Melbourne and Colorado Springs employees and their families spent their Saturday volunteering with other local nonprofits during Christian Care Ministry's 6th Annual Day of Sharing.
MELBOURNE, Fl. — On October 7— Christian Care Ministry, with headquarters in Melbourne, which administers the nationally recognized Medi-Share health care sharing program, gave back to its local community through its Day of Sharing event.
Christian Care Ministry's employees were able to help local nonprofits with yard clean up, painting, loading cargo, writing letters of encouragement, office organization, and even setting up for Fall festivals. One example is Walk on Water Ministries, which holds a Fall Festival to serve as a fundraiser for the Tyler Chance Scholarship Fund for Autism, providing equine-assisted therapy to those with autism who cannot financially afford it.
"CCM has been the most incredible help to Walk on Water Ministries. Many special needs children and adults attend our equine-assisted therapy program with their parents. Some come with heavy loads of financial burdens, health issues, or trauma. Almost all have commented that when they walk onto the ranch, they feel a sense of peace and of course, we know that's God. CCM has helped to make our physical environment beautiful for all who come, but more so, they have imparted the spirit of the living God onto our ranch, leaving a peace that surpasses all understanding. The friendships made, the prayers prayed, and the stories shared have been the most beneficial to us. Through organizing, weeding, building, and cleaning, CCM has significantly contributed to making our special families feel welcomed onto God's ranch. – Patricia Bryan, Executive Director Walk on Water Ministries
For this year's Day of Sharing, 200 volunteers served the following nonprofits:
- Genesis House
- Christ is the Answer Rescue Mission
- Love INC.
- Wings of Grace
- RFM Christian Academy
- Walk on Water Ministries
- Liberty Bell Museum
- Bridges for Peace
- The Children's Hunger Project
- Dove Bible Club
- House of Hope
- Nana's House
- The Village of New Life Mission
- South Brevard Sharing Center
- Florida Avenue Church of Christ
- Promise in Brevard
- The Lamb Shoppe supporting The Haven for Children
- Brevard Humane Society
Before the families headed out to serve, the ministry held a kickoff event at their Melbourne home office, where employees and guests heard a proclamation for the 6th Day of Sharing from Mayor Paul Alfrey. Senator Debbie Mayfield's office, FL Senate District 12, also provided a proclamation.
"As a ministry, we view opportunities of service as a way to match needs with resources, much like the early church modeled in Acts 6. I love to see the tangible application of this principle not just when our employees and their families serve at Day of Sharing, but when they use their volunteer PTO hours to serve local organizations throughout the year. It is a testament to the quality of employees at CCM."- Brandon Harvath, President and CEO, Christian Care Ministry.
Employees serve the local community year-round as part of the ministry's formalized volunteer program. They receive up to three days off each year for volunteer service, and many use this time to serve local churches, ministries, and other community organizations. Last year alone, employees donated more than 4,000 hours in their local communities.
Christian Care Ministry is celebrating its 30th year of sharing and is grateful to be a thriving part of Brevard County. The ministry employs nearly 400 Brevard County residents.
About Christian Care Ministry/Medi-Share
Christian Care Ministry (CCM), a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Melbourne, FL, operates the Medi-Share program, a Christian health care sharing organization that provides an affordable alternative to health insurance for faith-based consumers. Now in its 30th year of sharing, Medi-Share, serves nearly 400,000 members across America and has earned accreditation from the Independent Healthcare Sharing Accreditation Board. For more information about Christian Care Ministry, visit: https://mychristiancare.org/press.