…So you would like to be involved in serving directly in the community but you are not familiar with the best opportunities?
As a community focused organization, Holy Cross has developed some close relationships with a variety of Service Organizations in the Central Florida area over our 25 years.
At Holy Cross we see service to the community as service to our Lord. Our Lord said that what we do for others we do for Him! Out of love for Him we continue to look for new ways to serve in the community, in doing that we grow in our relationship to our Lord. As you look for ways to serve the community yourself you may want to look at these organizations. Holy Cross has worked with each of these and we have found them to be worthwhile charities with interesting volunteer opportunities.
C.A.L.M.S - Central American Lutheran Mission Society provides consultation services to national churches and missionaries by designing and facilitating strategic short-term mission projects. Holy Cross regularly works with CALMS and has recently went to Panama and Guatemala on Mission Trips.
Downtown Credo - The downtown credo is a non-profit centered around downtown Orlando, striving to become a community living this credo: The world is not yet as it ought to be. Neither is Orlando. Neither am I. As a community of people in and around downtown Orlando we are doing what we can to make an impact for good.
Life Choices Women's Center - Located in Longwood, The mission of Life Choices Women's Center, a non-profit human services agency,exists to empower women to make a life affirming decision by providing emotional, spiritual and material support.
Grace and Grits - program which supports and feeds less fortunate people in the area, serving over 250 meals each Wednesday evening and over 70 meals on Saturday mornings.
Floridas Blood Centers - Holy Cross has had a blood account for 25 years with Central Florida Blood Center. Much like a bank account from which we can make deposits and withdrawls for people in need.
Habitat for Humanity - seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.
Habitat for Humanity Seminole County - is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that builds simple, decent and affordable homes in partnership with our county’s low-income people in need, and provides them support services that promote their successful home purchase and ownership.
Lake Cares Mount Dora - a new food pantry that began in the fall of 2008 as a Holy Cross Ministry. They receive food donations and gladly accept volunteer can be done. Currently working toward a 501(c)3. Website under development.
Lake Mary Pastor’s Alliance - A group of about 10 pastors in Lake Mary get together monthly to discuss common issues and to promote community activities.
Orlando Rescue Mission - bringing the hungry, hurting, and homeless to new life, new goals, and a new future
Safe House - dedicated to seeing an end to the cycle of domestic violence
Sanford Crisis Pregnancy Center - a place you can take a free pregnancy test, talk to someone confidentially, and feel safe.
Seminole Heart - In the aftermath of spring tornadoes and summer fires in 1998, Seminole County faith, volunteer and government organization leaders came together to create the non-profit organization “Seminole HEART.” The group’s mission was to serve the residents in the time of a natural or man-made disaster.
Shepherd’s Hope - a faith-based organization of volunteers providing access to health care for the uninsured.
The Sharing Center - works to prevent homelessness in Seminole County, Florida by assisting low-income families with basic and necessary needs during financial emergencies caused by job loss and health problems
Thrivent Builds - in cooperation between Thrivent and Habitat for Humanity, Thrivent Builds are helping build hope by building homes. Thrivent Members can have their donations go toward the development of homes.