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 Community Church has signed up to bring a group of volunteers on Saturday, March 16th from 11:00am to 4:00pm. You can come and help out for all or part of that time. 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.
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. Oakwood has signed up to bring a group of volunteers on Saturday, April 27th from 10:00am to noon, as well as on Saturday, May 11th.
Oakwood will be serving Gleaners Food Bank on Saturday, Aug. 24th from 9:00-11:30am. This is an outreach opportunity that the whole family can participate in - and we can take up to 40 people total!
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 taht feed hungry people in Southeastern Michigan. You can learn more at the Gleaners website or by download their fact sheet here.