Volunteering in Our Communities

Alternative Gifts Each November, volunteers host an alternative gifts fair in our atrium with opportunities to support projects with Mennonite Central Committee, or other non-profit agencies working in developing countries.  Customers may donate (aka “purchase”) gifts that will benefit others to give in honor of loved ones.

Bridge of Hope In partnership with Home Sweet Home Mission, a team from MCN serves, for two-years, as supportive friends with a family moving from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

Crossroads Free Trade Gifts Crossroads is a gift shop specializing in fair trade merchandise to help craftspersons in impoverished areas of the world.  Volunteers help run the shop.

Faith In Action Volunteers provide free rides to medical appointments and grocery shopping, friendly visiting, reassuring phone calls, and light home maintenance. All services are for those 60 and older. Volunteers are used to provide direct service to seniors. In addition, volunteers also help with service coordination, fund raising, etc.

 

 

Habitat for Humanity  Numerous individuals from Mennonite Church of Normal volunteer time, energy and expertise to help more people become homeowners through Habitat.

 

 

Head Start The MCN building is home to two classes of Heartland Head Start children.  The classroom at Mennonite Church of Normal serves 34 children, ages three, four and five years, and their families living in the town of Normal.  MCN volunteers often read to Head Start children.

 

  Home Sweet Home From donating materials or time, to helping with projects, volunteers with Home Sweet Home Ministries help assist those without housing in our community.

 

   Illinois Mennonite Relief Sale In March each year, MCN volunteers, along with hundreds more from churches throughout central Illinois, host a food, auction and fun extravaganza to raise money for relief and development work locally, and around the world.

 

   Illinois People’s Action  A faith-based, community organizing collaborative focused on justice. Our Peace and Justice Committee relates to Illinois People’s Action.

   Immanuel Health Center Volunteers help provide spiritual care to patients at this non-profit health provider in an under-served portion of the community.

 

Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community  Located in rural Chenoa, Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community seeks to minister to the elderly in the belief that God desires older persons to enjoy dignity, respect, love and care.

Midwest Food Bank  This local food bank supplies area food pantries.  Groups may volunteer there in a wide variety of ways.

 Semi-annual Red Cross Blood Drives The MCN Wellness Committee hosts two Red Cross Blood Drives each year.  Volunteers are welcome to assist with the Drive, and to give blood.

 

…and many more!