Serve Local

Looking to volunteer your time? Itching to live out the corporal works of mercy and attend to the needs of the poorest of the poor in our city? These opportunities often take us out of our comfort zone, but can also provide a much needed monthly perspective-change!

 

Operation Leftover

 

3rd Thursday of the month, 6:30pm @ St. John the Evangelist Church

(126 W Georgia St, Indianapolis, IN 46225)

Serve the homeless in downtown Indianapolis. Go out with food, drinks, info pamphlets and a willing spirit to meet the homeless where they are at with groups of Young Adults.

 

More and more every day, God calls us to be disciples to the people around us—classmates, co-workers, and even strangers we encounter on the street. Operation Leftover offers an opportunity to meet and socialize with the homeless and impoverished in Indianapolis. Once a month, Operation Leftover gathers food, secondhand clothing, and other toiletries to distribute to those in need in the downtown Indianapolis area.

 

“Roll outs” happen the 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:30pm at St. John the Evangelist Church, 126 W Georgia St, Indianapolis, IN 46225.

 

During a “Rollout,” we hit the streets of Indianapolis and socialize with those who may be impoverished or whose basics needs are not being met.  By providing fellowship, sharing faith, and providing resources to our brothers and sisters out on the street, we can empower them to get to where they need to be.

 

Things to bring:

  •   Blankets
  •   Hand Sanitizer
  •   Any grocery bags (plastic, paper, or cloth) that you want to get rid of
  •   Bottled Water/Gatorade
  •   Any homemade food or fast food (e.g. Little Caesar’s, Subway, etc.) that you wish to distribute
  •   Chips/Light snacks
  •   Toilet Paper
  •   Trash bags
  •   Pillows
  •   Sleeping bags

 

Contact Andrew Costello at operationleftover@gmail.com for more information.

 

 

Hearts & Hands

 

Rehabilitation: Weekdays from 8am - Noon

(Belleview Place, Indianapolis, IN 46222)

317-353-3605

*Please call ahead to notify staff members when you are planning to volunteer.

 

Our Mission is helping families and individuals attain affordable, long-term homeownership in the near-west side of Indianapolis by providing education, mentoring, and quality rehabilitated homes. We are driven by our faith and closely rooted in the Saint Anthony's Parish. Help us succeed by helping out in our office or with rehabilitation.

 

Who and How We Serve

The Haughville and Hawthorne neighborhoods (just west of the Indianapolis Zoo/ IUPUI area) is an area of Indianapolis that needs our help. The median income in this neighborhood is just $27,000. And, 1 in 5 houses (20%) in this neighborhood are vacant. Our goal is to rehabilitate these houses, transforming them into quality, safe homes that new homeowners will be proud to call their own. To do this, we connect with community partners, like the Indianapolis Housing Partnership, to give potential homeowners the education and support they need to succeed. We also connect with parishes around the city and other community organizations that have related missions.

 

We need your help!

We are currently working on 3 houses in Haughville that will soon be quality, stable homes for families that otherwise would probably not be able to own their own homes. We need your help to finish the rehabilitation of these houses. Reach out to us to schedule or let us know if you have a specific skill set you are willing to share. We would love to have groups of 5-20 or individuals join us this fall.

 

Prefer not to get your hands dirty?

In addition to our rehabilitation needs, we often require help in the office, filing paperwork, data input, and mailings.

 

Reach out to volunteer@heartsandhandsindy.org for more information.


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St. Vincent de Paul

 

History

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul was founded in 1833 by Frederic Ozanam, a 20-year-old student of Sorbonne University in Paris. Frederic and a group of fellow students began to seek out and visit the poor of Paris in their homes – taking them food and clothing and offering their friendship and concern. Currently the Society of SVdP has approximately 900,000 members in 113 different countries. Frederic Ozanam was beatified a Saint in Paris, France on August 22, 1997 by Pope John Paul II. SVdP has had a presence in Central Indiana since the 1940’s.

 

Mission
Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international organization of lay men and women joined together in their spiritual growth and through the offering of person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering. We endeavor to serve the poor cheerfully, listening to them well and helping them to feel and recover their own dignity. We seek to establish relationships based on empathy, trust and friendship, while observing the utmost confidentiality. Inherent in our work, we strive to promote self-sufficiency. Our mission is to help the poor help themselves whenever possible, and to be aware that they can forge and change their own destinies and that of our local community.

 

Various volunteer opportunities, locations and shifts.

 

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