Did you know 18% of the Olive Branch Church budget has been allocated specifically for community outreach? The church’s purpose is to continue to develop and enhance a three prong outreach ministry, which focuses on Literacy, Poverty and Hunger. Fueled by our 2020 Vision we stay focused on “creating a vibrant community that emphasis enrichment, excellence and fellowship. As we evangelize our area in love and power to the glory of God…
Read to Succeed is the community partnership created to promote literacy in Rutherford County. The objective of the partnership between Olive Branch Church and Read to Succeed and local schools, area agencies, and businesses is to support local programming and raise awareness about the importance of literacy. We have several events that allow us to complete our literacy objective.
Imagination Station is a parent-child small group program to encourage the love of reading in toddler and preschool age children. Parent and child participate in reading and activity stations based on books by popular children’s authors. Reading tips and resources are provided. A Read To Succeed staff member, Council member, partner or volunteer also provides a healthy lunch for each participant. Each participating child goes home with a copy of the book they read to keep. Currently we provide our volunteer services at three different sites.
- Franklin Heights
- Mid-Cumberland Community Headstart
- Wherry Housing in Smyrna, Tn
- Need: 10 Mentors per site currently have 4 volunteers that work each site
Family Literacy Nights are similar in goal to the Families That Read, Succeed program. Family Literacy Nights provide reading time and supervised literacy activities for families. Families meet for 1 to 2 hours for one night at their school. The school invites up to 150 students and their families to participate. MTSU education students create and lead fun art, music, and literacy activities related to a carefully chosen book. MTSU, Success by 6, and Read to Succeed staff and Council members provide guidance, support, and supervision. RTS provides a meal from a local restaurant or prepared by a local civic or religious group to serve each participant.
- Need: 15 volunteers for one event
- Adopt A School Program is a partnership with two elementary schools. Hobgood Elementary School in Murfreesboro, TN and AZ Kelly in Antioch, TN. We provide:
- Pre-School appreciation for their teachers.
- Established P.E.D.A.L Attendance Award program. To promote school attendance. Two bicycles donated for end of school drawing to boy and girls that have perfect attendance.
- Volunteer 20 hours a month to assist administrators and office workers.
- Donate resources and support for in school events.
- Clothing drives and school fundraisers.
- One Book Partnership : Participate in the end of year celebrate reading in Rutherford County, and will centered around the year’s book selection, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. As a One Book partner, Clinton’s Club, we are devoted to helping families of children with cancer. The event will feature live music, activities and contests.
- Literacy Day is an annual event to celebrate an awareness of all types of literacy and the importance of continually improving those skills. Although a vision of our Senior Pastor. It is a partnership with Read to Succeed and 6 other community agencies. “United Way of Rutherford County, State Farm Ins. Limbaugh Library, Murfreesboro Fire Department etc…Last year’s event had 350 in attendance for the walk on City Hall, 11 community resources sharing how they support literacy.
- UT Extension Faith Conference a partnership between UT Extension/Tennessee State University and Olive Branch to host an annual conference promoting awareness and education surrounding helping our church families cope with the economic downturns.
- National Night Out “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, in 1984 began an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. NATW’s National Night Out program culminates annually, on the first Tuesday of August (August 6th this year)