Hope Church & The Community
Hands of Hope, the community arm of Hope Church, seeks to build stronger, sustainable communities by offering hope and practical support. Our desire is to demonstrate God’s love through tangible help.
We desire to help families lead successful and holistic lives and to help young people to be responsible citizens contributing to society. We hope to achieve these by empowering church members, synergising our combined resources as a church and leveraging off partnerships with community organisations into targeted community
God calls us to be blessing to others
What better way than to serve our local community?
God calls us to reach our communities
A key to people’s hearts is through practical support and help.
There are great needs in our communities
Your investment makes a difference.
How to Give Financially?
Cash (In Service)
Credit or Debit Card (In Service)
Incurs a 1.95% transaction fee to Hands of Hope
Account name: Hands of Hope
Account number: 192718
Tax deductibility is possible through Australian Care and Trauma Services (ACTS), our auspice organisation but we will incur a 5% processing fee.
Other Ways of Giving
Be Curious & Connect
Much of building community happens through conversations. Every person comes with different backgrounds, life stories, life experiences and different personalities. Have a go at supporting and walking alongside people with different challenges and discover their stories!
Volunteer & Participate
This year in the lead up to Christmas, we have two major avenues for you to participate in:
- Volunteer at Christmas 4 Kids (one-day event)
- Pack and deliver a Christmas hamper
On an ongoing basis, we also need help with administration, communication, website developing, design, media, sponsorship and funding and public relations.
The Goal: $50,000
What it funds?
Including one part-time staff & running expenses
Christmas 4 Kids
$25,000 allows us to organise our award-winning 4 hour Christmas community event for over 200 families. This includes over 20 fun activities, presents for every child, a free sausage sizzle and priceless memories of a day out with loved ones.
Welfare Programs and Community Projects
$5,000 allows us to provide tangible aid to the needy and partner with others on community projects. Past campaigns such as Winter Warmers and Christmas Hampers have blessed the poor with food, clothing and essential items. Community projects such as Kids Holiday Camp, breakfast club, tutoring and feeding programs are run in collaboration with other community organisations.
Awareness and Education Workshops
$2,000 allows us to run workshops that increase awareness and equip both church members and the community. Education in specific areas helps strengthen the community as a whole. Examples of workshops we ran this year are the Mental Health Unwrapped and Triple P Parenting program.
Future Project: Good Neighbour Project
$6,000 allows us to embark on initiatives to strengthen good neighbour practices and connections, in anticipation of over 20,000 new residents moving into our local area in the next decade.
Our church hopes to develop strategic partnerships with the local council, community organisations, Neighbourhood Watch, and other relevant parties to get this project going. Our efforts will be around empowering local residents to create a strong sense of community.
Future Project: Conversational Classes at Unidus
$2,000 allows us to embark on initiatives to support people of refugee background and non-English speaking background through conversational English classes.
We hope to support this need for developing English communication skills, while also providing social support through conversational classes. We also seek to promote cultural sensitivity and celebrate multiculturalism through embracing people across cultures.
$4,000 allows us to multiply our efforts through building relationships with local councillors, community workers, agencies, schools and chaplains.These links help us better understand local social needs and available services. They also enable us to partner in a variety of projects and obtain funding.
Hands of Hope Management & Development
$6,000 allows us to put feet to the dreams and goes into the running costs of managing Hands of Hope. It also allows us to keep up to date with trends and take a proactive response. This includes the recruiting and managing of volunteers, maintaining the website, producing of promotional material and newsletters, applying of grants and funding and strategic planning. It also facilitates open conversations around social issues and discussion with church members to match interest and ideas to actual community participation.