On August 22, Global University, an accredited distance education university of the Assemblies of God, joined thousands of volunteers from local businesses and organizations to assist the United Way of the Ozarks in a ‘Day of Caring’.
This annual event is a day in which volunteers from across the city reach out to the Springfield community to share the love of Christ by doing service-oriented ministry.
“It is so important for us to get beyond the walls of our building and be Christ’s hands and feet in this community,” reflects Vicki Johanson, Study Networks Director. “By extending our time and efforts to assist others we are truly the ones reaping the benefits. Our influence is only so great as the day to day example of servanthood we display.”
Global University along with employees from several other local organizations chose to serve at The Kitchen Inc, a multi-faceted non-profit organization that serves the homeless community in Springfield. Global employees participated in a variety of activities, including shoveling 20 tons of sand on to the playground at The Kitchen’s center for children, building a 6 foot concrete walkway in the playground area and pruning bushes and pulling weeds around the perimeter of the facility. Global University’s employees had an opportunity to share with those at The Kitchen the premise of Global University and the integration of education and missions that makes Global so unique in the marketplace.
“We very much appreciated having volunteers from Global University assist us. What took them hours would have taken our staff days to complete.” says Sheryl Hernandez, Coordinator of Children Services at The Family Nurturing Center, part of The Kitchen, Inc. “All of these improvements are for the benefit of the homeless children that transition in and out of our homeless shelter. This playground area is a mini Disney World to them and offers an oasis for these children to experience joy.”
The Kitchen is widely recognized as a progressive innovator for meeting needs and addressing root cause of poverty and homelessness. Services of the Kitchen include: housing, food, counseling, healthcare, education, youth services, clothing, advocacy, life skills and homelessness prevention. The Kitchen is a channel for community participation in the provision of services, while enhancing social awareness.