Super Serve Saturday

Super Serve Saturday

As a way to bring families, multiple generations, and people of all backgrounds together we are offering different opportunities to serve in meaningful ways throughout Cincinnati. There is something for each age and ability – no superpowers necessary – just a willing, humble and flexible spirit and heart for all!

February 2020, lunch for the Center for Respite Care

Super Serve Saturday is BACK
and better than ever!

3rd Saturdays of the month 

Upcoming dates: December 18, January 15, and February 19 

We have adapted to COVID so that people can still serve in meaningful ways to support local partnerships. There are family friendly options, no contact options, serving at home, and limit numbers for each project to keep with COVID guidelines. 

See below to get this month’s description of each of the local partners, projects, safety measures in place, and to sign up for where you want to serve: 

Partners & Projects

Saturday, December 18th

Help celebrate a senior’s birthday by delivering a Birthday Box Bonanaza partnering with Meals on Wheels: 

  • A great project for friends and families to serve together! 
  • You will pick up the Birthday Box on Saturday morning along with directions to the senior’s home
  • Deliver the Birthday Box Bonanza with a smile and visit with the senior a little bit helping to make their day brighter 
  • You need to sign up for this project by Monday, December 13th. 

Build/assemble furniture to make a house a home with New Life Furniture Bank:

  • 9:00a -12:00p at New Life Furniture (11335 Reed Hartman Hwy. Unit 134 in Blue Ash)
  • A team of up to 6 people (ages 12 and up) will help assemble tables (two people can assemble a table in 1 hour).
  • All skill levels (no experience needed) can participate – there will be people there to help and train you on what to do. 
  • Imagine a home without a kitchen table to gather around. Imagine eating a meal with your children on the floor. Many families living in extreme poverty, overcoming homelessness and other extreme circumstances are facing this reality. YOU can help change that by building/assembling a kitchen table, coffee table or other useful piece of furniture for families in need in Cincinnati with New Life Furniture Bank.
  • Please wear comfortable shoes, clothes, and bring a water bottle and mask.
  • Click here to download, print, fill out and bring the volunteer form when you serve. 
  • Safety Measures in Place: Limited number of people in serving, temperature upon arrival and sign off on COVID checklist, tables are spaced 6ft apart, gloves and hand sanitizer at each table, please bring a mask to wear and a water bottle.
  • You need to sign up for this project by Monday, December 13th.

Help make a house a home with New Life Furniture Bank in Blue Ash: 

  • 9:00a -12:00p at New Life Furniture (11335 Reed Hartman Hwy. Unit 134 in Blue Ash)
  • A team of up to 8 (ages 12 and up) will help make a house a home by sorting dishes and linen donations and boxing them up for delivery.
  • Please wear comfortable shoes, clothes, and bring a water bottle and mask.
  • Click here to download, print, fill out and bring the volunteer form when you serve. 
  • Safety Measures in Place: Limited number of people in serving, temperature upon arrival and sign off on COVID checklist, tables are spaced 6ft apart, gloves and hand sanitizer at each table, please bring a mask to wear and a water bottle.
  • You need to sign up for this project by Wednesday, December 15th.

Serve with Wesley Chapel Mission Center in Over the Rhine for mentoring/learning with the STAR Club kids: 

  • 10:15a -12:45p at Wesley Chapel Mission Center (70 E McMicken Ave)
  • Volunteers need to be age 14 and up (anyone younger, ages 4-13, would need to come with a parent and participate in the program like the other children attending)
  • A tutoring opportunity (STAR stands for Science, Technology, Arithmetic, and Reading) working with children pre-K to 6th grade.
  • Upon arrival at Wesley Chapel Mission Center you will play games with children before the program starts. PreK-6th grade children work one-on-one with volunteers on homework or materials provided by WCMC. Through this program, we are able to support and encourage the work that goes on in school. Students are invited based on the number of volunteers we have, so we are always looking for help in this area.
  • Please wear comfortable shoes, clothes, and bring a water bottle and mask.
  • Click here to fill out their volunteer form online before you serve
  • Safety Measures in Place? All students and volunteers will have a health check prior to entering our buildings. Hands are to be washed as soon as you enter. Masks should be worn by students, staff and volunteers throughout the day. Please bring your own mask and a water bottle.

Prepare part of a meal for residents and staff at The Center for Respite Care: 

  • Want an option where you can serve at home?
  • Sign up to prepare part of a meal (choose from entree, side, salad, drinks, dessert, pantry items, etc.) for around 15-18 residents and staff at The Center for Respite Care.
  • Drop off takes place at the church parking lot at 4:00p on Saturday OR Welcome Center kitchen anytime throughout the week before 4:00p and the Sheldons will take the meal to Respite. 
  • Items that need to be hot/warm for the meal need to be dropped off at the church on Saturday afternoon at 4:00p. 
  • For a totally no contact option, choose a cold/room temperature meal item and drop off your item in the Welcome Center kitchen before 4:00p on Super Serve Saturday.

Donate items to help make patients more comfortable at The Center for Respite Care:

  • A limited contact option great for children and people of all ages.
  • Throughout the month of December we are collecting items to support patients staying with The Center for Respite Care. 
  • We are collecting the following items: Jogging suits (for men and women, sizes Medium to 2XL), slide sandals for shower (without thong between toes), reusable water bottles, and travel sized hygiene products (body wash, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste)
  • Purchase and drop off the items in the Social Hall of the church anytime throughout the month of December.
  • Click here to donate money to support The Center for Respite Care instead of purchasing items. 

Past Super Saturday projects included:

  • A team prepared a taco and salad bar to serve and share with 22 patients and staff at the Center for Respite Care.
  • Our youngest team decorated place mats that will be used by patients.

Another team helped to make new houses homes for 20 families by sorting and packing linens and dishes with New Life Furniture Bank.

A team packed over 200 snacks and shelf stable meals for seniors in Cincinnati for Meals on Wheels of Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky.

Over 450 bags were prepared for the Project 5000 food drive during Lent supporting Madisonville Education and Assistance Center’s choice food pantry.

 

Close to 2,000 eggs were assembled, sorted by color, and counted to use at the church’s Community Easter Egg Hunt (will be used for 2021).

Close to 2,000 eggs were assembled, sorted by color, and counted to use at the church’s Community Easter Egg Hunt (will be used for 2021).

A team served at the Habitat for Humanity’s Restore in Bond hill clearing out an area of pallets taking up space in the parking lot. This team organized 30 salvageable pallets and tossed another 30 into the dumpster, nearly filling it.

Another team served at Wesley Chapel Mission Center helping with a mailer to individuals and organizations as well as preparing folders for new volunteers for the summer.

Rev. Kate Smith

Pastor of Mission & Outreach

If you are interested in participating in Super Serve Saturday, please contact Rev. Kate Smith, our pastor of mission and outreach.

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