Compassion Ministries Mission:
The Compassion Ministry of Trinity Presbyterian Church of Orange County seeks to serve people and communities in Orange County outside our church body by alleviating physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs, as well as sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ through both words and actions.
As followers of Christ, we believe that we are each called to serve others and to help address the needs of our immediate community. The Compassion Ministry team has partnered with local organizations to create opportunities to positively impact those around us.
COMPASSION OPPORTUNITY - SKYVIEW SCHOOL
Skyview School is a K-8 alternative education program that primarily focuses on homeless, extremely impoverished, and at-risk youth. The school is accredited and run by the Orange County Department of Education and resides in the city of Orange. Because of the student body’s transient and minimalistic living situations (typically in motels), the kids don't often have access to healthy, fresh foods. Skyview is implementing 2 new programs to give kids and their families access to better, nutritious meals, as well as teach kids how to prepare simple, healthy snacks.
The school has an immediate need for volunteers and has many dates available for participation. Please read about these opportunities and visit the following links to sign-up!
Second Harvest has installed a new food pantry with perishable and nonperishable food items, along with a refrigeration and freezer system. The food will help families at Skyview and those at other school sites. Volunteers will make sure participating families are registered in the system, set appointments for their future visits, and make sure the shopping process runs smoothly. For this, Skyview would like 2-3 volunteers, 2 days/week (Wednesday/Thursday 10:00-2:00 or 11:00-3:00, and Friday 9:00-12:00).
Volunteers will teach students about proper food handling and preparation. Come alongside and help students as they chop vegetables, rinse lettuce, and prepare homemade snacks and meals. All food items and supplies will be provided thanks to a grant from Sprouts market. Their desire is to have 1-2 volunteers, 2-3 days/week, 11:00-12:30. Sign-up here.
Compassion Opportunity - Christmas at the Sheepfold
The Sheepfold shelter provides assistance to homeless, abused, and forsaken women with children. By easing the pain of homeless and abused women and their children, and restoring their sense of value and self-worth, the Sheepfold shelter is able to lead them through a six month program. The goal of this program is to find employment and establish them in their own apartment, ready for independent living. During their stay, coupled with non-denominational Bible teachings, they receive everything they need free of charge. This includes things such as home cooked meals, new clothes, all hygiene supplies, children and infant supplies, subsidized childcare, transportation and much, much more.
Beginning December 4th, volunteers are needed to sort and wrap gifts for the women and children. 3 hours shifts are open Monday-Friday, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm or 1:00-4:00 pm. Find more information here.
Adopting a Family means providing a portion of the gifts a Sheepfold family will receive Christmas morning. Call or email to receive a family’s AAF number (to protect their identity), age, size and gift suggestions from their Wish List. The deadline to drop off the unwrapped gifts for the AAF program is Friday, Dec. 6th. This allows enough time to organize, wrap and transport the gifts to the shelter in time for Christmas morning. Find more information here.