In Isaiah 1:17, Isaiah was reminding the people what the Lord was asking of them:
“Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.”

This powerful message was not only meant for the nation of Israel, but also for us as believers today.

At Every Nation Somerset West, we are committed to the knowledge that we have been called, as believers and as a church, to be socially responsible in our cities and surrounding communities.

We are firmly committed to demonstrating the compassion of Christ to those who are hurting, in need, or without hope through active service and tangible involvement.  We desire to see the people of our community brought to wholeness in both body and soul through relational generosity and the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

If you would like to get involved, or know more about our social responsibility expressions, please contact Susie Erwin at susie@ensw.org.

ENSW SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY EXPRESSION

ANNUALLY:
Blanket Drive
  • Partnering with Every Nation Zola
  • Benefits the members of Zola and Nomzamo, Strand
  • Beginning each April, campaign runs the full month, ends on Mother’s Day
Christmas Shoeboxes:
  • Benefits Agape Educare and other creches in our communities. (Overseen by Katie Miller)
  • Begins end of October, runs through November
AREAS OF SERVICE OPPORTUNITY:
Volunteers are welcomed and encouraged for any of the annual events posted above, as well as the following service opportunities under ENSW’s ministerial care:
Grace Giving:

Grace Giving is part of the Social Responsibility expression of Every Nation Somerset West and is an extension of the church’s benevolence fund. Our purpose is to gather and distribute food in our local communities and informal settlements.  Grace Giving is under the executive oversight of Helena Smith, Susie Erwin, and Thabisa Mdolomba.

Grace Giving aims to serve the communities of Zola, Khayelitsha, and Sir Lowry’s Pass working directly with leaders in those communities, to reach those beneficiaries that are most in need.  Our goal is to not only meet a tangible need, but to also establish and build healthy discipleship relationships between the beneficiaries and the local church.

Grace Giving is a generosity-based initiative that is sustained through financial donations which are used for the purchase of food and hygienic needs, through donations of goods in kind (based on GG specific needs listing), through volunteers that help with the sourcing and distributing the food.

Currently Grace Giving is sharing with the local communities through: Food parcel deliveries and soup kitchen supplies and service.

For more information or to get involved, please contact Helena Smith at helena@ensw.org or Susie Erwin at susie@ensw.org.

SUPPLY LIST
Mama Themba: 
Mama Themba, a Thembalitsha project, offers ante-natal and post-natal education, along with encouraging support to mothers who would not otherwise have access to such care and services.  Mama Themba staff and volunteers offer their time to properly educate, train, and aid mothers on how to care for their newborns and their families.
Mama Themba works into Helderberg Hospital and Macassar Day Hospital, along with 4 other area clinics.  There are also a variety of volunteering opportunities ranging from office admin to visits to the hospital. To learn more about Mama Themba, or how you can get involved, contact  Lindy Officer at mamathemba@hope.org.za or Susie Erwin at susie@ensw.org.
Themba Training:
Themba Training, a Thembalitsha project, aims to equip individuals in the local communities with practical skills and experience to become small business owners or enter into the formal or informal job market.  Through skills such as computer training and hand crafts and sewing, coupled with basic business and life skills, Themba Training gives hope of a better life to vulnerable individuals in our community.
Themba Training offers several different volunteering opportunities ranging from office admin to hands on skills service.
To learn more about Themba Training or how you can get involved, contact Marla van der Merwe at thembatraining@hope.org.za.
ThembaCare Grabouw:
Located over Sir Lowry’s Pass in Grabouw, ThembaCare Grabouw, a Thembalitsha Project, serves is a 24 hour overnight Hospice facility for the town of about 75,000+.  ThembaCare provides quality palliative & holistic for those who are terminally ill and whose lives are at risk.  ThembaCare offers both In-patient care through their 9 bed unit, and Home-based care to approximately 300 patients.
The ThembaCare Staff provides for the physical needs of their patients, as well as ministering to their emotional and spiritual needs.
To learn more about ThembaCare Grabouw, or how you can get involved, contact Susie Erwin at susie@ensw.org.
Agape Educare:
Agape Educare offers a safe, caring learning environment for preschool children in the communities of Zola and Nomzamo.  Founded by our EN Zola Pastors Linda and Thabisa Mdolomba,
Agape provides a loving educational facility that helps prepare their little students for primary school, and beyond.  The curriculum taught encompasses general learning skills along with themes of necessary life skills    such as self-care, getting along well with others, caring for your community and  the world around us and making Godly choices.
To learn more about Agape Educare, or how you can get involved, contact Thabisa Mdolomba at Agape@hope.org.za  or Susie Erwin at susie@ensw.org
ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES:
Somerset West Night Shelter:
The Somerset West Night Shelter appreciates volunteers and offers a    variety of opportunities to serve—from crafts to ministry opportunities.  They are located at  71 Church Street, Somerset West.  To find out more about how to the Night Shelter, or how to get involved, visit their website at www.swnightshelter.org.za or contact them at info@swnightshelter.org.za.
You can also purchase Night Shelter vouchers at Connect Corner, each Sunday morning.