Chapel Hill Projects are opportunities with a consistent member involvement that seek integration with program ministries.
Back up Buddies / Las Amigas /Las Hermanas / Las Palomas
Back up Buddies - One-on-one mentoring program for 3rd-5th grade Discovery Elementary boys that meets twice a month, once at Chapel Hill and once for lunch at school. The 18-20 boys also go on field trips to local police and fire departments as well as weekend and summer trips to Bremerton or the Museum of Flight. If you would like to volunteer or like more information please email Colleen Simpson or call 253.930.2519.
Las Amigas - Back up Buddies' female counterpart, Las Amigas is a one-on-one mentoring program for 3rd-5th grade girls. It provides the girls with acceptance, love, and guidance. If you would like to volunteer or like more information please email Jan Taylor or call 253.649.0361.
Las Hermanas/Las Palomas - These are one-on-one mentoring programs for girls in middle school and high school. It provides the girls with acceptance, love, and guidance. If you would like to volunteer or like more information please email Dottie Young or call 253.265.6337.
The Card Makers started by making tags for Chapel Hill's annual Giving Tree. Since then, they have expanded to offer many different types of cards: Thank You, Birthdays, Get Well, Graduations, Confirmation classes, Welcome to the Family, New Members, Long-standing Members, Sympathy, Easter, and more! Some of the Chapel Hill ministries they support are the Deacons who send cards to those who are sick or hospitalized, the Children’s Ministry, Giggle Harbor, and the Youth Ministry Soar. More than 2,000 cards have been made since this ministry began in 2008.
This group meets monthly and many of the card makers work on cards at home. Anyone who wishes to join this ministry,email Robyn Luckenbill or call 253.905.3152.
Care Net of Puget Sound is a Christ-centered ministry. We provide life-affirming support to anyone who finds themselves in an unplanned pregnancy, hurting from a previous abortion, needing parenting support or seeking sexual and relational guidance. Our goal is to support women and their families in all areas of their lives by serving their practical needs, as well as their emotional and spiritual needs. This support is provided free of charge. For more information, email Cathy Lee or call 253.219.4382 or visit their website.
Catalyst Leadership Foundation, India
Catalyst is a faith based Non Profit organization registered with the Government of India, working in the city of Delhi and National Capital Region. Catalyst is a member of the Leadership Foundation International, a people movement around the world that has a vision for the transformation of the city. Their mission is to collaborate with key groups who have a passion for the transformation of Delhi.
They seek to create innovative holistic solutions to the environmental, economic, and educational issues facing Delhi. They connect the most vulnerable of Delhi to a new generation of emerging leaders to enrich and empower each other. Catalyst has been functioning since October 2007 in New Delhi. For more information, contact Cyndee Gray via email or phone 253.358.5496, Louise Coats via email or phone 253.514.7247, or visit the Catalyst website.
Comfort Quilters make quilts for persons who need comfort, to learn more about quilting, and to fellowship together. Their beautiful quilts are donated to Cancer Care, the Visitation Team, Fostering Hope, WCCW Baby Unit, SOAR, Las Amigas, Habitat for Humanity, Backup Buddies, and others. They give away over 100 quilts per year.
This ministry meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month, from 9:00 am to noon, January-May, in rooms 130-131. Quilters must know how to machine sew and own their own machine. For more information, email Sally Heilinger or call at 253.857.5553.
Food Backpacks 4 Kids
Food Backpacks 4 Kids mission is to provide weekend backpacks of food to students and families who qualify for free/reduced lunches through the Peninsula School District. As an arm of Peninsula Communities of Faith, this group distributes over 130 food backpacks weekly to elementary students and homeless high school students. The food for the backpacks is donated by local churches and organizations or purchased with dollars from generous donors. For more information or to get involved, email Judy Kuehn or call 253.222.7602, or visit the website.
Working to serve foster families, families in crisis, birth families, and private agencies. We serve in the following ways:
- Foster Families—Monthly support group with childcare provided, meals when in need, clothing resource closet, parenting classes, gifts, handmade comfort quilts
- Families in Crisis—helping families at risk of losing their children, directing them to Celebrate Recovery, counseling, parenting classes and community assistance
- Birth Families—return home preparation, Celebrate Recovery, Prison Ministry visitation and parenting classes
- Private Agencies—provide stockings for Youth for Christ's family Christmas party and gifts for foster and birth families, and gift cards for families to purchase shoes for foster children
Foster children have participated in Sunday School, Extreme, Upward Basketball & Cheerleading, and Chapel Hill Preschool. For more information, email Shelly Morris or call 253.225.5142.
Healing the Living Stones, the Holy Land
Mission Statement: To equip and empower Christians in the Middle East to counsel, care and heal their families, congregations, and neighbors.
Both Arab and Israeli Christians are under great pressure. Arab believers are a small minority struggling to thrive in the midst of Muslim extremism and limited opportunities. Israeli believers (about 2% of the population) are charged with bringing the Good News to practicing and non-practicing Jews alike but are under attack from many of the same pressures we face, as well as some that are unique, but with very few resources to deal with those attacks.
Our mission is to train, equip, and empower both Arab and Israeli Christians (“Messianics”,) to counsel and care for their friends, family and congregations, and to provide the resources necessary for them to deal with struggling relationships, addiction and pornography.
International Justice Mission (IJM) - Human Trafficking Prevention
International Justice Mission is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local governments to ensure victim rescue, to prosecute perpetrators and to strengthen the community and civic factors that promote functioning public justice systems. For more information, email Julie Hawkins, call 253.509.8753, or visit the IJM website.
Key Free Clinic
Provides one-on-one tutoring for academically at risk kids. Recommendations are required by each child’s classroom teacher. Volunteer tutors needed 3-5pm (October–May). Training available. For more information, email Pam Gatto or call 253.853.0272.
Medical Teams International
Medical Teams International (MTI) is a Christian global health organization that empowers communities to live full and healthy lives. Through work with grassroots organizations, churches and ministries of health they ensure that their projects fit seamlessly into local contexts. Volunteers, staff and supporters form a closely knit team that is deeply committed to facilitating lasting solutions for people suffering from disaster, conflict and poverty in 70 countries. To learn more visit their website.
Read a full account of Chapel Hill member Christine Harmon's medical mission trip to Haiti with MTI.
When crisis strikes, many of us rely on relatives and our church family for support. But for some parents, there isn't a safety net. Often problems such as drug addiction, domestic abuse, incarceration, or illness can make it impossible for parents to care for their children.
Since 2005, Safe Families for Children has offered sanctuary to thousands of children, minimizing the risk for abuse or neglect and giving parents the time and tools they need to help their families thrive. Watch this video for more insight on how Safe Families works.
Tacoma Street Ministries
Tacoma Street Ministries serves the homeless and low-income families of Tacoma by bringing volunteers on Friday and Saturday nights to hand out food, blankets, socks, hygiene items, and clothes in the The Rescue Mission parking lot. From 100 to 300 people may be served on any given night. All "newcomers" are welcome to join a bigger group serving the homeless every third Friday night. Just meet in front of entrance H (lower parking area) at Chapel Hill at 6pm and leave for Tacoma from there. If you would like to volunteer with Tacoma Street Ministries or would like more information please email Linda Brewer or call 253.857.7566.
The Rescue Mission
People in our community sometimes face unexpected hardships and experience rough seasons in life. Often what’s needed in order to continue through these rough circumstances is a small break.
Located at The Rescue Mission’s Downtown Tacoma Campus, Need-A-Break Program is devoted to helping people succeed in our community by meeting needs that they cannot fulfill on their own. These needs include household items, furniture and minor vehicle repairs. Our goal is to funnel the community's compassion effectively to those in need. For more information, email Larry Geringer, call 253.851.8895, or visit their website.
For over 20 years, our partnership with World Vision has provided access to unique and intelligent ways to respond to those suffering in our world. By partnering with this professional, experienced, trusted global development organization, we channel our resources toward some of the most strategic mission activity in the world. World Vision values our commitment to them and regularly offers us the opportunity to ‘pilot’ their innovative initiatives such as the Aids Exhibit, Care Giver Kits and 40 Hour Famine. We recognize the deep satisfaction many from our congregation feel as a result of their personal sponsorship of World Vision children and Microloan programs.
Wycliffe Bible Translators, Eurasia, Larry and Andrea
Today nearly 340 million people do not have the Bible in their own language. Larry and Andrea are serving in Eurasia translating the Bible into tribal languages that have never had the scriptures in their native tongue. Wycliffe’s vision is to see the Bible accessible to all people in the language they understand best. For more information, email Mandy Cuda, call 808.341.2320, or visit the Wycliffe website.
Young Life Gig Harbor/Peninsula
Young Life starts with adults who are concerned enough about kids, going to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. Young Life is actively involved in the area served by Peninsula School district, with Club and Campaigners for students at Gig Harbor and Peninsula High Schools and Kopachuck, Goodman, Key Peninsula and Harbor Ridge Middle Schools. Gig Harbor/Peninsula Young Life has also started two new ministries here in the area; YoungLives and Capernaum. YoungLives is a ministry to teen moms and Capernaum is a ministry to kids with special needs. For more information, email Brad Scandrett (Chapel Hill Missionary for Young Life) or call 253.851.8813; email Tracy Haugen or call 253.858.3102; or visit the Young Life website.