We are happy to guide you to an area where your time and talents can be best utilized for His Kingdom work. You don’t have to adopt a child or go on a mission trip to help. There are plenty of opportunities for lifeGROUPs, young professionals, kids, grandparents, and everyone else to serve in some way. If you have a passion for orphan care issues, we are happy to utilize your help with our current initiatives in this area.
Here are just a few creative ways folks are currently helping out
- Free babysitting for foster and adoptive parents
- Volunteering for Childcare for the Refresh Support group (every 2nd Tues of the month 6.30 pm-9 pm)
- Weekly Office Help ( 9 months commitment)
- Graphics Design
- LifeGROUPs “adopting” families who are fostering or adopting
- Free haircuts and braiding offered for foster kids
- Sponsorship and donations to bless parents at the Refresh conference
- Preparing meals for homeless teens
- Meals delivered to foster parents after initial placement
- Backpack drives for iBelong.
- Donations to the ABBA Fund to help cover the cost of adoptions
- Hot cocoa sales to raise funds for foster youth
- Supporting a mom in crisis
- Safe families leadership
- Digging wells and planting seed in Kenya to prevent the need to send children miles away for basic necessities.
Be part of the Orphan Care Team:
Our orphan care team at Overlake now reaches over 500 people and includes foster and adoptive parents, short term mission teams, lifeGROUPS, and other volunteers who desire to help out in a variety of ways. Ask at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to this team so that you can keep up on the current needs and celebrations in the area of orphan care.
The bottom line is, we encourage everyone to step out in faith and start making a difference. Admittedly, no aspect of adoption or foster care is easy and those who do not feel called to this should consider the variety of other ways to serve. God says in Isaiah 1:17 that He wants us to “learn to do good, seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.”