JPOW: Justice Poverty Oppression Women
Beginning in 2013, we began to focus our mission efforts on justice, poverty, oppression, and women: JPOW. Through events like the Girl Rising film screening, Summer Institute, Summer Reading Groups the Global Church Conference, we've had the opportunity to learn about the oppression of women both locally and globally and to examine how God might be calling us to act as people of faith. Join us as we move from education to engagement through service.
For more information, contact Megan Luckhardt at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 848-6252 ext. 221.
There are always opportunities to serve with some of our JPOW Mission Partners! If you would like to know more about how to get involved in the local community, feel free to contact Megan Luckhardt at email@example.com or (510) 848-6252 ext. 221.
Days of Service | Project Peace East Bay
Upcoming Dates: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Days of Service are opportunities to gather family, friends, and neighbors to serve in our local community. Project Peace, our partner for Do Justice, connects local churches and social service providers that work together for just and sustainable communities in Berkeley, Oakland, and surrounding areas. Join friends from First Pres Berkeley and other East Bay churches to worship God together through acts of service.
Project Mercy 2017 Mission Trip
Upcoming Dates: October 14–29, 2017
For the last several years, First Pres has participated in a multi-church mission trip to Project Mercy in Ethiopia. This year’s team will be comprised of a medical team (Surgical, OB/GYN, Primary Care/Pediatrics + Support Staff), an educational team (Health Education, Mentoring), and others (Tutoring, Music, etc…). The cost will be roughly $4000 per person. For more information, contact Megan Luckhardt at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 848-6252 ext. 221.
2017/2018 Thailand Mission Trip
Dates: December 29, 2017–January 14, 2018
First Pres Berkeley will send a team to Northern Thailand, December 29, 2017–January 14, 2018, to build houses with Fuller Center for Housing. We will also visit our Mission partners, Free Burma Rangers, New Life Center, and IJM. Trip registration has ended but if you would like to learn more about this trip please contact Tim Buscheck at email@example.com or (925) 323-2040.
1951 Coffee Company Open Cafes
1951 Coffee Company invites you to volunteer as a mock customer at one of their Open Cafes, which take place three times a month during their Barista Training Program. As a mock customer, you meet 1951's participants, help them practice their customer service skills, and enjoy a free coffee or tea beverage that they've learned how to prepare. Your participation in the open cafes is instrumental in instilling 1951's participants with confidence as they enter the American workforce. The training cafe is large with several seating options, so you're welcome to hang out or take your drink(s) to-go. Please contact Dee firstname.lastname@example.org or Maya at email@example.com sign-up.
Habitat for Humanity Third Saturday Builds
Date: Third Saturday of each month, ongoing
Join an ecumenical and interfaith crew of volunteers in the East Bay to build affordable homes with Habitat locally. First-timers and experienced builders welcome, ages 16 and up, on the third Saturday of each month. We build to end generational poverty and put God’s love into action. To volunteer for a build, click here to sign up. For more information, contact Bridget Satchwell firstname.lastname@example.org Tori Bommarito at tbommarito@HabitatEBSV.org.
Oakland International High School
Our JPOW Partner Oakland International High School (OIHS) has a student population that is primarily comprised of refugees and immigrant newcomers who are adjusting to life here in the US. The school has an ongoing need for classroom aids, after school tutors, social service navigators, and mentors. To learn more click here to watch a short video and/or contact Megan Luckhardt at email@example.com or (510) 848-6252 ext. 221.
Harbor House has a long history of extending love, compassion, and welcome to immigrant and refugee families in Oakland. Below are some ways that you can join them in this urgent work:
For more information on any of these opportunities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (510) 534-0165.
Supporting Refugees—International Rescue Committee (IRC)
As of March 31, our partner, the Oakland office of the IRC, has received 257 Refugees (108 families) of whom 73% are Afghan, 20% are under 5 years old, and 21% are ages 5–17. Individuals and families are still arriving and very much need and deserve support and assistance. Click here to read more about the life of a refugee family relocated to Oakland from Uganda.
How can you help?
First Pres JPOW partner Cityteam has a number of opportunities for volunteer engagement.
To view a full list of volunteer opportunities and to sign up, visit http://www.cityteam.volunteerhub.com.