We believe that reaching into our communities through prayer, friendships, and simply sharing life together is at the core of what we are called to do as Christ followers. While every one of our ministries has a local outreach component, these are a few of the ones that draw our entire body together in service to our local communities.
// Reveille :: Serving Our Military Heroes
Our military service people and their families make sacrifices every day, whether deployed in harm’s way, injured in the line of duty or killed in the service of our nation. Though nothing can replace their sacrifice, Reveille is called to serve this community of heroes in meaningful ways. Sign up for serving dinner (monthly) and/or taking cookies (weekly) to the Fisher House and Poly Trauma Unit at Palo Alto VA Hospital. For more information, contact Doug Scott.
// Beautiful Day
Beautiful Day is an opportunity for PCC to bless our local school community with Christ-like love through tangible action that doesn’t require words. Watch the video from our last Beautiful Day in October 2016.
// Kennedy Christmas Store
The Kennedy Christmas Store is an annual partnership with Kennedy Middle School to help parents provide Christmas for their families. Watch a recap of the 2013 store here.
// Able Works
Able Works equips individuals and families with the education, skills, and assets needed to overcome the challenges of poverty. They do this by offering financial literacy classes to high school students through Future Profits and helping young single mothers become financially self-sufficient through Liveable. Volunteer here.
// Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition (BAATC)
BAATC is a partnership between over 50 organizations that provides individuals, churches, and nonprofits with best practices in sustaining the fight against human trafficking (modern day slavery) in the Bay Area and beyond. They do this by offering trainings on how to spot and respond to human trafficking around us, offering education around our consumption habits which may help or hinder further trafficking, and advocating for just policies on behalf of trafficking victims. Find more information here.
// Bayshore Christian Ministries (BCM)
BCM equips the youth of East Palo Alto and Belle Haven (East Menlo Park) to grow spiritually, gain life skills, and develop as leaders. They do so through a number of programs, including afterschool tutoring and Bible clubs for elementary school students as well as science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) enrichment and youth groups for middle school and high school students. Volunteer here.
// Freedom House
Freedom House brings hope, restoration, and new life to survivors of human trafficking by providing a safe home and long term aftercare. They provide the basic needs of shelter, clothing, and transportation along with medical, psychological, and legal help to meet the unique needs of each survivor. Freedom House also supports the long term empowerment of human trafficking survivors by providing ESL classes, life and job skills trainings, and housing support. There are a number of ways volunteers can help Freedom House here.
// Generations United
Generations United seeks to empower the Hispanic community by connecting organizations and individuals with opportunities to support family literacy and family advocacy. They provide individual reading programs for elementary students, dance classes for youth, ESL (English as a Second Language) classes for mothers, and neighborhood affinity groups to connect families across cultural boundaries. Volunteer here, and check out summer reading opportunities with kids here.
PE+ along with the Parks and Recreation Community Services Department of Redwood City provide physical education to 12 elementary schools that had cut their PE programs due to budget cuts in Redwood City and Fair Oaks. Find more information here.
// Peninsula Literacy Coalition
Peninsula Literacy Coalition (PLC) is your first stop to see how you can get involved in helping children learn to read in your community. Their mission is to see every child in our community succeed at reading by engaging the community, championing the work of educators and literacy providers, and promoting the use of best practices. Volunteer here.
// Street Life Ministries
Street Life Ministries is a nonprofit that provides a gathering place where volunteers build relationships with people on the streets through a warm meal, Bible teaching, and friendship. Staff and volunteers aim to guide the homeless into a relationship with Jesus and also assess their real needs and connect them with our local community partners in order that they may live a more fulfilling and self-sufficient life. Volunteer here.
// Support Circle
Support Circle focuses on mitigating the negative effects of unintended pregnancies. They offer medical and counseling services for women along with insurance assistance, referrals, and resources for the partners of pregnant women. Volunteer here.