“Growing Out” In Service
Your life, work, relationships, family and talents are unique and we believe God has entrusted you with those things for His purposes. You have a unique opportunity to be His ambassador of hope, freedom and reconciliation right where you are. Consider yourself SENT by God into your daily conversations and activities, to proclaim His love.
InterVarsity Fall Workday: Saturday, November 3rd from 9am-1pm
InterVarsity Fall Work Day:
Students love meeting local families, and we love ensuring them money will never be a reason they can’t come to conferences or missions trips! InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at CSU Chico & Butte College will be having a Fall Work Day to serve the community and to raise money for our student scholarship fund, sending college students to conferences held throughout the year and on summer mission projects. Hire a student to help with your fall cleaning, household jobs, or yard work! Costs are on a donation basis. Please call/text Liz Thrasher Wheatley (530-521-7242) by Monday October 29 to specify the number of students desired.
13th Annual Run For Food - Volunteers Needed
13th Annual Run For Food Registration is now open! Please join us for the 13th Annual Run for Food! 5K run/walk at the One Mile Recreation Area in Bidwell Park Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 9am. All net proceeds benefit the Jesus Center. To register to participate or to volunteer in the event go to www.runforfood.com.
Chico Food Project
Chico Food Project will be on the patio Sunday, October 28. Visit the table to learn more or to sign up. More information: www.chicofoodproject.org
Our Local Mission Partners
Butte County Habitat For Humanity
Habitat for Humanity of Butte County is a Christian homebuilding organization that builds simple, decent homes in partnership with families in need who are currently living in substandard conditions. To fulfil our mission, “Seeking to put God’s love into action,” Habitat brings people together to build homes, community and hope. Our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We know that affordable housing leads to healthier families and stronger neighborhoods and communities. Together, the donated labor of construction volunteers, the support of partner organizations, and the homeowners’ sweat equity make Habitat’s house building possible. Habitat has an open-door policy that welcomes all who desire to be a part of this work, regardless of race, religious preference, or background.
Families applying for a new home in partnership with Habitat are carefully screened and selected. Selection is based on their need for affordable housing, willingness to work alongside other volunteers to build their home, and the ability to repay their affordable home loan. Families also need to meet the low-income guidelines, contribute sweat equity hours, pay a down payment, and assume a 20- or 30-year zero interest loan. With a little help, families are able to achieve the strength, stability and independence needed to build a better life for themselves and their families.
The following are some volunteer opportunities:
Volunteer on a Saturday build day individually or as a group – no experience needed. Register online at buttehabitat.org.
- Serve as a Lead person on the construction site – experience needed
- Serve as the “Site Host” on the Saturday builds
- Provide lunches for the Saturday volunteers
Volunteer in the ReStore
- Update the Mission Wall in the ReStore
- Merchandising and arranging floor displays
- Customer Service and greeter
- Do DIY projects to display in the ReStore
- Build racks for the ReStore
Serve on the Church Relations Committee
For more information, visit Habitat for Humanity of Butte County’s website at www.buttehabitat.org, or contact Ken Young at email@example.com
Cast Hope is an outdoor youth outreach program; we get kids outside with their mentors—sharing the love of God and His creation. Through guided fly fishing, camping, hiking, educational field trips, and workshops, these underprivileged/at-risk kids build relationships with strong, positive mentors, gain outdoor/fly fishing skills and knowledge, learn sustainable practices, and internalize positive personal values. Website
Chico Food Project
The Chico Food Project is a fun and simple way to share food with the hungry in our community. We come to your doorstep 6 times per year to pick up your blue bag filled with non-perishables and leave you an empty bag for the next pickup. We are over 1,000 members strong and we collect more than 11,000 lbs. of food at each pickup. The food is given to the Chico Food Locker, CSUC Hungry Wildcat Pantry, the Jesus Center, the Salvation Army, Vectors for Veterans, Christbridge Ministries, and St. Vincent De Paul. Website
Here are some ways that you can serve this ministry:
- Fill a Blue Bag with non-perishables and leave it on your doorstep on the 2nd Saturday of every even month. (February, April, June etc.) Sign up to receive your Blue Bag at chicofoodproject.org
- Be a neighborhood volunteer and ask your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers if they would like to join the Chico Food Project. Sign up at chicofoodproject.org
- Volunteer to be a driver and pick up the Blue Bags at people’s homes. The time commitment is only about 2 hours every other month. Sign up at chicofoodproject.org
- Contribute money to the Chico Food Project for bags, brochures, phone and insurance expenses. Checks can be sent to the North Valley Community Foundation at 240 Main St. Suite 260, Chico, CA 95928. Please be sure to write “Chico Food Project” on the memo/note line.
Citrus Adopt-A-School MInistry
Bidwell Presbyterian is partnering with the teachers and students of Citrus School. The ministry is centered on giving hope to children by showing them God’s unconditional love and guiding them into becoming whole persons socially, intellectually and spiritually.
Volunteer – If you want to be a regular volunteer at Citrus, opportunities include being a reading pal, or volunteering in the classroom, library, or with school maintenance. One-time/periodic opportunities are also available for school maintenance or to assist with hands-on science lessons, even if you don’t have a science background.
Give – The Bobcat Den is stocked by our church and the children spend Power Paws (vouchers) they earn for being responsible, respectful and safe. School supplies, bikes, holiday items, books, knickknacks, gently used clothing, jewelry, etc. are always welcome.
For more information on how you can help the children at Citrus School, contact Pam Wear at firstname.lastname@example.org.
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s (IVCF) vision is: To see students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed, and world changers developed. Here in Chico we have both a traditional and international student chapter at Chico State. For many International students while they come to learn abuot America, they are never invited into American homes. Many of them are curious about Jesus. Through IVCF, we give them opportunities to see Jesus for themselves through Bible studies and relationships with American students and host families. Email | Website
The Jesus Center has been at the core of those in need in Chico. The Center has been working to serve the poor for over 30 years, serving well over 100,000 meals a year and providing many essential services. Services include shelter for women and children: The Sabbath House and House of Hope a transitional housing program. The Center has a Resource Center offering many helps, which include phone and mail service, assistance with rehabilitation, housing as well as work experience programs, including the downtown Clean Up Brigade. Additionally, the Jesus Center Community Farm which exists to provide work experience. The Center offers daily bible studies and breakfast and worship service on Sundays. Annual events supporting the work of the Jesus Center include Heroes for teh Homeless in the spring and Run for Food on Thanksgiving Day. The Center is located at 1297 park Ave. in Chico, for more information call 345-2640 or email us. Website
Over the past several years BPC has developed a relationship with Orchard Church. This church has a heart for Jesus and a dream to build a church that serves the community in practical and tangible ways. Each Christmas Orchard Church reaches out to over 100 families in need by providing Christmas gifts and dinners. Website
Run For Food
Run for Food began in 2006 when a group of Chico families and businesses saw the amazing impact the Jesus Center has by providing food and services to those in need in Chico. Knowing the Jesus Center is funded solely by community support, they came together to organize the Thanksgiving Day run/walk benefiting the Jesus Center.
Since its inception, the event has continued to grow. In 2016, over 5,000 participants, 83 businesses, and 200 volunteers came together to help raise funds for the Jesus Center and its exciting new programs. The Jesus Center provides two meals a day, six days a week, shelter for women and children, a resource center open to anyone seeking help to find housing, work, and a new start. In short, the Jesus Center offers hope. website
Senior Home Maintenance
The Bidwell Presbyterian church Senior Home Maintenance Ministry has been caring for people who need assistance due to aging, widowhood, disability, or illness since 2005. Our mission is to demonstrate God’s love by being in relationship with others and by doing the work to repair, refresh, and revive their homes and yards. email@example.com
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army provides a variety of assistance programs to the needy here in Chico and around the world. A few of the programs offered locally include the George Walker Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center, a Prescription Drug Assistance program, and Holiday Gift Baskets to low-income families. BPC has partnered with the local Salvation Army for many years to prepare and serve Sunday evening dinners to those in need of a warm meal. Your gifts will directly benefit local programs.
Salvation Army’s new building will be focusing heavily on families and low-income, working individuals struggling to make ends meet. They currently have a list of programs and needs that they’d like to build upon (and even possibly explore) with BPC. These include the following:
They are looking for individuals interested in “teaching” a class, series or skill set to individuals struggling to move past their circumstances (i.e. currently they provide financial planning classes and healthy cooking classes). They’d like to see this grow as a crucial preventative model for those living paycheck to paycheck.
- Tuesday is Food Box Packing Day. They always need help sorting food and making food boxes for clients (all clients are processed through casework and they’re able to keep track of their services received).
- Sorting and packing emergency food packages throughout the Tuesdays through Thursdays.
- Thanksgiving Day Meal Nov. 22nd(Servers, set-up and clean up)
- Santa Shuffle 5k/1 mile Fun Run/Walk event: Food & beverage serving, set and breakdown of event
- Volunteer bell ringers for December – How fun would it be to hang out downtown with your buddies for a day, providing a needed service and seeing friends! BPC groups could compete against each other for fun to see who can raise the most money.
For more information, contact Sue and Greg Grimm at firstname.lastname@example.org Website
Members of Bidwell Presbyterian’s congregation have sponsored and served a dinner at the Torres Shelter once a month for over over 14 years. The Torres Community Shelter is a large 120-bed homeless shelter in Chico, CA that serves men, women, and families with children. In addition to providing overnight shelter, showers, and an evening meal, we strive to help people improve their circumstances…find jobs, housing, and many other things vital to getting back on their feet. Website
Young Life and Young Lives
Young Life is an outreach ministry to adolescents who are unchurched and disinterested in Christ. The approach is similar to the one Jesus took; we build relationships with adolescents and share with them our life and who Jesus is in terms they can understand and appreciate. Website