RLC Serving Opportunities during COVID-19

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.

Serving from a distance

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.

Wheeler Mission

  • Masks (homemade or otherwise) are still needed 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

  • SoSA Field Gleaning: Serving day to be set during the week of July 5-10, 8 a.m. to noon – The Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) is a food rescue and distribution ministry. Field Gleaning is the most frequent opportunity to rescue food. This opportunity begins when a farmer contacts SoSA and requests volunteers come to their fields to pick, dig, or gather (also known as gleaning) the food remaining in the fields after the harvest. Farmers donate food, volunteers work, donors provide funds for transportation, and feeding agencies distribute the food.
  • Urgent Need! Interchurch Food Pantry of Johnson County (211 Commerce Dr, Franklin, IN) – Volunteers are needed immediately at this Johnson County food pantry managed by RLC member Carol Phipps. The pantry is experiencing a significant volunteer shortage because many people have been called back to their jobs outside the home. Yet the need for food has not changed. Children 10-15 years old are welcome to serve, one child per parent/adult. Teens 16 years and up can serve without a parent/adult present. Available shifts are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Masks are required and available if you do not have your own. To volunteer, contact the pantry directly at pantryjcmanager@gmail.com. Please take photos of your service time and send to community@rlcindy.org
  • 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

Help RLC 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.

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Contact Julie Jessee, community@rlcindy.org with questions or suggestions for additional ways to serve.