Love Your Neighbor

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The Hungry

Food Drives

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.

WARM

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.

YWCA Family Center

on hold until further notice due to Covid-19
Each month, a team from Heritage prepares and serves 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 614-638-7713.

Lifeline Meal Pack

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8:30am-8:30pm
This year’s Lifeline meal packs will look a little different. Individuals, families, or life groups will meet at Lifeline Christian Mission, right here in Westerville, to pack meals so they can be done according the current CDC guidelines. Meal packs are on going. There is a suggested donation of $10 per person to help cover the cost of the food and shipping.

The Marginalized

Kindway Embark Prison Ministry

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.

Star House

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.

Parkside Senior/Assisted Living

on hold until further notice due to Covid-19
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.

Brookdale Senior/Assisted Living

on hold until further notice due to Covid-19
Help with worship services and fellowship with residents at this facility. Contact John and Lorene Leis at 614-946-1237 regarding the 2nd Sunday. Contact Mike Durand at 614-302-8920 regarding the 3rd Sunday.

Children and Families

Back to School Drive

Summer 2021
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.

Reading Buddies at Pointview

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, 614-898-9412 x321, or zhafner@heritagecc.org.

Pregnancy Decision Health Center (PDHC) Baby Bottle Drive

Each year, from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day weekend, we collect spare change to donate to PDHC so they can help women and families in central Ohio during and after pregnancy, especially those facing unexpected or challenging pregnancies.

The Community

Elections Hospitality

Heritage has opened its doors as a place of worship and a community partner to host voting precincts for general elections in May and November. Learn more by contacting Debbi Roberts, 614-898-9412 x501.

Red Cross Blood Drive

October 13
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.

Neighbor 2 Neighbor (N2N)

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. 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.

Neighborhood Bridges

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.