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!

Featured Serving Opportunities 

Serve Those in Need - Shepherd Community Center

Days/Times Vary

Shepherd works with neighborhood youth and their families to break the cycle of poverty on the near eastside of Indianapolis. Serve in a variety of ways throughout the year including Whiz Kids tutoring, Saturday morning breakfasts, and food pantry, and group work projects. Contact donnaa@shepherdcommunity.org  for more information. Look for special serving events throughout the year such as the annual Fall Festival, Thanksgiving basket delivery, and Christmas Store!

Serve Kids/Teachers - IPS 58

Days/Times Vary

For many years, Grace has worked alongside our partner Shepherd to support the staff and students at IPS 58.  Serving opportunities include:

  • Encouraging teachers by attending a note writing event, assembling/deliver gift bags, or hosting a staff luncheon. 
  • Hosting a perfect attendance party at IPS 58 with snacks, games, and crafts. Fridays: January 24, April 17, May 29 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Collecting items such as uniform clothes, hygiene products, or prizes for the Soar Store.

Contact denisea@gracechurch.us for more information.

Care Center Green Bag Delivery - Fishers Campus

Sundays at 12:30 p.m.

Support the Green Bag Delivery Team by driving the donated bags from the Fishers Campus to the Care Center at 146th Street. This is a great opportunity for busy families with young kids! View available dates and sign up here. Contact denisea@gracechurch.us for more information. For other ways to serve with Care Center Click here  

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 Items for Families - Hands of Hope

Help meet the practical needs of vulnerable families in our community through the CarePortal with Hands of Hope. CarePortal bridges the gap between children in need and churches who want to help. The families and needs (ex: home repair projects, bringing groceries, cribs, or bedding) are identified through the Department of Child Services and entered into the database. A Grace representative assesses the needs and communicates the opportunities to you through monthly emails. Contact Jane Wiley to sign up for the monthly service opportunity emails or to learn more.

Support A Foster Family - Hands of Hope

You can make a difference in the life of a local foster care child by supporting Grace Church foster families through a Care Community. A Care Community is a team of volunteers who rally around a foster family to provide practical support, such as providing a monthly meal. Nationally, 50% of foster families quit after the first year/placement but Care Communities help retain up to 90% of foster parents, enabling them to foster longer and stronger. Together, we can support the vulnerable children in our church and community! Learn more at handsofhopein.org or contact Heidi Porterfield

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. Learn more at wheelermission.org or contact Cyndy Davisson.

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+. Get involved at wwm.org or contact Rick Dufek.​

Donate Clothes & Household Items

Part of the Grace Care Center expansion includes a new Thrift Store. We now collect items such as clothing, household items, and books for local families in need. There are bins located at each campus where you can donate your items.

Affiliate Partner Ministries 

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 Chris Haynes.

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.