Our church has a heart and a desire to take the love of Jesus Christ outside of our campuses and into Columbus and the world. We believe the name of Jesus was never meant to be contained within the walls of a church building. Rock City offers a variety of opportunities for individuals and small groups to serve and make a difference.
Columbus Dream Center
The Columbus Dream Center is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to providing help to low-income, homeless and underserved individuals and families in Columbus, Ohio. We welcome individuals and teams from near and far who desire to volunteer and give, to provide a pathway out of homelessness, addiction, violence, poverty and human trafficking for people in need. Whether you are great at working with kids, serving meals, cleaning and organizing or leading people to Christ, God can use you to transform lives.
Serving Our Neighbors (SON) Ministries serves families in the Hilliard area and beyond facing the unique challenges of suburban poverty by facilitating and mobilizing resources in the community. Programming focuses on offering children and families a HAND UP out of poverty through education including adult ESL (English as a Second Language) classes, children’s entrepreneurial efforts, academic support and pre-school activities for the youngest family members. Volunteer opportunities including working with adults and children both during the day and evenings.
Columbus City Schools
Reading Buddies is a program created to invest in the lives and education of Columbus City School students. Through this opportunity, you will provide guided reading support and make a difference in the life of an elementary student. Some of these students may not have the privilege of reading outside of school hours or even have access to books. Reading Buddies provides a great foundation for youth by teaching them to read.
Fight Human Trafficking
Since its earliest days, The Salvation Army has worked to free men, women and children from the abuse and exploitation of labor and sexual slavery. Since May 2012, The Salvation Army in Central Ohio has taken a lead role in addressing and combating the growing problem of human trafficking. The Salvation Army has a number of volunteer opportunities from street outreach, answering the hotline phone, to serving a meal at the drop-in center.
Homeless Families Foundation
The Homeless Families Foundation is a homeless families’ service provider in Columbus, Ohio. Programs include housing assistance, holistic case management, and a children’s education center for afterschool and summer academic and enrichment opportunities for children in kindergarten through middle school. HFF provides housing assistance and educational services. Most families, with some help, are capable of living independently and can best work to address their issues when they are in a stable, long-term home environment.
The children are an important focus of HFF Stabilizing and empowering families, as well as providing quality education to at-risk youth, is crucial in breaking the cycle of homelessness. Everyday after school, over 70 students come to HFF for a meal, education, and a loving community. Students need help with homework and reading, but most of all encouragement from others. As a volunteer in the classroom, you can assist the teacher with any needs they have for the day.
Community Shelter Board
Community Shelter Board creates collaborations, innovates solutions, and invests in quality programs, in order to end homelessness in Columbus and Franklin County. The Van Buren Center is a short-term shelter which provides a place to stay, clean up, and receive daily meals. It is located just 5 minutes west of downtown Columbus. Volunteers are needed every evening to assist the kitchen staff with preparing and serving meals. This is especially a great opportunity for LifeGroups.
International Friendships, Inc. (IFI) at The Ohio State University serves international students, and partners with them to make Christ known throughout the nations. You can host a fun gathering of students at your home to provide them a chance to interact with Americans. Your LifeGroup can also help in a few ways: at one-time outreach events, at a Bible Discussion meeting, or make care packages for students. IFI also offers international students opportunities to experience American life in a non-university setting, make American friends, and to learn more about the culture in the United States. You will be matched with a student with whom you can visit, enjoy an occasional meal, celebrate holidays, participate in community events, or just relax in conversation.