East Bay Community Outreach

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We serve guests of honor–in dozens of communities throughout the world–by providing them with free groceries, health and dental screenings, haircuts, family portraits, meals and much more at our signature events. Hope Starts Here.

Contact Us:

925-458-9100 or info@eastbayconvoy.org

Parking Instructions for Volunteers on Saturday:

All volunteers will park at Calvary Temple Church and be shuttled down to Rio Vista Elementary School. Please do not park at or around the school as parking is very limited and we want to have space available to our guests of honor.

Rio Vista Elementary School

611 Pacifica Avenue, Bay Point, California 94565, United States

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Hope Starts Here in your city, your community, your neighborhood. The Convoy of Hope event is just the beginning of a long-lasting movement that has the power to transform people’s lives, inspire compassion and service and bring people and organizations together like never before. This is a collaborative effort to bring hope to a city through free groceries, health screenings, job fairs, family portraits, haircuts, prayer, activities for children and more.

Free Guest Services

  • Groceries More than 35,000 pounds of free groceries
  • Community Service Dozens of local community service organizations will assist with a variety of needs
  • Lunch Free light bag lunch for everyone in attendance
  • Health Services Free medical and dental screenings with local doctors, medical professionals and dentists
  • Haircut Free haircuts for the whole family by local barbers and hairstylists
  • Entertainment Free live music and entertainment
  • Portrait Free family portraits courtesy of local photographers
  • Job & Career Services Information, tools, training and advisory services for the unemployed and underemployed
  • Prayer Guests will have the opportunity to receive prayer and support from members of the local churches
  • Kids Zone Dozens of free carnival games, inflatables and live entertainment. Free concessions and lots of prizes

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Strong participation by local businesses, churches, community agencies and groups is crucial to the success of this event. Through this collaborative effort we do together what no one could do alone.

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4,700 guests of honor were served in Long Island, N.Y. 4,700 guests of honor were served in Long Island, N.Y.

How 1,479 Long Islanders spent their weekend

The Long Island Convoy of Hope community outreach events took place in Elmont, Hempstead and Bellport, N.Y., this year where more than 4,700 guests of honor were served on the same day.

“Returning to these communities in Long Island is important to us,” says Jason Bachman, outreach director for Convoy of Hope. “We’ve been active in response and recovery since Superstorm Sandy made landfall in 2012 and these community events send the message that Long Islanders haven’t been forgotten.”

Bachman says the day of hope and community togetherness was only possible because of the help of more than 1,400 volunteers who spent their weekend to help their neighbors.

“We had a group of volunteers all the way from Missouri as well as cooperation from local pastors, community leaders and dedicated volunteers,” he adds. “This type of teamwork is what community transformation is made of.”

Long Island Stats at a glance:

Guests of Honor: 4,762
Participating churches and organizations: 238
Volunteers: 1,479
Portraits taken: 1,005
Gardens in a Bag: 2,100
Shoes distributed: 950

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The marriage of Jeff and Niki is the first to ever take place on the day of a Convoy of Hope community event. The marriage of Jeff and Niki is the first to ever take place on the day of a Convoy of Hope community event.

A first for Convoy of Hope

Our Signature Event in Kansas City, Mo., started out just like any other, except for one big thing – a wedding. Early in the morning under the pavilion at Swope Park, Jeff and Niki exchanged vows in front of hundreds of people. Some familiar faces were in attendance, but a lot of their guests were new friends and fellow volunteers.

The couple volunteered in the past and wanted their first act as husband and wife to be serving together to help others and that’s exactly what they did. Despite the rain, the newlyweds and more than 1,200 other volunteers helped make the day an unforgettable one for many.Kansas-City_JUN2014_3L2A4439

The weather did not keep the volunteers from giving their all to serve guests of honor and they never seemed to get discouraged. During one of the heavy downpours, hundreds of volunteers came together to pack groceries that would be later be handed out to guests. Because of their hard work and dedication, the gates opened on time and all services including free food, groceries, haircuts, medical exams and much more were offered to guests of honor. Volunteers laughed and smiled as they provided guests with hope and words of encouragement. Kansas-City_JUN2014_3L2A4512

Terrie, a single mother attending the event, referred to it as “a community of love.” Terrie and her son have been through some difficult times, but felt comfort in knowing they could leave their troubles behind and look forward to the future. “No matter how alone you feel, Convoy of Hope brings people together that care and it gives you hope,” Terrie says. Kansas-City_JUN2014_3L2A4664

Convoy of Hope held Signature Events in Kansas City and Higashimatsushima, Japan, Saturday changing the lives of thousands. For more information on events coming to your area, please visit convoyofhope.org/events.

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Convoy of Hope recently partnered with Springfield, Mo., organizations to serve the local homeless population. Convoy of Hope recently partnered with Springfield, Mo., organizations to serve the local homeless population.

A hopeful connection

It’s difficult thinking about the things we cannot fix. It’s harder to see obstacles in our backyard. As a lifelong Springfield, Mo., resident, I’ve seen the homeless population continue to grow year after year. Fortunately, there’s something being done.

Community Partnership of the Ozarks and the United Way of the Ozarks started the HOPE Connection in 2010. Convoy of Hope partners with the annual event to provide resources to people facing homelessness in Springfield, Mo. My specific role was to provide encouragement.

I talked to guests about services they received and heard their personal stories. Several guests requested prayer for things like their depression or finding a job. One guest shared that he’s dying of AIDS and was given six months to live—12 years ago. He is living proof that with hope, anything is possible.

Later in the day, I ran into a guest who looked confused. He asked if I could show him where the coats were and as we made our way to the coats, he explained to me that he was lucky because it wasn’t too cold yet. He is currently living on the streets and sleeps outside.

Our conversation led to what brought him to the event. He is a homeless, recovering alcoholic currently out of work. However, he kept referring to the blessings he received that day. He’s a perfect example of giving thanks for all you have, even when what you have is not a lot. He asked for prayer and as we finished, he did something unexpected. He began to pray for me. While I’m thankful he came and got some of the things he needed that day, I also got exactly what I needed.

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Shane, a fan of camping and canoeing plans to apply for work at Bass Pro Shops. Shane, a fan of camping and canoeing plans to apply for work at Bass Pro Shops.

Inspiring job seekers

Update: As of 2/20/14 there have been four confirmed hires as a result of the first Made to Work event. 

It’s been a long two years for Shane, 26, maneuvering the job market in Springfield, Mo.

“I’ve been looking in all the wrong places,” he says. “Today, I learned most of the businesses hiring in Springfield are in restaurant or retail. I now have a new focus.”

Shane was among attendees at Convoy of Hope’s first Made to Work event – a free community event for job seekers who are looking for resources and to make valuable networking connections with hiring businesses.

“I’ve just had trouble getting my foot in the door anywhere,” adds Shane. “Now I have motivation to update my resume and narrow my job search.”

Inspired by advice received at Made to Work, Shane plans to visit his previous employer right after the event to obtain a reference letter to improve his chance of getting a full-time job.

The new Made to Work program takes place the second and fourth Tuesday of every month and features keynote speakers and experts on the local job market.

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