We are kickstarting a # I SERVE initiative at Concordia this summer. When we serve out in the community, we are joining the mission to take the church into the world. That is one important way we grow in living and loving like Jesus.

The idea behind # I SERVE is simple.

When we choose one specific project for a specific day and time, as we do at Thanksgiving when we feed the homeless of Chula Vista, we do good in our community. But we also limit the impact we have as a church, because not everyone has space in their schedule to commit to the same day and time. The idea behind # I SERVE is that we release the entire church into the community to do good, in Jesus’ name, on their own time, in a way that fits their own schedule, and in a way that connects with their personal passion.

# I SERVE will take place during the month of August. Our goal is that a minimum of 50 people from Concordia intentionally choose a place to serve in the community during the month of August, at a time that works for them.

If you are stuck for ideas, we will be sharing fresh ideas on this page every week on Tuesday from July 16th to August 26th. Check back often. Share your own ideas for serving out in our community with Melissa Salomon at melissa@concordiachurch.com so we can post ideas to “jump start” people’s thinking.

Remember, our goal is that at least 50 people from Concordia participate in # I SERVE during the month of August. Let’s see what God will do in our hearts, our lives, our community, and our church.

And share the excitement with others by taking a photo with our “# I SERVE” postcards (available in the lobby and promo board by July 16th) and sending it to Community Life Coordinator Melissa Salomon (melissa@concordiachurch.com)

A small act can have a big impact! Start praying about what you can do.

Jump Start Ideas

Week Two (See ideas for Week One below, too!)

  1. San Diego County Animal Shelter – Bonita

    Must pass background check and medical screening. Must commit to a minimum of 12 hours per month.

    Additional program associated with same place – to foster kittens for a few weeks. Must be 18 yrs old.

    If you are interested in volunteering, the first step is to complete an online application at San Diego Department of Animal Services. In the menu select Volunteer Programs under DONATE/VOLUNTEER. If you have questions, call or visit the facility. ph: 619.767.2675

    5821 Sweetwater Rd. Bonita, CA 91902; open Tu-Su 9:30 a.m – 5:30 p.m. closed on Mondays and holidays.

  2. Beach Cleanup. Take the kids to the beach. Talk about the effect of trash on marine life. Pick up trash. Have a picnic afterwards! Great for families with young kids.

  3. If you want to be part of a large beach clean up effort check out the Surf rider Foundation – Open to all ages but minors must be accompanied by parent or bring parent signed waiver print-out. Sign-up online at Surfrider Foundation – San Diego. In the menu select Volunteer under Get Involved and scroll down to find an event. If you have any questions call their office (858.800.2282).

  4. Volunteer at your local public library.

    Ages 15½ and older. Volunteer to assist librarian. Other types of volunteering such as homework help require more extensive registration. You must complete an online Volunteer application at chulavistaca.gov, go to departments and click; then select library. If you have any questions call or visit:

    • Otay Ranch Mall Branch 2015 Birch Rd # 409 CV 91915 ph. 619.397.574 hrs 11-7.

    • South CV Branch 389 Orange Ave. CV 91911 ph. 619.585.5755 Hrs m-th 10-8.

    • North CV, Civic Center Branch 365 F St. CV 91910 ph. 619.691.5069 Hrs m-th 10-8.

    • Bonita Branch 4375 Bonita Rd. Bonita 91902 ph. 619.475.4642 Hrs m-f 9:30-5:30

  5. Volunteer at the ParentCare Family Recovery Center. It’s a rehab program for women and they support ongoing sobriety for their clients. They need a variety of volunteer assistance. You can help in their client store and food program. You can help as greeters/intake and processing women and children who come to the program. They need help with organizing donations and supplies and shredding and a variety of office tasks. There is an application form and a background check that only takes 2-3 days to clear. For people ages 18 and over.

    The center is conveniently located off the 805 freeway and 43rd street exit (about 20 minutes from Concordia), behind the Northgate Supermarket.

    For a volunteer application, contact Holly Taylor, the Program Director at 619 266-0166 or htracy@vistahill.org Monday through Friday 8:30am to 5pm or melissa@concordiachurch.com

Week One

  1. Adopt your street or block and pick up trash every week. (Great for families with young children)

  2. Volunteer with Feeding San Diego (For ages 6 and up) Contact them to set up a volunteer time.

    Info: Volunteer for a two hour shift sorting food that will be used in food pantries and food programs to serve those in need.

  3. Volunteer with Reading Legacies. They serve those in drug rehab programs or incarcerated by recording a parent reading to their child to preserve the parent/child bond and support reading in their homes.

    Info: If you are interested in serving here, buddy up with Melissa Salomon, Community Life Coordinator.

  4. Offer to walk a neighbor’s dog.

  5. Pack a zip lock gallon bag with items for the homeless (granola bars, water, deodorant, washcloth, etc) and keep in the car. Pray with your family that you can serve someone in need. When you see a homeless person, give it to them! (Good for families with young children)