Thrivent offers support for your church's outreach through our Care Abound in Communities Program. Here are some of the activities we supported in 2012:
1. Sharefest. We helped build a Victory garden, supported Join Hands Day, and sponsored a Youth Summer Academy.
2. Lutheran Social Services. We sponsored a youth workday, a walkathon (pictured), and the Toys for Christmas program.
3. Pacific Lutheran High School. We supported their athletics and academics fundraising dinner.
4. New City Parish. We supported their Thanksgiving Meal distribution, their 20th anniversary Celebration/Dinner, and their Fall Auction Banquet.
5. Resurrection Lutheran. This congregation held a youth Easter Breakfast, a 40 cans for 40 days during lent, project Linus, and Operation backpack, and was able to apply for funds from Thrivent for each effort.
6. First Lutheran in Torrance held a huge yard sale to raise fund for the Navajo Mission and Grace Lutheran also had a yard sale. Thrivent was able to increase the charitable donation made by each congregation.
7. Ascension Lutheran held school backpack fundraisers as well as book and bake sales that Thrivent was able to support.
8. Family Promise's Cardboard Box City fundraiser was made even more successful with the help of Care Abounds in Communities.
9. Project Needs hosted a summer barbecue for the homeless as well as a christmas party for homeless children with Thrivent's support. See photo above right.
The list goes on from there. All of these congregations and organizations are busy planning outreach events. You can be too! Just plan a great event, estimate your volunteer hours and the amount of funds you will be able to raise yourself and apply for matching funds (1 to 3).
Many of these organizations are also eligible to receive your Thrivent Choice dollars. If you have not had a chance to allocate your funds, do so today!