TRI-CITIES COMMUNITY CONNECTION


 

After School Matters

At After School Matters, we are passionate about coming alongside at risk kids to build them up through different sports, activities and experiences.

We strive to be God’s living “hands and feet” by partnering with schools in areas where services to children are deficient and need is great. Our strong focus on relationship building between caring adults and identified students has proven to be a major force in the students’ school improvement. It has also become a major player in changing and bonding the lives of all involved – from students, to schools, to parents, to volunteers!

Volunteers serve during the school year at the schools we are present at in our after school program.  Relationships are developed through getting to know the students, homework assistance, tutoring, games, activities, and physical fitness/recreation.  Mentors commit to a more intensive, twice a week relationship with students for a twelve-week period.  Volunteers must pass the district background check and complete an application and volunteer training.

You can contact After School Matters here.

INgear Community Cycling

INgear Community Cycling is committed to sharing hope and compassion through cycling education and activities…

We have found that cycling activities provide community engagement opportunities on many levels. Among these are health, safety and wellbeing, the preservation of nature and the environment, creating a space for learning, strengthening the bonds within a community, modeling and mentoring.

Over the years we have provided bicycles for those who cannot afford one or are in need of transportation due to a lack of a drivers license or vehicle. We have also provided bikes to children of families who are not able to give bikes themselves and have put on “bike fairs” designed to teach bike safety to children.

Our “bike fairs” consist of bike knowledge, riding skills and basic bike maintenance education. Our teaching material is taken from the nationally recognized Smart Cycling Program, developed and maintained by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB). Each fair is designed and led by a LAB certified instructor.

In addition to all of these, we have also begun to provide “need to know” bike education for those who might not otherwise be exposed to it and refurbish bikes for youth to earn. The youths involved are provided with opportunities to earn their bike through positive relationship building experiences and goal setting with teachers and mentors.

While Hillspring Church provides space for our bike workshop, we rely mainly on the generosity of publicly donated funds, bikes, parts, tools, supplies and volunteers in order to survive and thrive!

You can contact INgear Community Cycling here

Backpack Program

 

An understanding of poverty in our country and our community led to the discovery that children in our schools were going hungry on weekends.

These children were then coming to school on Monday unable to learn due the fact that they had been hungry and under stress. Knowing this, as well as the words of James, “Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?” (James 2:15-16), we were compelled to action and our Backpack program was born.

A grant through United Way’s FEMA program and a partnership with the Tri-Cities Food Bank have enabled our weekend Backpack Program to provide child-friendly, nutritional, nonperishable food to students.

Backpack program volunteers collected food, raise money, stuff backpacks and distribute them.

Contact the Backpack Program here.

Health/Wellness

As a community, we understand that our journey with God is not just an intellectual exercise. It involves our entire being.

Why? Because we are “God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” – Ephesians 2:10. How we care for ourselves is intimately connected to how effectively we function as the church in the world – our energy level, our attitude, our strength, our agility and the like. Food matters. Exercise matters. Sleep matters. We take it seriously and our wellness ministry is one of the tools helping us to become all that we were created to be so that we can do all that we were created to do! Group Fitness Opportunities: Yoga, Pilates, Line Dancing, Boot Camp, Women’s Defense, Kick Boxing Outdoor Recreation Opportunities: Hiking, Kayaking, Bicycling.

Contact Health/Wellness here.

Friends in the Neighborhood

 

Over the years, Friends in the Neighborhood has become a great opportunity for us to get to know our Tri-Cities neighbors on a deeper level. It is a time when we partner with different families and grow in relationship with them as we help to meet some of the needs present in their lives.

What does this look like? Well, TOGETHER, we’ve repaired entryway stairs, built wheelchair ramps, painted, repaired and remodeled various rooms and provided clothes and supplies for children. We’ve also arranged for classes that create opportunity, such as GED, ESL or driver’s education.

The end result – new relationships are formed and lives are transformed!

Contact Friends in the Neighborhood here.