Advent ConspiracyFor the past twelve years around the Christmas season, we’ve participated in a movement known as Advent Conspiracy. We take a step away from the consumerism of Christmas and toward the ultimate gift, Jesus. God’s extravagant generosity compels us to become generous people – to give to an offering that goes to things Jesus cares about. We want to remind our communities that we, the church, are on their side and that they are loved by God. We encourage all who are able, to experience the joy of generosity through Advent Conspiracy 2020.
Participate as a Family
GIVE TO ADVENT CONSPIRACYGive now until January 15 online or by check. To give by check, please write “Advent” in the memo line and mail to: Blackhawk Church, 9620 Brader Way, Middleton, WI 53562. Thank you for your generosity!
PROJECTS & ORGANIZATIONS
Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS)
Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) empowers women and their children affected by domestic violence. DAIS advocates for social change through support, education and outreach. They offer a wide range of crisis intervention, community education and prevention programs. DAIS is the only domestic violence shelter for all of Dane County.
Advent Conspiracy funding will go towards maintaining critical services to help domestic violence survivors achieve independence from their abuser, secure permanent housing and employment, and move towards a life free of violence. DAIS is an essential resource for victims of domestic abuse in our community, especially during a pandemic as rates of domestic violence increase due to people being confined together with their abusers.
JustDane (formally Madison Area Urban Ministry) helps transform lives and systems to create a just, equitable community. They offer programs for individuals and families involved in the criminal justice system. Just Connections mentors and resources children with incarcerated parents. Just Bakery teaches commercial baking to individuals with employment barriers.
Advent Conspiracy funds will help bridge the digital divide by providing technology and internet for Just Connections students to continue their education. When the pandemic hit, these families had no way of doing virtual learning at home. AC funding will help purchase a Dough Sheeter. Just Bakery bakes 200-300 loaves of bread per week for pantries lacking bread in the pandemic. With the sheeter, they will be able to continue to provide bread while expanding students’ expertise and marketability.
Lighthouse Church is a multicultural, international, bilingual fellowship of believers coming together as a family to worship and grow in Christ. Lighthouse Christian School provides a Christian academic environment for children from 4K-8th grade while also facilitating their physical, emotional, and spiritual growth.
Advent Conspiracy funding will help provide necessary technology for students to continue their education and staff to continue educating students. 90% of Lighthouse Christian School’s families are at or below the poverty line. When the pandemic hit, they had to switch to virtual learning. Most students found themselves with no way of doing virtual school due to the lack of technology devices at home.
Maydm provides girls and youth of color in grades 6-12 with training for the technology sector. Maydm’s holistic approach prepares students from traditionally underrepresented populations to engage in and revolutionize the tech industry. Maydm will launch an internship program in 2021 where students will be placed with area businesses in tech-based internships. It will provide students opportunities to earn a living wage while helping to build the technical skills, confidence, and soft skills needed in the field.
Advent Conspiracy funding will help hire a staff person to oversee internship placements and expand Maydm’s work with corporate partners to ensure they have the resources and training required to produce healthy and positive spaces for all people to thrive, regardless of their race or gender.
Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Mt. Zion Baptist Church is a Bible-believing, Christ-centered church on the south side of Madison, whose core values are to live their faith, love their family, and lift their community. They strengthen the African American community by cultivating academic learning, providing grief and mental health support, and food security assistance.
Advent Conspiracy funding will help provide necessary technology and internet for elderly members to connect to church services, activities and their families; tech education experiences and opportunities for youth to help them find connection with the church; and financial assistance for rent, utilities and groceries for those who’ve lost income due to the pandemic. As a predominately African American church, they have experienced many challenges in this season between layers of racial injustice exacerbated by the pandemic.
Nehemiah: Center for Urban Leadership Development
Nehemiah: Center for Urban Leadership and Development focuses on strengthening the African American community by cultivating character, leadership, and economic development through culturally grounded programs. One of their programs is the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) which strengthens children’s academic core and grade-level competency, to develop positive racial identities, to encourage character and leadership development, and to serve as an educational and empowerment resource for families.
Advent Conspiracy funding will support ACE’s learning alternative pod program that welcomes children of color in grades K-12 from area school districts. Nehemiah responded to pandemic changes in schooling by offering learning alternatives that prevent additional growth of the academic achievement gap for children of color who need more academic support or have working parents.
Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin
Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin helps to end hunger in sixteen southwestern Wisconsin counties through food distribution to its partner agencies, promotion of outside food assistance programs, and raising awareness of hunger.
Advent Conspiracy funding will go towards food assistance to meet the increased needs of today while preparing for continuing challenges in the months to come. Due to the pandemic, the number of people facing hunger has increased significantly among the elderly, low-income families, and people of color. Lost wages, school closures, job disruptions, and lack of paid sick leave have increased reliance on food banks and food pantries. Second Harvest is responding with extraordinary efforts to make sure no one goes hungry during the pandemic.
Water Mission is a nonprofit engineering organization that designs, builds, and implements safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) solutions for people in developing countries and disaster areas.
Advent Conspiracy funding will go towards completing 50 handwashing stations throughout the Dodoma region of Tanzania. Currently, only 40% of hospitals in Tanzania have piped water and the water is often unsafe. These hand washing stations will equip hospitals with permanent solutions for safe water to help combat the current spread of COVID-19 as well as to prevent other unnecessary diseases moving forward.