Everywhere we look, we see people in need of a helping hand, a bit of hope, a new direction - and ultimately, Christ. Giving back in our community is our chance to meet those needs. Get involved in what God is doing in the greater LA area and experience joy as you bring Christ’s light into someone else’s life.
Take a look at the list below and you’ll recognize four areas that we focus on at SCG: Women, Children, Homelessness and Urban Renewal. Click on one of the organizations and learn who they are, where they are and what they do. You’ll also find details on how to take the next step.
Located on near Moody and Cerritos, the Boys & Girls Club of Cypress provides kids in our community with a safe place to play, learn and grow. Core Program Areas Include: character and leadership development, education and career support, health and life skills, exposure to the Arts, and sports, fitness and recreation programs. Invest in the lives of some amazing kids today by signing up to offer homework assistance, be a reading buddy, play games, or offer your own unique talents! The club asks volunteers to serve on a weekly or monthly basis, but they do have one-time “special” service opportunities.
RFKC is a weeklong resident camp for children from our area’s foster care system, ages 7-11. At camp, the children’s interaction with caring and compassionate volunteers is often the first positive experience they have had with adults. These camps serve as turning points in the lives of countless children, replacing cycles of abuse and neglect with love and hope. Our camp is funded by the generosity of individuals, families, and businesses. We invite you to help by making a tax-deductible donation. The check may be written to SeaCoast Grace Church; please write RFKC in the memo line.
Compton is known around the world... for all the wrong reasons. Many people have written Compton off, but God hasn’t. He is using His people to bring about a turning point in the city. Four times each year, over 1,500 volunteers put on yellow shirts and descend on Compton to serve those in greatest need. During a morning of work, we paint over graffiti, mend fences, pray with residents and serve as a living testimony of Christ’s love. It’s a bold vision "to see a city restored" but we believe that in time, Compton will become a dramatic testimony of His redemptive power.
Register for the next workday at seacoastgrace.org/compton
The Long Beach Rescue Mission (LBRM) provides food, clothing, shelter and spiritual guidance to thousands of homeless and destitute people in the Long Beach area. The mission exists to provide loving care and spiritual guidance to those who wish to overcome the cycle of homelessness and find purpose and direction in their lives.
LBRM is divided into two main facilities, the men’s shelter, known as the Samaritan House and the 40-bed women’s shelter known as the Lydia House. Both facilities offer regular opportunities to serve throughout the year. SCGers have prepared meals, participated in the Chapel Service, completed service projects and helped out at holiday and special events. This is an excellent opportunity for small groups to serve together!
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. Habitat will begin an 18 month building project in Cypress starting in the summer of 2012. The SCG family is invited to join volunteers from around the area to provide safe and attractive housing for families in need, right here in our community.
We Care of Los Alamitos is a non-profit organization that pools the resources of the community to meet the emergency needs of families and individuals. Located just around the corner from SeaCoast Grace, We Care is sponsored by local churches, community groups, corporations and concerned citizens. It helps families from Northwest Orange County including the cities of Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Rossmoor, Cypress and Stanton. Assistance is provided in the form of rental/motel assistance, utility assistance, payment of DMV fees, food, personal care items, clothing and more.
Volunteer opportunities exist at We Care, including providing administrative support, helping out with food distribution and managing food drives at SeaCoast Grace that benefit We Care.
Precious Life Shelter is a three phase residential program for homeless pregnant adult women. Precious Life provides a safe, structured and loving environment for women who have no place to have their children. The staff and program help women work toward self-reliance for themselves and their children regardless of whether they choose to raise their children or place them up for adoption.
Call (562) 431-5025.
Safe Families exists to care for families in need by providing temporary, volunteer host families for vulnerable children. This program gives parents the time they need to stabilize during a period of crisis, while keeping children out of the child welfare system. It is based on the belief that the child is best served by living with their natural parents. The average length of stay is 45 days. The average age of the child is just under 5 years old.
Become a Host Family by filling out an application at safe-families.org.
Precious Lambs serves children and families in crisis through free, Christ-entered education and care. You can serve by making lunches and doing dishes at the school, laundering the children’s sheets and blankets or providing childcare at parent education classes. There are also quarterly - service projects at the school where you can clean toys and classrooms, weed the garden, or cover administrative needs in the office. The only skills needed are love and respect for the children and moms we serve, patience, flexibility.
KidWorks exists to transform challenged neighborhoods within central Santa Ana by building on the strengths and potential in the community through education, character formation and personal development. As an after-school program, volunteers can work with different ages, across a range of themes from reading, to sports to character development.