How to Get Involved
Aging Out Foster Children/Blavin Scholars Foster Kids
Zion has an ongoing collection of household items needed by young adults who have aged out of foster care. There is a special collection every August for those who will be attending college and need to be equipped. A basket is in the Welcome Center at the entrance to the sanctuary to receive donations.
Contact: Kristi Gallis, kegallis
American Red Cross www.redcrossblood.org
Members donate blood at drives held at Zion in Feb, June and Oct; contribute cookies and other food, assist with registration and canteen. Also, can obtain training to provide disaster assistance (local home fires and state, national and international events like hurricanes).
Contact: Deborah Weber, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bread for the World, www.bread.org
Zion members write letters, phone members of Congress, participate in Offering of Letters events and offer on-going prayers to persuade our nation’s leaders to make ending hunger a priority and to change the policies and conditions that allow hunger to persist. Time commitment is variable.
Contact: Pat Bauer, email@example.com
“Bridge Guys” Homeless Support
Prepare and help deliver ~20 meals to 3-4 camps around town to the most marginalized homeless. Every Sunday afternoon
Contact: Dan McConnell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Christmas Giving Fair www.elca.org/Resources/ELCA-Good-Gifts
ELCA Good Gifts. This ministry of the ELCA provides Zion members an opportunity to purchase alternative gifts at Christmas. A fair is set-up in Stellhorn Lounge for several Sundays before Christmas where members can purchase goats, sheep, rabbits, a water system, a whole barnyard! To be given to people in need.
Contact: Ruth Huff, email@example.com
CROP Walk for Hunger www.hunger.cwsglobal.org
This annual walk takes place every October and raises funds to alleviate hunger locally and worldwide. Zion members are encouraged to walk or sponsor a walker.
Contact: Layale Weinert, LFWeinert@gmail.com
Delonis Center (Shelter Association of Washtenaw County) www.annarborshelter.org
Zion hosts the homeless for two weeks as part of the “Rotating Shelter” during the winter months; volunteers provide food, transportation, laundry, and stay overnight with the guests.
Contact: Diane Dailey, firstname.lastname@example.org
Faith and Food Garden
Zion has a 50 x 50 foot raised bed garden in the back of our property. We raise vegetables which are distributed by Food Gatherers to people in need. Volunteers are needed from May-October.
Contact: Bryan Weinert, email@example.com
Friends in Deed
Zion helps pick-up donated furniture and deliver to needy homes (4 hours occasionally).
Contact: Mike Weber, firstname.lastname@example.org
Change a Life! Help Lift a Struggling Family Out of Poverty. Time commitment is variable. Click on the links for their volunteer forms.CirclesWC_ Volunteer Application (1) Circles WC Group Volunteer Application (1)
Contact: Bob Thompson, bcthompson
Habitat for Humanity, www.h4h.org
Zion helps one week during the summer to build new or renovate a home. Members usually work one day during the Blitz week.
Contact: Ken Utsinomiya, email@example.com
Grace in Action, www.graceinactiondetroit.org
Zion youth/adults and community groups participate in a variety of activities to support the programs, facilities and mission of our ELCA mission partner Grace in Action at their location in Southwest Detroit. Time commitment is variable.
Contact: Pat Bauer firstname.lastname@example.org
Zion visits Grace in Action
On Saturday, October 24, a small group of us from Zion drove our church van to a tidy neighborhood in Southwest Detroit, commonly referred to as Mexico-town. This is where Grace in Action, a ELCA Lutheran start-up church is located. They have recently taken occupancy in a donated & newly renovated funeral home. Pr. John Cummings and his wife and partner in ministry, Meghan, hosted us for an afternoon of helping out. We painted a small room that is going to be used as community office; we assembled IKEA furniture; we enjoyed authentic Mexican fare for lunch; we hand delivered some financial help from our Mission fund; we toured their new space; and, we saw a recently painted outdoor building mural (picture) on the side of their church.
Pr. John and Meghan are doing some very different ministry than what we might expect from a Lutheran church. Most interesting about Grace in Action are their “Collectives”. They have started and are growing two non-profit businesses run by very talented and hard-working local high school students: 1) t-shirt design and screen printing business; and, 2) website creation and supporting graphic design. We saw first-hand how they have embedded themselves in their community (they live just four blocks from church), and how they truly are salt and light making a significant impact in a small corner of Detroit. We’ll be visiting again, so stay tuned for future communications. You’re all welcome to help!
Hope Clinic www.thehopeclinic.org
Volunteers assist with medical and dental clinics, food programs, donate food, teach a class, and provide office help.
Contact: Kathy Weber
Living Waters Ministry www.elcalivingwater.com
A ministry of the ELCA that provides camping and retreat opportunities at beautiful Stoney Lake in western Michigan
Contact: Layale Weinert, LFWeinert@gmail.com
Zion members volunteer to cook and serve a meal at the local homeless shelter (3 hours occasionally).
Contact: Kent Peterson, Kwpannard@aol.com
Peace Neighborhood, www.peaceneighborhoodcenter.org
Located at 1111 N. Maple, Ann Arbor, Zion helps with making and serving after school snacks or tutoring for the neighborhood children (2 hours occasionally during school year).
Contact: Mary Pfaus, After school meals (prep, serve, cleanup) 2-6 p.m. Tues or Thurs. Sign-up in Welcome Center
Contact: Amy Pachera, email@example.com, Other activities, Board opportunities
1131 N. Maple Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 (734-669-8840)
Serve on Board of Directors; provide food for various events; transport residents to appointments; attend events and assist with residents.