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Outreach

November 10th, 2013 | admin

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Learn more about our Outreach Events and how you can be a part!

Our Youth Matter outreach programs and events are about serving, giving and meeting the needs of children and teens in the community. We want to help parents by lessen their burdens and meeting some of the needs of their children.

Easter Egg Hunt – OYM partners with community organizations to hold a larger Easter egg hunt. The day consist of games, jumpers, entertainment, DJ, face painting, crafts, food, egg hunt, lots of candy and more. In the past years we’ve had over 1000 children come out.

Day of Glam – Offering glamorous makeovers to mothers for Mother’s Day. This event started with OYM stating, “Mothers Matter Too”. We wanted to do something special for 6 – 10 deserving mothers.  This event has various parts.

  1. We choose the woman
  2. They have a consultation meeting with the styling, hair and makeup team
  3. They can either participate in the shopping experience or be surprised
  4. They get glammed up
  5. They received a free ticket to attend Catered to You Mother’s Day Brunch
  6. If they want to they participate in a cat walk to show off their new look. Before and after pictures will be shown.

If you would like to sponsor a mother, offer your services or provide clothing etc (Click Here)

Back to School Bash – A yearly event held the 3rd week in August, where backpacks filled with age appropriate school supplies are given to preschool – high school children. They also receive hygiene kits, books and food. The day consist of DJ, live entertainment, games, crafts, vendors, workshops and more. This event is held outdoors in a neighborhood where children and youth may not have the same access to supplies as others. If you would like to volunteer or donate (Click Here)

Thanksgiving in the Park – OYM feeds those in need or people who do not want to spend this day alone a hot-to-go meal or they can sit and eat their meal with us. We also have crafts available and give out hygiene kits with a card that has an encouraging message. In 2013, we added this event as part of our Matthew 25:35 missions. The Bible verse says …. “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.”

Toy Giveaway – OYM held its 1st toy giveaway in December 2013. We wanted to help families in need by lessen some of their financial burdens during the holiday season. Our goal is to give each child 2 toys, goodie bag and book. We have a craft table and one of our partners supplies a hot meal.

Adopt – a –Family – OYM with the help of supporters selects 5 – 10 families facing financial difficulties to adopt during the holidays.  We reach out to families that attended previous events, through social workers and recommendations from family services at a school we support. Each family fills out a brief form explaining their hardship. If selected they are notify and gives us a list of needs and wishes from each child. We then reach out to our supporters to adopt a family. If you would like to adopt a family (Click Here)


ADDITION OUTREACH SERVICES

College Connections Matter   – Like Love Letters from Home, college students receive “We Care” Packages twice a year in the months of September or October and February or March. If you would like to recommend a college student (Click Here) or to donate (Click Here)

Project Touchstone – “From your hands to theirs” we’ll place your donation in the hands of people in need. We receive donations from various people, organizations and companies. We make sure the donated items get into the hands of the people who need them. Donations can include hygiene items, clothes, coats, socks, household items, non-perishable food items etc. We rarely turn down donations. We always have someone in need. If you would like to make an in-kind donation (Click Here)

Seminars – We offer a variety of general topics, Christian based for youth,  and church leaders and workers. (Click here for more info)

Consultations – We are available to offer help with starting a children’s, youth, or girls’ ministry, starting a non-profit or planning community outreach events.

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