Why local outreach?
We believe that we can play an active role in God’s plan to restore all of His people, and that starts in our local community. By investing in local outreach through personal relationships, organizational partnerships, financial support, active service and prayer, we demonstrate God’s love and take part in His vision to make all things new.
How does Willowdale partner with local outreach partners?
In addition to providing ongoing financial support each year, Willowdale works to create awareness and advocacy across our church for our partners by mobilizing volunteers and building community engagement. We are also committed to ongoing prayer support. Each of our partners has a member of our church who is the primary liaison between our partner and the church. This liaison works as the primary point of contact in the church with our partner to ensure we are building connectivity and engagement.
How can I get involved?
- Please pray for our partners and learn about their work in the community.
- Get Plugged In – All of our partners have opportunities for volunteers whether one-time events or ongoing relationships, we encourage everyone in our body to outwardly serve.
- You can also support our partners financially by contributing to Willowdale’s General Fund.
If you would like to learn more about our partners, please contact the liaison listed next to each partner.
About Our Partners
County Corrections Gospel Mission is a Christian mission that partners with local churches to serve people and groups involved in or affected by the criminal justice system. This includes at-risk communities and agencies most impacted by family breakdown, crime and the increasing loss of moral consensus and order in society. There are numerous opportunities to serve, including work at their campground, at the after-school youth center and in the prison system. Regardless of how you serve, you impact lives through relationships. To learn more, click HERE or contact Kerry Lankenau at Kmlankenau@gmail.com.
The Garage (Kennett Square and West Grove) works to empower youth to pursue their potential through after-school tutoring, mentoring and various programs. There’s no end to the creative ways you can serve at The Garage. But at the core, it’s all about relationships. Its mission is to empower youth to reach their potential academically, socially and spiritually. To learn more, click HERE or or contact Jim Conkle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good Neighbors works to make homes warmer, safer, drier and healthier for homeowners struggling with financial crisis—all as an expression of Christ’s love. We partner with Good Neighbors by hosting work projects several times a year. Anyone is welcome, regardless of skills. All that’s required is a willingness to roll up your sleeves and get messy. To learn more, click HERE or contact Lou Phillips at email@example.com.
Lincoln University is the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University—and they also happen to be a neighbor. Our own Larry Redmond offices and ministers on their campus. For opportunities, email Larry Redmond at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the school, click HERE.
UrbanPromise (Wilmington) works to bring shalom to a hurting community by providing schooling, after-school activities and community camps. They work to develop and empower leaders within their own community. Anyone can serve, from individuals to families to small groups. The best way to start is through UP’s “Power Up” opportunities. To learn more, click HERE or contact Paul Keenan at email@example.com.
YoungMoms serves women facing educational obstacles, poverty, single parenthood, depression, and a general lack of options and opportunities. This is an opportunity for women to invest in women through a mentoring relationship. To learn more, click HERE or contact Beth Lankenau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Promise exists to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response. Working together, volunteers provide temporary housing, meals, and services to nearly 70,000 family members annually. To learn more, click HERE or contact John Kriza at email@example.com.