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CENTRAL LUTHERAN CHURCH

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If you like getting your hands in the dirt AND you still want to see the big picture,
and you are willing to work in cooperation with our LA County Master Gardener (who's also our pastor so has a full-time job),
this may be a great opportunity to help FOOD SUFFICIENCY
and GREEN MANAGEMENT in our urban community of Van Nuys.

We need someone(s) to help take our Community Garden to the next level:
we're putting in drip irrigation for better crop yield and water management.
We have 35 individual plots and 3 teaching areas, plus a small orchard.

We want to help facilitate crop swaps between gardeners,
teach better year-round garden practices,
and we want to reach beyond the garden to our community to teach garden classes, such as Container Gardening and Small Space gardening.

We have some volunteers for the garden that need direction,
and there are volunteers in the garden who need re-direction.
We also need to re-educate existing gardeners about not taking from areas outside their own gardens.

We also want to reach out (over the next few months) to local Scout troops who have Gold and Eagle candidates, as well as other churches and groups seeking projects, to help us renovate the 25+ year old garden fencing and other infrastructure. There are 14 Compost bins that need to be re-set and started again, we have the materials and even some volunteers, we just need someone to lead!

This garden provides critical food support for many families living in poverty,
and the plants represent favorite foods from all across North and South America!
Spanish speaking is a plus, since about 2/3 of our gardeners are native Spanish speakers. However, it is not a requirement.

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About CENTRAL LUTHERAN CHURCH

Location:

6425 TYRONE AVE, VAN NUYS, CA 91401, US

Mission Statement

VISION: Striving to be: Accepting and Living in God’s Grace, Following Jesus Christ, Serving Others MISSION: PRAYER, PASTORAL CARE: Pray for & w/others to: overcome fear, cooperate w/one another; incorporate all in our community as children of God; be Where the Holy Spirit is honored thru our distinctive testimony. 2. REVITALIZATION: Attractive, Holy Spirit-focused church creating interest for individuals, families. 3. NEW MISSION: Connect w/community to encourage all ages & cultures to participate, serve, be empowered. 4. SOCIAL JUSTICE: Foster & help community as form of Worship; Accept all w/language, cultural, & economic difference programs & activities; address poverty & self-confidence; Provide welcome for Marginalized. 5. GREATER COMMUNITY: Engage w/all cultural, economic levels, community groups (schools, families, Councils, etc.); encourage business, government & other faith-based entities to help solve issues, be effective in ministry per Christ’s teachings.

Description

CENTRAL: A small, energetic community working in English + bilingually to empower our neighbors in Van Nuys through love and grace to be who God has made them to be.
January 1929 Central was a mission outreach & became a vital part of serving a wide range of needs through the depression and post-war Van Nuys. It flourished in the 50's-70's but lost its connection with mission, so dwindled.
NOW, for 15 years, hosted homeless services agencies & opened worship to marginalized folk, experiencing loneliness, disconnectedness, & personal trauma.
TODAY: Core of folks serve both persons experiencing poverty & hunger among the housed neighbors + persons experiencing homelessness.
Programs:
* Mobile Food Pantry -
* Basic English Classes (w/childcare);
* Women's Empowerment (w/childcare);
* Kids Community and Support
* Summer kids programs (camp onsite July 2020; Camp opportunities @ mountains late-July 2020)
* Faith & spiritual development-all ages
*WORSHIP for anyone - no limits.

Children & Youth
Community
Hunger

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

6425 Tyrone AveVan Nuys, CA 91401

(34.18713,-118.44466)
 

SKILLS

  • Landscaping
  • Gardening
  • Nutrition
  • Spanish
  • People Skills
  • Project Management

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 15
  • Orientation or Training
  • If you can give us 5 hours per week and an occasional Saturday, that would be ideal.
  • Because physical labor in the garden is involved, you must be able to do some work with garden tools, but more important is your ability to get along with a wide range of personalities.

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