Habitat For Humanity
New Volunteer Opportunities!
Home is very basic to who we are. It’s a place of security. A place of retreat and retrenching. A place to claim as our own, with all its quirks and familiarities, unique in all the world.
Being without a home impacts nearly every aspect of what we think of as basic to family. For families living on the margins and in cycles of poverty, being without a home is a very real and constant threat.
We don’t have to look far in the Bible to know that God understands our drive and desire for home. God led the displaced Israelites through the desert to achieve their hearts’ desire of a permanent home. God wants for all people to have a place of safety and security. “Then my people will live in a peaceful dwelling, in secure homes, in carefree resting places,” says Isaiah 32:18.
Every child deserves a place they can call home. Our congregation offers many ways you can reach out to neighbors to help them find the security and peace of home.
If you would like to financially support our "HOME" ministries, please select "Home" in the drop-down menu on our E-giving page.
If you would like to explore how to share your gifts with our mission partners, please contact Rev. David Berry.
Habitat For Humanity
Greater Indy Habitat is kicking off nine new home builds, and you can help these Habitat homebuyers complete their homes! Fall is a busy time for Habitat as the work to finish homes by the end of the year. They are also starting three homes to get "weathered in" before winter. Register today to join them on a build site.
For more than 34 years, Second has partnered with Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity to sponsor an annual interfaith build and participate in other Habitat activities throughout the year.
Greater Indy Habitat asks all volunteers to follow their guidelines to promote safety.
Watch this video to learn more about Second's decades-long partnership with Habitat for Humanity.
If you would like to contribute to this important work in our community, please designate "Habitat for Humanity" in your donation to Second.
Formerly known as Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN), Family Promise works to eliminate homelessness in Greater Indianapolis.
At a recent Family Promise fundraiser, Second Presbyterian Church was the fifth largest donor to support the Apartment Shelter Program, which provides 130 homes for families in transition.
Several times each year our congregation hosts families, who live at our church for a week while working to obtain stable housing. This is an opportunity for each of us to welcome the stranger and show the love of Christ.
Our next hosting dates will be in October 2021. Check back soon for volunteer sign-ups! We need many volunteers during the week who give generously of their time to prepare a meal, play with children, drive the van, or spend the night. Join Second's efforts to brighten the lives and lighten the load of families who struggle each day to keep going forward.
NeighborLink Indianapolis is a nonprofit serving Marion County providing free home repairs and services to neighbors who are low-income homeowners-seniors or disabled- living at or below 150% of the federal poverty line. Its mission is to help our most vulnerable citizens age in place safely and with dignity. Since it began in late 2013, NeighborLink has provided more than 2,000 home repairs.
Volunteer opportunities are flexible, great for groups, generally in three-hour segments and do not require any skill--just a heart to serve. Minimum volunteer age is 12 years old (with adult supervision), so there are opportunities for families with children 12 or older to participate together. Several groups within Second, including youth and young adults, have already volunteered with NeighborLink.
NeighborLink has a collaborative relationship with SAWs as NeighborLink does not build ramps.
NeighborLink Indianapolis is one of the new local mission partners identified by the Task Force on Local Partnership Ministries in 2020. The task force was established to consider new opportunities for mission work in our local community, Washington Township, and to consider ways to adapt existing mission projects so that they focus more directly on our local community.
SAWs Ramp Building
Volunteer opportunities for age 12 and up. No experience necessary!
Help build a ramp and change a life!
Volunteer opportunities are available for ramp builds. No experience or tools are required! SAWs will provide the leadership and the materials. We just ask that you are willing to learn and serve others. Youth age 12 and up are welcome to volunteer with a parent/guardian. This is the perfect service project for a family with older children.
Volunteer opportunities are posted each month online at SAWSRamps.volunteerhub.com. They are available on a first come, first serve basis and are open to anyone interested.
SAWs© is a nonprofit, volunteer organization founded in 2003. Originally started in Indianapolis, our organization serves clients across Indiana, as well as Arizona and Virginia. We specialize in building wooden wheelchair ramps for low-income, permanently disabled individuals. With the support of our donors and volunteers, lives are changed one ramp at a time, and, in less than six hours, we transform a client’s life FOREVER.
Transforming Communities One Child at a Time
For more than ten years, members of Second have joined with other faith groups in Indianapolis to support the work of the Umoja Partnership in western Kenya. The Kenyan staff provides food, shelter, empowerment programs, and education fees for orphaned and vulnerable children.
Umoja is a partnership of many faiths, from different cultures, on two continents, united in service to change lives by keeping children in school. Umoja means “unity” in Kiswahili. Learn more about Umoja Partnership.
Second is a founding member of Umoja Partnership, an interfaith organization dedicated to transforming communities one child at a time. Formerly known as Global Interfaith Partnership, Umoja is a partnership of many faiths, from different cultures, on two continents, united in service to change lives by keeping children in school. You can learn more at UmojaPartnership.org.
Northside Mission Ministry
Utility and Rent Assistance
Utility and Rent Assistance
The Utility and Rent Assistance Program (URAP) partners with the Fay Bicard Glick Community Center and the Washington Township Trustee Office to offer emergency financial intervention. In these “gap” situations, a little assistance goes a long way, often preventing a family from losing their housing or having their power shut off. Our partners provide vital case management with URAP families to ensure long term stability.
Northside Ministry cares for the poor and those experiencing hardship in Washington Township by building relationships to develop food security, to work toward economic stability, and to participate fully in the life of the community.
Check out this profile of Northside Mission Ministries in Responsive Congregations, a publication of the Project on Religion and Urban Culture 2.0, a joint initiative of the Polis Center and IU School of Liberal Arts. You'll see how the Holy Spirit has moved within our congregation to shape this vital ministry "To create transformational change in the place that Second Church has called home for nearly two centuries, among people who—members or not—belong to its community."
Located on the northeast corner of Second Presbyterian Church, Northside Food Pantry is open to Washington Township residents on the following days:
- Tuesdays, 12:30-3 p.m.
- Wednesdays, 4-6:30 p.m.
- Saturdays, 10 a.m.-Noon
If you would like to help at the pantry, please sign up online. We are limited to ten volunteers per shift, so we are managing our volunteers closely with SignUpGenius. In addition to food pantry hours, volunteers are needed to unload deliveries and stock shelves.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Lisa Enright.