Outreach volunteers extend Christian compassion and helpfulness to persons of all ages in need of aid in body or soul throughout our local community.
Hospice Cleveland County
Throughout the year, Ascension members purchase Hearts for Hospice and support annual fundraisers that benefit hospice. Several members volunteer in the administrative offices, sewing for Memory Bear workshops or visiting patients. In Spring 2017, we hosted the semi-annual memorial service for families of recent patients. Monthly throughout 2018 we collected items from the wish list for Hospice Cleveland County as an anniversary year project. Beginning in 2019 Women of the ELCA volunteers are baking cookies in the Hospice kitchen for patients and their families. How comforting is the scent of freshly baked cookies!
Each year in December we collect new socks for the residents of Heritage Oaks, an assisted living facility in Gastonia. Many residents have no family assistance and have little means to secure items which bring comfort to their lives. The assisted living facility in Gastonia is owned by the Area Lutheran Foundation representing churches in Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties.
Lutheran Family Services
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Lutheran Services for the Aging
Lutheran World Relief
Lutheran World Federation