SERVE WHERE YOU CAN
SERVE WHERE YOU CAN
It takes all kinds of people to make community happen. From the Sunday production, including sound and tech, to the coffee volunteers that make sure we’re all awake and caffeinated, to the people who volunteer to teach our kids and keep them safe, church is created live, every Sunday, by volunteers.
Here in Calgary people serve new refugee immigrants, and those in need.
Globally, we partner with organizations employing evidence- based best-practices to effect long term change. In fact, 20% of our budget is allocated to serve those outside the doors of our church. For us, nding your place to serve is a non-negotiable part of the Jesus life.
I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold, service was joy.
As a community, we are drawn to service—to living out our commission to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Recognizing the importance of both giving and receiving, we pour back into our community the gifts we have received from God. And through this intermingling of disparate gifts, we see a beautiful portrait of the body of Christ. Your participation as a volunteer makes this place possible.
Especially as we continue to grow and add services we are always helping new volunteers nd their place to serve at Commons. And besides, volunteering is one of the best ways to make new friends. There’s a place for you.
There is a lot of good happening here in Calgary. That’s why we want to work to facilitate connections between community volunteers with worthy non-profit organizations in the city. Our intent is to partner in ways that lead to long term, measurable and sustainable social good. Below are just a few of the ways you can get involved.
We have recently sponsored our first refugee family. A family of 7 from Syria have fled the fighting in their home and we are helping them establish a new life here in Calgary. From living expenses, to medical appointments, taxes, and tutors our community is committed to making sure several refugee families transition well to their new life in Canada.
Commons has recently signed on to participate in a new Habitat Project. An interfaith build here in the city where faith communities from various religious traditions will be joining togetehr to provide housing to working families in need.
We send a team to serve dinner once a month. At the DI the needs of people who are homeless or at risk are met in a respectful, comprehensive and safe way.
Once a month we send a team to serve at the Seed where adults experiencing poverty and homelessness have their basic needs met and are supported toward sustainable life change and integration into the broader community.
We send a team to serve breakfast once a quarter. Inn From the Cold provides emergency shelter, support and programs to homeless children, their families and others in need, with the goal of building healthy, stable families and ending homelessness.
In partnership with the 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness some of our Home Churches are participating in a pilot project where families exiting homelessness are matched with groups from the church for co-learning experiences focusing on things like household budgeting, meal planning, nutrition, and raising kids.
With a focus on social justice and the outdoors, we seek to share our love of God’s creation while developing relationships with clients from the Mustard Seed and Dream Center.
With the resources we have in the global west we can participate in some amazing stories but to do that well means moving slowly, listening first, and finding the right opportunities to partner with global communities. We have some incredible partners who have taught us a lot about helping well.
We have a long term commitment to the community of Kalende Zambia where we currently support over 50 children. This means working with local leaders to provide basic medical, education and for security to orphans and vulnerable children. The model is facilitated by a Community Based Organization that cares for children in the community. We also send a team to learn from local care workers every year. Sponsoring a child costs just $20 month and we are have an ongoing relationship with the children and community those funds reach.
Hands is a Christian non-profit organisation working in vulnerable communities across sub-Saharan Africa where HIV/AIDS, poverty and numbers of orphans are highest and support structures are very low.
We sponsor a field office in Thailand that specializes in the citizenship issues that face hill tribe peoples in that country. Access to recognized citizenship and identification is often one of the greatest barriers stopping the poor from accessing proper legal protections. This legal system side of justice work is essential in creating the environments where the poor are no longer exploited.
IJM is a global organization protecting the poor from violence throughout the developing world. IJM partners with local authorities to rescue victims of violence, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors, and strengthen justice systems.