Generosity in July

Fire up your community this summer with a Thrivent Action Team

Summer is the ideal time to get outdoors and give back. Gather friends and family to form a Thrivent Action Team and make a difference in your community.

Here are a few project ideas to help you get started:

  • Hold a community car wash or neighborhood barbeque to raise funds for a local food pantry. Summer can be a slow time for donations, but the need may be greater with school meal programs on hold during summer break.
  • Visit a local veterans' home to talk with veterans about their lives – as soldiers and civilians. Kids could make cards or posters for residents to display in their rooms.
  • Organize a bike tune-up event and invite the community to get their bikes washed and repaired.
  • Work with your church to put on an outdoor movie night. Sell tickets and popcorn to raise funds for a church mission trip.

Get involved: Lead a Thrivent Action Team

Thrivent members can make a difference in their communities by leading a Generosity in July Thrivent Action Team between July 16 and 30. Deadline to apply: July 2.

Need some inspiration? Check out these Thrivent Action Team ideas (PDF).

To apply:

  1. Click on "Apply now" below to log in.
  2. Complete the application by July 2.
    • Use promo code JULY18.

Once your activity is approved, you'll receive a kit containing T-shirts, promotional materials and up to $250 in seed money to jump-start your teams' efforts!

Drive, putt and chip away at hunger

Raising money for the FaithCentre Food Bank in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, is a full-time job for Executive Director, and Thrivent member, Nicole Summers. The food bank serves about 700 people each month in Centre County, a rural area of around 28,000 residents.

Most food and funding comes from the state and federal government or is donated by local grocery stores. But the food bank must purchase some of the healthier options, such as lean proteins, locally produced milk and fresh, locally grown produce.

FaithCentre also operates a thrift store to help cover these expenses, as well as the mortgage and utilities. Nicole organizes several fundraisers each year to make up the difference. The Tee'd Off at Hunger Golf Scramble is one event.

"Without fundraisers like this and the Thrivent Action Teams that support them, we wouldn't have a food bank."

– Nicole Summers, executive director of FaithCentre Food Bank

"I've led several Thrivent Action Teams to raise funds for FaithCentre," Nicole says. "When our board proposed the idea of a golf scramble four years ago, I learned all I could about golf and asked someone familiar with the sport to be part of our team. Since that first event, many of the same people participate year after year, not only to enjoy a beautiful day of golf but also to support our community."

Organizing the event that first year was daunting, but things have gotten easier each year as Nicole discovered what works best. Providing several food options seems to be the key.

Golfers start the day by picking up a swag bag of items donated by local merchants. They move on to an informal lunch of hot dogs grilled by Nicole's crew. After the four-person teams golf 18 holes, they enjoy appetizers in club house. The day wraps up with a sit-down dinner and silent auction.

"We raised more than double our goal at last year's golf scramble," Nicole says. "Without fundraisers like this and the Thrivent Action Teams that support them, we wouldn't have a food bank."