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Foster Ministry

Our Foster Ministry seeks to call the body of Christ to action in the foster care crisis.   “Everyone Can Do Something!”

There are different levels of involvement:

  • Champions:  meet the needs of  families who are fostering.
  • Friends:  come alongside those who are fostering by helping meet immediate needs such as babysitting, providing meals, and praying.  
  • Mentors:  speak into the lives of youth transitioning out of the foster system.  One-on-one and group setting mentoring available.
  • Families: become a foster family to a child in need of a home. We can help connect you and get you started.

The Pantry at OutREACH Tuesdays! 

Our Pantry provides non-perishable goods to individuals struggling to make-ends-meet. 

Donate Food: Collect your favorite food items and place them in the bin by the main doors. When donating, please avoid expired cans and boxes, and avoid restaurant sized cans or bulk packaging.

Needed donations include:

  • Cereal, oatmeal, and pancake mix
  • Rice and pasta (no bulk pkgs.)
  • Canned fruits, vegetables, and hearty soups
  • Macaroni & cheese, ravioli, and spaghetti Os
  • Snack items for kids’ lunches
 

Assist with Grocery Distribution: Help on Mondays from 3–5pm sorting donations, helping with the Market preparations,  and visiting and praying with guests as they come to pick up their grocerie

The Market at OutREACH Tuesdays!

Our Market Ministry offers fresh produce, meat, and other perishable items during Calvary’s OutREACH Tuesdays. Produce from local vendors is distributed to individuals in need while building friendships that lead to a deeper understanding of the hope and faith we have in Christ.  

  • Food Pick Up: Saturday-Tuesday, days & times vary. Pick up groceries from local vendors and bring to Calvary. Some lifting is required.
  • Market Day Setup and Drive-Through Handout Stations:: Tuesdays 9:15am –1pm. Arrange produce, then assist guests with shopping and loading groceries into cars. 
  • Visiting & Praying: Tuesdays 10:30am – 12pm. Visit with guests with the intention of being a blessing. Pray with them as requested.
  • Market Cleanup: Tuesdays 11:30am – 1:30pm. Help clean-up and put away all Market supplies.

The Boutique at OutREACH Tuesdays!         Angel Threads  

We are not able to accept clothing donations at this time. Once large-scale distributions are allowed, we will resume clothing collection

 Our Boutique Ministry serves individuals by providing “like-new” clothing during our OutREACH Tuesday Events. 

OutREACH guests call for appointments and our team sets up a pop-up shop tailored to the specific needs of their family.  Prayer and encouragement are big parts of this ministry. 

 At this time, we recommend donating clothing to the Ventura County Rescue Mission (they pick up), Salvation Army,  James Storehouse,  or Forever Found (the latter two accept like-new trending fashion for teens)

 

Handyman Ministry

Our Handyman Ministry exists to help elderly, disabled, low income and house-bound individuals in need of minor household repairs and projects. 

Needs include: household projects and repairs, plumbing and electrical work, minor carpentry and painting. 

If you are handy and have a desire to use your skills to serve others, this is the ministry for you! When you sign up, you will begin to receive occasional emails with specific need requests. You may choose the projects within your “wheelhouse” by replying to the email. The Handyman Volunteer Coordinator will then reach out to you with more detailed information and scheduling.

Seasoned Adults Ministry

Our Seasoned Adults Ministry utilizes the skills and experience attained through the years, and matches those skills with service opportunities.

This ministry also builds friendships with Calvary Members who are unable to leave their homes.  We share the love of Christ through friendships and acts of kindness.

Companion Volunteer: Encourage those who feel isolated or abandoned and who otherwise might not hear or feel the love of Christ through cards, calls and visits.  

For more information, please contact Pastor Dick at Dick.Thompson@calvarywestlake.org.

THE REACH GROUP

Volunteer Opportunities

Our REACH GROUP exists to serve individuals and our ministry partners with acts of kindness.

Service opportunities range from yard clean up projects or providing meals, to helping local ministry partners with events and projects that help facilitate their ministries. The needs vary greatly. 

Join the REACH Group to receive emails detailing new opportunities.  ONLINE FORM   You may choose to serve on those projects that are of interest to you by clicking the “I’ll take it” tab. 

Blankets and Sewing Ministry

COMING SOON!  

Our Blanket and Sewing Ministry works alongside our local and global partners to provide handmade blankets, quilts and other items to those in need.  It’s fellowship with a purpose.!

 Come meet people who care about the welfare of others and who want to use their time and talents to bless others. Praying for our ministry partners and the individual recipients of our blankets is an important part of this ministry. 

To sign up to serve or for more information:   Contact Chris at  cmmatsuura@aol.com

Tuesday Meals 

This ministry is temporarily suspended. Please contact our Ministry Partner Harbor House to volunteer to serve our community’s homeless population.    HarborHouseTO.org

 

Donations

There are seasonal projects that seek out donations as well as year-round efforts such as the Food Pantry and Angel Threads.  Monetary donations are gladly accepted.  If you are interested in any type of donation, please contact missions@calvarywestlake.org or 818.575.2270.

Staff Contact

Trish Carruth 
Local Outreach pastor 
trish.carruth@calvarywestlake.org  
 818.575.2271