Service has many faces and forms. While some servants enjoy the camaraderie of the group, others quietly serve with no one the wiser. There is no one way to serve. These opportunities allow for the integration of service into one's life on a level that is comfortable and gratifying. Some opportunities are led by members of RiverGlen and others encourage families or individuals to tailor service to the age of the servants and the amount of time available. Consider Christ's message in Matthew 25: 35-40:
"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’"
Looking for fellowship? Here are some great opportunities to serve with other members of RiverGlen Church.
Bread of Healing
Join other members of RiverGlen on the 5th Wednesday of the month in preparing and/or serving a meal at Cross Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sign up sheets for preparing or serving food are available on the Sundays prior to service.
Got a Group?
RiverGlen small group? Scouting or youth group? Many of the organizations on this page welcome groups, but also consider a “drive”. As part of your group meeting or other gathering, ask for donations that meet the needs of one of the organizations listed below:
Repairers of the Breach, an organization for the homeless in Milwaukee, will provide an educational program to your group and is always in need of clean socks and underwear.
The Women’s Shelter of Waukesha welcomes books, blankets and baked goods.
The Wildlife in Need Center has a list on their website of materials they can use and offers volunteer opportunities to youth over 12 years. Educational programs are also available.
"We have different gifts according to the grace given us."--Romans 12:6
Got an hour?
The Kettle Moraine Food Pantry is just down the street from Riverglen at 705 E. Tomlin Rd. Hours vary, but little hands can help sort food and several times a year help is needed to sort & stock large deliveries from other groups such as the DECA club. Call 262-968-6466 or visit the food pantry on Facebook to find out how to volunteer. No long term commitment is needed.
Visit The Food Pantry of Waukesha County located at 1301 Sentry Drive for additional opportunities to serve.
Little hands like to color? Call Interfaith of Waukesha at 262-549-3348 and let your littlest friends color birthday cards for seniors in our area. A one time or ongoing commitment, family time or group project; this is an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life.
Our area schools are always looking for volunteers to re-shelve books or make copies. With a background check, you can spend an hour helping with literacy or in a kindergarten class with crafts. Contact your local elementary school or PTO & inquire as to their needs.
Got a Morning or Afternoon?
Hope Center of Waukesha can use your time to sort clothing in their Clothing Shop, help load & move furniture through Project Move, or serve a meal in the Day Care Center. Families w/older children are welcome, along w/singles or groups.
Interfaith has needs for volunteers to drive seniors to appointments, visit home bound seniors, or serve as snow angels who shovel snow for seniors when needed. Click on Interfaith above to find different opportunities to let your light shine in service to others.
Service as Tradition
Create memories and family tradition each Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthday or whatever event of your choice by spending a day volunteering in the community. Serve a meal at Hope Center, perform yard clean up for Interfaith, call your local food pantry and inquire as to days when help might be needed, visit the Rescue Mission of Milwaukee for “Volunteer Saturday”, Adopt a Highway in your area and have a sign put up in your family’s name.
Challenge your family to identify particular needs within your own community and then brainstorm on how to meet those needs. Does the park need pick up or benches painted? Your local municipality would have info on needs such as this. Make service a family tradition and finish your day with pizza & bowling or game night.
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