To enhance the Mission’s presence in the business community, THE NETWORK (formerly known as EVE Network) was formed as a ministry of the Rescue Mission in the Fall of 2004. Standing on the characteristics of ENERGY, VISION and ENTHUSIASM, THE NETWORK s made up of representatives from area businesses, education organizations, retail establishments and community volunteers. This group of high-energy, busy individuals meets every other month for an action-packed hour to learn about Mission opportunities, network with men and women from all over the region and take the word back to their work place and/or groups they are a part of. The volunteer opportunities in which the Network serves are “stand-alone” opportunities, allowing busy people to volunteer without a weekly commitment.
Some projects THE NETWORK members have taken on include:
· Serving dinner together at the Rescue Mission
· Permanent Art Collection Reception
· Greek Festival Welcome Tent
THE NETWORK’s signature project is the Union Drumstick Dash Thanksgiving Day 5K Run and Family Walk to benefit the Rescue Mission. The Drumstick Dash involves business sponsors, runner and walker registration, street musicians, food, advertising and street marshals. Last year, over 14,000 participants took part in the DASH!
THE NETWORK meets every odd month on the 2nd Thursday (January, March, May, July, September, November) from 5.30 – 6.30pm at 2nd helpings’ Cafe!
On September 11, 2014, the Network meeting will be hosted at the Rescue Mission at 5:30 pm.. Members are encouraged to bring a friend to this meeting, and a tour of the Mission will follow to give our faithful volunteers a visual representation of the effect that their volunteering has on our ministry. We look forward to seeing lots of new faces at this meeting!