Orientation for Oildale Churches
On Saturday, August 28th from 11am-1pm Every Neighborhood Partnership will host a church volunteer orientation to equip all those that wish to serve in outreach within the Oildale community. The orientation will include describing the various ministry opportunities, cross- cultural awareness, school site protocol as well as having each volunteer fingerprinted.
All churches are welcome to get involved and there is no cost to attend. Lunch will be provided after the orientation. Event held at Standard Elementary school cafeteria. The address is 115 E. Minner Ave, Bakersfield CA 93308. Any questions can be directed to Artie Padilla at 559-250-6860.
History of Every Neighborhood Partnership
In September of 2002, a group of city leaders began a program that connected The Well Community Church and New Harvest Community Churches to Susan B. Anthony and Webster Elementary Schools. The primary purpose of the program was to provide an outlet where the kids at the schools could interact with positive role models during the weekend. It also provided an opportunity for the volunteers of these two churches to build relationships with the students. As they spent more time in these communities they noticed two specific issues. First, the test scores of the students were consistently in the bottom end of all the elementary schools in Fresno Unified. Secondly, the percentage of residents living at or below the poverty line in these areas was higher than most communities in the city.
What originally began as a small sports program evolved into one that addressed these issues and included one-on-one mentoring, classroom volunteering and community outreach events. Volunteers from the church got more connected to the neighborhood, discovering many opportunities to be involved in the lives of the people. Every Neighborhood Partnership was formed in January 2008 with a desire to see this program duplicated throughout the city.
Get Involved with Oildale Leadership Alliance
The Oildale Leadership Alliance meets monthly to address the needs of Oildale. The next scheduled meeting is August 24, 2010 from 5:30-6:30pm at the Standard School Conference Room. September’s meeting will be a social breakfast at Hodel’s Country Dining. For more information contact Cher Pannell (661) 393-4473.