Students Lend a Hand at Hand Up Foundation

On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, the ninth and tenth grade classes from Sunbury Christian Academy traveled to Milton to volunteer at the Hand Up Foundation, or HUF. Their visit began with an introduction to Hand Up’s mission and ministries by Bill Wilhelm, Director for Assistance, followed by a tour of the facility.

The students then divided into small groups to work in the various ministry areas, including the food bank, the recycling center, and the thrift store. Some students repurposed old windows into decorative blackboards which will be sold to help support Renewed Hope, a new ministry that provides housing, food, training, and professional counseling for women. For several students, the most fun part of the day was using the huge Styrofoam recycling machine.

Wilhelm explained HUF’s philosophy to the students: Give folks in need a hand up rather than a hand-out. The ministry is able to provide cars for some clients so they can get to their jobs or get jobs. Another service, Home Sweet Home, helps with home repairs, such as wheelchair ramps. Income from the thrift store and recycling center helps fund HUF’s ministries. There is even a church that meets on site.

HUF’s theme Bible verse is taken from the words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothing and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” (Matthew 25:35 – 36) SCA Bible Teacher Vonnie Campbell arranged the field trip to take students out of the classroom and give them an opportunity to put into practice the teachings of Jesus, so they can be “doers and not just hearers of the Word.”

The students enjoyed a pizza lunch, but one eager helper ended his break early to return to the Styrofoam machine. The managers at HUF praised SCA students as “hard workers” and invited them to return and volunteer again. The students and their chaperones plan to do that.