MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Saturday, July 15th - 9AM at Reach Church

Love Austin and Love Killeen are amazing opportunities to make a difference in the lives of so many people in our city. Hundreds will go out into our communities and show the love of Christ in real and tangible ways. We are encouraging every small group to choose a project of your own that you can do together as a group.  

Thank you for deciding to lead a project for Love Austin/Killeen 2017!  We are so excited to see all of the incredible things God is going to do in and through the people of Reach Church as we go into our communities as the hands and feet of Jesus.  Please make every effort to complete the following form ASAP so that we may post available serve groups on our website for participants to register.  Feel free to contact the church office if you have any further questions.

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Provide us with a brief description of your Love Austin?Love Killeen Project. Example: "Free oil changes for single moms and widows in our community;” “Baking cookies and showing appreciation for our first responders;” “An afternoon of activities and fun for the children at Austin Children’s Home.”
Example: "Tools and oil for oil changes;” “Baseballs, board games, volley balls;” “A dozen homemade cookies or brownies.” You may also list suggested items for donation that the organization your team is partnering with has requested.

PROJECT IDEAS

Begin by asking your small group members the following questions. Hopefully, the answers will help you develop a project that is a perfect fit for your group.

• Who in your neighborhood has a need?
• What business or organization within your sphere of influence could use a blessing?
• What project types best suit your group’s ages and abilities? (prayer, worship, teaching, physical labor, etc.)

General Ideas

• Host a free garage sale
• Bring free lunches to construction workers and servicemen in your area
• Hand out free gum at a local park
• Clean up a widow’s or single mom’s yard
• Give out free sunscreen at a city park
• Give out free bottled water
• Plan a “Back to School Bash” for foster care children. Have free food, games, and a backpack/school supply giveaway
• Give out free donuts and coffee at bus stop or shopping center
• Host a free car wash for the faculty
• Minor car repairs for elderly, widows and/or single mom’s
• Kids host a free kids toys and games garage sale
• Kids host a free lemonade stand

Nursing Homes

• Deliver fresh flowers to the residents
• Host a worship service at a nursing home (offer worship, devotions, prayer, and fellowship)
• Throw a “Senior Prom” complete with live music, food, and decorations
• Landscape a flower garden and sitting area for resident
• Have kids make crafts (necklaces, wooden crosses) that can be given to residents
• Distribute chips and sodas to residents & employees (check with staff on food restrictions)
• Tea Party
• Help the residents complete care packages for foster kids

College

• Band: Serve free drinks or snacks at their practices
• Sports teams: Serve free bottled water at their practices
• Give away free mechanical pencils or energy drinks to college students
• Host a free picnic in the quad. 
• Give out free donuts and coffee on the quad

Special Needs/Youth Home

• Identify a family with a special needs child and give the family a Mom & Dad’s day out
• Adopt a group home for the day and throw a party for the residents
• Build a wheelchair ramp for handicapped
• Organize a field day for a group youth home

Street Outreach

• Serve hot breakfast for the homeless in your community
• Do a community trash clean up
• Host a “Block Party” with free food, games, music, etc. for families
• Renovate a run-down playground or park in the area
• Do a door-to-door grocery giveaway
• Have a “Free Grass Cutting” day

Hospitals

• Serve free coffee, energy drinks, and snacks to staff and those waiting in the emergency room
• Give out healthy snacks to patients of chemotherapy
• Deliver small gifts to patients and families in the children’s ward (toys, care packages, etc)
• Prayer visits with patients and those in emergency room
• Take care-packages with snacks, sweets and small gift items (lotions, magazines, puzzles etc.) to families of hospitalized children.

Business/Service Organizations/Public Servicemen

• Wash windows
• Trash pick-up in parking lot
• Coral shopping carts to designated spaces
• Cook Lunch for your local police or fire station

Recommended Readings

For further inspiration, you and your congregation can get more ideas from these great books:
• Servolution by Dino Rizzo
• Conspiracy of Kindness by Steve Sjogren
• The Cause Within You by Matthew Barnett
• When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert