A Turkey for You A Turkey for Me; Donate Food Items

October 20, 2015

thanksgiving-baskets-100x11The Thanksgiving Holiday is soon upon us and many people are looking for ways they can make a difference by helping out a family in need.

Many families in our Oasis neighborhood struggle on daily basis to put food on the table, let alone a feast of Thanksgiving over the holiday. However, a complete Feast Box including the turkey and ALL the fixings for just $7 provides a great meal to celebrate what God has given us. It also provides the dignity of purchasing the meal for their family, along with the joy of getting an unbelievable deal. Empowerment and blessing are the goal and your participation helps us spread the joy of the season to as many families as possible.

What does this look like and how does this work?

1. Volunteers donate the following food items & bring them to Hope Church Nov. 7-22 (drop off donations in the marked carts at Hope Church or just leave them behind your car while you attend services):

– Turkey (frozen, 10-12 lbs)
– Canned green beans
– Canned peas
– Canned corn
– Canned yams
– Boxed instant potatoes
– Cranberry sauce
– Stuffing
– Cake mix
– Vanilla Frosting

2. North Memphis residents order their complete Thanksgiving baskets by turning in their order forms and $7 to one of our North Memphis ministry offices. Local residents within the community help to organize, collect, and distribute the baskets.

3.  Volunteers can help collect, sort, and package items on the following days. If you would like to volunteer for this, please call 901-201-4104 or email Megan. We will be collecting and, sorting, and boxing up meals on the below dates and could use your help!!

Saturday, November 7, 14 & 21 – 5:15 to 6:45 pm- collecting and sorting
Sunday, November 8 & 15 – 8:00 am-9:15 am / 9:15 am- 10:45 am / 10:45 am- 12:30 pm
Sunday, Stirring Services – November 8, 15 & 22- 5:15 pm- 6:45 pm- Collecting and sorting
Tuesday, November 17 - 6:00 pm- 7:30 pm- pre-packing boxes
Sunday, November, 22 – 8:00 am- 1:00 pm- collecting, sorting, packing, and distributing to ministries.

We could also use a couple of SUVs or trucks to help collect from the outside parking lot.

4. Volunteers and Oasis staff distribute complete baskets in North Memphis for pick up on Monday, November 23rd.



Don’t Be a Cotton-Headed Ninnymoggins; Get Involved!

October 18, 2015

elf1Buddy the Elf gets EXCITED about Christmas … and TOYS … and giving to others! And he’s already smiling because smiling’s his favorite!! Why you ask??

Because Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year of course! You remember what it was like when you were a kid: exploding with the excitement of opening your presents and playing with your new toys on Christmas morning! That excitement is multiplied across the entire family when parents have the positive self-esteem of purchasing their presents themselves instead of receiving hand-outs.

That’s where the Oasis Toy Store comes in – your donations (time, toys or money) help us to provide deeply discounted, brand new, trendy toys at prices that can’t be found elsewhere. The store is designed for neighborhood families and those in significant financial need. Having a quality neighborhood outlet in the North Memphis community is essential to empowering parents to provide the best Christmas for their children themselves.

In addition, the Toy Store employs four local adults from the community, providing job training in customer service, sales, management, and cash register operation.

Store location: Inside the Oasis Appliance warehouse, 1294 N. Thomas Street, Memphis, TN 38107, T:  901.577.0013

Store Open dates/hours: Dec. 1-12, Tues-Sat 10am-4pm.

But in order to pull off an operation like this, we need some elves to help with the following:

VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME: Volunteer to work in the Oasis Toy Store. The joy you, your family, or small group can get from helping parents provide name brand toys for their kids at unbeatable prices will make this Christmas one you’ll never forget! And we need LOTS of help. Just a few of our needs are: toy purchasing, store set up, pricing, stocking shelves, decorating, buying supplies, greeting, sales reports, tear-down, clean-up, etc. Much of the above will take place during the end of November and first couple of weeks of December. If you are REALLY excited about this, we are also looking for new coordinators this year!

DONATE TOYS: Simply bring your new toys to Hope Church anytime (look for the marked bins). If you would like us to do the shopping for you, you can either donate online; or write a check to Oasis of Hope, put “Toy Store” in the memo and mail to 8500 Walnut Grove Rd, Cordova TN 38018.

Gifts ideas for Boys & Girls (target range is from 3-12 year olds):

-learning toys
-mega blocks

-action figures
-lego sets
-board games
-footballs, basketballs, balls
-Disney ‘Frozen’ toys
-Star Wars
– Marvel action figures
-AAA & AA batteries

-MP3 players
-itunes gift cards
-board games
-AA batteries
-cologne & aftershave

Paying it forward and giving to others is what makes Christmas feel so meaningful and memorable. Learn from Buddy the Elf and get in the holiday spirit! This may be a new ministry that God will use in your life to make a difference, both in you and in our city. If you would like more information, please contact us!

Generations of Parents Want In to our Read2Succeed Program!

October 17, 2015

2014-read-to-succeed-100x11It’s not “Fried” words, but Fry Words that our elementary students are given an extra serving of at Read2Succeed (R2S)!  Last year, at R2S we paired 22 students (ages 2nd-5th grade) with 22 coaches. The student-coach team read together once a week for 9 months. They focused on reading fluency with Fry Words, comprehension & read Bible lessons. The results showed that 95% of our students gained 200 words or more from their baseline at the beginning of the school year! 70% of all students gained 400 words or more to levels above their grade level!

If it seems like Fry Words are a big deal, it’s because if a student doesn’t recognize these foundational words on sight they are unable to read at their full potential. According to The National Institute for Literacy, “Having a bank of sight words releases a reader’s attention needed for comprehension and for figuring out more difficult and less frequent words.”

At R2S, we have seen evidence of improved reading comprehension, with 57% of students achieving reading comprehension accuracy ranging from 81-100% at their grade level.

Oasis of Hope has been around for 14 years now … and during 13 of those years the Miller family from North Memphis has enlisted numerous family members to participate in R2S because they believe in it so much. Uncles (Jimmy & Kevin), aunts (Elizabeth), nieces/nephews (Jamie & Javonte), and now the next generation (Trey), have all signed up to participate in this one-on-one reading program that is helping kids read more efficiently. And we have the proof to prove that it’s working.

Of course, we aren’t so focused on reading that we don’t have time for a little fun. Building relationships is just as important! It’s so important that most of our students remain in R2S all four years and many of our coaches have been volunteering for 10-13 years. Together we pray, celebrate birthdays, visit Hope church, attend monthly field trips, annual swimming parties and this year, we’ll participate together in service projects. Growing in mind, body & soul WITH each other.

If you have time Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 4:30-6:00pm and want to be an important part of a child’s educational, spiritual, and emotional development, prayerfully consider becoming a Read2Succeed coach.

If you’d like more information about Read2Succeed, please contact Kathleen. If you are interested in any of our other programs, please check out our website, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram (@oasisofhope).

Back to School Volunteer Opps – Ways to Get Involved!

October 15, 2015

student-taking-test-100x116Curious about us? You’ve been hearing about Oasis for 14 years now, but have you visited our offices and seen our ministry neighborhood? Come be our guest and join us for our Oasis Open House/Neighborhood Tour July 29 or August 26 at 6:00pm and let us show you around! We’d love to share with you the big picture of why we are located in and committed to North Memphis.

Curious if there is a volunteer opportunity that fits you? Whether you like to work with younger kids, older teens, tutoring, singing, biking, Bible Studies, senior citizens, work in retail, or more, we can plug you in, whether you are looking for a light touch entry or are ready to go deep!

Following is a list of numerous ways to get involved. Click here for more details like days/times/locations/contacts for the below opportunities.

In School Tutoring at Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary
Pathfinders Jr. High Mentoring
Pathfinders Jr. High Tutoring
Life Builders Sr. High Mentoring
Empowerment at Manassas High School
Manassas Football Volunteer Coaching
Lion’s Cage at KIPP Middle School
Warrior Princesses Girls Club
Oasis Bike Shop
Angel Street Choir

Email us, call us, come to our Open House and let us answer your questions. We’d love to have more volunteers so we can expand our reach!

We’ll equip you! We will have a prospective Volunteer Training on August 31 and September 3rd (attend both days) at the Bickford Community Center from 5:30-7pm. During training, you can expect to learn:

– How to build relationships that have consistent impact
– How to develop cross cultural relationships
– Effective mentoring practices
– How to maintain healthy relationship dynamics and boundaries with youth
– An understanding of Oasis of Hope’s vision and mission, and much more!

If you’d like more information about our programs, please check out our website, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram (@oasisofhope).