Generosity in Action
Stories of Thrivent members making a difference.
By Christine Mueller
GIRL SCOUTS BUILD BIRD HABITAT
On a 100-degree day at the Saveneannah National Wildlife Refuge, Girl Scout Troop 30387—with help from the Refuge staff, the Ogeechee Audubon Society and volunteers—used a Thrivent Action Team led by Thrivent member Monica Harris to create a backyard birding habitat demonstration.
The learning experience for the Girl Scouts began with researching and budgeting how to wisely purchase necessary supplies. They evaluated what styles of feeders and feeds to use, chose native plants for the site and bought a bird bath and bird house.
The Scouts also learned how to dig a water line to create a water source for the bird bath and install a water drip line with a timer. Then, they learned how to maintain the site by regularly cleaning the feeders and bird bath, and by keeping the feeders full of treats for the birds.
The girls’ excitement about their creation sparked a desire to plan activities and host an event to educate others of all ages about birds and backyard habitats.
The event—which included information, refreshments, crafts and games—turned out to be a success, attracting more than 100 attendees from the community.
TEAM COLLECTS FOOD FOR FAMILIES
Thrivent member Crystal Larkin led a Thrivent Action Team to purchase nonperishable groceries for meal boxes as part of the “Big Give” effort led by Home Sweet Home Ministries and Midwest Food Banks. Through this effort, more than 2,500 under-resourced families received a box to cook a meal and gather family at home to celebrate Thanksgiving.
VOLUNTEERS SUPPORT HOME SWEET HOME
Thrivent Financial Professionals Brian McGraw and Adam Hautly organized an event to help locals transitioning from homelessness to housing. More than 100 volunteers built 125 dressers for Home Sweet Home, a nonprofit organization that collects and provides donated furniture and household items. The dressers will help those transitioning to a new living situation with furnishings and a sense of ownership.
CLOTHES SORTED FOR HOMELESS VETERANS
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
Volunteers in the Thrivent Member Network–Southwest Region partnered with the Veterans Village of San Diego to sort, organize and fold donated clothing for homeless veterans. More than 30 volunteers tackled mountains of clothing, which were distributed at Stand Down San Diego, a weekend-long event where homeless veterans receive a variety of medical, dental and other supportive services.
GROUP WALKS FOR SUMMER READING PROGRAM
Thrivent member Karen Kush led a Thrivent Action Team to help raise funds and awareness for the local Waterford library. The team of 35 volunteers used seed money to plan a 5k run and 1- to 3-mile walk, as well as a dog obstacle course. The event attracted 145 runners and walkers, and raised $7,000 for the library’s Summer Reading Program.