Across the country, Thrivent clients are using Thrivent programs to amplify their impact as they live generously in their communities. Here are few examples of projects that have been done.
Going the extra mile
NORTHEAST REGION—Earlier this year, 81 Thrivent clients and others in Thrivent’s Northeast Region ran, walked or hiked a 3.1-mile course of their choosing to raise funds for refugees.
The Virtual 5k Run/Walk for Refugees was announced in April at the Thrivent Member Network–Northeast Region's annual meeting. Representatives from two organizations benefiting from the event—Convoy of Hope and Lutheran World Relief—provided video messages, and Christian music artist Josh Wilson performed. The event wrapped up on World Refugee Day on June 20.
Instead of an entry fee, participants were encouraged to make a donation to one of the two nonprofits. The event raised $4,272, including funds from the Northeast Thrivent Member Network.
“We encouraged people as they were walking, running or hiking to think about the people walking hundreds of miles, just trying to get their families to safety,” says Jennifer Coan-Mahmood, Thrivent engagement specialist in the Northeast Region.
Putting 4 Platelets
THE VILLAGES, FLORIDA—Marcia Freed led a Thrivent Action Team to support her second Putting 4 Platelets fundraiser. The 46 participants paid an entry fee for the event, which had a shotgun start and was played on a Himalayan course. They received a goodie bag of golf tees, hand sanitizer and a golf ball. The event raised $1,600 for the PSDA, an organization for people with low platelets.
Walk thru Holy Week
SPOONER, WISCONSIN—On Palm Sunday, 140 participants were transported back to first-century Jerusalem at Faith Lutheran Church. Church members in costume manned 10 stations that depicted Christ’s Holy Week story from Palm Sunday to the Resurrection. It was sponsored by the church’s Evangelism Board. A Thrivent Action Team handled advertising and supplies for the event.
Birdhouses for VBS
HIDDENITE , NORTH CAROLINA—The men’s group at Pisgah United Methodist Church built 50 birdhouses for children to paint during the church’s annual Vacation Bible School (VBS) in July. Benny Head led the Thrivent Action Team that helped gather the materials, cut the pieces and then assemble the houses. They also assisted at VBS.
Mother’s room makeover
KALISPELL, MONTANA—Windy Carlson is leading a Thrivent Action Team of women (and a few husbands) to update the Mother’s Room at Trinity Lutheran Church. They are replacing carpet with vinyl plank flooring, painting and adding a mural with scripture to one wall to provide a safe and supportive place for parents with young children.