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Local Outreach

Local Outreach Teams

Local Outreach provides numerous opportunities for students to engage in consistent service-learning with local community partners, helping to fulfill community needs and facilitating student learning and growth.

Each semester, Local Outreach coordinates teams of student volunteers to serve alongside community partners. We offer a wide range of service opportunities, including service with the elderly, the homeless population, individuals with special needs, children and youth, and ESL programs. Each team is led by a trained local service student leader who communicates with the Community Partner and student volunteers, provides transportation, and facilitates reflection to foster personal growth and learning.

Agape Student Leaders F'21

Messiah Lifeways

Contact: messlifewayscoord@messiah.edu


Paxton Ministries
Contact: paxtoncoord@messiah.edu

Contact: paxtonbestbuddies@messiah.edu

Bethesda Men's Mission
Contact: bethesdamisscoord@messiah.edu 


Bethesda Mobile Mission
Contact: bethesdamisscoord@messiah.edu


Salvation Army Breakfast
Contact: salvarmybreak@messiah.edu  


Tabitha's @ Messiah Lifeways

Contact: messlifewayscoord@messiah.edu  

Bethesda Mission Youth Center
Contact: bethesdayouthcoord@messiah.edu


Boys & Girls Club After-School Program

Contact: boysgirlscoord@messiah.edu


Catholic Charities
Contact: cathcharcoord@messiah.edu


Center for Champions
Contact: c4ccoord@messiah.edu


New Hope Ministries
Contact: newhopecoord@messiah.edu


Salvation Army After-School Program:
Contact: salvarmycoord@messiah.edu

 

 

 

Are you interested in becoming more engaged with the local community? Get involved with our Local Outreach program! The Agapé Center Outreach Teams send hundreds of students into a variety of local community service experiences in Harrisburg and the surrounding communities each week. Questions? Contact outreach@messiah.edu. 

Domestic Service Trips 

The Agapé Center Service Trips team provides students with opportunities to engage with diverse communities through acts of service and fellowship.  Through service, we hope students will experience enriching and challenging growth which will help to foster learning of oneself, of the needs of others and of the role that service plays in society through a lens of Christian faith.  We are currently planning trips during Spring break of 2022.  Check back after the holiday break for more information!

Priority 1; Agape Center; Domestic Trips
  • Catholic Charities (Baltimore, MD)
    • Catholic Charities USA is a national organization that offers support to member agencies, provides disaster relief and promotes poverty reduction through research and legislative reform. Volunteers will assist with meal programs, after school tutoring programs, and immigration assistance programs. 
  • Priority 1 Ministries (Bronx, NY)
    • Students will actively engage with impoverished and hunger-stricken communities in the greater NYC area. Volunteers assist with the Breakfast & Lunch Ministry program; an after school program for tutoring inner-city children; the World Vision Storehouse, and more! Students also have the opportunity to actively reflect upon their interactions with the urban populations that they will serve.
  • The Steinbruck Center (Washington, D.C.)
    • The Steinbruck Center provides transformative education, service-learning, research, and training opportunities for youth, students, and adults to address the root causes of homelessness and urban poverty. The Center collaborates with people who are homeless, the interfaith community, policy makers, advocates, social services practitioners & providers.
  • Praying Pelican (North Carolina)
    • Praying Pelican is a Christ-based, short-term international missions organization that desires to work alongside churches and nonprofits who are serving the community. Due to recent hurricanes and tropical storms in the Carolinas, Praying Pelican is partnering with local churches to provide ongoing recovery support for communities. Volunteers will assist in home repairs and will support outreach initiatives.
  • Priority One (Bronx, NY)
    • Students will actively engage with impoverished and hunger-stricken communities in the greater NYC area. Volunteers assist with the Breakfast & Lunch Ministry program; an after-school program for tutoring inner-city children; the World Vision Storehouse, and more! Students also have the opportunity to actively reflect upon their interactions with the urban populations that they will serve.
  • Vigilant Hope (Wilmington, NC)
    • Vigilant Hope is an urban mission experience in the heart of Wilmington, NC designed to love and serve the poor and to challenge you to do the same. In this week long experience, volunteers feed the hungry, serve the homeless and restore dignity to the urban community through home repair and beautification projects.
  • WorkFest (Mt. Vernon, KY)
    • WorkFest, also known as Christian Appalachian project, is a Christian-based organization which seeks to provide home repair and reconstruction services to participants, providing safe, warm and dry housing for families and individuals who otherwise could not afford adequate living conditions.

Have Additional Questions?

Local Outreach:

Email outreach@messiah.edu.

Domestic Service Trips:

Check-out our Domestic Service Trips FAQ or contact servicetrips@messiah.edu.