Serving in the Community
We believe that it is important as a church body to reach those in our community, and to support local ministries that are doing the same. We need to go beyond our church building, social groups, and weekend services to meet people where they are.
Below is a list of local organizations in need of volunteers, financial support, and prayer. This is in no way an exhaustive list, but rather a starting point.
Baptist Children’s Home
Providing Christian care and counseling for families through group home and foster home care for children, Christian family and/or personal counseling, adoptive services, and care for pre-born children.
Volunteer Needs: houseparent, foster care, adoption, help in office with cleaning, stuffing envelopes
354 West St., Suite 1
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Alternative day program and therapeutic foster care home for boys and girls (ages 10-18) with a history of abuse, neglect, etc.
Volunteer Needs: career fair; host drives (no-sew blanket, bedroom décor, etc.); foster care ambassadors, coaches, athletes, and career individuals to share skills
7403 Cline Ave
Schererville, IN 46375
Kim Trevino – email@example.com
Child Evangelism Fellowship
Bible-centered, worldwide organization composed of born-again believers. Our purpose is to evangelize boys and girls with the gospel of Christ, disciple them in the Word of God, and establish them in the local church.
Volunteer Needs: helping with afterschool Bible clubs, summer camps, online Good News Club teachers for Cedar Lake (MacArthur Elementary), Schererville (Homan Elementary), and in Valparaiso
PO Box 1272
Valparaiso, IN 46384
City Life Center
Community center in Gary that connects the community to opportunities, resources, and information that help families to thrive.
Volunteer Needs: tutors, afterschool help, food servers, group leaders, cleaning
225 W 5th Ave
Gary, IN 46402
Every Child Ministries
Offering hope, practical help, and dignity to African children and their families in the name of Jesus since 1985, with special emphasis on those who are broken or outcast for any reason – “the forgotten children of Africa.”
Volunteer Needs: volunteers, donations, and shoppers for yard sale August 25-28; help with parking, registration, African market sales tables, set-up and clean up, grilling corn and potatoes for Pig Roast on September 1
Grace Beyond Borders
Provide food, clothing, and lodging to those in need and minister to the total person with the gospel for the goal of transformation and restoration.
Volunteer Needs: food server, mentor, discipleship, and more
513 W. Chicago Avenue
East Chicago, IN 46312
Greater Hammond Community Services
Feed those who are hungry, provide shelter for families, provide assistance with utility bills where necessary, provide companionship for those without friends and relatives, lead and counsel those who need reassurance of their future.
Volunteer Needs: food donations, volunteers to help in the food pantry
824 Hoffman Street
Hammond, IN 46327
Help to resolve and prevent homelessness for all in Porter and LaPorte counties.
Volunteer Needs: stock the food pantry, help with building project in Valparaiso
2001 Calumet Ave #1
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Old Firehouse Community Center
Our efforts are aimed at seeing a poor and discredited neighborhood transformed and bearing the marks of God’s coming kingdom. Old Firehouse Community Center works with numerous other churches as well as community organizations in the Northwest Indiana area in providing the disadvantaged services to help out God’s children who are in need. Our ministry provides a food pantry, a community renewal service for residents, public clean-up programs, and martial arts instruction, as well as numerous other programs for our community for all ages and purposes.
Volunteer Needs: N/A
6055 W 29th Ave.
Gary, Indiana 46406
Offering support and hope to those affected by cancer in the United States through care packages, our Cards of Hope program, and spiritual support by way of prayer.
Volunteer Needs: Cards of Hope, prayer team, Hope on Call
1350 Lake Street Ste I
Roselle, IL 60172-3370
219-895-6731 – Crown Point
Project Love Food Pantry
Serving all God’s people by sharing love, feeding needs, and healing hurts with compassion, respect, and dignity for all. A ministry of Cedar Lake United Methodist Church.
Volunteer Needs: Northwest Indiana Food Bank pickup; delivery unloading, stocking, and sorting; helping with distribution to pantry clients; monthly pantry cleaning
13135 Morse St
Cedar Lake, IN 46303
219-374-7312 – Donna
International Student Ministry
Families come along international students to provide family experiences for them here in the States.
Volunteer Needs: “adopting” an international student(s)
The Welcome Network
The Welcome Network exists to caringly provide practical resources, spiritual mentoring, and real community to internationally-born residents of Northwest Indiana and South Chicago.
Volunteer Needs: Good neighbor team and refugee resettlement, tutoring & ESL, international students, website & social media, legal Services, administration
824 Hoffman St
Hammond, IN 46327
www.thewelcomenet.org – Tony Burrell
Fair Haven Rape Crisis Center
Provide faith-focused services to those affected by sexual violence and trauma and create a caring, safe, and nurturing community with zero tolerance for violence.
Volunteer Needs: medical victim advocate
Empowers and equips pregnant women seeking parenting options by providing physical, emotional, and spiritual support during and after pregnancy.
Volunteer Needs: fundraising, fundraising events, marketing, mentors, babysitters
118 N Fremont St
Lowell, IN 46356
Not Your Shame
A Christian outreach that aims to reach those affected by drug addiction, prostitution (sex-trafficking), and homelessness.
Volunteer Needs: prayer, on-street ministry to women
P.O. Box 193
Sojourner Truth House
Day shelter serving homeless and at-risk women and their children and underserved members of the community.
Volunteer Needs: receptionists, babysitters, interviewers, help with food pantry, assist in our clothes closet, help maintain our grounds
410 West 13th Ave
Gary, IN 46407
219-885-2282 x103 – Kristy Olsen
St. Jude House
Emergency shelter and provider of comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault and their dependent(s).
Volunteer Needs: special events/fundraising, crisis line workers, administrative assistant, client assistant, childcare/tutoring
12490 Marshall St
Crown Point, IN 46307
The Women’s Center of Northwest Indiana
Providing men and women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy with the best possible care, while sharing accurate information about the life they are carrying. Helping women make an informed decision about their body, their unborn child, and their future while sharing the love and hope of Christ in word and deed.
Volunteer Needs: client advocate counselor, sonographers, nurses, building block partners, abstinence presenters, office help, boutique workers, office cleaners
Crown Point – 219-663-5311
Highland – 219-838-4556
DeMotte – 219-987-8000
Valparaiso – 219-477-4460
Gary – 219-881-3000