Are you looking for ways to volunteer/serve that utilize your abilities and interests? Is it sometimes an effort to come up with ideas for things to do in the time that you have available?
The need for encouragement and connection is limitless, and there are a great variety of ways that it can be shared. Our new Idea Catalog provides a creative list of ideas and resources that we hope will encourage you to “just go ahead and do it!” to bless the people in your circles.
Browse the Catalog and find an option that suits your interests and abilities - your "sweet spot" for volunteering! And feel free to contact us with questions or for more information.
We would love to hear about what you are doing, how you are serving, and stories about those you have reached and blessed.
We will be adding to this page as new ideas are developed. Check back in for more ideas you could put into action!
ARTWORKS One beauty of art is its space for creativity, expression, and purpose. Do you enjoy paper crafts? Artworks creates card-making kits for assisted living residents so they can make cards to send out to their families and others. (FOR SUGGESTED DIRECTIONS, CLICK HERE)
BAKING DAY Do you like to bake? Have you ever thought about how encouraging the yummy results of your skills could be - especially on an unexpected occasion? Baking Day encourages bakers of any expertise to choose one day a month to bake purely for the encouragement of others. (FOR SUGGESTED DIRECTIONS, CLICK HERE)
COMMUNITY PRAYER Prayer is powerful. We all believe that, because one of the first things we ask of others when life gets difficult is that they pray for us. Community Prayer encourages believers to spend consistent, weekly time together in prayer with a group of others from your church and/or with those from neighboring churches. (FOR SUGGESTED DIRECTIONS, CLICK HERE)
DO YOU DRIVE? While there are many ways to support the efforts of nonprofits in your community, hosting a drive (among friends, at church, in the neighborhood, or at school) for needed items would benefit these organizations in multiple ways. Do You Drive? inspires "behind-the-scenes" help and support for community organizations and ministries. (FOR SUGGESTED DIRECTIONS, CLICK HERE)
GREEN AND GROWING There are many of us who like to garden...(more soon) (SUGGESTED DIRECTIONS COMING SOON)
SUNDAY DINNER There is something special about sharing a meal with someone. No doubt we have all experienced and appreciated that kind of connection at some point. Many in our neighborhoods, communities, and church eat alone most of the time - especially the elderly. Sunday Dinner invites you to invite someone to share a weekly meal together; to fix a little extra and enjoy the richness of fellowship. (FOR SUGGESTED DIRECTIONS, CLICK HERE)
THE INKWELL Do you enjoy spending time with nice paper and a good pen? With a heart for those serving the Lord in ministry, The Inkwell suggests connecting individuals with a pastor/missionary/ministry worker that you “adopt” for a year by committing to pray consistently for them and sending a monthly handwritten card of encouragement. (FOR SUGGESTED DIRECTIONS, CLICK HERE)
THE INKWELL FOR KIDS With a focus on providing opportunities for children to learn and practice gratefulness and encouragement, The Inkwell for Kids offers templates for kids to write letters to those who serve daily in our communities. There are twelve options currently available that you can freely download/print/share. (FOR SUGGESTED DIRECTIONS, CLICK HERE)
THE WRITE IDEA There is an abundant need among missionaries (especially non-native English speakers) for editorial and design support services for their news/prayer letters. Experiences of what God is doing are often not clearly communicated, and these stories are therefore often overlooked. If you have experience working with words, The Write Idea suggests offering help to edit monthly news/prayer letters for the missionaries you/your church supports. (FOR SUGGESTED DIRECTIONS, CLICK HERE)
TWO OR THREE There are times it is best to pray alone. There are times it is uplifting to pray in a large group. And there are times when two or three together is simply enough. Praying closely each week with just a few friends is a deep, rich, humbling experience. Two or Three encourages you to find those few others, and start praying together. (FOR SUGGESTED DIRECTIONS, CLICK HERE)
Would you like to volunteer through The Encouragement Project directly?
We would love to have you join any of our efforts! Check out our current projects below, and/or contact us for more information.
BEARS AND FRIENDS collecting gently used/new stuffed animals for refugee children (MORE HERE)
HUGS AND KISSES making warm, handmade (knit/crochet) items (MORE HERE)
SEW IT SEAMS making quilts, adult bibs, and other sewn items (MORE HERE)
SIMPLE GIFTS creating paper crafts/treats to encourage encouragers (MORE HERE)
THE BOOK DROP collecting gently used/new books for kids (MORE HERE)
"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds..." Hebrews 10:24