First Baptist Church of Columbia
Tuesday, December 01, 2015
There are several organizations we are involved with. Read about them below and contact us for more information on getting involved.
Daybreak Ministries offers practical services in a compassionate and responsive manner that will encourage women, men, and families to choose life for their pre-born child. FBC members can support Daybreak by becoming counselors, mentors, hot line volunteers, participating in the ongoing baby bottle campaign, and giving supplies for mothers in need.
Volunteers may enjoy helping with a one-time project or an ongoing project such as: teaching crafts, tutoring, physical work programs, leading a Bible Study, being a pen pal or sponsoring a cottage. There are so many possibilities.
The mission of Epworth Children's Home is to serve children, youth and families through a caring, accepting and safe Christian community, where hurt is healed; hope is nurtured; and faith in God self and others is developed. FBC members are encouraged to become mentors, adopt a cottage and/or zone for light maintenance, and pray for the children and staff.
There are children all over the United States right now, asking themselves, "When is someone going to help me?" "Who is going to love me?" "Does God really care what happens to me?" "Does God even exist?" You can come along side foster parents and off help and support in a number of ways, from providing babysitting or relief care to helping a foster family cover the cost of their foster child participating on a soccer or baseball team, taking piano or dance lessons or getting in scouts.
By volunteering with Richland County CASA, First Baptist members can become trained to serve as a Guardian ad Litem (GAL). A volunteer Guardian ad Litem is a person just like you, trained by CASA to protect a child's interests throughout the judicial process. Volunteers have varying education and professional backgrounds, and bring diverse experiences and interests to their volunteer duties. The do, however, share at least one characteristic - they want to help a child in need...a child who is frightened...a child whose voice deserves to be heard.
Founded in 2005, the SC Heart Gallery is a collaborative program, administered and supported by the Foster Care Review Board - Office of the Governor and SC Department of Social Services. This unique partnership enhances adoption recruitment opportunities for waiting children. Local photographers donate their services to provide portraits of the children, which are displayed in public venues around the state.
The Forgotten Initiative exists to bring joy and purpose to the foster care community by serving agency workers, vulnerable adults, children and foster parents. Local churches can serve by getting involved with service projects, mentoring, and/or family support.
Bethany Christian Services demonstrates the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by protecting and enhancing the lives of children and families through quality social services. Whether seeking to become adoptive parents or not, FBC members can reach out to those Bethany assists by providing gift cards for expectant parents (Wal-Mart, Target or grocery stores), journals and photo albums.