"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."-Matthew 5:16
Upcoming Reach:Local Events
- Sunday, May 26: Open House for OC Rescue Mission's "Hurtt Family Health Clinic" and Birth Choice Health Clinic in Heritage Building. Learn more...
- Saturday, June 29: All Church Serve Day. Learn more...
13 Ongoing Ways to Reach Orange County in 2013
Motel Ministry| Food Box | Sheepfold | KidWorks |Birth Choice | Safe Families| Convalescent Home |Mercy House |Giving Children Hope | Capernaum| OCRM | Yardwork |OC Armory Emergency Shelter | 2013 Reach:Local Events
1. Motel Ministry
Join Calvary’s Motel Ministry at the Sunland Motel in Santa Ana (2111 E. 1st St. Santa Ana 92705) at 10am on the 2nd Saturday of each month to distribute grocery boxes and resources from the Orange County Rescue Mission to low-income residents. Contact Pastor Matt Doan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 714.550.2378 for more info.
2. Donate a Frozen Food Box to a Family in Need
Calvary Church sponsors a monthly food box ministry which distributes 21-25 pounds of high quality frozen food and fresh fruits and vegetables for affordable costs. The boxes are available for personal use or to donate to a family in need in our church or neighborhood. Volunteers are also needed on distribution days (8:30am to 11:30am). To volunteer or donate, contact Jerry or Ann Bennett at email@example.com or 949.289.8981 or go to www.goldensharefoods.com
3. Organize Clothes at the Sheepfold Thrift Store (*Family Friendly)
All proceeds from the Sheepfold Thrift Store go to support the programs at the Sheepfold (www.thesheepfold.org), which provides shelters and programs for abused woman with children. This is a wonderful opportunity for a group of friends, families or Lifegroups. The duties include moving merchandise from the back of the warehouse to the front of the store, cleaning and organizing the aisles and clothing racks.To volunteer contact DeAnne at (714) 237-1444 or DeAnne@thesheepfold.org
4. Become a Homework Club Instructor for At-Risk Kids at KidWorks
Kidworks (www.kidworksonline.org) needs 80 volunteers a week to run their after school programs for at-risk kids in Santa Ana. As a Homework Club Volunteer, you will support a child by helping them with their homework, character development and other educational needs. You don't need specific academic knowledge, just a desire to be a consistent presence in a child’s life. Volunteer hours are from 3:30 – 5:30 pm Monday – Thursday. To Volunteer, Contact Donia at 714.834.9400 ext. 111 or firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Mentor a Mom or Dad in Crisis thru Birth Choice Health Clinics
Every day, Birth Choice (www.bchcdonor.org) serves and cares for pregnant women and their partners in crisis. Men volunteers are needed to care for and mentor Dad’s thru the Birth Choice “Dad’s Project.” Women volunteers are needed to care for and mentor Mom’s in crisis thru the “Beginnings” program. For volunteer opportunities contact, Jennifer Wallace at (714) 541-5484 x225 or email@example.com
6. Open Your Home to a Child in Crisis
Safe Families is a grassroots, local church based program supported by Olivecrest. This ministry exists to provide temporary housing to children (0-18) whose families are facing a sudden family crisis. You can sign up to offer your home as a temporary place for a child to stay. The average stay for a child is anywhere from 1 to 40 days. Contact Jen McAvaney, Calvary’s Safe Families Volunteer Coordinator for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org
7. Serve with Calvary’s Convalescent Home Ministry (*Family Friendly)
Join our brand new convalescent home ministry on the second Saturday of each month at 10am. Locations vary so contact Bob Browning at 714.345.7435 for more info and locations.
8. Provide New Socks to Santa Ana Homeless
Mercy House (www.mercyhouse.net) in Santa Ana is a non-profit homeless prevention and emergency services provider. Mercy House hosts the Cold Weather Armory Homeless Shelter in Santa Ana, December thru March. They are in need of packages of men’s and women’s socks (sizes 6-12). For more info or to find out when to drop off donations, contact Ashleigh at email@example.com or 714-836-7188 x102.
9. Prepare Food Backpacks for Homeless Children in OC
Giving Children Hope (www.gchope.org) is looking for volunteers to help with the “We’ve Got Your Back” program to feed the homeless children in Orange County. Volunteers are needed to sort through donated food, stock the shelves and pack the children’s backpacks full of food for the homeless children to take to their families over the weekend. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday 9:00am to 4:30pm. Contact: Drew Bryson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 714-523-4454
10. Serve at a Teen with Disabilities Event
Capernaum (www.tustincapernaum.blogspot.com) is part of Young Life, a parachurch organization, which shares the gospel and reaches teenagers with disabilities. Capernaum gives these teenagers opportunities to have fun, try new things, build their self esteem, make new friends, and explore a personal relationship with God through club (regular monthly scheduled meetings), camps (week long in the summer), and other activities (such as karaoke nights and holiday parties). For more info or to volunteer contact Kara Kawanami at email@example.com or 408.489.3635.
11. Donate Food Items to the Orange County Rescue Mission
O.C.R.M. (www.rescuemission.org) serves the least, last and lost of Orange County. All food items can be dropped off at the Village of Hope Warehouse (One Hope Drive, Tustin, CA 92782) between the hours of 8:00am to 5:00pm (Mon-Sat). Contact Mike Martinez at firstname.lastname@example.org or (714) 247-4300 with any questions or more info.
Most Urgent Food Items needed include: soups (Top Ramen/Cup of Noodles), juices and healthy snacks for children, beef, chicken, pork, etc. in bulk, rice, pasta, and mac and cheese, peanut butter/ jelly, cereal, milk, cheeses and eggs in bulk, fresh produce in bulk and miscellaneous such as toilet paper, napkins, 55 gal trash bags, zip lock sandwich baggies, sponges, Comet, furniture polish, laundry detergent, bleach and fabric softener.
12. Help an Elderly Widow with Yardwork (*Family Friendly)
The scriptures tell us as Christians to live out our faith by taking care of orphans and widows (James 1:27). You can accomplish this through our Operation Love Ministry, serving widows through simple tasks of yard work, house repair, errand running etc. Contact John Sherman at email@example.com or 714.550.2320 for opportunities.
13. Serve at the OC Armory Emergency Shelter
(December 2012 - March 2013)
Mercy House’s OC Armory Emergency Shelter hosts 200+ homeless men, women and families nightly. Volunteers needed at the Armory (612 E. Warner, Santa Ana, 92707) and at the Family Emergency Shelter located just a few blocks from Calvary on Grand Ave in Santa Ana. For info or to volunteer, sign up online at www.mercyhouse.net or contact Maygan at 714.836.7188 ext. 120.
Calvary has formed strategic partnerships with non-profit organizations in our community that meet the 3 C's: they are CLOSE to Calvary, they have CONSISTENT volunteer opportunities that allow for ongoing relationships to be developed, and CHRIST can be shared through their organization. The 18 partnerships listed below line up with these values as we do our part to REACH Orange County and the World for Jesus Christ.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16
Birth Choice (Orange) www.birthchoiceoc.org
– Pro-life medical center offering medical services pertaining to education and support for family, marriage, sexual and reproductive health, consistent with the inherent value of every human life. To volunteer contact Krystal at Krystal@birthchoiceclinic.org or 714.516.9045. Watch a video of Calvary Women’s Ministry Bringing Gift Baskets to Birth Choice
Cabrillo Park Renewal Project (Santa Ana)
– We partner with the City of Santa Ana and the Parks and Recreation Department (www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us/parks) to help keep our Church neighborhood park clean and safe. To volunteer for a park clean-up day, contact Pastor Matt Doan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 714.550.2378.
*Photos from Cabrillo Park Renewal Days Gallery 1 | Gallery 2
*Photos from Easter Egg Outreach’s at Cabrillo Park Gallery 1 | Gallery 2
Capernaum/Young Life (Tustin) www.tustincapernaum.blogspot.com
- Capernaum is part of Young Life, a parachurch organization, which shares the gospel and reaches teenagers with disabilities. Capernaum gives these teenagers opportunities to have fun, try new things, build their self esteem, make new friends, and explore a personal relationship with God through club (regular monthly scheduled meetings), camps (week long in the summer), and other activities (such as karaoke nights and holiday parties). For more info or to volunteer contact Kara Kawanami at
email@example.com or 408.489.3635.
Children Giving Gifts (Orange County) www.childrengivinggifts.org
– Dedicated to providing low-income children ages 5-12, a means to ‘shop” and give a gift (free of charge) to a family member during important times of the year. To volunteer at the next event contact Janeen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 949.233.8555.
Giving Children Hope (Orange County) www.gchope.org
- Faith-based nonprofit organization dedicated to alleviating poverty (domestically and abroad) through disaster relief, health and community development, vocational training and advocacy. To volunteer at the GCH where house in Buena Park, Ca or to find out about the latest relief project go to www.gchope.org/volunteer or contact Drew at email@example.com or 714.523.4454.
KidWorks (Santa Ana) www.kidsworksonline.org
– Developing the community of central Santa Ana through after-school tutoring and mentoring programs for youth and families. To volunteer, contact Donia Quon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 714.834.9400 ext.111.
Military Ministry (Orange County)
– Calvary lead ministry supporting members of US Armed forces and their families through the Calvary Church military prayer wall, quarterly prayer meetings and care packages. For more info or to volunteer contact Sheryl at email@example.com
Motel Ministry (Santa Ana)
– A Calvary run ministry serving motels on East 1st St. in Santa Ana. Calvary sends at team to distribute grocery boxes to motel residents the 2nd Saturday of every month. To volunteer, meet at 2111 E. 1ST St. in Santa Ana at 10am on the 2nd Saturday of the month or contact Pastor Matt Doan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 714.550.2378.
OliveCrest (Santa Ana) www.olivecrest.org
– Runs foster, mentor and group home programs that aim to transform the lives of abused, neglected, and at-risk children and their families. To volunteer contact OliveCrest at email@example.com or 714.543.5437.
Open Arms/Orphan Care (Orange County)
– A Calvary Church ministry focusing on Foster Care, Domestic Adoption, International Adoption and Orphan Care Relief Efforts. Go www.calvarylife.org/reach/reach_openarms for more info or contact Pastor Matt Doan at firstname.lastname@example.org 714.550.2378.
*Shoes for Ethiopa Video
Operation Love (Orange County)
– Calvary run ministry serving widows, single mom’s and the elderly through on-going home repairs and yard maintence. To volunteer contact Joe France at email@example.com or contact Pastor Matt Doan at 714.550.2378.
Orange County Rescue Mission (Orange County) www.rescuemission.org
– The mission of the OC Rescue Mission is to minister the love of Jesus Christ to the Least, the Last, and the Lost of our Community through the provision of assistance in the areas of guidance, counseling, education, job training, shelter, food, clothing, health care and independent living communities. To volunteer contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 714.247.4326.
Orange County Youth Commission (Santa Ana) (www.ocyouthcommission.net)
- OCYC runs after school homework, character and Bible clubs at 18 different locations throughout Santa Ana. In addition OCYC runs the Santa Ana Boxing Club (www.santaanaboxingclub.org) which mentors 70+ boys ages 12-18. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Sarah Hernandez at email@example.com or 714.542.7610 or Executive Director Kate Medina at 949.500.5424 for more info.
Release Time Christian Education (Anaheim) www.anaheimrt.org
– Serves public elementary school students in Anaheim through 30 minute in-school Bible Studies. For volunteer opportunities contact Candy Kenney at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 714.836.4776.
Safe Families (Orange County) www.safe-families.org
– Providing Biblical Hospitality to Orange County families in crisis. Safe Families provide temporary homes to children (0-18) for 1 to 40 days during a family crisis. To become a Safe Family or for more info contact Contact Renee Franks at email@example.com or at 1.800.550.CHILD (2445), ext. 1234.
The Sheepfold (Orange) www.thesheepfold.org
– Provides shelter, refuge and a new beginning for abused women and their children. To volunteer at the Sheepfold thrift store in Orange or to find out about current volunteer opportunities go to www.thesheepfold.org/volunteers or contact DeAnne at DeAnne@thesheepfold.org or 714.237.1444.
Young Life (Tustin) www.CentralOC.younglife.org
- Reaches out to un-churched adolescents by entering into their world through attending school events, games, school campuses etc. Young Life is committed to introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith. You can get involved by opening up your home for weekly club, sponsoring students to winter and summer camp or by joining the volunteer leadership team. Contact Kristy Fox, Tustin Young Life area director at .714.412.9826 for more info.
Letting Go of Your Kingdom
We are taking a spiritual inventory of our lives and making sure our lives are investing into God’s Eternal Kingdom and not simply building up our own personal temporary kingdoms. Below are a few suggested ways you can make your life more about God’s kingdom than your own.
Practice Biblical Hospitality:
Safe Families for Children
Safe Families is a grassroots, local Church based program supported by Olivecrest. This ministry exists to provide temporary housing to children (0-18) whose families are facing a sudden crisis. You can sign up to offer your home as a temporary place for a child to stay. The average stay for a child is anywhere from 1 to 40 days. Contact: Pastor Matt Doan 714.550.2378 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A Calvary Church ministry where people can offer a rent-free or low cost room, back house, trailer, etc. to a family from our Church facing a temporary housing crisis. Contact: Pastor Jeff Biddle .714.550.2352.
Share A Meal With An International Student
Invite an international college or graduate student to a local restaurant or to your home for a lunch or dinner. Contact: Missions Director Liz Gold 714.550.2340.
Give the Gift of Your Time:
Mentor a Santa Ana Elementary Student through KidWorks
KidWorks is bringing hope to Central Santa Ana one child at a time. You can partner together with KidWorks through being a after school tutor on a weekly, monthly or quarterly basis. Contact: Donia Quon at email@example.com or 714.834.9400 ext.111.
Teach A Weekly Bible Study to Anaheim Elementary School Students
Partner with Anaheim Release Time Education to help teach weekly morning or afternoon Bible Studies to students during school hours. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 714.836.4776.
Mentor Teens at the Santa Ana Boxing Club
Supported by the Orange County Youth Commission, The Santa Ana Boxing Club on 4th St. in Santa Ana aims to give young men alternatives to gangs and drugs. The club is in need of mentors and tutors for after school programs. Contact: Anthony at email@example.com or 714.835.6525.
Give The Gift Of A Resource:
Donate Pre-natal vitamins to pregnant Mom’s at Birth Choice
One of the biggest practical needs at the Birth Choice Health Clinic in Orange is over the counter pre-natal vitamins to distribute to pregnant Mom’s. Pick up a pack at Target or at your local grocery store and drop them off at Birth Choice Santa Ana. Contact: Krystal at firstname.lastname@example.org or 714.516.9045.
Donate Clothing or Furniture to the OC Rescue Mission
Donations can be dropped off at the OCRM “Village of Hope, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday (One Hope Drive, Tustin, CA 92782).
There are also several key ongoing ministries and special outreach events throughout the year that serve as bridge-building opportunities for people at Calvary to invite their friends, family, coworkers and neighbors to church:
Vacation Bible School (1st - 6th grade)
This is a week of adventure and exitement during the summer where kids can bring their friends to hear about Jesus. Each day kids will be part of fun Bible learning, and it's absolutely free! Find out more...
Light the Night
This is a fun and safe alternative to "trick or treating" on October 31. Activities include: Carnival game booths and rides, cakewalk, large inflatable games, live entertainment, puppet show and a special carnival area just for preschoolers. There is lots of candy for the kids and the public is invited. This is event is free!
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The annual Christmas outreach production is a dramatic musical with many opportunities to use gifts in acting, dance and singing. To find out more about Calvary's Drama Ministry or how you can be a part of this fantastic outreach, contact Linda Paszkiewicz at 714.550.2301. email@example.com
Athletics is a ministry "beyond the sanctuary" to break down social barriers and build stronger Christ-centered relationships by providing opportunities for fellowship, outreach and service. Athletics is a common denominator that bridges across ethnic, language, cultural and economic barriers. This attribute makes athletics an ideal vehicle for reaching people for Christ who would not resist other means. Find out more...