The Community Outreach Ministry exists to foster the participation of our congregation in volunteering their time, talent, and financial resources to organizations serving the many and varied needs of Bloomington and our surrounding communities.
John Mangrum, Gloria Tiwari, Kristin Varella, Sean Chambers, Courtney Bidwell, Rick Thatcher. If you would like more information, please contact John Mangrum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some projects and ministries that we have been involved with in the past year:
- ECC Community Garden
- Hannah Center
- Habitat for Humanity
- New Song Mission
- Garden Villa Nursing Home
- Adoption & Fostering
- Safe Families for Children
A hands-on opportunity for attenders of ECC to give back to the Bloomington community by providing garden yield to those in need and an avenue for multi-generational fellowship, community-building, outreach, and education.
Please join us at our weekly Sunday workdays. Check the calendar page, check the Sunday bulletin, or contact the church office for the workday time. All produce from the garden is donated to Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, a local food pantry. All ages are welcome to tend the garden–bring the whole family! The ECC garden is located at the southeast corner of the church grounds, next to Bart Villa Apartments on 2nd St.
(Formerly the Hannah House Maternity Home & Crisis Pregnancy Center)
The Hannah Center provides confidential, compassionate support for anyone affected by pregnancy or early parenting challenges. They offer free pregnancy testing, counseling, parenting and childbirth education, needed supplies, and a 24-hour Helpline to result in a healthy mom and a healthy baby.
Hannah House Maternity Home is a safe place where moms learn valuable life skills, including budgeting, meal planning, and preparing for job interviews. Case management helps them to reach other educational or life goals. It’s more than a place to live. It’s a place to grow.
Visit the Hannah Center website.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County’s mission is to eliminate poverty housing by building simple, decent, affordable homes in partnership with qualifying families. Habitat homeowners pay interest-free, no-profit mortgages, which are used to build more Habitat houses. Because houses are principally built with volunteer labor, mortgage payments are affordable for low-income partners.
Habitat-qualifying families, or partner families, are selected based on their need for housing, ability to repay the no-interest mortgage, and willingness to partner with Habitat by earning 250 hours of “sweat equity” or volunteer time. Through the work of thousands of volunteers and organizations, Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County has built more than 150 homes.
Visit the Monroe County Habitat for Humanity website.
New Song Mission
The vision of New Song Mission is to rebuild the lives of orphaned, fatherless, and impoverished children so that they will feel loved and become equipped to fulfill God’s wonderful purpose for their lives. In order to fulfill this vision, New Song has built a children’s home campus on one of the most scenic settings in all the Midwest: 100 beautiful acres in the hills of Brown County, Indiana.
Visit the New Song Mission website.
Garden Villa Nursing Home Outreach
Members of ECC reach out to residents of Garden Villa on the 3rd Thursday of every month, from 4 to 5pm. Through music, a short devotional, and fellowship, they seek to share the love of Christ.
All ages are welcome and no experience is necessary–just a heart tender towards senior adults. For more information, contact Midge Harris at email@example.com.
Visit the Garden Villa website.
Adoption and Foster Care Ministry
The Church has a divine mandate to care for orphaned and vulnerable children. ECC’s adoption and foster care ministry serves congregational families that have been touched by the call to care for these children. Generally, the adoption and foster care ministry carries out this mission in three ways:
1. Providing continuous community support for current and prospective adoptive and foster care families.
2. Increasing awareness of these children and their needs.
3. Easing the financial barriers associated with adoption and foster care.
Contact Cindy Tirey at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Safe Families for Children
Safe Families for Children of Monroe County is committed to serving families in crises by partnering with the local church, where families open their homes and lives to vulnerable children.
Our chapter started in 2014, after a representative from the Indianapolis office came to speak at a local Bloomington church. Members of the Bloomington community, with belief in the Safe Families’ vision that Jesus calls us to defend the cause of the weak and the fatherless, began praying to launch a Monroe County chapter. Since our humble beginnings, we have formed a committed board of directors, trained host families passionate about the Safe Families vision, and collected resources for families. In these areas, our goals are to empower the church, unify families, and deflect children from being unnecessarily put into the foster care system.
Visit bloomington.safe-families.org for more info or contact Meghan Garcia at email@example.com.