We’re not foolish enough to believe that alone, we can transform the world… or our neighborhood… or ourselves for that matter. Every wImagine Core Goal partners with experts to get the job done and learn alongside them.
Because Jesus did not die toguilt trip.We are all figuring life out together.
2020-2021 Core Search
In 2020, wImagine will begin a new search for the Core Church that’ll take wImagine in 2021 and beyond. This search was initiated based on Michael’s predicted move in 2021 for Day Program services. This search may or may not lead to whoever was the former holder of this responsibility, based on what happens in the move and outcomes from COVID-19 as noted in the May Newsletter.
The to be determined Core Church will be selected through a combination of:
Proximity to Home, Work, & School
Response during COVID-19 as per the May Newsletter
Special Needs & Community Outreach
Compliance to Core Biblical Principles (but then again, they wouldn’t even be in consideration if they failed here)
And above all else: Is this an organization that truly communicates the complexity of God’s love, in a way that all people feel welcome and empowered to be His light in this world?
Epic is based in Philadelphia, having a difficult path to physical growth due to city density. Yet in spite of those limitations, they’ve been growing because their diversity led to stronger preaching, more opportunities to serve, and non-intimidating communication.
Cornerstone is based in Silicon Valley in California. Their greatest strength is that while they’re quiet about their generosity, they give incredible amounts every year. They go book-by-book, not cherry-picking verses, extracting every nerdy spiritual gem from it.
Kingsway Church is based in Cherry Hill, NJ as a multi-site Church with locations in Glassboro & Burlington.
LCBC is based in central Pennsylvania. Their greatest strength is how they’re incredibly welcoming, communicating using terms that would not intimidate non-Christians and not being afraid to talk about marginalized topics such as mental health.
Liquid is based on Northern & Central NJ (because Central Jersey does exist). Their greatest strength is how they aren’t scared for pushing the envelope in making Church more fun and accessible, especially reaching out to those with Special Needs.
Based in South Jersey, their greatest strength is how they are brutally honest with themselves about how they are not perfect people, in pursuit, of a perfect God. They’re also the only Church in this list who provides Special Needs Sunday programming for teens.
Because Jesus did not die toabandon.Every life is able to change the world.
Larc School is currently a wImagine Core Partner, who will be transitioned to become a ‘Founding Partner’ of wImagine once Michael graduates in 2021. Based in South Jersey, they are a Special Needs school who lives with complete conviction in doing the right thing. Their greatest strength is how they have a family like atmosphere where everybody knows everyone, working together in pursuit of creating a more inclusive world.
AbilityTree is based in NJ’s Burlington County. They provide resources, respite, and services to empower those with special needs in the local area.
Autism NJ is a parent ran group dedicated to providing contacts with resources and legal information to help Special Needs Guardians take their next step.
Faces4Autism is based in NJ’s Atlantic County. They provide resources, respite, and services to empower those with special needs in the local area.
World Hope International
wImagine ‘adopts’ a child with Special Needs in Africa, to fund a plan to meet their unique needs and the needs of their family. WHI is vital in countering cultural norms in these areas that say those with Special Needs are broken failures.
Education & Technology
Because Jesus did not die tokeep us static.We were meant to move.
Code.org partners with public schools across the country to provide access and resources for computer science education across all grade levels, with a particular interest for reaching high-poverty & marginalized areas.
We support projects from Public School Educators directly via DonorsChoose.org. We primarily choose teachers who support those with Special Needs in either NJ or high poverty areas, with extra bonus points for technology projects.
NumFocus supports the scientific Python community by directly or indirectly sponsoring scientific Python packages from a financial and legal indemnity standpoint. They also host events to bring everyone together to facilitate relationships & education.
Urban Promise is based in Camden, NJ, providing extracurricular and educational experiences for students in the area. They also provide college transition and job placement services for graduating High Schoolers.
Empowering the Marginalized
Because Jesus did not die to forget themarginalized.We were meant to be enriched.
Church World Service
CWS addresses global development by spinning up ‘ambassadors’ who do the right thing in other nations against climate change, poverty, and discrimination. In America, they are actively pushing in favor of increased immigration.
Healing the Children NJ
Healing the Children NJ (specifically NJ’s Division) heals children across the globe either in their host nation or by taking them to America for medical treatment.
KidsAlley provides extracurricular activities for the children of Camden, NJ and its surrounding area, providing them with healthier snacks and access to the love of Jesus.
New York City Relief
NYC Relief drives busses to the same locations every week, providing emergency shelter, food, socks, ID, detox, employment, and hope for a brighter future to the homeless population.
Preemptive Love exists to end war by trying to heal the wounds and scars of war. They reach war-torn areas and empower them with supplies, innovation, support in creating new businesses, and love.
TearFund USA, who was spun off from their original UK counterpart, is committed to abolish poverty and injustice across the globe. They also focus on climate change, emphasizing on reuse & recycling.
WaterMission engineers solutions to provide access to clean water and sanitation methods, in areas with high poverty or who have been impacted by natural disasters. We especially appreciate how they do not leave even after the news trucks leave.
World Relief empowers the Church and communities to take actions to push for increased immigration and to fight back against discrimination. They also serve areas that were impacted by natural emergencies.
These are organizations who support either (1) our selection of this list of partners, (2) the purpose of these other partners, or (3) are secondary partners.
Charity Navigator vets larger non-profits for their financial and leadership responsibility. wImagines uses their methodology to manually vet smaller organizations on this list and applies a modified version for the Churches on this list.
The EFF advocates for technology privacy and accessibility by providing best practices, encouraging governments, and compiling resources to help the public understand these topics.
Ronald McDonald House
The Ronald McDonald House provides free housing and support for families whose children are getting medical treatment at nearby Children Hospitals.
VoteSmart vets politicians based on their prior actions, votes, or surveys, and shares those in a simple way to help the public understand who exactly they’re voting for. They are not a partisan organization.
YouVersion, a ministry of Life.Church, creates the world’s best free Bible app, with the mission of reaching every smartphone in the world with access to the Bible.
In light of who my God & Brother are, we partner to