Redwood Community Service Day!

About 250 campers at Redwood Camp Meeting volunteered for the first Redwood Community Service Day on Friday, July 31.
 
Over the past six decades, the annual 10-day camp meeting, held in the Northern California Conference, has provided spiritual renewal for thousands of people. The theme for 2015 was “Christ’s Method Alone: Building Relationships.” “We wanted to give people the opportunity to be a blessing to the local community—to put this year’s theme into action,” said NCC Executive Secretary Marc Woodson, who organized the event with his wife, Marlene. Each volunteer wore a bright yellow shirt with Matthew 20:28 written on the back: “Jesus came not to be served, but to serve others.”
 
The volunteers tackled a wide range of projects in the nearby communities of Fortuna and Eureka. Many campers worked together to pick up 1,540 pounds of trash along the Eel River. (A local television newscast reported on their work.) “My favorite part of the day was walking the river bed with my dad, and finding a muffler that we joked was a piece of NASA equipment that fell from the sky,” said 13-year-old Tim Mason, from the Lodi English Oaks church. “It made me feel good that I knew I was helping clean the world.”
 
A number of volunteers worked at Miranda’s Rescue for Large & Small Animals, where they walked dogs, built goat pens, painted, weeded and performed other tasks. “The owner was so overwhelmed by the number of volunteers that he had to stop several times—as he was giving us assignments—to tell us how blessed he felt to have so many there,” said Carol Anne Cruise, a member of Redwood Valley company.
 
The organization’s owners, Shannon Miranda and Dean Paris, later wrote a thank you message: “You were the best large volunteer group we have had in the last ten years! … Your kindness will never be forgotten!”
 
A number of other volunteers worked at Fortuna’s Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, making quilts for a women’s shelter and sewing pillowcases for a children’s hospital, among other tasks. The congregation’s public affairs specialist, Sylvia Jutila, helped connect the Adventists to volunteer opportunities around Fortuna. “What a fantastic gift to our city,” said Jutila. “All of the places where they served could not get over the wonderful aid and assistance they provided.”
 
Campers also worked at several food banks, a library, a thrift store, a community center, and another church. “We received so much positive feedback—both from the volunteers and the people they helped—that we plan to make this an annual event,” said Woodson.

[Article from: http://www.nadadventist.org/article/1073743041/news/archived-news-stories/2015-news-archives/9-8-15-redwood-campers-build-relationships-during-first-community-service-day ]

Nonprofit Leadership Certification Takes off!

Our NLCP started on Monday morning in Federal Way, WA. With 48+ attendees and a variety of presenters, the participants are getting their full experience and learning even more. "Being able to engage in conversation with people of smilier interests and passion for non profit leadership is very enlightening", said a participant of the NLCP program.

For more daily pictures, visit our social media pages! And make sure you join us next year to get a certification yourself! 

#ACSResponds Typhoon Soudelor

On Sunday, August 2nd, Typhoon Soudelor struck the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The catastrophic event knocked out electricity on the 48-square-mile island. About 50,000 people live on the island, and most of them live in Saipan, which took the larger hit of the storm.

Adventist Community Service responded right away. Local churches and partnering teams responded to the typhoon by evaluating the situation and providing aid to the families that were affected. More specifically, ACS opened a multi-agency warehouse and with the help of ACS volunteers, were able to set up a distribution pipeline with butane for light & cooking, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent and personal hygiene kits. ACS was able to trail local church members/volunteers on leadership skills on how to operate the warehouse.

Saipan’s Adventist dental clinic and the Adventist school’s damage was minimal and is now functioning. With removed debris, they are able to fully function but are looking at repairing the minimal damage slowly.

ACS has established plans to continue to serve long-term in the community of Saipan and will do so until further notice.

To donate, please go to communityservices.org 

#ACSResponds to Butte and Valley fires.

Last week, when Jim and Carolyn Oliver left their home of 11 years—in the midst of 120 acres of forest — they didn’t know if they would see it again. The Butte fire was moving hot and fast through the area. Carolyn caught a glimpse of the fire’s power as she served in her role as senior chaplain for a fire protection district. Her battalion chief asked her to accompany him as she checked on firefighters, and she was shocked. “I had never seen devastation like that,” she said.

When she arrived home, she told Jim that they needed to get out. They grabbed their “go bag,” and they left. (Shortly thereafter, their community received a mandatory evacuation order.) Their home is currently being used as a dormitory for firefighters. The Olivers know about emergencies. Through the years they’ve been involved with numerous disaster response organizations. In addition, Carolyn has served as disaster response coordinator for the Northern California Conference, and Jim now holds that position, in addition to his role as NCC Adventist Community Services Federation president.

Now it’s the Olivers’ own neighbors who are affected by disaster. “When it’s at your back door, it’s a whole new thing,” said Carolyn. “ What you’re not prepared for is when it’s people you know who are losing their homes.” As of Sept. 15, the Olivers’ house was still standing. They continue to be hopeful, but no matter what the outcome, they trust that the Lord will be with them. “We are at peace because God is still in charge and cares for us,” said Jim.

The Butte and Valley fires are still wreaking havoc on the lives of thousands. But you can help! Adventist Community Services provides assistance to individuals, families and communities during and after disasters. Donate today to help people affected by these fires. 

Nonprofit Leadership Certification Program

April 18 - 21, 2016
Southern Union conference
norcross, GA

More info
To Register click here

 

Participants will learn:
Leadership:

To improve participants' abilities to affect individual, organization, and community changes.

Mangement:

To improve participants' abilities to effectively handle the administrative responsibilities of nonprofit management.

Social Dimensions of Evangelism:

To improve participants' abilities through biblical concepts of holistic ministry to minister in dynamic environments.