Local Partners

Local Outreach

We partner with ministries in Hamilton and Marion County to provide serving opportunities to engage our people 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. 

Featured Holiday Serving Opps

Looking for a place to serve this holiday season? Grace partners with incredible ministries all over Indianapolis and they'd love for you to join them this Thanksgiving/Christmas. See the list of opportunities below:





Drop Zone Collections

Help provide much-need items this holiday season for member of our community. Circle City Relief is collecting toys (ages 0-18) for their annual Christmas Store. We are also collecting new socks and underwear (all ages) for our friends at Wheeler Mission and Shepherd Community Center from now through December 18. Please place items in collection bins at each campus. Thank you for all you do Grace family!

Our Local Partners

To learn ways to get more involved, click on a partner below.

Centurion’s Watch (CW) is a faith-based nonprofit organization that uses practical, thought-provoking biblically based education and support to transform America’s Reserve and Guard families into strong, healthy and ready military families. CW works to strengthen marriages by conducting military marriage seminars and enrichment events for Reserve Component families throughout the United States. CW affiliate ministries enable volunteers the opportunity to serve military families through various initiatives such as marriage counseling, mentoring, small group discipleship and need-based outreach projects.

Get involved: centurionswatch.org
Contact: Doug Hedrick at doug@centurionswatch.org  or 317.506.3684

Circle City Relief (CCR) helps the homeless and hurting with food and access to resources. The following serving options are available:

  • Drivers. Pick up pizzas on Wednesdays (varying times) and Sunday mornings (9:30–11:30 a.m.).

  • On-Site Volunteers. On Sundays, volunteers are needed to reheat and organize pizzas from 10:30 a.m. to noon and serve pizzas, hand out flyers, pray and create relationships with people from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the parking lot of IPS School 60.

Sign up for CCR

Get involved: circlecityrelief.com
Contact: Linda Hansen at lhansen56@gmail.com or 317.213.8417

Food Rescue is a network of volunteers who reclaim leftover retail food from restaurants and schools and deliver it to local food pantries and ministries. Food Rescue is in need of volunteers to serve once a month for 60 seconds from your own home.

Get involved: K12foodrescue.com
Contact: John Williamson at jw@foodrescue.net

Good Samaritan Network brings Christ-centered charitable organizations together in serving Hamilton County. They do this by coordinating the efforts of 64 service agencies, 34 food pantries, and nine township trustees to meet the needs of at-risk people in the county. This spectrum of services includes basic needs like housing, utility assistance, transportation, medical assistance, employment, counseling and life-skills development. During the holidays, food, clothing and Christmas gifts are given to over 16,000 people.

Get involved: gsnlive.org
Contact: David Richardson at drichardson@indy.rr.com or 317.714.4013

Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County seeks to put God's love into action and transform the lives of partner families through safe, sustainable, and affordable home ownership. HFH has been improving neighborhoods here in Hamilton County for over 26 years.

Tiger Team
Habitat is in need of additional Tiger Team construction & ReStore team members who can volunteer anytime between Tuesdays-Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Prefer commitment at least once a week.
Register

A Brush with Kindness (ABWK)
ABWK are episodic projects based on need to complete home repairs for families already in owner-occupied homes. Volunteers are needed to serve these families in need of home repairs. Dates and time vary based on family needs.
Register

ReStore Volunteer (16+)
Located at a new site in Fishers, ReStore volunteers are responsible for assisting customers, loading/unloading donations, helping sort recyclables, and various other tasks vital to ReStore operations. Must be at least 16 years of age. Tuesdays- Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You can come for however long as you like.
Register

Donation Ambassador
(Pick-up Driver/Co-pilot (18+/16+)
Volunteers are needed to assist with pickups. Must be able to lift 50 pounds without assistance. Will load and unload donations into box trucks/onto the sales floor. Daily cleaning and straightening of ReStore drive-thru. Tuesdays - Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Register

Get involved: habitathamiltoncounty.org
Contact: Mike Scheetz at mm@scheetzteam.com

Hands of Hope believes that God wants to use the local church to love orphans and vulnerable children in our community. You may not be called to adopt or be a foster care parent, but you can make a difference in the life of a local foster care child!

Chaperone Foster Care Children at Events
Hands of Hope is in need of loving chaperones to love and serve a foster care child while experiencing a fun event together planned by Hands of Hope. Example events include attending an Indians game, Lunch & Painting or attending a Colts game. Event times vary. Ideally, chaperones would chaperone the same child multiple times per year. For more information, contact Tiffany Eggers at tiffany@handsofhopein.org.

Love & Serve Foster Care Children on Select Tuesday Evenings
Every other month on the second Tuesday from 6:15-8:30 p.m. at Freedom Church in Noblesville, Hands of Hope loves and serves foster care children while Department of Child Services trains and encourages the foster care parents. Volunteers are encouraged to bring crafts and games to do with the children; however, it’s also fine to just show up and love the children! 
Register

Get involved: handsofhopein.org
Contact: Kathy Bingham at binghamkathy@ymail.com

The Health Care Ministry is a group of Christian physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other clinical and administrative volunteers who provide free health care to the poor and uninsured in our community through three free clinics- Shepherd Community Clinic, Trinity Clinic, and the Wheeler Mission Clinic. The Shepherd Community Clinic is located on the near East Side of Indianapolis in Marion County, the Trinity Free Clinic serves the Hamilton County community and the Wheeler Clinic is located downtown at the Wheeler Men’s Residential Center.

These clinics are seeking doctors, NP’s, PA’s, nurses, pharmacists and other clinicians volunteers to minister medical and spiritual needs of their patients. This ministry is also in need of a volunteer to assist with website and database development.

Contact: Richard Bickel at bickels6@sbcglobal.net

Trinity Free Clinic Hope Abounds Depression Program

Help by volunteering as a life coach working with Trinity Free Clinic patients suffering from the symptoms of mild to moderate depression through their Hope Abounds program. Life coaches will help patients set and achieve wellness goals relating to sleep, exercise and diet by offering support and encouragement through weekly calls and one clinic visit. Volunteers do not need a medical background and will be trained to provide basic life coaching. The time commitment is flexible based on availability and ranges from 1-10 hours per week.

Get Info: trinityfreeclinic.org
Contact: Cindy Love at 317.669.6924 or cindy@trinityfreeclnic.org

Lamplighter Ministries offers six-weekend experiences a year 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: lamplighterministriesinc.org
Contact: Stephanie Maxwell at srmpu83@aim.com or 317.507.8340

Help save lives! 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 to the glory of God through their eight pregnancy centers. Volunteers are needed to show love and compassion to women in unplanned pregnancies.

Get involved: lifecenters.com
Contact: Amanda Mobley at amanda.abbey@hotmail.com or 317.989.1958

Midwest Food Bank (MFB) has a vibrant mission. They seek to alleviate hunger and poverty by delivering food and disaster relief free of charge to recipients. Their goal is to make a difference in communities and create volunteer opportunities for all. This is their roadmap to “Sharing the Blessings.”

Hunger and food insecurity are significant problems facing our country and communities. Midwest Food Bank, serves nonprofit organizations in Indiana allowing many nonprofit organizations and volunteers to take part in weekly/monthly distributions and daily activities. Every day MFB redistributes good, wholesome food that would otherwise be wasted. Each month, weeks or days are dedicated as "Distribution". During that period, organizations come in to pick up food which they then distribute to people in their communities. Numerous volunteers also participate throughout the week to make it all possible.

Get involved: midwestfoodbank.org
Contact: Phil Abookire at pabookire@gmail.com or 317.590.8043

Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic promotes justice through legal representation and education for our low-income neighbors as a way of demonstrating Christ's love.

Get involved: lifecenters.com
Contact: Doug Cox at coxes@att.net

One Day Events

Throughout the year, the Clinic hosts one-day events when volunteers serve large numbers of clients in meaningful ways! For example, Refugee Adjustment Day is a one-day event focused on serving refugee clients with everything they need to seek a green card. Training for volunteers is conducted in the morning and then volunteer attorneys interview and assist clients with their application for adjustment to obtain their green card. One-day events are great for legal and non-legal volunteers who want interact with clients in a meaningful way but cannot make a long-term commitment.
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Join the Clinic Intake Team

Learn more about serving and providing clients with legal information and on-the-spot advice as a volunteer attorney.
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Case Referrals

The Clinic serves clients in many legal areas and needs experienced attorneys to take case referrals in the following areas: bankruptcy, consumer/debt collection, guardianships, wills/estate planning, landlord/tenant, federal tax controversies, divorce and paternity (for victims of domestic violence), immigration, driver license, expungement of arrest and conviction records.  Volunteer attorneys are encouraged to commit to one case referral at a time. Contact Kathleen Bloxsome, Volunteer Coordinator.

Wednesday Morning Prayer Team

Join the Clinic’s prayer team on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. The Clinic is seeking to have a consistent prayer presence at the Clinic’s main intake to let the clients know how deeply Jesus cares for them. The prayer team will have an opportunity to pray with those clients who request prayer and/or to pray through the prayer requests of those who completed a prayer card. A private prayer room is available as well. Ideally the team would consist of a team leader and several team members. The team leader would be responsible for scheduling the prayer team members for the various weeks. Additionally, the team doesn’t have to be from the same church or group but rather a composite of volunteers. Contact Kathleen Bloxsome.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Clinic has a variety of non-legal opportunities for volunteers including administrative work, staff appreciation events, praying with clients, providing/sponsoring lunch for events, interpreting and translating documents, grant writing, fundraising, event planning, hosting interns, unpaid internships and more. To learn more, contact Kathleen Bloxsome, Volunteer Coordinator.
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Outreach is a faith-based nonprofit organization that reaches out to homeless young men and women (14-24) in the Indianapolis area with the compassion of Jesus Christ. Our goal is to equip and empower these at-risk young people to achieve stability and life transformation. 

Volunteer

Deep Clean of Program Center and Building
Groups of 5 to 15 help maintain the building. Outreach strives to keep the facility as clean and organized as possible to create a dignified space for clients.

Organize/Sort Donations
Groups of 4 to 8 help sort, wash and organize clothing and hygiene donations in the Program Center.

Yard Work
Groups of 5 to 10 weed the courtyard and building perimeter, trim trees, pick up liter, water plants, wipe down outside furniture, etc.

Burrito Blitz
Groups of 5 to 8 make burritos in Outreach’s kitchen to freeze for Drop-In Programming. Burrito Blitz occurs once a month and Outreach asks for an $80 donation to cover burrito supplies. Individuals must be 18+ to be in the kitchen.

Apartment Pack Party
Any size group collects needed items for apartment packs (list provided by Outreach) and construct packs at Outreach. This can be done elsewhere and brought in if preferred. Many youths receive housing without having any experience in taking care of a living space. Outreach provides cleaning packs that they can use in their new space to help them retain their housing.

Red Hot Bra Party/Boxers and Briefs
Groups can host events to collect needed items for Outreach such as bras, underwear, socks and other items. Bras and underwear are some of the biggest needs that are less likely to be donated. These events typically take place outside of Outreach and are run by individuals or groups who want to help collect items for youth. Outreach will provide any requested materials.


Get involved: outreachindiana.org
Contact: Craig Lafuse at clafuse@hotmail.com

Project Eden reconnects people with the physical creation and helps restore broken ecosystems. Below are current ways to get involved.

Get involved: project-eden.org
Contact: Cindy Henry at cookingmama92000@gmail.com

Project Eden Gardens
Reconnect with creation through our gardens located at Grace 146th Street. All levels of involvement and experience are needed. Project Eden is recruiting volunteers and plot holders for 2017! At the Project Eden Garden, we grow food for our families and for Care Center families. Join us as we are gardening the kingdom.

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Safe Families for Children is a national movement of compassion that gives hope to families in crisis. Safe, loving homes are provided where parents may voluntarily have their children cared for while they seek to restore stability in their lives. Safe Families is in need of host homes as well as volunteers to assist in case management. Training is provided.

Get involved: indianapolis.safe-families.org
Contact: Rick Radcliff at rick.radcliff19@gmail.com

Shepherd Community Center is an urban ministry working to break the cycle of poverty on the near East Side of Indianapolis by meeting the physical, social, educational and spiritual needs of the neighborhood. Get involved by volunteering in Shepherd’s healthcare clinic on Saturdays, tutoring a child in their Whiz Kids after-school program during the school year or by serving breakfast to build relationships with our friends from Shepherd.
 
Get involved: shepherdcommunity.org
Contact: Matthew Gray at matthewgray100@gmail.com

SpringHill Camps is a non-profit Christian camp and retreat ministry with locations in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. Their 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 extreme sports, 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. Churches, schools and businesses can book facilities for group retreats, conferences or outings. Come for a day, weekend or an entire week. SpringHill provides lodging, meals and activities. They will also help with any needed program facilitation.

Get involved: springhillcamps.com
Contact: Stephanie Patterson at spatterson@springhillcamps.com or 317.379.1905

Wheeler Center for Women and Children (CWC) provides shelter, food, clothing and life skills to homeless women and children in Indianapolis. Join us on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. for relationship building and recreation time with the women and children. The group meets at the Wheeler Center for Women and Children (3208 East Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201). Parking is available on Michigan Street in front of the building. Someone from Grace will be inside to direct volunteers. Pre-registration is required.
Sign up for CWC

Get involved: wheelermission.org
Contact: Diana Hamlyn at diana-hamlyn@sbcglobal.net.

Join us the 2nd Saturday of the month as we bring friends from Wheeler Men’s Mission to attend our 4:30 p.m. service and share a meal at Grace Church - 146th Street. Here are a few serving opportunities:

  • Meal Team. From 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., set up and prepare a meal for the Wheeler men and drivers. Paper products are provided and we ask that you bring one or all of the following: main dish, side, salad, and bread.

  • Driving Team. From 2:30 to 8:00 p.m., the driving team (consisting of a driver and a co-pilot, with one being male) picks up our friends at Wheeler and brings them to Grace for a church service and dinner. Volunteers will also spend on-one-one time with the men during dinner.

  • Greeting Team. From 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., the greeting team welcomes our friends into Grace and guides them into the South Auditorium. After service, guide the men to Room 111 for dinner and stay and fellowship with them.

  • Care Bag Team. The care bag team donates items to be given to the men during their visit. The team can either select and donate items from the list provided to go toward bags being created or as a family/small group they can create bags. View the list of care bag items.

Sign up for Wheeler Shuttle

Get involved: wwm.org
Contact: Liz Byers at lizb@gracechurch.us

Wheeler Mission Ministries Shelter for Men provides shelter, food, and clothing to homeless men in Indianapolis. Join us every Sunday afternoon from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. to serve a meal and build relationships with the men at Wheeler. Meet at Wheeler Mission Ministries Shelter for Men and park in the Shelter lot corner of East and Market streets (get directions). Please enter through the double-glass volunteer entrance doors located at the top of the stars. For safety reasons, please wear close-toe shoes and no shorts or tank tops. Please signup in advance.

Signup

Get involved: wwm.org
Contact: Rick Dufek at firebat@att.net

Empower youth, build relationships and transform lives by spending one-on-one time tutoring or mentoring a student at Shepherd Community Center each week. Tutors spend an hour with their student practicing reading, working on homework and playing games. The goal of the tutor-student relationship is to improve reading comprehension, but also to 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 huge difference in a child’s life! Volunteers must be high school age or older and training is provided. Whiz Kids is available at:

  • Shepherd Community: Mondays & Wednesdays from 4:15–5:15 p.m.

Sign up for Whiz Kids

Get involved: shepherdcommunity.org
Contact: Liz Byers at lizb@gracechurch.us

 

Stories of Whiz Kids

We hear story after story of life change through Whiz Kids. Not only are these students lives being impacted, but those who are serving continue to experience God's incredible love like never before. Want to hear more stories? View our blog for more!

Partner Resources

The following resources are for sponsors of approved Partners at Grace. If you have any questions, please contact Michele Leach or 317.848.2722.  

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