Community Outreach

Reaching Out Through Education

Heather Hawkins saw a need in the community around her and stepped in to fill that need. Every Wednesday night from 6-8 p.m. she began making herself available for tutoring help and three years later the program is still going strong. P.E.T.A.L., as the program is known, stands for Preparing, Education, Teaching, and Learning, and it has found a niche in the community. Other tutors are now helping make the P.E.T.A.L. program a success, both from the Sharon church and the surround community. The P.E.T.A.L. tutors work with students from kindergarten through high school as well as those working on GED preparation and resumé enrichment.

In addition, P.E.T.A.L. sponsors two subgroups. Reflecting Inner Beauty and Toolbox are geared towards young men and women ages 12-19. The teens learn with it means to be a virtuous person. Mentors provide an atmosphere where spiritual and emotional topics can be discussed and questions and concerns can be voiced. Physical appearance is also approached. Drechelle Larry and Kevin McCray have partnered with two licensed cosmetologists to demonstrate techniques for hair care, skin care and hygiene.

On November 14th the P.E.T.A.L. program was awarded a $3,500 grant from the Oregon Conference's Humanitarian Fund. The Humanitarian Fund is used to help make programs and projects like P.E.T.A.L. a reality for churches that want to bridge the gap between their pews and their streets.

For more information on P.E.T.A.L., please visit the Sharon's website at


To learn more about the Oregon Conference Humanitarian Fund click here.