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At Outlook, we believe that the church makes the greatest impact when it is reaching out to others in need, especially in our local community.  We do that by supporting LOCAL MINISTRY PARTNERS who are effectively addressing the physical, spiritual, and educational needs of people in McCordsville, Hancock County, and throughout greater Indianapolis. 


We also do that by sending Outlookers into the COMMUNITY (scroll below) to serve the poor and the oppressed and to bring the good news of Jesus to those who do not yet know Him.


You can learn more about God’s desire for the church to Go and reach out to the community around it by attending our CORE 4 Go Class.


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

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SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES AT IPS 105 – We have lots of opportunities to serve the students and staff at IPS 105, for every interest, skill, and availability: In Class Tutors, After School Tutors, Spanish Speaking Tutors, After School Program, Staff Sponsors, Staff Appreciation Events, Breakfast, Lunch, and Recess “Buddies”, and Prayer Warriors. 

These are great opportunities to serve on the “mission field” of one of Indianapolis’ most underserved neighborhoods less than 15 minutes from Outlook’s doors. Please prayerfully consider serving in one or more of these capacities. If you are interested or have questions, contact Mike Wilkins, mwilkins@outlookchurch.org.


CHRISTMAS STORE – One of the ways we have experienced the most success reaching families in the Post and 42nd neighborhoods is through our Christmas Store. Families who are invited to participate shop at the store and select a toy, a game, a hat, gloves, and miscellaneous small presents for each of their children. We wrap the gifts (or provide the materials for the parents to do so) and the parents take the presents home and present them to their kids as gifts from the parents, not from the church or an agency.  For more info, list of items, click here!


Donations for the Christmas Store are being accepted now through December 16. Volunteers are also needed to help set up the store on December 20, to work at the store in various positions on December 21, and to make plates of Christmas treats for each family who participates. Sign up to volunteer here.


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 would 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. If you can help serve in this way, contact Andrea, aelstro@hotmail.com.


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


​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!


RENEWAL SUMMER SPORTS – Impact the lives of kids in the Post/42nd neighborhood by serving as a kickball or flag football coach or volunteering in other ways. Minimal time commitment with maximum impact! CLICK HERE for all the opportunities.


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.


ONGOING MINISTRY PARTNER NEEDS

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, 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:

  • 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.

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR LOCAL PARTNERS