Helping Hands was formed to supplement existing informal helping networks within the church community. Modeled after the previously known Martha Ministry at Good Shepherd, this ministry seeks to serve using the Biblical model of Martha, the sister of Mary and Lazarus. In every Biblical reference, she is doing something practical (Luke 10:40 a, John 11:20, 28, 29; 12:2 a). Likewise, Helping Hands is an active and confidential aid within our church family. Members may need assistance for reasons ranging from illness to the birth of twins. Whatever the reason, Helping Hands provides those needed services.
Current services offered include meals, delivery of meals, transportation, grocery shopping, errands, telephone calls, visits, greeting card ministry, caregiver “time out” and other special needs.
Volunteer Positions and Opportunities
Description: Responsible for taking calls to aid people who may be in need, determine the extent of need and assign the family to a Family Coordinator. Liaison between Helping Hands and pastors/staff. Record number of services provided per month.
Time Frame: Varies; usually not more than once or twice a week
Description: If a family various needs or needs help for an extended period of time, a Family Coordinator is matched with the family. The Family Coordinator coordinates the various needs and communicates with service volunteers.
Time Frame: Varies; usually not more than 3-4 times a year
Description: This person provides the service to the family in need. The Family Coordinator calls with a request, and the volunteer helps if they are available. These services are provided in confidence. The volunteer might not know why service is being offered or, in some cases, who they are providing services to. Jesus taught his followers to render private service (Matthew 6:2-4).
Time Frame: 2-3 times per year, although some choose to help more often.
Contact Shari Herbst at 919-676-7784 if you are interested in volunteering or need assistance.