Every School Partnership

An initiative of the ACTS Group

February Update

I hope the new year has found you well! This month's Every School Partnership update features a Volunteer Resource Management (VRM) training opportunity, resource and promo videos for your use, information about the community resource organization Reading Partners, and a story of Elk Grove churches serving families in the Elk Grove Unified School District.

Thank you for your work in serving communities through local schools!

Megan McCleary

Director, Serve United

A strategic organization of The ACTS Group

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The ACTS Group team was able to share the vision of Every School Partnership with a wide audience on Saturday, January 18th at the MLK Celebration service at Capital Christian Center and on January 19th at the MLK Diversity Expo at the Sacramento Convention Center. We are encouraged by the interest of the people we meet towards this initiative and look forward to seeing movement in church engagement with local schools. Take a moment to watch our promo video and plan to use it for your church...
Season of Service 2016 Every School Partnership Promo
This year's Season of Service, which will run from January 16th - April 23rd 2016, has an emphasis on schools partnerships as we are asking churches to get involved this season by serving the needs of their communities by serving local schools. You can use this Promo video to share the vision of Season of Service and Every School Partnership.

Upcoming Training: Volunteer Resource Management Software

BeUndivided's Resources and Training Coordinator Brooke Perry will be in Sacramento on Saturday, February 20th to train churches in Volunteer Resource Management Software (VRM) a resource that helps churches ease the work of mobilizing volunteers for church school partnerships. VRM Software is available to you for free along with technical support from our friends at BeUndivided. By the end of the 2 hour training, you will have access to the software and all the tools you need to generate needs and coordinate volunteers though one simple program.

If you are interested in attending this training or if you will be sending a representative from your church, please RSVP to Megan at megan@serveunited.us

Saturday, Feb. 20th, 8-10am

2830 G Street

Sacramento, CA

Kip Jacob - Being a Christian Leader in Today's Society.mp4

School Partnerships from a Senior Pastor's Perspective- Kip Jacob

Kip Jacob is the senior pastor of Southlake Church the church that was transformed through it's partnership with Roosevelt High School in the documentary Undivided. This video captures the heart behind why churches choose to partner with local schools: "when you get close, you get changed."
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Non-profit Resource: Reading Partners

Reading Partners is a local non-profit that helps volunteers and community groups provide one-on-one literacy tutoring to struggling student readers. Several churches in our region have benefited through the expertise of Reading Partners to help kids succeed such as Bayside of South Sacramento, St. Anthony's Parish and the Pocket Area Churches Together (PACT). The Reading Partners program is designed for volunteers with limited or no tutoring experience. Your church is fully supported in delivering a high-impact, low-pressure tutoring sessions. You can choose to engage your church in helping children read on an ongoing basis through one of their partner local elementary schools. Reading Partners can also provide a four-hour group event at a local school to help introduce your church to the idea of becoming a long term reading buddies to students in need.

For more information about these programs, contact Rachael Valler, Community Engagement Associate, for more details: rachael.valler@readingpartners.org or 916-996-0830.

2015 Shoe Drive "Share A Sole" Recap

Stories of Service: Share-a-Sole for students in need.

The following Story of Service has been provided by Sun Grove Church in Elk Grove:

In 2004, Sun Grove Church began donating fitting new shoes to benefit students in need in Elk Grove Unified School District. During the following 10 years, 5,500 students received a pair of new shoes. To celebrate the 10 year anniversary, in 2015 Sun Grove took a huge step in faith and launched a new campaign called "Share-a-Sole: New Shoes for Students in Need" and set a goal of 2,000 new pairs of shoes. This was a 40% increase from 2014. It is with great humility and joy that over 2,200 pairs of shoes shoes were donated and all 1900 students requesting new shoes in 14 schools received them. This was only possible through God's blessing and partnership with Elk Grove Unified School District and their families, Elk Grove and South Sacramento Starbucks, Walmart, Elk Grove Libraries, fire department and volunteers in police service, First Baptist Church, Journey Church, Living Water Church and Sun Grove Church.

Thank you to every individual who has given and served to make Share-a-Sole 2015 such a success and for blessing so many students and their families!