October 5, 2019, New Volunteer Information & Discernment Morning

Saturday, Oct 5, from 9am-noon  New Volunteer Discernment Morning at St Joseph Church, 3430 Dover, Dexter 48130. We will be in Mary’s Room. Enter through an exterior door off the Parish Center driveway on the lower level side of the Parish Office Building. Breakfast provided. We will pray, give an overview of our ministry and have potential new volunteers chat with current volunteers about open roles in our ministry.  
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 Volunteers Needed for Monthly Service Days

We try to schedule a volunteer workday monthly at the center.  If you or your group would like to staff one of our service days, please email volunteer@flscenter.comRequest a call about scheduling your group or ask to be added to the email notices we send out when a service day is planned.

Types of work needed at service days:

  • yardwork
  • newsletters
  • cleaning 
  • Inventory

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

It takes $20,000 a month to keep the clinic open and provide our current programming for women and babies. Donations to Family Life Services, a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity, are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Your partnership with this Christian ministry saves lives, strengthens families, and continues to provide a sanctuary for the women in this community.  Your contribution is a lasting legacy supporting this life-affirming ministry. 

To help support us with a monetary donation, click the button to go to our Online Donation Site to make a secure online donation, or 

text to give by dialing (734)359-7883 and entering the amount you’d like to donate in the message line. (Use decimal point.) You will be taken to our secure donation site to complete your donation.

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Material Goods Processing: unpack, sort, and organize

COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM

Kroger Community Rewards

When you enroll in Kroger’s Community Rewards program, all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card, and Kroger gives a small percentage of your purchase back to FLS!  Choose Family Life Services of Washtenaw County as your charity, Organization No. FD142.

OFFICE EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES

We have created an Amazon wish list of the things we need to keep the clinic and office staff as productive as possible and would greatly appreciate anything you feel called to provide for the use of the staff and volunteers at the Center.   

MATERIAL SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT

FLS provides necessary supplies, clothing, and equipment for expectant and new mothers and babies.  These items are donated by our generous community members.  Check back here to find out what our current needs are or call the center at 734-434-3088.

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Donated material goods waiting for processing

CURRENT MATERIAL GOODS NEEDS

  • We have a great need for diapers size 6 and baby wipes at this time
  • Baby hygiene items
  • New summer clothes, size 12mo to 4T, for boys and girls.
  • New or gently used High chairs
  • Preemie clothing

ITEMS WE CANNOT ACCEPT AT THIS TIME

Thanks to the generosity of our community, sometimes we receive more material goods donations than we have room for. When we run out of room, we share your gifts with other programs in the community.

CURRENTLY NOT KEEPING THE FOLLOWING ITEMS

For Girls

  • 6-9 mos. summer and winter clothing
  • Summer Clothing, sizes 18 mo ,12 mo, and 6T

For Boys

  • Summer Clothing size 0-3 months
  • Winter Clothing sizes 3-6, 6-9, 12 and 18 months

General

  • Breast Pumps
  • Toys
  • Bouncy seats
  • We cannot provide used car seats to our clients by law.

AmazonSmile Foundation

Shop at AmazonSmile and Amazon will make a donation to Family Life Serices of Washtenaw County. AmazonSmile

BONUS!!  If you register on Smile.Amazon.com with FLS selected as the cause you support and use smile.amazon.com to do your shopping, the AmazonSmile Foundation will make a small donation of a portion of your purchases to FLS, too!

ONGOING FAITH SUPPORT NEEDED

Lift us up in prayer daily.  We believe it is the best gift you can give this ministry and those we serve. 

Join our Prayer Team.  You will receive our list of monthly prayer requests to raise our voices to God together.  Email prayerteam@flscenter.com to receive our monthly prayer requests.

Join us at 11 am on the 2nd Monday of the month at FLS Center to pray for the concerns of the center and our community members.
Mothers Bible study

Weekly Volunteers needed to serve clients.

Volunteers who want to serve clients in the Early Pregnancy Clinic or Parenting Resource Center working with our clients as: 

  • counselors
  • sonographers
  • receptionists
  • parent education support

Weekly volunteers for administrative & marketing support.

  • bookkeeping
  • social media support
  • data entry 
  • hospitality
  • event coordinators 
  • Help coordinate “on-the-job training” of counselors and receptionists.
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Sidewalk Advocates donated Thanksgiving dinners for our clients in 2018 and helped prepare and deliver them.

SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

The work at FLS cannot happen without you, the donors, and the daily, weekly, and occasional volunteers.  No matter what your time, talents, and abilities are, there is a need for YOU at FLS

See our ongoing and one-time needs below.  If you would like to contribute using a talent we don’t have listed, please contact us at info@flscenter.com and let us know.  We are grateful for all givers and servers!

Skills and Talents needed at Family Life Services

Please register on our volunteer page and we will contact you.

One-time and occasional recurring volunteers with these special skills:

  • Install phone & electrical outlets
  • Carpentry: Create computer workstation and large-item storage (cribs, strollers, etc) 
  • Webpage redesign and maintenance
  • Rake, sweep, and trim vegetation around our parking lot and yard (4x/yr). 
  • Poison ivy removal, weeding, mowing, edging, mulching
  • Data entry
  • Newsletter editing quarterly
  • Bring a group of people to help prepare newsletters for mailing (4x/yr)
  • Internet content blockers and malware blocker installation on existing computers
  • Shared drive installation and install back up battery
  • Planning team and committee support for our Walk for Life fundraiser.
  • Planning team and committee support for our Annual Gala.
  • Committee support for our Baby Bottle Boomerang Campaign.  
  • Parking lot repair
  • Cleaning team (3 person hours each week)
  • Create tri-lingual (English/Spanish/Arabic) and pictograph signs for the center
  • Finance team: help prepare bank deposits and document donation data entry.
  • Editor for 35th Anniversary interviews of clients, volunteers, and staff for monthly posting on FLS blog/vlog (Ideally create a small book or devotional to give community members in 2020.)
  • Organize end-of-summer new sign celebration and request donations for prizes to give away from local businesses.
  • 10 hours/week administrative assistant
  • Develop a material goods donation tracking system using existing software & database
  • Coordinate summer and winter bulk mailing 
  • Write thank you notes and condolence notes
  • Carpet and furniture cleaning
  • Help organize a retreat day for our FLS community
  • Organize food for our monthly volunteer service days and quarterly new volunteer training
  • Coordinate an annual breakfast at FLS Center for pastors and staff members of our partner churches.

Dreamers:

  • End-of-Summer (August/September) Ice Cream Social/Block party organizer & team
  • Strategic Planning
  • Job Search Team
  • 1 year paper to digital shepherd
  • Server Help
  • Ultrasound Replacement research
  • Architect/Engineer Kitchen/Sonogram Room/Basement Office Space/Material Goods Storage space redesign
  • Major Donor development lead
  • Environmentally Friendly Parking Lot/Roof feasibility Research
  • Lead campaign to get sidewalks installed in our neighborhood

WEEKLY CLASSES
Lifeskills and Parenting Education Program & Share Group

Growing Together Classes

Sr. Gail Lancaster, our education coordinator, and several dedicated volunteers have begun a new season of classes for our moms. 

We need more assistants in this ministry to help with running classes, processing material goods requests, and childcare for clients while attending classes and share group. 

If you feel called to help out (or just investigate the possibility) with this ministry, please call or email the education coordinator at education@flscenter.com or register on our registration page. Your assistance helps even if you only commit to helping for a few classes.

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