Serving together as a Community Group is a great way to synergize your individual efforts to make a difference, and at the same time build a bond among your group members.
By being sensitive to the needs around you and creative, your group will thrive as it serves others in your group, our faith family, or our community. Here are a few ideas:
- Serve together at Fellowship – for example, helping serve a meal at Celebrate Recovery, serving in children’s ministries together, welcoming the family of a global worker to our Village, preparing food for the worship team on Sunday morning, etc.
- Serve someone in your community group who has a need – for example, meals or housecleaning for a hospitalized member, yard-work for an ill member, groceries for an unemployed member.
- Serve a neighborhood school, host an event in a neighborhood park, or help a neighbor in need.
- Serve with one of our many Community Partners (listed below) that exist to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those hurting in our area.
Provide new clothes/shoes for underprivileged school children by participating in the CKC annual clothes drive, offered at Fellowship NWA every October. Community Kids’ Closet (CKC) works with school staff to identify clothing needs for specific NWA school children. Learn more
Mow, fence, harvest or garden at Cobblestone Farm, an organization that uses agriculture to help the under-resourced in our community by focusing on five strategic pillars to include: Hunger Relief, Education, Economic Development, Community and Sustainability. Learn more
Volunteer with Cobblestone Farm!
Help homebound seniors with chores or projects at Faith in Action, a volunteer-based organization providing homebound seniors with free non-medical services to help promote their independence, dignity and quality of life. Learn more
To volunteer with Faith In Action, call 479-273-3570.
Provide a meal for 30-40 international students attending the weekly ISCA gatherings, taking place every Tuesday on the University of Arkansas campus. Groups can simply drop off the food, or preferably, spend the evening with this gathering and engage with the students. Learn more
Provide new and slightly used baby clothes to women experiencing a crisis pregnancy or other reproductive health issues!
Loving Choices provides free and confidential services to help with pregnancy and other reproductive health issues including pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, STD testing and abortion information.
Be a buddy to a child at rEcess, a monthly "Parents Night Out" for families experiencing disability! rEcess, organized by 99 Balloons, takes place the second Friday of every month at Fellowship NWA's Rogers Campus (Sept-May). 99 Balloons is changing the story of disability by proclaiming the worth and image-bearing beauty of each and every human being.
For more info, contact Kristen Stutzman, organizer of rEcess at Fellowship.
Donate items to meet the basic needs of prisoners returning to our community after incarceration!
Returning Home exists to break the cycle of incarceration. While physical needs are addressed, we focus on providing what has proven to be essential components in keeping men and women from returning to prison: spiritual connection, mentoring, counseling, education (both work-related, but equally so, life and relational skills), and community.
Host a food drive, help at a thrift store, serve an evening meal, or work in the food pantry!
The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas is committed to breaking the cycle of entitlement that has crippled and destroyed generations of families in our communities. We will offer a hand up to those willing to grow and change toward a better life. We are committed to educating, inspiring, and ministering to this generation as we empower people to build lives of purpose.
Coordinate a food drive, help in the garden, pack snack packs (for weekend distributions), serve a meal, sort or stock donated items in the Samaritan Thrift Shop.
At Samaritan Community Center, we are called by Scriptures to care for those in need throughout our community and to share Hope in what is often a dark world. We choose to do this by providing a loving environment in which every person who enters our doors is treated with dignity and respect.
To volunteer, email Shannon Green or call her at 479-636-4198, ext. 36.
Provide a Sunday breakfast for those who worship at Samaritan Fellowship!
The mission/vision of the Christ-centered Samaritan Fellowship, “assisting each other in learning to live and love like Jesus”, drives everything this diverse group of believers strives to accomplish. Together with the Samaritan Community Center, they serve and share the love of God with people wherever they are along life’s journey, with the goal of helping them experience first-hand the life-changing hope in Jesus Christ.
To volunteer, call 479-986-8378!
Serve NWA exists to encourage and inspire a response of service for the benefit of the under-resourced, vulnerable, and exploited in Northwest Arkansas. They specifically serve in the areas of community, vulnerability gap and continuum of care.
Learn more by visiting their website or emailing [email protected].
Prepare an evening meal for about 20 shelter residents, help with gardening, or volunteer for on-site projects & maintenance!
Souls Harbor NWA is not only a homeless shelter that provides a bed and a meal to those in need, they are a transitional living community serving the homeless, hurting, and those striving to overcome addiction.