Books Without Borders obtains and stores new and used books for packaging and shipping to war torn and emerging nations in the process of rebuilding. The current focus is countries in Africa where English is the official language. The goal is to foster learning and knowledge, empowering the residents of these areas. Momodu Kamara is the Founder and President of Books Without Borders.
JFON is a ministry of hospitality provided by the IA Annual Conference of the UMC. It provides legal services, advocates to bring change in immigration laws and public policy, and strives to educate immigrant communities to better understand their rights and the complex immigration process.
Four Oaks offers a variety of services to help troubled children and families be successful. Areas of focus are Behavioral Health, Education, Child Welfare, and Juvenile Justice. Their philosophy is to empower children and families to achieve stability, self-sufficiency, and permanency.
Families Helping Families focuses on improving the lives of foster children in IA. Foster children and youth, on average, move 7 times before the age of 18, usually abruptly leaving their home with very few personal belongings. Families Helping Families strives to make these transitions more bearable. At present there are nearly 1,000 children in foster care in Cedar Rapids alone.
A bulk mailing recently went out with a Lenten letter and a card listing these 4 giving opportunities. If you did not receive one, there will be extra Lenten Offering cards in the pews after Ash Wednesday.