Local Mission Opportunities
ACC loves our neighborhood: The love of God compels us to seek hope, justice, and good for those in our community and our neighbors. Investing your life is something bigger than yourself is a great way to experience God in your everyday. There are 6 local outreach opportunities that we are committed to as a community of faith. Join us in making a difference!
If you have a heart for a supportive Christian ministry in the Denver area which offers an alternative to abortion, please consider this opportunity. They offer abstinence training, pregnancy consultation, a 24-hour help line, pre and post-natal support, adoption resources, medical/legal referrals, post abortion counseling, etc. There are currently five locations within the Denver metro area. A new Success-oriented Adult Mentoring (SAM) program links adult mentors with 15-29 year-old single parents to help them make life-giving choices as they face the unique challenges of adult transition. Male and female adult mentors are needed. You can share your wisdom, love and care as a mentor to help a vulnerable young adult discover the path to success. Mentor training is provided.
For more information, call Kara Bohannon at (303) 502-4253, or e-mail her at email@example.com. You can also, contact Alternatives directly at (303) 295-2288 or go to www.youhavealternatives.org or www.apcdenver.org
Arvada Covenant Church has “adopted” a local high school in the community, Arvada West High School. The goal of the partnership is to show appreciation and support to the local high school teachers, students and parents. Church members volunteer in many different programs ranging from volunteering in the Library, attending athletic events, participating in after-prom, and hosting/serving teacher appreciation lunches.
For more information, contact Nate Powell (firstname.lastname@example.org) or you can call the church office at (303) 422-1235.
Through a unique partnership with churches and communities of faith, the Interfaith Hospitality Network provides shelter, meals and support services to families experiencing homelessness in Arvada for an entire week at our church three times a year. Each family is provided with overnight accommodations, a hot evening meal, a cold breakfast, a packed lunch and a loving, warm atmosphere. Over 60% of those we shelter are children. Many caring volunteers doing a wide variety of jobs have made this ministry possible since 2001. We need help in setting up, staying overnight, preparing a hot meal and being a friend.
The International Student program is unique because it brings the world to our doorstep. By relating to students from abroad we have the potential to impact the world’s future leaders for God’s Kingdom. It is estimated that 80% of internationals studying here never see the inside of an American home. Yet these students are far from their own homes, many are lonely, and most are anxious for friendship and the knowledge of what we believe. We have a unique opportunity to befriend and love them and share our story of faith with them.
The International Student program has three emphases:
• Being a friendship partner (meeting with a student on some regular basis)
• Hosting student(s) for a meal at holiday times
• Supporting a group activity (either at ACC or at a local campus)
[Note: Some involvement may require training provided by campus ministries.]
We partner with the following International Student campus ministries:
• InterFACE Ministries (Terry & Trudy Thompson) at Colorado School of Mines, Golden
• Horizon International (Don & Michelle Williams) at University of Colorado, Boulder
• International Students Inc (Gene Congdon) at Univ. of Colorado – Denver, Auraria Campus
Arvada Covenant participates in this national organization by sending local foster kids ages 7 to 11 for a week of summer camp near Estes Park. The overall goal is to create positive memories for abused children. Arvada Covenant provides numerous volunteers so that each child can be given personal attention during the camps. The program is extensive and includes fund raising, training of volunteers, plus the week-long camp. Approximately 80-100 volunteers are required every year.
For more information on how you may be one of the volunteers, contact Miki or Will LeVette at 720-233-5657. www.arvada.royalfamilykids.org
King’s Team Camp is a one-week residential summer camp designed for graduates (ages 12-15) of the Royal Family Kids’ Camps. Teens will be paired with an adult counselor. All counselors and staff are volunteers who have been carefully screened and trained to work with teens and teen-life issues. These teens will build relationships with adults, and other teens and experience God’s creation in a safe and wholesome environment at a camp near Estes Park. This results in a host of positive memories while building confidence and self-esteem.
While at camp, the teens will receive individual attention and also participate in team-building activities, such as: swimming, hiking, challenge course, ropes course, rock climbing, rappelling, horseback riding, crafts, birthday party, Bible study, personal devotions, singing.
For more information, visit kingsteamcamp.org or call Eliese Espinoza at 303-588-9299.
Do you enjoy teaching and working with kids, grades one through five? Whiz Kids just might be the volunteer opportunity you are looking for. Whiz Kids pairs at-risk kids with caring volunteers who tutor and mentor them in the spirit of Christ. Tutoring takes place at Arvada sites one day per week depending on the site, October through April. These relationships improve self-esteem and foster a sense of accomplishment among the students we serve. Whiz Kids is instrumental in providing extra literacy and math help to struggling students and has seen improved reading scores through the tutor/student relationship. Tutoring not only makes a difference; it’s also fun!
For more information, contact Nancy Linnenberger at (303) 424-2559 or for more information on the organization contact Angie Kinney at (303) 669-7339 or go to www.whizkidstutoring.com
Severe Weather Shelter Network:
Providing a Safe Place this Winter
ACC is partnering with several other churches in our area to provide a safe, warm place for individuals experiencing homelessness this winter. The Sever Weather Shelter Network provides emergency overnight shelter on life threatening winter nights. On the nights we are sheltering guests can enjoy a hot, homemade meal as well as friendly conversation around a table. Aside from supplying a safe, warm environment overnight, we will also connect our guests with other resources as their needs become known.
Severe Weather Shelter Network is a Christian ministry, welcoming all volunteers who share our passion for aiding individuals experiencing homelessness. We do not expect volunteers to share our faith, but rather welcome them into a journey of serving together. If you are interested you can help out as an evening host, provide dinner, be an overnight host, morning host, drive a van, or a variety of other volunteer roles.
People in our ACC community are also involved in several other local outreach opportunities. Please email the church office for more information about any of these opportunities:
Hope House of Colorado
Operation Christmas Child
Refugee Support Ministries
World of Global Friends