Ongoing service opportunities allow APU students to serve from Azusa to LA in a consistent capacity with existing organizations that work towards community transformation. The heart of these ministries is for APU students to develop relationships with the communities they serve over the 10 week period of local engagement per semester. These opportunities fulfill service credits, but more so aim to foster relationships, learning, and a posture of life-long service for APU students. How better can we fulfill Christ's call to love our neighbor than to know them and walk alongside them weekly?
Dream Center Adopt a Block
Saturdays (2x/Month), 8:00am-2:00pm | 15 Service Credits
As a ministry of the Dream Center, Adopt a Block serves over 150 communities weekly through immediate food and hygiene relief with the hope of offering additional holistic resources for individuals experiencing homelessness and hunger. Students build relationships with people in various communities of Los Angeles and serve them through relief assistance and prayer.
YMCA Basketball League, Santa Anita
Practices: 1 hour, 1 day a week (Monday-Thursday)
Games: 1 hour, 1 day a week (Friday night or Saturday morning)
15 Service Credits
We are partnering with the YMCA of Santa Anita to help coach youth basketball teams. Coaches will work in pairs to coach young adults from the Santa Anita area. Coaches will facilitate one hour long practice between Monday and Thursday (depending on coaches' schedules) and attend one hour long game on either Friday night or Saturday morning, depending on the age group.
Open Door Soccer League
*Fall Semester Only
Practices: Thursdays, 5:00pm-6:30pm + Games: Saturdays, 9:00am-10:00am & 10:00am-11:00am | 15 Service Credits
We partner with Church of the Open Door to run a free youth soccer program for kids in the community. Students serve as coaches and referees for the participants, ages 4-12.
*Spring Semester Only
Saturdays, 9:00am-11:00am | 15 Service Credits
We are partnering with the Challenger Division of the National Little League, which allows boys and girls who are differently-abled to play baseball together in an organized league. Students serve as buddies and help participants play the game.
Neighborhood Homework House
Mondays & Wednesdays: 3:00pm–4:30pm or 4:45pm–6:00pm
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 3:00pm–4:30pm or 4:45pm–6:00pm
Fridays (Club Meetings): 3:00pm–4:00pm & 4:00pm–5:00pm
15 Service Credits
We partner with Neighborhood Homework House whose mission is to partner with parents of at-risk, Azusa students to equip them to thrive academically, socially, and spiritually. Students serve as tutors and mentors for small groups of students, grades PK through 12, in the program.
Young Life Capernaum
Fridays, 6:00pm-8:00pm | 15 Service Credits
We partner with Young Life Capernaum, which is a ministry of Young Life, and a relationally based service for differently-abled children and youth in Azusa and Glendora. Students help set up and facilitate various activities and build lasting relationships with youth and families.
Local partnerships are being solidified || Stay tuned for ongoing opportunities
San Dimas Retirement Center
Tuesdays, 6:45pm-8:00pm | 15 Service Credits
We are partnering with SDRC to build relationships with the elderly in our community. Students enjoy various activities like meals, crafts, games, and entertainment with the residents.
Saturdays, 9:30am-1:30pm (4-5 times per semester) | 15 Service Credits
As a ministry of Foothill Community Church in the city of Azusa, Community Meals exists to provide food relief to those who are experiencing homelessness and hunger in the community. Students help prepare, serve, and clean up for each meal.
Bi-Weekly Educational Events at the College and High School Level.
Starting in October 2018, volunteers will be planning and attending bi-weekly educational events at APU with speakers, films, and activities related to human trafficking prevention, intervention, and survivor support. Through these collegiate events, we hope to develop a sustainable education module focused on human trafficking prevention for high school students.
Spring Events coming soon!
Crisis Intervention through Mental Health Focused Online Counseling.
Volunteers work through a national Crisis Text Line to help counsel people through crisis situations such as human trafficking along with others crisis such as depression, anxiety, suicidal idealization, abuse, and more.
ROUND ONE of training begins October 29th and will be for six weeks. After counseling certification, volunteers will start counseling on the Crisis Text Line platform. (https://www.crisistextline.org/)
Volunteers go to safe houses on designated weekends to spend time with social workers and survivors who live there. Activities might include baking together, different types of art therapy, and more.
Our first safe house trip will be announced soon. Volunteers will do art therapy with human trafficking survivors in Pasadena.(https://hovinghome.org/)
More information and sign up, email Ashley Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Service credits listed are for those who attend ministry. Those who are inconsistent in attendance will receive less credits, potentially none. Our heart is for relationship building and growth over time which cannot be achieved without investment.