Blog for Nonprofit Program

Seven years ago, East Lake Initiative took our first step into serving the East Lake community.

A small group of volunteers met with Wanda Birchfield, Principal of Barrett Elementary School, to ask how they might be able to help. What did the school need? Where could she use them the most?

“We felt like the school was the epicenter, the heartbeat of the community,” Pam Bates, East Lake Initiative’s (ELI) Executive Director, explains.

Initially, ELI’s volunteers helped with special projects and story-reading, but after a year, the team was invited into classrooms to tutor students. For the last five years, ELI has been privileged to have a tutor in every Barrett Elementary classroom, helping eager students take their learning to the next level.

Our dedicated team of 20 tutors seeks to support the hard work of teachers and build good relationships with both students and staff.

“We are servants,” tutor Martha Knight says. “We’re here to serve.”

Serving and empowering is ELI’s mission and vision. Through strategic partnerships and holistic community development, we hope to see generational change. We believe East Lake has the people and the resources for change, and we want to connect people to opportunities to use those resources. Read More…

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Church Blog on the Refugee Crisis

65 million people worldwide have been forcibly displaced from their homes. 22 million are refugees who have fled from their home countries. Half of the 22 million are children.

June 20 marks World Refugee Day and June 25 is World Refugee Sunday, giving us a week to focus and reflect on the current refugee crisis and pray over how we as Christians are called to intervene.

What is a refugee?

According to the UN, “A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence.”

Why should we care?

God’s word has much to say about compassion for foreigners, neighbors, and strangers.

2 Corinthians 5:18-21 informs us God is reconciling the world to himself, and that he has committed to us his ministry of reconciliation.

In Deuteronomy 10:18-19, God declares his love and care for the foreigners among us, instructing us to love them, too.

In 1 Kings 8:41-44 we learn that we have the opportunity to make his name great among all peoples.

Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:35-46 make clear that when we show compassion for others, we are doing a service for the Lord.

In Luke 6:27-36, Jesus instructs us to love generously, giving more than is asked of us, even to those we see as our enemies. Read more…

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Blog Promoting Summer Events

This excerpt is from a blog post promoting summer camps and lessons for Christ Church School of Fine Arts. 

Music Camp

The school year is wrapping up, and before you know it, summer will be here! The summer months are the perfect time to try new things, and Christ Church School of Fine Arts has a few ideas about how to make your summer a little more musical.

1. Music Camp
Our annual Music Camp is a great way for kids to get exposed to all the instruments. Camp attendees (entering grades 1-6) will get to play piano, strings, guitar, drums, brass, and woodwinds, AND have a daily art lesson! If your child seems to be interested in ALL the things, or if they’re not sure what instrument they might want to learn, Music Camp is an exciting week of exploration and opportunity. This year’s camp will be July 11-13, 9AM-1PM daily, including lunch and snacks. To learn more or to sign up, click here to visit the registration page. Read more…

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Theme Summary for Religious Conference


This excerpt is an explanation of a conference theme for a religious non-profit. The text is mine; however, the graphic design is not.

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Job Listings for Non-Profit


The above text is an excerpt from a recruiting piece produced for a non-profit ministry. 

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Longform Blog for Church Website


Work Sample excerpt below:

Missions isn’t for me. I mean, mission ministry is important and I support it, but it’s not for me. I’m not called, you know? That’s what I believed from the time I started following Jesus in high school, until toward the end of my college career.

“Missions.” It was some kind of mysterious, separate category; like missionaries were the “Special Forces” of Christianity or something. I didn’t want to get into that. I had my own plans for how I was going to try to honor God with my life.

While I was in college, I learned about unreached people groups. An unreached people group is a cultural or ethnic group (think: tribe, tongue, nation) that is 2% or less Christian, often 0%! Did you know there are around 2.9 billion people who live as unreached people groups? I didn’t.

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Web Copy for Faith-Based Non-profit


Work Sample excerpt below:


As an intern for Launch Global, you will be part of a team that supports a staff of over eighty mission mobilizers in three different countries. In this unique role, you will use your skills in a dynamic environment that’s eternally significant!

Interns will work 15 flexible hours a week at $10/hour, gaining valuable job experience that will bolster your academic pursuits. All positions take place in Launch Global’s National Office of Vestavia Hills, Alabama. See below for the specific positions available.

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Summary of Crucial Conversations for Educational Purposes

“What is a crucial conversation?

According to the team behind Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking when the Stakes are High, a crucial conversation is an interaction where opinions vary, stakes are high, and emotions run strong.
We’ve all had crucial conversations of one kind or another. Whether it’s confronting a roommate about dirty dishes or disagreeing with your boss over the way a task should be done, they’re always going to be a part of life. But they don’t have to end in resentment, anger, fear, or broken relationships. Crucial conversations can become healthy and productive dialogue when handled well. You can have safe and healthy crucial conversations, and these tools from Crucial Conversations will show you how.”

The above excerpt is from a summary of Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking when the Stakes are High by Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, and Switzler. The summary was written as a part of a not-for-profit curriculum geared toward promoting healthy teamwork in a cross-cultural environment. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced without the permission of the organization or the author.

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