Orangewood is committed to building bridges from the church to the greater Orlando community. We desire to share God’s love, becoming the “salt and light” that Jesus spoke about in Matthew 5:16.
We have partnerships with several local ministries that show Christ’s love to others in greater Orlando. There are many ongoing volunteer needs in each of these ministries, whether you are able to serve weekly, monthly or as needed. Whatever your gifts or interests, we hope to provide an outlet for you to be a blessing to others in our city. If you have any questions about local ministry, please email the church office.
Local Ministry Partners
Red Bag Campaign
Public schools in Seminole County identify children at risk due to family economics and designate their families as “Families in Transition.” These children receive breakfast and lunch at school during the week, but often have little food at home. The Red Bag Campaign addresses childhood hunger by providing food for children to take home over the weekend. Orangewood has adopted Hamilton Elementary in Sanford, Florida, and provides food for 35-40 families every week.
How you can help: You can pick up a red grocery bag at Orangewood on the first Sunday of every month, fill with groceries from the attached list, and bring it back to church the second week of the month.
The Jobs Partnership of Florida, founded in 1999, uses a proven model of collaboration between churches, businesses, and community organizations to transform the lives of people who are chronically underemployed. They meet each person’s needs head on: empowering, encouraging, and elevating the workplace attitudes and abilities of each participant.
How you can help: You can serve as a coach every week during the 12-week LifeWorks training, providing support for the students in the program, or in other one-time volunteer roles. See all of the volunteer opportunities here.
The next round of LifeWorks begins on Feb 27 at Killarney Elementary. Volunteer training is on Feb 10, so sign up to volunteer today!
Orlando Children’s Church
Orlando Children’s Church (OCC) is dedicated to reaching at-risk students in the poorest areas of Central Florida through physical nourishment, spiritual renewal, and the cultivation of authentic relationships.
How you can help: OCC meets every Saturday morning and volunteers are needed in many different areas. See all of the volunteer opportunities here.
Choices Women’s Clinic (formerly True Life Choice)
Choices Women’s Clinic was founded in 1983 by two Orangewood members and is a non-profit, medical pregnancy clinic equipping women to make healthy, life-affirming choices regarding unplanned pregnancies. Choices is committed to providing free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and complete and accurate information regarding abortion, adoption, and parenting. They work hard to save the lives of both the unborn and the mothers who carry them.
How you can help: Choices Women’s Clinic needs volunteers in patient support, medical care and assisting with fundraising and administration. See all of the volunteer opportunities here.
Faith and Finances
Faith and Finances is a 12-week course, offered twice a year, helps the working poor in our community deal with personal financial money management in a biblical and practical way.
How you can help: Faith and Finances needs volunteers to serve as allies who show up to all the classes, get to know class participants and encourage them as they take the class together. Volunteers are also needed to provide or buy dinner for each weekly class. Email Greg or Louise Holzhauer to volunteer.
Coordinated by the Orangewood Diaconate
Helping Hands serves our church’s elderly, widowed and divorced members who are overwhelmed with the upkeep of their yard and home. We provide light yard work and clean up, minor home maintenance, painting and various other minor projects. Our purpose is to be a light of hope for our church members in need of a little extra love and support.
How you can help: Sign up to be part of a Helping Hands crew who will be requested to assist with yard and home projects as needed. Email the Deacons to sign up.
Boys aged 10-18 who need a big brother figure in their lives can turn to Sons of Christ for advice, wisdom, and a positive male relationship. Our devoted mentors are honored to walk beside these young men as they go through the formative years of adolescence.
How you can help: We currently have several boys who could benefit from a friend with whom to share their struggles and concerns. We are in need of mentors who are willing to commit to at least a simple call or text once a week and a fun event per month. Email the Deacons for more information.
American Heritage Girls
American Heritage Girls allows girls ages 5-18 to experience new challenges, serve others, make new friends and have tons of fun, all in a safe, faith-filled environment. Whether your daughter wants to learn more about aviation, learn to paddle a canoe, or ice the perfect cake, AHG’s program is ready to inspire her to new heights.
How you can get involved: Is your daughter interested in joining this exciting program? AHG meets every Tuesday night at 7pm in the Fellowship Hall. Email Leisa Covelli for more information.
Trail Life USA is a Christian adventure, character, and leadership program for young men. The K-12 program centers on outdoor experiences that build a young man’s skills and allow him to grow on a personal level and as a role model and leader for his peers.
How you can get involved: Trail Life Troop 413, sponsored by Orangewood Church, meets each Tuesday at 7:00pm in The Space (the church’s Student Ministry facility). Email Buddy Hosier for more information.