Friday, February 8, 2013

Cypress Church Partners with Non-Profits to Recruit Volunteers

It’s no secret that local charities, non-profit groups and even government agencies have been struggling with limited resources due to the economic situation. The Bridgestone Group, a consulting team for non-profits, has stated that “Organizations are being forced to make hard choices about where to focus their resources.”

One way that these agencies can increase their level of service to the community, even within the context of a shrinking budget, is by recruiting additional volunteers. Recently Cypress Church took a big step to help other non-profits in the area by organizing a Community Ministry Fair. Representatives from eight local organizations set up displays in the church lobby and hundreds of area residents had the opportunity to discover needs and become active participants as volunteers.

Cypress Church has a rich history of volunteerism. George and Lynn Pardon, who facilitate community service efforts at the church, were the primary organizers of the Ministry Fair. They have helped coordinate volunteers for the Cypress Community Festival, the Cypress Senior Center, the Fireworks Spectacular at the Joint Forces Base, the annual Race On The Base, the Boys and Girls Club and many other local events, agencies and activities.

Participating organizations at the Community Ministry Fair included: Boys and Girls Club of Cypress, Cypress Community Festival, Cypress Recreation and Community Services, Cypress Volunteers in Policing and Emergency Response Training, Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, Illumination Foundation, Precious Life Shelter and We Care of Los Alamitos.

“It was really helpful to be able to be able to meet and talk with representatives from all the different groups in one place and time. I found out about many different ways that I can help out.” said church member Jean Koehler.

The Cypress Boys and Girls Club provides children with a safe place to grow and learn. The Cypress Community Festival is the annual birthday celebration for Cypress and is set for July 27th at Oak Knoll Park. Cypress Recreation and Parks provides programming for all types of activities and maintains all of the parks in Cypress.

The Volunteers in Policing are a team of trained citizens who assist the police with non-enforcement duties. The Emergency Response Program educates the public about disaster preparedness. Habitat for Humanity builds affordable housing for low-income families.

The mission of the Illumination Foundation is to help break the cycle of homelessness in Orange County. Precious Life Shelter supports homeless, pregnant adult women. We Care of Los Alamitos pools community resources to meet emergency needs of families and individuals.

All of these community service organizations are in need of volunteers and Cypress Church is committed to be part of the solution through their ongoing “Love Like Jesus” campaign. “When we put love into action it matters, it has positive results and effects,” says Pastor Mike McKay.

The public is encouraged to join with Cypress Church and partner with local community agencies to raise the quality of life in Cypress and the surrounding area. Those wishing to volunteer may call the church office at (714) 952-3001 or contact George Pardon by email at

The main campus of Cypress Church is located at 6143 Ball Road just east on Valley View in Cypress. Sunday Bible study and worship are at 9:00 am and 10:30 am. More information is available online at:

Photo Caption #1 (top): Cypress Church held their Community Ministry Fair during February to recruit volunteers for local non-profits. Participants included (left to right): Mary Niven from Precious Life Shelter, Wanda Slade from the Cypress Community Festival, Ashley Krebs from Illumination Foundation, Marty Thompson from We Care of Los Alamitos, George Pardon and Lynn Pardon from Cypress Church.

Photo Caption #2: The Cypress Volunteers in Policing and Emergency Response Training were represented by Ed Spurgeon, Linda Croce and Janet Spurgeon at the Community Ministry Fair held in February 2013 at Cypress Church.

Contact information for community groups in need of volunteers:

Boys and Girls Club of Cypress - Phone: (714) 527-2697 - Web:

Cypress Community Festival - Phone: (714) 886-9749 - Web:

Cypress Recreation and Community Services - Phone: (714) 229-6780 - Web:

Cypress Volunteers in Policing - Phone: (714) 229-6625 - Web:

Habitat for Humanity Orange County - Phone: (714) 434-6200 - Web:

Illumination Foundation - Phone: (949) 273-0555 - Web:

Precious Life Shelter - Phone: (562) 431-5025 - Web:

We Care of Los Alamitos - Phone: (562) 598-9790 - Web:

Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Rd. - Cypress, CA 90630 - Phone: (714) 952-3001 -

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