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QUESTION & ANSWERS

I want to participate in SERVE Day but I am not in a small group. How do I find a small group?

Most groups are open to new members throughout the semester. Our Small Groups Directory can help you find a group that fits your interest, location and time preference. Learn more about small groups at www.riverconnect.org

You can also download the SERVE app at your Apple App Store or Google Play Store.  Look for The River in Channelview.  Here you will find a list of small groups that have projects that have room for you to help them with their project. Simply find a project you like and sign up!  Projects will be published in early- to mid-June.


Will there be SERVE projects available for those NOT in a small group?

Yes, we will have many projects that you can participate in on SERVE day. Many of the small groups have space for you to join them on their project on Serve Day. These opportunities will be posted on the Serve Day App. Feel free to bring your family and participate.


What if I don’t have a project selected and my small group wants to SERVE?

Hopefully, you have selected something to do together, but if you are in need of an idea, you can check out a list of ideas for ways to get involved. It follows these questions.


How do I plan a SERVE project?

Get creative! Assess people and their needs in your neighborhood and around your community. Perhaps there is a widow, single mother, or elderly person that could be assisted by painting their house, cutting grass, or cleaning up the yard. Firefighters, police officers, school resource officers, nursing home residents, assisted living homes, and local business owners are all great people to reach out to and find a way to SERVE! Check out our list of ideas following these questions!


Should I communicate to the Church which SERVE day project our group is planning?

Yes, we definitely would like know about what project your group is participating in. You can register your group’s project on the SERVE app.  Look for The River, Channelview, TX.

We will send an email reminder to all small group leaders to register their projects throughout the next few weeks.


Who pays the costs associated with our small group’s SERVE project (supplies, travel expenses, etc.)?

Each small group is responsible for all of the supplies and costs associated with their SERVE project. Spend time determining the scope of your project and plan work based on your group size and commitment level.


What should I bring on SERVE day?

Plan on bringing any personal items you may need, like sunscreen, drinking water, tennis shoes, a hat, etc., along with any items pertaining to your service project such as rakes, gloves, lawnmowers, tarps, work tools, etc. For projects requiring physical labor, work clothes are a good idea. We recommend not wearing jewelry.  


What if it rains?

If you have an outside project, make plans to have an inclement weather option in mind. Some suggestions are to visit a nursing home, serve at a local service organization, or clean classrooms at a local school.

Serve Project Ideas

Discuss the following questions with your Small Group to help decide on a Serve Day project.

  • Who in your neighborhood has a need?

  • What business or organization within your sphere of influence could use a blessing?

  • What are some areas you’re passionate about?

  • What serve opportunities best suit your group’s skills and abilities? (Prayer, worship, teaching, physical labor, etc.?)

  • What resources does your Small Group have access to?

General Ideas

  • Host a free garage sale

  • Bring lunches to construction workers and servicemen in your area

  • Hand out free gum, popsicles, sunscreen, or bottled water with Acts of Kindness cards at a local park

  • Clean up a widow or single parent’s yard

  • Help with home clean up or repairs for those who are physically or financially unable to do it themselves

  • Plan a “Back to School Bash” for foster care children with food, games, and a school supply giveaway

  • Place American flags at a Veterans Cemetery

  • Host a free car wash for the faculty of a local school

  • Help with minor car repairs for the elderly, widows, or single parents

  • Clean up or help with new landscaping for a local school

  • Collect toys and games for kids in a local neighborhood

Nursing Homes

  • Deliver fresh flowers to residents

  • Host a worship service (offer worship, devotions, prayer, and fellowship)

  • Throw a “Senior Prom” complete with live music, food, and decorations

  • Landscape a flower garden and sitting area for residents

  • Let kids make crafts that can be given to residents

  • Distribute snacks to residents and employees (check with staff on food restrictions)

  • Help the residents complete care packages for foster kids

Special Needs

  • Identify a family with a special needs child and give the Mom and Dad a day out

  • Host a party or a field day for the residents of a special needs home

  • Build a wheelchair ramp for a family

Outreach

  • Serve hot breakfast to the homeless

  • Do a community trash clean up

  • Host a “Block Party” with food, games, and music for families

  • Renovate a run-down playground or park in the area

  • Do a door-to-door grocery giveaway

  • Have a “Free Grass Cutting” day

Hospitals

  • Serve free coffee, energy drinks, and snacks to staff and those waiting in the Emergency Room

  • Pray with patients and people in the Emergency Room

  • Deliver small gifts and care packages to patients and families in the children’s wing or NICU

  • Provide healthy snacks to patients of chemotherapy

Colleges

  • Serve drinks or snacks at summer band practices

  • Serve bottled water at summer sports practices

  • Give away energy drinks and snacks to college students

  • Host a free picnic or give out doughnuts and coffee in the outdoor campus common space

Community

  • Wash windows of locally owned businesses

  • Pick up trash in a parking lot

  • Corral shopping carts at a local supermarket

  • Bring lunch to your local police or fire station

  • Give out free doughnuts and coffee at a bus stop or shopping center

  • Take lunch or treats to your local librarians