Mission:SERVE is about mobilizing our local church to love our neighbors and serve our city. We want to connect our Church with local non-profits and ministries in the community so that we can serve together on helpful service projects that are geared toward revitalizing neighborhoods and communities in our city. Mission:SERVE as an organized event happens once a year, but this is just the starting point. Here are some ways that you can engage throughout the rest of the year in actively loving our neighbors and serving our city.
Local Mission Partnerships
What: This is a free family respite program where kids with special needs (VIP Kids) make new friends, play games, enjoy crafts, activities, therapy dogs and so much more! VIP Kids and their siblings, are teamed up for the day with a Buddy to spend the day with. Buddy Break allows parents and caregivers to get a break from their ongoing responsibilities for three hours on a Saturday morning.
When: 2nd Saturday of the Month 10am to 1pm
Where: 608 W. Oakland Ave, Oakland FL 34760
Learn more: thisismosaic.org/news/buddy-break/
Contact: Kerri Ann Hayes
New Beginnings – Helping Hands Outreach
What: Held on Saturdays at the Mildred Dixon Center in Winter Garden to feed and minister to the less fortunate. After registering, clients receive a free bag of groceries and canned goods, can sign up for services through Florida’s ACCESS program, as well as look receive gently used clothes and shoes.
When: 3rd Saturday of the Month 10am to 1pm
Where: Mildred Dixon Center – Winter Garden
Learn more: nbcfl.org
Contact: Mark Salvador
New Beginnings – Residential Programs
What: Our residential programs are 90 day working programs that let people in difficult situations receive a hand up to get back on track to responsible living. Volunteer with our residents as a mentors. Each resident gets paired with a mentor who would meet with them for about 1 hour/week. We also need babysitters, Bible study leaders, and more.
Where: 792 East Montrose St., Clermont.
Learn more: nbcfl.org
Contact: Suzanne Kosik
Do Good Farm
What: Our goal is to create sustainable food systems to grow food for people in need. Instead of just sending rice and beans, aquaponics will give them everything they need for their plate. Delicious fish and vegetables. We are looking for people that want to help on a regular basis with daily maintenance kind of stuff and possibly be trained to install systems in food deserts. Our biggest needs are finances and volunteers. Immediate need is someone to help with volunteer scheduling. Ideally, we’d love to have someone out in the morning also in afternoon every day for 2 hours each shift.
Where: 12423 Marshall Farms Rd, Winter Garden, FL 34787
Learn more: dogoodfarm.org
Contact: Josh Taylor
Finding the Lost Sheep
What: Finding the Lost Sheep Ministry seeks to minister to the lost souls in the communities where criminal activity is at its highest. We seek to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual need of the lost. We need help from volunteers to help process donations at our thrift store: Thrift31 – An upscale resale shop specializing in vintage collections, distressed, and primitive home furnishings, arts and gifts. Our biggest needs are for a bigger building to house our donations, finances, more hands helping out on a regular basis, and some people to help build shelving and a clothing rack system.
Where: 730 9th St, Winter Garden, Florida 34787
Learn more: findingthelostsheep.com
Contact: Sharee Hodge
What: “Together We Build a Culture of Excellence” Building Capacities Through 21st Century Skills. Agathe Alvarez, Principal. We need help mentoring students. At Tildenville Elementary 60% of the student population identify as Hispanic, 25% of the student population identify as Caucasian, and 11% of the student population identify as African American. 80% of the student population at Tildenville Elementary are eligible for free or reduced lunches.
When: Week days
Where: 1221 Brick Road, Winter Garden, Florida 34787
Learn more: tildenville.ocps.net
Contact: Lori Hager
Dillard Street Elementary
What: Building Strong Minds, Bodies and Hearts. Mrs. Katie Boyd, Principal and Mr. Carl Sousa, Assistant Principal. We need help mentoring students, particularly 4th & 5th grade boys who come from single parent families. At Dillard Street Elementary 40% of the student population identify as Caucasian, 33% of the student identify as Hispanic, 20% of the student population identify as African American. 60% of the student population at Dillard Elementary are eligible for free or reduced lunches.
When: Week days
Where: 311 N. Dillard Street, Winter Garden, FL 34787
Learn more: dillard.ocps.net
Contact: Kelley Bell
Refugee Resettlement Program
What: Refugee Resettlement Services help newly arrived refugees from across the world begin a new life in Central Florida. A refugee is defined as a person who must leave his or her own country due to a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership in a social group or political opinion. Catholic Charities is looking for volunteers to help in the following ways: Volunteers “adopt-a-family” to help introduce newly arrived refugees to our American culture and help them learn and practice their English speaking and writing skills. Activities include celebrating a refugee family’s “first” major American holiday such as Thanksgiving or Fourth of July. Volunteers also help staff pick up furniture (and other gently used household items that have been donated to Catholic Charities) and set up apartments for our refugees before they arrive. Our biggest need is with our quarterly drive to collect household items. We could also really use some people to help mentor families or do homework help with refugee kids in their homes.
Where: 1819 N. Semoran Blvd. Orlando, FL 32807
Learn more: cflcc.org/refugee-resettlement-program/
Contact: Jennifer Powers
Love146 Volunteer Team
What: The Love146 Volunteer Team is a group of volunteers who are committed to becoming educated on the issue of human trafficking, raising awareness for Love146 and the Abolition Movement, becoming activists for local and international efforts to end trafficking, and annually raising funding for the work of Love146.
When: Monday once a month (plus events, fundraisers, etc)
Where: 608 W. Oakland Ave, Oakland FL
Learn more: Love146 Volunteer Teams
Contact: Justin Neal
What: Partner with Agape Source to build relationships with Internationals who are here in Orlando to work at Walt Disney World. Practice Hospitality (having them over for dinner, game nights, or holidays), help with airport runs, bible studies, etc. If your Missional Community is interested in learning more about how to reach out to Internationals, Joel & Tanique Ramjohn would be willing to come and share with your Missional Community.
Where: Lake Buena Vista – Walt Disney World Area
Learn more: agapesource.org
What: A Christ-centered program for women transitioning from sexual exploitation to healing, wholeness and productivity. Creating Communities where women live free from sexual exploitation, finding restoration and wholeness in Jesus Christ.
Where: 3851 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32803
Learn more: Samaritanvillage.net
Contact: Aubrey Jenkins