NEIGHBORHOOD CANVASSING – One of the ways we are hoping to expand our ministry in the neighborhoods near Post and 42nd Street is by learning more about the needs and abilities of the people in those neighborhoods. Our ministry partners at Shepherd Community Center have provided us with a survey they have used with great success in the past that will help us determine unmet needs of families in the neighborhood, find assets God has already placed in the neighborhood, and determine resources and programs that families might qualify for but are not currently receiving. 

Each Saturday from June 23 through July 28, we are sending teams out to administer the survey throughout the neighborhood. Teams will be made up of three or more people and will be assigned a specific area of the neighborhood to survey. Each team will have a team captain, typically someone with experience administering the same survey through Shepherd last summer. Teams will work in two-hour shifts, from either 11:00 to 1:00 or 2:00 to 4:00. Neighbors will be informed in advance when our teams are coming so they are aware why we are there and can choose whether or not to participate. We also need teams to distribute door hangars a week or so in advance of our canvassing teams.

This is an excellent way for groups to serve together and the time commitment is minimal. The survey will be ready to be administered and no advance preparation is needed. Teams will be asked to meet approximately 30 minutes before their assigned shift for a brief orientation.

Volunteers SIGN UP HERE. If you have questions or would like more information, contact Mike Wilkins, mwilkins@outlookchurch.org.

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE – Stock the shelves of local schools by donating school supplies during July. Details coming soon.

RENEWAL SCHOOL READINESS PROGRAM   One of the ways we are serving in the Post and 42nd neighborhoods is by trying to help students improve their academic performance. Academic success is a key component to improving children's lives, now and in the future. Unfortunately, from our involvement at IPS 105, we have learned that many kids are not ready for school and get off to a bad start, then spend the rest of the time trying to get caught up. 

This summer, our neighborhood summer program is going to target incoming kindergartners and first graders in the hope of better preparing them for academic success in the coming school year. Many of the kids in our program have been identified by their teachers as struggling academically and needing additional help. We will focus on the basic language and math skills kids need to excel at school. We will also help kids understand and be able to meet reasonable classroom expectations and will share God's Word on behavior, hard work, and other factors that will prepare these kids to succeed at school.

This program will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am to 1:00pm, from June 20 through July 26. Our goal is to assign one or two children per classroom volunteer, so many volunteers are needed to help accomplish our goal of significantly improving kids' academic preparedness. You can volunteer every day for the full program, either Tuesday or Thursday throughout the summer, for a specific week or weeks, or even for specific days. The more consistently volunteers can participate the better, as we have seen time and again the benefit of creating personal relationships with these kids. A curriculum outline and resources will be available and volunteers will be encouraged to tailor their teaching to meet individual students' needs.

This program will make a direct impact on the lives of these children, one that could have a lasting impact. If you would like to participate, or if you have any questions, please contact Mike, mwilkins@outlookchurch.org.

SAFE FAMILIES   One of our local ministry partners is Safe Families for Children. Safe Families for Children creates extended family–like supports for families in need of temporary care and supervision of their children through a community of devoted volunteers who are motivated by faith to keep children safe and keep families intact. Read more and contact info.

2018 CHRISTMAS STORE   Our Christmas Store brought so much joy to our neighbors in the Post and 42nd neighborhood that we have committed to stocking it ourselves next year. Start saving your toys, games, hats, gloves, underwear and socks now! Putting aside one item per month will result in a huge impact next Christmas.

​IPS 105 TUTORS & CLASSROOM SPONSORS   We're again offering opportunities to tutor at IPS 105 this school year. This is a great opportunity to support the teachers at the school and help students improve their academic skills, while strengthening our relationship with the Post and 42nd neighborhood. This year we're offering two different types of tutoring:

  • Classroom tutors – Classroom tutors are assigned to a specific teacher and will in the assist in the classroom as that teacher as the teacher directs. Classroom tutors volunteer during the school day, usually for an hour one day per week.
  • Individual tutors – Individual tutors will work directly with students to address specific academic needs by providing homework help and working on skills identified by the students’ teachers. Individual tutors work either one on one or in small groups after school (3:00), usually one or two days per week.
  • Classroom Sponsor – Classroom sponsors show Christ’s love to teachers at IPS 105 through prayer, small gifts, notes of encouragement, and even by providing classroom supplies or treats for the teacher’s students. Participation as a classroom sponsor can be as involved as you want, from just the occasional note to regular communications, gifts, etc. Good opportunity for life groups!

SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES   Outlook has a heart for the families in the neighborhood near Post and 42nd Streets. This is one of the most impoverished neighborhoods in Indianapolis and has been designated by the city as one of six “targeted” neighborhoods because of high rates of poverty, crime, and numerous other factors. Despite those circumstances, the neighborhood is less than 15 minutes from Outlook and many Outlookers live closer to Post and 42nd than they do to Outlook itself.

Since we have felt called to serve in the neighborhood, Outlook has created several ministry opportunities, many of these in conjunction with our partner church, Crossroads Bible Church. Some of these programs have included tutoring in Charles Fairbanks School 105, a flag football league, and a summer reading program. We provide regular support to the teachers at staff at School 105 and have included the school in our One Day to Go (1D2G) projects.

Our commitment to the Post and 42nd neighborhood gives Outlookers many opportunities to serve. All of these opportunities are designed to allow us to continue to building relationships in the neighborhood so that we can share the love of Christ with those who are truly in need. Some of these service opportunities are ongoing, some are temporary. We're constantly receiving new and different opportunities to minister in the neighborhood so check here regularly to see if God is calling you to serve at Post and 42nd.

GLEANERS MOBILE FOOD PANTRY   Gleaners serves the Fortville area on the 4th Saturday of each month from April through November (3rd Saturday of the month if the 4th Saturday is on a holiday weekend). The mobile food pantry is located in the parking lot of Erlewein Mortuary, 124 E. Staat Street in Fortville (off Main Street) and is open from 9:30am to 12:00pm. 

Volunteers are needed to supervise the distribution of food & help load recipients’ vehicles. If you have questions or would like to sign up to volunteer, contact Chris Ball.


PUT YOUR LAPTOP TO WORK   We are looking for used laptops to use at Renewal Mentoring, our after school mentoring program for students at IPS 105. Many of these students need additional help mastering basic math and reading skills and preparing for standardized testing. Donated laptops will be used to access online resources that we believe will be both helpful and fun for our students.

Laptops need to be in good working order, free from any viruses, and have wireless access. We would prefer laptops that will continue to support current operating systems (i.e. Windows 7, 8 or 10; Mac OS X). All personal information should be removed from the laptops, along with all programs other than the basic operating system and a program for internet access (preferably Google Chrome, but any similar program will work as well), and all passwords. The laptops do NOT need working batteries (as long as an AC power cord is provided) or any additional accessories.

ANGEL CONNECTION is a faith-based mission and food pantry serving all residents of Hancock County to better lives and offer physical and spiritual support. Angel Connection has a constant need for non-perishable food but occasionally has more immediate needs for specific items. Donations can be placed in the bin under the Missions and Outreach Tables in the Commons.  Here are the donations needed:

  • boxes of cereal
  • canned meats (chicken,tuna, spam, etc..)
  • Hamburger Helper (any kind)
  • juice boxes
  • pudding cups
  • crackers
  • apple juice.
  • NOTE: No need at this time for canned soups or canned vegetables

HANCOCK HOPE HOUSE   Donations are needed for Hancock Hope House, our local ministry partner in Greenfield. Your donations can help area homeless get a new start. Drop off donations directly to Hancock Hope House.

The following items are needed:

  • 39 gallon size trash bags
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Paper products
  • Laundry detergent
  • Spiral notebooks

Volunteers are also needed to help as cashiers, sorting donations, and stocking sales floor at Hancock Hope House’s thrift store, which is located at 35 E. Pierson St. in Greenfield. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday 11am-7pm and Saturday 11am-2pm. The thrift store provides 55% of HHH’s annual budget. If you're interested in volunteering, an application is available at hancockhopehouse.org.  You can also contact them directly at 317-467-4991.

QUESTIONS?  Contact Mike Wilkins, Missions and Outreach Minister, at mwilkins@outlookchurch.org.