We believe that Jesus calls us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the seek, and share a cup of cold water with the thirsty. In other words, we strive to continue Jesus’ work by being of service in the world.
Children’s Disaster Services. Children need special care after a fire, earthquake, or flood. Children’s Disaster Services provides that care, so that children’s needs for activity, creative play, and reassurance can be met, as their parents deal with issues of food, shelter, and clothing. This program is established across the United States by The Church of the Brethren, and volunteers come from all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. The work is done under the umbrella of the Red Cross and responses occur both locally and nationally. Our church periodically offers training, and assembles Kits of Comfort for the volunteers to use. To learn more, visit the web site.
Brethren Disaster Ministries (BDM) uses volunteers to repair or rebuild damaged homes for disaster survivors who lack sufficient resources to hire a contractor. The goal is to ease the trauma and foster recovery for those dealing with natural disasters. In 2012, 1,295 volunteers gave 75,368 hours worth $1,642,268.72 serving 63 families. To learn more about how to volunteer, visit their website.
Meals on Wheels Association of America is one of the oldest and largest non-profit organizations dedicated to providing meals to home-bound individuals who cannot cook for themselves. Learn how you can volunteer to be part of this vital ministry in your area.
Christian Peacemaker Teams’ mission is to build partnerships to transform violence and oppression. In the mid-1980s, members of the historic peace churches were seeking new ways to express their faith. Emerging in that period was a consciousness that by using the creative energy of organized nonviolence, ordinary people could stand in front of the weapons and encourage less violent ways for change to happen. CPTers have staffed violence-reduction projects in Haiti, Washington DC, Hebron, West Bank, Bosnia, Chiapas, Iraq, Colombia and more. To learn how to get involved, check out their website.
Pomona Valley Habitat for Humanity is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. A nonprofit, ecumenical organization Habitat uses volunteers to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. These homes are then sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged. Volunteer Orientations are held at noon every Saturday at the Pomona Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 4609 Holt Blvd., Montclair, CA. For more information, visit their web site.
Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the Earth. It all started with a cow. Moved by the plight of orphans and refugees of the Spanish Civil War as he ladled out meager rations of powdered milk, Dan West, an Indiana farmer, volunteer relief worker and Church of the Brethren member, grasped that the people needed “a cow, not a cup”—cows that could produce milk so families would not have to depend on temporary aid. From that simple idea, Heifer International was born. In 1944, the first cows sent abroad were donated by West’s neighbors and distributed throughout Europe following WWII. Several members of the La Verne Church served as ‘sea-faring cowboys’ with those shipments of cows. Almost 70 years later, Heifer has helped more than 12 million families in 125 countries. For more information, visit their web site.
Every summer the Church of the Brethren offers about 25 Brethren Workcamp experiences for Junior High through Young Adults to help people connect service to faith. Workcamps take place from California to New York, Florida to South Dakota. For more information, visit their web site.