Shoreline Church remains committed to reaching those in need in our community through our many Outreach ministries and modified seasonal events. In an effort to optimize Shoreline’s Community Outreach during these uncertain times, we have made adjustments to better serve our community to comply with current guidelines, restrictions and protocols. All current County-mandated safety measures are in place with the following Outreach volunteer opportunities.
With so many ways to serve, we always have an opportunity for you!
Angel Tree is (normally) a December event that blesses children of incarcerated parents with Christmas gifts donated by Shoreliners and the community. The gifts are then given to the children as if they are from their incarcerated parents who are unable to provide gifts for them. The process takes place over a three week period beginning with the Angel cards being distributed at a booth after Sunday services. Volunteers and staff purchase and wrap their gifts and bring them back to Shoreline Church. The team of volunteers and staff then take the gifts to the Angel Tree Christmas party at the Boys and Girls Club in Salinas where they are distributed to the children. It is a festive Christmas event with Bibles available and prayer offered. Due to current restrictions this event will take on a new form this year. Volunteers and staff are currently in the planning stages. For more information, please email email@example.com.
Dress a Girl partners with Elizabeth’s Library International https://www.elizabethslibrary.org/ to sew and provide beautiful dresses for girls in developing countries and teddy bears for girls locally though Love Our Central Coast and Operation Christmas Child. Volunteers are mostly self sufficient and take donations of fabric and cash to purchase supplies. They (normally) meet every other month (odd months). Volunteers cut their own dresses, surge and press them and send them to Santa Cruz Dress A Girl to be made into kits. The kits are then returned to Shoreline volunteers, are sewn and distributed to girls in need. Even with current restrictions, volunteers are keeping busy, sewing dresses from home. In early August, 2020, 310 dresses were sent to Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi for girls in need. For more information, or you are travelling to a developing country and would like to hand deliver dresses to organizations in need, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bags of Hope are reusable pouches that are assembled with a devotional, water and a granola bar. They are for distribution to the homeless here in Monterey County and for the developing countries that Shoreline volunteers serve on missions trips. For local distribution, Shoreline attenders can (normally) purchase the bags from the church for a nominal price, add additional items and distribute them as they encounter people in need throughout the community. Currently we are encouraging people to create their own Bags of Hope at home by merely putting together items in Ziploc bags such as water, snacks, Bible verses, hygiene items and more. For more information please contact email@example.com.
Feeding the Homeless (normally) takes place on the third Saturday of every month at Dorothy’s Place. This is a great opportunity for Organic Outreach to non-believers. Currently, we cannot serve at Dorothy’s Place and they cannot accept public donations of homemade food items. Instead we are donating monetarily and volunteers are making and bringing sandwiches to our Food Pantry or to a location in Salinas on Thursdays. The sandwiches are then delivered to the homeless at Salinas First Methodist Church, the Salinas Warming Shelter and to homeless encampments. Currently volunteers are serving 8 times the number of normal recipients. We are also developing a partnership with All In Monterey to further serve our community. For more information on how to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heart to Home provides assistance in collecting and delivering household items to those in need, particularly women moving from shelter settings to independent living. Donations are accepted from Shoreline attenders and the public by appointment. When there is a need, staff takes the recipients to the storage unit off campus to choose what they need for their new living space. Bibles are available and prayer is offered. For more information, please email email@example.com.
HOPE Christmas party (normally) takes place every December and is the largest Shoreline Outreach event of the year. The event (normally) includes dinner, music, crafts, activities, gifts and stockings for people in need in Monterey County. The Worship Center (normally) is converted to a sit-down banquet that includes entertainment and Christmas music. Most of the recipients are currently living in shelter situations. Parents (normally) “shop” for toys for their children downstairs while children make crafts as gifts for their parents upstairs. Bibles are available and prayer is offered in a designed prayer room. It is a festive night spreading the love of God to all. This year due to current restrictions, volunteers and staff are in the planning stages for a revised event. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I-Help for Women offers homeless women short-term lodging and an evening meal on a nightly basis. I-Help also provides career counseling and helps participants develop healthy living patterns. Shoreline volunteers (normally) prepare and serve the dinners and offer words of encouragement. Bibles are available and prayer is offered. Due to County-wide restrictions we are currently unable to serve dinner in person. However, volunteers continue to prepare and drop off their portion of a meal to Shoreline Church. Volunteers then drive the meals to Sanctuary Bible Church in Carmel Valley, where the women are currently residing. For more information, please email email@example.com.
Operation Christmas Child is an arm of Samaritan’s Purse International Relief efforts. Their mission is to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Shoreline is a designated collection site. Volunteers work in the courtyard space handing out shoe boxes beginning in October. Volunteers later collect the boxes in early November and prepare them to be shipped. For more information, please email OperationChristmasChild@shoreline.church.
The Clothes Closet (normally) works in conjunction with the Food Pantry and is open during the same days and times. Donors bring clean, gently used men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, accessories and baby items which are then sorted by size and type. Recipients can browse through and take items that they need. The Clothes Closet had been closed due to COVID-19, but has recently reopened for a limited time on the patio outside of the Parkside Room. Bibles are available and prayer is offered. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The School Supply Drive (normally) takes place in July to help students in need to be prepared for the upcoming school year. Shoreline attenders donate almost half of the supplies needed and Shoreline Outreach purchases the remaining. Normally each backpack contains a bookmark with a Bible verse, a handwritten note of encouragement from our High School students and an invitation to the Shoreline Back to School Bash. Volunteers sort supplies and the other items and place them in backpacks for the students. The distribution (normally) takes place at the Community Partnership for Youth, the Marina Youth Center and Salinas First Tee. Bibles are available and prayer is offered. During COVID-19, this ministry will take on a new form. Volunteer leaders and staff are in the process of brainstorming how it will look this year. For more information, please email email@example.com.
Women’s Shelter Visits are (normally) scheduled for the first Sunday evening of each month. Volunteers go to the shelter in Marina to provide meals, non perishable food items and supplies. In addition they offer words of encouragement, fellowship, perform life skills seminars and coordinate fun projects. Recently, volunteers have ordered pizza deliveries for the residents and continue to supply them with items such as trash bags and toilet paper. Residents are also encouraged to attend church or watch online services. Bibles are available and prayer is offered. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.