For more than a decade, Elevation Outreach has flooded Crisis Assistance Ministry with enthusiastic volunteers willing to go the extra mile. As one of their very first community partners, families served here have continued to witness the joy, selflessness, and deep commitment of these volunteers even as the church’s footprint has grown nationwide. LOVE Week 2021 was no exception.
As Midori joined fellow Elevation Outreach volunteers at Crisis Assistance Ministry last week, she quickly earned the title of “Chief Encourager.” As she began to greet people in cars arriving for curbside assistance, she saw herself in every harried face.
Elevation Church, a long-term partner, volunteers to bring breakfast or lunch to waiting families a few times a month. During those visits, they saw our Charlotte neighbors huddled next to outlets on the floor, waiting for their phones to charge. They saw children anxiously tugging on their parents’ arms asking to leave, restlessly tossing about in their seats, running around searching for any distraction. They saw this and decided to do something about it.
Working mother Lakisha is grateful to the community partnerships and volunteer labor who helped restore and furnish her family home after a devastating roof collapse.
In their 10th year, Elevation Church brought over 500 volunteers to Crisis Assistance Ministry during LOVE Week. Among them, a teacher who is well acquainted with the struggles of low-income families in Charlotte Mecklenburg.
Christine Eckert became an agency volunteer through the faith community at Elevation Church over 6 years ago. She has participated in every volunteer project offered, from inspecting donated goods to moving chronically homeless individuals into housing.