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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Highland United Methodist Hosting Fair for Volunteer Opportunities at Local Non-Profits

On March 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Highland United Methodist Church will host a Local Missions Fair in the Fellowship Hall. Refreshments will be served.  Enter through the street level door on Memorial Parkway directly across from Highlands High School. All are invited to attend and learn more about volunteer opportunities with worthy local non-profit agencies.

Agencies represented will be: Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky, Family Promise of Northern Kentucky (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network), Hosea House, Vine & Branches, and Ida Spence Mission.

Orangetheory Newport. Located at Newport Pavilion. 
Through “extra mile giving,” HUMC members support these programs. Church Members give an amount above and beyond their regular giving, with faith in God’s promise to provide.  The Ministry Team whose members are actively involved as board members and/or volunteers with the agencies administers the fund. They have “first-hand” knowledge of the agencies’ management and services.  The Team seeks to recruit others to help fill the ongoing need for volunteers. The primary aim is to promote a more active and personal involvement to provide compassionate service to those in need.

Representatives will be present to explain the mission and needs of their respective agencies and to invite our participation with volunteer service and/or financial support.  You will be amazed at the volunteer opportunities available. Small contributions can help in a big way.  Following is a brief summary of the agencies:

- Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky, 634 Scott St., Covington provides a safe and welcoming environment for homeless men and women in winter and is a transitional shelter in summer for guests who are nearing independent living.  Additional services are meals, shower and laundry facilities, and support groups with referrals for medical needs, employment, and housing.

- Family Promise of Northern Kentucky, 9th and Patterson, Newport serves a unique and otherwise unmet need by assisting homeless families.  In addition to overnight shelter in local churches, the Day Center staff assists families with resources to better their lives and to create a stable home.  The program uses existing resources and incorporates volunteers as primary service providers and is thereby cost effective and efficient.                              

- Hosea House, 901 York St. serves the needs of Newport residents and strengthens the relationship between church and community by providing a daily hot meal to an average of 150 guests.  Additional services include:  on- site foot care, Thanksgiving Food Baskets, and an Adopt a Family program at Christmas as well as information and referrals for other needs.

- Vine & Branches, UMC campus ministry at NKU, is a community of Christian students with a mission to make disciples of Jesus who will transform the campus and our world. The community is open to all students, regardless of church affiliation.  Members meet for worship, Bible studies, meals and recreational activities at various campus locations.

- Ida Spence Mission, 2401 Benton Road, Covington, serves the City Heights housing community with Christian ministries to children and adults as well as hot meals for families each month and food to children each day. Community volunteers and organizations provide programs to meet health care and other needs.

For more information, contact Tom Yocum 513-616-6719

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