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.

Str8up Ministries

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Str8Up is a ministry for teens living in Northwest Indianapolis. It is run by Jill and Aaron Wilson. Many teens in this area are exposed to challenging situations including: single-parent homes, abuse, neglect, prejudice, racism, violence, and drugs.

The Wilsons are showing the love of Jesus and building life-changing relationships with kids who may feel like and are sometimes treated as “the least of these.”

ZPC is inviting you to serve in these areas:

  • Provide meals for Str8Up’s teen club on Wednesday and Sunday evenings.
  • Assist in completing a changing and bath facility at Str8Up Camp, including painting and plumbing work.
  • Work on landscaping projects, and the creation of a large garden.

Unskilled labor is welcome and there are also generally a few projects that can be tackled by a Home Group, family, or even 2-3 families working together.

Visit for more information about this ministry.

For more information about getting involved contact ZPCers Margaret Gordon or Greg Rankin.

Contacts: Margaret Gordon [ ] or Greg Rankin [ ]

Interfaith Hospitality Network

ZPC serves homeless children and their caregivers by being part of the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN), a local network of faith-based congregations that provides overnight shelter for homeless families. The program is run by Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis.

Several times a year ZPC hosts up to fourteen homeless individuals. During the day, guests go to work or to the Family Promise Day Center in downtown Indianapolis, where they receive social services. Older children attend school. Between 5 pm and 6 am, guests return to ZPC, where we provide lodging, meals, and hospitality.

Here are just some of the 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
> Driving guests in the Family Promise van 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.

Contact one of our congregational coordinators:
> Mary Leman [ ; 317.656.9942]
> Libby Pollak [ ; 317.443.4507]
> Dave Stricker [ ; 317.409.2869]

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]

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.

Loose Threads


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]

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: Dale Thomas [ ]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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: Carolee Berry [317.989.9064]