Habitat For Humanity
Be a part of this year's build!
Second has numerous mission and outreach programs that serve the Indianapolis community.
Habitat For Humanity
For more than 30 years, Second has partnered with Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity to sponsor an annual interfaith build.
This year's build is being done a bit differently, but you can still be a part of it! Your family can order a free engagement kit to share the homebuilding process with Doris and her two boys.
Each engagement kit includes:
- note card (and stamped envelope) to send to the family in their new home,
- calendar of blessings,
- coloring and activity pages,
- the profile of the family,
- wish list of items the new homeowners might need,
- and more!
In the video above, Steve Alspaugh, Second elder and chair of Mission Committee, and Joel Reichenbach, Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity coordinator, share how this year's build is happening.
For safety reasons, Habitat is using contractors, rather than volunteers, for much of the onsite construction work. If you would like to contribute to this important work in our community, please designate "Habitat for Humanity" in your donation to Second.
Second partners with
Versiti Blood Centers
Ministering to our community includes providing the resources needed during a time of crisis for hope and healing. Donating blood is a powerful way to show compassion and contribute to the well-being of patients in our city. Versiti Blood Center of Indiana is experiencing a critical need for blood donors. All donors are required to register and wear personal masks or face coverings.
We partner with Versiti Blood Center of Indiana to supply much-needed blood to area hospitals. If you are unable to come to the Second parking lot on August 8, you can visit a local blood center at your convenience.
Christmas Benevolence 2020
Our annual Christmas tradition!
Traditionally known as Christmas Benevolence, this ministry has been a vital mission of our church for decades and continues to focus on extending kindness to members of our local community -- reflective of the Matthew 25 initiative.
Second's outreach this year will serve to foster deeper engagement with our neighbors who visit the Northside Food Pantry. We will focus on pantry clients this Christmas and continue to serve between 130 and 150 families in the area.
Some cherished traditions, such as opportunities for members to purchase new clothing or gifts for children, will continue. Gift and clothing "tags" have been offered online, so that families can shop at their convenience, then deliver the gifts to the church.
This year we invited our recipient families to come to Second to pick up their items on December 19, instead of having Second members deliver them.
Rather than working toward a single "Delivery Day," Deacons are working closely with Northside Mission Ministries to support our local families throughout the year. For example, the Winter Warmth coat drive this fall brings warm outerwear to children and adults as the weather begins to cool.
Northside Mission Ministry
Sign up to help at the food pantry
Northside Food Pantry is open to Washington Township residents on the following days:
- Tuesdays, 12:30-3 p.m.
- Wednesdays, 4-6:30 p.m.
- Saturdays, 10 a.m.-Noon
Northside Ministry cares for the poor and those experiencing hardship in Washington Township by building relationships to develop food security, to work toward economic stability, and to participate fully in the life of the community.
Northside Food Pantry
Located on the northeast corner of the church, the food pantry is a tangible witness to our church in action.
During the spring of 2020, as the need has increased, our pantry has responded with stocked shelves and no-contact service. Before each shift begins, a long line of cars winds through the church parking lot. Volunteers gather family information through car windows, fill bags of groceries, and then load them into the back of waiting vehicles.
If you are able to help at the pantry, please sign up online. We are limited to ten volunteers per shift, so we are managing our volunteers closely with SignUpGenius. In addition to food pantry hours, volunteers are needed to unload deliveries and stock shelves.
Northside Food Pantry sources most of its food through Gleaners. If you would like to help keep the pantry shelves stocked, you can donate online and select "Northside Food Pantry" in the drop-down menu.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Lisa Enright.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:
The three-quarter acre plot south of the church provides fresh vegetables to the Northside Food Pantry. Dedicated volunteers tend the garden, which is not only productive, but also beautiful, featuring flower beds, a seating area, and a prayer garden.
Greenbriar Elementary School
Northside works collaboratively with Presbyterian Women and other friends of Greenbriar to provide volunteer support for classrooms and school events, snacks for after-school tutoring, teacher appreciation events, and the donation of school supplies and other specially requested items.
Greenbriar students need school supplies throughout the year. Download the supply list (link: https://www.secondchurch.org/attachments/greenbriar school supply list.pdf) and bring donations to Second in a bag marked “Greenbriar.”
Utility and Rent Assistance
The Utility and Rent Assistance Program (URAP) partners with the Fay Bicard Glick Community Center and the Washington Township Trustee Office to offer emergency financial intervention. 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. Our partners provide vital case management with URAP families to ensure long term stability.
As in years past, our mission work supporting local Washington Township students goes on! In a safe and carefully controlled environment, Second assembled more than 3,000 Back to School supply kits for middle school students.
This fall we received a few notes from Washington Township teachers:
Today during our Advisory period we worked on our IXL Continuous Diagnostic for math. This is our second day doing this and it is a big transition from how we’ve used the class prior to our hybrid schedule. My students needed a brain break and I suggested I give them a moment to get organized for the latter part of the day and give them the supplies that were donated. Their faces were immediately brightened and one student above said “Thank you Mr. Cameron, I haven’t had money to get supplies and my backpack 🎒 was very messy. This will help me out a lot.” These last few weeks have been quite stressful especially for teachers. I personally was encouraged to see students happy over something that seemed so small. Thank you for your kindness as it’s gone a long way with both myself and my students. Thankful, Charles Cameron
Good Afternoon, I wanted to send a quick "THANK YOU" for working to get our Free and Reduced students supplies for school. They looked like they were kindergarteners just beginning school opening everything, organizing, ew. They did not hesitate to show how excited they were about having school supplies this year and organized EVERYTHING they received. It was a great sight to see and it would not have been possible with your work or those that donate. Again, thank you again for the wonderful school supplies! -- Ms. Davey
Working with other congregations, we continue this tradition and provided much needed supplies to nearly four times more students than last year.
Your financial support is also appreciated. You can make a donation online (select "Back to School" from the drop down menu). Any donation amount makes a difference!
Would you like to do more? Adopt a classroom!
A new way to support our partners at Greenbriar Elementary (our Northside mission partner in Washington Township) is to fund all needed supplies for an entire classroom, for the whole school year. Prayerfully consider teaming up with friends, neighbors, or your small group to donate $1,000 (select "Back to School" from the drop down menu) to fully equip a classroom of students this school year.
Emergency cleanup buckets and hygiene kits
From October 10 through 21, our church parking lot is a collection site for area churches and families to drop off emergency cleanup buckets and hygiene kits. Church World Service distributes these much-needed supplies to those affected by wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters in the U.S. and around the world.
The Church World Service website has details about the emergency cleanup buckets and hygiene kits, including printable shopping lists and videos showing how to pack the kits.
For five years, our church has been a collection depot for Church World Service, facilitating the gathering and storage of emergency cleanup buckets and hygiene kits. We are united in our mission to serve those in most need.
If you have questions or would like to help create kits, please contact Lake Fellow Lex Allum.
Handicapped individuals confined to a wheelchair are truly captives in the walls of their homes when no ramp is available.
Servants at Work (SAWs) is a group of ecumenical volunteers that work together to build wheelchair ramps for the elderly, disabled, and infirmed that cannot afford to have the ramp built. These individuals are identified through social agencies as unable to financially provide a ramp.
In early 2018, we welcomed a Congolese family of 12 in Indianapolis. They had been in a refugee camp in Tanzania for almost two decades.
If you would like to learn more about how you can help this family and others, contact Jim Montgomery or Jennifer Shivers, who lead this team of faithful people, who feel called to work with refugees in our city.
Interfaith Hospitality Network
Several times each year we host families, who live at our church for a week while working to obtain stable housing. This is an opportunity for each of us to welcome the stranger and show the love of Christ.
We need many volunteers during the week who give generously of their time to prepare a meal, play with children, drive the van, or spend the night. Join Second's efforts to brighten the lives and lighten the load of families who struggle each day to keep going forward.
Westminster Neighborhood Services (link: https://westmin.org/) is a vital center of hope and love for children and families on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis. They rely on volunteers to serve the many people that utilize services each week.
To learn more or lend a hand, contact Chrissy Petersen.