Opportunities for Outreach and Service

Children's Disaster Services

Since 1980 Children's Disaster Services has been caring for children after disasters in shelters and assistance centers by providing volunteers specially trained and certified to care for children who have experienced a disaster. Using techniques that utilize toys that encourage expression, volunteers provide a calm safe and reassuring presence in the midst of the chaos created by a disaster. Although we are part of Church of the Brethren Disaster Ministries, a partner of Week of Compassion, our workshop is open to anyone over the age of 18. For more information, please visit our website, http://www.brethren.org/cds/

Our next workshop will be held in Stratford, Connecticut on March 15 - 16, 2013 at the Stratford Municipal Center, 468 Birdseye Street, Stratford, CT 06615. Contact: Bruce Lockwood e-mail: lockwoodbruce@comcast.net 860 883-4280 or Children's Disaster Services, CDS@Brethren.org 410-635-8735, or 800-451-4407, option 5.

Any congregation, individual, or group that might be interested is highly encouraged to attend. We find that caring for children after a disaster brings new volunteers to disaster work, often drawing from teachers and child care providers and others who work with children. It is important that we fill this workshop, as the more volunteers we have, the faster we can respond to the needs of children after a disaster.

It's Time to Register for the Souper Bowl of Caring!

Join thousands of youth from across the country to fight against hunger and poverty on Super Bowl Sunday through our partner, the Souper Bowl of Caring. "Playing" in the Souper Bowl of Caring offers youth the opportunity to learn about the magnitude of domestic and international hunger while demonstrating how such seemingly small acts of outreach can make a positive difference in the lives of others. No matter the size of your congregation (or school), you can help provide food to the hungry, shelter for the homeless, and compassion to those who most need our love and support.

The Souper Bowl of Caring is as simple as holding soup pots at church doors following worship on Super Bowl Sunday, February 3, 2013 and asking worshippers to drop in dollar bills or coins-an offering-to help people who are hungry. Each participating group donates 100% of their collection to the organization of their choice, such as Week of Compassion. Youth groups are asked to consider donating part of their proceeds to a local hunger organization and the rest to an international organization. All you have to do is:

  • REGISTER at www.souperbowl.org
  • COLLECT donations on Super Bowl Sunday
  • REPORT your collection at www.souperbowl.org
  • DONATE 100% of your collection to the hunger organization(s) of your choice

Everyone who is registered will receive a free resource kit that includes the materials you need to plan and promote your event, including a manual with step-by-step instructions and ideas and publicity posters.

Last year over 250 Disciples of Christ congregations participated in Souper Bowl of Caring. That single act contributed over $100,000 to the fight against hunger. Nationally, more than 260,000 youth collected over $81 million in dollars and food for local hunger-relief charities. What a tangible way to demonstrate Jesus' love and compassion to our fellow neighbor in need!

I urge you to join us at Week of Compassion by participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring on Feb. 3 to act on Jesus' call to care for our neighbors. Go online today and register at www.souperbowl.org.

Clean-Up Buckets and Kits Needed

As a result of the overwhelming needs in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, we have a need for many more Clean-Up Buckets (and Kits). These supplies enable people to begin the overwhelming job of cleaning up after a flood, hurricane, tornado, or other disaster here in the United States.

To assemble an Emergency Clean-up Bucket you will need:

  • One five-gallon bucket with resealable lid
  • Five scouring pads
  • Seven sponges, assorted sizes
  • One scrub brush
  • Eighteen cleaning towels (reusable, like Easy Wipes®)
  • One 50-78 oz. box dry laundry detergent
  • One 12 oz. bottle of liquid concentrated household cleaner (like Lysol®)
  • One 25 oz. bottle liquid disinfectant dish soap (like Dawn®)
  • One package of 48-50 clothespins
  • Clothesline, two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.
  • Five dust masks
  • Two pairs latex gloves (like Playtex®)
  • One pair work gloves
  • 28-bag roll of heavy-duty trash bags (30-45 gallon)
  • One 6-9 oz. bottle of insect repellent (pump, drops or lotion, not aerosol)

Please provide all liquids in new, unopened plastic bottles. Be sure to send only new materials. Place all items in the plastic bucket, making sure they are packed securely to avoid damage during shipment, and seal lid with packing tape.

If you or your congregation is looking for an effective, much needed, hands-on outreach activity, please consider assembling Clean-Up

Buckets for those affected by recent disasters. Join Week of Compassion in helping CWS have enough buckets to reach out to those in need now and to have in stock for the next disaster. For more detailed information on buckets and other CWS kits, please visit http://hunger.cwsglobal.org/site/PageServer?pagename=kits_emergency

As always, thank you for your courageous compassion.

This Week's Responses:

Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance:

Northwest Region, Hurricane Sandy Relief
Oklahoma, House Fire
Missouri, Long Term Recovery Support
Syria, Internally Displaced Families in Lebannon