Each year, Heritage conducts a food drive to help The Bridge, our community center on the West side. The Bridge works with refugees and the homeless, and weekly opens up for a soup kitchen and access to their food pantry. The Bridge food drive regularly happens in June. Learn more about the Bridge at theBridge.io.
Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM) is a local food pantry which also offers short term assistance, educational services, employment services, and spiritual support. WARM offers a variety of ways to serve throughout the year. To learn more or volunteer, please visit the WARM website and click on the Volunteer tab.
3rd Saturday of each month, 6am
Each month, a team from Heritage prepares and serve breakfast for homeless families facing a housing crisis. Since young people are welcome to serve alongside their parents, this is a great opportunity for families to serve together. For more details, email Tracie Bayer or call her at 614-638-7713.
OSU bye week in October
We’d love it if you, your family, or your life group could partner with us to pack nutritious meals that get distributed to families around the world. Through a partnership with Life Line Christian Mission, we’re able to bring you this multi-generational event to serve together and make a tangible difference to the hungry locally and globally. Contact Wayne Benson for more details.
Life groups, families, or even local community groups may also gather at Lifeline Christian Ministries to pack meals. To learn more, or get involved, please visit Lifeline’s site.
Embark is a re-entry assistance program for men and women that must navigate their way from incarceration to independence. Members receive spiritual support and guidance prior to release and after they return to the community. Visit Kindway’s Website for ways you can get connected or contact Debbi Roberts at 614-898-9412 x501.
Feb 7, 2020 6-9pm
A Prom night experience for those with special abilities through a partnership with the Tim Tebow Foundation. Each year, more than 400 volunteers signup to volunteer at the event to make an amazing evening for 150 special guests. This is one opportunity you don’t want to miss. Also feel free to check out highlights from this past year at NightToShineColumbus.com.
Homeless youth are one of Central Ohio’s hidden populations. Star House is working to integrate them back into the community. Star House operates a 24-hour drop-in center which provides safe respite from the streets and offers the youth a chance for a productive life. It is the only drop-in center in the nation with continuous onsite services. Serve at Star House with your life group or by yourself and make a difference in future generations.
3rd Sunday each month, 2pm
Join us for worship services and fellowship with residents of this assisted living facility.
Contact Wayne Benson for details on how to participate in this fellowship.
At Heritage, we have a newly developed ministry that reaches out to veterans and their loved ones. If you’re seeking ways to show kindness and support to those who have served all of us unconditionally, then contact John Buckles for more details.
You’re invited to join other Heritage volunteers who are participating in the Reading Buddy Program at Pointview Elementary. This is an easy and wonderful way to serve within the community spending time with children as Jesus did. To get involved, contact Zoe Hafner, call 614-898-9412 x311, or send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
the first 3 weeks of November
Heritage attenders collect and pack gift-filled shoe boxes for children who are in need of hope. This is a simple, hands-on mission project (Christmas gift giving) that focuses on the true meaning of Christmas. All of the shoe boxes are returned before the start of the national collection week (which is always the Monday before Thanksgiving). For more details regarding Operation Christmas Child, please visit the Samaritan’s Purse website.
From Mother’s Day to Father’s Day weekend, Heritage attenders collect baby bottles of spare change. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the Sanctity of Life and help support the ministries of Pregnancy Decision Health Centers. Contact Wayne Benson for bottle drive details. A variety of volunteer opportunities are also available at PDHC. Please visit the PDHC website for details.
mid-Jul through early Aug
Our annual back to school drive benefits less privileged children in some of Westerville’s elementary schools. We send a supply list home with you, and ask you to help get the teachers most requested items to bring back, and load backpacks to support children in need as they begin a new school year. For more details, email LoveYourNeighbor@heritagecc.org.
Young single moms live on a slippery slope with many sliding into poverty, abuse, and despair with their children in tow. Volunteers are needed to nurture and guide them. In Columbus alone, there are more than 4,000 adolescent mothers on any given Sunday. Find out how you can help by visiting CHLOE’s website.
Join us to offer compassion and love through summer camps and mentoring clubs for foster children (ages 6-12) who have been neglected, abused, and abandoned. Camps will open on July 28 and training is offered April 26-27 and May 10-11. If interested, please link to the local Royal Family Kids website. Contact camp directors John and Jessica Dale at 614-404-8748 or Cindi Newsome at 614-946-7163.
This ministry seeks to provide an alternative to foster care where appropriate. Their 3 primary objectives are to keep children safe during a family crisis, help support and stabilize the family during a crisis, and help get families reunited. You can choose to host a family, be a family friend, be a family coach, or be a resource friend. To learn more, contact Phil Krause, Safe Families director, or link to SFC’s local website at Columbus Safe Families and click on “Ways to Get Involved.”
Heritage has always opened its doors as a place of worship and a community partner to host 7 voting precincts for general elections in May and November. Come and help us give a warm welcome to the voters of our community. We’d love your help greeting and providing refreshments. Learn more by contacting Wayne Benson, or calling 614-898-9412 x617. You can obtain general election dates by visiting the Delaware County Board of Elections website.
2020 dates updated soon
Heritage is an American Red Cross Community partner hosting blood drives throughout the calendar year. Donors are always needed and may register for an appointment by using the online scheduling system on the Red Cross website.
Fourth Fridays are a community celebration sponsored by Mount Carmel St. Ann’s and are held in Uptown Westerville on the Fourth Friday of each month, April through September. Attendees get to enjoy 100-plus street vendors, food carts, live entertainment, kids’ activities, extended hours in the Uptown shops, and much more! Join us as we explore creative ways to honor and celebrate our community. Contact Wayne Benson regarding Heritage’s involvement or visit 4th Friday Westerville for more information.
We celebrate Earth Day by serving at McNamara and Freeman Road parks in Genoa Township. This Love Your Neighbor initiative includes landscaping, mulching, trail pruning, and litter clean-up. Bring your own gloves and any of your own well-labeled tools (wheelbarrow, rake, shovels, weed diggers, boots, hip waders, hand saws, loppers). For more details, contact LoveYourNeighbor@heritagecc.org.
You never know when a single act of kindness can change some one’s life. We seek to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Neighbor 2 Neighbor (N2N) is a grassroots organization that helps build community and encourages neighbor to neighbor engagement. Find ways to connect with neighbors in the community by visiting the N2N website.
Sometimes it is a challenge to figure out how we can use our time, our talent, our treasure, and our gifts to help others. And sometimes the answer is more accessible than we ever thought possible. Using a web-based portal, Neighborhood Bridges offers opportunities to offer acts of kindness to those with needs in Westerville. To learn more about how you can advocate, elevate, identify, and help solve problems for those in need, please visit Neighborhood Bridges Westerville.