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Serve people in our community

Food Pantry 

Food Pantry provides non-perishable goods to individuals struggling to make ends meet. Volunteers pack & offer groceries while building uplifting & encouraging relationships. 

OPPORTUNITIES

Donate Food: Collect your favorite food items & place them in the bins by the main doors.

When donating, please avoid restaurant sized cans, bulk items & please check expiration dates on cans and boxes.

Needed donations include:
– Cereal, oatmeal, & pancake mix
– Rice & pasta (no bulk pkgs.)
– Canned fruits and vegetables
– Macaroni & cheese, ravioli, spaghetti Os
– Snack items for kids’ lunches

Grocery Distribution: Mondays from 4–5pm (Outside Main Entrance). Arrive one hour prior to the distribution to pack grocery bags. Then visit with guests as they come to pick up their groceries.

Tuesday Meals 

Tuesday Meals works in tandem with The Conejo Valley Meals program to provide a warm dinner every Tuesday night throughout the year. We strive to not only meet the physical needs of the hungry, but also to build relationships that bring dignity joy & hope in Christ to every individual.

OPPORTUNITIES 

Soup Ministry: provide 10 gallons of homemade soup 1x per month.

Milk Ministry: provide 4-8 gallons of milk on a rotating basis (about every other month).

Lunches of Luv: provide 65 – 100 lunches which include a PBJ sandwich, bottle of water, snack items, fruit, & a brief note of encouragement. This is great for families, small groups, or work teams. Most teams volunteer 1x per month & cover the cost of the lunches.

Dinner Set up: Tuesdays 4:30 – 6pm. Assist with the set up of the dinner & put out useful items for the guests.

Serving Soup, Drinks, & Desserts & Helping with Clean up: Tuesdays 5:30 – 7:30pm. Be part of the wait staff for the meal while enjoying the company of the guests.

Children’s Activity Table: Tuesdays 6 – 7pm. Provide craft projects & activities for our younger guests. (Requires background check).

Fresh Market

Fresh Market offers produce, meat and other perishable items from local vendors. Volunteers may choose a variety of activities including: helping pick up donations, setting up and breaking down the market, greeting guests & building relationships with them.

OPPORTUNITIES

Food Pick Up: Sunday-Tuesday, times vary. Pick up groceries from local vendors and bring to Calvary. Some lifting is required.

Market Day Set-up & Shopping: Tuesdays 8:30am –1:00pm. You may volunteer for some or all of that time. Arrange produce & product, then assist guests with shopping. 

Shopping & Market Clean-up: Tuesdays 10:30am – 1:30pm. Assist guests with shopping, then staying to help clean up and set up for Tuesday Meals.

Discipling & Mentoring: Tuesdays 10:30am – 12:30pm. Visit with guests with the intention of being a blessing; pray with them as requested.

Bible Study Assistant: Tuesdays 10:00 – 11:00am. Help lead the weekly Bible study for the guests.

Angel Threads

Angel Threads is Calvary’s clothing ministry. We serve individuals, families & organizations in need of like-new clothing. All donations should be clean and in like-new condition. If you have an eye for fashion, enjoy sorting and organizing, and/or enjoy building relationships with shoppers, then this ministry is for you!

OPPORTUNITIES

Be a Donor: Drop like-new, fashionable clothing, shoes, & accessories in the marked box by Calvary’s main entrance. PLEASE don’t leave worn out or stained clothing.  No household items! 

Join the Bin TEAM! This team transports donations to the AT storage area and returns the empty bins to their spot near the main entrance: Sundays after 11:00 service. We also sometimes need help during the week, if you are a weekly attendee at one of the Bible Studies–this might be a great way to serve the Kingdom! 

Sorting Days: Join us the first Sunday of each month from 12:30–2:30pm (Lobby outside the Prayer Chapel) to go through the months donations, sorting by size and quality. (Check the schedule for occasional changes.) 

Personal Shopping Days: Help individuals “shop” for needed items. Build relationships and pray with guests. This may be a GREAT JOB for you if you are a relational person, mature in faith, and have a love for fashion. 

Attend Distribution Days: Distribute clothing to one of our ministry partners & their guests.  The day of the week, location & times vary.  See the schedule below: 

**Wednesday, May 6th, Monthly Sort @ Calvary 6-8pm **please help, this is a different time than our usual monthly sorts! 

-Tuesday, May 12th, Tuesday Meals Distribution, Meet in Rm 1100 6:15

-Saturday, June 6th, Rm. 1100, SERVE DAY SORT & FOSTER CARE DISTRIBUTION

Blankets and Sewing Ministry

Blankets and Sewing Ministry creates no-sew tie blanket, and for those who like to sew, we make simple sundresses & shorts. 

You can choose to participate in the no-sew fabric prep events on the first 3 Tuesdays of every month or join us for the monthly fellowship meeting (a “quilting bee” type event) where blankets are tied &/or sewing projects are picked up to make at home and return to Calvary when completed. 

Blankets & clothing are distributed throughout our community & to our ministry partners around the world!  

Handyman Ministry

Handyman Ministry exists to help the elderly, disabled, low income, and/or house-bound individual with minor projects. 

 Needs include: small household 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!

OPPORTUNITIES 

Volunteers Are Scheduled Based on Requests: When you sign up to serve with this ministry, you will begin to receive an occasional email with a specific need request.

If the need request is within your “wheelhouse” of skills, AND you are interested in the possibility of doing the job, you simply reply to the email. The Handyman Volunteer Coordinator will then reach out to you with more detailed information and scheduling.

The Winter Shelter

The Winter Shelter is a safe, warm place for the homeless to spend the night from December through March. This ministry is critical in assisting individuals struggling with life-dominating issues and in sharing the hope and love found in a relationship with Christ. 

 Opportunities to chaperone and volunteer are typically set up on a rotating basis.

OPPORTUNITIES

Overnight Chaperone: Tues. 7pm – Wed. 8am. Two to four chaperones work together to provide coverage during the night. A sleep schedule may be used so that every person has the ability to sleep during the night if desired. We ask volunteers to commit to at least one Tuesday per month from December – March.

Breakfast Club: Wednesdays 5:30 – 7:15 am. Team of about 5 volunteers prepare & enjoy eating a full breakfast with our overnight guests.

Shelter Break-down & Clean-up: Wednesdays 6:30 – 7:30am. Assist with picking up mats, bagging laundry & general clean up.

Sheet Washing Team: Join the team of saints who pick-up 1 to 2 bags of sheets to launder (about 6 sets of twin sheets). Clean sheets are returned to Calvary by the following weekend.

Senior Serve

Volunteer Opportunities

Building friendships with Conejo area seniors

Sharing the love of Christ through acts of kindness

Senior Serve is a ministry to extend friendship and help to area seniors who feel isolated and abandoned, and who otherwise might not hear of or feel the love of Christ. Activities may vary but could include: gardening and yard work, meal preparation, transportation for errands and appointments, light housework (laundry, dusting, vacuuming) and sorting and disposing of household items that are no longer needed.  

Disaster Recovery

Volunteer Opportunities

The Disaster Recovery Help Group is a volunteer ministry organized to meet the immediate and long-term needs of people impacted by disasters. These serving opportunities can range from light cleaning or providing meals to helping people move into their new homes. The needs vary greatly. 

When you complete the ONLINE FORM, you will be added to the Disaster Recovery Help Group and will begin to receive emails detailing new opportunities.  You may choose to serve on those projects that are of interest to you by clicking the “I’ll take it” tab.  

Disaster Recovery Help

If you or your family have been impacted by a disaster and are in need of assistance, please email help@calvarywestlake.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 
Community Outreach Director 
trish.carruth@calvarywestlake.org  
 818.575.2271