21 days of serving

rad love + rad kindness = rad joy

March 8-28th, 2021

kick off 21 days of serving right now and start planning how you'll unleash compassion.

Together, let’s unleash 5,000 acts of compassion
in our neighborhoods and communities.

From March 8th-28th, Eastside will focus our efforts on unleashing compassion in our neighborhoods, communities, and onto those most impacted by COVID. A simple act of kindness is not just being a nice person, but emulating the heart of God towards others. Let’s allow our love for God to be known by how we love others.

Four easy steps to kick off 21 Days of Serving!

Find out what you can do each week
during the 21 Days of Serving

Click below for a list of acts of compassion that you can tackle during each week’s special focus.

covid-impact focus

march 8-14

Pray for those who are hurting due to experiencing loss, financial hardship, illness or isolation.

Pray for wisdom, guidance, and rest for scientists, doctors, educators and helping professionals

Pray for families who have lost a loved one

Pray for those currently ill and isolated from their support system

Pray for our government officials and leaders as they navigate these challenging times

Pray for struggling businesses, their employees, and owners as they face financial hardship

Pray for those whose mental health has been impacted by the stressors of Covid.   

Encourage an essential worker with a care package, note, meal or thoughtful gift!

Essential Workers include: Delivery drivers, grocery store employees, first responders, medical personnel, etc.

Write an encouraging note to someone you know who is struggling through Covid isolation including… 

Teens/youth longing for engagement

Parents juggling work/schooling

Someone sick or quarantining

Seniors and/or at-risk populations 

Give blood or plasma at a local donation center, including Eastside’s Red Cross Blood Drives. To sign up please choose your location:

Redlands Campus 3/9 

Bellflower Campus 3/11 

Anaheim Campus 3/12 

Or to choose a different date/location here are other available Red Cross drives 

Contact your local hospital or blood bank.

Provide basic needs, like groceries or household items, for someone in your life who can’t safely leave their home.

Volunteer at a local vaccination or testing center if you are healthy.

Check your county website for current volunteer needs

Schedule a visit with someone who’s feeling lonely in a way that feels most appropriate to you.

Digital ideas: Zoom, Marco Polo, FaceTime, Netflix watch party, etc.

Distanced ideas: Visit through a window, plan a drive-by parade, plan a porch or driveway visit, etc.

neighborhood focus

march 15-21

Offer a helping hand to a neighbor by asking to…

Mow their lawn

Walk their pets 

Carry their groceries

Bring in their trash cans 

Water their plants or tend to their garden

Assist with their home repairs 

Shovel snow or ice from their driveway or sidewalk

Or in your own way, meet another need!

Host a socially-distanced neighborhood gathering. 

Lawn game tournament 

Front yard picnic 

Driveway bonfires and cocoa

Block party for St. Patrick’s Day

Click here for suggestions on how to stay Covid safe. 

Bring treats or flowers and introduce yourself to neighbors you haven’t met or reconnect with those you have!

Pick up trash around the neighborhood, park or hiking trail. 

Pay it forward at a grocery store, coffee shop, or fast food drive-thru.

Create a neighborhood library or food pantry if permitted in your area. 

Start a free library Ideas

Pantry Ideas

Leave encouraging chalk notes for neighbors on your sidewalk or driveway.

Plan a safe activity for kids in your neighborhood to support them and their parents:  

Scavenger hunt

Chalk walk – leave encouraging chalk notes for neighbors on your sidewalk or driveway.

Movie night outdoors

Reading hour or enrichment activity

Offer tutoring (in person or over Zoom) to help support single moms, foster parents, essential worker parents, etc.

community focus

march 22-28

For all serving suggestions this week, connect to an Eastside partner organization we've linked or identify an organization in your area.

Provide shelf-stable food or meals to a local organization. 

Check out Eastside Partner Needs in:

Los Angeles County 

Orange County 

San Bernardino County

Northern Minnesota

 

Assemble kits for needs that local organizations have identified including “Welcome Home” kits, hygiene kits, cold weather kits, Easter baskets, etc. 

Check out Eastside Partner Needs in:

Los Angeles County

Orange County 

San Bernardino County

Northern Minnesota

Create a “shop squad” to purchase and deliver new items from an organization’s wishlist. 

Check out Eastside Partner Needs in:

Los Angeles County

Orange County 

San Bernardino County

Northern Minnesota

Serve in person with a local organization focused on a cause close to your heart!  Activities can include distribution at food pantries, gardening, beautification, repairs, and mentorship. 

Check out Eastside Partner Needs in:

Los Angeles County

Orange County 

San Bernardino County

Northern Minnesota

Support a local organization virtually or from home! Host an enrichment activity via Zoom sharing skills like resume building, cooking, arts, sports, and tutoring, or make meaningful items like blankets, reusable totes and beanies.

Check out Eastside Partner Needs in:

Los Angeles County

Orange County 

San Bernardino County

Northern Minnesota

Write notes of compassion or encouragement for clients of local organizations. 

Check out Eastside Partner Needs in:

Los Angeles County

Orange County 

San Bernardino County

Northern Minnesota

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