April 29, 2010

Service

Service

By serving others, we express God’s love for all people. Giving of ourselves, we work to be a Christlike presence in the life of our community. Here are some of the ways that we regularly serve the KU and Lawrence communities.

 

  • Lawrence Community Shelter By bringing a hot meal and serving it with compassion, we hope to bring a small joy to those whose lives are affected by homelessness, hunger, and often illness. The shelter is open to all who need a place to stay and provides guidance to other services in the area.  We usually serve dinner on the third Saturday of each month.
  • Family Promise of Lawrence One in five children in the United States lives in poverty.  Family Promise is committed to helping low income families achieve independence.  Volunteers help kids with homework, visit with families in the evening, and spend the night in churches with the families.
  • Allen Fieldhouse Cleanup “The most fun you’ll ever have in Allen Fieldhouse”. Once a year we strap on the leafblowers and clean. The money we raise goes to support our alternative spring break trips.

We also participate in a variety of other projects throughout the year based on what is available and student interest. If you want to lead a project, or have an idea about a service opportunity you think would be fun for us, please get in touch with Madeleine, our service coordinator.

Alternative Spring Break

One of the biggest opportunities for students to practice their faith through service is our Alternative Spring Break Trip to New York. We go every year, and this last year 18 people spent the week in NYC, participating in a variety of ongoing service projects, and having a little bit of fun while we were at it.  We helped out at soup kitchens, sorted clothes for Haiti, played with kids at after school programs, and worked on the edge of things with a harm reduction center.  During free time, we saw Broadway plays, shopped, watched basketball at a KU alumni bar, and explored the city.

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