ORGANIZATIONS WE LOVE
Frontline is a church that is active and at work in our community and world. We especially love to work alongside of other organizations throughout Grand Rapids that are reaching people with many kinds of needs. If you or your small group would like to partner with one of these organizations, we encourage you to reach out to them and see how you can come alongside them in their mission of changing lives!
(* Denotes a partner organization)
3:11 YOUTH HOUSING
Contact: Kendra Avila | email@example.com | 616-217-4113 ext 10
Description: 3:11 Youth Housing provides safe and affordable housing to young people between the ages of 18-24. We work with youth who have aged out of foster care or who are currently experiencing homelessness.
People Group Reached: Young adults 18-24, from diverse backgrounds, including unaccompanied minors, refugee youth, young adults who have unstable or no familial support.
Serving Opportunities: Donation baskets, purchasing mattresses for young people for when they move-in to a 3:11 home, deep cleaning a newly opened 3:11 property.
ALPHA GRAND RAPIDS
Contact: Nancy Kropiewnicki | firstname.lastname@example.org | 616.742.0242 ext.110
Description: Alpha Grand Rapids (AGR) walks alongside women and men who are experiencing challenging circumstances, such as an unplanned pregnancy or poverty, by providing a safe place to make choices. AGR empowers people to thrive by offering comprehensive care through free and confidential services including pregnancy and STD tests, one-on-one mentoring, single parent support groups, pregnancy education, parenting classes, GED completion, English as a Second Language classes, and material resources.
People Group Reached: Low income men and women, 75% minority, 95% earning less than $14,000/ year, ages 12-30 (primarily 20-29)
Serving Opportunities: Groups and individuals typically serve in two ways: as prayer teams or as serving teams. Prayer teams are vital as they lift up specific client needs or issues facing Alpha Grand Rapids. Praying can be done both inside our building and surrounding our perimeter. Serving teams typically sort and organize baby clothes, diapers, shoes, boots, or other baby items. AGR gives out over 223,000 baby items annually, so our sorting teams are crucial to our process.
Contact: Holly Kammel | email@example.com | 616-454-1661 ext 212
Description: Dégagé’s goal is to assure that every man and woman who we serve knows that he/she is not alone. Their mission is to reflect the love of Christ to all who come through the doors by building relationships and offering programs that foster dignity and respect.Responsive programming is designed to address immediate and long-term needs such as overnight respite for women in crisis, food, referral services and hygiene facilities.
People Group Reached: Those currently homeless or living in low-income housing.
Serving Opportunity: Host an activity or provide a special snack. This is a great option for groups who would like to serve on a one-time basis. You can bring in prizes and run a bingo night (we supply the bingo game), host a karaoke night, or host a spades or dominos tournament. Groups can also bring in a special snack like ice cream sundaes or root beer floats and serve it to the patrons while making new friends in the dining room or in the Open Door women’s overnight center.
FAMILY PROMISE OF GRAND RAPIDs*
Contact: Chelsea Jandernoa | Chelseaj@familypromisegr.org
Description: Family Promise provides emergency shelter and basic needs (food, clothing diapers etc.) to families with children who are homeless. They help families find a place to call home and then walk along-side families to ensure they don't become homeless again!
People Group Reached: Families with children who are homeless.The average age of children Family Promise serves is under 6 years old.
Serving Opportunities: Small groups could volunteer through our Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) by making and sharing a meal for families and playing with kids or helping with homework. Volunteers can come to their Day Center and help with sorting and organization donations or helping with crafts. Finally, volunteers can help make a house a home through our Partners In Housing program. This volunteer experience entails demo, painting, cleaning, hanging curtains, stocking shelves etc.
GRAND RAPIDS center for community transformation*
Contact: Amanda Jones | firstname.lastname@example.org | 616-224-7438
Description: The Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation has members from 5 different organizations all under one roof, with a similar goal in wanting to transform the youth and their community.
People Group Reached: At-risk youth between the ages of 14-24.
Serving Opportunities: Helping place drywall up, painting, moving materials, and other hands-on projects.
hand2hand backpack ministry*
Contact: Danielle Kogut | email@example.com |231-629-0083
Description: Hand2Hand works to partner local churches with area public schools to provide weekend meals for families in need. It is the goal, that thru these meals, the church body would have opportunities to build relationships with these families.
People Group Reached: Families of students in the Northview School District
Serving Opportunity: A packing is a perfect opportunity to serve together! Packing teams meet on Tuesday nights at Frontline (children are welcome!) and "assembly line" pack for two weekends for each student. There are currently around 131 children that are served in the Northview District. It usually takes around 60-90 minutes depending on the size of the group and the packing closes by covering the bags and families receiving them in prayer. It goes very quickly and is always a lot of fun! Upcoming dates are December 18, February 19, and April 23.
Also, Hand2Hand is in need of food donations. If you or your group would like to donate food to be distributed through Hand2Hand, please contact Danielle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
inner city christian federation
Contact: Katie Brower | email@example.com | 616-336-9333x416
Description: ICCF is a non profit organization that works to create equitable opportunity, affordable homes, and thriving neighborhoods throughout greater Grand Rapids.
People Group Reached: ICCF works with neighbors in greater Grand Rapids who are experiencing housing related issues ranging from homelessness or the risk of homelessness, to the need for safe, appropriate, affordable rental housing, to an aspiration to become a homeowner.
Serving Opportunities: Helping with demolition, painting, or landscaping at an ICCF home that is in the process of being renovated.
Mel trotter ministires
Contact: Matthew Holmes | firstname.lastname@example.org | 616.588.8747
Description: Mel Trotter Ministries serves the homeless mainly in Kent County and in the Heartside area. Some are in programming and others are able to use the emergency shelter.
People Group Reached: Homeless and lower socio-economic spectrum
Serving Opportunity: Game Nights are a great way to let Mel Trotter’s guests they are loved provides an atmosphere to feel “normal” even in the midst of homelessness. Groups are able to bring a variety of games and activities for game night. Mel Trotter sets round tables and allows the guests to choose what games they wanted to participate in.
NORTH END COMMUNITY MINISTRIES
Contact: Laura Castle | email@example.com | 616-454-1097
Description: NECM is a non-profit, community service ministry providing 8 quality programs/services/classes for people in need on Grand Rapids’ Northeast side.
People Group Reached: Any people in need on the NE side of Grand Rapids.
Serving Opportunities: North End Supper House Meals on Tuesday or Thursday evenings; North End Pole Christmas Store providing brand new toys for children in December for Christmas. There are also volunteer opportunities in their food pantry on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9:00 AM-12:30 PM.
North Kent Connect
Contact: Claire Guisfredi | Claire.firstname.lastname@example.org | 616-866-3478 ext. 350
Description: North Kent Connect is a Christian organization committed to improving the lives of all people in northern Kent County by providing access to basic needs and promoting economic independence. Services include: healthy food Market, thrift store, case management, rent/utility assistance, Meals on Wheels, mental health counseling, educational and empowerment classes, help with tax prep.
People Group Reached: Low-income people of all ages in northern Kent County (primarily Cedar Springs, Sand Lake, Belmont, Rockford, Sparta, Kent City, Comstock Park)
Serving Opportunities: Tour of their 16,000 square foot building, opportunity to put together food bags for Senior Pantry Day. Helping in their thrift store.
safe haven ministries
Contact: Astrid Burke | email@example.com | 616-452-6664 ext. 0846
Description: Motivated by Christ's love, Safe Haven’s Ministries’ mission is to end domestic abuse. Safe Haven offers emergency shelter, support groups, case management, safety planning, a 24/7 hotline, children's programming, prevention and education.
People Group Reached: Women and their children who are survivors of domestic violence
Serving Opportunities: Yard work, sorting donations, and packing for their upcoming move to a new facility.
SAMARITAS FOSTER CARE
Contact: Trina Kent | firstname.lastname@example.org | 616-260-3441
Description: Samaritas is the largest not for profit foster care agency serving just over 800 children across the state of Michigan. Locally, Samaritas in West MI is serving approximately 200 children in our foster care program.
People Group Reached: Samaritas works with children who range in ages birth to 21. However, they also serve the children’s birth parents and foster parents and they ranges in ages 18 to 80ish.
Serving Opportunity: Operation Good Cheer. Saturday, December 8. This is the date Samaritas receives Christmas Presents for their children in care. There is a lot of organizing, loading and unloading of presents.
Contact: Celia Newhall | email@example.com | 616-855-1700
Description: The StoreHouse’s Mission is to connect determined yet struggling individuals with supportive people who will walk alongside them to become more self-sustaining. One small part of this vision incorporates product redistribution, which requires many volunteers who are able to move and sort large quantities of household products.
People Group Reached: The Storehouse serves low-income schools and other non-profits.
Serving Opportunity: The Storehouse frequently has to unload semi trucks with pallet jacks, move pallets around the warehouse, and stock individual products on shelves.
WEST MICHIGAN FRIENDSHIP CENTER
Contact: Sal | firstname.lastname@example.org | 616-828-1530
Description: To demonstrate the love of God, the West Michigan Friendship Center provides a welcoming environment for the international community in West Michigan. They assist refugees, immigrants, and other internationals with friendship, community, services, resources, and loving welcome in the name of God.
People Group Reached: Refugees and immigrants in the West Michigan area.
Serving Opportunity: Every Friday the Friendship Center has a community dinner for their guests (Friends). They need churches and other small groups to partner with them to host the meals, either by providing the meal or donating toward the cost of a catered meal. To help foster their goal of building friendships with the guests, each group that hosts a meal is asked to join them that evening, interacting with and getting to know their Friends. The members of the host group may interact with the children (playing games or other activities), help in the nursery, or simply sit and talk with the Friends.
Contact: Matt Anderson | email@example.com | 317-289-8788
Description: World Mission exists to bring the Gospel to those who are currently denied access to God's word either due to illiteracy or cultural hostility to Christianity. They accomplish this through the distribution of the Treasure, a solar powered MP3 player onto which any of more than 6000 dialects can be loaded, via our network of partners in 32 countries in the 10/40 window.
People Group Reached: Unreached people groups in Africa and Asia
Serving Opportunities: World Mission operates a group of thrift centers in West Michigan to provide financial support to the ministry. There are dozens of ways volunteers can serve either on a one time or ongoing basis at the stores or their storage facility. Store locations are in Kentwood, Grandville, Plainfield Township, and Muskegon, plus a warehouse in Wyoming.