Serve Locally

We have lots of outreach opportunities right here in Central Indiana where people need to see God's love in action. Keep reading to see what tangible help we offer to our neighbors through our local outreach partners.

Interfaith Hospitality Network

ZPC serves homeless children and their caregivers through the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN), a national, faith-based, organization whose mission is to provide temporary, emergency shelter for homeless families.

Several times a year ZPC hosts up to fourteen homeless individuals. During the day, guests stay at a day center in downtown Indianapolis, where they receive social services. Older children attend school. Between 5 pm and 6 am, ZPC will provide lodging, meals, and hospitality for these families.

Here ways you can help:
> Setting up guest bedrooms in the church
> Cooking and serving meals
> Playing with the children and helping them with homework
> Staying overnight with the families
> Providing transportation to and from the day center
> Tearing down guest bedrooms
> Doing laundry
> Donating food items and supplies or making a financial donation
> Being a prayer warrior; sign up online to pray daily for our guests
> Most importantly, demonstrating Christ’s love

This is a volunteer opportunity for all ages. Please consider serving as an individual or with your family, friends, or Home Group.

Questions?
Contact one of our congregational coordinators:
> Margaret Gordon [317.219.9017]
> Mary Leman [317.656.9942]
> Joe Loudenback [317.769.5621]

Tab Tutoring

Tab Tutoring is a caring relationship with the community surrounding Tabernacle Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis (34th and Central), specifically with IPS School #48.  Adult tutors are paired with students to help them with their schoolwork, to serve as role models and mentors, and to share with them the love of Jesus Christ.

> Contact: Jan West [317.251.6183]

Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic

Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic offers free counseling and representation to those who live in poverty. The clinic takes a comprehensive approach, helping its clients with a wide array of worldly as well as spiritual challenges. As a result, the clinic needs an equally wide variety of volunteers in such fields as law, financial counseling for clients struggling with debt, family counseling for those raising children in divided homes, and prison reentry ministry. They also need prayer partners who will attend to the spiritual needs of our clients, and client advocates who will help our clients navigate governmental aid programs such as food stamps. NCLC provides all of the training needed.

> For more information please visit NCLC online or call [317.429.4131]

Loose Threads

Sort-Rip-Cut-Design-Sew-Iron-Tie-Knit-Crochet-Pray-Repeat!

That's what the ladies of Loose Threads do each Thursday in Room 202 to help make a difference in our community. You are invited to help as we make quilts for the homeless and knitted or crocheted prayer shawls for the sick. Come for an hour or two or four! The group is always accepting your cast offs of 100% wool clothing or blankets, bolts of solid color fleece, skeins of soft yarn, and cash donations for their work.

> Contact: Sue Armstrong [317.873.1625] or Bobbi Rounds [317.809.2464]

Fuller Center for Housing

Millard Fuller, the architect and founder of Habitat for Humanity, started the Fuller Center for Housing of Central Indiana 6 years ago. The Fuller Center is a not-for-profit that has no paid staff and does not pay for warehouse or office space. They have built 12 new homes, rebuilt 3 and repaired 27 homes in 3 years, all located in Fountain Square. Volunteers are always needed.

> Contact: Chuck Vogt [317.846.1893]

Alternative Christmas Market

The ZPC Alternative Christmas Market offers an alternative to the commercialism that has come to define the Christmas season. Instead of making retail purchases, shoppers at the market make financial contributions to one of the represented charities in honor of those on their shopping list. These “alternative gifts” not only show the love of Christ to the recipients, but the financial contributions to the various organizations continue to spread his love throughout the world.

> Contact: Susie Martin [317.446.1428]

Zionsville Food Pantry

We rely on volunteers to help behind the scenes and could use your help! Help sorting and distributing food is needed on Thursdays from 10 am until noon and Fridays from 11 am until 2 pm.

But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Love to shop? Willing to give a few hours to unload donations or organize the pantry? Interested in packing groceries? Maybe you have a group or team looking for a one-time service project. If you have a willing heart and compassionate spirit, join us!

Email the Food Pantry Team to get all the details.

Wheeler Mission

Wheeler provides Christ-centered programs and services to the homeless and those in need in the Indianapolis area through various programs and at their facility.

Contact: Fritz Breisch [317.873.3379]

Shepherd Community Center

Shepherd Community Center cultivates healthier children, stronger families, and a safer neighborhood through supportive relationships that meet the physical, emotional, academic, and spiritual needs of area residents. Shepherd is a faith-based, nonprofit organization established in 1985 with a simple but staggering goal: to break the cycle of poverty on the near east side of Indianapolis.

> Contact: Greg Rankin [317.252.2601]

Outreach, Inc.

Outreach, Inc. reaches out to homeless and at-risk young adults, with the compassion of Jesus Christ, providing street outreach, a drop-in center, holistic social services including case management and emergency referral services.

Contact: Pat Ellis [317.873.4017]

New Creation Hispanic Church

New Creation Hispanic Church serves the growing Hispanic population on the west side of Indianapolis. The ministry reaches out through social services, dental assistance, a bilingual church, tutoring program, Christian camp, and Vacation Bible School.

> Contact: Barry Sumner [317.873.1428]

Kairos Ministry

Kairos Prison Ministry addresses the spiritual needs of incarcerated men, women, children, and their families, as well as those who work in the prison environment. Kairos is based on the Cursillo movement and is supported by volunteers from ministries such as Walk To Emmaus and Great Banquet. Many opportunities exist to serve in all of Indiana men's and women's adult prisons.

> Contact: Jack Ellett [317.873.0059]

Jeremiah House

The Jeremiah House ministry is designed to assist men, who have graduated from the Wheeler Mission Hebron Addictions Recovery Program, and to integrate them into the ZPC church family while assisting them with housing, savings, and employment. ZPC mentors are assigned to each participant to assist them in integration and Christian growth.

When men graduate from the Hebron Program, their biggest challenge is isolation. These men will have spent the past one-to-two years in an environment of strong Christian fellowship. They need to establish a new Christian fellowship and support structure outside Hebron Program. The Jeremiah House provides a transition from the highly-structured Hebron Program to being on their own.  

The Mission Commission, with the assistance of Wheeler Mission, provides oversight of the Jeremiah House Ministry. As ZPCers, we can help by welcoming the men living in the Jeremiah House into our community, encouraging the men to get involved in programs at ZPC such as a Bible study, Home Group, or the Great Banquet, and praying for the men and their mentors.

> Contact: Linda Forler [317.402.9613]

Habitat for Humanity

This ministry welcomes skilled workers and first-time nail-hammerers alike to help build new houses or rehab existing ones in Boone County. Habitat for Humanity’s mission is to partner with low-income, hardworking families under the conviction that every person and family deserves a simple, decent, and affordable place to live in safety and dignity. Some projects progress over several months and others are completed in a very short time.

> Contact:  [317.379.9434]