Uplift People of Elk Grove requires funding to support its initiative. Major expenses include costs to employ one full-time Project Coordinator, meal costs for Community Meetings, childcare providers, licensing fees for use of educational curriculum and training, office supplies, outreach and marketing costs, grocery cards for our participants in Phase 1 and educational supplies.
Uplift People of Elk Grove relies on the support of volunteers that fulfill important roles that support our initiative. Our participants and volunteers consider their Uplift community to be an extended family. We have volunteer opportunities for just about everyone that will accommodate your schedule and connect with your passions and interests.
Allies play a very important role in supporting our Champions as they transition to a place of abundance. Allies are broken into groups and assigned to work with a Champion unit (either an individual or a family). Allies create an intentional community that walks with their Champion as they identify goals and work towards achieving them. Allies support their Champions in times of frustration and failure and celebrate with their Champions in times of success. Allies are challenged to look outside of their own perspective and experience to better support their Champions. Allies receive training and support through out the entire program. The Ally experience is a rewarding, life changing adventure.
We have many opportunities to share your talents by joining a sub committee that covers topics such as meal planning, outreach, marketing/social media, grant writing, finances, event planning and fundraising. Sub committees meet 1-2 times a month.
We are always looking for presenters with special skills or experience that wish to educate our community on topics that would support our participants as they move towards a place of abundance. Topics could include career advancement, improving health, cash flow management, financial planning, mindfulness, mental health, parenting, relationship building, career opportunities, money saving ideas etc. We are always open to suggestions and tailor our presentations based on the needs of our participants. This is a minimal commitment and presentations can be scheduled based on availability but must be on a Tuesday night.
We occasionally have a need for Volunteers who may want to help with administrative projects such as data input, collating materials, stuffing envelopes etc. This a minimal commitment with flexibility.
Sitting down together for our Tuesday night weekly family dinner during our community meetings is an important ritual at Uplift. Taking the time to catch up and share over a meal helps us grow closer to our Uplift family. Our meals are mostly donated by community partners which include local churches, restaurants, high school culinary programs, groups of friends, families and individuals. We are always in need of meal donations that would include a prepared dinner delivered to our Community Meeting on Tuesday evenings. We typically plan on serving up to 50 people per meeting.
Uplift People of Elk Grove is always looking to expand our Board of Directors. Our working Board is passionate about supporting those who are ready to leave poverty behind and create more abundant lives. Most of our Board members are involved in one or more sub committees and many are connected to other non profits with similar initiatives. We are hoping to bring in new Board Members who are passionate about our mission, are connected to the community and offer a something of value that will help us support our Champions. We are always looking to grow and improve our organization and welcome team players who can help us take our program to the next level.
Uplift People of Elk Grove currently uses items that are donated or are paid from our budget. Any donation of the following items is helpful in conserving resources or helping to create additional resources from our fundraising efforts.
- Grocery Gift Cards of $20 from any local grocer
- New and unopened dry drink mixes (ice tea, lemonade, ground coffee)
- New and unopened meal supply items (disposable dinner plates, napkins, plastic ware, cold drink cups, hot drink cups)
- Office supplies (reams of white and colored paper, pens, address labels, standard size envelopes, stamps)
- Items for our live and silent auction fundraising events