ServeRDU is a collection of projects and initiatives that celebrate the year-round service of the Summit and excellent work of our partner organizations. Since 2005, our church has dedicated a full week each year to pray for our city, serve our partners, and tackle projects so big they need the concentrated effort of a large number of volunteers.
During the week of ServeRDU, we’re planning a backpack drive to serve students and teachers in local schools. We’ll also be hosting community rallies on Tuesday, August 9 to highlight the work of our local ministry partners and collect backpacks. Finally, we’ll take Thursday, August 11 to Saturday, August 13 to gather and serve in our campus communities.
Let us know where you plan to serve, and be sure to invite your friends and neighbors to join you!
Join us in collecting 3,000 backpacks for local schools this year! Many students returning to school this August will not be able to afford the supplies needed in their classrooms, leaving teachers to provide extra supplies with money from their own pockets. Let’s serve both the students and teachers by providing supplies to last them for the year! Filling backpacks is a great opportunity for families, neighborhoods, and small groups to come together to serve.
There will be two collection points for backpacks during ServeRDU:
• Before or after every service at your campus on the weekend of August 6th
• At the Community Block Party on Tuesday, August 9th
Community Block Parties
On Tuesday, August 9 from 6 to 9 p.m., we’ll gather in two locations as we prepare to serve our local schools and support local community partners. Over the course of the evening, we’ll have opportunities to sort backpacks for schools, donate blood, and serve partners in other tangible ways.
Each location will feature live music and food trucks/vendors, plus games for the kids. The block parties will be a chance for families and small groups to kick off ServeRDU together and invite neighbors and co-workers to serve with us.
Don’t come alone! Bring a friend with you — and bring a backpack!
From Thursday, August 11 to Saturday, August 13, each location will come together to serve local schools and neighborhood communities through projects that wouldn’t be possible without a lot of willing volunteers! The projects may only last a couple of days, but they are an on-ramp to our year-long engagement.
Check out the project list and schedule for your campus below, and sign up for the project shifts you’re able to serve. Don’t forget to invite a friend or neighbor to serve with you!
Frequently Asked Questions
Both block parties will be essentially the same. We encourage you to attend the one that your neighbors or co-workers are most likely to come to or the location closest to your campus.
We’re donating the backpacks to each of the local schools that our campuses are serving during ServeRDU. If we collect more backpacks than the schools need, we’ll give them to non-profits we partner with who serve kids and their families.
Our team will be communicating updates and important information with everyone who’s registered for a project or RSVP’d to the block party. Be sure to register early so we can get you information! Additionally, you can follow @ServeRDU for updates and information.
We would strongly encourage you to register for any volunteer you know is coming so that our project leaders can plan well, but we won’t turn your friend away.
All of our projects this week are developed out of the year-round work of our Serve365 teams in the community. We would love for you to join them throughout the year as they serve the community.
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