Newsletter Headlines: Rivers Bend Summer Food Drive | JP Pillars of Support | Golf Classic | Joshua’s Place Volunteer Spotlight

“Anyone can help by donating even a few cans of food; it doesn’t take much to make a difference in a person’s life” (Zach Springs).
At the beginning of June, three Kings Local School District students started planning their summer of lifeguarding with a desire to also support a local community service project. In pursuit of their endeavors, Aaron Groff, Zach Springs, and Dylan Eagon began organizing a summer food drive for their neighborhood—including a website and Facebook page calling out for interested participants to get involved. “Lots of people in our community may not be able to afford food for their family the week, and those couple cans may just help them get through” (Zach).
Every Friday for ten weeks, these three boys drove their golf cart around to neighborhood porches and collected donations. They sorted and packed supplies to fill up a minivan full of items for Monday deliveries to Joshua’s Place. In between picking up neighborhood donations and Joshua’s Place deliveries, the boys also pooled their own money and bought extra items—including lots of ramen noodles!
Through the unusual summer circumstances, Aaron, Zach, and Dylan were able to still make the season memorable by serving others. Aaron says his favorite part about collecting items was “driving the golf cart around the neighborhood and having a good time hanging out, yet still having a big impact.” Dylan agreed, saying he enjoyed making “a difference in people’s lives and getting to know neighbors by picking up their donations.” The whole experience taught Zach that “there are many members in our community that are invested in helping others, and great things can happen when we all come together to help those in need.”
The boys learned a lesson this summer that we all could learn from as well—loving and serving others benefits both the giver and the receiver! “We got to meet many of the amazing volunteers who help run the projects, as well as see some of the people that our donations benefit.” Joshua’s Place is grateful for all the food these students provided and the example they have set for others to follow.
Gathering Neighborhood Collections
Organizing Items for JP Delivery
Heading to Joshua’s Place
Joshua’s Place Weekly Deliveries
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There are 400 volunteers at Joshua’s Place from 25 area churches that serve hundreds of families in Joshua’s Place’s four school districts all year long. Becoming a Joshua’s Place Pillar (monthly supporter) gives us the ability to do this work all year long.
As we continue to impact communities in 2020, we want to invite you to sow seeds of hope into the ministry of Joshua’s Place.
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Once again, we thank you for your faithful service and generosity to Christ and Joshua’s Place. It is our prayer that Joshua’s Place has a greater impact on our community for Christ than ever before!
Joshua’s Place is providing an opportunity to support the ministry while enjoying golf! With only a few open foursome spots left, now is the time to register and plan on joining us for our 2020 Golf Classic on Monday, October 12th! Below is information on how to sign-up to participate in the Rivers Crossing Joshua’s Place Golf Classic at TPC Rivers Bend.
Register today using the link below.
Money raised from this event will fund the ongoing work of Joshua’s Place in the five area school districts we serve. Our programs include weekend food, reading tutoring, summer camps for kids, and a Development Food Cooperative for adults. There are still Golf Classic Hole Sponsors needed throughout the course—providing an excellent opportunity to advertise your local business, church, or ministry! By becoming a sponsor at this $300 level, your company’s logo will be placed on one whole sign on the golf course and can provide promotional materials to be included in golf participants’ “swag bag.”
For information on becoming a Sponsorship Partner, please reach out to Kevin Peyton, Joshua’s Place Executive Director, at
The Lord calls us to seasons of life that seem “for such a time as this” moments–when we can see the hand of God working through tragedy for His good. Over the last few months, Joshua’s Place has seen the evidence of this through volunteers stepping up to serve and the Lord expanding borders where the ministry can extend support. This month, our Volunteer Spotlight is one such case.
Martha Pollock volunteers with her church at the Y—Antioch. When the pandemic began, she was introduced to Joshua’s Place and the
Student Meal Kits that were being provided. She started helping pack food at the YMCA Lebanon JP distribution and helped move the drive over to the building across the street from the main branch. Martha’s favorite part about serving with Joshua’s Place was her ability to ask each family how she could pray and minister to them. She said it was eye-opening to “real life occurring in my backyard—so many hurting and I loved the opportunity to brush shoulders with so many families and share Christ.”