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Northside Mission Ministries

Northside Mission Ministry envisions holistic enduring change that liberates individuals, rebuilds families, and revitalizes the community in order to break the cycle of poverty in Washington Township. By following Christ’s example, Northside Mission Ministry seeks to care for the poor and those experiencing hardship in Washington Township by building relationships with them to develop food security, to work toward economic stability, and to participate fully in the life of the community.

This mission and vision is carried out by four main initiatives that are housed under the Northside umbrella. These programs have experienced incredible growth in recent years: growth in needs, growth in relationships, growth in compassion, and growth in impact!
 
The Northside Food Pantry is located on the northeast end of the church building. From inside, walk down the hallway past the library. The hallway will dead end into the food pantry. From outside, enter the building through the covered entrance on the northeast corner. Once inside, turn right through the double doors.
 
The Northside Food Pantry began with the vision of a small group of church members. It has evolved throughout the years from a closet that handed out a few food staples to the current grocery store-like environment that it is today. Not only has the pantry expanded and grown, it has streamlined its policies and procedures and drastically reduced the cost of providing food for each household. An average of 532 households visited the pantry each month in 2016.
 
The Northside Community Garden has transformed from six raised beds to the cultivation of a large tilled portion of land. The garden’s growth has been the direct result of a small group of committed volunteers, as well as guidance from groups like the Indy Urban Acres Farm. For a period of time, the garden did not have a locally available water source. When there was little rainfall, volunteers would water the plants with water they physically carried to the garden in gallon jugs! The garden has come a long way from raised beds without a water source. Wood structures including the garden shed were built by two SAWs volunteers. Production has gone up from 300 pounds of produce in 2014 to around 1000 pounds in 2015 to nearly 1,100 pounds in 2016. The garden is not only productive – it is beautiful, featuring flower beds, a seating area, and a prayer garden. The garden is currently managed by Jeff Reese.
 
Northside’s partnership with Greenbriar Elementary School began about five years ago and has been largely organized by Jan Millholland. In the years since, Northside’s relationship with Greenbriar has been a process of learning what the needs are and how we can best offer support. Northside works collaboratively with Presbyterian Women and other friends of Greenbriar to provide volunteer support for classrooms and school events, snacks for afterschool tutoring, Teacher Appreciation events, and the donation of school supplies and other specially requested items.
 
The Utility and Rent Assistance Program (URAP) is currently the only dedicated assistance program of its kind in Washington Township. Since its inception, URAP has sought to have a positive impact on families by offering financial intervention in a moment of need. In these ‘gap’ situations, a little assistance goes a long way, often preventing a family from losing their housing or having their power shut off. As URAP has evolved, we have increasingly partnered with the Washington Township Trustee and the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township in order to work with integrity and efficiency.
 
Thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers and supporters of Northside Mission Ministry.
Thousands of our Washington Township neighbors have benefited from these programs because
of you!

Food Pantry Greeter
Volunteer Opportunity

Pantry Greeter

This job requires both standing and sitting as you welcome, register and engage in friendly interaction with food pantry clients.

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Food Pantry Client Liaison
Volunteer Opportunity

Pantry Client Liaison

This job requires friendly interaction with food pantry clients and re-stocking of shelves as needed. Plan to be on your feet 3-4 hours.

For your first time, please sign up as a Client Liaison Trainee. Once you feel comfortable with the job, you can sign up for one of the regular client liaison spots. 

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Food Pantry Data Entry 
Volunteer Opportunity

Pantry Data Entry

This job requires special training and is a sit-down job. It involves the use of a computer, the ability to multi-task and friendly interaction with food pantry clients. Please contact Ellen Gullett at esgullett@yahoo.com to schedule two on-the-job training sessions prior to working alone. 

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Food Pantry Data Entry Assistant
Volunteer Opportunity

Pantry Data Entry Assistant

This job involves tallying of shopping lists throughout the shift and a final tally at the end of the shift. This is a sit-down job with minimal client interaction. You will receive on-the-job training the first time you work.

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Food Delivery Processing
Volunteer Opportunity

Food Delivery Processing

This job involves unpacking, sorting and storing food from our various vendors. Food delivery takes place when the pantry is closed to the public. This is a behind-the-scenes job with no food pantry client interaction. You will receive on-the-job training. 

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Greenbriar Elementary
Seasonal Volunteer Opportunity

Back to School at Greenbriar Elementary

WEEKDAYS DURING SCHOOL

Volunteers are needed to help with tutoring and classroom teacher assistance at Greenbriar Elementary School. Time commitment varies. Contact Jan Millholland for more information.

 

 


Utilities and Rent Assistance Program
URAP Volunteer Opportunity

URAP Volunteer

A more detailed job description will be posted soon.

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