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Local Opportunities

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

LOCAL FOCUS:  CLOSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP

The mission of the local community development ministry is to engage our Door Creek Church community in relational service to improve the quality of life for all people in Dane County.

In Dane County, we have one of the worst quality of life gaps between racial and socioeconomic groups in the entire country. 87% of non-Hispanic white students graduate high school whereas 48% of non-Hispanic black students graduate each year.

Our dream is to see the entire Door Creek Church community serving together to close the opportunity gap in our area. We’re doing that by encouraging everyone to PICK ONE initiative to get involved. Ready to get started? Fill out this form.

Or, if you want to help others get connected by serving with us at Connecting Point for a short time before and after weekend services, please sign up here.

STEP ONE | Choose Your Campus or Community
STEP TWO | Choose AN Initiative to get Involved With

North Campus | Deforest
ADOPT A TEACHER

At Door Creek Church, we love teachers and want to support them as they work hard to provide a quality education for all students. We encourage all of our Life Groups or groups of any kind to take part in our Adopt a Teacher program. Groups can support their teacher in a variety of ways both in and outside of the classroom. Ideas, training and support are provided to make this a valuable experience for all.

Watch Silvina's experience with the Adopt a Teacher program.

Ready to take the first step? Fill out this form and we’ll be in touch with more information.

Do you know a teacher interested in being adopted? Have them fill out this form and we’ll get in touch with more information!

If you've adopted a teacher and are looking for ways to fund a project or idea for their classroom, please fill out our Adopt a Teacher mini grant application! 
More information can be found within the application here.

BIG BROTHERS, BIG SISTERS

Mentorship has the power to transform the lives - both the lives of the mentee and the mentor. It is also a powerful way to close the achievement gap, one life at a time. Get matched with a child facing adversity, help change their lives and be changed for the better. Individual, family and school matches are all possible options.

Ready to take the first step? Fill out this form and we’ll be in touch with more information.

Eagle Point Elementary, DeForest

Door Creek Church has adopted Eagle Point Elementary. Both staff and church attenders offer support to Eagle Point as needs arise. We focus on making a portion of our Adopt a Teacher matches here, regularly tutor children, collect books for students and provide in other means as needed. There is a wide variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the day and we’re constantly looking for more volunteers to help serve in the school and behind the scenes.

Ready to take the first step? Fill out this form and we’ll be in touch with more information.

Sprecher Road Campus
ADOPT A TEACHER

At Door Creek Church, we love teachers and want to support them as they work hard to provide a quality education for all students. We encourage all of our Life Groups or groups of any kind to take part in our Adopt a Teacher program. Groups can support their teacher in a variety of ways both in and outside of the classroom. Ideas, training and support are provided to make this a valuable experience for all.

Watch Silvina's experience with the Adopt a Teacher program.

Ready to take the first step? Fill out this form and we’ll be in touch with more information.
Do you know a teacher interested in being adopted? Have them fill out this form and we’ll get in touch with more information!

If you've adopted a teacher and are looking for ways to fund a project or idea for their classroom, please fill out our Adopt a Teacher mini grant application! 
More information can be found within the application here.

BIG BROTHERS, BIG SISTERS

Mentorship has the power to transform the lives - both the lives of the mentee and the mentor. It is also a powerful way to close the achievement gap, one life at a time. Get matched with a child facing adversity, help change their lives and be changed for the better. Individual, family and school matches are all possible options.

Ready to take the first step? Fill out this form and we’ll be in touch with more information.

Westside Elementary

Door Creek Church has adopted Westside Elementary. Both staff and church attenders offer support as needs arise. We focus on making a portion of our adopt-a-teacher matches here, regularly tutor children, collect books for students and provide in other means as needed. There is a wide variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the day and we’re constantly looking for more volunteers to help serve in the school and behind the scenes.

Ready to take the first step? Fill out this form and we’ll be in touch with more information.

If you've adopted a teacher and are looking for ways to fund a project or idea for their classroom, please fill out our Adopt a Teacher mini grant application! 
More information can be found within the application here.

Northside COMMUNITY
ADOPT A TEACHER

At Door Creek Church, we love teachers and want to support them as they work hard to provide a quality education for all students. We encourage all of our Life Groups or groups of any kind to take part in our Adopt a Teacher program. Groups can support their teacher in a variety of ways both in and outside of the classroom. Ideas, training and support are provided to make this a valuable experience for all.

Watch Silvina's experience with the Adopt a Teacher program.

Ready to take the first step? Fill out this form and we’ll be in touch with more information.
Do you know a teacher interested in being adopted? Have them fill out this form and we’ll get in touch with more information!

If you've adopted a teacher and are looking for ways to fund a project or idea for their classroom, please fill out our Adopt a Teacher mini grant application! 
More information can be found within the application here.

BIG BROTHERS, BIG SISTERS

Mentorship has the power to transform the lives - both the lives of the mentee and the mentor. It is also a powerful way to close the achievement gap, one life at a time. Get matched with a child facing adversity, help change their lives and be changed for the better. Individual, family and school matches are all possible options.

Ready to take the first step? Fill out this form and we’ll be in touch with more information.

Mendota Elementary

Door Creek Church has adopted Mendota Elementary. Both staff and church attenders offer support to Mendota as needs arise. We focus on making a portion of our adopt-a-teacher matches here, regularly tutor children, collect books for students and provide in other means as needed. There is a wide variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the day and we’re constantly looking for more volunteers to help serve in the school and behind the scenes.

Ready to take the first step? Fill out this form and we’ll be in touch with more information.


If you've adopted a teacher and are looking for ways to fund a project or idea for their classroom, please fill out our Adopt a Teacher mini grant application! 
More information can be found within the application here.

CATALYST EVENTS

There are annual events that exist to be catalysts for our local community development initiatives. Each of these events are designed to encourage, excite, support and involve the entire Door Creek Church Community in local service for the sake of the gospel.

Kingdom Justice Summit

The purpose of the Kingdom Justice Summit is to further the conversation about Biblical justice and what it might look like lived out in our community. Justice is at the heart of our vision as a church and a pathway toward being a church for all people. Our desire for this event is to explore God’s heart for justice seen all throughout Scripture. Connect with Kingdom Justice Summit on Facebook or watch keynote speakers from previous Kingdom Justice Summits. To learn more or to sign up, visit here.

Serve

Serve is a one-day event designed to bring the entire Door Creek Church community together to serve those around us. There are opportunities for all ages to get involved and make a difference. Along with the day of volunteering, we collected school supplies to support our partners.

Advent Conspiracy


The Advent Conspiracy is an international movement centered on bringing a deeper meaning to Christmas during the Christian season of advent that immediately precedes it. The movement is characterized by its four founding principles:  Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, Love All. In December 2016, thanks to the generosity of Door Creek Church, Community Development was able to give $35,000 back out into the community. For a full list of these 11 grants that are helping to close the opportunity gap, click here.

GRASSROOTS INITIATIVES

Grassroots Initiatives, ministry teams led by volunteers for volunteers. They are groups of people who share the same passions and combine their efforts to make a difference. Here are our current Grassroots Initiatives. If you'd like to learn more about starting your own, fill out this form and we'll be in touch.

Salvation Army

Each month, Cathy Pelletier helps to buy and prepare a meal for the Salvation Army’s Saturday Night Soup Kitchen program. On Saturdays, the Salvation Army serves to anyone in need of a warm meal. Email Cathy if you would like to know more about joining her once a month or if you would be willing to donate a dessert. Desserts are always needed. 

Food Pantry Garden

In the summer, volunteers help manage and harvest a garden at Door Creek Church. Harvested food is then donated to local food pantries. This is a great chance to meet others at Door Creek Church and contribute delicious and healthy food to local areas! This is a great family-friendly opportunity. Email Lynn and Kathryn Egeland to get involved.

HOMEWORK CLUB

Email Silvina Clazmer for more information.

Internationals Tour of Madison

The International Friends Tour of Madison gives newly arrived internationals a tour of Madison and an introduction to how Christians share their time to make the newly arrived feel comfortable in a Christian atmosphere.

The tour this year will be held Sunday, August 27 from 1:30-6:30pm. We are in need of drivers, readers, and host homes. For more information, email Carol Jorgensen.

If you would like to register to help, you can do so here. Click the green "Register" button, and then select 1 or more tickets from the Volunteers drop down menu, one for each volunteer you are registering. Then click the green "Checkout" button and complete the requested information.