>> Dec 6, 2012
In the community, churches are often pillars of strength, helping the down-and-out in the community as well as teaching virtues such as kindness and hope. Even if a person isn't religious, a church can be a great place to meet new people and find somewhere to belong. Oftentimes, churches participate a great deal in the community and can help out with activities such as charity drives or holiday celebrations.
Churches rely heavily on donations from the community and government-grants for churches, so take advantage of the programs and activities offered by the church and give a little back.
Fundraising can be a great way to help out a church. Since they are non-profit, churches have very little real sense of income aside from donations and fundraising. Fundraising can also be a great way to get involved in the community for many people. They can range from something like bake sales to rummage sales and auctions. Many churches ask for donations from their patrons to help raise some money for them to keep going. It doesn’t have to be just the Sunday donation either. Making a donation of time can be a great help to a church, especially making a donation of time to activities provided by the church.
Take advantage of the activities a church offers, such as Sunday school for younger children, bible study, or extra activities they may provide outside the regular services. By using these, the church can be assured that they are worthwhile contributions to the church's roster. Suggesting new activities can also help a church create new, interesting things to do for their patrons. Keeping things fresh and new can help keep a church going.
Giving back to the church can also mean giving back to the community. Many churches offer services such as providing meals for people in the community. By volunteering time, a church can provide more and better service to others. Churches spend a lot of time working with others to make the world a better place in their world view.
Many times, however, churches cannot survive on donations alone, so they must turn to alternate methods. Fundraising and donations can be a big help, but they are not the only options for a church to create an income. By using government-grants for churches, churches can keep their non-profit status and still be able to afford things such as bibles or be able to fund their helpful programs. A federal assistance grant gives churches the opportunity to continue using their influence to help others while lessening the need for donations.
Giving back to the community is what churches do, so giving back to churches only makes sense. By helping to provide them funding and using their programs and activities can help keep them on their feet. By donating and participating in fundraisers, a church can continue to serve the community as well as provide useful programs for others.
Jennifer Greene is a freelance writer and frequent church-goer. She works for government-grants for churches.