Community Outreach


Outreach Is A Response To God's Love

Receive~Transformed~Respond


We make a living by what we do, we make a life by what we give.

                                                                         ~Winston Churchill


  •     Our congregation collects one food item each month to donate to the Olean Food Pantry, as well as Birthday Bags filled with cake items, candles and special napkins. Every Thanksgiving we provide funds to give 100 people a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Additionally, many of our members volunteer at the food pantry from once a month to once a week. Volunteers stock shelves, greet visitors and help “guest” shop for their 4 days of groceries. 

  • The Warming House provides a hot meal for about 40 guests per day to anyone who needs a meal or needs the “warmth” of companionship.  Our youth group meets at the Warming House once a month to prepare the meal and visit with guests.  Additionally, we bring boxes of cereal donated by the congregation to use as prizes in games we play.  Every Easter and Christmas we host a festive party, complete with decorations, holiday foods and a collection of items for the guest to choose from as a gift.  Our congregation has also funded special needs for the Warming House, such as a new freezer and dishwasher.  Anyone interested in helping to prepare and serve meals when the St. Bonaventure students are on break would be welcomed.  

     

  • Our congregation supports this ministry both financially and physically.  Members of our congregation volunteer to drive elderly or disabled people to medical appointments. More drivers are always needed. 

  • Back Pack Give Away  

    Christ United organizes the give away of 100 backpacks and kits to the nurse’s office of our local school.  Funds from our Outreach budget are joined with community member donations to supply of these needs.  Head Start identifies families in greatest need.  Additionally, ten backpacks are given to each of our area schools and to the Genesis House to giveaway at their discretion.  Families of students receiving back packs are invited to a breakfast party on the day they pickup their school supplies.

  • Christ United provides financial help to the yearly ministry of painting/repairing homes of disabled or elderly families in our community. Typically, Christ United organizes a team to work on one specific house.  This is usually the last Saturday of July. Volunteers ALWAYS welcomed. 

  • The Blessing Room

    Donations are accepted and then made available to anyone in need.  The focus of our collections are items for babies/toddlers and basic kitchen and linen items.  We often are able to bless families from the Genesis House and Healthy Families, but anyone in need is welcome to “shop” in the Blessing Room.  Everything is free, given with the love of Jesus.