Local outreach partners

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, and food access.  (Due to Covid-19, the following list and/or descriptors may change.  Please email with any questions.)

Read more about our local outreach partners and opportunities to serve below. 

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 offers a comprehensive continuum of care supported by a positive social environment. Living options include residential living, assisted living, skilled nursing care, and memory support.

Bethany Village
Lead group activities with elderly residents of Bethany Village. 

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"
Introduce teens to the Gospel by preparing food, playing games, and forming relationships with the youth. 

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.


The Boys & Girls Club seeks to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.  The Boys & Girls Club provides a world-class club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person. Participants develop essential skills and make lasting connections through supportive relationships with caring mentors.

Boys & Girls Club After-School Program 
Help out an after-school program by playing games with kids or assisting the youth with homework.

The mission of Catholic Charities is to provide service to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures and to call the entire church and other people of good will to do the same.

Catholic Charities
Volunteers will provide support to English language instructors by working one-on-one or in small groups with adult ESL students to practice their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Limited volunteer positions available. 

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 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. Students come to Center for Champion's Rooted program to come alongside middle or high school-aged youth and be a mentor to them one evening each week.

Center for Champions
One on one mentoring in an urban youth ministry group setting with middle school-aged and high school-aged students.


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.

Messiah Lifeways
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 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 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.

Paxton Ministries
Foster relationships over dinner with Paxton residents and engage in fellowship through playing games and conversation.

Best Buddies
Establish a one-on-one friendship with an adult who has special needs through fun organized group activities.

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

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.

Introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith. Young Life accomplishes this mission by praying for young people, going where kids are, building personal relationships with them, providing experiences that are fun, adventurous, and life-changing, sharing lives and the Good News of Jesus Christ with adolescents, helping young people develop skills, assets, and attitudes to reach their full God-given potential. Messiah’s Young Life program operates outside of the Agapé Center.

Young Life
Share Christ with area high school students through relationships and activities.