Called to Serve

Opportunities to serve our Community

COVID-19 hasn’t changed our mission. We are uniquely placed in our community to care and meet the needs of those around us. If you’re looking for a way to help, consider one of the options below. If you have questions, please email

Service Opportunities

First Baptist Church Food Pantry

We’re partnering with FBC to support their food pantry ministry. Contact Debi Alexander if you are interested in helping with the monthly First Baptist Church food pantry (fourth Tuesday of every month). Roles include delivery unload and pre-bagging (before pantry date) and set up and distribution on pantry date.

Interested? Contact:
Nora Elementary Food Pantry

Faith Church is supporting the monthly Nora Elementary Food Pantry by supplementing donations. Our hope is to serve 125 families in the Nora community. Please consider donating one or more grocery bags filled with pre-selected items (total cost about $10/bag).

If you’re interested in being a part of this monthly opportunity, contact Bill Shewan.

Interested? Contact:

Bill Shewan

Wheeler Mission House

Wheeler Mission remains open and continues to serve our most vulnerable neighbors.


Volunteers are needed to prepare or serve meals. This is an opportunity for those who are most healthy/least at-risk and can isolate themselves from at-risk people. Click here to sign up.

Donate Items

Donate any of the following items that can be quickly processed and put right to use!

Food items

  • Canned veggies: green beans, carrots, sweet peas, corn
  • Canned beans: navy, pinto
  • Sugar
  • 12 ounce Styrofoam cups
  • Powdered milk
  • Seasonings: granulated garlic, onion powder, black pepper

Miscellaneous Essentials

  • New men’s underwear
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Face masks
  • Disinfectant spray and wipes
  • Liquid hand soap
  • Paper towels
  • Kleenex
  • Plastic gloves and aprons
  • Trash bags
  • Bleach
  • Bottled water
  • Toilet paper
  • Cold medicine
  • Tylenol
  • Ibuprofen

Donation Locations

Please bring your donations (or have them shipped) to one of the following locations:
Men’s Residential Center
245 N. Delaware St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Center for Men
215 S. Westplex Ave
Bloomington, IN 47404
To ensure these items are quickly processed and put right to use, PLEASE DO NOT drop them off at the donation barns. Check the Wheeler Mission website for updates on their needs and essential items.
Shepherd Community Center - Food Drive

As food in our neighbor’s homes begins to run low, Shepherd is providing boxes that families can come and pick up at the center. This need is anticipated to grow substantially over the coming weeks. Our goal is to be able to hand out at least 100 boxes to families each week. Would your church be willing to help collect/assemble or give towards these food boxes? One box should be able to sustain a family of four for a week.

Here is a list of some suggested items for the boxes:

  • Pastas
  • Rice
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Beans (dry or canned)
  • Canned vegetables
  • Tuna
  • Canned meat
  • Pancake mix
  • Boxed mashed potatoes
  • Breakfast bars
  • peanut butter or other nut butter

Shepherd will be able to pick up food totes from your church location. Please contact Gabe Short (see contact info below) with any questions as well as to coordinate a pick up time.

If it is more convenient, use these links to online stores to purchase items to send directly to the facility:



Interested? Contact:

Gabe Short

Shepherd Community Center - Care Package Assembly

It is important to our staff and teachers that our Academy and After School students know we are thinking of them and encourage them during this time of being absent from school. One of the ways we would like to stay connected with them is to send a small care package to brighten their day. It would be a huge help to our staff if your church or small group could help prepare these care packages for our students.

Below are some helpful instructions:

  1. The small group or family could select a grade or age of student they would like to pack a care package for. This could be grades one through five or our Middle School and High School After School students.
  2. Purchase mailing envelopes of 10 by 13 in size.
  3. Fill the envelope with some of these items: (be creative and find other items your chosen age group would enjoy!)
  • Crayons/Colored Pencils
  • Coloring books

  • Pencils

  • Stickers

  • Reading books

  • Pack of cookies, gum, fruit chews

  • Flash cards

  1. Collect all the care packages and contact Donna Alexander at to arrange pickup or delivery of the care packages.

  2. Shepherd will then get the care packages to the students in our community.

Interested? Contact:

Donna Alexander

Shepherd Community Center - Sponsor a Staff Member

Because of the partnership and developing personal relationships in ministry, it would be such a blessing if you or your small group could participate in sending some of the Shepherd staff a note of encouragement.

If you are interested in participating in this project, please let Donna Alexander know at and she will prepare a list of some staff you could send an encouraging email.

Interested? Contact:

Donna Alexander

Shepherd Community Center - Virtual Academy Support

Shepherd wishes to engage their students with reading and stories while they are away from the classroom and at their homes doing online learning. Our idea is to have willing participants read a children’s book of their choosing that we would send out to our students. Our Academy is 3 year olds – 5th graders. Please identify the age you deem most appropriate for the book you have selected. We encourage you to include your own kids to help you read the story! Videos will be shared via Dropbox.

Please have interested participants email Gabe at with their name and what book they want to read. He will email further instructions.

Interested? Contact:

Gabe Short

Life Centers - Emergency Diapers

Life Centers are closed, but they are providing emergency diapers.

They are in most need of diapers in Sizes 4, 5, and 6.

3 Diaper Delivery Options

Ship to:

Rachel Rose Kwiatkowski
7118 Winslet Blvd Apt 1A
Indianapolis, IN 46217

Picked up at your house or Faith Church by Becky Lawrence
Dropped off at Becky’s house:

13235 Lamana Place
Carmel, IN 46074

Interested? Contact:

Becky Lawrence

Indy's Table - A Community's Response to COVID-19

Support a project that two members of our church family have been working on in the last month: Indy’s Table. If you missed it, we interviewed John Hobelman and Elli Jones on our Cut For Time Podcast and they shared the project’s mission and vision. They are needing to raise up to $5 million to fund feeding thousands of Indianapolis residents weekly. Check out their project here or donate just $5 to feed a neighbor.