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Community service trip to Gift of Life House

Group of people standing in an industrial kitchen

The NewChurch LIVE community values the act of serving others as a way to manifest our faith. The New Church teaches that faith and charity are one, because our faith takes on meaning only when we look outside ourselves to contribute to society and the wellbeing of other people. Please consider joining us as we prepare a meal in support of families at the Gift of Life House.

Gift of Life House supports families with loved ones undergoing organ donation or transplant procedures. When you join this community service outing you will make and serve dinner, and then clean up when dinner is complete. We will do all the shopping, menu prep, coordination, and transportation.

NewChurch LIVE will plan the menu and shop for ingredients prior to the trip. Our “go to” meal is fajitas. The reason we choose this dish is so that people with all different cooking backgrounds can help out. It’s very easy to make and we have never had a problem with lack of cooking experience prohibiting anyone from serving. So we would encourage you to sign up even if you aren’t a master chef in the kitchen.

When you sign up there are 2 options for transportation:

  • Drive yourself and meet the group at the Gift of Life House.
  • Meet at the NCL office and caravan down together (preferred). It is always helpful to have people volunteer to drive in case there are folks who could use a ride. We also need someone to transport the food.

The Gift of Life House is located at 401 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

There is a dedicated parking lot located directly in front of the Gift of Life House. Parking is very easy.

You can expect the trip to span roughly 3pm-8pm, including travel time. The group traveling together will meet at the office at 3pm to gather all of the food, load up cars and caravan together. Volunteers traveling independently should arrive at the Gift of Life House by 4pm to ensure there is enough time to prepare dinner before it is served at 6pm. 

Once all the guests at the house have finished eating, they ask that we put away all the food and clean up the kitchen prior to departing. Volunteers are usually back to the office by 8pm.

Volunteers are encouraged to eat with the families. There is plenty of food for all and this is often a highlight for volunteers.