As part of our Missions commitment to reach local university students and children and families at risk in our local community, we partner with several local organizations to extend the love of God outside our walls.
Our Local Outreach Partners are actively engaged in fulfilling our strategic priority of reaching local university students and those most at risk in our surrounding communities with the love of Christ.
Learn more and take advantage of these opportunities to connect with one or more of our Local Outreach Partners.
Bridges is a team committed to loving, welcoming, and reaching the international student community in Fairfield County and giving them the opportunity to meet Jesus while they study here. We are a hospitality-focused ministry, believing that meaningful relationships must be built on mutual trust, time spent together, and Christ-like love.
SERVE WITH BRIDGES
Join the bi-weekly prayer team gatherings, adopt a student for prayer and participate in regular prayer walks on campus.
Soccer League & Outdoor Activities
Develop relationships of trust with students through engagement in our weekly soccer league or occasional hikes & outdoor activities throughout the year.
Hopeline Pregnancy Resource Center
Hopeline is a Christ-centered ministry that offers hope and support to women and their families facing an unplanned pregnancy. We believe and promote the sanctity of human life by helping clients make an informed decision regarding their pregnancy. We provide pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and counseling for pregnancy loss and abortion at no cost. We also offer parenting classes and adoption referrals and conduct abstinence instruction in public schools.
SERVE WITH HOPELINE
Volunteers in all three of our locations can do a variety of things. They can answer phones, schedule appointments, organize and prepare monthly material resource bags for moms, lead our recovery Bible studies, help with pregnancy tests & ultrasounds if qualified, and assist in clerical work.
Bridgeport Rescue Mission
We demonstrate the love of God to hungry, homeless, and addicted people throughout Coastal Connecticut, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We provide a place of hope and dignity, fighting poverty from the inside out. Through our New Life program, we offer education, biblical counseling, and case management. We are funded by compassionate individuals, churches, organizations, and foundations, trusting in God to meet our needs.
SERVE WITH BRIDGEPORT RESCUE MISSION
PACKING PRODUCE BAGS | M, T, Th, & F | 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Volunteers will help sort, pack pantry bags, help set up our pantry, assist with distribution, and clean up. Volunteers must feel comfortable lifting and carrying items.
DISTRIBUITING PANTRY BAGS | M, T, F | 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Greet and smile! Be part of a no-touch distribution of pantry bags to families in need. We will sort, distribute, and help break down our outside pantry operation by disinfecting the tables and break down boxes.
Inventory Specialist | M & F | 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
The Inventory Specialist will be responsible for ensuring that consumers have access to the merchandise they are looking for by organizing product displays and storage. Stockers will also count inventory and place products on shelves according to an organized system.
Urban Impact is made up of volunteers who tutor and mentor at-risk youth, K-grade 12, in the low-income PT Barnum public housing community of Bridgeport. At-risk youth are offered in-school & after-school activities to help them achieve academic success and develop positive character traits. By example, the volunteers demonstrate the peace, strength and self-worth that results from knowing Christ personally.
SERVE WITH URBAN IMPACT
PRIMETIME- Approximately 90 – 120 minutes weekly
These are small group mentoring events for various age groups with Bible lessons, a meal, and fun activities on Monday and Tuesday nights. Building a healthy mentoring relationship with the kids, while sharing life and lessons with them.
Amirah Inc. combats sex-trafficking and sexual exploitation in New England. Along with education and outreach, Amirah specializes in residential care, providing trauma-informed aftercare services for survivors of domestic sex-trafficking in Massachusetts and Connecticut. The name, “Amirah,” means, “princess.” Our hope is that every woman who comes to our home would go from seeing herself as “victim” or “property” to “beloved daughter of the King.”
SERVE WITH AMIRAH
Safe Home Volunteers
Amirah volunteers aid the expert program-staff in the safe home. While we leave the expertise up to trained professionals, we know that Amirah volunteers have an opportunity to play a major role in the social restoration of each woman. Right now, our Connecticut Safe Home needs more volunteers serving regularly, so we can expand the capacity and welcome more women into our home!
Pivot Ministries is a bible-based in-residence recovery program for men. The ministry, located in Bridgeport, supplies all the spiritual and practical needs of each incoming student, training and equipping disciples to preach the word of God. Pivot men contribute to the community by providing labor and assistance to churches and nonprofits.
SERVE WITH PIVOT MINISTRIES
GREENHOUSE AND LANDSCAPING – 1 X per week for 3 hours
Rake leaves, trim plants and branches, weed, water plants in the greenhouse, general campus cleanup, sweeping, etc.
KITCHEN PREP AND SERVER – 1 X per week for 1.5 hours
Come in to prep dinner along with our kitchen staff (i.e. make a salad), serve dinner to the guys, eat with the guys and help clean up.
Young Life’s mission is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith. We believe that every kid deserves the chance to hear about the God who loves them and wants to bring meaning and purpose to their life. We aim to serve as “local missionaries” to the high school and middle school students in the area who aren’t yet plugged in with a local church.
SERVE WITH YOUNG LIFE
VOLUNTEER YOUNG LIFE LEADER - Mondays, 7:30-9:00 PM
Get the opportunity to share the gospel with unchurched, disinterested kids (and help others grow in their faith) by entering into their world, earning the right to be heard, and walking alongside them as a friend and mentor. Volunteers help run weekly outreach and discipleship events.
YOUNG LIFE COMMITTEE MEMBER - One Sunday/month, 4:00-5:30 PM
Help lost kids learn about Jesus Christ by providing a network of moral and administrative support for the local Young Life team. Committee members can be parents, Young Life alumni, civic leaders, or anyone else who cares about kids and believes in the mission of Young Life.
Kairos Prison Ministry
The mission of the Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth and their families. The ministry has been operating in Connecticut since 1996. Over 2000 Connecticut incarcerated men, women, and youth have heard the Good News. It is made up of three programs: Kairos Inside, Kairos Outside and Kairos Torch. The core of each program is the weekend retreat, held 2-3 times yearly either inside the prison with inmates or outside with relatives of the incarcerated. This is followed up by weekly and monthly visits to build a Christian community within the facilities.
Operation Hope provides services to our neighbors in Fairfield who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. These services include an Emergency Shelter (30 beds for men, women and families), a community kitchen serving lunch and dinner every day, and a food pantry that provides for over 200 families per month. Beyond addressing immediate needs, Operation Hope is committed to addressing the root causes of homelessness by providing skills-training, counseling and long-term affordable housing.
Royal Family Kids Camp
Royal Family Kids Camp is a one-week sleep-away camp for children in the CT foster care system. The children range from 5-11 years old and have often experienced some type of abuse. Each year, over 60 volunteers from local churches, including Black Rock, show the love of Christ to 40 children by providing them one week of constant attention, love and fun. The daily schedule includes water sports (swimming, tubing, jet skiing), time in cabins with counselors, activity centers, and special events.
The Gideons International is an organization of Christian professional and business men that distribute scriptures free of charge around the world. There are many opportunities for you to pray and be a part of the worldwide distribution of God’s Word.