Opportunities to Serve

 
The following ministries in The WBCL Radio Network's listening area have expressed need for support and service. Contact these ministries to find out how you can help.
 

Temporary Needs
 
 
 
Habitat for Humanity could use your help this Holiday season. Volunteers are needed to help with their Holiday Houses for Habitat display in Glenbrook Square. Everything from helping to setup the display, greeting those stopping by to gift wrapping.  Volunteer training sessions will take place November 13 & 20 from 6p-7p at the Habitat offices in Ft. Wayne.  For details contact Victoria at (260) 422-4828 or email her at vmccallister@fortwaynehabitat.org  
 
 
 

Ongoing Needs

Liberty Landing of Fort Wayne is a transitional living facility aimed at serving homeless veterans. This non for Profit organization has been together since February 2012. Many volunteer opportunities exist as well as needing items such as new bedding, household goods, personal hygiene items, clothing and shoes for men and women. There is also an urgent need for new underwear for men (boxers and t-shirts) size 2x. For details email La Toya Allen lallen@voain.org OR call (260) 755-6135.



Visiting Nurse of Northeast Indiana is in need of volunteers. Visiting Nurse is a locally-based, nonprofit hospice care provider. Volunteer opportunities range from visiting patients in their homes for companionship to visiting with patients in nursing facilities as well as other volunteer possibilities. Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home services patients in wide range of counties in Northeast Indiana. For details contact Ann at (260) 435-3222 or email Ann at annblue@vnfw.org




Big Brother Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana has been touching lives of kids through you for many years. If you're interested in volunteering a few hours of your time a month to help shape a child's future, for the better, contact Big Brother Big Sisters. Call toll free 1-888-456-1600 or on line at www.bbbsnei.org


NEXT STEPS OUTREACH is still in need of volunteers to help with storm rebuilding efforts around the country. Short and long term work teams are in great demand! Pray how God might use you then check out this address for more information.  http://www.nextstepstorm.org/contact.html



International Student Exchange is a non-profit organization looking to place foreign exchange students with loving families here in the U.S. You need to be will to support a student for 1 or 2 semesters OR you can become a welcome family until a permanent host family can be found.  If your interested in hosting a foreign exchange student contact Angela Williams at (616) 405-5555 or visit the ISE website at www.iseusa.com.


Did you know that one out of every five people in the U.S does not have prescription drug coverage.
If you or someone you know is in this situation, check out FamilyWize prescription drug discount card. These cards are free and available to any one regardless of income. For details head to www.familywize.org 
 

There's a food bank or food pantry that could use your help. Needs are always great. Food items of all types are in high demand. WBCL has a listing of food banks and food pantries in the listening area for you to check out if you are in need OR would like to help donate. Head to our Food Pantry Page.

Next Steps Outreach is a local  non-denominational 501c3 organization dedicated to helping tornado victims in the Birmingham Alabama area. Volunteer work groups of up to 40 are still being organized to head down to Birmingham for either a short term (1 week,  Sunday – Friday) OR a long term (longer than 1 week) work experience. If unable to volunteer your time, various other items such as personal care items, paper products, baby items, cleaning products to name a few are needed. For more information visit their website at www.NextstepSTORM.org        
 
 
Here's a little of what a week looks like when you volunteer to help those in Birmingham, Alabama through Next Steps Outreach.
 
 
 
 
Take a look at some of the projects that are OR have been worked on to date. Pray and see how the Lord might lead you in helping others who are still in difficult circumstance.   
 
 
                                                                                             
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The Fort Wayne Rescue Mission provides food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless and restoration of hope for those in need. Individuals and groups are always invited to organize collection drives for needed items including: bath towels, pillows, pillow cases, single sheets and blankets and toiletry items. For more information call 426-7357.
 

 


 
The Master’s Pantry in Markle reaches out to many people in Huntington, Markle and surrounding areas.  This food pantry is in need of non-perishable food items like spaghetti, sauce, cereal, peanut butter and jelly and  personal hygiene items like Body Wash and soaps.

Donations can be dropped off at The Awakening Community Church in Huntington or  The Master’s Pantry in Markle.

For more information contact Liz  at (260) 358-4125 or email  her at elizabeth.lizmcclain09@gmail.com

 

 
 
The Allen County Jail Chaplaincy in Fort Wayne is in need of Bibles, concordances, paperback books, dictionaries. Men's and womens new white underwear as well as volunteer help. To find out more contact Chaplain Dick at (260) 449-7215 or email him at
 

 
 
If you have some extra time and would like to deliver a meal once a week at noon time to those unable to fix one for themselves, Homebound Meals in Ft. Wayne could use your help. On-call substitute drivers are always needed. If interested, contact Judy at 422-3296 or online at homeboundmealsfw.org.
 
 
 
If you’re a good listener who has a caring and compassionate heart, Erin’s House in Ft. Wayne is looking for you.
To find out more about how you can help out grieving children, give’em a call at 423-2466 or check out their website at erinshouse.org.
 

 
 
Vincent House in Ft. Wayne helps homeless families and could use some volunteer help---as well as donations of items like kitchen & bath towels, sheets and pillows, plates and coffee. Call Vincent House to find out more at 456-4172 or see http://www.vincentvillage.org/vincenthouseprograms.aspx
 

 
 
If you’d like to become a licensed foster parent, the Debra Corn Agency in Marion has special training sessions.The non-profit therapeutic foster care agency can be reached at 1-800-960-3378.
 
                                      


 
The YWCA reaches out to domestic violence victims in six northeast Indiana counties. To see how you can help, call 260-424-4908.


  
 
The Franciscan Center in Fort Wayne could use donations of canned meat, vegetable and fruit, soups and peanut butter, as well as lunch bags and toiletry items.Volunteers are also needed for their sack lunch ministry. Give them a call at 744-3977.
                      
 
   
There’s a hospice in your area that could use your help in the office, running errands, reading and spending time with patients and with other needs. They’ll even train you.  Contact one of the locations below for details:
Hospice of Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers in Bryan, Montpelier, and Archbold, Ohio 419-485-6478 
Heartland Hospice of Fort Wayne 260-484-7622
Southern Care Hospice of FW 260-432-6075
Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home (FW)  260-435-3222 or website at www.vnhh.org
           Parkview Home Health & Hospice (FW - Allen County) 260-373-9896 or toll free 800-363-9977
 

  
 
You can help sponsor a child in need for just $38 a month through Compassion International helping to provide for their education, health and personal development.To find out more visit www.compassion.com on the world wide web.
 

  
 
You can help a needy child get the benefits they need---like an education, regular health check-ups, and school supplies---through the work of World Vision. To find out more about how you can sponsor a child for just $35 a month, check out www.worldvision.org.   


  
 
$28 a month will enable you to provide tuition---at least one meal a day---and a yearly medical checkup for a needy child---none of which the family can afford. To find out more about how you can partner with Gospel For Asia, visit their website at www.gfa.org.
 
 
 
The Children’s Hope House in Fort Wayne provides housing, food and other needs to out-of-town families with children being treated for serious illnesses in area hospitals. Volunteers are always needed as well as donations including pantry items, laundry supplies, office equipment and gift cards to area stores. Call Cindy at the Children’s Hope House to see how you can help at 260-459-8550.
 

 
 
To find out how you can pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ being persecuted in other countries, become an advocate for those behind bars or write a letter of encouragement to a Christian in prison. Visit www.prisoneralert.com a ministry of The Voice of the Martyrs.
 
 

 
 
CPC Women’s Health Resource Centers of Northwest Ohio can always use new cribs and mattresses, convertible car seats, diapers size 3, 4, and 5, jars of baby food and cash donations. You can drop off donations at all three CPC branches. Call 419-636-5691.
 

   
For just $16 a month, you can provide four Bibles for people around the world who don’t have one, but are hungry for the word of God. Find out more by visiting www.bibleleague.org.
 

 
 
Since its inception in 1987, volunteers for Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity have built well over one hundred homes for people in need. To see how you can become involved and to find the Habitat affiliate nearest you, check out www.fortwaynehabitat.org.
 

   

The American Red Cross of Northeast Indiana has many volunteer opportunities…ranging from assisting families affected by a natural disaster, to first aid and CPR, to organizing blood drives. Call the Red Cross to find out more at 1-800-480-4403.


  
 
The Reclamation Project is converting the old Rialto Theatre on South Calhoun in Fort Wayne into a destination spot that will minister to the community. Check out the whole story and see how you can become involved by clicking on
www.thereclamationproject.org.
 

 
 
Hunger is a very real problem not only around the world but right here in the WBCL listening area. With that being said, foodbanks are in great need to help provide food items to those less fortunate. Food items, volunteers and cash donation are greatly needed. If you can help please contact one of the following foodbanks within our listening area for more details!
 
Community Harvest Food Bank of NE Indiana (90.3 area)  - (260) 447-3696  - on the web at  http://www.chfb.org/
 
Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana (extreme southern 90.3 area) - (765) 287-8698 - on the web at http://www.curehunger.org/
 
Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank (85.5 area) - (419) 242-5000 - on the web at http://www.toledofoodbank.org/
 
West Ohio Food Bank (88.1 area) - (419) 222-7946 - on the web at http://www.westohiofoodbank.org/
 
Food Bank of South Central Michigan (94.7 area) - (269) 964-3663 - on the web at http://www.foodbankofscm.org/
 
 

  
 
If you and your friends, small group, or church, are looking for practical ways to express God’s love, check out Neighbor Link Fort Wayne’s website. You’ll find all kinds of ways to help those who can’t help themselves - no strings attached.
 

 
 
A Hope Center in Fort Wayne has many free seminars to help you cope with an unplanned pregnancy. The Center is also in need of baby monitors, high chairs, pacifiers and other baby items. Call A Hope Center at 422-3544.
 
 

 
 
In its 32-year history, the non-profit agency, Hand In Hand International Adoptions, has placed over five thousand children from around the world with families. To find out when the next free orientation session is, call Hand In Hand at 260-636-3566.
 

 
 
The Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County can always use items for Necessity Bags which provide helpful information and supplies to those recovering from major surgery. Items needed include; blank note cards, first class stamps, quart and gallon size zip-lock bags, lip balm, and Cottonelle or Scott pre-moistened towelets. To find out more, call 260-422-3528.
 

  
 
The American Cancer Society needs volunteers from Allen County, Indiana to help drive cancer patients to and from their treatment. All you need is a reliable vehicle and a few hours during the week. Find out more about the Road to Recovery program at 1-800-227-2345.
 

 
 
Looking for materials to help finish your home improvement project? Give the Re-Store a visit on North Wells in Fort Wayne. It sells quality used and surplus building supplies at a fraction of normal prices. Good items are put to use and kept out of landfills, you get a bargain and all proceeds at the Re-Store go to Fort Wayne Habitat For Humanity to build affordable homes for those in need. Find out more and discover how you can donate materials by calling 260-470-4200.
 

 
 
The Mustard Seed Furniture Bank in Fort Wayne provides needed items to those who are trying to make it through extremely tough and unexpected situations. Things always needed include; kitchen equipment, furniture and household goods.  They can pick up large items, otherwise, you’re encouraged to drop off donations at their new location at 3636 Illinois Road, between Hillegas and Jefferson Blvd., Monday through Friday, between 10am and 4pm. Volunteers are also welcome. Find out more by calling Suzie at 260-471-5802.
 

  
 
Bring Me Hope is an organization that tries to provide families, education, medical help and God’s love to orphans in China. You can volunteer to help with their annual summer camps in China or with other ministry needs.
 

 

The Salvation Army is in need of gently used furniture, appliances and clothing items. To schedule a pick up, give’em a call at 1-800-728-7825.


  
Christian Community Health Care Center is a faith-based medical clinic located in downtown Grabill. The clinic provides basic medical and non-emergency related treatments. Patient registration is every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening from 6 – 7:30. For more information or to volunteer check out their website at www.christiancommunityhealthcare.org
 
 
 

Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana is looking for volunteer drivers to help their clients get to and from their treatments. Drivers are needed in all Northeast Indiana counties that they service. Hours are from 7:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday and they will work with you to help pick the days and times that fit your schedule. For volunteer details and requirements head to http://www.cancer-services.org OR give Cheryl a call at (260) 484-9560.

 

 
Do you have old cell phones, i-pods, lap tops or ink/toner cartridges you’re not sure what to do with? Advantage Cartridge in Fort Wayne will take them and recycle them for you. Advantage’s recycling program also enables schools, churchs and local business to collect these items and receive cash for charitable organization. For more details contact Jenny at (260) 747-9941 or check out their website at www.advantagecartridge.com
 

  
Matthew 25 Health and Dental Clinic is a clinic aimed at providing free primary healthcare services to uninsured and low-income residents of Allen County Indiana. You need to qualify to become a patient at Matthew 25. You need to be a resident of Allen County Indiana, 18 or older, have no medical insurance (including Medicaid) and be at or below required income levels. For more details call (260) 426-3250 or email at info@matthew25online.org  
 
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Youth for Christ builds safe Christ centered relationships with kids of ALL ages sharing with them the hope and love that God has for them.  Programs for middle school, high school and college bound students are available. Volunteers are also "greatly" needed. If you would like to volunteer or know a child who might benefit, contact the local area YFC office closest to you!
 
INDIANA -
Bluffton Area YFC Office - Serving Adams, Blackford, Grant, Jay and Wells counties
Ph (260) 824-1330      email - info@bigjawsyfc.org
 
Fort Wayne Area YFC Office - With ministries in Allen, Huntington and Whitley counties
Ph (260) 484-4551      email - larryyfc@aol.com
 
Muncie Area YFC Office - Muncie, IN
Ph (765) 287-9518      email - joshuacooper@hotmail.com
 
Northeast Indiana Area YFC Office - Auburn, IN
Ph (260) 925-1058      email - kd.conrad@yahoo.com
OHIO -
Defiance Area YFC Office - Defiance, OH
Ph (419) 782-0656      email - defyfc@embarqmail.com
 
Findlay Area YFC Offic- Findlay, OH
Ph (419) 422-7452      email - findlay-yfc@juno.com
 
West Central Ohio Area YFC Office - Van Wert, OH
Ph (419) 238-1370      email - wcoyfc@yahoo.com
MICHIGAN -
Southwest Michigan YFC Area Office - Sturgis, MI
Ph (269) 651-1669      email - ken@yfccampuslife.com
 
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The Damascus Road Ministry in Adrian Michigan is a 501c3 ministry focused on helping the homeless, jobless, ex-offenders and those recovering from an addiction. Needs include used furniture, food items for their 24-hour food pantry, clothing items for those less fortunate. To make a donation or want to find out more contact Bob by calling 517-265-1900 or online at
 
 
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Hometown Hope Thrist Store in Cridersville Ohio is in need. They can use donations of good used clothing as well as other house hold items. Donations will be sold at a reduced price and proceeds will go to support area ministries to touch lives in the Cridersville area. Questions, contact the store at (419) 645-4403 or contact Pastor Jon at (419) 645-4680.