Tool Belt Ministry
Tool Belt Ministry
Our purpose is to help those in need of assistance with chores and repairs. It is not intended to assist those who can afford to hire the help. Neither is it for those who are able but unwilling to help themselves. But if someone has a financial need and a physical need then we want to help them. It is an outreach with dual purpose: To help those in need and to be a Christian witness to those who don’t know the Lord by demonstrating the love of Christ as we help them. This ministry is designed to first help those in our church family. However we also want to be an outreach to the community. Therefore if someone needs help who does not attend our church, they may complete a request form, but should be sponsored by an attendee of our church who is willing to vouch for them that there is both a physical need and a financial need.
We are able to help with minor projects only. We currently have volunteers who are able to do appliance repair, automobile repair, backhoe services, carpentry, furnace repair, gardening, janitorial, lawn mowing, leaf raking, masonry, painting, shopping/errands, small engine repair, snow blowing, snow shoveling and plowing, providing transportation, visitation, window repairs, and wood cutting/pruning/tree removal. We again emphasize that all of the above services are available for minor projects only.
We are only able to accept projects that are within a 20 mile radius of the City of West Branch.
Request forms are available at the church in the rack outside the coat room, and should be filled out and turned into the church secretary’s mailbox. A team will evaluate each request for help and determine if the request is appropriate for our assistance. It may be necessary for the team to visit the site where assistance is requested. Requestors will be notified whether or not we will be able to perform the work requested.
Tool Belt Ministry welcomes new volunteers to help. Forms are found in the rack outside the coat room that the volunteer should fill out. Volunteers will be asked to indicate which areas they would be willing to help in, when they are available, and other contact information. This will help the coordinator match up workers with the requests that are made. After a request for help is approved, the coordinator will contact volunteers who have indicated that they are willing to work on that particular type of project to see if they are currently available. If so, he will arrange a time which is mutually agreeable between the volunteers and the requestor.
Generally, volunteers will not work alone but will have at least one other volunteer work with them. Whether it is necessary and appropriate to have more than one man on a job will depend on the circumstances.
If work is being done for someone who does not attend our church, upon completion of the project, volunteers will leave a packet of information about our church and about God's plan of salvation. This is simply to be given with no pressure or “sales pitch”.
Tool Belt Ministry is a part of Men’s Ministry and so a Tool Belt report is given at each of the Men’s breakfasts held every second Saturday of the month at the church at 8:00 AM. The report will include the projects that were worked since the last meeting and the funds that are available for future projects. Help on certain projects may be solicited from the men at this meeting.
Tool Belt Request for Help Form