlife team

    • Teacher Appreciation - Adopt A Teacher

    Prayer Walking Schools

    • Be a School Volunteer - many special events need volunteers like childcare,

    • Help with move day

    • Volunteer to speak at Career Day or Reading Day

    • Attend school events (choir, orchestra, sports, etc.)

     

     


    There was a need to help nourish the less fortunate children in our public school system so they could learn at the same rate as their classmates. By providing them with food over the weekend, it would increase the odds of educational success. Speak with a school counselor to see if they have the Blessings in a Backpack program going on at your school. Blessings in a Backpack is a unique program designed to provide weekend nourishment to children grades K-8 in Title 1 schools who qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Meal Program.

  • Suggested Summer Reading
     

    Each book can be found in the Perimeter Bookstore.

    • The Art of Neighboring

      by Jay Pathak

       

       

    • The Simplest Way To Change The World

      by Dustin Willis

       

       

    • Toxic Charity

      by Robert Lupton

       

       

    • A New Kind of Big

      by Chip Sweney

       

       

    • A Meal With Jesus

      by Tim Chester

       

       

    • When Helping Hurts

      by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert

       

       

    • The Turquoise Table

      by Kristin Schell

       

       


Did You Know?

Your investment in Perimeter Church’s ALL IN: Kingdom IMPACT initiative is helping fund some of the ministries you can also serve with this summer! In the last 12 months, Kingdom Investments has awarded grants to these ministry partners:

 

Atlanta Mission ($35,000) for the Choose Help Program, which provides overnight shelter, recovery programs, and vocational training for men. atlantamission.org

 

FCA Soccer ATL ($25,000) for expanding its Club Soccer program into Norcross, using soccer fcasoccer.org. See below for a video showing how this program equips kids to win in all of life: education, family life, faith, and purpose.

 

Fully Furnished Ministries ($15,089) to help renovate warehousing space to make the space more functional and appropriate for preparing/providing quality furnishings. fullyfurnishedministries.org

 

North Gwinnett Cooperative/Good Samaritan Health Center ($75,000) to work together to open a mini health clinic inside the North Gwinnett Co-op facilities. northgwinnettcoop.org and goodsamgwinnett.org

 

Jorge Vallejo, FCA Soccer Director, was recently named Coach of the Year by the Coaches Leadership Network.

 

Vallejo says through soccer, God gave him a vision of not just being a soccer coach, but a life coach to disadvantaged kids – especially boys. FCA partners with the PATH Project – another Kingdom Investments ministry partner and grant recipient – to bring kids closer to God and closer to high school graduation.
You can see more of this amazing story at fcasoccer.org.

 


   Start a Walking group: walk with others in your neighborhood to get to know your neighbors and build relationships.

 

   Host a BBQ block party on your front lawn!

 

   Plan an outdoor movie night: setup an outdoor movie screen and invite your whole street to enjoy a movie together!

 

   Meet Your Neighbors! Be friendly and present and initiate conversation with your neighbors.

 

   Plan a front yard concert: find people on your street with musical talent and invite others to join in and listen on your front lawn!

 

   Wash a neighbor’s car: make it a neighborhood car wash, or simply offer to wash neighbor’s car while you are washing your own.

 

   Bake cookies: deliver cookies to a new family in your neighborhood, a new baby or ‘just because’.

 

   Host a neighborhood meet & greet: make flyers and invite your neighborhood to an old fashioned meet & greet!

 

   Form a bible study: get together weekly with neighbors to read the bible together.

   Have a pool party: meet at the neighborhood pool for a time of fun and fellowship.

 

   Setup a lemonade stand: kids, this is a great way to collect money for your local non-profit or to bless someone in your community.

 

   Offer to pet sit: kids this is an easy way to collect money to donate to a good cause.

 

   Offer to babysit: Babysit for a family in your area for free.

 

   Provide a small service: Offer to mow a neighbor’s lawn, check mail or water their plants while they are out of town.

 

   Be a regular at a local spot: get to know the cashiers or waiters/waitresses at a business you already frequent.

 

   Host a game night: tell your neighbors to bring their favorite game and learn as many as you can.

 

   Plan an ice cream social: you’ll be the talk of the town if there is free ice cream involved!


 

"Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up." - Romans 15:2