Ongoing Local Missions
Common Ground Community
Common Ground is local organization putting "feet to faith" in the Cedar Grove neighborhood of Shreveport. They strive to provide a connecting space, a place of reconciliation for all, with an inclusive spirit that will serve to create transformative relationships. They host children's programs, mentor young people, serve a community meal, provide food and clothing, and garden together.
Broadmoor UMC is beginning a relationship with Common Ground, and we want you to be a part of it! We are specifically starting to serve at their closet that provides clothing for men, women, and children in need. We are looking to form a "volunteer staff" to help organize and sort their clothing donation closet weekly on Wednesday mornings from 7:30-9:30. Even if you can only work once a month, we would love to have you on the team! If you are interested in helping, simply show up at the Common Ground Community Center, located at 6806 Southern (corner of Southern and 68th Street). Contact (text) Diane Valentine at 617-7896 for more information!
In our Year of Service, Broadmoor United Methodist Church's Missions Committee has chosen to ”Love thy Neighbor” through a partnership with FaithWorks of Caddo-Bossier. FaithWorks is an information and referral help line formed by an ecumenical network of faith-based organizations to help people in an emergency, and to prevent homelessness with referrals to potential sources of assistance with rent, utilities, medical care, and much more. It works to eliminate the duplication of efforts and assists us in becoming better stewards of our church's resources. FaithWorks needs volunteers to answer the telephone and enter data into the Homeless Management Information System. For more information or to volunteer, contact Laura Vaughan at BUMC 861-0586 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Patti Shelton, Interim Executive Director of FaithWorks, at 317-3781 or email@example.com.
In partnership with the Catholic Charities of Shreveport, Broadmoor collects infant, children and family goods such as diapers, clothing, baby food, baby items, books, furniture – anything for young children and their mothers. These items are sent to their “shop,” where low-income new mothers can access any supplies that they may need. Donations should be placed in the wooden baby bed in the Anderson Hall foyer. // ccshpt.org/closet.html
HIGHLAND BLESSING DINNER
On the 4th Thursday of every month from 5-7 pm, a family style meal is served at the Highland Center to anyone who wants or needs a community meal. Volunteers are needed to serve food or to be a table host. // highlandcenter.org
KIDS HOPE USA
A mentoring program at Arthur Circle Elementary that helps build lasting relationships that make a difference in the life of an at-risk child. You can be a weekly mentor, prayer partner, or teacher encourager. This mission project takes place during the public school year, from August to May. // www.kidshopeusa.org
Every other month the Layette Ministry team purchases items for 40 layettes, which are washed before they are packaged and delivered to LSU Medical Center for newborns and their young mothers.
Provided by various small groups in the church, these bags contain a small but balanced meal and a one-day Sportran bus pass and are distributed to those who visit the church seeking food or transportation. We often need help collecting food items and assembling new bags.
In our Red Bag Ministry, Broadmoor provides reusable grocery bags with a shopping list of needed food items for those who are hungry. We encourage people to fill the bags with items and bring them to church on the first Sunday of each month. Bags should be placed in the Fellowship Area. The bags are then donated to the Noel UMC Food Pantry! This is a great way to love our neighbors! We are often alerted of “most needed” items on a monthly basis, and a list of these special items is made available to the congregation through The Vision Newsletter and the weekly eNews.
Prepare bag lunches to be delivered, along with soup, to Meals on Wheels recipients and members of the Broadmoor congregation when it meets a need. Recipients birthdays are also celebrated on a monthly basis with a small gift and card. Deliveries happen on the last Saturday of each month, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. // www.caddocouncilonaging.org
MILITARY APPRECIATION PACKAGES
Items are donated and military appreciation packets are assembled and sent to those serving in our military each June.
Each summer and winter, Broadmoor offers a mission trip to its sister church in Ekaterinburg, Russia where we lead Vacation Bible School, Bible studies, work in orphanages, prepare food baskets for the elderly, and make repairs to the church building.
Interested in Serving?
Contact our Associate Pastor, Rev. Peter Gaughan, at (318)861-0586 or firstname.lastname@example.org. He would be happy to help get you plugged in to a mission project at Broadmoor!