Missions Partner Volunteer Opportunities

The Oaks Fellowship

Most of you have noticed all the new faces of the Oaks Fellowship at Eastminster and several of you have wondered, "how can I get involved?" There are many ways to use your gifts to bless the Oaks families.  

Summer Sunday Child Care Sundays during the summer at 9:30 a.m. in our Kids area, while parents are at English class. Help with simple crafts, snacks, etc.

Practicing English One of the things most requested by the Oaks families is for people to come to their homes and help them with English. Although many of the families have been here almost two years, sadly many of them have not had much opportunity to speak English to others. There are also several new families who have been in the US less than two months. We go into their homes ideally in teams of two to help teach them English and give them an opportunity to SPEAK English and ask questions in a comfortable place. We have lots of resources and ideas of activities to help them learn. Several of the ladies currently serving on this team have worked as teachers, but most have not. We are taking the approach that we, as English speakers, are all qualified to teach it. We read books together, point at pictures or objects around the house, saying the word and allowing them to repeat it. Some teachers/tutors create games and worksheets, some go on fieldtrips to the grocery store, the park or garage sales. This is a wonderful way to have a relationship and be their advocate in navigating all the new and confusing American things.

Transportation Another equally important opportunity is to provide transportation. Most of the Oaks families do not have a driver's license or else do not have a car. We have several scheduled opportunities as well as many one time needs of rides to doctor's appointments, WIC, the IRC etc.

1.  We are looking for people to commit to taking a family home each Sunday after church around 1 p.m. There are several big families who will need rides, so we could use 20 people to drive every Sunday or "job share" a family and drive twice a month.

2.  One couple needs a ride from their home on north Volutsia to their English class at 2502 East Douglas at 5:30 p.m. and back home at 8:30 every Monday - Thursday.

3.  One lady needs a ride to work on her Habitat for Humanity home every morning at 7:30 a.m. and then a ride from there to her job at 2 p.m. and then occasionally a ride home from her job at 10 p.m.

Job Application Help Many of the men have been working at the meat packing plant in Ark City, leaving home at 4 a.m. and returning at 6 p.m. Now that they have been here for a while and are more familiar with factory work, have better transportation and better English many of them would like to find jobs in Wichita. Since most of this seems to be done online, it would be extremely helpful to have someone sit with them to apply and help them throughout the job search process.

Other Skills If you have other skills and hobbies that you would like to share, there are always people who would be excited to learn to cook, to sew, to do needlework, to learn woodworking and repairs etc. The most important thing is that you are building a relationship with them.

Get Involved

For more information or to volunteer, contact Pam Van Bebber at pamkvb@gmail.com

IASIS

Want to help on a more regular basis at IASIS? Current volunteer opportunities at IASIS are:

Open Gym

Summer months, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (These days and times will change when the school year starts.)

- Gym Closing The Iasis staff person, Nicolette, closes down the gym each day. She could desperately use an adult to come help close the gym around 2 p.m. (Includes caging balls, turning off air conditioner, running the large dust mop on the floor and locking up.)
- Run Open Gym If Nicolette is unavailable, serve on a rotational basis during Open Gym, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Play Basketball Come participate in Open Gym by playing basketball (one to five volunteers needed)

Gardening

Adopt a landscape garden on the IASIS property. Includes weeding, fertilizing, etc. Three small gardens available (individual or rotational project).   

Saturday Story Time

Beginning in August. Two to three helpers needed for one and a half to two hours.

Academy of Excellence

Wednesdays beginning at the school year, 5 – 7 p.m.

Help kids at this youth group with their homework.

 

Graphic Design
Produce a brochure for the center.

Cleaning or Cleaning Connections

In pricing cleaning of the facility, they have found the cost to be very high. They are looking for either someone who can direct them to cleaning that is more reasonably priced, or volunteers who enjoy cleaning and would come in to help. (mop floors, bathrooms, cleaning glass, etc.)

 

Get Involved

If you have questions, or want to help, please contact Ann Ramseyer at ann.ramseyer@gmail.com

 

Embrace

Embrace has been serving the Wichita community since 1985 by offering free pregnancy tests, limited sonograms, STD testing and more! The biggest volunteer need is for men and women to serve as peer counselors for clients experiencing an unexpected pregnancy. Peer counselors share the love of Christ with clients by offering support and resources in their pregnancy decision. This three-hour a week position requires client advocate training, provided by Embrace. For more information see our website or contact Raquel for an application at rmoeder@embracewichita.org

 

Serve at The Lord's Diner

Fourth Fridays (Broadway location)

Serve our city's homeless with a group of other Eastminster volunteers. You must have a food handler's license. Contact Andrea MacCorkle at macchome@gmail.com.

 

Youth Horizons

Eastminster’s newest supported US/Local Missions ministry is looking for Eastminster folks who are interested in mentoring children between the ages of 5 and 17 in Christ-centered matches. Options include meeting once a week to hang out together for a couple of hours or meeting with a middle schooler at Coleman Middle School (other middle schools also need mentors). Please e-mail Judith Wencel at jwencel@successinthemiddle.org for more information. Click here to see the children waiting for a Youth Horizons mentor >>

 

Community-Based Mentor

Meet once a week with a child from a single-parent family for encouragement.

School-Based Mentor

Meet once a week for a year with a student at a school (especially Coleman near 13th & Rock)
Contact Tim Rorabaugh at tim@youthhorizons.net

 

YoungLife Wichita

Volunteer Group Leaders and small-group or one-on-one mentors are needed to meet with middle school or high school age students and share the love of Jesus. Contact megkice@icloud.com for more information.

 

Facebook: Young Life Wichita

 

 

Campus Ministry Networks

Intercessors

Prayer partners needed to commit to praying for Coleman Middle School's Campus Ministry Network group. (You will get updates with specific needs).
Contact Keith Malcom at campusministrynetwork.org.

 

 

 

 

 

HopeNet Getting Ahead Volunteers

Become an Advocate

HopeNet Advocates assist us with client care. They help welcome our clients and create a safe environment for each person. They are the first glimpse of hope that a client hears on the phone and the first friendly face the client will see. Advocates volunteer weekly or biweekly during normal business hours. Advocates are interviewed to ensure the role is a good fit.

 

Event Volunteer

Our Event Volunteers help us prepare and execute a variety of events throughout the year. The tasks of an Event Volunteer vary and can include greeting, party planning, registration, refreshments, etc. Event Volunteers can participate in all events or just once a year.

 

Special Projects

Our Special Project Volunteers help with a variety of different small projects throughout the year including office tasks, organizing storage closets, event preparations, holiday meals for clients, etc. These volunteers are scheduled on an as needed basis and generally help once or twice a year.

 

Prayer Team

HopeNet understands the power of prayer in our lives as well as the lives of clients. The Prayer team is made up of devoted prayer warriors that lift HopeNet to the Lord daily.

If you are interested in volunteering or learning more about a specific volunteer opportunity, please email info@hopenetwichita.org

 

Food Service at Union Rescue Mission

First Wednesdays of the month, 6:45 to 8 p.m.

You have an opportunity to serve food to those staying at the Union Rescue Mission at 2800 N. Hillside. There is no long term commitment – just choose one of the following dates to offer your service: March 4, April 5, May 6 – any upcoming first Wednesday.  All you need to have is your food handlers license from the City and be 18 or older. If you are available to serve and want to be a part of this ongoing ministry, contact Marcia Davis at 634.0337, ext. 231, or mdavis@eastminster.org.  

 

Central Kansas Prison Ministry

Central Kansas Prison Ministry is an organization for the purpose of training Christian volunteers to work in area Kansas Correctional Facilities and County Jails. More information and volunteer forms are available at www.ckpm.org.

 

Requested:

· Christian paperback books for the library at the Butler County Jail.
· Yarn and fabric for the inmate sewing projects at the El Dorado Facility.
· Study reference books in hardback.  These can include: concordances, commentaries, and studies.
Please bring donations to the Missions office.

 

Mentors

You can mentor an inmate through CKPM's mentorship training and program. Click here for all the details.

 

Iasis Academy of Excellence

Tutors for Academy of Excellence

Help students K-8th with homework on Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. at 1914 E 11th. Email Nicolette Ellison at nicolettewarren87@gmail.com.

 

Tutors

Help Iasis Impact Zone students with homework, basic skills over lunch at their school (Spaght Elementary, Truesdell and Wilbur Middle Schools, mostly).

Mentors

Mentor Iasis Impact Zone students over lunch at their school (usually Spaght, Truesdell or Wilbur) or at Iasis (1914 E 11th). MEN ESPECIALLY NEEDED for matching with students who might be interested in your career or field of study (if college student).
Email Judith Wencel at jwencel@successinthemiddle.org.

Facebook: The Academy of Iasis

 

Gardeners

Help in the Iasis community garden once a week from spring to fall.

 

Urban Young Life

Tutors

Help high school students with homework alternate Thursdays 5 – 6 p.m. Email Nicolette Ellison at nicolettewarren87@gmail.com.

Odd Jobs

High school students are looking for odd jobs to raise funds to attend camp. Email Megan Kice at megkice@icloud.com

 

Facebook: Urban Young Life Wichita

International Students, Inc.

English Conversation

Help with English conversation groups on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – noon.

 

Hosts

Invite international students to dinner. E-mail Norm Allen at normallen64@gmail.com

Friendship Partner

Become a "Friendship Partner" to a WSU international student. Meet three or four times a month.

Friendship partners are needed, especially men. (A significantly higher percentage of international students are male).

Assist with or provide food for an outreach event to international students.

 

Westminster Woods

Facebook: Westminster Woods Camp

 

 

 

Campus Kids Ministry

Encouragers

Help with Bible Clubs at Circle Greenwich (Wednesdays from 3:25 – 5 p.m.) and Washington Elementary (Mondays from 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.). 2015 year ends mid-April but help is needed until then.
Facebook: Campus Kids Ministries Inc

 

 

 

 

 

Local Missions Events

August

Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; First Presbyterian Church (525 N. Broadway)
Help refugee families get ready for the upcoming school year by helping them "shop" for school supplies. You'll be paired with a child/family and help them navigate categories of donated items to choose what they want and need and fill their... Read More >>
Sundays, August 12 - December 9, 5 - 8 p.m.; Riverlawn Christian Church
Experience God's heart for all peoples and encounter the momentum of the world Christian movement. Perspectives will open the eyes of your heart with fresh knowledge and understanding of God's unchanging purposes and why they're relevant to your... Read More >>

September

September 15, two shifts: 9 – 11 a.m. or 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Gym
At Wichita’s Hunger Challenge we will gather with other believers and friends in the community to pack food and send hope to refugees and/or victims of famine or natural disaster — wherever it is most needed in the world. It’s a hands-on activity... Read More >>

October

October 21 – November 4
Operation Christmas Child uses the power of a simple gift — a shoe box packed lovingly with gifts by people just like you — to impact the lives of children around the globe. Beyond the boxes themselves, these tangible expressions of God’s love open... Read More >>
Wednesday, October 31
Let’s serve our partners at IASIS by helping them put on a fall festival for their neighborhood! More details to come.   Read More >>

November

Saturday, November 17, 9 a.m.; Gym
As the holiday season approaches, Eastminster is continuing our tradition of helping others through providing a Thanksgiving meal. We’ll fill and deliver boxes full of delicious food to those in our community who may not otherwise have a... Read More >>

December

Saturday, December 15, 9 a.m.; Gym
As the holiday season approaches, Eastminster is continuing our tradition of helping others through providing a Christmas meal. We’ll fill and deliver boxes full of delicious food to those in our community who may not otherwise have a holiday... Read More >>