One of the greatest ways we make an impact in our communities is by coming alongside and supporting certain local non-profit ministries. Our goal is to work with them in order to be agents of change and transformation. We know everyone has different passions and places they desire to serve, so these ministries represent various needs and neighborhoods close to each of our campuses.
Bed Brigade, Grove City
This ministry provides beds and the hope of Jesus to the Columbus area. Last year Bed Brigade donated approximately 500 beds. Volunteers can be part of the deliveries or the building of the beds. This is great for families and small groups!
Daily Needs Assistance (DNA), Plain City
DNA offers programs that meet the physical and spiritual needs in the communities. Volunteers can help with Saturday morning pancake breakfast and a Kids Kloset, a monthly community meal. This is great for families!
Cypress volunteers (14 yrs +) cook dinner once a month at the Alton Darby campus and then travel to serve the men at the Faith Mission homeless shelter downtown. Faith Mission provides approximately 600 meals a day. There are also other great opportunities you can check out at: Faith Mission. *Currently, due to COVID restrictions volunteers are unable to serve the meal and we are just making the meal and dropping it off.
Grove City Food Pantry
The Grove City Food Pantry provides groceries for families Monday through Friday. Volunteers can help load cars during pickup (this currently happens 12:00-2:00pm by appointment), bag groceries, and help organize the pantry. This is right across the street from our Grove City campus!
Hope Center, Marysville
The Hope Center is the hub for helping those in need in Union County. The ministry includes a weekly meal, furniture bank, clothing store, and programming for youth.
Mid-Ohio Food Collective, Grove City
This ministry works in the Grove City community to connect their hungry neighbors with nutritious food, stabilizing families today while helping them access resources for tomorrow so they can thrive for the future. They provide 140,000 meals each day in Central and Eastern Ohio. Volunteers can help sort and pack the groceries for families.
Raider Rack, London
Located in an old classroom at London Elementary, the Raider Rack helps supply kids with new clothes. Elementary to high school-aged kids can “shop” for clothes. Volunteers can help donate items, sort the donations, switch out the inventory based on the change of season, and even help the kids shop.
This ministry provides encouragement and tutoring help for kids at Leawood and Lindbergh Elementary. Volunteers can be paired with a student to encourage them during this semester by connecting weekly via Zoom, Facetime, or handwritten cards. They also offer Enrichment Learning Centers where committed volunteers can help tutor kids weekly.
FESTA (previously SON Ministries)
This school year, FESTA is helping lead Learning Enrichment Centers for Hilliard families. Each week, students will receive tutoring, a meal, and extra educational activities in a socially distanced environment. Volunteers can commit to serve weekly to help tutor at one of our host sites, including our Alton Darby and Dublin Campuses. There are also opportunities to donate non-perishable food kits and activity kits.
This ministry provides weekend meals for kids in 9 school districts in Madison, Union, and Clark Counties including the West Jefferson, Jonathan Alder, and London school districts. This ministry serves over 650 kids! Volunteers help pack the meals. This is great for families and small groups! Learn more at sg2012.org.
Van Buren Center
The Van Buren Center has a women, men, and family shelter. They serve meals daily and provide resources to individuals and families to help them overcome homelessness. Other great opportunities to serve that can be found: Van Buren Center.
Welcome Warehouse, Dublin
Welcome Warehouse provides support to Dublin City and School District residents who are struggling to meet basic needs because of job loss, underemployment, health crises, or other challenges. There are multiple volunteer opportunities including volunteering in the free shop, helping fulfill and deliver orders, sorting donations in the warehouse, and delivering mattresses for the bed donation program.