We believe in supporting local non profit ministries that are already in our communities making a difference. Feel free to contact them directly with your tax-deductible donations, or give online through Gateway and select the ministry you want to support.
Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Overcomers exists to ensure every man, woman and child has a fair chance of living healthy and productive lives by helping individuals, parents, and organizations understand and overcome the effects of trauma through evidence-based classes and curriculum. They serve recovery ministries, schools, jails, and churches.
ALPHA Pregnancy Help Center
For pregnancy, parenting and relationships, Alpha provides free pregnancy screenings, limited ultrasound, peer counseling, adoption resources, abortion and sexual health education, parenting classes, post-abortion support, and community and medical referrals. Volunteer opportunities include advocacy/counseling, administrative assistance, quarterly mailings, projects and events, Alpha Ambassadors, and the Mobile Clinic ministry. For over 30 years Alpha continues speaking life and hope across Merced County, and pointing eternal souls to the Author of Life.
For a listing of volunteer opportunities, or to get involved, go to:
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
A campus ministry based organization who focuses on advancing witnessing communities among students and faculty through bible studies, campus gatherings, leadership development, intentional discipleship, ethnic growth, evangelism, and more.
Empowering impoverished neighborhoods to thrive includes helping community members find their skills and abilities and give them a sense of purpose and pride in those abilities. LifeLine would love to connect with you and find your skills and passions to see how you can use them in your community. They have several community centers, the Bus Boutique and various initiatives throughout Merced County. If you would like to partner with LifeLine, please contact Monika Grasley.
Love in the Name of Christ (Love INC) is a liaison between people, agencies, churches, etc. who desire to reach out and serve those in need. Their strategy is to mobilize churches to offer hope, resources and services to those experiencing hardship. They also have the Love Plus Program, a 16-18 week holistic initiative to help people with life skills and one-on-one mentoring. Chances to be of service include: special events assistance, administrative help, Love Plus mentor, pick-up/deliver furniture, translation services, specialized skills and PRAY.
Merced County Jail Ministry
For over 25 years, this ministry has provided chaplain services to inmates, Bibles and secular literature, Bible studies, GED classes, and counseling sessions to correctional staff and inmates. Help support second chance to the most vulnerable in our community.
Merced County Rescue Mission /
Haven of Hope
Minister to the homeless by serving meals, distributing clothing, teaching Bible and life skills classes. The Rescue Mission also has opportunities to serve at Christmas, Thanksgiving and in the office with administrative needs. A branch of the Rescue Mission is Haven of Hope, serving women in a Life Transformation Program. Help women to know God, how to build a relationship with God, conduct Bible studies, life skills classes and share life. Be a driver for appointments/shopping; mentor/be a friend, group or single fun activities as women.
Jennifer Sherar Adam - Haven of Hope
209.230.1491 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Street, Inc.
Our Street exists to accelerate change by bringing people together to remedy solvable problems in Merced. Currently, they are working on establishing a neighborhood hub that combines the best parts of business, education and faith to change a neighborhood.
Young Life doesn’t start with a program. It starts with adults concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don’t happen overnight — they take time, patience, trust and consistency. If you love kids and you are willing to spend time with them, showing them you sincerely care, contact Zak Ellison.