#ServeMoore as told by Katie & Grant

This week, Katie and Grant drove with their team from Lexena, Kansas to help out our community. This was their second time coming, their first being the summer of 2013. Two years later, they were able to see the progress made, as well as help out families who were affected by the most recent storms this last spring.

When asked about their favorite part of the week, Katie told us about a woman she met while scouting for uncovered needs in a neighborhood. "Her house was hit by the tornado in May. She is crippled, so she was unable to reach her shelter in time." Miraculously, the lady survived the storm! Katie was able to bring comfort by sitting and talking with her, as well as offer hope by informing her about the services offered by programs like Serve Moore.

Grant recalled the joy on a homeowner's face when a finished project was handed back over. "We just finished painting the outside of house when he came out to talk to us. You could just tell how grateful he was." What was the most important part of this week? "Definitely interacting with the people!" they both agreed.

Volunteers are able to give local homeowners free labor, but the biggest gift they offer our community is taking the time to talk with and listen to our residents' stories. It's incredible how much of an impact that truly has on people's lives.

"The last tornados were a lot more destructive," Katie said while reflecting back on their first trip. Grant added, "It was heartbreaking seeing that much damage for the first time. But, it's so cool to see all the progress!"

You too can be a part of the progress we're making to bring renewal to Central OKC. To hear more stories like Katie and Grant's and find out how, go to www.servemoore.com.

What is Volunteerism to You?

VOLUNTEERISM: (n.) \vä-lən-ˈtir-ˌi-zəm\ the act or practice of doing volunteer work in community service. 

But to others, volunteerism means much more. Volunteerism is the chance to help communities, not only with labor, but through emotional relief and spiritual support. Volunteerism gives everybody a chance to truly make a difference in another’s life; to give to those in need, and receive in return. This week, Serve Moore hosted 65 volunteers from Next Step and Kaw Prairie. They worked a total of 1,461 hours on 7 different homes, saving those homeowners over $15,400! 

Next Step is a non-profit organization committed to helping students grow closer to Christ through a life-changing, one-week mission trip. This past week, the team worked on a project that has been a focus for them for over a month, repairing a roof for a woman affected by the May 2013 storms. In addition to this project, volunteers worked on the other half of this duplex, preventing mold spreading and helping with roof repairs. The last project this team worked on last week was  a home flooded and damaged in the May 2015 storms. Volunteers replaced storm doors, several ceilings, and several rooms worth of flooring throughout the home. Overall, Next Step clocked 912 hours and saved local residents $6,781 in labor and materials! 

Kaw Prarie, whose mantra is “Go forth, give freely and serve,” admirably demonstrated their dedication to volunteerism this week. 27 volunteers from Kansas served almost 550 hours, saving local homeowners $8,665! They painted a couple homes and sheds around the OKC metro, and also helped a resident move some belongings that had been displaced by the May 2015 storms. The team also worked with the Wildflower Homeowner’s Association in south OKC, who had part of their neighborhood destroyed in the 2013 storms. Law Prairie helped them by designing and planting flowerbeds. The last project the team worked on was a doozy; a woman in southwest OKC had a solid 5 acres of debris from the May 2013 storms! Volunteers removed 1,100 pounds of debris- but there is so much more to do on this property. In addition to working on homes, volunteers also helped further Serve Moore’s scouting efforts by visiting over 800 homes and discovering 23 new needs in those communities! 

These teams volunteered their time, materials and labor to this week's projects, and have changed the lives of local residents. Still, there is more work to be done If you are interested in helping renew Moore in any way you can, whether that be with time or funds or supplies, contact us! Also, if you think you or somebody you know could benefit from our services, visit our website and contact us! 


Finding A Need to Fill

Your neighborhoods have been affected by natural disasters and some have yet to receive help- and we know that. To reach out to these homes, Serve Moore is sending out scouting teams to various areas of the OKC metro, literally going door-to-door asking people how we can help.

Intern Claire briefing a scouting team before heading out

Intern Claire briefing a scouting team before heading out

Volunteers’ mission this week is to go out and reach people who need help, but haven’t for various reasons. Maybe they don’t know who to ask, how to ask, or what to ask for. Scouting teams are there to explain Serve Moore’s mission, services, and let homeowners know that there is no need too insignificant.

Serve Moore’s mission is to mobilize people to love and serve Central Oklahoma. Our dream is that through the tragedy of natural disasters and the extraordinary good we’ve seen since, renewal would be sparked in our community; Renewal which spreads to every part and to every person, bringing both healing and growth. We want the Gospel and its unmatched renewing power poured out here in Moore and the surrounding areas. Many needs remain unmet — some storm related and some not. 

If you have a neighbor, family member, friend, or other loved one who you feel needs help, and they’re unsure of where to go or who to turn to, please let them know about  Serve Moore. You can visit servemoore.com/help to fill out a short form to inform us about your need, or come visit the Moore Community Renewal Center at 224 S Chestnut Ave in Moore or call us at (405) 735-3060 to learn more about us and speak with somebody about how we can help!