While we can’t SERVE in many of the ways we are accustomed to during this season, we can still love our neighbors in the following ways.

Ways We Can SERVE

Reach out to family, friends, and neighbors: Call or FaceTime them or send an encouraging text. Invite them to join our online services.

Families in need of food: With schools closed, under-resourced families may be struggling to provide food for their children. Consider mailing a grocery store gift card to a family in need.

Share your skills: Consider offering free FaceTime lessons or creating tutorial videos for children or adults, e.g., instrument lessons, dance lessons, how to use technology to work from home, etc.

Prayer walk: Take a walk around your neighborhood and pray for protection over the homes and families living within them.

Be generous: Support our local community by giving to Grateful Hearts. Go to gratefulhearts.org.

We want to know how you are serving others during this time!
Email us at Outreach@cottonwood.org and/or tag us on IG @cottonwoodoutreach.

For your safety and the safety of others, we encourage you to practice social distancing and follow CDC guidelines until further notice.

As each has received a gift, use it to serve on another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies – in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
1 Peter 4:10-11

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Our purpose is to love and serve others in our local and global communities.

We do this by working with our church members, local agencies, and international partners, to help meet needs, build strong friendships, and encourage those who are struggling. We believe that as individuals recognize that Cottonwood cares, they’ll be stirred to know that God cares.

Local Outreach

Get involved weekly, biweekly, or monthly, in our local communities.

Anchored is a faith-based outreach and support system for women in the sex industry.  We exist to show women in the industry just how much the God of the universe loves them.  We do this through non-judgmental love, speech, and actions.  Everything we do is anchored in love, hope, and grace.

Tangibly, we carry out our mission by visiting strip clubs in Orange County and Los Angeles County once a month.  During each visit, we deliver gift bags that have a gift and an encouraging note inside. We also offer a free, weekly therapist-led support group that is available to any woman who is interested.

Contact: Arianna Rodriguez at anchored@cottonwood.org.

We hold church services for patients in local convalescent hospitals, helping the residents to feel loved and cared for. We have teams going out on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Contact: outreach@cottonwood.org.

To participate in this outreach you must complete a Serving Interest Form.

Our objective is to connect and to serve the surrounding communities. We go door to door in small teams sharing the love of God in practical ways. We do this by: visiting the residents, offering to clean their yards, helping with the chores, prayer, and providing and delivering groceries through Grateful Hearts.

 We meet on the 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month in Building B from 9:00am-12:30pm. Note: shuttle leaves promptly at 9:30am.

Contact: outreach@cottonwood.org.

Interested in joining this outreach? Complete the Camelitos Interest Form.

Cottonwood Runners Outreach is a group of like-minded individuals who share a passion for staying healthy and connecting with others. Our goal is to build community within our running family, as well as with the locals we meet as we run, walk, or bike our surrounding cities. 

If you desire to have a healthy body, soul, and spirit, and a heart to serve the community, then join us on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday of every month.

The goal of this outreach is to support the staff in the cottages at Crittenton and to help the troubled adolescent girls to reach their full potential. We interact and connect with them as a group, as well as on an individual level. We aim to bring the love of Christ to them through fun activities like cooking, crafts, and games.

Contact: outreach@cottonwood.org

Our mission is to provide support and community to foster and adoptive families at Cottonwood who are journeying through life with children who have come from hard places.  We strive to provide these families with the tools they need to help their children heal and become all that God desires them to be.  The foster care system is always in need of safe and loving homes, and we believe the church can be a part of the solution to this ongoing crisis.  Therefore we strive to recruit and come along side families at Cottonwood who are ready to open their homes and their hearts to these precious children. In addition, we also participate in local outreach opportunities designed to bless children in foster care.

If you are interested in becoming a part of our community, or are interested in becoming a foster family, please contact us at outreach@cottonwood.org.

This is an outside organization that Cottonwood has partnered with. They will have their own volunteer process that is completely independent of the church.

Giving Children Hope is a faith-based partner providing sustainable hope through wellness programs and disaster response in collaboration with local and global communities. They do this through the gathering and giving of basic needs, nutritional foods, and medical resources to children and families, both locally and abroad.

Contact: Skyler Schulze at sschulze@gchope.org, (714) 523-4454 ex. 109. Visit givingchildrenhope.org

Bible Correspondence Course:
Help mail out and correct a Bible Correspondence Course called “Narrow Way Bible Study.” This helps inmates grow in their walk with God.

Bible Correspondence Course en español:
Provide our Spanish speaking inmates with same opportunity to go through the “Narrow Way Bible Study” course by mailing out and correcting their papers.

Curso Bíblico por Correspondencia:
Ayuda a corregir y enviar por correo los estudios de un Curso Bíblico por Correspondencia llamdo “El Camino Estrecho.” Este curso está diseñado a ayudar a los presos a crecer en su caminar can Dios.

Church Services with Worship and Gospel Message:
Collaborate with a Christian organization, the “Gleaners,” that works with jails and oversees many different churches to provide one hour church services to inmates. Inmates join a community of faith that helps them in their daily lives.

Contact (contacto): Craig Fry at Jails@cottonwood.org.

To participate in this outreach you must complete a Serving Interest form.

Sharing the love of God out on the streets through conversation and prayer in the cities of Long Beach and Huntington Beach.

We meet the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at 7:30 pm at the open-air plaza in front of the main church building.   We return back to church 10:30 pm.

Contact: outreach@cottonwood.org.

Interested in joining this outreach? Complete the Saturday Night Outreach Interest Form.

This is an outside organization that Cottonwood has partnered with. They will have their own volunteer process that is completely independent of the church.

The mission of Sunburst is to intervene and reclaim the lives of 16 to 18-year-old high school dropouts; to produce program graduates with the values, life skills, education and self-discipline to succeed as productive citizens. As a Sunburst volunteer, you’ll be partnering with their organization to mentor cadets.

Contact: outreach@cottonwood.org.
Visit sunburstyouthacademy.com.

Cottonwood Veterans Outreach program supports and thanks our veterans for serving our country by providing them with a way to connect with one another in a supportive, encouraging, and spiritual environment. We provide the support and resources needed for to foster and encourage a veteran’s desire to assist other veterans. We will partner with veterans organizations to access resources, support, and enable information dissemination. Additionally, we wish to give our partnering veterans organizations the opportunity to extend their benefits to our veterans. Community veteran activities include:

  • Community-sponsored special veteran holiday events
  • Game nights
  • Food distribution programs
  • Veteran outreach programs to assist veterans in the community and at large
  • Veteran resource referrals and vet benefits
  • Resources for home repair and improvements

Contact outreach@cottonwood.org for information and ways you can get involved.

For any questions, or for more information, contact ​outreach@cottonwood.org​.

Serve Day

A one-day event to love and serve neighbors in our local community through practical projects and acts of service.

Global Outreach

Have an international impact: go on a missions trip.

Israel

Bomb Shelter Renovation
March 14 – 24, 2020
Application Deadline: August 17, 2019
Cost $3800

Practical service project.  Renovate bomb shelters as a unique form of outreach and aid to a country and people that have a special place in God’s heart.  As a bonus, you will also see many places in the Holy Land.

Required team meetings will begin 6-7 months prior to trip dates.

Israel

Youth Conference and Local Outreach
August 18 – 27, 2020
Application Deadline: March 6, 2020
Cost $3500

Partnering with a local church to serve at a youth conference and take part in their local outreaches. As a bonus, you will also see many places in the Holy Land.

Required team meetings will begin 6-7 months prior to trip dates.

Chiapas

July 28 – August 7, 2020
Application Deadline: February 7, 2020
Cost: $1350

Lost & Found International in Southern Mexico. Work with a local orphanage by building houses, making renovations to their current living quarters, and building relationships with the children and staff.

Team meetings will begin 6-7 months prior to trip dates.

Tecate

Dec 4 – 6, 2020
Application Deadline: September 18, 2020
Cost: $300

Work with local churches during services and outreach.

Team meetings will begin 3 months prior to trip dates.

Myanmar

December 2020
Application Deadline: June 19, 2020
Cost: $2,850

Take part in an annual Christmas outreach to thousands who will come to hear the Christmas story, receive a meal and be blessed. Spend the holidays with the kids at Love Children’s Home and with local Bible students.

Team meetings will begin 6-7 months prior to trip dates.

Philippines

July 14 – 24, 2020
Application Deadline: February 21, 2020
Cost: $2950

Evangelistic Crusades for adults and children working with local churches. Extremely fruitful ministry. You will see God move like never before.

Team meetings will begin 6-7 months prior to trip dates.

Uganda

December 2020
Application Deadline: June 5, 2020
Cost: $2,900

Otino Waa Children’s Village in northern Uganda. Experience the celebration of Christmas holiday season with the kids and be a part of lots of different projects in and around the village.

Team meetings will begin 6-7 months prior to trip dates.

Vista, California

Camp Counselor at Royal Family Kids Camp
June 14 – 19, 2020
Application Deadline: February 21, 2020
Cost: $550

Become a camp counselor for a week at Royal Family Kids Camp. This camp is fast paced, high energy, and creates multiple environments for foster children.

*Each volunteer will be required to complete 12 hours of training with our partners.

Team meetings will begin 3-4 months prior to trip dates.

Join us around the world by filling out an application.

For any questions, or for more information, contact ​outreach@cottonwood.org​ or (714)947-8906.

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