Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Lately we have been hearing a lot in the news about upcoming elections. Many of us wonder what direction our community and our nation are headed. We would like to be a positive part of the process but we just don’t know how to do it.
The ultimate exercise of democracy is volunteering to serve our community. We only vote in elections once every few years, and voting is important. But, when we volunteer, we are voting every day about what kind of community we want to live in.
Church is committed to serving our local area in the name of Jesus and we invite you to join us. We have put together a list of many opportunities to serve Cypress and the surrounding cities. Community service volunteer opportunities include:
Los Alamitos “Race on the Base” - Saturday, February 25, 2012 – 6:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Last year, Cypress Church volunteers staffed a water station. In addition to staffing a water station, there are many other volunteer opportunities including registration, course monitors, reverse triathlon, junior reverse triathlon, finish line, kid’s fun zone, etc.
If you are interested in participating in any of the events which include 5K run, 5K walk, 10k run, 10K In-Line Skate/Wheelchair, and the Reverse Triathlon (Run 5K, Bike 12 miles, and Swim 200 meters), please contact Brent Theodore at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Habitat for Humanity - Volunteer Orientations - Habitat for Humanity will be constructing a housing development in Cypress beginning in May 2012. There are many volunteer opportunities to assist with this project. The next two volunteer orientations are on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. on February 7 and March 6. These upcoming orientations will be at Sisters of St. Joseph Center, 480 S. Batavia, Orange. There will also be an orientation on April 3 at Sea Coast Grace Church.
Cypress Senior Center - Assist with the serving of lunch on special occasions: Valentine’s Day Lunch on Tuesday, February 14th – lunch service only (11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.). St. Patrick’s Day Lunch -Friday, March 16th - lunch service only (11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.).
Cypress Teen Fashion Show - Saturday, March 17, 6:00 p.m. at the Cypress Community Center - 4 volunteers are needed from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. to help with the raffle and hand out programs. There are also needs for teens that have an interest in fashion design or would like to model. Find our more about this event on the internet: http://www.ci.cypress.ca.us/recreation/12_teen_fashion_scene.pdf and http://www.ci.cypress.ca.us/recreation/12_tfs_designer_app.pdf
Tree Donation Project for City of Cypress - March 9 and April 14 - As part of its Arbor Day Celebration, Cypress is seeking donations to plant trees in the city. If you, the company where you work or a group you belong to are interested in supporting this program, the cost is $250 for each tree. Donations are needed by March 9 with all donors being recognized on Saturday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m. More information is available at: http://www.ci.cypress.ca.us/recreation/12_tree_donations.pdf
We Care - Saturday, March 24, 2012 - We Care is a non-profit Family Resource Center serving the cities of Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Rossmoor, Cypress, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, and Stanton. We Care provides services for families in crises i.e. rent and utilities assistance, food bank, case management and referrals. We Care’s 6th Annual "From the Heart" Fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 6:00p.m. The casual and fun-filled event features dinner, refreshments, music, and a live/silent auction and will be held at Aegean Designing Whims in Los Alamitos. Tickets for the event are $60 and all proceeds go directly to helping families in crisis. For tickets or additional information, please contact We Care at (562) 598-9790 or visit their website at: http://www.wecarelosalamitos.org
Spring Egg Hunt - Saturday, April 7 at 10:30 a.m. at Oak Knoll Park - A total of 60 volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to help with egg hunts, crafts, activity areas. About 10 people from Cypress Church volunteered for this event last year. Come and join the fun. This is a great event to volunteer or attend with your kids.
Nature Park Summer Opening Day Event - Saturday, June 2, 10:00 a.m. at Cypress Nature Park - 4 volunteers are needed from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to help with set-up, directions to where the show will be, and help with tear down.
July 4th Celebration - July 4, Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos - 2 shifts (2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. & 6:15 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.) 20-25 people per shift depending on how many rides and booths. Cypress Church provided all of the volunteers for the Kid’s Zone last year. It was a great time for everyone.
Cypress Community Festival – Saturday, July 28, at Oak Knoll Park - 10 volunteers are needed from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. to assist vendors to their booth space. 80 volunteers are needed to help with all aspects of the 5K & 10K Run/Walk starting at 7:30a.m. at Council Chambers. This is one event you can volunteer for or participate in. Cypress Church will also have a booth at the Festival again this year so volunteers will be needed to serve in the booth. Mark your calendars. You may discover more about the Festival at: http://www.cypressfestival.com/
City Council Meetings – Attend your city council meetings. Important business impacting your city is conducted and you have a unique opportunity to be in prayer for the city’s leadership. Upcoming Cypress City Council meetings are on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. February’s meetings are on the 13th and 27th starting at 7 p.m.
The Boys and Girls Club in Cypress - This is a great opportunity to love our city by being a blessing to the children. Just two hours a week will have a significant impact. Helping kids with homework and interacting with them in the computer lab, during game time, and listening to them read are a few of the examples of the volunteer opportunities. The Boys and Girls Club is located at 10161 Moody St in Cypress. Their program hours are from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. during the school year. More information is available at: http://www.boysandgirlsclubofcypress.com
To indicate your interest in volunteering for any of these opportunities or for additional information about community volunteer opportunities, please contact: George or Lynn Pardon at: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (714) 827-3585. As additional volunteer opportunities come up, you can be informed of them by providing your email address to George or Lynn Pardon. You may also call the Cypress Church office at (714) 952-3001.
The Bible tells us in the Book of Jeremiah to: “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”
Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Rd. - Cypress, CA 90630 - Phone: (714) 952-3001 - http://www.cypresschurch.net