There are many areas to serve in our community. If you'd like more info on the following, contact Mike at email@example.com.
Outlook has a heart for the families in the neighborhood near Post and 42nd Streets, one of the most impoverished neighborhoods in Indianapolis. This area has been designated by the city as one of six “targeted” neighborhoods due to high rates of poverty, crime, and other factors. The area is less than 15 minutes from Outlook and many Outlookers live closer to it than they do to Outlook!
Our commitment to the Post and 42nd neighborhood gives Outlookers many opportunities to serve, build relationships in the neighborhood, and share the love of Christ with those who are truly in need. Check here regularly to see if God is calling you to serve at Post and 42nd.
Since we’ve felt called to serve in the neighborhood, Outlook has created several ministry opportunities (many with our partner church, Crossroads Bible Church) that are listed below and we’d love for you to get involved.
- SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE – Help support local schools from throughout our community by donating to our annual school supply drive, July 7-21. You can get a jump start on your school supply shopping by picking up supply lists from some of our school partners HERE. Specific items will also be available from our "Supply Tree" when the drive begins. Donated items can be returned to the bin in the Commons. For questions, contact Rhonda.
- RENEWAL YOUTH SPORTS MINISTRY, SOCCER! – Spring is just around the corner, which means soccer is about to begin. Lots of volunteers are needed for our youth sports ministry, especially coaches and assistant coaches, who make a huge impact on the kids with minimal time investment. NO soccer experience needed! FULL DETAILS HERE!
- IPS 105 AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM “Renewal Mentoring” – Volunteers needed one day per week, Monday through Thursday, from 3:45-5:30pm. No teaching experience necessary!
- IPS 105 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.
- IPS 105 INDIVIDUAL TUTORS 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 (3:00pm), usually one or two days per week.
- IPS 105 CLASSROOM SPONSOR show Christ’s love to teachers through prayer, small gifts, notes of encouragement, and even by providing classroom supplies or treats for the teachers’ 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!
- LAPTOPS FOR 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 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), and all passwords. The laptops do NOT need working batteries (as long as an AC power cord is provided) or any additional accessories.
OTHER COMMUNITY MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES
- MT. VERNON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS COOPERATIVE CLOSET is a clothing bank that serves the needs of both high school students with disabilities and families struggling with poverty. Through this program, students in transition store, sort, wash, and fold donated clothing. In the process, these students learn skills they can use to be more independent and obtain employment in the future. Those clothes are then distributed to kids and families throughout the school system who can't afford clothing. While the students do most of the work themselves, they require assistance with some tasks, such as tagging clothes, separating clothes by season, and helping track how the clothes are distributed. In order to help this program succeed, we’d like to provide volunteers who would work in the morning at the administration building. Scheduling would be very flexible. This is a great way to serve many different elements in our community, including students, families in need, and the school system itself.
- SAFE FAMILIES FOR CHILDREN creates extended family-like support 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.
- GLEANERS MOBILE FOOD PANTRY 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 and help load recipients’ vehicles.
- 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 most recent donations needed: Cleaning Supplies (dish soap, any kind of cleaners, etc.), Kleenex, paper towels, toilet paper, crackers, cereal, mayo, ketchup, and mustard.
- HANCOCK HOPE HOUSE, our local ministry partner in Greenfield, needs donations to help area homeless get a new start. Drop off donations directly to Hancock Hope House. The following items are needed: trash bags (39-gallon size), cleaning supplies, paper products, laundry detergent, spiral notebooks. Volunteers are also needed: cashiers, sorting, and stocking the sales floor at Hancock Hope House’s thrift store (located at 35 E. Pierson St., Greenfield). Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 11am-7pm and Saturday 11am-2pm. The thrift store provides 55% of HHH’s annual budget. Interested in volunteering? An application is available at hancockhopehouse.org or 317-467-4991.
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR LOCAL PARTNERS