Serving in the Community

In addition to the outreach ministries happening through Bethel such as English language learning (ELL) and missionary care, these organizations each provide unique opportunities for you to serve in the community.

Charism

CHARISM Neighborhood Support Centers is a non-profit, neighborhood-based organization that seeks to provide outreach programs for low-income children and families located in Fargo, ND. They connect people to essential services such as supplemental food programs and after-school enrichment and support for youth, as well as provide opportunities for community through neighborhood and holiday events.  There are MANY opportunities to volunteer. If you are interested, contact Charism at 701.241.8569 or go to www.charism.org.

Child Evangelism Fellowship            

Child Evangelism Fellowship is looking for children’s Bible teachers to teach their after-school Good News Clubs. Good News Clubs meet one day a week from approximately 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. This is a part-time paid position. You must be available to teach at least two weekdays a week. Training provided. Volunteers are also needed to help with the clubs. For more information, please contact Doug Sikkink at 701.200.4865 or office@ceffm.org.

Cooperstown Bible Camp

Cooperstown Bible Camp is looking for volunteers to help with plumbing, electrical, and carpentry to help remodel a staff house on the campgrounds. They also need help chopping and splitting firewood for the winter. To learn more or get involved email Chuck.

Dorothy Day House

The food pantry is where they have the greatest need for volunteers. Volunteers help families shop for their food. It is important that they know how many volunteers they have each night. Please contact Jim, the Food Pantry Coordinator, at 218.284.8895 or fmddh.foodpantry@702com.net to schedule a day/night that works best for you. Check out www.fmddh.org for more information.

Elim Care Center

Be a friend through one-on-one visits, by reading or walking with a resident, provide special music, or help with activities. They also need helpers with the flowers in the summer or organizing holiday parties. Contact Josh Deutsch at 701.271.1815.

Emergency Food Pantry

They are a private, nonprofit organization staffed largely by volunteers and supported by donations of money, food, and time from the Fargo-Moorhead community. You can help by sorting food, organizing a food drive or a fund drive, performing special tasks such as office work or maintenance, and more. If you are interested in serving here call 701.237.9337.

Foster Care

There are consistently more than 200 children in foster care in Cass County at any one time. The need for foster homes continues to grow. Will you pray about serving as a long term or temporary emergency home for children in transition? Two groups in our area have come to Bethel requesting more families get involved in foster care. The county has immediate needs for homes for children of all ages but especially adolescent (age 9-16) foster care. If you are interested please contact Rose at 701.239.6804. PATH Treatment Foster Care has also requested that interested families would connect with them to provide nurturing homes for children and youth with treatment needs. You can contact PATH directly at 701.280.9545.

Great Plains Food Bank

There are a variety of opportunities to choose from at the Great Plains Food Bank from repacking food and clothing, to assisting with clerical duties, to helping with a special event. There is project that will accommodate everyone’s time available and ability with advance planning. For questions regarding volunteer opportunities please e-mail Caroline McGuire, Volunteer Coordinator or call 701.232.6219.

Habitat for Humanity                  

Do you want to change the lives of families in Cass and Clay County while improving your community? Then consider volunteering with Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity so we can build decent and affordable houses for a family in Fargo–Moorhead. If you are not able to build consider volunteering in our ReStore so we can continue to be a positive impact on the FM Area. No experience necessary will train for all work.  If you are interested call Jackie at 218.284.5253 or check out the website www.lakeagassizhabitat.org.

Head Start

The Head Start Program and Early Head Start Programs exist to provide a comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families. They are always looking for people to volunteer and help in various ways. They currently need the following:

  • Substitute teachers
  • Volunteer greeters
  • Classroom/office helpers (2 hours per week)
  • Office help (excel and website)

Find out more on their website or contact Leola Daul at 701.235.8931.

Host an International Student

Each year, as many as 40 students from around the world come to Fargo’s Oak Grove Lutheran School to continue their education and all of them need a host family. If you have extra love in your heart and an extra room in your home, consider this 9 month opportunity to experience cross cultural ministry in your home. It is a privilege to encourage Bethel families to pray about hosting an exchange student in their home. For more information, contact Oak Grove at 701.237.0210.

Jail Chaplains

Jail Chaplain’s Association offers presence and support to law enforcement and effective caring ministry to inmates. There are MANY ways to get involved and support this community outreach program. Visit their website at www.jailchaplains.com or contact Gerri Leach by e-mail jailchaplains@ideaone.net or phone 701.364.0067 for more information.

Perry Center

The Perry Center ministers to single women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy by providing for their physical, emotional and spiritual needs in a residential setting.  They have many opportunities for volunteer work ranging from mowing the lawn and removing the snow, to cooking supper and spending time with residents. First you need to fill out an application found online or call Betty at 701.241.9289.

Red River Youth for Christ

YFC depends on the involvement of caring adults to accomplish their mission—to reach local teens with the message that God loves them and has a plan for their lives. They need volunteers who will serve directly with students, intercessors, financial partners, peach help, event planning, and help in the office. Wherever your gifts and talents lie, you can make an eternal difference in a young person’s life. Call 701.237.6682 to get involved.

Salvation Army

Whether you have a specific talent to offer or simply an hour of your time, The Salvation Army is the place to turn your passion into action. Opportunities may include, but are not limited to, ringing a bell during the holidays, serving a community meal, train to be an emergency disaster services volunteer, or sorting donations in our thrift store. Call Kimberly at 701.232.5565 ext. 310 to sign up. It’s that simple.

The New Life Center

The New Life Center provides volunteer opportunities that include: preparing and serving meals; dining hall clean-up; service projects e.g. landscape & painting projects; helping in the Thrift Store. Call Rob or Clay at 701.235.4453 or visit our website at www.fargonlc.org.

The Pink House  

The Pink House, run by Collette Michal (InterVarsity) who ministers to International Students at NDSU, needs help preparing and serving meals on a weekly basis as well as general repairs and maintenance of her home that she hosts the meals out of. If you, your family, or your growth group can help, call Collette at 701.235.8962.

Together in English Language Learning – TELL

T.E.L.L. is a woman-to-woman ministry which seeks to demonstrate the love of Jesus to women who are newly arrived to the Fargo-Moorhead area from another culture. We teach simple conversational English language skills and, through friendship, we help the women adapt to American culture. No experience is necessary! There are women from around the world right here in Fargo who would love to have an American friend. Contact Sueann by calling 701.232.4476 or e-mail sueannchase@bethelfc.com  if you would like to get involved.

YWCA

Volunteering at the YWCA Cass Clay can be anything from a one-time event to an ongoing regular project to everything in-between, and can involve just one person or entire groups or families. For detailed information on volunteer positions and group ideas, visit the volunteer page on their website. For more information about volunteer opportunities call the Volunteer and Donations Coordinator at 701.232.3449.

Other Ideas

Be creative, maybe you and your family or growth group can do a day of caring in your neighborhood and shovel driveways, or rake leaves, or clean houses. Pay it Forward by surprising someone with an idea that will bless them. Come up with your own way to serve your friends, family, and neighbors.

You can also check out www.myfirstlink.org for a list of community opportunities that are available.