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An Opportunity to Love Our Neighbors

During this time we love our neighbors by practicing social distancing and good hygiene, but there are other opportunities to care for those inside our congregation and especially in our neighborhoods. If you have a new idea about how to care for the people beyond your congregation but need funding, please apply for this grant: GRANT APPLICATION

This is a list of different ideas and experiments in loving our neighbors:

  • Consider using your building to offer childcare to those who do not have another option, including those workers deemed essential during this time
    • use church childcare workers or preschool teachers if you have them and they are not in the vulnerable population
    • if you would like to do this let us know and we can help connect you with the resources to follow laws and sanitizing/distancing precautions
  • Westminster Food Bank’s volunteers are primarily over the age of 80 – they need younger (healthy) volunteers to help with food distribution (they have adapted the process to protect volunteers and those being served)
    • Any healthy high schooler or adult under 60 can volunteer by calling 406-241-2170
    • They are open (and need volunteers) Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30AM to 1:45PM
  • Second Harvest is continuing Bite-2-Go meals for food insecure children – consider volunteering at Second Harvest for this or other programs (they are in need of people under 60 who are healthy to volunteer, children are welcome)
  • Donate to local nonprofits serving the vulnerable and those significantly economically impacted (2nd Harvest, Big Table, etc.)
  • Encourage congregation members to check on vulnerable neighbors and offer to do shopping for them
  • Kevin Finch (Executive Director of Big Table) suggests reaching out to a local restaurant owner/manager to see if there is an employee in need of “adopting” to get through the next couple of months (many people in the service industry live paycheck to paycheck and have no margin for when hours are cut or eliminated)
  • Support local restaurants by getting take out – if you want other ideas on how to love our neighbors in the hospitality industry check this out from Big Table.
  • Use up old fabric to make masks – Spokane hospitals have not asked for masks, but Kootenai health has.  Masks could also be used for those who want them in public so they don’t use the medical grade masks that are needed by hospitals. Click HERE to find the instructions.