Bread of the Mighty Food Bank

Ann Voyles, (352) 336-0839 or

A number of families in our group deliver food to the needy. Some of us visit the seniors in the downtown apartment buildings. Some deliver Thanksgiving or Christmas food boxes, or deliver food boxes to widows or needy families on a regular basis. One year, we asked our children to write their own testimonies out on home-made tracts to put in each box we gave out. Call Ann Voyles or Tom Orndorf to learn more about ministering to widows with food boxes, or passing out pastries to the elderly (at no cost) in a downtown apartment complex one day each month. The Food Bank is also in great need of teen teams or family teams of 3 to 6 to help sort food in 1 to 4 hour shifts. Christian witnessing is allowed (and encouraged) with this ministry. You can also join volunteers packing food boxes (bring your own tracts or anything with a Christian message) to add to Thanksgiving boxes in November or at Christmas.

Child Evangelism Fellowship

Call Maxine (352) 378-0949 for more information, and to sign up.

Needs host homes for Good News Clubs after school hours during the school year. This may be done once or twice each year, or for 6 or 12 week intervals at a time. CEF staff provides materials and teachers for neighborhood children invited by your family (or you or your teens may teach).

Needs prayer support for the children in Good News Clubs while they are being conducted.

Would greatly welcome families to cook for their state CEF Staff Retreat of about 35 adults every March. (If any families have a ministry in singing or music, there might also be a need for that retreat).

Needs families (particularly with older children who can be positive role models) to help minister to children (be with on playground, talk to them, interact with them, share the Gospel and God's love with them) during the day-camps that are offered when school is out during the year.

Needs volunteer families to help paint buildings, do yard work, etc. throughout the year.

As we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, but especially to those of the household of faith. Galatians 6:10

Christians Concerned for the Community

Join this ministry of meeting the practical needs of the poor in our area. This is a perfect ministry for teens 14+ who are willing to do yard work, clean, paint, collect items for needy, or sort in office. Those old enough can help deliver furniture or transport elderly to medical appointments. (352) 371-1768 for more information.

For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Hebrews 6:10

Foreign Missions Support/Pen Pal Ministry

For $50 per month (tax-deductible), your family can send an extremely poor child from Kikamega, Kenya to a nearby Catholic Boarding School, where he will receive food, clothing and a decent education. This ministry is the creation of Mrs. Hal Ernest, (formerly from Gainesville) and personal friend of the Freemans. Reenie spends about 6 months of the year at her job in Knoxville, and the rest of the year serving in Kikamega. She personally visits each of these children, and 100% of the money goes to the child's needs. Your children can pen-pal with "your" child. Contact the Freemans to learn about their child, or write to Reenie Gieselmann, c/o Rachel’s Lament, PO Box 10792, Knoxville, TN 37939-0792, and ask to support one of "Reenie's children." For more information, e-mail Reenie.

Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, "Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?"...And the King will answer and say to them, "Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these, My brethren, you did it to Me." Matthew 25:37, 42

Habitat for Humanity

Accepts volunteers age 14+ (or younger with a parent). Help with mail outs, at thrift store, or on construction sites, from clearing lots or painting to actual construction. Call 352-378-4663 for more information.

Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. 1 Peter 11-12

Hospital Volunteer

North Florida Regional Summer Teen Volunteer Program age 16+. (352) 333-4067 Min 6 hrs per wk.

Shands Hospital Summer Teen Volunteer Program age 14+. Volunteer Services (352) 265-0111

Veterans Hospital Summer Youth Volunteer Program age 13+ with an August Recognition Ceremony. (352) 374-6068

"...or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' And the King will answer and say to them, `Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me." Matthew 25:39-41

Political Volunteer Work

Elected officials take volunteers all year long. Office work such as stuffing envelopes, making phone calls, making signs or distributing flyers. Call any elected official to find ways your family can volunteer, or contact Barbara Fuller for more ideas.

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence, for this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior. ..1 Tim 2:1-3

Right to Life

Accepts teen volunteers age 14+ to work in main office answering phones, doing clerical work, showing videos and in the thrift store. Call 352-378-7824 for more information.

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21

Ronald McDonald House

1600 SW 14 St, behind Steak and Shake

Provides temporary housing for out-of-area families whose children are hospitalized. Volunteer families can cook dinner in their staff kitchen for residents any evening, as well as dine, fellowship or offer to pray with residents. Students can stop by and bake cookies or brownies, and mingle with residents any afternoon. Contact the Day Manager (352) 374-4404 to sign up.

It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35

Salvation Army

Accepts volunteers 16+ to work in thrift store sorting clothes & donated items. (352) 376-1743

Is this not the fast that I have it not to share your bread with the hungry…? Is 58:6,7

Women's Resource Center formerly Crisis Pregnancy Center

912 NW 13th St.

Accepts teen volunteers under age 18 for limited office work. Call WRC at 352-377-4947 for more information.

So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?" And he said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise." Luke 10:36-37