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Volunteer Service News
Our Choir Needs Your Voice!!!
We rehearse every Sunday after
morning worship and Thursday nights at 7 p.m. (No choir rehearsal in
August and January)
Franklin Circle Christian Church debuted
it’s very own choir way back in April 2009, and we’re still going
strong! With a handful of performances under our belt, we’re rip-roaring
and ready to go. The choir sings during regular
Sunday morning services. We have also offered special Christmas celebrations filled with music and merriment to
celebrate the birth of our Lord as well as Easter cantatas to rejoice in
the resurrection of our Savior.
What those of us in the choir would love more
than anything is to have you join us!
No previous experience is required, and you don’t even have to know how
to read music. The only requirements are a willing heart and the desire
to sing to and about our Lord! We’re an easy-going group that strives to
worship God with our hearts and voices, and have fun doing it.
We rehearse every Sunday after morning worship and Thursday evenings at
7 p.m. (except for August and January), and you are more than
welcome to show up and sing with us, or just hang out in the sanctuary
to watch a practice or two. If you’re interested in joining our choir,
or just want to learn more, please see Jake Pruitt, Choir Director, or
Tracey Evans, Assistant Choir Director. You could also let
Pastor Allen or any other worship team member know, and they’ll be sure
to pass along the message!
~ Jake Pruitt
"Service is the rent we pay for
~ Marian Wright Edelman
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+ Volunteers Always Needed!
Church Volunteer Needs ~
Educational Opportunities ~
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Volunteer Opportunities At Franklin Circle
Third Sunday “Food & Friendship” Meal
Every Third Sunday of the month, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Franklin Circle Christian
Church, 1688 Fulton Rd., Cleveland, OH.
A simple meal, warm conversation,
and support from community service agencies for all who are in need. For
more information, call Beverly at 216-310-6810.. Every third Sunday of
Open to the public on Mondays and
Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m., this
"closet" has donated clothes for
those who need them. All clean and gently used clothes are
welcome, but we are especially in need of men's clothing. We also
accept donations of brand new underwear and socks. Contact Colleen Munley or
Marge POdmore to volunteer or to arrange for the the dropping
off of donations.
Franklin Circle Christian Church
Food Bag Supplies
We are ready to kick – off our third year
of supplying Food Bags on the last Sunday of the Month, no questions
asked. We need your help in maintaining supplies and/or funds to
purchase supplies. We are very thankful for the support and funding we
have received from our congregation.
we have read in the newspaper and heard on T.V. how food supplies are in
greater need than ever. We are solely supported by our congregation,
friends and donations from InterAct Cleveland contributors.
Canned goods such as, tuna, soups, and pastas are our main staples. A
list of items may be found in the Sunday bulletin. Or, a check made out
to Franklin Circle Christian Church, memo line to read—FCCC FOOD BAGS
may be contributed. Again, many thanks to all who have supplied funding
and foods to the program.
On the last Saturday of the month we gather at 10:00 a.m. in the gym
near the food panty to fill bags. If you are interested in helping to
fill bags and make decisions of what makes up a bag from what is
available, please join us. It only takes about a hour.
Again, thank you all for your continued support.
~ The Food Bag Supply Team
The children are not even out of school... but we
are getting ready to send them back. We will be collecting
different items each month until September.
Please help our children. You may give your
donation to Jean Borrelli, Patty Groetsch, or any member of the
Christian Education Team.
Christian Women's Fellowship will be collecting for
our Health Kits which goes to Domestic Violence Families of the
Cleveland area in November.
We will be collecting different items each month. Please help those to know they are loved and
cherished. You may give your donation to Jean Borrelli or any
member of CWF.
CWF Health Kits Collection Schedule:
March: Wash Cloths
April: Travel Shampoos
May: Hand Towels
June: Travel Toothpaste
August: Emery Boards and Band Aids
September: Travel Size Lotions and Body Wash
October: Hand Towels
November: item will be named as needed.
FCCC Goes GREEN!
Paper Recycling Raises $ For Kids To Go To Camp!
Paper suitable for recycling through the PaperRetriever Program
all CLEAN and DRY:
Newspapers - YES!
Magazines - YES!
Shopping Catalogs - YES!
Office and School Papers (all colors, staples ok) - YES!
Mail - YES!
(We do NOT accept cardboard, phone books, plastic, glass,
metal & trash)
We must receive a minimum amount each month to
keep the program going!
Click HERE to go to
our new Recycling Web Page!
And don't forget to
"close the circle" by BUYING recycled products! ~
Youth Enrichment Program
Every Saturday and Sunday from 2 - 5
p.m., where 30-40 kids find a safe, nurturing place to play basketball
and to improve their computer skills. Volunteers are needed to interact
with the kids, referee, provide snacks, and provide computer help. All
staff and volunteers must have a background check in order to work with
the kids. The program runs September through the end of June. Contact
the Program directors: Michelle & Allan Brown. (Note: All
volunteers have to have a background/fingerprint check.)
Sanctuary Set Up
After each Sunday's service the sanctuary gets a bit out of order.
We are always in need of someone who can go through and tidy things up a
bit, including putting hymnals and Bibles back in their places,
refilling the pew pockets with offering envelopes and Welcome Cards, and
sharpening the pencils. We also need someone to clean up and refill the
Children's Activity Clipboards each week. This can be done immediately
after Sunday morning worship services or almost anytime during the week.
Tender Loving Care
Persons are needed to write notes to
visitors each week and to be in contact with homebound or hospitalized
members. This can be done from home, and the church will provide you
with postcards and stamps as well as with the information needed. This
can take as little as thirty minutes a week.
Occasionally there is announced an All Church Work Day where
different assignments are given out to help clean up and fix up our
church facilities. There's always something for everyone, from the least
to the most skilled. Food and refreshments are almost always provided.
Speak to Claude Pitman about helping out.
Occasional Zip Zaps! are planned to gather folks to do special one-time
projects around the church.
During the spring and summer months
persons are needed to do the detail gardening around the church grounds,
such as weeding and pruning. This might take as little as forty-five
minutes a week, or a little over an hour every two to three weeks.
If you are interested in volunteering for any of these tasks, please
speak to the Pastor or call Carole in the church office at 216-781-8232.
Growing in faith:
9:30am. Sundays - Adults & Young Adults
10:50am. - Children & Youth
Sunday School provides a chance
to explore scripture and your faith in a relaxed atmosphere. Every
Sunday there are two adult classes available: our longtime Sunday School
Class, meeting in the Friendship Room, and the Inquirer's Class, meeting
in the room under the balcony. Both rooms are off the Chapel on the
second floor of our Community Building.
Mid-Week Bible Study
7:00p.m. on Wednesdays
Mid-Week Bible Study is designed for an in-depth and more intensive look
at particular books or themes of the Bible.
Bible Study is in the Chapel, enter through the Fulton Road doors and come
to the second floor.
**We are looking for qualified volunteer help for child care for
Mid-Week Bible Study. If anyone is able to volunteer to care for our
children at the church from 7 - 8:30p.m., please contact the Pastor. Any
gift of time and care would be greatly appreciated.
Opportunities BEYOND Franklin Circle Christian Church
Blood Drives at Lutheran Hospital
Please donate blood.
A healthy person can give blood every 56 days. That means you can
donate up to six times a year!
You have the ability to give the Gift of Life to someone who is in
critical need of blood. Through the donations of concerned people like
you, our country will have an adequate supply of blood to meet the
urgent needs of our community.
Where: Lutheran Hospital Front Lobby
When: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (unles otherwise noted)
February 4, 2008
April 14, 2008
June 17, 2008
August 25, 2008
November 17, 2008 (2 - 6 p.m.)
December 18, 2008
Walk in or make an appointment: 216-363-2185
To donate blood, Red Cross donors must be at least 17 years old, weight
at least 110 pounds, be in good health and be able to provide a valid
on the web at:
Volunteers are crucial to the operation of the Foodbank. Without
volunteers, it would not be possible to collect, sort and repack all the
food that comes through our warehouse every day. But that's not all.
Foodbank volunteers also help with administrative tasks, special events,
and serve on committees.
In 2005, 5,744 volunteers contributed over 33,000 hours of service to
the Foodbank. Their hard work and effort saved us the cost of hiring 16
full-time staff members, an expense we could not otherwise afford.
Volunteers make our work possible. We hope you'll consider joining us.
To make the most of your time, use the following process:
1. Check out our volunteer guidelines to
2. If you are eligible, then click on Volunteer Registration. You only
need to register once.
3. You will need to sign our Release Agreement. If you are under 18, a
parent or legal guardian will need to sign.
4. On the calendar, select a date when you are available.
5. Confirm your appointment.
6. On the day of your appointment, go to the Foodbank for your
7. Sign in.
8. At the end of the job, sign out.
Types of Volunteer Work Available:
Produce: We need volunteers to inspect
and sort produce donations.
Special Events: We need volunteers to
collect leftover perishable food, distribute Cleveland Foodbank
literature, or receive donated canned food.
Cleveland Community Kitchen: We need
volunteers to help prepare hot meals that are distributed at local hot
Sort/Repack Opportunities: We need volunteers to help sort and repack
nonperishable food that is later distributed to local food pantries,
soup kitchens, and shelters.
Administrative Tasks: We need volunteers
to help around the office, stuff envelopes and other special projects.
The Foodbank offers flexible hours from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday;
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Fridays and 8 - Noon on Saturdays. We ask that
volunteers commit to at least a two-hour shift. We will provide all the
supervision and training necessary.For all other questions and concerns,
please call Volunteer Services Manager at 216.738.2053.
+ Northeast Ohio Coalition For The Homeless (NEOCH)
Because of the changes in benefits and the growing
affordable housing crisis, homelessness is on the rise. NEOCH needs the
time and skills of volunteers to help us implement programs and achieve
our mission. NEOCH has many opportunities for volunteers. Here is a list
of our projects that we have available for volunteers, please click on
the volunteer area that you wish to learn more about our volunteer
opportunities. You may also visit our online Volunteer Registration Form
or call us at 216.432.0540 to discuss your skills and interests in NEOCH.
NEOCH Office (clerical support):
1. Contribute to changes in housing,
income, rights and other social justice issues for homeless individuals.
Get the opportunity to see how a non-profit operates. Perform clerical
work to facilitate the productivity and advancement of NEOCH
Community Voicemail (CVM):
1. Help ensure every person in need of a
phone number gets one. Help foster stability in an individual’s life by
updating files and entering data. Facilitate the efficiency of CVM
programming. Knowledge of Microsoft Access is helpful but not necessary.
2. Additionally, serve on the CVM Advisory Board
3. The Grapevine:
4. Aid in the production of Cleveland’s street paper, The Grapevine.
Promote social justice by helping with layout, writing stories,
conducting interviews, archiving and possibly other editorial duties.
1. Assist with the organization of
homeless individuals and help work toward progress. Work with the
Homeless Congress or Resident Council Meetings.
2. The Homeless Congress meets every two weeks and collaborates on
solutions for issues in the homeless community. The solutions will be
presented to The City in the future. The Congress has representatives
from each shelter in Cleveland.
3. Resident Council Meetings are held monthly at the largest men (2100
Lakeside) and women shelters (Community Women’s Shelter on Payne
Avenue). Resident Council Meetings are forums for residents to air their
grievances about their stay in shelters. The meetings try to improve
shelter life. Plans also are being made to hold meetings at “The Spot”
1. Plan and/or steer initiatives to make
differences in the fields of Affordable Housing and/or Homelessness.
Collaborate with others who have similar interests and passions as you,
and develop skills necessary in the non-profit world. Join NEOCH’s Board
of Directors. Send your resume to email@example.com.
1. Help with the planning and
implementation of already established NEOCH events and in the creation
of future events. Join NEOCH’s Fundraising Committee.
Website, Database and Newsletter Design:
1. Exercise your computer skills with
graphic design and database design. Increase our efficiency in
addressing the problem of homelessness. With databases, increase our
organization; helping us to store our information better. The database
program we use is Microsoft Access.
2. With graphic design, help us to communicate our messages more
powerfully, through better aesthetics, better information organization
on our websites and within our newsletters. With improved advertising,
help us spread our vision more effectively.
Bridging the Gap Housing Program (BTG):
1. Assist in bridging the gap between
being homeless and being housed! Assist with fundraising/development of
the program, managing donations, delivering Welcome Home baskets,
helping clients move, serving on the advisory board, and any other area
which you feel you can contribute knowledge or experience.
2. Cleveland Homeless Legal Assistance Program (CHLAP):
3. Volunteer opportunities exist for lawyers, paralegals and law
students. Lawyers can volunteer two hours a month at one of six intake
sites. Volunteers conduct interviews, answer questions and assist in
addressing the client’s legal needs. Attorneys who can provide direct
pro bono legal assistance in the family law area are desperately needed.
4. Paralegals can also assist at the intake sessions. Law students and
paralegals assist clients by conducting legal research and preparing
documents and pleadings for client in pro se matters.
5. CHLAP plans to initiate a series of monthly seminars for clients and
local social service providers. Topics will include: divorce, custody,
visitation, employment, bankruptcy, housing and Social Security. If you
are interested in volunteering for this program, please contact Joan
Burda at 216.635.0768, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To Volunteer Contact Emily at 216/432-0540 ext. 103
+ Catholic Worker House/Drop-In Center
Drop-in hospitality: Please come by our
Storefront drop-in center at 4241 Lorain Ave to visit with folks or
volunteer during regular drop-in hours: Tuesday-Friday, 7-9pm and
Donations needed include blankets, new socks and underwear, toiletries.
If you or your group would like to provide a meal one night during
March, call Peter or Ryan at 216.631.3059.
“our drop-in is more about hospitality than services. People come in,
get food, take a shower, get new clothes, but mostly sit around and
relax, play cards and visit. The ‘volunteers’ are encouraged to do the
same, i.e., not create a “we serve—you receive” model but more one of
solidarity and friendship.”
+ Overnight Drop-In Center For Homeless – Tremont
Beginning in November, 2009 our community
will offer a drop-in center for three nights a week, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Much like the Catholic Worker House situation listed above, only
Call Jim Schlecht at 216-924-0429 for more information and to volunteer.
Websites For Volunteering:
Business Volunteers Unlimited:
Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com Volunteer Listings:
RSVP (18 and older)