Serve within the Community
There are many worthwhile organizations in the Bloomington/Normal community that provide aid to people in need. St. John's has strategically partnered with the following groups and agencies in order to make the largest impact. If you would like to serve with any of these partners, please reach out to the contact person or sign up to get started!
St. John’s has partnered with the American Red Cross of McLean County since 1997. The need for blood is constant, and every contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply. St. John’s hosts three blood drives per year. Members help by donating blood, food, or time.
Contact: Lynn Carpenter, (309) 830-2588.
Sign up for an upcoming Blood Drive below using the code 040677.
2018 Blood Drive dates
Tuesday, July 31 • 1–6 PM
Saturday, October 6 • 8 AM–12 PM
The Center For Hope Food Pantry Network applies biblically-based principles to help families and individuals break and avoid cycles of poverty through food distribution, education, and referral networking. The food pantry serves the McLean County community with its food and toiletry distribution. The program also offers educational training, such as financial literacy courses, nutrition education, and job readiness workshops. Families with additional needs are provided community referrals and advocacy. Opportunities to serve at Center for Hope Church unpacking, sorting, and packing goods are available the first Monday of each month from 10 AM to 12 PM.
This interfaith volunteer program offers support to seniors 60 years of age and older by providing transportation to medical appointments, shopping, phone calls and visits, and light home repair and maintenance. St. John’s is committed to recruiting caregivers, identifying care receivers, and providing financial assistance.
Contact: Linda Crowley
Habitat for Humanity of McLean County is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seek to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities, and hope. Habitat is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating, and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. St. John’s members are invited to give financially, with their time to help build the house, or in providing snacks during build days.
Contact: Marvin Rasch
St. John’s financially supports the homeless shelter and provides food throughout the school year. Four to five times per year, Thrive small groups prepare sack lunches and deliver them to the shelter. The meal leftovers from DinnerTime are also delivered to the shelter.
Midwest Food Bank strives to alleviate hunger and poverty by gathering and distributing food donations to not-for-profits and disaster sites without cost to the recipients. St. John’s members volunteer their time at scheduled work dates (below). Volunteers must complete a Volunteer Agreement and Release of Liability form (download the release of liability) before serving. Closed toed shoes are required. Contact: Chris Ayers at (309) 824-6873.
Contact: Chris Ayers
2018 work dates
Monday, July 30 (6-8 PM)
Safe Harbor works with clients to identify barriers and move toward self-sufficiency. Safe Harbor provides a safe warm environment to sleep, store some personal belongings, eat breakfast and dinner (some non-residents also have meals), shower and laundry, and case management services, including access and referral to local resources. Safe Harbor also provides clients with clothes and personal hygiene products, when available. St. John’s members help with financial donations.
Contact: Chris Ayers
St. John's members have the opportunity to prepare and serve a meal at Safe Harbor once a month. Six people are needed for each date.
2018 dates (5:30–7:30 PM)
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Tuesday, December 18, 2018