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Local Opportunities

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

LOCAL FOCUS:  CLOSING THE OPPORTUNITY 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.

Help others get connected to local service opportunities: Serve with us at the Community Development Desk for a short time before and after weekend services, please sign up here

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.

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

Teacher - Are you interested in being adopted? Have them fill out this form and we’ll get in touch with more information!

Free Money - Are you looking to fund a project for your teacher? 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 Donation Application! More information can be found within the application here.

BIG BROTHERS, BIG SISTERS

Mentorship has the power to transform lives - both the lives of the mentee and the mentor. It is also a powerful way to close the opportunity 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 are 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.

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 are 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.

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 are 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.

 

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 through keynote speakers, times of prayer and worship, breakout sessions, and more. Connect with Kingdom Justice Summit on Facebook. 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 at one of our local school partners. From building a greenhouse and landscaping to putting up bulletin boards and helping teachers set up their classrooms to setting up for the annual Mendota Block Party, Serve Day allows Door Creekers to help in very tangible ways. Additionally, supplies are gathered through donations at church the 3-4 weeks leading up to Serve and delivered to the schools on the day of the event.

Christmas Stores

During Christmas, we host Christmas stores in each of our partner schools: Mendota Elementary (Madison), Westside Elementary (Sun Prairie), and Eagle Point Elementary (DeForest). These stores give families in need the opportunity to purchase (at a discounted rate) gifts for their other family members for Christmas, something that most of them would not otherwise be able to do. Leading up to the events, we ask for donations of gifts to stock these stores and volunteers to work in these stores and make sure everything runs smoothly. These stores help us to encourage all Door Creekers to give a physical gift or to give of their time during the holiday season. To learn more about last year's stores, watch this short video.

 

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.

Schenk Elementary Book Kingdom

Book Kingdom Book Store serves Madison’s Schenk Elementary School by offering new and gently used books at discounted prices. Reading skills improve when children read outside of the classroom and Book Kingdom gives students the opportunity to own books and create their own home library. There are volunteer opportunities in helping with each Book Kingdom sale, prepping for each sale, and collecting, sorting, labeling, and organizing books. For this current school year, there are 4 sales scheduled. Email Lynn Smith 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 past year was held Sunday, August 27. For more information about service opportunities throughout the year, email Carol Jorgensen.

Door Creek Emergency Response Team

The Door Creek Emergency Response Team (DERT) is a group of church members who are interested in helping the families of the Westside Elementary School community in Sun Prairie by assisting them in moving out of and into their new homes.

If you would like to provide resources, get involved, or learn more about this program, please email Nick Stoliker.

 

WHERE DOES OUR MONEY GO?

Throughout the year, Community Development funds projects in our community, throughout the country, and around the world. These gifts help fund projects big and small that make a difference in the lives of many.

Thanksgiving Offering

In the past, Door Creek has taken a special Advent Offering to support our national and global partners. This year, we will take that same offering around Thanksgiving. Your gifts around this time of year will support all of our partners around the world and will allow us to give grants to local organizations fighting to close the opportunity gap. 

Education Grants

Each year, we give grants to organizations fighting for education and working to close the opportunity grant in our community. Last year, we were able to give 11 of these grants to a variety of organizations. These grants funded after-school programming, education in the arts, college-exploration opportunities for first generation college students, and so much more. To read about these grants in detail, read our press release. Our next grant cycle, for those interested, will be held spring 2018.

Adopt A Teacher Grants

One of the things that we encourage each of our Life Groups to consider is the Adopt A Teacher program. This program connects small groups of Door Creekers with teachers in our community. These partnerships allow the group to support the teacher in a variety of a ways. One of the perks of this partnership is the ability to apply for a small grant on behalf of the teacher. These grants help fund small projects that a teacher would not otherwise be able to do. For more information about these grants, please see our application.