2021 November Service Challenge

Starting on Monday, November 1, join us for the November Service Challenge, our month-long dedication to letting our light shine through community service! There are opportunities to get involved no matter where you, whether that's at home, on Zoom, or in person!

Our theme is #LetYourLightShine, which is based on: Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

1. Find an opportunity

You can check out our list of potential service opportunities and a list of ongoing service opportunities below, or you can find your own!

2. Get involved

Whether it is at home or in person, get involved and help our community! Sign up for service opportunities to do as a group, by yourself, or with a friend! Click on the events view more details and registration information.

3. Tell us about it

We want to know more about your service opportunity. Log your hours using the form, and help us reach our goal of 7,000 hours served.

Post pictures of what you are doing on social media with the hashtag #LetYourLightShine
For questions, contact Julie Walker via email or (248) 973-8001.

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Ongoing List of Volunteer Opportunities

Life Remodeled Volunteers Needed:

November 30 & December 10

Help is needed to clear piles of brush or debris in the Detroit Durfee area for Life Remodeled Tuesday November 30 or Wednesday December 1 anytime between 8:00 am - 3:30 pm please contact Director of Philanthropy Brooke Adams at
Location: Durfee Innovation Society: 2470 Collingwood St., Detroit, MI 48206

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Santa’s Workshop: Saturday Dec 18th, 2021 – Purchase Toys for Santa’s Workshop in November
Contact Coleman Yoakum for more details:

Walt Whitman Elementary School Student Helpers

Whitman School needs volunteers any day Monday thru Friday from 9:15 to 11:15 to help Kindergarten & 1st grade students in their classrooms with Letters & Sounds. This is a wonderful opportunity to help a child and can be one time or as often as you want.  Contact Linda Juracek-Lipa : or call 248-909-4482.
Walt Whitman is located at: 125 W. Montcalm St., Pontiac MI 48342

Capuchin Kitchen

Breakfast and Lunch Opportunities at Two Locations in Detroit - Monday - Friday.

Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County

Construction Opportunities: https://www.habitatoakland.org/volunteer/construction-opportunities/
28538 Fairfax, Southfield October 19 – Nov 24 (Multiple Times Available – Monday – Friday)
4529 Chadsworth, Commerce MI 48382 – Oct 25 – Nov 24 (Multiple Times Available – Monday - Friday)
Waterford ReStore: 3653 Highland Rd, Waterford, MI 48336
Farmington ReStore: 28575 Grand River Ave., Farmington Hills, MI 48336

Lighthouse

2230 Mall Dr. East, Waterford Twp, MI 48328
Pack Thanksgiving Meals: Monday – Fridays 9am – 12 noon OR 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Deliver Food Boxes to Families
Host a Meal for 100 of their Homeless Sheltered Guests at Rodeway Inn:
Contact Julie Walker: or text 248-302-1713

Haven

As Oakland County’s only comprehensive program for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, HAVEN provides shelter, counseling, advocacy and educational programming to nearly 30,000 people each year.

Forgotten Harvest

21800 Greenfield, Oak Park, MI 48237  
Packaging Food: 9am – 12 noon OR 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Focus Hope

1200 Oakman Blvd., Detroit MI 48238
Packaging Food Boxes for Seniors: Tuesdays – Thursdays 9:00  – 12 noon OR 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. w/ limited Saturdays
Several Other Service Opportunities: https://focushope.galaxydigital.com/need/

Oakland HOPE

20 E. Walton Blvd, Pontiac MI 48340
Food Pantry and Thrift Store Opportunities Available
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday (Lunch included)

Hope Warming Shelter

Host a Dinner at Hope for 50- 80 sheltered guests
Contact Julie Walker: or text 248-302-1713
For information about Hope Warming Shelter: http://www.hopewarmingpontiac.org/

The New Foster Care

1615 S. Telegraph Rd, Bloomfield Twp, MI 48302, 248-884-7645 
Sort Clothes on racks for Foster Care Youth to shop for clothes or Help pack clothes for a Foster Care Youth who just moved in with a new family.
For information about The New Foster Care: https://www.thenewfostercare.org/about-us

Covenant House

Clothing Closet Volunteers Needed: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Contact: Patricia Wojtowicz, 313-463-2014 or email  

Centro Multicultural La Familia

Southwest Detroit Immigrant and Refugee Center

Mentor A Child in Foster Care

Various Volunteering Opportunities 

List of Child Welfare Organizations and Agencies


Ongoing Collections throughout the month of November

Donate to First Presbyterian Church of Pontiac Thanksgiving Dinner

Monetary donations to FPC-Pontiac will be used to purchase food and supplies for the Thanksgiving Dinner. Checks can be made out to FPC-Pontiac with Thanksgiving Dinner on memo line.
Mailed to: 99 Wayne St., Pontiac MI 48342

Tie Blankets

Back by popular demand are the tie blanket kits! You can pick up your kit at Kirk in the Hills Welcome Center in the box labeled Tie Blankets. Take it home and make the blanket. Counting the hours it takes you to make it. Once completed, drop it back off to the Kirk Welcome Center or Heritage Hall again the box labeled Tie Blankets. These blankets will be distributed to Building Beds 4 Kids, Lighthouse homeless guests, Hope Shelter guests, Hope Against Trafficking residents and other local organizations as needed.

Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank Collection

Donations for period supplies and adult incontinence (“paper lingerie”) are needed for the disenfranchised and underserved population of south eastern Michigan. This is a big need and those in need often feel shame in asking for these much needed supplies for daily living. Donations will be collected in the welcome center at Kirk in the Hills. Please leave supplies in bin labeled “Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank.” Donations will be delivered to the Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank on December 1st by Sarah Ford. Please contact Sarah Ford at 757-705-3413 with any questions.  

Veteran Collection of Needed Items

Kirk Captain Tom Bustance:  
We owe our freedom and the freedom to celebrate and praise God here at the Kirk to those who serve in our U.S. military. Unfortunately many veterans come home and find themselves struggling to fit back into society. We want to help them and the John Dingell Medical Center in Detroit. This medical center and hospital is one of the newest VA facilities in the country. They offer quality health care services to Veterans, especially those with military service related disabilities. Please refer to the list below and drop off as many of these new items as possible in the Welcome Center, the Apostles Tower, or Heritage Hall. We will be collecting items thru the month of November.

NEW items only PLEASE:
Gym socks, winter hats and gloves
House slippers sizes 8 to 13
Jogging pants M – L – XL - 2XL
T-Shirts or Sweatshirts M-L-XL-2XL
Personal Grooming items – (Travel Size). -  Shampoo, body wash, deodorant (no aerosol) , shaving cream and disposable razors, toothpaste and tooth brushes, combs, hair brushes,  nail clippers.
Postage stamps
Model airplane, car and ship kits.
Paint by number kits
Adult coloring books/washable markers.
Word Books
Non-perishable snack items –  individual serving wrapped packages of: Cookies, Cheese/peanut butter crackers, peanuts, Granola or energy bars, small size candy bars, gummy bears, raisins and juice boxes.

Prison Fellowship

Contact Denise Harris:  or 248-886-0881
Denise from Prison Fellowship provided some ideas on ways to minister to those who are incarcerated or their families.

  • Provide Welcome Back Packs – insert hygiene items, a bible, socks and donate them to a transitional facility/halfway house
  • Sponsor Angel Tree children at Christmas time – buy gifts or gift cards
  • Helping paint/repair/do landscaping for a family with an incarcerated loved one
  • Help teach technology to those formerly incarcerated – cell phones, computers, online applications
  • Provide dinners for families for Thanksgiving
  • Provide small gifts/treats for correctional officers and prison Chaplains
  • Treat formerly incarcerated people to a sports game
  • Send Bibles into the prisons/write to someone in prison/send a card
  • You can also serve the wrongfully convicted with some of these same services/resources

Gently Used or Brand New Shoe Collection for Argentina Children’s Network

Kirk Captain: Amy Davis:  
Please try to collect 10 or more pairs of athletic shoes for the Argentina Children’s Network! They can be new or gently used!
Please drop them off in the Youth Room between now and the end of November. They will be hand delivered to children in Argentina by Kirk members in December and January.
For more information about the Argentina Children’s Network, please see the following website: www.argentinachildrensnetwork.org.

Refugee Sheet Collection

Kirk Captain: Pastor Edwin Estevez:
We are collecting sheets for Samaritas who is assisting Refugee families locate homes to live in as they transition into their new lives here in the United States of America. They must be brand new sheets and can be any size. There are drop off locations at Kirk in the Hills Welcome Center, Heritage Hall entrance and the Apostles Tower off the Sanctuary.

Head to Toe Collection of Hats and Socks (Hand knit is even better!)

Orchard Lake Community Church is collecting hats and socks. Last year they collected 350 hats that went to 7 different homeless shelters and schools to help keep people warm through the winter. This year, Pontiac St John’s United Methodist Church said they could really use socks. So they have added socks into the mix and made it a head to toe collection! Orchard Lake Community Church is located at 5171 Commerce Rd, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48324.
There will be a collection bin located at Kirk in the Hills as well to be delivered to Orchard Lake the end of November.
Orchard Lake Captain: Steve Orr:

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