Engaging the Community

15 10 2008

Today we ran our second community needs and assets survey – this time at Sterling Fest ’08 where we provided free face painting and water tattoos. While serving children, we took the opportunity to talk with their parents and listen to them identify unmet needs in our community through a written survey. 78% of the people who filled out the survey responded that they want to receive the results of the survey which gives us opportunity to engage them in community service.

It took 16 volunteers to accomplish this assessment. We had 3 face painters and 5 water tattooers. The rest of our team engaged parents in conversation. The team we were working with rocked! And man, we have a load of fun!

During this time, I met…

  • the activities director of OktoberFest who invited us to come serve with her in two weeks
  • a community member who approached us to help run survey’s and get involved in our new community service initiatives
  • the president of the Ruritan Club who invited me to come speak to the club’s 40 members
  • a business owner who wants to partner with us in community service
  • the outreach director for Eastern Mountain Sports who has invited us to set up in her store this coming Saturday
  • a small group leader from another church who wants to get her small group serving with us

The people we met were extremely open to talking and helping us empower people to serve others.

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