Serve In Our Community

Our Missions Council is asking us to serve by using our time, talents, and treasures to be the hands and feet of Jesus. There are many opportunities to serve in the community. Find a place where you can make a difference.

Available serving opportunities

Beerlahai Roi Women’s Ministries of Springfield offers services free of charge to homeless women during pregnancy and up to 8 months following childbirth. Beerlahai Roi has served many women and their babies with shelter, food, clothing, and mentoring in a Christian environment.

We are looking for volunteers to:

  • provide transportation for resident appointments
  • provide dinner for residents/house parents
  • help with a variety of tasks

Website: www.beerlahairoi.com

With the help of volunteers, we currently host birthday parties for clients of Springfield agencies, Wooden It Be Lovely and Compass for Kids. We also serve as a resource for volunteer hosts of Safe Families for Children who may need help with birthday celebrations. Our goal is to allow every child to feel special, loved, and valued.

Website: www.springfieldfirst.org/thecoleproject

Compass for Kids empowers underserved elementary students in Springfield by supporting their academic and social-emotional skills with innovative after-school and summer programs. The community-based programs are designed to improve academics and cultivate the crucial life skills children need to thrive, such as social-emotional skill development, reading, and learning other activities.

We are looking for volunteers to help mentor students one day a week after school from 3:00-5:00pm.

Website: www.compass4kids.org

Contact Ministries (1100 E. Adams in Springfield) provides food, shelter, clothing, financial assistance, referrals, and life skills education and training for women and children who are homeless or have been traumatized.

We are looking for volunteers to:

  • provide meals
  • provide childcare during weekday mornings
  • help with special projects

Website: www.contactministries.com

Grab your small group, friends, or family, and help us prepare, serve, or deliver meals for various ministries in Springfield, including the Salvation Army Shelter, Contact Ministries, The James Project, and others.

How many meals have we provided so far this year? Click here to find out.

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit Christian housing ministry that uses donations and volunteer labor to provide housing for eligible people in Sangamon County willing to invest sweat equity in the home building efforts.

We are looking for volunteers to help with:

  • office work
  • meal preparation
  • painting and construction work
  • variety of other tasks

Website: www.habitatsangamon.com

Inner City Mission (714 N. 7th Street in Springfield) provides shelter, sustenance, education, and Christian counseling to homeless children, their parents, and single women.

We are looking for volunteers to:

  • provide meals and eat and visit with residents
  • teach Bible study or life skills classes
  • entertain children while parents are in classes
  • work on service projects on the buildings and grounds

Website: www.innercitymission.net

The James Project (907 Clocktower Drive in Springfield) is a not-for-profit Christian ministry that provides homes and support for fostering families in Sangamon County. The James Project also includes Closet 1:27, a ministry which serves hundreds of foster families each year by distributing clothing, beds, and necessities to newly placed foster children.

We are looking for volunteers to:

  • provide meals for foster families
  • organize/assist with outings
  • help with yard work, and other projects
  • help with shopping & delivering items to families
  • help sorting and organizing at the Closet 1:27

Website: www.thejamesproject127.com

Kumler Outreach Ministries (300 N. Grand Avenue East in Springfield) fees the hungry, cares for the sick, and helps people who are struggling. The food pantry and medicine program reach thousands of people each year in the greater Springfield area. The vegetables and fruit from our Mission Garden goes to the Kumler Food Pantry.

We are looking for volunteers to:

  • sort donated clothes
  • restock shelves
  • help in other ways

Website: www.kumlerministries.net

Our church is a partner with Lindsay Elementary School (3600 Fielding Drive) in Springfield.

Here are a few ways you can help the school throughout the year:

  • volunteer for the back-to-school breakfast in the fall
  • library work
  • adopt a classroom
  • mentor a student
  • read to students

The Mary Bryant Home for the Blind and Visually Impaired (2960 Stanton Drive in Springfield) is a supportive living community for blind and visually impaired residents designed to help them lead independent lives. Currently, there are about 40 residents age 22 and older from all over. Most do not have family nearby and love to have visitors to talk with about a variety of topics.

We are looking for volunteers willing to make visits with residents.

Website: www.marybryanthome.org

The Midwest Mission Distribution Center (1101 Mission Drive, Pawnee – just outside Chatham near Ball Elementary School and Sugar Creek Church) has been showing God’s love in practical ways through the distribution of education, health, micro-business, and disaster relief supplies meeting basic human needs around the world and around the corner. Midwest Mission is our church’s lead partner in the Feed Haiti project and is one of eight depots for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Supply Network.

We are looking for volunteers to:

  • repair bicycles (high need)
  • work with wood for desks (high need)
  • repair sewing machines (high need) – all tools and training are provided
  • help with packing kits
  • sort items
  • sew
  • help with mailings
  • load/unload supplies

Website: www.midwestmission.org

Refuge Ranch (9350 Cascade Road in Rochester, just outside the entrance to Lake Sangchris) exists to help at-risk youth, women, and families with love, hope, healing, and transformation through Christ using equine-assisted activities, mentoring, ranch life, and Christ-centered community.

We are looking for volunteers to help with any of a variety of activities including, but not limited to:

  • clerical work
  • landscaping
  • gardening
  • praying with parents and families
  • providing craft opportunities
  • helping with the special needs riding program

Website: www.refuge-ranch.org

The Ronald McDonald House (610 N. 7th Street in Springfield) provides a supportive place for families from all over the country to stay while their child is receiving medical care, and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children.

We are looking for volunteers to prepare and cook meals at the Ronald McDonald House.

Website: www.rmhc-centralillinois.org

Springfield) serves a hot, nutritious, and free meal in a clean, positive environment daily. People broken by life’s struggles come in each day to fill their hunger of body and soul and share conversations over a warm meal. St. John’s Breadline serves approximately 175,000 meals annually.

We are looking for volunteers to:

  • help the cooks prepare meals
  • serve meals
  • help people who need assistance
  • wash dishes
  • answer phones
  • clean

Website: www.cc.dio.org.org

The Outlet strives every day to help young males ages 8-22 develop the capacity and skill sets to make responsible life decisions, acquire and maintain meaningful spiritual and ethical values, explore their gifts, talents, and recognize their dreams and aspirations.

We are looking for volunteers to:

  • bring a meal
  • deliver meals
  • become a mentor
  • tutor

Website: www.theoutletillinois.org/

The Washington Street Mission (408 N. 4th Street in Springfield) serves meals, offers showers and laundry services, provides clothing, operates a transition house, hosts summer programs for children, and runs a bicycle ministry.

We are looking for volunteers to:

  • help with any of the Mission’s programs
  • interact with people
  • play chess
  • pray for people
  • play piano
  • sing
  • help clean

Website: www.washingtonstreetmission.org

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