Why start a Community Based Organization while or before starting a new church?

Why start a Community Based Organization?

1) God is a sending God – He sent Jesus to restore us – and Jesus sends us to restore the world
2) It is time for the church to leave the building to share God’s love intangible ways in the larger community
3) It gives the church credibility in a skeptical world
4) It expands the churches relational network into government, business, and social sectors to have spiritual influence into all aspects of the community
5) It provides opportunity for the church to empower the church community to engage their community
6) It provides new opportunities for the church to lives Jesus in the community

FREE Family Day… at the Waterpark

We believe generosity should be a way of life! And we live it! Downpour pg1 250pix

Restore Community Church (www.restorenova.com) is sponsoring a FREE FAMILY ADMITTANCE to Downpour Water Park at Algonkian Regional Park with donation of one new back-to-school backback. The backpacks will be donated to Kids R First to help families in need get their kids back to school!

Family Fun Activities…
* Free Downpour Water Park!
* Free Miniature Golf!
* Free Moon Bounce!
* Free New iPhone Give-away! Register online now!

Sunday, August 23; 11am – 7pm
47001 Fairway Drive, Sterling, VA 20165
(off Cascades Pkwy. by Potomac River)
Park info & map: www.nvrpa.org/parks/downpour

Here is how it works:
1) Your family donates at least one backpack
2) Backpacks are donated to Kids R First
3) Kids in need get a boost returning to school
4) Your family gets a day at Downpour Water Park
5) …and you could win a FREE iPhone! Register online now…

Register for a FREE iPhone at www.restoringcommunity.com (must register for the iPhone between 8/6 – 8/23)

Join us for A GREAT DAY of summer FUN and GENEROSITY!

Invite your neighbors and friends to join you! 

In the News

The Loudoun County Times-Mirror has written a great article on what we are doing.

Read it here – http://www.loudountimes.com/news/2009/apr/22/spreading-generosity-sterling/

Spreading generosity in Sterling

People and Community
By Elizabeth Coe
Source: Loudoun Times-Mirror
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22 2009

In classrooms around Dominion High School, students are filling trash cans with breakfast foods that will be delivered to Loudoun Interfaith Relief April 25.

The 104 trash cans at the school are part of Generosity Can, an initiative launched in February by Sterling resident Ron Klabunde, founder of the nonprofit organization Enrich NOVA.

“The whole purpose is to increase generosity throughout Sterling and the surrounding area,” Klabunde said. “We’re working to move resources from families, schools and businesses to nonprofits who have needs for those resources.”

A total of 130 trash cans have been placed at businesses, homes and at Dominion, thanks to a $1,000 donation from a Sterling resident. Each will be filled with donations for Loudoun Interfaith Relief through April 25.

Every six weeks, Generosity Can partners with a different local, nonprofit organization, providing residents, businesses, schools, clubs, churches and government offices the opportunity to fill their trash cans with goods for those in need.

Klabunde, who moved with his family to Sterling in 2008, said he chose to launch this initiative now partly because of the hard economic times, but also because he wanted to give people an outlet to be able to help others.

“There was a disconnect between people who want to serve and make a difference and getting them in touch with the nonprofits,” he said. “We’re trying to fill that gap. With a trash can, it almost feels like the antithesis, but we’re reclaiming the trash can as a symbol of hope.”

Klabunde said even in his own home, he can see how the trash can has changed the way his children feel about giving to others.

“Once a week [my kids] run around the house, find a toy they don’t play with anymore and they bring it to the can to give it to someone who needs it,” he said. “What’s cool is that I’m not prompting that. That’s the beauty of it. There is now a symbol of generosity in the home throughout the year, which reminds people.”

For more information visit www.generositycan.com. 

What a RUSH!

The last several months have been a rush of activity mixed with new relationships and strategic partnerships for both Enrich NOVA and Restore Community Church.

  • In April, Generosity Can, a community needs initiative of Enrich NOVA, delivered 550 pounds of breakfast foods, juices, and other non-perishable items to Loudoun Interfaith Relief. This food will be added to the pantry and serve over 55 people 3 meals a day for 3 days. We were excited to receive a shout out from the Loudoun Times Mirror. During the months of May and June, Generosity Can, will be partnering together with community residents, businesses and Dominion High School to collect a variety of resources for The Good Shepherd Alliance.

     

  • For months, a pre-Christian friend had been sharing with Ron his desire to start a business. Six weeks ago, Ron engaged in a weekly, one hour, coaching relationship with this friend to help him start a new company. Gary and his wife Krista have opened up to our family about the difficulties that have affected their family in the last 12 months and the light that they now see as a result of Ron helping them. During these coaching times, Ron has been able to share with Gary and Krista that the things that are happening are a result of this new church and the generosity of others.

     

  • In the last five weeks, we have begun meeting regularly with families and individuals who are committed to seeing Restore Community Church make an impact in Sterling. We share weekly in a meal, examination of scripture, the way we see God at work around us, prayer, and community service. As a family, we have come to cherish these times and are excited about the work that God is doing in Sterling.

Community Endorsement

Ron and I met at New Life Christian Church and from the start I knew there was something special in this relationship. We teamed together the weekend before Thanksgiving to bring food to under resourced families in Sterling. What happened on that day, stills blows me away. The energy released by the Holy Spirit in a simple 2 hour effort by massing a team to move food from one location to another to serve 100 under resourced families, can only be explained in the following terms: “the chains of society and sin fell off resulting in tears of joy and contentment.” I stand ready to serve Enrich NOVA where I can. Thank you Jesus for the Klabunde family and may your Love, Warmth, and Guidance be with them always for eternity.

Blessings, Ken

A Trashcan Can Make A Difference

On Saturday, February 14, we held a public meeting to unveil Enrich NOVA’s new community impact initiative – Generosity Can (www.enrichnova.com). This meeting was attended by key non-profit, business, and Loudoun County leaders – including: Loudoun Country Supervisor Andrea McGimsey; The Good Shepherd Alliance Board Member Mark Gunderman; LINK Vice President Jim Butts; Sterling Golf, Swim and Tennis Club Board of Directors Vice President George Heidy; Family Worship Center Pastor Brian Wells; Dominion High School Representative and Parent Liaison Taryn Simms; Potomac Falls Anglican Church representative Kevin Brooks; and Center for Community Impact Research President Dave Mills.

Generosity Can is Enrich NOVA’s response to our five month community needs assessment that gives understanding to Sterling’s greatest assets and under-resourced needs. In response to these findings, Enrich NOVA has claimed the trashcan as a symbol of generosity – providing residents in the greater Sterling area a new opportunity to unleash generosity to those in need. This initiative is a collaborative effort between non-profits, churches, government, businesses, clubs, and residents to unleash generosity. And offers people from all walks of life the ability to make a difference, right here in our community through a trashcan.

For many the trashcan is where they collect refuse-those unwanted and unclean items that they want to be rid of. But for others, the trashcan represents life-a medium through which hope, treasure, and daily sustenance is found. Trashcans can be residences of refuse while holding great potential for life. With this potential, Enrich NOVA birthed: Generosity-Can. Because a trashcan can make a difference.

Getting involved is easy. Designate a clean trashcan for collecting new and gently used goods. Then register your can with Generosity Can (www.enrichnova.com). Every 6 weeks, Enrich NOVA partners with a different local non-profit organization, providing residents, businesses, schools, clubs, churches, and government offices the opportunity to fill their trashcan with goods for those in need.

The momentum and excitement among residents and community leaders at this unveiling was palitable because Generosity Can :: Make A Difference (www.enrichnova.com)

Revealing!

For five months, we have been conducting a community needs assessment – seeking to understand the greatest assets and under-resourced needs in the sterling community. In this, we have collected over 230 community surveys and conducted over 45 interviews with government, business, and non-profit leaders. And now, through months of listening, praying, and dreaming, we have determined the niche of Enrich NOVA’s community impact initiative!

We are revealing this initiative on February 14!