Local Partners

Emma’s Footprints

Emma’s Footprints

Who we are: We are an organization whose vision is to establish supportive relationships with mothers wounded by pregnancy or infant loss. Our intention is to start those relationships by meeting the tangible and often unexpected needs that arise during such difficult times.

What we do: Our services differ depending on the particular family and circumstance. Some examples include covering funeral expenses, purchasing memorial trees, providing referrals to faith based and reputable counseling services, in addition to simply answering difficult questions like “Why me?" and "How do I cope?"

If you or someone you know has suffered a loss and need more information: contact Amanda Berk at amanda@emmasfootprints.com

How you can help: Pray for these families and for our staff as we serve the brokenhearted. After training, there are several ways you can help such as organizing and carrying out fundraising activities, putting together care packages, or joining our Care Team.

Grady’s Decision

Grady’s Decision

Who We Are:

Grady’s Decision exists to provide emotional, spiritual and financial support to families whose children are in Neonatal Intensive Care Units in local hospitals.

What We Do: 

We have a team of people who are in contact with families of children in NICU, demonstrating care and support during this difficult time.  We have several fundraising events each year so that we can help financially with some of the unexpected expenses.

 How You can Help

After training, volunteers can work directly with the people in need, or serve or lead one of the fundraising activities.

Jana Burruss

Jana Burruss

What lead you to where you are?

Growing up I struggled to share my faith with my friends and I wanted to learn more about how to do that. When I got to college I found Cru. I learned the things that I was craving! When I graduated and moved to Erie for my first job I volunteered with Cru at Penn State Behrend and saw the Lord use me to help the movement grow from 5 students to over 30 in just a few years! I knew that God was calling me to be more involved than what I could give outside of work so I joined the staff at Cru in the winter of 2011. In 2013 I stepped into the Team Leader position for all of north western PA.

Current Mission

Our mission is to help see lost students and faculty become lifelong Christ-centered laborers.  We are hoping that each student on every campus has an opportunity to hear the gospel. As a Team Leader for NWPA I lead the staff team to reach out to the 5 campuses where we currently have movements: Clarion University, Grove City College, Edinboro University, Penn State Behrend and Slippery Rock University. Our hope and prayer is that the Lord would lead us to have movements on all the campuses in the NWPA area.  I also spend time on campus mentoring students and teaching student leaders how to share their faith.

Biggest support needs:

Prayer is always a big need but we are also in need of volunteers to mentor students, especially men! We have a curriculum already set up so anyone who has a heart for seeing students grow in faith can jump right in.

Special Challenges:

The college campus is increasingly becoming a place where Christianity is mocked and dismissed. There continues to be more obstacles to having the freedom to share Jesus with people on campus.

Moms Who Pray

Moms Who Pray

Who We Are

We are moms from different churches and backgrounds who come together to relax, laugh, and grow together in faith through prayer and fellowship. We have moms of all ages, from new moms with infants to seasoned moms with adult children.

What We Do

We meet twice a month to support, encourage and uplift one another in the fine art of motherhood. We enjoy crafts, snacks, and a monthly speaker as well as prayer and devotionals. Childcare is provided.

How You Can Help

We are always looking for fundraising opportunities, including vendors for our annual Ladies' Night event, as well as donations. We have an occasional need for childcare providers, on both a regular and back-up basis. Finally, we have the need for speakers who will present a short message to share with the women.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

Who We Are

Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan's Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. The world's largest Christmas project, it brings joy and hope to needy children around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God's love. Since 1993, more than 100 million shoe box gifts have been delivered to children in more than 130 countries.

What We Do

Operation Christmas Child, the world's largest Christmas project, demonstrates God's love to children in need worldwide by delivering simple gift-filled shoeboxes and the good news of Jesus Christ!  

Here's how you can help:

  1. Join us at the Annual Community-Wide Packing Party, usually held in September.
  2. Come to a work day, usually held monthly February through September.
  3. Donate new stuffed animals. Each will be packed in an average size shoebox to bless a child.
  4. Pack your own box(es). https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/pack-a-shoe-box/
  5. PRAY!
ServErie

ServErie

Who We Are:

We can sum that up by giving you our core values:

  1. Be the hands and feet of Jesus in the community​
  2. Champion diverse thoughts, people, influence​
  3. Personify Christ-like character throughout all interactions​
  4. Treat all people fairly and equitably with love, care, respect and dignity​
  5. Prioritize Relationships over projects

What We Do:

  • ServErie Saturday – Quarterly Saturday morning serving days – usually from 8:00AM-12:30PM.
  • Summer School Initiative – We adopt a school and renovate over a period of four days. So far, we have taken on Lincoln School and Erie High School and saw over 3000+ volunteers.
  • Neighborhood Renewal – We have a team that addresses the needs in our adopted neighborhood. The location is from 6th to 12th street and from Holland to Wayne. Those projects include renovating the exterior of homes, creating parks, landscaping, and general clean up.

How You Can Help:

We can use skilled and unskilled labor on all of our projects which includes painting, vinyl siding, landscaping, carpentry, and clean up.  In addition, we can use administrative help, as well as fundraising support, i.e. organizing events, etc.

Upper Room

Upper Room

Who We Are

The Upper Room of Erie strives to provide support, revitalize hope, and restore dignity for the poor and homeless in Erie, Pennsylvania.

What We Do

For over 22 years, The Upper Room of Erie has been supporting homeless people in Erie who are hurting and often feel helpless. Over 45,000 homeless people in need come to us every year and we are proud to provide hope, restore dignity, and give resources for them to get back on their feet. Our staff refers our guests to other agencies and services as needed, and is also willing to give referrals. The ultimate goal of The Upper Room is to decrease the homeless population in Erie by providing enough support to allow our guests to find jobs and a home.

How You Can Help

You can find one of the many ways to help by visiting the website.  A Grace attender organizes and leads the Christmas Celebration. It’s an opportunity to give gift bags of essentials to over 200 homeless people.  For more information, contact Gae Anderson at dram@roadrunner.com

1024 Peach St,Erie,PA,16501
WCTL

WCTL

Who we are

106.3 WCTL has served the Erie area since 1967, blending upbeat, lyrically sound Contemporary Christian Music with fun, positive airshifts and teaching programs.

What we do

WCTL provides contemporary music that encourages listeners to live fully-devoted to God and emphasizes strong, Biblical teaching from respected national speakers to help listeners grow in their faith.

Nationally recognized for excellence in Christian broadcasting, WCTL is a community-minded radio station, encouraging involvement and participation locally. High school football broadcasts and partnerships with public service agencies confirm WCTL’s commitment to service the local community. We also keep listeners informed about what’s happening in the Christian community and spotlight the events and outreach efforts of local churches, schools, and organizations.

How you can help

WCTL offers a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the year. During the summer months, WCTL will have a presence at a number of parades and local fairs and festivals. We are in need of people to help man our booth and walk in parades during these times (please call for more details). Other opportunities throughout the year include our women's conference in March, Family Comedy Night in April, fundraising mailings, along with other concerts and events. Ages of volunteers vary by event. Call 796-6000 if interested.

10912 Old Rte 19 N,Waterford,PA,16441
Women’s Care Center

Women’s Care Center

Who we are

Women’s Care Center of Erie County, Inc. is a community based non-profit organization serving the tri-state (PA/NY/OH) region for over 30 years. We promote wellness, emotional health, character development, and family stability through a variety of programs and services.

What we do

We provide a safe place of comfort, support and health to individuals and families. We are committed to walk with our clients through a difficult time in their lives. We have many programs at no cost available through our five divisions:

Pregnancy Resource Centers – 4 locations providing free and confidential services

Women’s Care Center Medical Services – 2 locations providing free ultrasound services and free STD testing and treatment “Adoption by Choice” – A PA licensed adoption agency, providing open-style adoption services

Women’s Care Center Education Division – Providing Character-based, Asset-building, Relationship Education – our CARE model – in primarily public schools K – 12 and beyond

How you can help

Ongoing Opportunities - A variety of clerical work and help with mailings is needed on a regular basis. Seasonal maintenance of our building and gardening is also always greatly appreciated! We also offer training programs for volunteers interested in interacting with clients who are in pregnancy crisis, possibly considering abortion, and clients with other challenges. We can also need volunteers for “Stepping Stones Learn to Earn” program.

4408 Peach Street,Erie,PA,16509