Gahanna Residents in Need (GRIN) is our local food pantry that serves the area of the Gahanna Jefferson School District. In addition to food, they also have clothing and some financial assistance available (primarily focused on utilities).
We have folks from our church that volunteer at GRIN, and we make regular collections at the church to donate - like monthly special collection items GRIN asks for and winter clothing items in the season. We also host an annual concert featuring Capitol City Chorus as a fundraiser.
In the summer of 2020, we launched a Community Produce Garden on our grounds that will primarily benefit GRIN to fight food insecurity with more fresh produce options for our neighbors.
Lion's Locker offers food items, school supplies, and other assistance to Gahanna Jefferson School District students conveniently and anonymously through their schools. Our church focuses on regularly collecting items for weekly snack packs they provide, as well as items for special seasonal collections. We have some wonderful members who are staff at Gahanna Lincoln High School who serve as liaisons for us to the program.
Gahanna Neighborhood Bridges is the local chapter of the Neighborhood Bridges program that started here in Central Ohio and is spreading around the country. The program serves as a connecting bridge between people with needs that can fall through the cracks of the most common resource providing agencies and individuals, churches, business, and organizations that have a capacity to meet that need and are willing to step up to help.
We do our best to track their regularly announced needs and respond as members or as a church whenever our abilities and resources match with what people are looking for. We encourage everyone to do the same through their webpage.
The Retired Senior and Volunteer Program (RSVP) is one branch of the Senior Corps (similar to Americorps or Peace Corps) that facilitates connections between people over 55 interested in volunteering and community organizations that best match their schedule, interests, and skills to maximize the experience of volunteering and the impact of community organizations. We work together with them to help our members, and their friends and neighbors, find a breadth of opportunities to connect with and serve our community.
Constructing Assured and Motivated People (CAMP) was founded in 1955 by Boonie and Jannie Brizius - members of GC3! This exciting and formational annual summer camp program has played a profound role in the development of generations of our members, as well as thousands of others.