Local Outreach consists of student-led volunteer teams that minister in communities surrounding Gordon College. We desire to serve our neighbors with the strength, love, and grace that we have been supplied within Jesus Christ. In serving our community, we hope to be faithful gospel witnesses. To inquire about any of these Local Outreach Groups or to start a new one, please contact Abby Plummer in the Chapel Office at: LocalOutreach@gordon.edu. You can also follow Local Outreach on Instagram at: local_outreach.
Acts of Love Homeless Ministry
Our mission is to show love to a group of people who often do not receive love. Homelessness is everywhere and especially evident in our local communities. This is a population of people who are often ignored and stigmatized. We seek to cultivate relationships that remind each person of their value by serving with a faithful presence at the organizations we partner with.
AWANA Children's Ministry
Gordon College students serve weekly in AWANA Children’s Ministry at Cape Ann Bible Church. Children have the opportunity to listen to a Bible lesson, sing songs, and meet one-on-one with a college student who provides mentorship, aids in memorizing Scripture, and facilitates games and crafts. We seek to build meaningful relationships with youth age two to sixth grade through teaching them about the Gospel and modeling Christ-like behavior. We are seeking outgoing volunteers who are willing to attend weekly meetings, intentionally engage in conversation and activities, and who desire to build lasting relationships with the children.
Gordon College students partner with Hopeful Journeys to interact with children ages four to twenty with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. We desire to be an encouragement to the students of Hopeful Journeys and provide opportunities for meaningful social interactions outside of those with their families and teachers.
Life Coalition strives to raise awareness and understanding of the issues surrounding personhood at every level of development—from conception to natural death. We do this through Biblical, philosophical, and sociological inquiry, in order to strengthen the Gordon College student’s apologetic for the defense of life. We seek the termination of practices which diminish, profane, and destroy that personhood, working to achieve this end through community outreach, public discourse, service to those who are in need of life-affirming companionship, and political advocacy. We seek to glorify God through these endeavors.
Lowell Mission Church Outreach
We partner with Lowell Mission Church to lead youth by mentoring middle and high school students, facilitate Christian fellowship, and help teens maintain personal relationships with Christ. We accomplish this through planning Bible studies, eating meals with the kids, and playing games together on Friday nights.
National Alzheimer's Buddies
We visit individuals that suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease and focus on building one-on-one relationships. By doing this, we can alleviate some of the pain and hardship that results from their illness. It has been proven that the cognitive stimulation of one-on-one discussion improves brain functioning in Alzheimer’s patients. Further, the emotional bond built with these individuals encourages both the student and their buddy. We focus on building these relationships and forming these bonds to serve the individual with Alzheimer’s Disease to the best of our abilities.
REACH Drama Ministry
The mission of REACH Drama Ministry is to engage youth and share the love of Christ with others. We strive to present Christian themes in a way youth can connect with and remember. The medium of theatre is unique and allows youth to be impacted in special ways. By preparing scripted improv skits on a variety of topics and allowing the leaders of youth organizations to choose the topics we perform, we hope to speak directly to issues teenagers in that group are dealing with. We seek to glorify God in the way we perform for and interact with youth from various organizations in the local community.
OTHER SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES:
There are lots of opportunities to serve in the Greater Boston/North Shore Community! If you are interested in serving with a friend, with a small group (your team, floor, club, etc.), or as an outreach team leader, please contact Abby Plummer in the Chapel Office.
Amirah is a faith-based organization on the North Shore that provides safe houses to women coming out of sexual exploitation. Their safe house just opened, and they are looking for volunteers to serve in a variety of ways! You can read more about Amirah, and their volunteer opportunities, on their website. Students desiring to serve in the safe house must attend a training session facilitated by the Amirah staff.
Art Haven is "a community space where artists of all ages and abilities are encouraged to develop creativity and confidence through hands-on learning and collaboration." This organization, located in Gloucester, provides youth and adults the opportunity to create art through classes and other seasonal events. Volunteers can assist with a variety of classes, each focusing on different mediums and techniques.
Beverly Bootstraps "provides critical resources to families and individuals so they may achieve self-sufficiency." Located right in downtown Beverly, this organization provides both emergency and long-term assistance to youth and adults. Volunteer opportunities include: helping with after-school homework, assisting with adult education courses, serving in the thrift shop or food pantry, and serving in other administrative capacities. For more information on current volunteer opportunities, visit the volunteer page on the website.
Beverly Children's Learning Center serves local families with pre-school, daycare, and after-school programs for children ages one month–13 years old. The BCLC focuses on providing safe, affordable, and educationally enriching childcare in a nurturing environment. Students can serve children in individual classrooms. The center is open from 7 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday–Friday.
The Beverly Council on Aging serves the senior population in Beverly by providing social services and opportunities for education, transportation, recreation, and leisure. There are many ways to get involved at the Senior Center, including assisting with various seminars and workshops, raking or shoveling at the homes of local seniors, and building intergenerational relationships through game nights or other fun activities.
Cape Ann Animal Aid is a non-profit, no-kill organization dedicated to facilitating appropriate placement of adoptable animals and enhancing the lives of all companion animals by promoting respect and well-being through education and outreach.
Family Promise North Shore Boston is a local nonprofit that provides temporary shelter, meals, hospitality, and case management to families experiencing homelessness in our own North Shore community. There are lots of opportunities to volunteer and serve with Family Promise, including serving at their Day Center in Beverly or assisting with evening meals. Volunteers could serve one time or more regularly.
"Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings together people to build homes, communities, and hope." The Habitat for Humanity chapter on the North Shore brings together individual volunteers, corporations, colleges, and other service groups to build and restore homes. Volunteers are needed to serve on local building sites alongside future homeowners or volunteer on committees dedicated to site selection, family selection, family support, and fundraising.
The Holland Project
The mission of the Holland Project, located on a beautiful farm in Merrimac, is "to bring the healing benefits of animals and nature to individuals with disabilities through creative programs." This unique program stewards the resources of their 12-acre farm and property to serve various groups throughout the week. The Holland Project facilitates Saturday farm sessions for teenagers with autism or other developmental delays. Teenagers are paired with a volunteer buddy who spends the morning exploring the farm, walking the nature trails, engaging with animals, and working on the farm. The Holland Project also has other programs and projects on site, and has other volunteer opportunities such as grant-writing and helping maintain the farm. Students with an interest in working with individuals with disabilities in a creative, outdoor setting should consider serving at the Holland Project.
Kids Club is an after-school program run by Washington St. Baptist Church in Lynn, MA. This program provides tutoring and mentoring for kids, ages 6-12. Gordon students have served here over the past few years and have assisted with homework help and other activities. This is a great way to invest in the lives of young children and provide a positive space for learning and development.
Operation Bootstrap, located in Lynn, provides adult education and ESOL classes, as well as career services and citizenship classes. Volunteers can assist in leading conversation groups, help in the classroom with computers, math, reading, or ESL, or tutor individuals or small groups. Classes are offered throughout the week in the mornings (9-12), afternoons (1-4), and in the evenings (5-8).
The Outreach is currently on hiatus. Please contact the Chapel Office if you're interested in Local Outreach opportunities!
The Salvation Army in Salem, MA has opportunities to serve with youth/teens, help in the food pantry, or assist in other annual projects, including the Thanksgiving Basket Program and the Christmas Angel Program.
The Farm Outreach Team demonstrates care for God's creation through support of farms in the area. This team serves at multiple farms, including vegetable and dairy farms, depending on the season. The team has also had the opportunity to grow in their understanding of the environment, agriculture, and farming methods. This is a great opportunity to serve God's creation and come alongside local farmers in their work. This team serves throughout the week on different days, depending on the needs of the farm.
Windrush Farm Therapeutic Equitation is a horse farm in Boxford that has been successfully helping children and adults with physical, emotional, and learning disabilities since 1964. Windrush is one of the oldest therapeutic riding centers in the country and is PATH certified. Volunteers work directly with horses and clients in therapy and can serve as side-walkers, horse handlers, or barn buddies. No prior experience with horses or therapeutic riding is necessary to volunteer.