bless boise-eliot/humboldt elementary
As Christians, we believe we are called to love and serve the poor and marginalized, just as God does. As a church, we are currently in the process of partnering with Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary School, just down the road from the building on Fremont Street. More than 50% of the students at Boise-Eliot/Humboldt come from low income families, so partnering with this school is a way that we can tangibly serve the poor and vulnerable in our community.
Our goal is to partner with this school long term and to provide support for staff, students, and families. We want to build relationships with members of our community, to grow as servants of Christ, and to make space for the truth of the gospel to be proclaimed in words and in deeds.
#1 GIVE AND PRAY
We are partnering with the parent-teachers association of Boise-Eliot/Humboldt to pack food boxes for low income students for the holidays. About 55% of the student body at the school qualify for free lunches. The purpose of these boxes are to ensure that students who would normally be able to eat at school have food over the course of the break. We are collecting non-perishable food supplies to donate to the school fund. (You can bring your donations to the church building on any Sunday morning.)
We will also need some volunteers for December 14th and 15th (a Friday evening and a Saturday morning) to help pack the boxes with the collected supplies.
In addition, pray for the school, for the students and their families, and for our church to grow in our love for our community.
There is a need for volunteers at the school to help tutor students with reading, math and science. Mostly, volunteers are needed for school hours. If you have a flexible work schedule or are free during the school hours, this is a great way to invest in relationships with students and to serve the children of our community.
This is a way to focus on one specific child for a year, through an organization called Faithful Friends. Faithful Friends matches mentors with a child between the ages of 6 and 9. The purpose is to be a consistent, caring presence in the life of an at-risk child. This requires the commitment to be present in the life of a child for at least a year. Couples or families can commit to mentor a child together.