Holidays can be difficult for those who aren’t able to celebrate with friends and family.
Partners of Southeast Christian Church—shelters, nonprofits and community organizations—work hard to ease loneliness on those days.
It’s not too late to get involved, but time is short.
Jay Schroder, Southeast Missions Local Partner team leader, believes volunteering with mission partners at Thanksgiving and Christmas is easy and often leads to deeper, year-round commitment.
“While there often is an abundance of volunteers at the holidays, we hope helping will be a chance to get to know our partners and get involved throughout the year,” Schroder said. “There are so many ways to help. Use Thanksgiving and Christmas as a springboard to get involved.”
Here are a few partners still seeking volunteers.
>Awake Ministries helps those in addiction and those dealing with food insecurity through its food bank. Volunteers are needed for Awake’s Christmas party Monday, Dec. 23, from 5 to 8 p.m. Visit www.awakeky.org for more information or contact Alyssa at (502) 647-5555.
>Christ Chapel at Churchill Downs will have a Christmas party for workers on the backside, Monday, Dec. 9, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Churchill Downs Triple Crown Room. Volunteers are needed Dec. 7-9 to assemble gift baskets and sort clothing, decorate, set up food service, distribute presents, oversee face painting and crafts and clean up. To volunteer, call Jessica at (502) 648-3021.
>Hope Southern Indiana is mobilizing churches and organizations to give gifts and food to families that qualify for assistance. Food items and gifts still are needed for outreach. For details, visit www.hopesi.org.
>Mission Hope for Kids helps hundreds of students with after-school programs in the Elizabethtown area. More than 170 children benefit from after-school help, emotional and spiritual support.
Mission Hope for Kids will hold a Child of Hope Christmas Party, Sunday, Dec. 8, from 1 to 8 p.m. at Grace Heartland Church, 801 Pear Orchard Road in Elizabethtown. Volunteers are asked to arrive at 4 p.m. for group prayer and orientation.
Mission Hope for Kids also is planning two weeks of hands-on activities and crafts for children.
Visit www.missionhopeforkids.org for more information or call Bridget at (502) 295-4167.
>Prodigal Ministries helps men and women who have been released from prison. A Christmas party for residents will be held Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at Southeast’s Crestwood Campus. It’s a perfect time to get acquainted with men and women in the ministry and help with setup and serving. Visit www.prodigalky.org or call (502) 222-2389 for more information.
>Re:Center Ministries helps reconcile homeless and hurting people to God, family and community by sharing the love of Jesus. Re:Center will have a Mission: Possible Turkey Fry in its parking lot Wednesday, Nov. 27. People will be able to purchase a 14-pound, deep-fried turkey for Thanksgiving between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Proceeds will fund meals for women and children in the day shelter program. Visit www.recen
terministries.org to place an order.
Volunteers also our needed for Re:Center’s Christmas for the Homeless brunch Monday, Dec. 23. Sign up at www.recenterministries.org.
>Scarlet Hope shares the love of Jesus with women in the adult entertainment industry. This year, small groups will be able to Adopt a Club for a year that begins with Christmas 2019 and ends Christmas 2020. Those who adopt a club will provide gift packages for Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Christmas. Throughout the year, they will receive prayer requests and updates on the club they adopt. Visit www.scarlethope.org to volunteer.