COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

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EDUCATION

Mission: to engage young adults in purposeful leadership and ministry, support children in holistic development, and connect churches with communities.

Project Transformation addresses three unique challenges with one program:

  1. How to meet the academic, physical, social-emotional, and spiritual needs of children from low-income communities
  2. How to provide meaningful ways for college-age young adults to explore ministry opportunities and develop as young principled leaders for the church and the world
  3. How to help revitalize churches in under-served communities.

For more information, contact Sarah Fuquay.

Mission: To provide a safe place where the spiritual, emotional, educational, and physical needs of children, youth, and their families are responded to in a holistic approach.

East 10th UMC Needs:

  • Volunteers for reading and after-school tutoring (one hour per week).
  • Help with Sunday evening meals for 150 homeless & underserved individuals
  • Financial aid to children attending preschool ($105 sponsors one at-risk child’s weekly tuition for preschool)

For more information, contact Relationship Manager, Cathy Bonser-Neal.

Mission: Serves students grades K-5.

80% of the Fox Hill Elementary student population qualifies for free and/or reduced lunch.

We need:

  • Mentors and Tutors in the school to support teachers in a safe, structured environment. Tutoring slots are available between 8:30 am and 4:30pm, Kindergarten to 5th grade. Commitment is 1 hour weekly per work, or more if desired.
    Our goal is to build the self-esteem of students. Sign up here.

For more information, contact Relationship Manager, Tom Lange

Mission: To support families by improving children’s mental wellness. The vision of the ICCF is to promote healing and bring hope to the lives of children, adolescents and families affected by child abuse, children with social, emotional and behavioral needs and life challenges.

ICCFI Needs:

  • Administrative office help
  • Landscaping
  • Donations of toys for learning activities
  • Leaders of a study for parent enrichment

For more information, contact Relationship Manager, Sandi French


INTERNATIONAL MISSION TRIPS

Mission: To support Haitian families in finding economic opportunities, stable housing and education.

Zanmi Fondwa Needs:

  • To build 40 houses in 3 years we need your help. Join us on a mission trip or donate financially (each home costs $23,000).

For more information, contact Relationship Manager, Dave Duba.

Mission: UMOJA works for justice and alleviating suffering for orphans and vulnerable children in Western Kenya. St. Luke's will be traveling to East Africa in 2020. For more information on this trip, please contact outreach@stlukesumc.com.

Mission: Hearts and Hope for Haiti provides formal education opportunities, medical care, nutrition, shelter and works to improve the physical and community environment for the poor, the distressed and the underprivileged people in the country of Haiti.


Hearts & Hope Needs:

  • People to join mission trips to Haiti
  • Donations to the Alpha & Omega Clinic construction project
  • Prayer for the doctors and teachers providing basic health and education services

For more information, contact Relationship Managers, Gary and Kay Walla.

Mission: To provide medical and primary education leaders of the UMC in Sierra Leone continuing education in the areas of infrastructure, management, leadership development and financial sustainability through work teams, ongoing consultation and the collection of suitable equipment and supplies for shipping.

SLHEP Needs:

  • Assistance in organizational development—marketing consulting, administrators, finance managers needed
  • Help organizing shipping containers
  • Service Trips available each January and February

For more information, contact Relationship Manager, Don and Marilyn Griffith


FOOD INSECURITY

Mission: Crooked Creek Food Pantry (CCFP) seeks to serve and invest in the Crooked Creek community service area by operating a client choice food pantry, providing nutritional education, and building relationships to support family needs.


CCFP serves approximately 1,300 families per month. Every week, we need 100 volunteers to gather food donations which support the Pantry. Step up be a part of the volunteer team by contacting Sylvia Forbes.

Mission: Feed Every One matches volunteers with a desire to serve the community in a small way by transporting unsold food from area grocery stores to Indianapolis shelters.

Feed Every One Needs:

  • Pick up and deliver food on Sunday mornings. Must have a vehicle similar to an SUV, truck or van.

For more information, contact Relationship Manager, Lori Chambers

Mission: FPCC compassionately provides programs to ease the burden of low to moderate income individuals who struggle with life’s basic needs.

Fletcher Place’s educational offerings and day-to-day support through services like hot meal programs help break the cycle of poverty.

Fletcher Place Needs:

  • Volunteer crews who assist with hot meals
  • Donations of food, paper goods and funding for these items
  • Donations of clothing and household items to Fletcher Place Thrift Store
  • Volunteers to serve in the Thrift Store
  • GED-Prep class teachers

For more information, contact Relationship Manager, Randy Sorrell


HOUSING & STABILITY

Mission: Dove Recovery House is committed to empowering women to become substance free, self-sufficient, and healthy, by providing safe housing, quality programming and above all hope for their future.

Dove House Needs:

  • Paper products (toilet paper, paper plates, paper towels, napkins)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Office supplies
  • Canned/boxed food
  • Twin size sheets, blankets, pillows & pillow cases
  • Seasoning for food
  • Funding for these items

For more information, contact Relationship Manager, Lori Chambers.

Mission: Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis is a partnership of congregations and community organizations responding to the crisis of children and their families who are homeless.

We are working to eliminate homelessness in Greater Indianapolis by partnering with other organizations and addressing their immediate and long term needs.

For more information, contact Relationship Manager, Bob Dillingham.

Mission: To reach out with the love of Christ to help homeless youth find a more stable life. We reach out to the youth in need through the following programs: Street Outreach, Drop-In Center, G.O.A.L and case management.

In 2013 Outreach, Inc. served 331 homeless people and the G.O.A.L program helped 80 homeless students to stay enrolled in their local school.

Outreach, Inc Needs:

  • Life skills class teachers
  • Cooks for meals
  • Workers in the food and clothing pantry
  • People willing to spend time with a homeless youth

To volunteer contact Mike Elliott.
For more information, contact Relationship Manager, Jennifer Wolfe.

Mission: SAWs© builds ADA Standard ramps that are high quality, environmentally friendly, removable and reusable for indigent persons with disabilities using wheelchairs, scooters or walkers. We seek to translate the joy-filled moment someone regains their freedom into a life changing experience for volunteers as well as for those we serve.

SAWs Needs:

  • Ramp building volunteers (Saturdays, 4-6 hours to install ramp)
  • Grant writers to help fund the $1000 cost of an average ramp
  • Prefab team volunteers (Thursdays, 2-4 hours, build the frames, cut deck boards and load materials for Saturday builds)
  • Client Service volunteers to interview potential clients
  • Office volunteers for administrative support
  • Donors

For more information, contact SAWs at SawsRamps.org, email info@SawsRamps.org, or call 317-844-7664

Mission: The SON Foundation Hospitality House provides temporary lodging for cancer patients, caregivers and families who travel to Indianapolis for extended medical treatment. Our mission is to help relieve the financial burden associated with such housing, thereby enabling our guests to focus on physical and emotional healing.

The SON Foundation House pledges to provide a Christian "home away from home". Guests will have access to a private bedroom, shared bathroom, community kitchen and living areas.

SON Foundation Needs:

  • Weekend Whole House Clean (teams)
  • Maintenance & Mowing Crew (teams)
  • Monthly Meals for Guests
  • SON Foundation Prayer Team
  • Financial Contributions
  • Consumable Donations: paper towels, toilet paper, hand soap, hand sanitizer, free & clear laundry detergent, free & clear fabric softener sheets, garbage bags

For more information, contact Tom Ford by email or phone 317-514-7587
To volunteer or make a monetary donation, view the SON Foundation House website

Mission: Habitat for Humanity helps bridge families in poverty to home ownership. Keep a watch out for our 2020 Lenten service project where together, we will build a home as a congregation in partnership with Arbor Homes. Contact Andrea Ledford at ledforda@stlukesumc.com for more information.