Calvary is committed to serving regional urban centers.
We have formed valuable partnerships with many different churches and organizations in the North Philadelphia area and are excited about the relationships we've built.
One of the exciting things about this priority is that it extends way beyond what we normally think of as “mission” work. Our goal for reaching the communities in North Philly is to build lasting relationships with the people in local churches, neighborhoods, and businesses. We don’t want to give the impression that we’re simply coming in to “fix” things and then leave. While that approach is not bad in and of itself, our desire is to see lasting relationships built.
Christmas Toy Store
We will once again be participating in the Oxford Circle Toy Store this Christmas season. We will begin collecting toys on Sunday, November 4. Below is a list of specific items we could use in addition to toys for kids ages birth-18 years old:
Girl gifts (not teen): could use other options other than dolls- lego kits, STEM kits, larger craft kits, girl scooters, etc.
Family games, crafts
Teens: could use more unisex & teen boy gifts. Gift cards could also include to Wal-Mart, Old Navy, Target, Marshalls, Ross, etc.
Gift wrapping supplies: large gift bags for larger items, gift bags, double sided wrapping paper, tape, batteries, etc.
Starting November 4, visit this link to volunteer to help out at the toy store - Toy Store Volunteer >
Worthwhile Wear, a nonprofit working to end modern-day slavery, started with one person, Dan Emr, responding to a message he heard at Calvary Church. Initial work in 2012 focused on helping women and girls in India make a living wage to prevent exploitation. Worthwhile Wear now operates two upscale thrift stores in Pipersville and Fountainville that provide volunteer opportunities and income to fund the programs of The Well, a safe house and restorative services for women impacted by human trafficking. Inside the Pipersville Worthwhile Thrift store is the Freedom Boutique, where products made by survivors of human trafficking are available for purchase.
The Well is Worthwhile Wear's local initiative to provide safe housing, individual and group counseling, life skills, and vocational training for women recovered from sex trafficking. The Well receives referrals from areas near Bucks and Montgomery counties, as well as across the United States.
SAVE THE DATE:
Modern day slavery is a growing problem right here in the suburbs of southeastern PA. Sexual exploitation is a hugely profitable enterprise and traffickers in our area are recruiting vulnerable girls as young as 13. Please join Worthwhile Wear in fighting the injustice of human trafficking and the terrible toll it takes on our communities at their annual fundraiser, A Worthwhile Evening, taking place on November 15th. By attending or becoming a sponsor, you too are joining in the fight to end modern day slavery. ($40 of each ticket is tax deductible)
Thursday, November 15.
Thrift Store Volunteers: Whether you like a regular schedule or being on call, consider helping out at the store with customers, restocking items, volunteering at special events, etc.
Our thrift stores help to provide sustainability for the programs offered by Worthwhile Wear. In addition, the Freedom Boutique which is located inside Pipersville Thrift offers products made by those impacted by human trafficking.
Work Teams: Got a group looking for a project? We can help! Let us know how many are in your group and when you'd like to volunteer.
For more information about any volunteer opportunities, please email LuAnn.