Local Outreach Partners
The Agapé Center works with multiple organizations who offer one-time projects, weekly local service or resources. Our partnerships include working with youth mentoring, people experiencing homelessness, women in transition, refugee & immigrant communities, tutoring, companionship with the elderly or adults with special needs, food access and urban gardening.
Read more about our local outreach partners and opportunities to serve below.
Bethany Village and MapleWoodHealth & Companionship
Bethany Village is a leading Continuing Care Retirement Community in central Pennsylvania. With a strong commitment to building wellness and an engaging lifestyle for every resident, Bethany Village Asbury ensures that residents live a full, enriched lifestyle through activities, care, and community engagement. Messiah partners with residents in providing opportunities for social enrichment, with students providing companionship, activity facilitation, and 1-on-1 visits.
Lead a group activity with residents of Bethany Village.
Bethesda MissionBasic Needs & Poverty Alleviation
Bethesda Mission reaches out to men, women and children of all races, nationalities and creeds, providing the poor and homeless with shelter, food, clothing, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and discipling them in the Christian life. Programs Messiah partners with include the Youth Center, Teen “Hot Spot” Night, the Men’s Soup Kitchen, and the Mobile Mission.
Bethesda Mission Youth Center
After-school program with various activities & themes each day of the week.
Bethesda Youth Center Teen “Hot Spot” Night
Volunteers help to prepare food, play games, and form relationships with the youth. A guest speaker shares a faith-based message or personal experience at each Hot Spot.
Bethesda Men’s Mission Soup Kitchen
Help serve meals to people who are homeless in Harrisburg.
Bethesda Mobile Mission
Hand out food & clothing to homeless communities in Harrisburg.
Boys & Girls ClubEducation & Mentoring
Boys & Girls Club’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Boys & Girls Club offers Education & Career programs, Character & Leadership programs, Health & Life Skills development, Arts programs, and Sports, Fitness, & Recreation programs. The Agapé Center partners with the Boys & Girls Club After-School program.
Boys & Girls Club After-School
Hang out with kids, play games, or help with homework.
Catholic Worker HouseBasic Needs & Poverty Alleviation
The Catholic Worker House is committed to non-violence, voluntary poverty and the Works of Mercy as a way of life. It is a “house of hospitality” and a place where the homeless, the hungry and the forsaken will always be welcome. Messiah partners with the Allison Hill area program.
Catholic Worker House
Impact Allison Hill through works of mercy: urban gardening, food bank, and community breakfast assistance.
Center for ChampionsEducation & Mentoring
Center for Champions of PA’s mission is to share the love of Jesus through Life on Life mentoring relationships where youth and families find hope, values and skills in order to discover God’s plan for their lives and be a positive influence in their communities.
Center for Champions
Classroom style mentoring and tutoring for elementary-aged students.
Downey Elementary SchoolEducation & Mentoring
Work one-on-one in the classroom with kindergarten students based on their needs. Flexible schedule from 9:30am-3:30pm, instructions provided by the teacher.
Contact: Samantha at firstname.lastname@example.org
Heart of HarrisburgEducation & Mentoring (TESOL)
Heart of Harrisburg is a church plant in the community of Allison Hill. With its share of issues and difficulties, Allison Hill is one of the hardest areas in Harrisburg. Heart of Harrisburg sees potential for families to live better lives, but also understands that this life cannot happen without the church living as the Church, being before doing, living before preaching and as the church does that the church can effectively engage the Harrisburg community and begin to see the whole community transformed. Messiah partners with Heart of Harrisburg’s TESOL program.
Heart of Harrisburg TESOL & Kids Ministry
Assist Spanish speaking children and adults in learning English and also be a part of Heart of Harrisburg’s Kids Ministry and Prayer & Pasta Ministry.
Messiah LifewaysHealth & Companionship
Messiah Lifeways is a non-profit organization that provides a comprehensive network of senior community services and residential communities designed to help adults “55 and better” fully embrace life. The Agapé Center is partnered with Messiah Lifeways and Tabitha’s.
Form a one-on-one relationship with a resident at a retirement home through companionship each week.
Knit and crochet items for the homeless in Harrisburg while forming relationships with Messiah Lifeways residents.
New Hope MinistriesEducation & Mentoring
New Hope Ministries is a Christian social service agency that shows the love and hope of Christ by serving our neighbors in times of need and supporting their efforts towards stability. New Hope Ministries provides a variety of assistance and services in the Dillsburg, Dover, Hanover, Mechanicsburg, and West Shore areas of Pennsylvania. The program Messiah College partners with includes the After-school program.
New Hope Ministries After-School
Connect with elementary students through Bible study, games, and food.
Paxton MinistriesHealth & Companionship
Paxton Ministries is a Christ-centered, nonprofit organization providing affordable housing and support services to adults in need, many of whom are challenged with poverty, mental illness, or intellectual disabilities. Paxton Ministries is built on values of dignity and respect, integrity, excellence, community, collaboration, and stewardship. Messiah College partners with Paxton Ministries through two different programs: Best Buddies and a weekly dinner program.
Foster relationships over dinner with Paxton residents and engage in fellowship through playing games and conversation.
Establish a one-on-one friendship with an adult who has special needs through fun organized group activities.
Promise PlaceBasic Needs & Poverty Alleviation
The mission of Promise Place is to support women who have come in contact with the criminal justice system by providing them with comprehensive services which include their families and at-risk children with the focus on alternatives to incarceration, re-entry, prevention, intervention services and specialized programming with the goal of reducing recidivism, which will ultimately lead to positive outcomes and crime free lives. Messiah students build relationships with women in a Christian halfway house. Student volunteers at Promise Place focus on building relationships and accountability through small group activities, including quality devotional and story time and prayer requests.
Spend time with ladies at a half-way house.
Salvation ArmyBasic Needs & Poverty Alleviation
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. Programs the Agapé Center partners with include the breakfast and after-school programs.
Salvation Army Breakfast
Serve breakfast and fellowship with the homeless.
Salvation Army After-School
Volunteers lead club activities and work with kids to help them grow academically.
Refugee and Immigrant Services for EmpowermentEducation & Mentoring
RISE Day retreat is an opportunity for Messiah students to help empower high-school students to pursue higher education. These high-school students, coming from immigrant and refugee backgrounds, explore Messiah for the day, walking around on a college campus and experiencing a taste of college life.
RISE Day Retreat
A retreat for middle and high school students from immigrant families to see college opportunities after high school