friesen center sponsored programs
Spend time with an elderly man or woman at a local nursing home. You could do things like taking them on a walk outside, playing a game, or watching television. Visit once a week (or every other week) on your own schedule.
Visit and play bingo with elderly residents at a local nursing home every Wednesday night from about 6-8:30.
Boys & Girls Club
The Huntington Boys and Girls Club is open Monday-Friday, 2:30 to 7:30. It provides a safe place for youth K-12 to come, participate in games, clubs, gym activities, get homework help, and have a free meal. Volunteers can spend time with homework help, helping in the game room, building relationships, and being a positive role model for club members.
Work in the garden near the High School. The produce goes to help families in need. They need help weeding and harvesting in the fall and planting and wedding in the spring.
East Side Family Outreach:
Play games and lead bible studies in the park on Saturday for local children.
Become a troop leader for the girl scouts! Help mentor and lead various events for the girl scouts. Requires orientation prior to serving. (Sorry boys, girls only)
Help build houses on Saturdays or help run the Re-store throughout the week!
Habitat for Humanity
H4H helps build homes for underprivileged families. Students can help out on Saturday morning work days from 9-12. Get together with your floor or a group of friends and go together to help out this organization!
It is a ministry outreach to area people who speak Spanish. The group meets every week, but works on a bi-weekly schedule. On Monday nights they meet to play a pick-up game of soccer. The mission is to create relationships with the community. Every other Monday the group meets to have devotions in Spanish and play games. The mission is for the community to hear the Word of God in their first language. If you don't know Spanish, but have a heart for this type of ministry please come out! If you are only interested in soccer or vice versa you can attend only one; you don't have to commit to both!
Huntington Kid's Club
Huntington Kid's Club is an outreach program to unchurched 8-12 year olds in the Huntington community. College students and adults from the community build relationships with the kids by meeting in small groups on Monday nights from 6-9 and once a month for an activity outside of the club.
A program directed at investing in the lives of international refugees in the Fort Wayne area. Volunteers work with non-believing low-income children who do not have opportunities for higher education. Volunteers serve as mentors.
Love Church in Fort Wayne has a Thursday night children's program that needs volunteers to spend time with kids from the inner-city, teaching them about the Bible and playing games with them.
Volunteer at a local food pantry and thrift store that meets the needs of families within the Huntington community, Volunteers help stock inventory, work with clients, and organize donations
Meal Ministry provides a hot meal once a day to those who need it in the Huntington community. It is an outreach of New Life Fellowship, and dinner is served every day from 4:30-6:30. Students can go and help serve dinner, work in the kitchen, and interact with the people who come.
MOPS and Cooking with Love
Volunteers babysit during these programs. Each shift lasts about 2 hours. Parents are able to have an evening off and enjoy fellowshipping with each other while volunteers entertain their kids.
Deliver meals to elderly shut-ins and families in need! Organized by St. Mary's Catholic Church, volunteers stop by the church to pick up food and get assigned a route to which they deliver that day's meal.
Volunteers can coach elementary and middle school youth in basketball or cheerleading from January to March. Other opportunities include working in the concession stand, refereeing, and leading half-time devotions.
Visit retired nuns at a Victory Knoll any time during the week. Listen to stories from retired missionaries about their ministry in foreign countries or in the States.
- Have a need? This program responds to the various calls that the Friesen Center gets from local residents and/or organizations that are in need of immediate assistance. Volunteers will be immediately rallied to respond to the specific need. Services range from raking leaves to babysitting to shoveling snow to running errands for the elderly, etc. Contact JMC@huntington.edu
- Current Students: The Friesen Center’s organization, Volunteer 911, was created for Huntington University students just like you! The intention of this organization is getting students who have a little extra free time to help out members of the community or not-for-profit businesses who are in need of assistance. The commitment is minimal, and students can volunteer whenever they have time. Joining our group does not mean you will be harassed and forced to help with every request that comes in! When we receive a request, we will post it to this Facebook group page in the form of an event, and everyone who is a member will be invited. All you have to do is assess your free time, and simply reply to that you will or will not be attending the event. It’s easy to get involved, and even easier to help make a difference for others by getting involved with Volunteer 911! Facebook-Volunteer 911
Campus Life is an outreach ministry to middle-school and high-school students. Clubs usually meet on Monday nights or Monday mornings.
Fall Break Trip
Each year the Friesen Center sponsors a service trip over fall break. This year students went to Cincinnati, Ohio on a fun-filled service trip!
Volunteers spend a weekend in Chicago’s inner city doing various service projects and outreach within the community. This trip takes place during the second weekend for November.
New Student Plunge
Community service event involving new students during orientation weekend.
Operation Christmas Child Party
Students are invited to fill shoe boxes and bring them to the wrapping and collection party. Once wrapped the boxes are shipped out to be given to children all over the world in time for Christmas.
All-campus community service event held each semester.
There are trip coordinators who plan and lead trips throughout the school year. There is one J-term trip and several spring break trips this year that will travel across the country—and the globe—on service-minded trips.
With each donation, 1-3 lives can be saved. There are blood drives twice a semester, for a total of four each year, and are spaced so that donators can participate in every drive! Volunteers are needed to donate as well as help with registration and the canteen.