2. “This Thursday, Food Bank will be held at CVAG Church. To operate within health guidelines, the church will remain closed and volunteers will deliver groceries to vehicles one at a time.” (source) This one offers drive thru service with “food, cleaning supplies and paper goods” 1 Or some offer on a special day. 1
4. Expanding food delivery to congregants, perhaps pet care services, and distributing books from your church library, audio books, etc. At least for your own congregants or if able, for others like here.
5. Create a tech lending library of iPads, old laptops, etc., for people who don’t have equipment. Have folks who can donate/loan (working) unused equipment that shut-ins, poorer folks can use to stay connected.
8. Build a simple directory for the houses on their block (asking people to voluntarily share their name and email just with their immediate neighbors and something that will involve seniors not on Facebook). Then from this list the group could Check-in, share needs, volunteer to pickup groceries for those who can’t (meals, groceries), offer help with tutoring, etc. Make effort to help every home in neighborhood, and document on BlessEveryHome app. Match this with #ArtofNeighboring resources 1, 2
11. Find church ministry/outreach opportunities? For those outside our church? For those church members who contract the virus? What does Christian neighboring and servanthood toward the elderly, those with HIV, autoimmune disease, or no healthcare, fatigued and under-resourced healthcare workers, etc. look like? For example, you could find volunteers to manage a service hotline by setting up a phone number that the elderly and people with compromised immune systems can call for assistance. You could find volunteers who do any of the following: purchase supplies, care for dogs, and maintain house needs like changing bulbs and batteries.
12. Help non-English service pastors whose people may have more difficulty receiving and sharing information?
13. If schools shut down, how can our church help children and families with limited resources may rely on school meal programs as a significant source of food security? How to assist families whose income will or already has dropped quickly (for example, service jobs, travel industry)
14. You might also set up a special fund to handle benevolence opportunties.
15. Put up a social media post that features groups that meet prominent needs in your community. (sample)
Here’s a word on motivating your church for community service from Ed Stetzer.