Chances are you have probably seen the enthusiastic groups of volunteers out on the streets, come across one of their mobile units in action, or know someone who has served alongside the amazing folks behind #MyChurchLovesMiami – a tireless movement of community service and love, created in 2013 by Christ Fellowship Church in Miami. This project came about as an immediate response to the many scarcities and challenges faced daily by under-resourced people in our city, and a way to love the local citizens who already serve Miami. Through various volunteer-fueled events that happen throughout Miami-Dade County, they generously serve the poor, the homeless, single moms, orphans, senior citizens, prison inmates and their families, migrants, the art community, teachers and school staff, nurses, police officers, firefighters, and community leaders. Christ Fellowship, the church spearheading these outreach efforts, calls these serving opportunities, “Reach Beyonds” – unique opportunities that invite people to reach beyond their comfort zones and help serve the community by meeting their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Their online Love Miami calendar features hundreds of volunteer opportunities for anyone interested to sign up for free, and be part of the public-spirited cause impacting the hearts of people in the city they love.
“We all have unique gifts and talents that can be used for something greater than ourselves,” said Giselle Delgado, Director of Local Missions at Christ Fellowship. “We believe Miami matters to God, and we show people they are loved by serving them. Any amount of time that you can invest in your city, will not only transform the lives of the people you are serving, but also have a huge impact in your own life.”
Twice a year they assemble Love Miami week, seven continuous days of full-force service to various segments of the community. They welcome and encourage people to volunteer individually, as a family, or even as part of a corporate team. This year, Love Miami week will take place from April 11 to April 18, 2015, and will be centered on a “serving those who help others” theme. Numerous volunteer spots are available for people of all ages to participate in projects such as assembling and distributing care packages to nurses, police officers, and firefighters. As well as, providing free breakfast for library workers, local school clean-ups and beautification projects, caring for the elderly, family fun day for children of inmates, feeding the homeless, and many more.