Serving the Community
A Time To Give A Christmas mission at NNC which provides gifts to children and families in need in our community. In 2014, over 2000 toys and gift cards were provided to children and families that were referred to us from Friends of Foster Children, Helps Outreach, Immokalee Missions, New Horizons, Champions for Learning, and Family Crisis Missions. The Angel Tree is placed in the Narthex each year and by taking an angel and providing the gift described, these gifts truly make a difference to these children and families. For more information or to become involved, please email Stephanie Kulek at here.
Disaster Recovery NNC is a caring, mission driven congregation. Therefore, when a disaster strikes here in Collier County or in other areas within our reach we believe we have a responsibility to participate in the response based on our capabilities, training, and resources. Our disaster volunteers are early responders who are called to help make property affected by a disaster, safe, secure, and sanitary.
FLUM Children's Home The Florida United Methodist Children’s Home is a diverse ministry that includes residential care, therapeutic care, foster care, emergency shelter care, independent living assistance, and a community child care center. One campus has 15 residences which can house 8 children (5-17) and two house parents each. The second campus is a youth ranch.For more information please click here.
Grace Place Teaches literacy, language and life skills to children and families at-risk in Golden Gate. Grace Place was founded by NNC and other partner churches in 2004. Over 95% of the families we serve live at-or-near the federal poverty level. English is not the language spoken in the home (75% Spanish and 24% Creole) and parents have a very low literacy rates and education. Grace Place provides the helping hand, educational classes, and the personal mentoring that makes a difference. Over 800 individuals (from babies to school students to adults) are enrolled in classes each week at Grace Place. Over 220 volunteer make this work possible and you are invited to join us! For more information please click here.
Habitat for Humanity In the past 17 years, in addition to funding the construction of 10 homes NNC has provided house leaders and crew leaders, nail pounders and paint spreaders, members of the selection committee and family mentors, English as a second language teachers and budget counselors, and we have prayed for the ministry and the families whose lives are changed through the partnership with Habitat. For more information please click here.
Help’s Outreach This Ecumenically sponsored Christian Mission distributes food, clothing, household items and furniture without charge to families in need throughout our community. Located at 2025 J&C Blvd, Angie and Joe Valentini manage this Mission which is staffed with volunteers from several churches and serves the needs of more than 3000 people per month. They are open
10:00 am—3:00 pm on weekdays except on Wednesdays when they pick up donated furniture. For more information or to get involved please email Lonnie Gallup here.
Immokalee Outreach North Naples Church helps to support various Immokalee ministries with gifts of both time and money to help those in need: Coalition of Immokalee workers, in conjunction with Interfaith Community; Guadeloupe soup kitchen and school; Immokalee Housing and Family Services; Immokalee Friendship House and sandwich program. To volunteer, email Doug Durrenberger here
Naples Harvest Donates fresh fruit and vegetables to local shelters including Helps Outreach, Grace Place, and St. Matthews House. This is a locally supported mission to locate various trees or other produce that can be donated to local shelters. They also work in conjunction with Safe and Healthy Kids Association and local nutritionist to provide better quality whole food meals to suit cultural preferences. Families, friends, or LIFT groups can set up packaging parties. For more information please click here.
New Horizons Currently reaches 350 children and teens by providing 1200 hours of free tutoring and mentoring weekly through its Super Kids Club and Super Teens Club. In addition, through Super Girls Club, Super Moms Club, Super Kids Church Choir, and Super Teens Leadership camp, the students and their families are provided many opportunities to grow and learn socially, academically, and spiritually. New Horizons provides the most vulnerable members of our community with opportunity to choose a different course for their lives. For more information please click here.
School Pantry In partnership with NNC and Harry Chapin Food Bank, we distribute food parcels to the families of students of Avalon and Parkside Elementary Schools in East Naples. About 95% of the children at these schools qualify for free meals at the school, which means the family is at or below the poverty level. NNC members distribute food twice a month, which includes dried foods (rice, beans, and pasta), canned goods (peanut butter, tomatoes, and jelly), fresh vegetables, frozen meat and protein products. For more information or to get involved, please email Bill Grafstrom here.
Mission outreach is an important cornerstone of our faith, as well as part of our own church. The Mission outreach programs we sponsor provide opportunities to meet fellow church members who volunteer in each of these 17 outreach programs. Each year thousands of lives are improved from the missions we support. Mission services include providing food, shelter, education and spiritual direction. These services foster a sense of self-worth and independence, while others offer a safety net for those who struggle with basic needs.