A Christ-Centered Response to COVID-19

Dear NCF Indiana Family,

We are living in a moment of serious uncertainty and stress.  What a great moment for the Body of Christ to reflect the love of our Savior and the confidence we have in Him!   We know many of you are already turning your hearts to those in need, and starting to ask the question “how can we, the Body of Christ, help those who need the most help right now?” 

We have created this website as a place to share needs and stories which are specific to the current crisis, and which are locally focused on ways we can all express our love.  We are also using this page as a way to direct you to food pantries, shelters and local churches who are in need and who want to help you help others. God directs us to love our neighbors and we know now more than ever, we are to show the love of Christ to those around us.

The past decade has been one of amazing acceleration in the growth of Donor Advised Funds like NCF.  DAFs are the fastest growing charitable vehicle in the US, and 6 of the 10 largest charities in the country are now DAFs.

Here’s a sampling of ways we can use our Giving Funds to make a difference:

We know you are each aware of the challenges facing our churches.  Please pray for our leaders to receive wisdom and direction from above.

  • We are beginning to hear that church donations are down 20 to 40%.  Some of this is being driven by the lack of Sunday services, and some we assume by people losing jobs, or fearing for possible job loss.  Some of us have resources in our Giving Funds for such a time as this.  Please pray for wisdom and direction in this matter.
  • Some smaller churches do not have access to online giving.  If you know of a church who needs help with this, please let us know.  We would be happy to help them set up a Donate Button where we could collect online contributions for them.

Do you have a passion for helping the hungry? Consider giving to the local food banks. Food banks and shelters are in need now more than ever as school closures, job losses and the worldwide health risks are forcing many to turn to food banks. Even before this virus hit, food banks and pantries were struggling to feed the nearly 37 million Americans who struggle with hunger. Below is a list (although not exclusive) of those in need. If you are aware of others please let us know and we will add them to our list for donations.

Midwest Food Bank

The suspension of businesses and services due to the COVID-19 virus has had a major impact on individuals and families. With the information we have and understanding our mission to serve those in need, Midwest Food Bank is maintaining operations of procuring and distributing food to partner agencies. Semi-loads of family food boxes have been shipped out at the request of our partner, The Salvation Army. More loads have been requested and are in process.  Click HERE to read MFB’s COVID-19 current relief efforts.

Grace Care Center

We want to care for you and protect you as much as we can. With the reality of the COVID-19 outbreak, our work in the Care Center becomes more important than ever, but simultaneously, without adaptations to how we operate, the health and safety of those we serve can become compromised. For the foreseeable future, the Care Center will close all services except the Choice Pantry. With the building closed to the public, we will move to an online ordering process. Visit our website to learn how to order online. Thank you again for your patience and for helping us keep the Grace Care Center open to help everyone we can.

Gleaners Food Bank

Our work continues. We’ve adapted and will continue to do so and have been distributing food at a record pace since March 10. We continue to work with the Indianapolis Public Schools and various other organizations working to ensure that those who need help, have help during this national health and economic emergency.We’ve more than doubled the households served at our Community Cupboard. Because our volunteer numbers have dropped, we’ve hired temporary workers to pack emergency boxes. Many on our team are assisting in assembling and distributing food boxes. Our volunteer tasks fluctuate daily and, recognizing we are considered an essential business, many individuals in our community have stepped up to volunteer for the first time. We appreciate this and will continue to need and welcome volunteers. To sign up to volunteer visit https://gleaners.volunteerhub.com/.

The number of Hoosiers in need has risen dramatically. Our usual distributions cover 400 households per day for the pantry.  As of August, the food pantry has served over 17k households, mobile pantry: 15k households, CARE: 16k households, home delivery: 4k households. Over 11m lbs of total food distributed!  To help today visit gleaners.org/donate.

Faith Hope and Love Community Inc.

Faith Hope and Love Community aims to be a catalyst for change by engaging in relationships with food insecure neighbors on their path to self-sufficiency through missional food pantry training.

Through our partnership with Starbucks, we have transformed their former Castleton store located at 6706 E. 892nd St. into a Drive-thru missional food pantry.

More than ever, we need your prayers and your financial support to continue our mission-critical for such a time like this. Please consider Contributing Online  ( DONATE) or by mailing your Donation to Faith Hope and Love Community, 1100 W. 42nd St. Ste 365, Indianapolis, IN 46208.

Visit our website to read more on FHL’s modified missional food pantry response to COVID-19.

Visit FHL Facebook Page

Northview Church Food Donation

Serve your neighbors by donating food to be distributed to your local food pantry or select one of the DIY options listed.

Consider supporting the local shelters. Due to the awareness of social distancing and the increasing spread of COVID-19, there is a significant decrease in the number of volunteers, thus decreasing the hours of many shelters.

Wheeler Mission

During this ever-changing crisis, Wheeler Mission remains open and continues to serve our most vulnerable neighbors. Because many of our guests live daily with chronic health conditions, they are highly at risk. The safety and services we provide at Wheeler Mission are absolutely critical right now

Thank you to all who have asked how to support Wheeler Mission right now throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve put together a shopping list of most helpful items we need throughout our facilities. Please bring your donations (or have them shipped) to our Men’s Residential Center (245 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis, IN 46204) or our Center for Men (215 S. Westplex Ave., Bloomington, IN 47404). To ensure these items are quickly processed and put right to use, PLEASE DO NOT drop them off at our donation barns.

Together, with YOUR help, we’ll continue providing safety and relief for our neighbors in desperate need. Click Here for a list of most needed items.

You can also donate through the Wheeler Mission Facebook Page.

During such a difficult season, we must continue to provide healthy meals, safe shelter, clothing, and life essentials. People experiencing homelessness rely on Wheeler Mission for these basic needs—we are their only safety net. Please help ensure our most vulnerable neighbors receive this vital care.
Rick Alvis, President/CEO

Outreach Indiana

In the midst of a pandemic and the challenges of 2020, Outreach has adapted their programs to continue to uphold our mission of equipping and empowering homeless teens and young adults to achieve stability and life transformation.


So far this year, Outreach has served 425 youth and young adults with a total of 8,240 interactions.  That number will continue to grow throughout the remainder of 2020.  One example of how Outreach responded to the growing need was to create a food delivery system.   We packaged up food items and took them to our youth.  We continue to deliver to our youth weekly and have served 89 youth and young adults through this program thus far.  We will continue to be flexible and adaptable in response to the needs of our youth and young adults in this season.  We desire to walk with them and provide as much hope as possible.


In addition, Outreach was able to open a satellite program center on the Old South Side and is committed to expanding our reach in the name of Jesus to serve more youth and young adults. Additional resources will be such a tremendous blessing as we maintain the newest location and work towards opening a third location in 2021.


To learn more about in kind items needed for our youth Click here or visit the website at https://www.outreachindiana.org/  Items may be dropped off on Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 9:30 am to 4 pm at the main program center located at 2416 E New York Street, Indianapolis, IN  46201 or call 317-951-8886.

Shepherd Community Center

Shepherd Community is a faith-based, inner-city ministry that’s operated since 1985. Our mission is to break the cycle of poverty on the near Eastside of Indianapolis. We’re anchored in our neighborhood: we serve neighbors, not clients. Our ministry model is to build holistic relationships with our neighbor families (adults & children) to help them develop the physical, emotional, social, academic, and spiritual assets they need to break free from poverty. In normal times we operate a school and a full range of family ministries.

Our leadership team has fast-tracked and our Board approved a far-reaching 120 day COVID-19 response plan. Our mission
(WHY) is unchanged, but we’re shifting our HOW to best-serve our neighbors in this moment. Our 5 priorities in this season are: Food, Connection, Medical Care, eLearning, Family Stabilization/Employment. Please visit our website for more information on how you can help.


Click Here to learn more about Shepherd’s Road to Recovery.

Dayspring Center

Dayspring Center provides emergency shelter, clothing, and three nourishing meals a day for homeless families with children in central Indiana. Families turn to us as a last resort; some to escape domestic abuse, others have experienced financial collapse, medical problems, or other crises that caused them to lose their home.

Dayspring effectively works to combat and prevent family homelessness by first, meeting their most immediate needs for food and shelter, then working with each family to address the issues that led them to their homelessness.


Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is caring for the people who are most vulnerable to Coronavirus Covid-19 nationwide.

To support The Salvation Army, a monetary donation ensures we can continue service delivery in your community. Financial contributions allow us to quickly respond to changing needs, as well as support local economies through the purchase of goods. Every dollar gives hope to those living in poverty during this pandemic.


Hands of Hope

Now more than ever vulnerable children and families need support. Thank you for providing very practical, tangible gifts for children in foster care and those who are serving them. With the financial difficulties some biological, kinship, and foster families are facing, your gift will have a huge impact.

We have an amazon wish list page where people can donate and then Hand of Hope will distribute to DCS offices around the state – then the caseworkers drop the items off where needed at the doors.

Visit www.handsofhopein.org/wishlist for a list of the items needed.

Our youth is often overlooked, however greatly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Kids and teens have had to learn to adjust to e-learning and being secluded in their homes with activities going away such as spring sports, graduations, parties and general interaction with peers. Many kids and teens are vulnerable during this time feeling more unsafe within their homes or unable to connect with others. The foster system in is crisis, local non profits are unable to connect teens as they had in the past and teen suicide has increased due to isolation and the uncertainty of our world. Consider giving to the organizations below who support children, teens and families.

Elevate Indianapolis

Elevate Indianapolis is a privately funded initiative, providing accredited high school classes teaching life skills, character qualities, and leadership to students at Arsenal Technical and George Washington High Schools as well as providing in and out of school mentoring and support for college and career development through its 24/7365 mentoring model. Elevate’s mission is to build long-term, life-changing relationships with Indianapolis urban youth, equipping them to thrive and contribute to their community. Our staff members serve simultaneously as Teachers and Mentors, and they have played significant roles as social-emotional first responders during the COVID-19 crisis because of the relationship-driven model they use to serve our students. Helping students juggle school work and difficult situations at home while learning to make progress forward is at the heart of what they do. The Elevate character and life skills curriculum, along with the Pathways to Purpose College & Career program is designed to help students break the poverty cycle and find living-wage employment. Teacher-Mentors walk side-by-side with students through some of life’s most difficult challenges. Elevate anticipates those needs increasing through this year because of the COVID-19 crisis and the trauma many students have experienced with extended time at home, some faced with family circumstances they are ill-equipped to navigate and others who face economic devastation.

Because Elevate’s Teacher-Mentors often become important, trusted adults in their students’ lives, they are helping students navigate family crises, manage e-learning, address food insecurity, and in some instances, even acquire rent assistance during the COVID-19 crisis. “During this season, we are committed to making sure our students have what they need by providing sound mentoring and consistent love,” says Kara Simmons, a Teacher-Mentor from George Washington.

You can find out more and support the work of Elevate Indianapolis by visiting our website, www.elevateindy.org. Our motto is, “No one gets there alone…” Our students need our help to get farther down the road, and we need your investment in us to make that happen.

“Elevate helps with a lot of things like building yourself, making us out to be leaders…and overall it teaches you a lot in a different perspective. In this season, Elevate has been very helpful. They gave us gift cards for food, and they have been very supportive and understanding. A lot of kids really need people like them!” says Jamyla, a sophomore at George Washington High School.

Safe Families

Safe Families for Children is a movement fueled by compassion to keep children safe and families intact. Through Host Families, Family Friends, and Family Coaches, we temporarily host children and provide a network of support to families in crisis while they get back on their feet.

We open our hearts, open our arms, and open our homes.

We’re at the forefront of caring for vulnerable children and families across the country. Day in and day out, we strive to surround families in crisis with caring, compassionate community.

This need has never been more important than now.

Would you consider giving monthly to support the needs of Safe Families in meeting the needs of our national office in equipping our movement with excellence?

Young Life

With Indiana locations in Carmel, Ft. Wayne, Bloomington and Lafayette, Young Life is a non-profit organization supported through the generosity of individuals, churches, foundations and businesses that care about kids and support our mission.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our youth is especially losing the sense of connection. Young Life is working hard to create a space where kids can connect virtually, both for spiritual growth through bible studies and just to be kids through seeing and talking with each other.


In many ways, Young Life is a “grass roots” organization. Most of the funds given to Young Life each year come from individuals and organizations who are committed to making a difference in the lives of kids in their communities. And as a non-profit, your gift to Young Life may be tax-deductible.


Young Life also welcomes support for missionwide initiatives (e.g., major camp construction projects or scholarship funds to help kids afford the cost of camp) that reach beyond the local community.

Youth for Christ

Staff and programs are suffering – some more than others.

Please consider supporting the basic needs of the thousands of YFC staff who are doing all they can to help the millions of young people know the love of Jesus during these unprecedented times.

Donations given to this fund during the months of April, May and June will go to help sustain YFC programs, staff and volunteers directly impacted by COVID-19.

The Oaks Academy

The Oaks Academy is a PreK-8 Christ-centered classical school in Indianapolis serving a racially and economically balanced student body.  Oaks Cares is their new program that supports urgent family needs including technology, food insecurity, extra support from teachers, and tuition relief for those most impacted by Covid, unemployment and related challenges.

Funds donated to Oaks Cares will meet technology needs for students’ distance learning, ensure that families whose children rely on school breakfast and lunch, will still receive these meals each week and support urgent upcoming needs.

Please consider making a gift to support our Oaks families.

CEF Indiana

With your help we are meeting the needs of elementary schools in Indianapolis and around Indiana.  80% of Children in Indiana never get a chance to visit a church of any kind.  We are going to wherever the children are to spread the gospel and support families during Covid-19.  We need volunteers and support to further God’s love in our communities!  All support given goes directly to introducing elementary kids in public schools to Jesus!

Children and Families in our communities need help during the Pandemic!

Same As U

Same As U’s mission is to help young adults with developmental disabilities live the life they imagine. We are filling a need for more meaningful activities and programming that often stop upon leaving the school system. Same As U opened its doors January 2020 with eight students and today 44 students from Hamilton and surrounding counties call SAU their college. Our student body is diverse including people with Down syndrome, on the autism spectrum, cerebral palsy, Williams syndrome, and/or those experiencing cognitive disabilities.


As these young adults age out of high school, most of the programs that helped give them purpose and fulfillment also ended.  The unemployment rate for this population hovers around 76%. With so much isolation, they are at risk for depression, not to mention losing some of the skills they worked so hard on throughout school. Same As U’s programming is designed to improve the quality of the students’ lives and improve mental health. We are a place where these young adults can come and feel a sense of belonging, maintain, or develop a strong sense of self-worth and continue to learn about the world around them.

Those on the front lines need our support now more than ever. Please consider giving to support our first responders.

Indy Public Safety Foundation

We recognize that the prevailing feelings in our community are uncertainty, anxiety and worry. Working firsthand with the incredible individuals of Indy’s public safety agencies during the City’s COVID-19 response, we remain confident in the collective leadership guiding us through this pandemic.

We know that all individuals throughout our community are being significantly impacted by the restrictions put in place to help “flatten the curve” of the virus’s spread. After much thought, in response to inquiries from individuals and partners throughout the community, IPSF is launching the Supporting the Frontline: Public Safety COVID-19 Response Fund.

For the past 10 days, and for the foreseeable future, IPSF’s role in the COVID-19 response is to ensure first responders have the support they need to lead our city through this crisis. Primarily, that has involved a multi-level partnership with local restaurants to support their businesses and provide food for first responders who need to restrict access to limit potential exposure. IPSF has negotiated pricing that helps restaurants continue to pay impacted employees, but also provides cost-effective meals for first responders. However, as the response is changing by the hour, we anticipate this fund will be used to meet other basic needs of first responders and their families. The end goal is simple: support those who are on the frontline.

If you are able and would like help support Indy’s police, fire, EMS and more during this ongoing pandemic response, please use the form below to make a tax-deductible contribution through our secure donation portal. Please only consider a donation if it will not negatively impact you or your family’s ability to navigate the coming weeks.

Thank you for continuing to show why Indianapolis is the best place to live, work, play and visit.

Nichole Wilson, Chair, Indy Public Safety Foundation Board of Directors

Dane Nutty, Executive Director, Indy Public Safety Foundation

United Way of Central Indiana

The Central Indiana COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund was launched on March 13, 2020, to help ensure individuals, children and families in need are supported during this pandemic. United Way of Central Indiana and a coalition of partners are working with the human services sector to identify these immediate needs and make emergency funds available to organizations working directly with vulnerable populations.

Keeping You Informed: Click here to see COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund Communication Updates.

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions page, where we answer questions about the Central Indiana COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund and how you can get involved and support those impacted by COVID-19.

COVID-19 CERF Funding Partners: The Central Indiana COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund (C-CERF) is a community fund established by founding partners Lilly Endowment Inc., Central Indiana Community Foundation, Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation and United Way of Central Indiana to support human services organizations and the individuals and families they serve who are affected directly and indirectly by the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis.

United Way of Central Indiana is administering C-CERF and is bringing its substantial expertise to this effort.

Direct Relief

Direct Relief working in overdrive to get protective gear and critical care medications to as many health workers as possible, as quickly as possible, with emergency deliveries leaving daily for medical facilities across the U.S.

Direct Relief is coordinating with public health authorities, nonprofit organizations and businesses in the U.S. and globally to provide personal protective equipment and essential medical items to health workers responding to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Direct Relief is also staging personal protective equipment with regional response agencies across the world, including in the Caribbean and South America through the Pan American Health Organization.

Project Hope

Frontline Foods

It started with a simple question: How can we help? As it turns out, there were people all over the country asking the same question. And what began as independent efforts with a shared vision has now become a unified movement with a shared mission: Save local restaurants who have been impacted by shelter-in-place orders, while supporting those doing battle on the frontlines.

Frontline Foods is a grassroots organization that raises money from the community to pay local restaurants to prepare meals for the heroes responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

And we’re not doing it alone. We’ve recently partnered with World Central Kitchen — an international nonprofit relief program led by chef José Andrés — to scale the reach of our program. World Central Kitchen is a 501c3 so all donations to Frontline Foods are 100% tax deductible.

Together we hope to spread the movement to as many cities and communities as possible.

When it comes to COVID-19, the elderly are especially vulnerable to severe illness. More than 105 million Americans—or about 4 in 10 adults—are at heightened risk if infected with the coronavirus, including older adults, people with disabilities and those with underlying health conditions. Please consider donating to any of the below or if you know of any others, please feel free to contact us.

Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana

“Many of our clients are among those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19, and it’s critical they receive meals to remain healthy,” said Barb Morris, CEO. “At the same time, our dedicated volunteers are on the front lines with our clients. It’s imperative we are as vigilant as possible in protecting everyone involved.”

Currently, Meals on Wheels is continuing to serve meals to both their clients in the greater Indianapolis area and those they serve through their statewide program. They are in regular contact with local and state health officials regarding best practices for meal delivery.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to serve our neighbors during this challenging time,” Morris continued. “With the support of our staff, volunteers, friends and clients, we will weather this storm together and continue to be there for the people we serve.”

Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County

Realizing the growing need for quality programs in Hamilton County, Indiana, a Shepherd’s Center was started in 1985 to provide enrichment opportunities for adults 55 years of age and older. Over the years, SCHC’s role in the community and scope of service has evolved and expanded.


NeighborLink Indianapolis

NeighborLink Indianapolis is a nonprofit organization that provides free home repairs and related services to low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities within Marion County, Indiana. We have one mission, to allow seniors in need to stay in their own homes safely and with dignity.

Considering most of the projects we are currently only able to provide are ones that require professional services (plumbers, electricians, etc.) your financial support is more important than ever. The people we serve are provided these services at no cost to allow them to age in place with dignity. If you feel compelled to give at this time, we will ensure those donations go toward these critical services.

Also visit Neighborlink Fort Wayne

Hope Healthcare Services (Hope)

Hope Healthcare Services (Hope) is a medical and dental clinic that operates in the name of Christ and serves anyone who lacks health insurance (no VA, Medicare, Medicaid, or private medical and dental insurance.)  Hope is a low-cost clinic—no visit fee is more than $30.  Hope offers primary care, pediatrics, women’s services, urology, dermatology, school physicals, physical therapy and chiropractic medicine.  Dental services include fillings, cleanings, extractions, root canals, oral surgery and some denture work.  We also provide access to low-cost mental health counseling, tele-psychiatry, prescription medications, labs, radiology, and sleep studies.

Hope began in 2005 as a ministry of Kingsway Christian and is now a separate 501(c)(3) ministry.  Prayer and spiritual support are offered to patents during their visits. Patient fees provide less than 10% of the revenue; the balance is provided by grants, churches, businesses, individuals, and special events.

Volunteer medical and dental professionals work in conjunction with a staff physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner and dentist to provide a medical home for our neighbors without insurance.  Volunteers also serve in filling clerical, administrative, receptionist, marketing and building maintenance roles.

Currently patients can have their first mental health counseling visit at no cost, and the second visit for $5.  Visit myhopehealth.org to learn more or call 317-272-0708 to begin the process of being a patient.

There are many, many more needs. 
Our goal is to start a conversation where we can share what we are learning about the best ways to help.  Please visit our Facebook page or send us an email with things you know about or hear about. We will sort through those and post them on this site.


The NCF Indiana Team – Greg James, Mike Stetzel, Anna Campbell, Angie Sharp, Jill Kendrat