Each year more than 1,200 volunteers participate in our programs and events.
There are opportunities for individuals and groups all year long!
The Great Backpack Give-Away- Friday, July 28, 2017
Volunteer Sign Up begins June 1, 2017
Extreme Bedroom Makeover- Friday & Saturday, October 20-21, 2017
Volunteer Sign Up begins July 1, 2017
The Great Thanksgiving Basket Give-Away– Friday, November 17, 2017
Volunteer Sign Up begins September 14, 2017
The Agape Holiday Gift Store- Monday-Friday, December 11-15, 2017
Volunteer Sign Up begins October 10, 2017
November 5 at Piedmont Driving Club
Thank you for all you do for our community. So many lives are touched by your hard work. This Thanksgiving you blessed many with a meal but you also blessed many hearts; hearts residing on both sides of the poverty line. My seven-year-old son, Wills, was moved by the differences he witnessed while delivering turkeys and sacks of groceries. I know the message of compassion and gratitude was profound and will continue to touch his heart.
He carried every single frozen turkey into the homes of the recipients, looked them in the eye, wished them Happy Thanksgiving, and shook their hands or hugged them. He commented all day on how sad he feels and how grateful. His eyes were opened to the poverty but it was his heart that was moved by our common humanity.
In my opinion “breaking the cycle” requires hard work on the part of people rising out of poverty but also it requires raising a new generation to be enlightened, compassionate, and generous. Agape is a wonderful setting for children on both sides of the poverty line to the experience compassion, view their community differently, and learn to respect all who they encounter. I sincerely hope we can find opportunities for more children and families to get involved with the children, families, and elderly of Agape.
What an impactful start to our Thanksgiving week. As we drove along our delivery route we passed an old man laden with Agape groceries and pushing his bike straight uphill many miles from Agape. Just after passed him we passed a battered church sign that read “Lord, helps us to give thanks for what we DO have.”
Undoubtedly he, like most passing that sign, has very little. That decrepit sign set in an incredibly impoverished area carried a message much stronger than you would think its posts would bear.
With immense gratitude,
Juliane and Wills McCaleb