Fall Volunteer Opportunities

UPCOMING STREET OUTREACH

Our next three Street Outreaches will be Saturday, October 17th, November 21st and December 19th from 9AM-1:30PM. Join us as we hang out our friends who are staying under the bridges, on the streets, and in abandoned houses. All are welcome to attend this day of fellowship. Below are the details…

Where to go:

LIVING Ministry office – 2536 Maple Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15214. Don’t look for an office building – you won’t find one! We are actually a yellow brick house with blue doors, there is a garden right next door to us.

When to arrive:

9:00AM. We will finish around 1:30PM and will provide lunch.

What to bring:

Something to share with the homeless. We will be pooling everything that people bring along and sharing with one another so that we can all go out with a variety of things to give away. If you’re looking for some ideas consider these:

Heavy duty garbage bags, fun sized candy bars, shovel, rake, pick axe, welcome mat, batteries, flashlights, socks, underwear, and 24 packs of water

Don’t be limited by these suggestions – if you have a great idea of how to bless the homeless go for it!

What to expect:

To have a good time! Just come ready to make some new friends and have an adventure and you will be set. It might be cold, so dress in layers with closed toed shoes that are able to traverse hills and rocky terrain.

We look forward to seeing you all on a Saturday soon!


Alive!

Our yearly event is coming up this November on the 14th. 

Please visit the event website for more information, to donate, and/or to volunteer.

2015 Sleepout

In 2015, our sleepout events will occur on both Friday and Saturday, February 20th and 21st and Friday and Saturday, March 20th and 21st. It is our hope that either of these opportunities will be a perfect opportunity for you to be a part of. Below is some information on what the events entail…

 A Sleep Out is a way to raise money and awareness for the homeless by inviting participants to spend the night outside in an abandoned building using a cardboard box, tent or other makeshift shelter. Although we could never recreate the real-life experience of what it is like to be truly homeless, sleeping out for the night can focus all our thoughts on how we can all make a difference in the lives of the homeless right here in Pittsburgh. In addition to pots of soup, coffee and hot chocolate, the Sleep Out seeks to educate, create awareness, and encourage action through guest speakers from local homeless shelters along with the homeless themselves. It's our goal to not only raise as much money as we can, but also to teach people all the ways that they can continue making tangible positive changes in our community.

Obviously a big draw for the event is actually sleeping overnight in our abandoned building, but there is much more to this two-day retreat. Besides sleeping out, the night will feature guest speakers that will challenge and inspire the students, games and other activities that address stereotypes and help the students problem solve solutions for helping the homeless. Saturday morning will be spent doing outreach projects around the city where the students will have the opportunity to interact directly with the homeless or formerly homeless.

The suggested cost of the trip is $25. This is not only to help support the ministry, but will get participants used to asking others to help meet a need. Included will be dinner Friday night and Breakfast Saturday morning. Also a t-shirt will be provided to every participant. We don’t want anyone not to be able to come because of money. If you cannot raise the entire $25, just raise as much as you can. You will still be allowed to come.

Click Here to view our flyer with all the information for the event that you will need. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email us. Hopefully we'll see you soon!

2015 Marathon

One of our newest and exciting ways that we share life with our friends is by participating in the Pittsburgh Marathon. We take this opportunity every year to join our volunteers, donors, staff, and homeless to celebrate life by running in this massive city-wide event. You can read this article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry's marathon teams in 2014.

If you love to run, have a passion to serve the homeless, or just interested in being a part of our family, then we have a place for you! Sign up to join our team or donate to a team member to help us continue the work of uncovering the hope of Jesus Christ to people throughout our beloved city.  Click the 2015 Marathon tab above to get started! 

Board Member Informational Session

Do you care about L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry and are committed to seeing us continually be able to serve God through serving the homeless? If you had a chance to read our latest newsletter, you saw that in the next few months we will be undergoing a major transitional period within the ministry. To that end, we have found it necessary to solidify our organizational structure. For us, the best way to do that is grow and develop our Board of Directors.

Do you believe that you might be a good fit to help guide and direct the future of the ministry. If you are available, we would like to invite you to an informational meeting that we are holding next Wednesday, October 29th, at 6:30pm at Bistro 2 Go on the Northside. This free dinner will simply be a time for you to find out more about what it would mean to serve on our Board. You will be able to hear from other Board Members as well as have any questions answered that you may have. If you are at all interested in this opportunity, we would strongly encourage you to attend next Wednesday evening. Attending this event by no means signs you up to be on our Board or obligates you in any way to support the ministry. This event was created for people who might be interested and simply want to learn more.

Please view the attached invitation, and let us know if you can attend and who you plan on bringing. Feel free to bring as many as you would like.

ALIVE 2014

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ALIVE is only one month away which means one thing - it's time to sign up! There is a lot to look forward to at ALIVE, and one of the things we look forward to the most is YOU! One of the best parts of our year is seeing familiar faces at ALIVE, and it's just an added joy when you bring family and friends for the first time too. ALIVE is more about the relationships we build than the clothes we give away or the food we serve, and we are so excited to share these relationships with so many people who love serving the poor.

This year ALIVE will be held on

Saturday, November 22nd, from 8:30AM to 3:00PM

. Like the last few years, we are asking that all volunteers sign up online. You must sign up online to secure a volunteer spot at ALIVE 2014, so don't wait!

This year there is an option to choose the station you would like to serve at when you sign up. This is not mandatory but you are encouraged to choose a station so that we can be even more effective at breaking into our groups the morning of ALIVE.

As always, ALIVE is not limited to November 22nd. You can get involved by starting a clothing collection, coming to the clothing sorting, and of course by starting to pray for ALIVE even now. If would like to know more about how to do these things, please let us know!

Upcoming Street Outreach

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Our next Street Outreach will be Saturday, November 15th from 9AM-1:30PM. Join us as we hang out our friends who are staying under the bridges, on the streets, and in abandoned houses. All are welcome to attend this day of fellowship. Below are the details…

Where to go:

LIVING Ministry office – 2536 Maple Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15214. Don’t look for an office building – you won’t find one! We are actually a yellow brick house with blue doors, there is a garden right next door to us.

When to arrive:

9:00AM. We will finish around 1:30PM and will provide lunch.

What to bring:

Something to share with the homeless. We will be pooling everything that people bring along and sharing with one another so that we can all go out with a variety of things to give away. If you’re looking for some ideas consider these:

-heavy duty garbage bags
-socks
-underwear
-D and AAA batteries
-toiletries
-healthy individual snacks

-tents

Don’t be limited by these suggestions – if you have a great idea of how to bless the homeless go for it!

What to expect:

To have a good time! Just come ready to make some new friends and have an adventure and you will be set. It will be cold, so dress warmly with closed toed shoes that are able to traverse hills and rocky terrain.

We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday, November 15th!

2014 Benefit Banquet Recap

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On Friday, May 30th, over 160 guests came to L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry’s 12th anniversary banquet at Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at the Priory. The evening was celebrated with our silent auction, wonderful food, and a delightful mix of our ministry families, supporters, and homeless friends. The dinner featured inspiring testimonies, highlighted by Gregory Shields, a former graduate of our discipleship program, who shared about the hope that he has received and how his life is being transformed. Thanks to our dynamic MC, in less than two hours, guests were able to hear and see what God has been doing over the past 11 years and were encouraged to provide long-term support for the ministry. At the end of the event, the ministry was blessed to raise about $14,500, which will go far in helping us serve over half of Pittsburgh’s homeless population this year. Thanks goes out to all who participated in this year's events. Your donations and attendance was critical in making this event a success, and even more critical in the further transformation of Pittsburgh’s homeless men and women.

Below, you can check out all of our pictures from the event:

 

ALIVE 2013 Recap

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Last Saturday, November 23rd, L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry hosted its 11th annual festival for the homeless called ALIVE. This year's event was absolutely incredible. God was faithful as usual, and provided us with a clear, dry day full of fun, laughter, and joy in His Spirit. As usual, our volunteers were rock stars by helping make this event run as smoothly as possible. The food was delicious as always, and we had just the perfect amount of clothing. But the best part of the day was being able to celebrate our redeemed lives in Christ. When we are lost, Jesus reached out and saved us by being the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Highlights from this year's event:

230 volunteers, 555 homeless, almost 800 chicken pot pie lunches, 372 Eat N' Park cookies, 286 bags of warm winter clothes, free optical care, social services, a competitive chess tournament, dozens of people prayed for and many making commitments to Christ for the first time!

Below you can view all 700 pictures taken at the event. Many of them depict the joy in everyone's faces as they serve together and enjoy God's gift of abundant life. By faith, we believe that Jesus Christ died to give us a new life, and it was our privilege and blessing to share that with everyone who attended last Saturday. As you celebrate Thanksgiving this week, may the blessing of our life in Christ guide and sustain you!

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February Volunteer Recap

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To the pessimist, February might not have much going for it: lots of cold weather and barely enough days to make it a month, but at L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry this February was a time of great excitement and encouragement! In fact February was going so great, that the momentum kept things moving right on into March! Here is a look at what volunteers have been up to at L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry in the past few weeks. On February 16th, after a few month hiatus, the workday made its grand return to L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry! 10 volunteers joined us for a morning preparing for the annual Sleep Out by leveling out floorboards, removing nails, installing railings and new locks, and sweeping up the second L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry house. We were also blessed to be able to clean and organize the first house, also blessing our staff with an improved supply closet for the office. Thank you for all you did to prepare us for the Sleep Out!

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Many of us want to serve the homeless but on February 22nd we had the chance to gain some new insight into the life of the homeless: by sleeping a night outside! We played games, heard testimonies, and participated in classes that taught us about homelessness and then capped off the night by sleeping in the second L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry house (without heat, electricity, or plumbing!). In the morning we took what we'd learned and put it into action by serving the homeless in a number of ways around the city. Projects included serving breakfast at women's shelters, preparing lunch at a men's shelter, cleaning the home of the formerly homeless and street outreach. The Sleep Out was a night to challenge ourselves and surely we will never see homelessness the same way again!

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On Monday March 4th L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry held our 15th job fair for job seekers in the Pittsburgh area. With the help of many teachers, cooks, and resume-typers we were able to help 25 men and women looking for work to receive job training and meet potential employers. Only two weeks after the job fair already 5 people have found work! Praise the Lord for his great provision!

This March L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry had the opportunity to work with two spring break mission teams. March 4th to March 8th we welcomed FISH (Fellowship In Senior High) a youth group from State College, as they came to Pittsburgh for a week of service. FISH joined us at our job fair, served lunch at area shelters, painted more walls than we can count, sorted baby clothing for the Women's Choice Network, and much more! These 60 youth and their leaders spent a week living the life of a servant and their work made a real impact on Pittsburgh's Northside. Thank you FISH!

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The very next week, March 11th to 15th we were joined by Waynesburg University's Bonner Scholarship students to serve breakfast daily to men and women living under bridges and to the men at Pleasant Valley Shelter. These students met us every morning at 5 AM to prepare a hot breakfast which we then took to the streets as we shared not only food but a short Bible study to encourage the homeless as they set out for the day. A big thank you to the students from Waynesburg for their early morning service!

2013 Sleepout Recap

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Shock, awe, frustration, inspiration, bitter cold, compassion. These were all feelings that people from our Sleepout came away on Friday and Saturday, February 22nd and 23rd. Between the relay races, impactful testimonies, informative seminars, rock hard sleeping surface, and inspiring service projects, each participant was challenged and encouraged to spend themselves in behalf of the poor. One woman noted that she felt ‘mad’ throughout the night because she could remember being homeless and what how hard that life was. She vowed to make positive choices so she would never have to live like that again. Others were shocked at how much the homeless have to wait, and really connected with the sense of purposelessness that many of the homeless feel every day. Check out the pictures below to see what you missed! [nggallery Id=33]