Ideas for mission outreach

How can I share my faith?

Following Jesus’s call to love our neighbors as ourselves, there are many local and global opportunities to reach out in mission:

• VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People)
9600 Aldrich Avenue South, Bloomington
Sorting produce for the food pantry, help teach cooking and/or baking classes, stocking food pantry shelves, provide rides for VEAP clients, help with event planning
• Bridging
201 W. 87th Street, Bloomington
Drop off donations of new or gently used household items: Mon-Thur. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (closed Sundays); volunteer; distribute door-hangers (see Pastor Dave)

• KinderCare
8800 Old Cedar Ave S
Help serve meals or snacks, reading to kids, story-telling
NOTE: Volunteering at KinderCare requires an FBI background check, including fingerprinting. KinderCare provides background check form and a list of places for fingerprinting. Cost of this process may be underwritten by the church.

• Tapestry (Latino community ministry)
Oak Grove Lutheran Church
7045 Lyndale Ave S

Help prepare and serve community meal, read stories (in English or Spanish) for language classes

• Area Schools: JFK High School, Valley View Middle School, Valley View Elementary School, Indian Mounds Elementary School
Volunteer roles such as cafeteria server (JFK), “Rocking Readers” (Elementary), or supporting the Pantry (JFK, VVMS)

• CommonBond Communities (affordable housing): Sites in Bloomington and Edina
Various volunteer and fundraising options

• Bloomington/Richfield Grief Coalition
Provide rides to people wishing to attend. Coalition meets for eight-week session at various local churches.

• Lutheran Campus Ministry at U of M, Lutheran colleges and other schools
Writing support cards for students, providing care packages for students

• Global Health Ministry, Minneapolis
7831 Hickory St NE
Knitting or sewing baby caps or blankets (Patterns available from Pastor Dave), helping to assemble items for various kits (newborn, hospice, diapers, rolled bandages).

• World Vision, Seeds of Hope, or similar ministry
Sponsor a child

Lutheran-based charity groups:

Lutheran World Federation

Lutheran World Relief (not directly affiliated with ELCA)

Lutheran Disaster Relief (domestic and global)

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

Lutheran Services in America (global and domestic social ministry)

ELCA World Hunger

ELCA Malaria Campaign