We have strategically partnered with several local ministries to enhance their reach and to empower our team of volunteers to serve above and beyond their expectations.


Service Trips

We serve onsite every 3rd Tuesday of the month, from 9:00 – 11:30 AM
We support their staff by doing various jobs including sorting, counting and packaging items for shipment. A carpool from the church departs at 8:30 AM and arrives back at Noon.

Ages: 8 and above

Children under 8: 1 adult for every child
Children 9-11: 1 adult for every 2 children
Children 12-16: 1 adult for every 3 children
Children 16+: may work alone, but if in groups of more than 5 an adult must be present

To find out more information about M25:Ministries or connect with other ways to serve within their ministry, please visit their website.

Mat Making Class

We meet at various times throughout the year at church, Saturday, 10:00 AM – Noon
Learn to make sleeping mats out of plastic grocery bags. Used by M25:Ministries for disaster relief efforts. If you have extra plastic grocery bags or used pill bottles that you would like to donate, please bring them to the Welcome Center at church.

Ages: Any age interested in learning, but generally 10 and over.

Meal Service

First Thursday in February, April, June, August, October, and December.
We cook onsite for 150 individuals, eat and converse with patrons. Individuals can also contribute food to the meal.

Due to space limitations, individuals need to sign up for more information via response cardmobile app or email.

Ages: Must be 10 years old, under 18 must be accompanied by adult

If you would like to find other ways to get connected with City Gospel Mission, visit City Gospel Mission’s website.

Mobile Food Pantry

Food drives and distributions take place at various times through the year.
We distribute food to families in need. Opportunities to serve include: event set up, distribution of food, shop with patrons, take food to vehicles, and event tear down/clean up.

Ages: Under 10 accompanied by an adult.

To register for the next upcoming Mobile Food Pantry, or to learn more about Inter Parish Ministry, please visit their website.

Meal Bag Packing

Various times throughout the school year.
Serve onsite packing meals for distribution.

Ages: All welcome, under 10 accompanied by an adult.

For more information or to get involved with Empower Youth, please visit their website.

Due to space limitations, individuals need to sign up for more information via response cardmobile app or email.

Donation Drives & Fundraisers

Various times throughout the year.
Collect personal hygiene items, clothing, etc. needed by patrons of local organizations, including: A Caring Place, House of Peace Women’s Shelter, Milford Women’s Shelter, and James Sauls Homeless Shelter.

Ages: Any age.

To volunteer onsite or to get connected with other ways to donate and serve, please visit their website or call.

  • A Caring Place Pregnancy Help Center • website
  • YWCA House of Peace Women’s Shelter • (513) 753-7281 • website
  • Milford Women’s Shelter • (513) 831-1462
  • James Sauls Homeless Shelter • (513) 732-6464 • 2403 Old State Rte 32, Batavia, OH 45103

2-A-Day Lunches

Each season we collect supplies for meals for the football team. We make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and deliver the meals to school.

Ages: Any age, making sandwiches. Ages 6 and up accompanied by an adult.

Meal Service

Teams work together to provide appreciation meals to local police and fire departments.

Ages: All welcome.

To register for this event, please contact Arlan Howard.

School Supply and Clothing Drive

June and July
We collect school supplies for children in Jackson, Kentucky, which is located in the 3rd poorest county in the US.

Ages: All welcome.

More information, including ways to connect and serve onsite at The Happy Church, can be found on their website.

In addition to service projects and donation drives, we also support several partners financially.

Arlan Howard

I was born in Kentucky but grew up in Cincinnati. And except for the time I was in the army, I’ve lived in the Greater Cincinnati area my whole life. After my time in the army, I attended the University of Cincinnati and began a career as a design engineer. Thirteen years later I felt the call to be in full time ministry at Mount Carmel. And I haven’t looked back since!