We have strategically partnered with several local ministries to enhance their reach and to empower our team of volunteers to serve above and beyond their expectations.


Meal Service

First Thursday in February, April, June, August, October, and December.
We cook onsite for 150 individuals, then eat and converse with patrons. Volunteers can also contribute food to the meal.

Due to space limitations, volunteers need to sign up for more information via our events page.

Ages: Must be 10 years old, under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

If you would like to find other ways to get connected with City Gospel Mission, visit City Gospel Mission’s website.

Mobile Food Pantry

Food drives and distributions take place at various times through the year.
We distribute food to families in need. Opportunities to serve include: event set up, distribution of food, shopping with patrons, transport food to vehicles, and event tear down/clean up.

Looking for the next event? Sign-up on our events page. 

Ages: All welcome, under 10 accompanied by an adult.

To register for the next upcoming Mobile Food Pantry, or to learn more about Inter Parish Ministry, please visit their website.

Meal Bag Packing

Various times throughout the school year.
Serve onsite by packing meals for distribution.

Ages: All welcome, under 10 accompanied by an adult.

For more information or to get involved with Empower Youth, please visit their website.

Currently, we are looking for a team leader for this ministry. If you are interested, please reach out to

Donation Drives & Fundraisers

Various times throughout the year.
Collect personal hygiene items, clothing, etc. needed by patrons of local organizations, including: A Caring Place, House of Peace Women’s Shelter, Milford Women’s Shelter, and James Sauls Homeless Shelter.

Ages: All welcome.

To volunteer onsite or to get connected in other ways to donate and serve, please visit their website or call.

  • A Caring Place Pregnancy Help Center • website 
  • YWCA House of Peace Women’s Shelter • (513) 753-7281 • website
  • Milford Women’s Shelter • (513) 831-1462
  • James Sauls Homeless Shelter • (513) 732-6464 • 2403 Old State Rte 32, Batavia, OH 45103

Meal Service

Teams work together to provide appreciation meals to local police and fire departments.

Ages: All welcome.

To register for this event, please contact Arlan Howard.

School Supply and Clothing Drive

June and July
We collect school supplies for children in Jackson, Kentucky, which is located in the 3rd poorest county in the US.

Ages: All welcome.

More information, including ways to connect and serve onsite at The Happy Church, can be found on their website.

In addition to service projects and donation drives, we also support several partners financially.

Arlan Howard

I was born in Kentucky, but grew up in Cincinnati. Except for the time I was in the Army, I’ve lived in the Greater Cincinnati area my entire life. After my Army service, I attended the University of Cincinnati and began a career as a design engineer. Thirteen years later I felt the call to be in full-time ministry at Mount Carmel. I haven’t looked back since!