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What does CROP mean?
Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty. CROP Hunger Walks help fight hunger and poverty. Neighbors from different faiths, cultures, and ages are walking together to take a stand against hunger in our world.
Why do we walk?
Together we raise awareness and funds for international relief and development as well as local hunger-fighting agencies such as food banks, pantries, community gardens and other local hunger-fighting initiatives. The point of our walking is that hungry people in developing countries typically walk as much as six miles a day to get food, water and fuel to take their goods to market. We walk to be in solidarity with their struggle for existence. We walk because they walk!
How can I help?
You can help us fight hunger around the world and within our own communities by being a CROP sponsored walker or by donating. We have two opportunities to participate. The Contra Costa Crop Hunger Walk will be October 20th at the Civic Park in Walnut Creek the WCUMC has a team.
You can volunteer to help by walking or donating to either walk. Just go online to www.crophungerwalks.org, If all else fails you can donate by writing a check to Crop Walk and put it in the collection plate at church. For more information, email Dave Ward.
EXTENDED FAMILY

The Extended Family works with the congregation to provide furniture and household items to previously homeless families and helps them move into their own home with dignity. The Extended Family partners with SHELTER, Inc. which locates their housing and the Extended Family program  providing the household items.

The program is always in need of the following items:

Bedroom furniture: Twin, full and queen mattresses, frames, dressers, lamps.  Living Room furniture: Sofa (no sleepers), end tables, chairs and lamps. Kitchen: Table with a least 4 chairs, plates, bowls,serving bowls, cups and mugs, glasses, pots and pans, skillets, silverware, manual can openers, kitchen handtowels. Linens: Sheets, pillowcases, towels, washcloths, blankets, comforters. Cleaning Supplies: Cleaners, bucket, mop, broom, dut pan, trash can, vacuum cleaner.

All items need to be clean and in good condition. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Cortne Bui at cortnebui@yahoo.com.

BUS STOP

The Bus Stop After School program is a community outreach ministry. Although the congregation is surburban, it is surrounded by low-income apartments in which a large number of immigrant families live.  The Bus Stop program provides children with tutoring from caring adults, and regular exposure to the arts, as an expression of it's commitment to share God's love in tangible ways.

The program serves children  in grades one through five two afternoons a week, Monday and Tuesday.  We currently have 17 children enrolled and have 18 volunteers.

If you would like to volunteer or get more information about this wonderful program please contact Corrie Binker, Director of Children's Ministries at 925-934-4208 x211 or binker.oc@gmail.com.

 SHELTER MEALS

The church provides meals to a local shelter twice a month.  On the second Friday of the month church volunteers prepare a wonderful, nutritious homecooked meal in our kitchen that serves about 75 people. On the last Friday of the month we provide pizza, salad and drinks to those staying at the shelter.  If you would like to be part of this outreach ministry please contact Karen Jones at kjones@astound.net or Barabara Vinson at bavinson@astound.net.