At Oakwood we have a heart to serve and reach our community with the love and truth of Jesus. We partner with many community organizations to help meet real needs. We also hold special outreach events throughout the year.
God's Helping Hands is a nonprofit community outreach organization providing food and clothing to families in need. With God's guidance and the help of other agencies, they have been able to help over 8,500 families since their beginning in 1998. Volunteers are needed to help sort clothing and other household items, straighten and restock warehouse shelves, and sometimes help clients with supplies.
Oakwood serves at God's Helping Hands at different times throughout the year. There are no age restrictions for serving with God's Helping Hands, so families can serve together. Parents should use their best judgment when including kids and will be responsible for supervising their own children. Check back here for upcoming opportunities to serve.
Oxford/Orion FISH provides emergency aid and financial services to individuals in Oxford, Lake Orion, Addison and Oakland Townships. They provide basic canned goods, as well as houshold items like shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, razors, cereal, eggs, milk, meat, bread, snacks, pasta, garbage bags, facial tissues, etc.
Oxford/Orion FISH is a nonprofit organization and the services they provide are facilitated 100% by volunteers. They need lots of help to manage their food pantry and the donations they receive from local businesses. Here are some upcoming opportunities to serve Oxford/Orion FISH (no sign-ups required):
Gleaners is one of the oldest and largest food banks in the country. They distribute donated and purchased food to more than 550 soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters, senior homes and other partner agencies that feed hungry people in Southeastern Michigan. You can learn more at the Gleaners website or by download their fact sheet here.
Oakwood serves occassionally at Gleaners. This is an outreach opportunity that the whole family can participate in! Check back here for upcoming opportunities to serve.
Grace Centers of Hope is Oakland County's oldest and largest homeless shelter, providing hope and help since 1942. Daily they confront issues of homelessness, addiction, poverty and hopelessness. On any given night, Grace Centers of Hope is home to 150-200 men, women, and children. yearly, they serve over 127,000 meails and provide over 55,000 nights of stay.
Grace Centers of Hope is not interested in just providing a hand-out - they are passionate about giving a hand-up. Their mission is to transform lives and care for the whole person - physically, emotionally, and spiritually - investing in people that society regards as unimportant and giving them the nurturing and mentoring needed to turn their lives around. Oakwood partners with Grace Centers of Hope for occasional service and outreach projects. The next opportunity to serve will be: