Serving Opportunities during COVID-19
Looking for ways to serve our local community during COVID-19? Resurrection people are accustomed to serving our neighbors and Being Christ in the Community. Today however, the challenge is finding ways to serve safely. Below are current opportunities to serve. This page will be routinely updated as new opportunities become available.
Serving from a distance
Hope for Tomorrow
Masks needed by the end of May. This non-profit organization in Perry Township provides cultural and educational support to Burmese refugees as they transition to their new lives in the United States. Their services typically include after school programs/tutoring and summer school for kindergarten through middle school. Resurrection has partnered with Hope for Tomorrow for educational programs and the Cultural Fair at Douglas MacArthur Kindergarten Academy. Even a couple RLC members have served as tutors for this organization. Hope for Tomorrow also hosts citizenship workshops for adults to prepare them for the USA citizenship test.
- The organization hopes to start a workshop in June, and 120 masks are needed for every teacher and adult student.
- Please contact Julie Jessee at email@example.com if you are able to make or supply masks for this organization.
Refuge Place Indy
Immediate need for basic necessities for the unsheltered homeless community in Indianapolis.
- Items such as regular size (not travel size) toiletries including toothpaste, shampoo, bar of soap, disposable razors, shaving cream, mouthwash, Vaseline, Tylenol and other basic medicines, wipes, hand sanitizer, and feminine products.
- They could also use rain ponchos, towels, undergarments, and socks.
- Order supplies online and ship to: Refuge House c/o Elder Coleman, 1644 Hoefgen St., Indianapolis, 46203.
- Urgent need for masks (homemade or otherwise) for staff and guests.
- Drop off or mail to: Wheeler Mission, 245 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis, 46204 or 215 S. Westplex Ave., Bloomington, 47404.
Indiana Youth Group
- Help stock the shelves in the IYG food pantry with items from their Amazon wishlist.
Green Park Terrace
Our neighbors west of Resurrection by Perry Park could use some cheer! The subsidized senior apartment complex houses 60 residents. Several of their residents are regulars at the RLC community meal on Fridays.
- This is a lonely time for many people, especially our elderly neighbors. How nice it would be for them to receive special treats in the mail—masks, cards or letters, artwork from children, or really anything you can think of to brighten their day.
- Mail to: Green Park Terrace, Attn: Theresa Hopwood, 110 E. Meridian School Rd, Indianapolis, 46227.
- To drop off items, call Theresa at 317-859-8333 to schedule a time due to part-time office staff hours.
Make a financial contribution
- Hunger Inc.: Hunger Inc. distributes food at no cost to residents of Perry Township and Beech Grove. They have no paid staff. Monetary donations are used to obtain additional food as well as to pay the utility and maintenance bills of the pantry. Mail donations: Hunger Inc., P.O. Box 47573, Indianapolis, IN 46247.
- CICOA (Central Indiana Council on Aging): CICOA is the Central Indiana version of Meals on Wheels. Their neighborhood meal sites and voucher locations in hospitals are closed, so they are now providing home delivered meals to these clients. They’ve also added weekend meals for all clients because they have no way to access food on Saturday and Sunday. This means social isolation is an even bigger problem for seniors. Donate to CICOA
- Midwest Food Bank, Indiana Division: Midwest Food Bank is a faith and volunteer based national food bank with 10 locations, including a central Indiana location. It is the mission of Midwest Food Bank to share the love of Christ by alleviating hunger and malnutrition locally and throughout the world and providing disaster relief; all without discrimination. Their vision is to faithfully continue to help those in need by sharing the blessings. Midwest Food Bank of Indianapolis provides food to over 300 agency partners in over 70 counties in Indiana. Midwest Food Bank serves local pantries that RLC also supports with our Breadbox food donations. Donate to Midwest Food Bank (Indiana)
- Gleaners Food Bank: The mission of Gleaners Food Bank is simple and direct: To lead the fight against hunger. They do this by distributing food to hungry Hoosiers through a network of over 250 partner agencies in 21 counties, including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. During this COVID-19 crisis, Gleaners is also partnering with Indianapolis Public Schools to provide additional support for all IPS students and families. IPS buses will pick up and deliver meal packages to 25 locations throughout the city. Donate to Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana
- Pack Away Hunger: A non-profit organization dedicated to greatly improving the lives of children and others who suffer from hunger and malnutrition. Pack Away Hunger focuses meal distribution to communities where they can make the greatest impact. RLC has participated in many Nutri-Plenty meal packing events. Pack Away Hunger provides these meals locally through Midwest and Gleaners food banks as well as for the RLC Weekender bags for our Perry Township students. In response to COVID-19, this week alone Pack Away Hunger has delivered more than 100,000 meals to local organizations. Donate to Pack Away Hunger
Lutheran World Relief: donate.lwr.org/give
ELCA Covid-19 Response Fund: community.elca.org
Serving in person under CDC guidelines
There are no current opportunities available.
What you can do now is help us be prepared to respond when a need arises. Service organizations have been utilizing their regular volunteers since the onset of COVID-19, but we are starting to see community needs increase as well as some of their high-risk regular volunteers needing to step away from serving. When organizations reach out for additional help, RLC wants to be prepared to serve. Add your name to the RLC Serving Opportunities Signup to be notified immediately by email when an opportunity becomes available.
- Midwest Food Bank – Last packing event was on Tuesday, May 12 at Lucas Oil Stadium, 8 a.m. to noon. Resurrection people were among a group of more than 70 volunteers who helped pack 5,000 family food boxes inside Lucas Oil Stadium on Tuesday, May 12. This is the third packing event in Indianapolis led by the Salvation Army, Midwest Food Bank, and the National Guard. This effort is feeding thousands of Indiana families with boxes distributed through food pantries across the state. This WTHR-TV-13 news story shows the volunteers hard at work, and you’ll see some familiar RLC faces (Scarlett Syse, Emily Jessee, and Byron, Leslie, and Elise Daugherty). Add your name to RLC’s Serving Opportunities Signup to be notified of future packing events and other in-person serving opportunities as they arise. You can also help Midwest Food Bank purchase food.
- Second Helpings: In order to keep up with demand, Second Helpings is looking for people to join their emergency on-call volunteer waitlist. Learn more
- Pack Away Hunger: Packing is currently suspended. Some of their employees fall into a high-risk category, so it’s not safe for them to host packing events at this time. Fortunately, Pack Away Hunger has been able to support over 20 local food pantries and schools with their existing inventory. They will schedule packing events once Indiana is beyond the curve and experts agree it’s safe to resume small gatherings. Use the RLC Serving Opportunities Signup to be notified when packing resumes.
Contact Julie Jessee, firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or suggestions for additional ways to serve.