In Our Community
Service to others is a Church of the Brethren hallmark. We participate as leaders and supporters in a number of local efforts. Our support include both personal service and financial contributions.
Hatfield CoB Food Cupboard This food program operates from the Hatfield Church of the Brethren. It currently serves about 90 client families with a Hatfield address. It has become a cupboard with broad community support and an increasing client base. The Cupboard works in alliance with regional food and government agencies tasked with distributing food to the needy. Over the years the volunteer force has grown to about 25. Volunteers have joined in from various backgrounds and affiliations outside of the Hatfield Church. Indian Creek CoB has a number of members who serve at the Food Cupboard.
Red Cross Blood Drives are hosted by Indian Creek CoB twice a year. These drives are regularly held on the 4th Tuesday of March and November from 3 - 8 PM. Kitty Doughty has been our coordinator and donor recruiter for several years. Her efforts have resulted in an increasing donor base. For folks who like to maintain a regular donation schedule in a friendly and consistent location - we offer a routine you can count on. Kitty maintains a contact list of interested donors who she reaches out to leading up to each blood drive. If you are interested in helping Kitty work on the Drive or would like to be scheduled for an up coming drive - please email Kitty Doughty. For information about the donation process and issues like "can I donate?" please visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/
Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) - IHN is a homeless outreach. Indian Creek has provided a month of housing assistance to area families that have found themselves without a place to call home.
Keystone Opportunity Center - In addition to supporting the IHN program of Keystone Opportunity Center, Indian Creek also leverages our Brethren Disaster Ministries construction skills to repair and renovate Keystone's properties - typically subsidized living units (apartments and homes) around the area. This work typically involves replacing flooring, repairing walls, and wood work, painting and other general maintenance tasks. Additionally Indian Creek volunteers provide other assistance to Keystone such as being a receptionist, helping with client moves and so on. We also collect food for their pantry.
Peter Becker Community - (PBC) is a prominent retirement community in the Harleysville area. PBC was originally founded out of initiatives from within the Indian Creek CoB. Several Indian Creek CoB members live at PBC. In fact two of our members are featured on the cover of the latest PBC Brochure and in the scrolling banner of their website - the happy residents are Lois Bowman and Joe Bussman. Indian Creek members volunteer at various tasks to support PBC, the largest effort being their Annual Flower Show. Additionally our volunteers work at the gift shop and assisting the staff with bed making.
Beanbag Lunch Program is a food program led by Zion Mennonite church that runs from October through the school year, providing elementary school students with a bag filled with food for every weekend. Students identified by the school as "food insecure" often struggle with their studies when they arrive at school hungry. The Bean Bags include nutritious food items for two breakfasts, lunches and snacks over the weekend.The project serves all elementary schools in the Souderton School District. Our members join Zion Mennonite members in preparing the lunch sacks and delivering them to the schools.