God has called believers to step outside their cultural comfort zones and make a difference in the lives of others. Our outreach ministry at Calvary Church is called Impact, because it's our goal to impact our neighborhoods, communities, nation, and ultimately, our world by sharing the love of Jesus with those in our sphere of influence.
Calvary Church is a giving church, with funds earmarked in our budget just for Impact, our missions ministry. On this page, you can see events, short-term trips, featured partners, and our Global and Local Impact Partners. If you support Impact, you support all of these ministries here and around the world.
The goal of the Imago Dei team, which means "In the Image of God" is to guide Calvary Church's journey towards biblical diversity and justice.
The purpose of Home Base is to provide a welcoming and restful place for Calvary’s Impact candidates and partners (and others serving in ministry around the world) to recharge while on home assignment. The home has been completely refurbished inside and out by contractors and volunteer work teams from Calvary. Home Base is fully-furnished and has all new appliances in the kitchen and laundry room and a new gas fireplace in the living room. There are two bedrooms and a nook area upstairs, and one bedroom on the main level.
Our desire, first and foremost, is that Home Base will be a peaceful place for rest and recovery. Beyond that, we hope it will serve as a Home Base for our partners and friends to visit with family, friends, and support team members while at home.
The Career Team has more requests each year than we can support. The following priorities help us determine which new partners Calvary Church will support each year.
Through the effective reuse of donated items, Bridging improves lives by providing quality furniture and household goods to those transitioning out of homelessness and poverty.
To date, Bridging has served over 80,000 households and currently operates out of two locations—Bloomington and Roseville. Bridging serves over 14,000 people in need every year, including 7,000 youth and children. On average, Bridging distributes 14 semi-truck loads of furniture and household goods to 80 households every week. They continue to accept quality, gently used items, and by doing so, divert 200,000 pounds of inventory from landfills each week.
The impact Bridging has made in the lives of local people in need, the environment, and its volunteers is monumental. Through support from individuals and businesses throughout the community, Bridging continues to bring hope and stability to thousands of local households.
QUALITY OF ITEMS ACCEPTED
• Quality, gently used, and new items accepted.
• All items must be clean and in good working condition (fully functioning).
• Free of rips, stains, and/or pet hair.
• Not sure if you should donate an item? Ask yourself if you would feel comfortable giving it to a friend or family member.
Door of Hope partners with God to redeem lives and restore families affected by trauma and abuse. They offer Biblical counseling, trauma recovery prayer ministry, conferences, and workshops.
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Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) strives to eliminate starvation throughout the world by packing simple, sustainable meals.
Donations, given by people like you, fund the meal ingredients. Volunteers like you hand-pack the meals. Meals are donated to FMSC food partners around the world, where kids are fed and lives are saved.
Calvary Church and Calvary in Haiti are official partners with FMSC. We ship an annual container to Haiti and distribute the food to the 16 Calvary partner churches including our sister church in Delmas and the churches in Pernier and Cotin.
To schedule a group session, visit FMSC.ORG
Food shelves provide quality, healthy food for our neighbors in need, helping them be self-sufficient, stable, and successful.
• Bring canned food items throughout the year to the collection bins on each campus. Donations go to Keystone Community Food Shelf and White Bear Emergency Food Shelf.
• There are also opportunities to volunteer at these food shelves. Volunteers make a difference as they help their neighbors.
The Hospitality Center’s mission is “Sharing the love of Jesus Christ through hospitality with international students and scholars in the Twin Cities.” They create activities that give the students and volunteers a chance to become friends. When students have a Christian friend who shares not just their lives but also the love of Jesus, students spirits' are lifted and their sense of belonging shaped.
Founded in 1992, the Hospitality Center building is located across the street from the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus. They also have offices in River of Hope Church close to the East Bank Campus.
• Host an international student in your home at the holidays or throughout the summer.
• Be a friendship match to a student.
• Participate in day hikes, trips, eand events with a core form the church.
Meals on Wheels is a community-based service that focuses on providing fresh, nutritious meals and delivering them directly to the home of seniors and others with limited mobility. Calvary partners with 15 other Twin Cities churches to fill the need for a fresh meal and a listening ear for homebound individuals. It’s a minimal commitment—just two hours, once a month!
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At New Life Family Services, we believe each person should have the ability to receive physical, emotional, and spiritual support as they face pregnancy-related situations and circumstances.
We walk beside each client offering them love and support to make informed and educated decisions in their time of crisis and need. It is through this care that we are seeing God change hearts, save lives, build families, and restore hope.
• Client support roles are only available during New Life Family Service business hours. More information can be found at nlfs.org/get-involved/volunteer
• Ministry support roles vary and can be matched to volunteer availability and time commitment. Examples include donating baby items, distributing brochures in your area, and more.
Each year, various organizations put together programs for Thanksgiving and Christmas to help feed, clothe, and take care of those in economic need. An honest question, pondered by those who participate is—what happens the other 364 days of the year?
The Sandwich Project was established with these other days in mind. They feed about 4,500 people per week through various shelters and food shelves.
You can help with just a small amount of time and a small amount of money that makes a huge difference. A journey of a thousand miles begins with just one step and The Sandwich Project can get you started.
• Fill out a request form online at thesandwichprojectmn.org
• Purchase supplies through Coborns Delivers or purchase the meat, cheese, bread, and bags yourself.
• Assemble the sandwiches. (Follow detailed instructions online.)
• Drop off sandwiches at one of the drop sites. Be sure to notify the drop site location that you will be bringing donations prior to your delivery.
Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities (UGMTC) offers help for the homeless, poor, and addicted in the Twin Cities through meals, shelter, recovery, education and job training programs.
Hundreds of volunteers make the work of Union Gospel Mission possible each week. If you are ready to give someone a hand, there are many ways to get involved.
• Ongoing opportunities include mentors, Bible study leaders, drivers, serving meals, and many more. Go online at ugmtc.org/volunteer to see a complete list and fill out a volunteer application.
• Group opportunities include fine dining experience, serve dessert, and sort incoming donations. This is a great way to serve with your Small Group.
Volunteer Services Manager
Residential Re-entry Centers (RRCs) have been operated by Volunteers of America Minnesota since 1969. The facilities provide residential re-entry services for men and women who are allowed to complete part of their prison sentences in the community. This affords them the opportunity to restore community ties, obtain employment, and pay a portion of their care and supervision to the state or federal jurisdictions who have authority over them for the period of their stay in the RRC.
• Ongoing opportunities include mentors, drivers, and many more.
• Group opportunities include both indoor and outdoor projects.
Program Services Coordinator