Habitat for Humanity

Boone County Habitat for Humanity: Every summer ZUMC volunteers participate in a week long Habitat Faith Build to provide a home for a Boone County family. Workers over the age of 16 with any level of skills and services are needed and appreciated. The Women’s Build takes place in the fall, volunteers are also needed and appreciated. Contacts: Don Porter, 505-681-3378 drportergm@gmail.com and Kate McGormley, 734-625-1070, kathryn.mcgormley@gmail.com

Family Promise

The mission statement of Indianapolis Family Promise is to reduce homelessness in the Indianapolis community by assisting our guests in gaining skills to sustain their own housing. As a church, ZUMC gives up to 14 people housing and food for 7 days. The guests stay at the Day center on the campus of St. Rita’s from about 7:30 am until 4:30 pm. While there, they are looking for housing, learning about budgeting, and looking for jobs. We bring guests to the church in the interfaith van at about 5:30 pm. Guests eat dinner, pack lunches, do homework, play, and then spend the night.
How you could help:
ZUMC hosts families for a week, 3 or 4 times per year. After work or school, families arrive for dinner then spend the night. It takes about 60 volunteers to cover each week.  A wide variety of volunteer opportunities are available for you and your family to participate in during these weeks.     Here are just a few of the Family Promise opportunities:

  • Plan activities for the guests

  • Act as an activity host

  • Provide a meal

  • Dine with the guests

  • Stay the night as an overnight host

  • Pray for the welfare of these families

For more information, please contact: Jo Flinn (317-873-2431) or Kay Pentz (317-459-6214)

For more information about Family Promise CLICK HERE to see for yourself the great need in our community.

Ten Point Coalition

Make a difference on "The Road to Hope" with Ten Point Coalition. The goal of TPC is to reduce violence and homicide through direct engagement, the promotion of education, and the fostering of employment opportunities. The TPC website has even more information about who they are and what they do.

ZUMC Ten Point Coalition Team: Sherman WhitfieldRich Richey, and Sue Forry.

The Ten Point Ministry, which began in 2014, has been working to help reduce the violence in the Indianapolis area by its support of the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition and the Clean for Green Youth Jobs Indy. Understanding that grass root problems lead to the violence, we at the Ten Point Ministry wish to address not only the major violence issues, but also the underlying issues that cause the problems.    

Check out our initiatives:

  • Clean for Green Youth Jobs Indy - Teens receive mentoring, job training and are sent out to clean up neighborhoods throughout the east side of Indy. This summer job program for at-risk inner city teens has been supported by ZUMC for the past 2 years by providing trash bags and mentors to assist in this program. If interested in being a Mentor, contact Jim Forry, 317-873-5123.

  • Missional Food Pantry @ Barnes UMC -- Adding this pantry is a natural for outreach that gives hope and help to those in need. Serving their visitors with a personal and spiritual touch, they work to lift life and spirit and to provide avenues for their well being. NEEDED: Pantry collection through May. Items needed: Cereal, condiments, canned tuna, fruit, soup, jelly/jam, toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste – and PRAYER!!! Questions, contact Sue Forry, 317-873-5123 ITEMS BEING COLLECTED THROUGH MAY. DROP IN MISSION BIN LOCATIONS AT EAST AND WEST ENTRANCES OF CHURCH.

Robert's Park

Robert’s Park is a United Methodist Church in the heart of downtown Indianapolis that serves meals to the homeless. ZUMC partners with them 4-6 times a year, preparing sack lunches and serving a hot meal to 200+ homeless men, women and children. Preparing brown bag meals at ZUMC from 9:00 - 10:00 am and/or serving a warm meal (this includes some set up & cleanup) at Roberts Park UMC from 11 am - 2 pm. 

Our Soup's On contacts Stacy Holdsworth

Watch for sign up sheets at the mission table or contact Stacy Holdsworth (317-755-7422)

Soup’s On
Soup’s On is a food ministry of Roberts Park and is in its second decade of service to our community. Since 1999, Soup’s On has prepared and served nearly 150,000 meals to our neighbors in need. Every Sunday, approximately 250 guests come to eat and spend time together enjoying a safe and comfortable dining environment. Teams of volunteers organized by area churches and other local groups work from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm to set up, prepare and serve food, and clean up the kitchen and dining area. Organizations also provide financial support and resources. This effort takes a crew of 20 volunteers each week, and nearly 1000 each year.

Like others in our community and as Christians, we believe that feeding the hungry and caring for one another is a responsibility that brings joy both to those who give and those who receive. We know that nearly 20% of Marion County residents -174,000 people – are identified as food insecure. The need is great.

ZUMC provides volunteers and resources to support this important ministry six times every year. If you would like to get involved with the ZUMC team, please contact Stacy Holdsworth at sholdsworth@lilly.com or 317-755-7422.

Our Soup's On contacts Stacy Holdsworth

Watch for sign up sheets at the mission table or contact Stacy Holdsworth (317-755-7422)

Fletcher Place

The mission of Fletcher Place is: Breaking the cycle of poverty through the compassion of Jesus Christ
Fletcher Place is a faith based mission, with roots in the United Methodist Tradition, serving the southeast side of Indianapolis. Their goal is to build relationships in the community they serve, to build people up, to provide opportunities to build skills and achieve dreams.  They provide over 65,000 meals a year through their hot meal program and groceries provided to families.
God's Breakfast is prepared and served by ZUMC volunteers the first Friday and preceding Thursday of each month at Fletcher Place Community Center. This mission is funded solely by your donations. The group feeds 100 or more individuals and families as a practical expression of Christian love. This team is always looking for fresh faces to help serve those in need of a warm meal.

See signup sheets on the mission table or contact Don Frye (317-879-9516).

Every November, groceries and gift items are collected, sorted, and delivered to Fletcher Place for their Christmas giving program.  Check the Mission bulletin boards at the east and west ends of the building for dates, drop off information and sign-up sheets. Families welcome! Contact: Geri Rogers, 317-873-8650, gerirogers2911@gmail.com

Coburn Place

Coburn Place provides safe and affordable housing for women and children who have suffered from domestic violence. This is a wonderful hands-on mission opportunity for ZUMC individuals or families. For more information on how you can help, please contact Debbie Kuller.

Angel Tree

Since 1982, Angel Tree has partnered with churches like ZUMC and other volunteers around the country to minister to the children of prisoners and their families. It may seem like a small act of charity to give a prisoner’s child a gift at Christmas, but it is not! Such seemingly small acts of kindness are often a powerful channel of God’s love. This team is always looking for helpers in delivery of the gifts. Angel Tree is a ministry of Prison Fellowship.

Angel tree time is in November. Stay tuned form more information as it gets closer! Please consider helping to deliver a gift. For more information about Angel Tree please contact Bob and Cindy Dralle (317-872-5546).

Fill the Backpack

Please purchase any of the items listed below and place in bins located at the mission tables at either the east or west entrance of the church. We will collect items every summer during the month of July. For more information about Fill the Backpack, please contact Jen Dell, 317-873-2623, jdell@zumc.org.

Supply List

  • Back Packs

  • Spiral Notebooks (wide ruled/college ruled)

  • Composition Notebooks (wide ruled/college ruled)

  • #2 pencils

  • Crayons (24 pack)

  • Jumbo Crayons (8 pack)

  • Highlighters

  • Dry Erase Markers

  • Glue sticks

  • Folders

  • Scissors

  • Boxes of Kleenex

  • Colored Pencils (12 pack)

  • Clorox Wipes (or generic brand)

  • Baby Wipes

  • Rulers

  • 1” Binders

  • 1.5” Binders

  • 3-hole Pencil Pouch for Binders

  • Headphones

  • Ink Pens (black or blue)

  • White Out

  • Small Hand Sanitizers

Love INC.

Love INC of Boone County is a unique network of churches and agencies that respond to needs of ordinary people who need HOPE in the midst of a difficult time in life.  Volunteers assist our neighbors-in-need by handling phone calls at the clearinghouse and offering services like groceries, job search assistance, clothing, auto repair, furnishings, home repairs, etc.  Providing various services for a short period of time helps clients to conserve finances and afford necessities such as rent and utilities.  Love INC has also started Transformation Ministry (TM) classes which offer participants a hand-up in addition to a hand-out; bringing hope to those who have given up hoping or dreaming that anything can ever change.

The Annual Banquet and Silent Auction Fundraiser is held the first Thursday in September and is the main fundraising event for Love INC.  The evening includes dinner, entertainment and many silent auction items.   For more information about this event, please visit loveincbc.org.

How you can help:
Opportunities range from handling phone calls, driving neighbors to doctor’s appointments, minor handyman tasks, delivering furniture or appliances, helping with TM classes, etc.   Visit loveincbc.org to electronically submit a talent survey.

Kid's Kloset

Kid's Kloset is one of the ZUMC Gap Ministries partnering with Love INC. Our goal is to offer the children of Boone county clothing needed for all types of weather & situations and their closet.

How You Can Help
Donate clean, gently used or new children's clothing in the bins at the east & west end entrances of the church by the mission tables. Volunteers sort donations, wash clothing if needed, fill orders, and staff the "Kloset" when families occasionally come in to pick out the clothing. You may volunteer your time to sort clothing 9 to noon on Monday mornings or 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday evenings.

For more information about Kid's Kloset or to volunteer please contact Karen Frye.

United Methodist Children's Home

Youth placed in the Home's care are placed through the Indiana Dept. of Child Services, Indiana Dept. of Education or through the county juvenile court system. Private placements are considered when a concerned parent, clergy member, guidance counselor, or mental health professional contacts the Home on behalf of a child and/ or family. Children come from all over the state with many different backgrounds, but have one thing in common; they need help dealing with their emotional problems.  Counseling, education, religious education, group living, and recreation form the residential treatment program. The Indiana United Methodist Children's Home is licensed by the Indiana Dept. of Child Services to serve children ages 6 to 18 and is one of the newer mission areas to which ZUMC has made commitment.

Indiana United Methodist Children's Home
515 Camp St.  P.O. Box 747
Lebanon, In.  46052

Contact the Home (765-482-5900)

December's Child

The December’s Child ministry offers us the opportunity to help those who need some warmth in the winter months by providing coats. ZUMC works in cooperation with Zionsville Community Schools to identify and connect with children who need winter clothing. A small team of caring volunteers quietly provides these coats and jackets to express Christ's love in a tangible way. We will collect gift cards (AMC, Kohl's, Marsh, Target, etc.), usually in the month of November. For more information, contact Susan Buckley (317-873-0635).

Blanket Ministry

This group gathers on Wednesday evenings to sew, quilt, crochet blanket items which are prayed over and given to baptized children or persons who are ill or hurting.      

Contact: Pat McKnight, 317-873-3762, mcknightr@sbcglobal.net or Barb Maxson, 317-769-6691, Nana5960@hotmail.com

Crooked Creek Food Pantry

CCFP Exists to Fight Food Insecurity in Northwest Indianapolis. Crooked Creek Food Pantry, Inc.is a client-choice pantry working to eliminate hunger while building relationships to support the needs of families and persons it serves. A group from Zionsville UMC serves at CCFP on Friday afternoons from 1:30-4pm. For more information or to sign up to help, please contact Jamalyn Williamson (jpw675@gmail.com) or Heather Hilbert (mrsheatherhilbert@gmail.com).