Who Are We?
The Acts of Hope Ministry workers match acceptable furniture donations to church members in need of the same items. We pick up and drop off furniture on Saturdays. We serve the New York City boroughs, but primarily Brooklyn.
Eligibility to Volunteer
In order to serve in this ministry, you must be a member of the Brooklyn Tabernacle or in the process of becoming a member. All ministry members are required to complete a release of liability form and attend bi-annual meetings and fellowships. Depending on your team, a monthly service commitment of 5 to 10 hours per mission week is required. Volunteers serve one week per month. The ministry is closed in July, August and December
Activities & Functions
Acts of Hope Teams
They process phone, email and web messages from donors and recipients. Match donations to recipients; maintain database, schedule logistic visits, pick-ups and deliveries. Prepare documents for the Field Team Members to carry out the Saturday mission. Facilitate communication between the Field Team Members, donors and recipients until the mission is completed.
Field Team Members
They pick-up and deliver household furniture. Saturday moves begin at 8 am at 17 Smith Street. After prayer and mission review, workers carry out the mission together by car and truck. They return to 180 Livingston Street and dismiss between noon and 1 pm. If a member has a schedule conflict, a swap arrangement must be made. Early notification must be given to the team leader (7 days in advance) with the name of a worker, who will take their place.
All workers (Coordinators and Field Team Members) are required to conduct visits to donor and recipient homes, during their week of service. Workers go in pairs to assess the items intended for donation or verify the need of the recipient. They measure and take pictures of the furniture, space, entrance/exit, etc. A report about the visit is prepared for the coordinators.
Frequency of Service
Field Team Members are scheduled for one Saturday per month for pickups and deliveries. Coordinators serve one week out of every month for a few hours each evening. Coordination functions are done from the volunteer’s home. Additionally, all workers help with logistics visits during their scheduled week of service.
Length of Commitment
A one-year commitment to the ministry is required.
The Acts of Hope Ministry volunteers must serve joyfully with others, be able to follow instructions/directions from leadership, and in a spirit of brotherly love communicate with co-laborers and the public. The Field Team Members must be able to help lift weighty furniture. It is required to have access to applications such as Microsoft Word/Excel and home internet service.