4 Warm Weather Outreach Ideas by Janie Sjogren

It’s getting warmer and this changes what we can do to show love to our communities.  Take a look at your supply closet, and do some spring-cleaning to freshen everything up.  The typical toilet-cleaning kits and windshield washing supplies are a start, but add some more spark to your outreaches with a good variety of options at the ready. Here are four outreach ideas for warmer weather.

Put A Twist On The Typical Car Wash – Make It a $1 Car Wash

Get big banners that read, “Free Car Wash—No Kidding!” or “$1 Car Wash!”  In the $1 Car Wash version, you give the person $1 after washing their car, with a connect card explaining why you are doing this, “This is a simple way to say God loves you, no strings attached!”

Set up on a street that has significant traffic flow, with water access and an easy entrance and exit. Use soccer cones to direct traffic where you want it.  Create an inviting sitting area with soccer chairs and iced down drinks in a cooler.

Place several high-energy, cheerleader types on corners near your site.  Tell them to shake their signs, wave their hands and generally direct people into the car wash.

Make sure to have friendly people to greet the drivers, and to talk to people.  Don’t get so busy washing that you forget to pass out a card and an explanation that you are doing this as a community service project to show them a little of God’s love.

Put Your Coolers To Work!

Rolling coolers are great for water and pop outreaches.  If your church can afford one, get a large Ice Maker to always have ice at the ready.  Coolers also work well to transport hot dogs and hamburgers wrapped in fast-food foil wrappers.  The cooler acts like a steamer, and the goods arrive warm.   Offer with individually wrapped condiments, and deliver around 11am while people are still hungry.

Ice Cream Coupon Give-Away

Ice cream is a happy food!  Buy a quantity of ice cream coupons at a discount.  Connect with your local ice cream shop, or with McDonald’s or Chick-Fil-A.  Explain that you are doing, a community service project, and that you plan on giving the ice cream coupons away.

Places to go include campuses, parks, neighborhoods, sporting events, and skate parks.  Give out a Connection Card with each Ice Cream Coupon.

Festival Survival Packs

Where food and drink are being sold as part of a community event, don’t be rude and give away drinks or food.  Instead, make up little packs of items in a small zip-lock bag.

Items could include:  Towelettes for cleaning sticky fingers, small samples of lotion or suntan cream, a peppermint hard candy to freshen breath, tissues, golf pencils and small pads of post-its or pads made from clean-cut scrap paper.

Don’t forget to give out outreach connect cards during your spring outreaches. If you need high-quality outreach cards, you can click on any of the links above to see the great selection of designs we offer, or simply go to this link below:

http://www.kindnessresources.com/Outreach-Cards-C10.aspx

Plan Now For Valentine’s Day Kindness Outreaches! by Janie Sjogren

“Did you get your Valentine today?“ It’s easy to put a Valentine’s Day outreach together in a short time.  People are really open this time of year, and everyone loves getting a little love shown to them!

Roses are a great idea, wrapped with baby’s breath and some florist paper from your local florist.  Order the parts and have your team wrap everything up.  Wrap up each red rose individually.  Wrap with baby’s breath, red florist paper and clear plastic sheets, then tie a ribbon with an outreach card to it.  Roses are great to give out on street corners, and people are surprised it is free.  Some churches use a “$1 Roses” sign and then give the rose and the dollar to people!  Red carnations also work well for this project.

Chocolates are a great gift of love this time of year.  Put Hershey kisses or other wrapped candies into small clear bags tied with ribbon and a card stating that “This is a little way to let you know God loves you, no strings attached!”  Gifts of candies to workers at stores are often well received, as well as showing love at nursing and care homes.  Buy 3” X 5” zip-closure bags online.

Set the date and time!  Get your team together, plan what you’ll give out and set the date for your Valentine’s Day outreach.  Make sure you have all the items to assemble before the outreach.

If you pack them, your people will give them away!  Another great way to get the sweets out to people is to send your Sunday attendees out the door with 5 or 10 sets of candies with cards attached ready to give away.

People need to know they are loved, and this is an easy way to do it!

For connect cards and zip-closure bags, check out KindnessResources.com.