Service Opportunities in 2022

Holiday Service Projects to Support the Salvation Army

Bell Ringing

We are once again helping ring the red kettle bell between now and Christmas Eve. Volunteers are the difference between an empty kettle and one that raises about $30/hour — enough to provide a family with some needed groceries, or shelter an individual for a night. Two-hour shifts are available every day beginning at 9:00am. This year we will be serving outside of 3 Los Altos locations: Draeger’s on First Street, Starbucks on Main Street, and Andronico’s on Fremont Avenue. To volunteer for one of the shifts from now until Christmas Eve, sign up with Paul Tokar in the Worship Center lobby on Sunday mornings or contact Paul at (408) 859-8214.

Adopt-a-Family

Bless a local family this holiday season! After volunteering, you will receive a family profile from the Salvation Army that will contain first names of all family members and a list of items requested, along with sizes and descriptions. You are not required to buy all of the items on their list, but at least one per person. The gifts that are provided for these families may be the only Christmas gifts under their tree!

Any individual, family, or Bridges Life Group is welcome to adopt a family. Contact Kay Tokar (ekaytokar@sbcglobal.net or 408-857-9409) and let her know the size/type of family you wish to “adopt”: single-parent or two parent; 1, 2, or more children; or senior couple. Kay will contact the Salvation Army and ask for a family to be assigned to you. We prefer that you request to adopt a family by the beginning of December.

Purchased gifts need to be wrapped, with the family’s ID number on each item, and delivered to the Salvation Army (1161 S. Bernardo, Sunnyvale) on Tues., Dec. 20, between 9:00am and 2:00pm (a time will be assigned to you).

Lobby Christmas Tree

A Christmas tree has been set up in the Worship Center lobby, decorated with gift tags that each name a desired gift card. Take one or more gift tags, purchase the gift card shown on the tag, and return the gift card to the tree in the Worship Center lobby by Sun., Dec. 18 (or give it to Kay Tokar).


Baja Mission Trip

We will be taking a short-term mission trip to Baja Mexico, Dec. 27-31, during which we will be working with Baja Christian Ministries to build a home for a needy family and to serve local churches there. The trip will cost $700/person, and is open to ages 13 and up. No prior construction experience is necessary. We will begin meeting together as a team in the month of November in preparation for the trip. If interested in participating or for more information, please contact Pastor Steve at steve@bridges.church.


Mentors Needed for Refugees in Our Area

Join Bridges as we partner again with Jewish Family Services (JFS) to help serve refugees in our area. (This is the same organization we worked with when we hosted our Picnic for Refugee Families back in May.) They have a few more needs that we think members of our Bridges family can help with. If you can help with any of the following needs, please email Robin at robinf@jfssv.org and put the item number in the subject line (see below).

Item 484:  They are looking for additional helpers in their ESL (English as a Second Language) classes, which run M-Th, 9:30-11:30am. You can either 1) specify the day of the week that you would like to volunteer, or 2) volunteer to be a “floater,” meaning you would sub in when a scheduled volunteer is absent. The volunteers in the class usually take 1-4 students at the lowest levels and work with them on lessons that the teacher has prepared. These classes happen at the JFS office (14855 Oka Rd, Suite 202 in Los Gatos).

Item 510:  They are looking for a volunteer to set up and take a client to San Jose City College to meet with a counselor to see what the client needs to meet US educational requirements from their Afghanistan diploma. The client lives in Santa Clara and speaks Dari and English.

Item 511:  They are looking for a volunteer to show a client how to use public transportation and how to reload their Clipper card for use on public transportation. The client lives in Santa Clara and speaks Dari and English.

Item 523:  They are looking for a volunteer to show a client how to use a Chromebook for basic computer skills. The client speaks Dari, but if the volunteer goes in the afternoons, the husband will be there and he can speak some English. The client lives on San Tomas Aquino Pkwy in San Jose.

If you’re able and willing to volunteer to fill any of these needs, or if you want more information on any of them, please email Robin at robinf@jfssv.org and put the item number in the subject line.

Thank you in advance for helping these wonderful refugees adapt to their new lives here!


Help for Ukraine

Join us in praying for all the people hurting due to the war in Ukraine. We recently completed a donation drive of medical supplies that were sent to the Ukrainian border in Poland via a local Ukrainian organization in San Jose. If you’d still like to support Ukrainians, we invite you to donate toward WorldVenture’s Ukraine Relief Fund HERE.


CityTeam Grace Village — Completed!

For the past several months, we’ve been helping CityTeam renovate an apartment in an existing complex that will be used as transitional housing for women and children in crisis. We are excited to announce that our adopted apartment at the Grace Village complex is now complete!

THANK YOU to all who participated in the project, whether by hands-on work and/or financial giving. We are rejoicing at what God has done, and grateful for your part in it.

To see photos of this project from beginning to end, click HERE.

 

Questions about any service opportunity above? Contact Kathy Spillar at kathy@bridges.church.