Local Outreach- Love Local, Luke 10:29
There are several great ways that you can be involved in loving people in our own community. Please complete the form below to get more information.
1. Pray about becoming a foster family
We have partnered with The Villages to help people become foster parents and get the required training.
Villages’ Evansville Office
100 N. St. Joseph Ave., Suite 200
They offer a one hour informational meeting throughout the year. Register HERE or call their office at 812-434-2956 to reserve your spot!
Click HERE to go to The Villages frequently asked questions.
Or you can find out more from the Indiana Department of Child Services HERE.
2. 2nd Saturday at The Potter's Wheel
Helping to prepare and serve breakfast at The Potter's Wheel once a month on the 2nd Saturday from 7:30 AM till noon. This is a great opportunity to Love Local. You will also have the opportunity to meet people and build relationships with those coming to the breakfast. The Potter's Wheel is located at 333 Jefferson Avenue in Evansville. Their mission is that through Jesus, they exist to LOVE, EQUIP, and EMPOWER neighborhood families to thrive.
3. Become a part of a CFC Care Community
Our Care Communities come along side existing foster families to support them.
Being a foster parent can be hard. Having the support of a Care Community can make a giant difference. Care Communities are teams of 5 or 6 people who are assigned an existing foster family and they provide meals, child care, household chores, run errands and more.
4. Care Portal
This ministry supports families who may be in danger of their children going into foster care due to poverty issues (not neglect). If they can be helped through this instance, they will be more likely to keep the children in their home. If interested in being a part of this Love Local ministry, let us know.
Various ways to be a part:
- Core team that gets/finds the items
- Those who deliver items
- Those who connect and pray with the families for delivery (would get additional training)
Research has shown that there is a massive connection between child welfare and sex trafficking, the prison system, poverty, and homelessness. The foster care system is ground zero for helping to keep these children from moving to these other areas as they get older.
5. Serve with Borrowed Hearts Foundation.
Borrowed Hearts mission is to lead the efforts in which every foster family attains the rights to clothing, hygiene, development, and a loving support system.
Click HERE to view Borrowed Hearts website.
6. CASA- Court Appointed Special Advocate
CASA recruits, screens, and trains volunteers child advocates to work in the court system in collaboration with other key agencies, legal counsel, and community resources to represent the best interests of children in juvenile court proceedings by investigating circumstances, providing fact-based information and making recommendations to the court while becoming a source of support for the child. Their ultimate goal is to move a child out of temporary placement into a safe and permanent home.
Click HERE to view the Vanderburgh County CASA website, or HERE to view the Warrick County CASA website.
7. Business Support of "Foster Friendly" App
A foster family can go from 2 kids at breakfast to 5 kids at dinner. Nationwide, one of the leading causes of foster parent burnout is a lack of community support. The Foster Friendly App from Indiana Kids Belong provides discounts, support, and services to local foster families and children. Do you have a business that could offer a discount or promotion of your choice to foster families who use the Foster Friendly app? The business will be advertised and listed on the app that is used by foster families, and the families would present their foster parent ID card at the time of transaction. Businesses include restaurants, salons, stores, realtors, gyms, recreation, cleaning & lawn services, tutoring, photography, party rentals, gifts, and more! Find out more and apply to add your business HERE.
8. Isaiah 117 House
Isaiah 117 House provides physical and emotional support in a safe and loving home for children awaiting foster care placement. Find out more HERE.
9. Evansville Christian Health Clinic (part of the Evansville Christian Life Center)
CFC has partnered with this clinic, previously named IMPACT Christian Health Center, since it's inception. The Evansville Christian Health Clinic provides affordable health, pregnancy, and dental care for the uninsured and under-resourced. The pregnancy services at the clinic come alongside pregnant moms, as well as the dads, to provide supportive service during pregnancy or adoption. Programs and volunteers at the Evansville Christian Life Center help with parenting needs and other life skills to fight poverty and strengthen our community. You can find out more the EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN HEALTH CLINIC and the EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN LIFE CENTER on their websites, or you can donate to the clinic directly or through CFC.
10. EVSC-International Newcomers' Academy
Jesus has told us to share the Gospel in all the nations, but we don't necessarily have to leave Evansville to do that. Many of the nations are here, and we can share God's love with them. CFC is partnering with EVSC's International Newcomers' Academy (INA) which is made up of first and second year ESL students who are in middle school and high school. We can interact with the students in the classroom, help with transportation, offer some events to help them to learn the American culture, and even interact with their families.