Local

Ongoing Local Opportunities

Aloha to Aging helps the care givers of aging parents and provides therapeutic activities for the patients. LifeGroups can bring meals or volunteers can help with games, music and other activities at meetings near or on the BHBC campus. Call the Aloha office at 678-429-1177 or email .

Aspen Ministry Team has worship services on Wednesdays at Aspen Assisted Living. To help visit, escort residents or to help sing the hymns, contact Jay Cannington at or call at 678-464-9764. 

Autism Speaks needs volunteers to staff events or help families on a case by case basis in various support roles.  Contact Director Kaitlyn Morris at 770-451-0570 or visit the Autism Speaks website at www.autismspeaks.org.

Baker’s Ministry is an outreach ministry that needs volunteers to help bake goods and/or deliver them on Sunday afternoons to first-time visitors to BHBC. This is a delightful way to reach out to visitors in the love of Christ! Contact Cindy at .

BHBC Builders is an outreach ministry that forms construction teams to assist in building or repairing facilities for ministries in this area. If you’re handy with tools, contact Bill Vansant at .

CASA is a group of volunteers in each of several counties near BHBC who assist the Juvenile Courts to make assessments and recommendations for abused and neglected children.  Qualified persons sit in on hearings and provide additional feedback to the judge.  To learn how to get involved, contact the CASA volunteer directors.  

CASA in Paulding:  Maria Rodriguez-Curtis at 770-505-0065 or   

CASA in Cobb: call volunteer director at 770-528-2220 or

CASA in Bartow: call 770-386-1060 or email

Calvary Children’s Home is a home for “children needing placement apart from parents” located in Powder Springs.  They need mentors for various school subjects, groups to help provide and cook items for weekday dinner meals (coordinated through a “sign-up genius” link; as well as groups to take on “fix-up” projects.  To learn what projects your LifeGroup can do, or how you can personally help, contact our BHBC Champion Matt Trickel at or leave a voice mail at 414-573-3141.

Cobb Street Ministries shelters hurting, homeless women and children. CSM needs more LifeGroups to each commit to prepare one meal for the residents. Food donations, kitchen and cleaning supplies are needed at various times.  Groups are needed for clean-up projects outside as well. To help, contact Jeanie Chambers at .

Elder Care is an outreach ministry that assists lonely shut-ins and at-risk elderly home health-care recipients with brief home visits. Volunteers are needed to help with visits and phone calls. Contact our champion Mary Powers at

Faithbridge is our local foster parenting group. Ministry needs include people to give foster care, babysit, donate diapers and other supplies, and help with transportation.  Contact Heather Banks at 770-377-1169 or email her at or contact  Kimberly Reed at 678-231-1076, or email her at

Families First has a Cobb branch office in downtown Marietta.  This well-established Atlanta-based organization strengthens families in crisis, provides resources for adoptive and foster care families, residential care and counseling.  Volunteers (individuals or groups) can help with administrative assistance, skill-sharing, mentoring, and childcare.  Apply to help at or call 404-853-2857.

Family Promise of Cobb County is a multi-faith ministry that provides temporary shelter to homeless families with children.  Volunteer groups and individuals are needed to help provide meals.  Call 678-554-3150 or email to for more information.

First Care Women’s Clinic is a pregnancy center in Marietta that helps women in crisis and saves lives of the unborn. Volunteers can help sort donated supplies and clothing; qualified persons can assist with counseling. Contact Lori at or call the office at 770-590-9361.

Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter needs a LifeGroup to serve a meal monthly (for 15-18 persons).  For this and more ways to help, contact Lyndsey Wilson, Director, at 770-605-0570 or email at   Also contact the volunteer coordinator at 770-387-1143 or

Good Samaritan Health Center is a non-profit health center that serves the “working poor” (patients with no insurance). Volunteers are needed to help assist physicians and dentists, help with office work, greeting patients, meet with patients in prayer room, or with maintenance around the building. Contact Megan Freeman at .

Heartline Ministries is a community outreach ministry that sponsors Red Cross Blood drives and medical screenings. Leaders, medical volunteers and facilitators are needed. For more information and to volunteer, contact Mary French at .

Homeless Shelter Food Team is an outreach ministry that cooks, delivers and serves a monthly meal at three different local shelters.  Volunteers are also needed in various capacities at each shelter while meal is served. Contact Cathy Turpin at 404-274-4375 or email her at

Project 143 provides families an opportunity to host an international orphan in their homes for four weeks during spring and summer months.  Contact Michelle Vernon at 404-859-6400 or email her at ; or go to www.p143.org to learn more!

Kimberly Personal Care has a team that conducts worship services for residents in Dallas. To help, contact Wayne or Barbara Clemons at 678-581-1830 or .

Lifecare Ministries is an outreach ministry that provides support and study groups to help people in the areas of stewardship, divorce care, grief share, post abortion and job seekers. Volunteers are needed in several areas. Email Mary French at .

Loving Arms Cancer Outreach needs a LifeGroup to get together and make freezable meals.  Individuals can also visit patients and serve meals.  Volunteers can collect and wash wigs, scarves, hats.  Contact Janet Graham at janet.graham@lovingarms.support or call at 770-653-7621

Lupus Foundation needs help in the office for mailings, stuffing envelopes, answering the phone, etc.  They also need a LifeGroup to step forward to serve a meal at one of their monthly support meetings.  Contact Erin Forsell at or call at 770-333-5930.

MUST Ministries needs volunteers in the Food Pantry or Clothing Shop and LifeGroups to prepare monthly meals at the homeless shelter. Contact Margaret Bailey for more information or to volunteer, at 678-613-5531 or email at .

MUST Ministries Summer Lunch Program is an outreach ministry that provides sack lunches to kids in low income neighborhoods that normally receive free lunches during the school year and whose parents are away at jobs.  Families, LifeGroups and individuals can help by preparing sack lunches.  Contact the North Cobb Director Kimberly O’Conner at 678-519-8018 or

Operation Christmas Child is a seasonal outreach opportunity that offers opportunities for individuals, families or LifeGroups during the months of October and November to help reach the families of needy children worldwide with the love of Christ.  Volunteers pack and collect shoeboxes for delivery by Samaritan’s Purse or help in a processing center.  Contact our BHBC champion Denise Fossette at for information.

Overlook Ministry Team is an outreach ministry that provides weekly worship services every other Tuesday for the residents at Overlook at Cedarcrest. To help visit residents and sing hymns, contact Floyd Smith at

Paulding Family Connection is a part of a statewide initiative of 159 community collaborative partnerships engaged in strategically resourcing needs of students and families.  Volunteers can help at several levels, including collecting and delivering donated furniture.  Contact Nina Lauter, Director, at 770-443-8003, ext. 10211; or email at NLauter@paulding.k12.ga.us.  Useful information on kinds of volunteerism and how to get started can be seen on their web site: www.paulding.gafcp.org.

Paulding Pregnancy Services helps women in crisis and saves lives. PPS needs volunteers to help counsel or sort baby supplies at their Hiram location. Contact: Diana Leyva at 404-310-1369 or .

Pro-Life Team is an outreach ministry that stands weekly vigil every Saturday 6-9 AM near abortion clinics in Marietta. To go with the team and help hold signs, offer literature to passersby and pray, contact: Melissa at .

Nanny/Manny Brigade volunteers befriend children who are in custody at the DFACS office in Marietta for a morning or afternoon while they are waiting to be picked up by foster parents.  They often come for backgrounds where food is scarce, so volunteers help with lunch, snacks and sometimes breakfast. You would also help them pack a backpack of clothing and hygiene items to take to their new home.  Background check and drug screening required.  You choose the hours and the days you can serve.  Your LifeGroup can adopt a drive for 200 (all sizes) of flip flops, underwear, pajamas, etc. or “treasure chests” of small items for ages 3-10) Email or call 515-717-0490. 

Shepherd’s Rest Ministries in Dallas operates a safe-house for battered women children and needs volunteers to help with transporting residents for job searches and doctor appointments. Contact: Sheryl at .

Sewing Love Ministry joins the gift of sewing new clothing for girls in need around the world with a time of fellowship and creativity amongst women of all ages.  Contact Elaine Smith at

S.O.S. (Support our Service Members) is an outreach ministry to our service members and needs volunteers to adopt members of the armed services and help minister to their families through cards, care packages, calls, etc. If you would like to help, contact Dawn or Art Harris at .

Sterling Estates Ministry needs volunteers to play the piano, lead a five-minute devotion or simply sing along with the residents of this Retirement Community. Contact Kimberly McDurmon @

Sweetwater Mission in Lithia Springs is maintained by a coalition of local churches, businesses, civic groups and caring individuals; committed to battle the effects of poverty head-on to stabilize families and help move them into a more abundant life.  Volunteers help with reception, food and clothing shop, office work and teaching computer skills.  To volunteer, contact Barb Cogliano at 770-819-0662, ext. 19, or email at

Victoria’s Friends is an outreach ministry that helps change the lives of women working in local strip clubs. Volunteers have opportunities to help create “Baskets of Love” baskets as a ministry tool for the team that makes these visits. To help, contact Bobbilin Taneri at 770-792-1113 or .

Wellstar Volunteer Program needs volunteers at least 15 years of age to join the Wellstar volunteer program.  Work is usually a regular 3-4 hour shift each week, serving in gift shop, staffing information desk or light clerical work in ER or Rehab.  Some opportunities are available on weekends and evenings. For Information, call 470-644-7108.

 

Local Seasonal Projects

 

Must Ministries Summer Lunch Program

This is a summer-long project to help prepare sack lunches for thousands of hungry children in low income neighborhoods in eight counties.  We encourage life groups to choose a day, week or month to prepare sack lunches per menus provided by MUST Ministries.

Contact: Doug Chatham at ( )

 Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is our annual Christmas project, which begins the last Sunday of October and concludes the Sunday before Thanksgiving.  Life groups or families prepare shoeboxes full of gifts to be delivered by Samaritan’s Purse to needy children around the world in time for Christmas.  Christian workers follow up with a 12-week Bible study in the homes of recipients.  Volunteers are needed to help transport our truckload of boxes to a local collection center.

Contact: Doug Chatham ( )