Our hope is that as a community we are able to share and meet one another's needs. We encourage families and individuals in need to first make their needs made known to their small group community or if not in a small group, then to those River participants that they are connected with. The Benevolence Fund exists to help River participants with their needs that exceed the resources of a small group community, as an expression of the care of the larger River community as a whole. Financial assistance is typically meant to cover an individual/family's urgent basic needs, such as, housing costs, utilities, transportation, food, child care, medical expenses, and necessary repairs, and typically provided as a one-time gift. We understand that each situation may be unique and that there may be longer-term needs that arise out of the current situation.
Someone on The River's Benevolence Team will contact you and discuss your situation and need and will discuss next steps.
Gift Cards to Bless Our Neighbors
We are also increasingly aware of the financial impact on our neighbors and community as many people have become unemployed.
In her recent Sunday message, Pastor Michelle encouraged us to think about tangible ways to help our neighbors – with groceries or perhaps with a car payment. These are great examples of how we can express love to our neighbors in a time of need. A neighbor could be a literal neighbor or it could be someone in your broader circle of friends in the community. If you know a neighbor in need and have the resources to help, we encourage you to!
If you like this idea, but don’t have the money to make it happen, we are here to help! The River Giving Team has set aside funds to help bless our neighbors with gift cards for groceries. Each River participant can request up to four (while supplies last) $100 grocery gift cards to use as gifts to neighbors in need. We have set aside $20,000 to fund this.