Significant service is vital to the character of GLOSS. We serve God by serving others and value the importance of giving back to our communities. We don’t do it for recognition, or to receive accolades, it’s simply our duty as Christians to set self aside and be a blessing to others. Pastor Rick Warren notes in his book A Purpose Driven life, that:
“Self-promotion and Servanthood don’t mix…”
The young ladies of GLOSS take great pride in their service activities and they also have fun! In May, the Woodbridge Chapter participated in the Relay for Life at Garfield High School. GLOSS teamed up with the “AKA’s – Ivies for Life” team, which included members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. Over 4 million people in countries around the world raise funds and awareness to save lives from cancer through the Relay for Life movement.
The DC/MD chapter was also busy in their community, as they partnered with the Westat Volunteer Team and Hands On DC for their May Work-a-Thon, to paint doors at Smothers Elementary school in Northeast, DC. Hands on DC, is a volunteer, nonprofit organization that organizes projects to improve the physical condition of Washington, DC public schools.
The Georgia chapter made encouraging cards and belated Mother’s Day cards. The cards were placed in care packages that were delivered to women in shelters by The Next Chapter Widow’s Ministry (an organization that GLOSS volunteers with).
- Envoy (senior nursing home)
- Hands On DC
- Hands On Atlanta
- Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church (back to school drive registration)
- Relay for Life
- Positive Passtime (community resource center)
- Uni Health (senior nursing home)
- Embraced Atlanta (collect, sort and redistributes orthopaedic equipment to individuals in need)
- St. Francis Table Soup Kitchen
- Project Open Hand (meals on wheels program)
- Sugar Creek Community Garden
- MedShare (bridging gap between medical surplus and need)
GLOSS conducts service events every month, and we’re always looking for some place new and different to volunteer. Feel free to share with us any service events that you know of in the Maryland, DC and Virginia area as well as Georgia.