Fairhaven’s resolution in 2016 is to be a church of people who are intentional about love. During our Intentional Love sermon series, Lead Pastor David Smith challenged us to demonstrate the love of Christ by intentionally loving our community through serving. If we each serve just a few hours each month, together we can give 100,000 hours of love to our community!
Help support the African refugee and immigrant communities in the greater Dayton area by teaching English, tutoring youth, providing transportation, assisting with immigration issues, interpreting and translating or teaching computer or cooking skills.
Provide aid to victims of devastating natural disasters or home fires, locally or nationally. Training required.
Visit Red Cross to learn how to become a volunteer.
Backpack Food for Friends Ministry
Three years ago, the Northmont Campus started a Backpack Ministry that helped feed children by sending backpacks full of food home with them on the weekends to make sure they have food to eat. The number has grown beyond the point where one church can supply the need, there are now 10 local churches involved in this ministry. Join us in helping pack backpacks with food. You must be 16 or older to serve in this ministry.
Because of God’s Grace (BOGG) Ministries is a non-profit organization that helps provide people with food, clothing, and other essentials to sustain a healthy lifestyle. This ministry has trailers that haul food supplies to local parks and neighborhoods. Volunteers come on specific days to serve groceries, food items and share the love of Christ.
This local, faith-based chapter of the national Circles USA campaign to eradicate poverty, is working to help under-resourced families break the cycle of poverty through a holistic approach. Circles builds a community of support that comes alongside families as the work to achieve their goals for a sustainable and thriving life. Serve by modeling relationships, sharing your skills,helping with a dinner, being a greeter or working with the youth program.
Crayons to Classrooms is a free store for teachers from under-funded K-12 schools that serve children in need in our community. You can volunteer as a check-out, office or warehouse assistant, or help with other projects for classrooms.
Provide essential and supportive services to individuals and families seeking better lives. Help with meal preparation and delivery, kitchen cleaning, menu planning, food bank pick-ups, building and ground maintenance, office work, classroom tasks, tutoring, data entry, basic tax return assistance and more.
If you enjoy gardens and working in them, why not serve with The American Veterans Heritage Center and the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center to help maintain the many gardens within the historical Grotto and Gardens located at the Dayton VA Medical Center. Work with the OSU Master Gardeners as you plant, clean up and complete other work around the grounds. The season runs from early April to late October.
This bicycling and kayaking club engages the community with family-friendly, outdoor activities. Lead group activities (bicycling rides and kayaking and fishing floats), mentor students, help with construction projects or with bicycle/kayak maintenance, cleaning and repair.
Help one of our Circles Leaders reach the goal of homeownership when you volunteer at Habitat for Humanity. Volunteer to work at a build site or at the ReStore and register your time for the “Kriss Day Family.”
The local chapter of this national faith-based organization provides services that address the social, cultural and spiritual interests of international students. No visa or foreign language required. Serve as a local friend to an international college student through emails or phone calls and occasional social meetings (meals, holidays, events, etc.)
KIND is a faith-based youth program that provides Dayton area children, ages 4-17, with activities, field trips, tutoring, nutritious meals, guidance, mentoring and friendship. The KIND program strives to make sure that each and every child knows that they are cared about and provides them with a positive Christian influence in their lives. Volunteer as a mentor or tutor, or assist with their summer programs.
Visit KIND or call 937-253-9826 for more information.
Life Enrichment Center
This local faith-based, non-profit organization is dedicated to changing lives and improving our community. The center, located in East Dayton, provides meals, groceries, and educational opportunities while focusing on spiritual growth and individual wellness. Volunteers and servant leaders make this ministry possible and your help is needed. Individual, family, group, and special event opportunities are available.
The Women’s Center helps young women in our area find answers and faith-based help with issues surrounding unplanned pregnancies, abortion and other life issues. Be a client advocate, support group leader, middle school mentor, men’s mentor or childcare provider, or participate in a prayer team, diaper drive, event committee or baking team.
We will team up with the Sonshiners ministry on the third Sunday of the month from 2:30-3:30 PM for music, devotions and fellowship at the Hillspring Nursing Home in Springboro. We allow residents to enjoy a Sunday service as we bring church to them! Kids and youth are invited as well.
Help cook, serve and clean at this community-minded restaurant in Miamisburg.
Visit One Bistro or call 937-856-1165 for more information.
Rebuilding Together Dayton
Rebuilding Together Dayton provides home repairs at no cost for low-income, elderly homeowners living in Montgomery County, with a preference to those in their homes for a minimum of 10 years. They also provide urgently needed safety updates, such as wheelchair ramps, grab bars, and hand-rails, by skilled tradespeople.
The SCAC assists families in need of food and other services. There is a food pantry and backpack program for children in need. Assistance is needed for helping with the food collection, sorting, distributing, etc.
Visit SCAC or call 937-572-6488 for more information.
St. Vincent Homeless Breakfast Team
Cook and serve breakfast on a Saturday morning for this Dayton faith-based organization assisting the homeless and impoverished.
Visit St. Vincent or call 937-222-7349 for more information.
Be a part of this inner-city church for the underserved and homeless in Dayton, by serving delicious hot meals for Sunday dinner. Help in the kitchen or transport guests in Target Dayton vans to and from various shelters. This is a great opportunity for individuals, families and small groups!
The Vineyard’s Help Center offers a clothing store, food pantry and a free hot meal every Saturday for assisting families in need. You can donate food, clothing and kids items, or assist with serving the hot meal on Saturday’s for lunch.