Reach Out and Touch a Life


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 lots of opportunities to serve in the community. See below to find a place where you can make a difference.

Beerlahai Roi Women’s Ministries

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

Contact: Eleanor Mack

Beerlahai Roi website

 

Compass for Kids

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.

Contact: Sue Childress

Compass for Kids website

 

Contact Ministries

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

Contact: Eden Lindberg

Contact Ministries website

 

  Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County

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

Contact: development@habitatsangamon.com

Habitat for Humanity website

 

  Inner City Mission

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

Contact: Bob Dodd

Watch a video to learn more about Inner City Mission.

Inner City Mission website

 

  The James Project

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

Contact: Eden Lindberg

The James Project website

 

  Kumler Outreach Ministries

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

Contact: Mike Chamness

Kumler Outreach Ministries website

 

  Mary Bryant Home

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.

Contact: Mike Chamness

Mary Bryant Home website

 

  McClernand Elementary School

Our church is a Safe Families partner with McClernand Elementary School (801 N. 6th Street in Springfield).

We are looking for volunteers to:

  • help deliver meals to families
  • help with special events
  • be family mentors
  • sort clothing
  • assist the staff at the school

Contact: Mike Chamness

  Midwest Mission Distribution Center

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

Contact: Pat Wright

Midwest Mission Volunteer website

 

  Refuge Ranch