Local Outreach

Invest in Your Community

We partner with ministries in Hamilton and Marion County to provide opportunities for us to serve our local community and engage in the mission of God through healing the 6 Broken Places. Our local partners raise awareness of the brokenness around us and provide a window into God’s heart for our local community. Check out our featured opportunities below for great ways to serve as individuals, families, or groups!

Holiday Serving Opportunities

Each year, we are excited to bring you a variety of serving opportunities. Most of these are family friendly. So bring your friends and family to serve those in need this holiday season!

Featured Serving Opportunities 

Neighborhood Outreach - Circle City Relief

Sundays, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Times Vary)

Circle City Relief seeks to transform and restore lives to our neighbors in Indianapolis by providing resources, food, community, and prayer every Sunday in the parking lot of IPS 60. Serving opportunities include:

  • Outreach Prep (food/clothes/etc.)
  • Pizza, soup, & drink distribution
  • Clothing distribution
  • Children’s Bible study assistant
  • Connect, talk, & pray with neighbors

Sign up at circlecityrelief.com or contact Linda Hansen.  

Provide Meals for Foster Families - Hands of Hope

You may not be called to adopt or foster, but you can make a difference in the life of a local foster care child by supporting foster families through a Care Community. It could be as simple as providing one meal per month. Half of all foster families quit either after the first year or first placement. Care Communities help retain up to 95 percent of foster parents. Together, we can support the vulnerable children in our community! You can choose what role you play and will be assigned a family in your area. Learn more at handsofhopein.org or contact Kathy Bingham.

Serve Homeless Youth - Outreach Inc.

Outreach Inc. seeks to equip and empower at-risk young people to achieve stability and life transformation. Get involved at outreachindiana.org or contact Craig Lafuse. 
Group Opportunities

  • Prepare burritos and care bags
  • Maintain grounds and clean programming spaces
  • Sort donations
Individual Opportunities
  • Drop Team Member (direct interaction with youth)
  • Ladies Night Team Member (direct interaction with youth)
  • Coordinator for Clothing Pantry, Events, or Curriculum

Recreation Time - Wheeler Center for Women & Children

Third Sundays, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Wheeler Center for Women and Children (CWC) provides shelter, food, clothing and life skills to homeless women and children in Indianapolis. Join us each month for relationship building and recreation time with the women and children. The group meets at the Wheeler Center for Women and Children (directions). Park on Michigan Street in front of the building. Someone from Grace will be inside to direct volunteers. Sign up here to serve. Learn more at wheelermission.org or contact Cyndy Davisson.

Serve the Homeless - Wheeler Men's Mission Shuttle

Second Saturdays, Times Vary
Join our friends from Wheeler Men’s Mission at the 4:30 p.m. service at 146th Street Campus and share a meal! Wheeler Mission Ministries Shelter for Men provides shelter, food, and clothing to homeless men in Indianapolis. Help us make the men feel loved and welcomed at Grace! Serving opportunities include:

  • Driving Team  
  • Greeting Team
  • Meal Team
  • Care Bag Team

Sign up here to serve or contact Liz Byers with questions.

Serve Sunday Dinner - Wheeler Men's Mission Ministries

Sundays, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Wheeler Mission Ministries Shelter for Men provides shelter, food, and clothing to homeless men in Indianapolis. Join us every Sunday to serve a meal and build relationships with the men at Wheeler. Our group prepares plates of food, delivers trays and drinks, takes tickets, and interacts with the men. For safety reasons, please wear close-toe shoes and no shorts or tank tops. Family-friendly for children ages 8+. Sign up here. Get involved at wwm.org or contact Rick Dufek.

Tutor with Whiz Kids - Shepherd Community Center

Mondays or Wednesdays, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Empower youth, build relationships, and transform lives by spending one-on-one time tutoring or mentoring a student at Shepherd Community Center. Spend an hour each week with a student practicing reading, doing homework, and playing games. Help improve reading comprehension and build a positive relationship in the student’s life to feel loved and encouraged. All it takes is an hour a week to a make a difference! View more stories on our blog!  Visit shepherdcommunity.org or contact Liz ByersSign up here. .

Donate Clothes & Household Items

Many of our partner ministries rely on donated items to support their ministry and those they serve. We do not collect the items at Grace but read below to find where you can drop off your new or gently used items.
Clothing (all ages):

Children’s Books
Furniture or Appliances

Other Local Partners

Centurion’s Watch

Centurion’s Watch uses practical, thought-provoking, biblically-based education and support to transform America’s Reserve & Guard families into strong, healthy, and ready military families. Volunteers can serve military families through various initiatives such as marriage counseling, mentoring, small group discipleship, and need-based outreach projects. Learn more at centurionswatch.org or contact Doug Hedrick.  

Lamplighter Ministries

Lamplighter Ministries offers weekend experiences for people interested in deepening their relationship with Christ regardless of where they are in their spiritual journey. The Friday evening through Sunday events are full of community and individual activities designed to help people take the next step in their Christian journey and renew their spirit. Get involved at lamplighterministriesinc.org or contact Stephanie Maxwell.  

Life Centers

Life Centers affirms the value of life by providing a network of care to those experiencing pregnancy-related crisis and by presenting Biblical truths resulting in changed lives through their eight pregnancy centers. Volunteers are needed to show love and compassion to women in unplanned pregnancies. Learn more at lifecenters.com or contact Amanda Mobley.

Safe Families for Children

Safe Families for Children provides safe, loving homes for families in crisis where parents may voluntarily have their children cared for while they seek to restore stability in their lives. Safe Families is looking for host homes and volunteers to assist in case management. To get involved, visit indianapolis.safe-families.org or contact Rick Radcliff.

SpringHill Camps

SpringHill Camps is a Christian camp and retreat ministry whose mission is to create life-impacting experiences that enable young people to know and to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Adults and kids love Summer Camp with high adventure activities and outdoor games because it's all integrated with life-changing, fun and faith-filled experiences. Programs are available for special needs children. We also offer retreats, conferences and outings for groups. Come for a day, weekend or an entire week. SpringHill provides lodging, meals, and activities. Get involved at springhillcamps.com or contact Stephanie Patterson.

Partner Resources

The following resources are for sponsors of approved Partners at Grace.