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End Poverty

The world has made huge strides in overcoming global poverty. Since 1990, more than 1.2 billion people have risen out of extreme poverty. Now, 9.2% of the world survives on less than $1.90 a day, compared to nearly 36% in 1990. But the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to reverse years of progress and drove an additional 97 million people into extreme poverty in 2020, according to World Bank estimates.

 

In the California Bay Area, nearly 50% of residents (2.5M residents) are low income. Globally, over 97M people have been driven to extreme poverty since the COVID pandemic. We invite you to engage to help end poverty through our local outreach ministries and partners. (SOURCES: World Vision, Bay Area Equity Atlas, Legislative Analyst’s Office, Addiction Center)

 

BAGS OF LOVE

Serve the disenfranchised community of San Francisco’s Tenderloin district in partnership with City Impact. Each month, volunteers make sandwiches and pack food at CPC early Saturday morning. They then carpool to San Francisco and distribute the bags “door to door” with a City Impact leader. Food conversation and prayer offers the love of Jesus to each person. This is an excellent chance for families to serve together!

Minimum age requirement:

Eight years old and up for food and bag prep.

Eighteen years and up for going to San Francisco.

 

Team Leader: Mario Balatti

HYGIENE BAGS

Organize and package hygiene and personal care items into kits to be handed out at CPC ministries for Veterans, homeless, and low–income communities for a couple of hours once a month.

 

Team Leader: Deborah Orler

 

STREET LIFE MINISTRIES

Join the CPC team at Street Life Ministries to host 50 to 70 guests from the homeless community. We worship and socialize with our guests, one of our pastors gives a message, and we serve dinner. Volunteers are needed to cook in advance of the night we serve, be on-site for worship, socialize, and serve meals. This is an excellent opportunity for families, groups, and individuals to participate on our team.

 

Team Leader: Marilyn Stockdale Green

 

 

LIFE MOVES SHELTER NETWORK

CPC has a long partnership of supporting LifeMoves in breaking the cycle of homelessness with a proven model of outreach, shelters, and programs. CPC assists and encourages the staff and clients through collection drives, providing and sharing meals, as well as activities such as decorating, maintenance, and entertainment. We build relationships, lift spirits, and celebrate that God loves and values us all. There are a variety of ways and times you can make a difference as an individual, family, or group!

 

Team Leader: Fred Krauss

 

SAMARITAN HOUSE

Samaritan House is the largest food distribution agency in San Mateo County. It provides free shelter and housing assistance, medical and dental clinics, children’s clothing, and school supplies for many CPC local outreach partners. Volunteers can help with food preparation, packaging, pickup, and distribution.

 

Team Leader: Marj Young-Krauss

 

CALL PRIMROSE

CALL Primrose provides free grocery assistance to low income families and individuals in San Mateo County. Find out how you can help as a volunteer or financially here.

 

CARDMAKING FOR VETERANS

Create handmade greeting cards with personal notes to thank and encourage veterans. These will be distributed to veterans at the Menlo Park VA Hospital, Veterans’ Resource Opportunity Center at College of San Mateo, and veterans moving into their new homes.

 

Team Leader: Violet Brumm

 

 

GAME AND SOCIAL NIGHTS FOR VETERANS AT THE VA

Host a Game Night for veterans at the long-term care facility in the Menlo Park VA Hospital. Set up and play Bingo and card games (poker and blackjack) with the veterans, and provide prizes to the winners. 

 

Team Leader: Mark Thompson and Violet Brumm

 

 

VETERANS HOUSING/FURNITURE PARTNERSHIP

CPC helps solve homelessness by recruiting and supporting landlords to participate in the Veterans Administration HUD-VASH housing program, and supplying housed veterans with donated furniture and living essentials. CPC volunteers can provide move-in kits and help move veterans off the street and into a home.

 

Team Leader: John Helin