Local Community Partners

We work with many local organizations to help serve throughout the community.
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Accent Pontiac

Accent Pontiac is a social change through music nonprofit organization based in Pontiac, Michigan. We partner with many different events throughout the year including the Green Bucket Run, Summer Music Program, and a Choir Partnership. Check their website or contact Sommer Dawson for volunteer opportunities! Sommer Dawson, Executive Director for Accent Pontiac, at sdawson@accentpontiac.org.

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CARE House of Oakland County

During the holiday season, since 2004 we partner with CARE House for the Angel Tree initiative to bring holiday joy to thousands of children who have been abused and neglected. During the year, on the third Tuesday each month (except June, July and August), 4–6 Kirk volunteers are needed to prepare and serve dinner to about 20–25 people at CARE House. Dinner is served from 5:30–6:00 p.m., but you can arrive as early as 4:30 p.m. and use their kitchen, or prepare the meal ahead of time at home. By serving, you are helping children who are victims of child abuse. If you have questions, please contact Nancy Waldo at dwaldo@oxfordtech.com.

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Centro Multicultural La Familia

Centro Multicultural La Familia provides culturally competent support services to families in a holistic approach in order to improve their quality of life. We have recently worked with this organization during the pandemic and will post service opportunities as they become available. If you're interested in becoming involved, please contact Julie Walker at jwalker@kirkinthehills.org.

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CROP Hunger Walk

An annual fall event in which Kirk members walk and fundraise to fight hunger, both locally and globally. A quarter of the proceeds support organizations in our local community and the rest supports worldwide hunger initiatives.*CROP Hunger Walk is a program of Church World Services (CWS). Founded in 1946, Church World Services is a cooperative ministry of 35 Protestant, Orthodox, and Anglican denominations, providing sustainable self-help and development, disaster relief, and refugee assistance in some 80 countries.

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Foster Care Committee

Kirk in the Hills is part of the Faith Communities Coalition for children in foster care. Kirk foster care ministry supports foster care children with scholarships for a week-long, overnight camping experience, supports the Michigan Youth Opportunity Initiative for youth transitioning out of foster care and other activities in support of children who have experienced abuse and neglect. For more information or to get involved, contact Sheri Falvay at skfalvay@gmail.com.

Kirk Sandwich Ministry

The Pontiac Baldwin Center, First Presbyterian Church of Pontiac and Oakland Hope are in need of 700 sandwiches per week to feed the homeless at Hope Shelter and food insecure folks in the local Pontiac area. This is an easy way to help others and can be done in the comfort of your own home. The sandwiches consist of bread, lunchmeat and cheese, no condiments. If you can help by making sandwiches; please contact Glenda Herb at glherb@comcast.net.

Humble Design

Humble Design serves individuals, families, and veterans emerging from homelessness by transforming their empty house into a warm, welcoming, and uplifting home with donated furniture and household goods. For more information, click learn more below for their website. The Kirk sends a team of volunteers once a year to partner with Humble Design for a Day of Service which is always an impactful and meaningful day. Many Kirk members donate furniture and household items to help with this ongoing ministry.

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Kirk Construction Ministry

As we build relationships with friends in Pontiac, we learn of ways we can walk alongside them on projects in and around their homes. The work includes fixing stairs, railings, windows, and other odd jobs that are many times essential for the safety of their family. To get involved, contact Julie Walker at jwalker@kirkinthehills.org.

CCRT – Catholic Community Response Team

CCRT has been serving our Pontiac neighbors for over 20 years by providing assistance with rent payments, security deposits, securing identification, food, clothing and household furnishings. They accept furniture or barely used household item donations. We host congregational wide toiletry collections for those in need and are currently looking for volunteers who can help answer phones, set up appointments, do intake and prepare action plans to help those struggling to stay housed. CCRT offers training to those who want to help. Contact Barbara Williams bwilliams.ccrt@yahoo.com.

Hope Against Trafficking

Hope Against trafficking is a 24-month residential program that provides restorative housing and comprehensive services focused on physical, mental, emotional, and economic transformation. This dedicated housing and programming is committed to serving adult female survivors of sex and labor trafficking induced by threat, force and/or coercion. There are various volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Contact Amy Davis at adavis2005@comcast.net to help!

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Lighthouse (formerly South Oakland Shelter/SOS)

Dates for 2021 to be announced Lighthouse of Oakland County and South Oakland Shelter joined forces to provide a stronger response to poverty in our community. Their goal is to be ‘A New Beacon of Hope’ for those in need and provide a larger reach across all of southeastern Michigan. Their work is centered around building communities that end homelessness and helping people move from crisis toward self-sufficiency. For eight consecutive years, Kirk in the Hills has participated with more than 60 congregations in this amazing and wonderful ministry. Lighthouse provides SOS–Emergency Shelter for over 300 families and individuals each year, along with supportive programs and resources such as career building, rapid re-housing, job readiness and skills to prepare for employment, financial literacy, self-care, and nutritional planning. They operate three food pantries, housing assistance, and follow-up care. During the Coronavirus pandemic, the Kirk has collected food and personal items for Lighthouse guests. Our Kirk West Community at Fox Run has hosted multiple food drives and continues to seek ways to help during this time. Please contact Julie walker at jwalker@kirkinthehills.org or (248) 973-8001.

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Micah 6 Community

Micah 6 is a nonprofit organization working in Pontiac, Michigan. They have gardens, orchards, neighborhood barbecues, and movies in the gardens. Their goals include renovating houses, starting a tutoring program, and a few small businesses to help our neighbors have access to jobs. Check out their website for ways to get involved, and as specific opportunities become available, we will post that information.

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Ministry With Pontiac

A Christ-centered ministry of Kirk in the Hills that seeks to form partnerships that encourage and strengthen children and adults to grow academically, socially, and spiritually. We are committed to a long-term relationship with our neighbors in Pontiac where together we will experience the transforming power of God’s love. To get involved or for more information, contact Linda Juracek-Lipa.

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Get Involved!

Click below to find current, specific service opportunities available! If you're unsure about finding the right place for you, contact Julie Walker at jwalker@kirkinthehills.org and she is happy to get you connected!

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