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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.

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!

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.

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.

Meal Packing

Together, this coming spring, we plan to pack 90,000+ meals that will be sent to our partner, Mission of Hope Haiti, to feed an entire school full of students for over a year. And the best part? We pack these meals alongside students and their families at our local school partners, Mendota Elementary, Westside Elementary, and Windsor Elementary. This incredibly unique opportunity involves hundreds of volunteers, touches thousands of lives, and fosters countless opportunities for relational service in our community and around the world. Learn more on our event page.

 

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.

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.

This year, the tour will be held Monday, September 2, 2019 from 12:00-5:30pm. For more information about service opportunities at this particular event or throughout the year, email Carol Jorgensen.