In our church we have developed a network to help our local three cities. The network had paired with Corporations, local governments, municipalities, churches and schools to reach out to the community we live in. We feed an average of 300 families a month, have developed a community garden to grow fresh food for the network, we also provide work related clinics (resume writing, interview preparation etc etc) and offer job fairs every three months. The network works with the Red Cross in disaster support and outreach as well as providing clothing, free tutoring and school supplies for those in need. But beyond providing the food and such the network organizes something we call CPR or Community Powered Revitalization. The local governments develop a list for us of homes or people with homes that need serious help, everything from painting to roofing to landscape work and simply cleaning the home, and then we have volunteers (about 3500) who go out and handle all the work that needed to be done. It is amazing to see major corporations jump in and provide the materials, the Government provide any support and the local churches and schools showing up and providing the muscle and sweat needed to accomplish the task, and not one penny is asked for.
It is amazing to see the network come together, to see my catholic and protestant friends working hand in hand to accomplish the task at hand and be a blessing to the recipients. Recently we have had a local mosque get involved as well and they are now part of the network as well, point is, the task at hand is to care for our community and this network was developed to do just that, regardless of your affiliation or belief. That seems to be our calling, yes we send out missions and such but locally it's about caring and compassion for the people in our communities, but let me tell you how it all started.
It started with a fire, and the people did not have anything left. there was no help long term for them, the Red Cross could only help short term, the local government did not really have anything in Action to help and 6 families were left destitute due to the small apartment fire. While we were sending missions overseas it struck our leaders that we have a need right here right now, and so the church developed an team to help rebuild these peoples lives. Long story short, they developed this outreach into a multi church network to help smaller churches in the area do the same. When corporations found out they wanted to get involved and the local cities and county governments joined in as well.
It stared with 35 guys showing up to rebuild a small apartment complex - then a realization that our local community needs help beyond that and it grew and grew and has continued to grow. sorry this was so long winded but for us our calling is in our local communities.