Serving in the Local Area
The local area is a good place to share our time and talents.
 
Please use links on page or you can also see response form at the bottom of the page to receive additional info.itional info.
 
Ongoing Opportunities
HOUSING/HOMELESSNESS – basic needs assistance
Habitat for Humanity
It’s mission: seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio brings people together to inspire hope, build homes, empower families, and develop communities. Groups can volunteer to help with builds, or to work in the ReStore.
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YWCA Family Center
The YWCA Family Center provides emergency shelter and critical services to stabilize homeless families in central Ohio. Volunteers read to children, counsel parents, share legal expertise, arrange outings, plan parties, enter data and build lockers. Whatever your gifts, you have a place at the Center. Info re: volunteer opportunities, or about current material needs of newly homed families, call the Family Center Volunteer Coordinator. You can also view the Group Volunteer Activities Calendar.
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The Foundation Shelter
The program addresses the basic needs of our Community’s homeless. Help by serving meals, acting as an “Innkeeper”, providing supplies, and donating.
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Sharing Hearts
A ministry of reaching out to those who are in nursing/assisted living facilities, and to those at home who are less active. You can partner to visit a certain person, or to visit all from our church family who live in a particular facility. You can also show care by sending cards. For further information contact Susie Griset or Loretta Dozer at First United Methodist Church in Lancaster,740-653-3330. Supported also by church staff Peg Parker and Cheryl Foulk.
 
Community Food Pantry
Please call 614-834-4700 to support the Pantry
Other Local Organizations include:
  • H.E.A.R.T. Food Pantry (food pantry and resource center serving the east side of Columbus)
  • Meals on Wheels (providing meals to those in need on the weekends)
  • Rahab’s Hideaway (protecting human trafficking/street prostitution, homeless and vulnerable youth)
  • Joseph’s Coat (a clothing, personal care item and furniture ministry)
  • Wesley Ridge (retirement community in Reynoldsburg)
Hunger
Good Works
Ongoing LUMC Ministry:
The vision of Good Works is to create a COMMUNITY OF HOPE with and for people who are struggling with poverty and homelessness in rural Appalachia. LUMC prepares and participates in one meal every few months.
LUMC Contact: Frank Vantresca email or 614-837-9791
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Foundation Dinners
Ongoing LUMC Ministry
The Foundation Dinners provides an opportunity to serve meals and contribute to the needs of many poverty-stricken families and individuals in Fairfield County.
LUMC Contact: Gene Sprang email
Canal/Lithopolis Community Food Pantry
The Pantry’s serves those living in the Canal Winchester School District, Lithopolis, Carroll and underserved rural areas of Fairfield County. Donations of Food, Household supplies and financial support are needed. To help contact the Pantry at 614-834-3888.
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Meals on Wheels
Provides meals for older adults, in their homes. Help with preparation and delivery.
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Mid Ohio Food Bank
Obtains and distributes food to more than 550 food pantries, soup kitchens,  shelters, after-school programs, and senior housing sites across central and eastern Ohio. Opportunities to pack, load, distribute food to those in need.
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Fairfield County Food Pantries
Additional local opportunities to assist families in need.
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Children
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Fairfield County
Provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Become a mentor, tutor, or friend to a child in need.
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The Bike Lady
Bike Lady, Inc. is nonprofit, all-volunteer charitable organization focused on providing NEW bikes, helmets and locks to children in the custody of Children Services with a history of abuse, neglect and abandonment. Donate your time or treasures.
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Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Volunteer roles vary as much as the individuals filling them. Each person brings their own unique gifts to the patients, families, and staff.
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Disaster/Crisis Relief
American Red Cross
Ways to help: Financial support, Give blood or host a blood drive, deliver emergency and first aid safety information, provide local disaster education or by teaching CPR and First Aid, work with members of the military, veterans and families in military and VA health care facilities, youth programs, hospital volunteerism.
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Bloom Township Crisis Fund
The Crisis Fund provides emergency financial assistance to residents in Bloom Township, Fairfield County as well as any member of the following churches: Lithopolis United Methodist Church, Pope John XXIII Catholic Community, St. John Lutheran Church, Bloom Presbyterian Church, Bloom Baptist Church, Crossroads Church, and Lighthouse Christian Church.
Contact the church office: 614-837-2330
Post Conviction
Grace Haven
Focuses on women transitioning from jail to the community. Its purpose is to  bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to women through the Word of God and through action.
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Community Assistance
 Lifeline Christian Mission
3rd Saturday of each month at Lifeline’s large shipping warehouse are a variety of tasks planned for all ages and abilities to help with. This is a great event for groups, individuals & families. Contact Dana email or 614-794-0108 for dates, details & directions. Website Link
United Way of Fairfield County
Focuses on critical issues such as helping children and youth succeed, family  stability, health care, mental health and wellness and job development. Website Link
Maywood Mission
Maywood Mission serves the needs of the underprivileged in Lancaster and Fairfield County Ohio.
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Fairhope Hospice and Palliative Care
Volunteers are needed for Patient and Family Care, and Office helpers
Call us for an application at 800-994-7077.
Wesley Ridge (retirement community in Reynoldsburg)
There are a wide variety of ways to volunteer so please call and speak with Suzi Heit, Life Enrichment Coordinator 614-759-0023
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Rahab’s Hideaway (protecting human trafficking/street prostitution, homeless and vulnerable youth)
For more information regarding volunteer opportunities please email info@rahabshideaway.org. A volunteer application is available here.

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