St. John's Ivyland UMC

R.I.S.E. Sunday Projects

This is where you can sign up for your RISE Sunday projects! You will be able to sign up for two shifts: one at 10:15 and one at 11:15. Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Rise Against Hunger project, we are asking everyone who wants to sign up for Rise Against Hunger to please only sign up for ONE RAH shift at this time, and then choose another project. We want to ensure that everyone has a chance to work on that who wants to do so. Please call or email Lara Bolte if you have any questions or concerns (215-357-6998 or [email protected]).

For information on each volunteer opportunity, continue reading here. If you already know which projects you would like to work for, scroll on down to the sign up button!

PLEASE NOTE: Children/Youth aged 8 and up may participate in any activity with parental supervision, or they may sign up to participate with the Youth Group (contact David Bigam) or with the Children’s Project (sign up here). 


This is a great project for early risers! We need help setting up tables and equipment for the Rise Against Hunger meal packing event. One might argue that this is the most important project of all, because without people helping to set up, we wouldn't be able to meet our goals!


We will be making dresses for a nonprofit Christian organization, Little Dresses for Africa. These little dresses first plant the seed in young girls’ minds that they are worthy, and then they serve as ambassadors by offering a way into homes and remote villages, where missionaries teach simple lessons about clean water, sanitation, and health. Little Dresses for Africa is dedicated to finding clean water solutions, improving education, and helping to foster community relationships. Sewing spots have been filled, but we need help with non-sewing tasks like pinning, ironing, and cutting.


Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organization, through which we will be packing thousands of nutritious meals for distribution to the organization’s partners in developing countries around the world. These meals are used as tools to change lives by promoting education, improving students’ health and nutrition, addressing gender inequalities, stimulating economic growth, and fighting child labor.


The Synergy Project is an extraordinary street outreach program through Valley Youth House. It is designed to help runaway, homeless, and nomadic and street youth, age 21 and under, in Bucks County, Philadelphia, and Allentown. We will be assembling kits with supplies, including items these youth need to survive or to be safer on the streets, and items that will help outreach coordinators establish trust with these youth, who often come from abusive or neglectful backgrounds and are living in a constant state of trauma.


Trenton Area Soup Kitchen – only 30 minutes’ drive from our church – feeds those who are hungry in the Trenton area and offers programs to encourage self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life of its patrons. TASK serves more than 6,000 meals per week, and they use disposable utensils for these meals. We are hoping to roll 4,000+ sets of plasticware and napkins for use at these meals.  This is a great project for people who prefer seated activities or who are physically unable to stand for a full 45-minute shift!


We will be preparing peanut butter & jelly sandwiches and assembling bagged lunches for Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. When possible, TASK sends its patrons home with bagged lunches. The primary mission of TASK is to provide meals to all who are hungry, with no questions asked. You may choose to make peanut butter sandwiches or to assemble lunch bags.


NEW this year! Are you fun and energetic? This is the project for you! We need your help to inspire and encourage everyone to have fun! You and your group will spread the good news from one project area to the next each time a project milestone is reached, and you’ll visit the different project rooms to help keep spirits up. You will also play an important role in the bagged lunch project, by delivering cartloads of peanut butter sandwiches to the bagged lunch assembly area.


Children who are too old for the nursery, but perhaps too young to be able to handle the adult projects, will still be able to participate! They will be decorating bags for the bagged lunch project, assembling lunches for that project, and playing games (outdoor if weather permits). Please sign your children up so we know how many kids to expect. We also need adult volunteers for this project. Adult volunteers must be safe sanctuary certified.

PARENTS: Children/Youth aged 8 and up may participate in any activity with parental supervision, or they may sign up to participate with the Youth Group (contact David Bigam) or with the Children’s Project (sign up here). Children may also do one shift with a parent and then do the Children's Project for their other shift.


We want our children and their parents to be able to participate in this awesome day of service, too! As such, we need volunteers to help the kids decorate bags and assemble bagged lunches, to supervise a video, and play games with the children. We also need volunteers to watch children up to age 3 in the nursery. All adult volunteers who work with children must have their safe sanctuary clearances. See Lara Bolte or David Bigam for details on how to obtain these clearances.

Date: 10/07/2018 (Sun.)

Created by:   Lara Bolte
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Available Slot Date (mm/dd/yyyy) Location Time (EDT)

Spirit Team/Runners

10/07/2018 (Sun)  
10:15am - 11:00am (4)  
3 of 4 slots filled
Lara Bolte
Connie Whalen
Jim Bressi
11:15am - 12:00pm (4)  
3 of 4 slots filled
Lara Bolte
Connie Whalen
Laura Belser

Adult Helpers for Children's Project

Must be safe sanctuary cleared

10/07/2018 (Sun)  
10:15am - 11:00am (4)  
3 of 4 slots filled
Sally Zemanek
Jen Gatt
Dana Gabriel
11:15am - 12:00pm (4)  
1 of 4 slots filled
Donna Hartfeil

Children's Project

Suitable for ages 4 and up. The children will decorate bags for the bagged lunches, help to assemble bagged lunches, and play games/watch a movie (depending on weather).

10/07/2018 (Sun)  
10:15am - 11:00am   
6 slots filled - more available
Robert Bolte
Jonah Bolte
Emmy & Gigi Campbell (2)
Juliet Cons
Vivian Scarlett
11:15am - 12:00pm   
3 slots filled - more available
Robert Bolte
Emmy & Gigi Campbell (2)

Little Dresses for Africa - Non-Sewing

10/07/2018 (Sun)  
10:15am - 11:00am (8)  
All slots filled
Rebecca Carey
Mary Anne May
Terry Dyson
Denise (Dyson) Kauffeld
Phyllis Evans
Chris & Katie Ifill/O'Connor (2)
Joan Bressi
11:15am - 12:00pm (8)  
All slots filled
Patricia Johnson (2)
Dotty McLarnon
Ruth Bowyer
Jane Horton
Carol Messina
Hannah Hartfeil
Barbara Ekstrom

Nursery Help

Must be safe sanctuary cleared

10/07/2018 (Sun) Nursery 
9:00am - 10:00am (3)  
10:00am - 11:00am (3)  
11:00am - 12:00pm (3)  

Plasticware rolling for Trenton Area Soup Kitchen

This is great for people who would prefer to remain seated for their project.

10/07/2018 (Sun)  
10:15am - 11:00am (20)  
12 of 20 slots filled
Anita Grant
Barbara Shields
Al Bowyer
Janet Pregenzer
Amber Derstine
Wendy Hartman
Katlyn Davies
Five People (5)
Linda Lazeration, Sue Uzelmeier, Sandy Hunter, Vivian DiCristofaro, Carol Smith
11:15am - 12:00pm (20)  
All slots filled
Richard Gray
Denise Gray
Evan, Jeremy, Kyle Goldrick (3)
Traci Mansfield
Leif Johnson
Al Bowyer
Five People (5)
Sue Uzelmeier, Peter May, Mary Anne May, Barb Lehman, Alan Lehman
Kathy Hermann (4)
Paul, Alex, Vicki
Melissa McDevitt (3)
Melissa, Nicole, Matthew

Rise Against Hunger - Counting & Boxing

10/07/2018 (Sun)  
10:15am - 11:00am (9)  
7 of 9 slots filled
Paul Hermann
Stew Horton
Bill Prince
Paul Henry
George Ekstrom
Jim Baldridge
Abby Taylor
11:15am - 12:00pm (9)  
5 of 9 slots filled
Deb Scarpati
Sarah Leslie
Valerie Sharper
David Sharper
Abby Taylor

Rise Against Hunger - Meal Assembly

10/07/2018 (Sun)  
10:15am - 11:00am (40)  
All slots filled
Vicki Hermann
Kathy Hermann
Melissa McDevitt (3)
Melissa, Nicole, Matthew
Leif Johnson (4)
Trish Conover (5)
Trish, Dave, Bethany, Sophia and Greta
Sue Doyle
Carol Eberz
Jane Horton
Dotty McLarnon
Jim MacMain
Carol Shallcross
Sue Slawek
Traci Mansfield (4)
Traci Mansfield & Jeremy, Evan, & Kyle Goldrick
Colleen Brownell
Heidi & Caroline Gutsch (2)
Ashley, Julie, & Amy Zesinger (3)
Donna & Hannah Hartfeil (2)
Louise Henry
Laura Paulus
Barbara Ekstrom
Jonah & Rob Bolte (2)
Joanne Lescas
Carolyn Breece
11:15am - 12:00pm (40)  
36 of 40 slots filled
Valerie Haenn
Lauren Haenn
Jen, Kiki, Cayle Hansel (3)
Arlene Williams
David Bigam (10)
Lily Scarlett, Ashley Whalen, Andrew Baldridge, Sydney McCrea, Grace Kenney, Ava Cowden, Jess Peterson, Rose Vizza
Kim & Jason Smith (2)
Kari, Brian, & Jane File (3)
Nina Barretts
Bill Scarlett
Carol, Don & Sue Leib & Henderson (3)
Chris & Katie Ifill/O'Connor (2)
Carole Diemer
Karin James
JoAnn Amandeo
Tessie Kenney
Bronwen McCrea
Janet Pregenzer
Carol & Brian Cowden (2)

Rise Against Hunger - Runners & Sustainers

Must be able to lift 50 lbs.

10/07/2018 (Sun)  
10:15am - 11:00am (8)  
6 of 8 slots filled
Alex Hermann