Outreach Team

The Mission of the Outreach Team is to carry out The Great Commission through choosing, encouraging, praying for and discerning the effectiveness of our Outreach Partners while being good stewards of the funds entrusted to us by our congregation. Over 18% of our operating budget is invested in ministry partnerships with over $2.7 million invested in missions in the past ten years.

We are partnered with 39 amazing individuals and ministries around the globe who:

  • Provide emotional support and practical resources to women and children facing unplanned pregnancies in Chicago
  • Welcome refugees with housing, tutoring, job training and friendship in Chicago
  • Disciple college students at the University of Illinois and minister to international college students in Washington D.C.
  • Train pastors and advocate for the internally displaced in Colombia
  • Bring healing to women injured in childbirth and train doctors in Nigeria
  • Care for orphans, educate leaders, and multiply churches in rural India
  • Translate the Bible, repair airplanes, and train leaders
  • And represent Jesus in countless other ways.


Our Partners
 

Get Involved:

For opportunities to serve on and with the Outreach Team, contact Marge Burch.

Serve with a Local Outreach Partner

1. Caris Pregnancy Counseling & Resources

Caris is a nonprofit pregnancy counseling organization, meeting the needs of women during and after unplanned pregnancy by providing a safe place of healing, hope, and restoration. Through various methods including professional counseling, Connection Groups, and resources to any woman during and after an unexpected pregnancy, regardless of her decision, Caris continues to serve every woman with the grace, acceptance and support she needs for her and her child to thrive.

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2. Safe Families for Children

Safe Families for Children is a global preventative movement of host families who open their homes to care for children whose parents are struggling. The heart of the Safe Families Ministry at South Park Church is to extend the compassion of Christ by providing safe homes for children whose parents are experiencing a difficult season of life and then voluntarily place their children with our families. 

Safe Families is a collaborative effort between area churches, volunteers, and professionals to prevent child abuse and neglect. Volunteers are Host Families, screened and approved volunteers who take in children, Family Friends, providing support with transportation, baby sitting, etc., Resource Friends, providing assistance through goods, services, and prayer, and through donating to the Safe Family Closet.

The Safe Family Closet regularly needs donations of car seats (5 years old or newer), formula, diapers, and clothing. Donates can be dropped off in the marked bin located behind the Welcome Center. 

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3. Solid Rock Carpenters

Solid Rock Carpenters was started in 2005 in response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster.The need was great and the enthusiasm to help was even greater. As a result, individuals and families began to volunteer annually in the Gulf Region, and now over 3,000 friends and family volunteer nationwide throughout the year. Locally, SRC has worked with community leaders, churches and ministries assisting in building and repair projects, including here at South Park Church. 

Their resources of volunteers and skilled leadership have been instrumental in providing communities in need with new homes, home restoration, playgrounds, beds for homeless shelters, barns, fences and many other necessary repairs. Throughout the past 11 years, SRC has organized 50 traveling volunteer teams serving those less fortunate. 

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4. Soup Kitchen

South Park Church began serving every six weeks at First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in 2016 and those who serve find it a blessing; it is rewarding to be able to shine the light of Christ on the guests at the soup kitchen.

Available dates to serve in 2018 are Sept. 22, Nov. 3, and Dec. 15.

If you are interested or have questions, please contact John Carbone at (847) 612-2188or j7carbone@sbcglobal.net

First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
1301 N LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60610
(entrance on north side of Goethe, east of LaSalle St.)

General Info:

  • Up to 12 volunteers can participate on each date. The minimum age to volunteer is 12 years old.

  • Arrive at 9:00 a.m. You can park in the circle drive in front of the building.

  • We cook, serve and clean up from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

  • No short pants or open toed shoes for your protection in the kitchen.

  • Wear comfortable clothes for working in a kitchen and ones that can get soiled.

  • There is no place to lock purses. Bring whatever you can carry on your person

  • The church serves lunch every Saturday year round; we are on Team 4 which serves every 6 weeks.

5. World Relief Chicago

Established in 1980, World Relief Chicago (WRC) works in close collaboration with community partners and volunteers to come alongside refugees and immigrants on their journey through cultural adjustment with the goal of assisting refugees in becoming self-sufficient in the United States. They provide a comprehensive resettlement program that includes standard / intensive case management, employment services, immigration legal assistance, English education, and youth services, and also work with a network of human care providers in Chicago to advocate and strengthen social services for refugees living in the city and surrounding suburbs. Volunteers at World Relief Chicago are health advocates, English tutors, classroom volunteers, part of Good Neighbor teams, and so much more! 

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