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, Courtney Bidwell, Gloria Tiwari, Sean Chambers, Brian Howard, Cindy Tirey, Jennifer Minderman. 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
- Garden Villa Nursing Home
- Wheeler Mission
- Safe Families for Children
ECC Community Garden
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.
Interested in gardening a plot in 2021? Contact Gloria at g.tiwari [at] att.net.
FREE seeds! ECC was provided with packets of seeds by our local Walmart, which made leftover seeds from 2020 available to community organizations. Place your seed order with us by downloading and completing this order form. Our supply is limited and orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Here are some instructions on making your own seed strips to get started this spring!
(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.
Garden Villa Nursing Home Outreach
Our monthly meetings are currently on hold because of the Covid-19 pandemic. 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 John Mangrum at email@example.com.
Visit the Garden Villa website.
Wheeler Mission Bloomington helps the homeless in Southern Indiana. Wheeler is a non-denominational, Christian, social services organization, which provides critically needed goods and services to the homeless, poor, and needy of central Indiana without regard to race, color, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, or religion.
Visit the Wheeler Mission website for more information regarding Wheeler Mission, donating to Wheeler, and volunteer opportunities! Please note that volunteer and donation links are for both the Indianapolis and Bloomington locations. When donating, please indicate in the drop-down menu under “Gift Designation” that your gift is for “Bloomington Area”.
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.