In The Community

People aren’t always going to come to church; sometimes the church must go to them.

Our mission as a church body is to reach those who feel disconnected from God. To do that, we must go beyond our church building, our social circles, our groups, and our weekend services to find people where they are. That’s why we believe it’s so important to join up with ministries in our community who are already having a significant impact on the lives of those they serve.

General Information: 

  • Serve by yourself, with your family, or with your Small Group.
  • The Thrift Stores listed below can use volunteers of all skill levels during the day, evenings, and/or weekends.
  • Family Friendly -- volunteers should be 5 years old and up
  • Teen / Adult Friendly -- volunteers should be 12 years old and up
  • Adult Friendly -- volunteers should be 18 years old and up 

The following is a list of serving opportunities in the communities surrounding Faith Church campuses: 

Junior Achievement NWI Division

Junior Achievement is a nonprofit that provides local students in grades K-12 real-life skills focusing on Financial Literacy, Work Readiness, and Entrepreneurship. Programs are taught by volunteers (no experience necessary!)  Grade-specific kit-based programs with fun/meaningful activities that get the concepts across.

Volunteers are needed to educate students about career fields while introducing JA’s concepts and hands-on activities.

What: JA Day programs are designed to prepare students with a real-world perspective. Volunteers share their personal and professional experiences with students while demonstrating the skills and concepts they will need to succeed in work and life! While presenting the JA program activities, you’ll have an opportunity to talk to students about your career or business and pathways to success!

JA Days are arranged on a school day, one morning or afternoon in a 3-hour format. Just a few hours to make a huge impact!

Students who participate in Junior Achievement of Chicago programs qualify to apply for our college scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $40,000. Visit

Volunteers needed for 1st Graders at Protsman Elementary in Dyer. January 24, 8:15-10:45 AM. 

No experience necessary. Training provided. Let’s scatter joy throughout the schools in Lake County!

 Junior Achievement is a nonprofit organization that has been helping kids grades k-12 for almost 100 years. Can’t do it without volunteers. Thank you for your help.

Contact Mary Burke  | 219-276-5055Registration deadline is 1/9/18.

Programs are added regularly. Upcoming or Under Development:

Kolling Elementary, St. John
Protsman Elementary, Dyer
Jane Ball, Cedar Lake

Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana
For non-construction and construction volunteer opportunities contact Gina Bell:

Phone:  219-923-7265 Ext. 316

Adult friendly

By the Hand Club for Kids
When you volunteer at By The Hand Club, you are filling a special need. You are feeding children, teaching them about the Lord, helping them improve their grades, and keeping them safe during the highest crime hours. Volunteers help with homework, read to students, mentor students and offer general assistance to By The Hand Club staff during dinner, chapel and Bible study times.

By The Hand™—Altgeld-Murray
13015 S. Ellis
Chicago, IL 60827
Monday – Thursday 3:30 – 6:30 PM

Volunteer Commitment
We love having groups from churches come and serve with our kids for an hour or two, even if it's just for just one day.
Contact:  or (757) 309-6248

Teen / Adult Friendly (Saturdays)

Adult Friendly (evenings)

Alicia's House
Helping feed the hungry. 

  • Alicia's House Food Pantry located in South Chicago Heights is open every Tuesday 9-11 am.
  • Contact: or 708-946-3002
  • Groups of up to 6 people are welcome.

Family Friendly

Elim Hope Packs
Click on the link below to learn how your Mini-Church can help:

Teen / Adult Friendly

Ronald McDonald House
You can make a child smile! Cook a meal for families staying at a Ronald McDonald House in the Chicagoland area – 4 to choose from.

To find contact information and a volunteer application:

Go to:
Select "How can I help"
Then choose "Volunteer"

Teen / Adult Friendly

Children's Hunger Fund
For anyone (children must be 5 yrs old) who can bag beans, bag pasta, make food and hygiene packs, or sort through miscellaneous loads of products. 

Some Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:00 am-noon

17451 Palmer
Homewood, IL 60430
Contact: 708.799.5822

Family Friendly

Caring Hands Soup Kitchen
For adults who can sort and separate donated food, set tables, serve lunch to 40-70 people and clean up.

Saturdays from 9:30 am - 1 pm
Located at the First Assembly of God Church in Hammond
Contact for Scheduling: Liz De La Garza or call 773.546.8372

Teen / Adult Friendly

Visiting Nurses Association of NWI

Volunteer opportunities include maintenance and office work, Meals on Wheels volunteer, Phoenix Center volunteer to help grieving families, or Hospice Center volunteer. Training is provided for volunteer opportunities.

If interested, please call VNA at 219-462-5195

Teen / Adult Friendly

etc...a resale marketplace
Proceeds benefit Highland Christian School to help keep tuition affordable for parents. Need donations and volunteers.

1650 US Highway 41, Suite D Schererville, IN 46375
Contact: 219.865.5400

Donations are tax-deductible

Teen/Adult Friendly

Second Life Resale Shoppe
Proceed benefit Crown Point Christian School to help keep tuition affordable for parents. Need donations and volunteers.

1510 N Main St, Crown Point, IN 46307
Contact: 219.663.5266

Donations are tax-deductible

Teen / Adult Friendly

Pass It On Thrift Center
Proceed benefit Southwest Christian Schools to help keep tuition affordable for parents.

Needs: Volunteers and Donations

5435 - 127th St, Crestwood, IL 60445
Contact: 708.824.0433

 Donations are tax-deductible

Teen / Adult Friendly

New 2 You of Lansing
Proceeds of the resale store are divided between Calvin Christian & Lansing Christian Schools to help keep tuition affordable for parents.

Needs: Volunteers and Donations

18230 S Torrence Ave, Lansing, IL 60438
Contact: 708.889.6369

 Donations are tax-deductible

Teen / Adult Friendly

Bibles for Missions Thrift Store
Works to provide Bibles for the people of Columbia

Needs: Volunteers and Donations

2821 Highway Ave, Highland, IN 46322
Contact: 219.923.6436

Donations are tax-deductible

Teen / Adult Friendly

Phil's Friends Hope Center
Our mission is to provide Christ-centered support and hope to those affected by cancer. Our Hope Center can accommodate up to 45 volunteers at a time. You can organize a group of your family and friends or from your clubs, community organizations, churches, corporations, sports teams and more. During these 90 minute sessions, you will be able to make and pack Care Packages and color Cards of Hope. Schedule a group and bring hope today!

If you have questions or wish to schedule a volunteer serve, you may contact Judy Earnshaw at . You can also visit our website ( and submit a request for a volunteer serve by clicking on "Volunteer" and "Group Registration." Make sure you designate your request for the Crown Point Hope Center. We will then call you to confirm the date(s) that you select.

Family friendly


Unity Hospice is seeking caring and compassionate volunteers to provide support to people who have a terminal illness and to offer support to members of their families. Volunteers are needed to:

•Provide respite for family members and/or caregivers
•Read, listen and offer companionship
•Play games, music
•Bereavement Support
•Hospice for Heroes
•Pet Therapy
•Provide clerical support at the Unity Hospice office

If you are interested in becoming a Unity Hospice Volunteer, please stop by our office or call to request more information. (8470 Virginia St, Merrillville, IN | 219-769-8648) 

Adult Friendly