About Project URGE

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Starting

Planning for Project URGE began in late summer and continued through November of  2001. The first formal meeting was held in March 2002. A majority of those attending the first meeting are still involved today.

Mission

The focus is to come alongside under-resourced neighborhoods with a framework to effectively engage and organize in strengthening the community. This will occur by reaching out to residents and other neighborhood stakeholders to pray, plan and implement their strategies toward CCD in under-resourced sectors of the City of Rochester.

Our intention was to bring the Christian community together, not just in speech, but also in action and in truth (1 John 3:17,18). One church often doesn't know what other churches are doing.  The same is true with both Faith Based Organizations (FBO’s) and Community Based Organizations (CBO’s). Many suburban churches have little or no connection to the urban environment. Through our extensive experience with volunteering in urban ministry, it became clear that a more comprehensive and collaborative approach was needed if real change was to occur. Class and race have divided the church, like society, which is an affront to God. We have been persistent in our pursuit of making connections and collaborating with FBO’s, CBO’s and churches in the community since March of 2002.

Church and community partnering to create positive change.

Project URGE attempts to develop urban and suburban church partnerships to work with faith and community organizations to become practitioners of Christian Community Development (CCD). The ministry teams under the Project URGE umbrella are committed to positive development in under-resourced areas of the city, serving other organizations that are committed to resolving issues of poverty and race and living out 1 John 3:18 "Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth." 

“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave or free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:26-28

“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.”  1 Corinthians 4:20  

Jesus replied: “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough?” Matthew 13:33

We host at least four collaborative/networking/training meetings per year, which serve to keep people informed, connected and are often the catalyst for further discussion and ministry planning. Relationship building takes place when people can connect faces with the organizations that lead to more opportunities for ministering together. These forums are key for driving change and collaboration in ministry. 

We strongly encourage partnerships among urban and suburban Christians. Our team will also assist churches in building those relationships.

Additionally, we have two social events a year, our annual dinner and a July picnic. We believe it is important to connect on a more personal level, than just in the ministry work itself.


Project URGE Teams

Bread Run Team:  Volunteers who deliver donated bread and baked goods to homeless shelters, churches and soup kitchens in Rochester on Saturday mornings.  Please contact Christin Babcock at christinmae@gmail.com, if you would like to help on this team.

Concert of Praise: This is nearly an annual event in which performing artists from all area churches and organizations are encouraged to share their talents. Please contact Project URGE at prourge@aol.com if you would like to be part of planning for or performing in this year's concert. 

Free to Fly – Achieving our goals - Friend to Friend: Our mission is to provide opportunities for personal growth and education for low-income people in neighborhood communities in order to eliminate barriers to individual self-sufficiency. To get more information or to volunteer please contact: Free2flyrochester@gmail.com 

Jacob's Ladder Team: Volunteers who provide "handy-man" services to non-profit organizations/churches in order to renovate, refurbish and/or maintain their facilities. The team generally works one or two Saturday mornings per month from 8 AM - Noon. This ministry has been suspended until we are able to find a replacement team leader qualified to evaluate the work requested to be done and organize the team to fulfill those tasks.

Mothers in Need of Others (MINO-“minnow”) and Furnished 4 Life:  Ministries dedicated to assisting case managers and church outreach workers in supporting single mothers and families who are struggling financially by collecting and redistributing donations of maternity, infant and toddler items, furniture, appliances and household items. Email: mothersinneedofothers@gmail.com for maternity and baby needs and furnished4life@gmail.com for furniture, appliances, and housewares.  For more information or to donate, please contact Maria Wehrle at (585) 348-8596. 

Collaborative/Network/Training Meetings: Approximately four times a year we gather to share information regarding what is taking place within organizations in the City of Rochester. We encourage representatives to bring cards and brochures to share their activities with others in the community. Typically we have one or two presentations by ministries or community organizations as well as a Christian community development training session. Ample time is allotted for networking and one on one dialogue. This often the catalyst for collaboration and community organizing.

Prayer Team: Volunteers who commit to meet with others to pray for specific needs, ministry efforts and the healing of the City of Rochester. Please contact Jeannine Zona at Jeanninezona@gmail.com to get involved.

Presentation & Workshops:  Over the past several years this event has been called the URGEnt Presentation and Workshops. This typically is a Fall event in which Project URGE, associated organizations and ministries are showcased to the public in order to increase the awareness of potential volunteer opportunities and to gain support for the efforts that exist for involvement in serving the under-resourced. These events often include guest speakers or workshops specifically to inspire and build up the community. Please visit the Presentation & Workshops page for more details.  

Saturday Sonshine Program: Adult volunteers provide educational, edifying and entertaining experiences for youth. The activities include (ages 6-16) Bible studies, crafts and field trips to museums, farms, parks and other interesting sites. The program meets nearly every week during the school year on Saturdays at Parsells Ave. Community Church. Please contact Garry Manuel at (585) 223-8340 or prourge@aol.com to get receive more information or to become involved.

Social Events: We work all year long in ministry together but desire to have a time of relaxing and becoming better acquainted, so we created opportunities for us to socialize through our annual July picnic and annual Project URGE dinners. 

Volunteer Coordination:  We assist and help coordinate volunteer opportunities for school & church groups to serve non-profit organizations/churches in the Rochester area. This includes matching volunteers with appropriate service sites, facilitating communication among the people involved, and coordinating the efforts. In the past we have assisted high schools, church and community groups in volunteering. For more information please contact the Project URGE office at (585) 223-8340.