2016 Local Holiday Serving Opportunities
BY LIZ BYERS, DIRECTOR OF PARTNERS & OUTREACH
This time of year, we pause to celebrate thankfulness and Jesus’ mission to rescue this broken world. What better way to celebrate this holiday season than to be embody Christ’s hope and light to those in our local community? At Grace, we partner with 40+ organizations who are doing their part to help heal one of the six broken places of the world: Separation, Isolation, Pain, Decay, Injustice and Hatred. We are coming alongside these partners to help them fill volunteer spots that are much needed this time of year. There are great opportunities for individuals, small groups and families to get involved. Interested? Read more below!
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CRU - Keith & Natalie Back
Hosting International Students
Days/Times Based on Your Schedule
There are over 2,500 international students at IUPUI this year. Over the Thanksgiving holidays, they will more often than not end up alone in their dorm rooms with no place to go You can make a huge difference in their lives this year by hosting a few students for a Thanksgiving meal with your family. What may seem minor by having them over for a few hours will be a lasting memory they won't forget. Christmas is very much the same as well. Inviting a student over sometime during their Christmas break for a meal and some hot chocolate or anything similar will impact their lives and show them Christ tangibly. Would you be willing to make a HUGE difference in their life and host one or two of them for Thanksgiving or over Christmas break? Contact Keith Back at firstname.lastname@example.org or 440.465.4892 to signup or if you have any questions.
Good Samaritan Network
Thanksgiving Holiday Food Assistance: November 12-19
Thanksgiving Day Meals/Meal Delivery: November 23 & 24
Christmas Holiday Assistance: December 3-10
Christmas Eve Meal Delivery: December 24
Join GSN as they serve the residents of Hamilton County and make a difference in the lives of countless families, including senior citizens, those with disabilities and single parents, this holiday season! GSN assists thousands of Hamilton County residents each year with food, clothing and toys. GSN has 2,486 volunteering slots available during the holidays with many different dates and times. There are many opportunities great for families and small groups. Serving opportunities include delivering holiday meals to the elderly and helping with Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance distribution (such as food and toys). Contact 317.842.2603, x200 with questions.
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Hands of Hope
Gift Bags for Department of Child Service Workers
Wednesday, November 30 from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Join Hands of Hope to help put together gift bags for the Region 11 (Hamilton, Madison, Hancock, and Tipton County) Department of Child Services workers. These individuals have an incredibly hard job and Hands of Hope wants to come alongside them letting them know they are appreciated and supported. For more information, contact Suzy Roth at email@example.com.
Shepherd Community Center
Deliver Thanksgiving Meals
Morning of November 20 & 24
Help fight hunger and spread some hope during the holidays by delivering Thanksgiving meal totes to Shepherd families on Sunday, November 20, or hot Thanksgiving meals to Shepherd’s neighbors in partnership with Mozel Sanders on Thanksgiving morning. Both are great opportunities for families and groups. Contact Phil Merki at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Shepherd will be hosting their annual Christmas Store for their neighbors on December 20! Join Shepherd in the fun as a greeter, shopper or wrapper. Help celebrate the Christmas season and meet some of Shepherd’s neighbors as they shop for Christmas presents for their children. Contact Phil Merki at email@example.com for more information.
Wheeler Mission Ministries
Join Wheeler this Thanksgiving for their 14th Annual Drumstick Dash in Broad Ripple! They are anticipating over 19,000 participants this year, so that means they need even more volunteers than ever to make this event run smoothly. From helping the day before at the Expo & Packet Pick-Up to working the Course FuN PaTroL on Race Day, you and your family/group are needed! Volunteers receive an official, long-sleeve, adult, unisex Drumstick Dash t-shirt. View Opportunities, descriptions, schedules.
Shelter for Men Sunday Meal
Every Sunday from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Join us on any Sunday afternoon this November and December, including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, to serve dinner in the newly renovated kitchen and dining room at Wheeler Mission Ministries Shelter for Men location. For more information, contact Denise Adair at firstname.lastname@example.org. No registration required.
Wheeler Center for Women and Children
November 20 & December 18 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Join us on November 20 and/or December 18 for recreation time and to build relationships with the women and children at the Wheeler Center for Women and Children. This is a great opportunity for families. For more information, contact Lindsey Putman at email@example.com.
Wheeler Men’s Mission Shuttle
December 10, Times Vary
Once a month we bring our friends from Wheeler to attend the 4:30 p.m. service and to share a meal at Grace. Join us over the holidays for the shuttle on December 10. We need volunteers to serve as greeters/guides, meal servers, meal hosts, as well as to provide donated items for the care bags we give to the men from Wheeler during their visit. For more information, contact Denise Adair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Many of your kids are enrolled in local schools that have adopted the K-12 Food Rescue program. This holiday season we are making a push to engage students in each school on a deeper level, asking them to count, organize, pack, sort and share the impact their school is making. Help Food Rescue engage your student deeper in the message that "Food Is Not Trash". Food Rescue will meet with you and your student to demonstrate how this simple act of service can change the world this holiday season. For more information, visit foodrescue.net or contact John Williamson at email@example.com or 317.694.4006.
Circle City Relief
Sundays from 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Circle City Relief (CCR) helps the homeless and hurting with food and access to resources. Join CCR on Sundays to serve as either a driver to pick up pizzas on Sunday mornings or to volunteer from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday afternoons to reheat and serve pizzas to those in need. For more information, contact Matt and Sandy Gay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Posted by Kristen Raves on November 28, 2016 @ 11:43 am
Good morning-Do we have any service options available to us where we can sponsor families for Christmas to help out with gifts? My team at work is looking to get involved with something on this front and I wanted to see if I could get any guidance from you all on this? Feel free to give me a ring at 312.479.4842. Thank you!Mark Weaver
Posted by Mark Weaver on November 28, 2016 @ 9:40 am