When your community sees a need to be met – volunteering in the neighborhood, fundraising for a church or school, building a home for a family in need – there's likely a number of ways to fulfill it. But what goes on behind the scenes to bring a community together for a worthy cause?
Thrivent Member Networks are one way Thrivent makes it easier for members to make a tangible impact on causes that matter to them. With the support and partnership of their regional network, members are equipped to make a difference where, when and how they choose. If you are a Thrivent member, you already belong to your region's Thrivent Member Network. Each network is supported by a regional board composed of members who live in that area.
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Lee Meyer, a regional board member for the Kansas and Missouri Thrivent Member Network, says that Thrivent's generosity programs – Thrivent Action Teams, Thrivent Builds and Thrivent Choice® – have been an important and growing factor in his community. He also notes Thrivent's message "strikes a chord" with people in his community and they are starting to ask "What is this Thrivent thing?"
Brent Edison, a regional board member for the Northland Thrivent Member Network, sees himself not only as a promoter of The Thrivent Way, but also as "a steward of the membership dollars that support Thrivent's good works."
Since 2016, Thrivent's Northland Thrivent Member Network has sponsored Hopefest, a Christian music festival in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. Last year, the Northland network helped organize several generosity-focused activities in a Thrivent tent, including:
- Four Thrivent Action Team projects: Packing 50 glove box kits to give to the homeless, 100 backpack food kits, 100 birthday party-in-a-bag kits for the Great Plains Food Bank and 100 kits filled with school supplies.
- The signing of 160 two-by-fours for Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity. Each piece of lumber featured a written message for its future homeowners.
- Raising $1,000 for area charities, including the Ronald McDonald House, Churches United for the Homeless and the Boys and Girls Club of Detroit Lakes.
Edison's favorite part of the event was the signing of the two-by-fours. He and other volunteers
explained to festival attendees that the lumber would be used to build a house for a local family, and that their messages were intended for them to read. "It was touching to see the prayers and blessings people wrote and to think of how they would quite literally be built into the house," he says. "It was exciting to – in one small way – be part of a Thrivent Builds project."
While the board provides guidance to help make activities such as the Hopefest generosity tent possible, Edison says, it's just as important for leaders to share in the fun. "We can walk the walk by participating in member events ourselves – volunteering for Thrivent Action Teams and striving to live generous lives," he notes.
Meyer agrees that Thrivent Member Networks are making a remarkable impression on his community – and on his view of what it means to be generous. "Being a part of the network has given me deeper insight into Thrivent and the value it can bring to its members and society as a whole," says Meyer. "It's an insight I'm not sure I could have gotten any other way."
Bringing meaning to membership
Whatever your talents, skills or time commitment, Thrivent Member Networks can connect you with other members who share your passion to make a difference. Learn more about how you can participate in your region's Thrivent Member Network activities at Thrivent.com.
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