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Outreach Opportunities

Compassion Ministries

Here at Orchard, we are committed to both global & local mission outreach. We support various missionaries overseas in addition to serving the needy in our community. Orchard strives to encourage, teach, develop, financially support, and pray for disciples to spread God’s Word.

Orchard is charged with establishing ministries in support of “the widow, the orphan” and the “least of these brothers of mine”. Our endeavor is to find ministries and opportunities to serve that are closely aligned with our Lord’s mandate to serve those in the deepest need.


Local Outreach:

Join the committee! If interested please contact Jeremy Jacob

Tutoring Center

Tutoring Center – The tutoring center is located at Orchard Community Church. Here you’ll find loving and caring volunteers help elementary school children with math, reading, and writing. Currently, we have a waiting list of students needing tutoring. If you have one hour, once a week please contact Betty Whitney to become a tutor! (805) 647-3757 ext 16


BRING ACTS OF SERVICE TO NEIGHBORS IN NEED. NOW (Needs of the Week) Projects serve under-resourced seniors, families, and those with disabilities by meeting critical minor repair needs that improve their safety in the home. In order to meet the ever-increasing level of needs in Ventura County, we need committed volunteers like you! 

Community Christmas ShoppeAn opportunity to minister Christ’s love to under-resourced families in tangible and life-impacting ways: tangible, through receiving gifts and experiencing the family-oriented event; life-impacting, through the contact, care, and compassion guests experience by Shoppe volunteers. Volunteers are in need and it is easy to sign up! Just click this link!

ONE DAY, HUGE IMPACT. Love VC (Ventura County) is a county-wide event that brings acts of service to communities in need. On one day, thousands of volunteers from churches, businesses, and agencies come together to complete projects for their neighbors.

Young Life

The mission of Young Life is to, “introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith.” Contact Dave Afman (805-647-1575) for more information or visit the website

Homeless Prevention Fund

Pays rent for those at risk of being evicted because of medical bill, car emergency, or other sudden major expense if the case manager from the Salvation Army believes that going forward they have the resources to be housed for at least 6 months. For more information please email them at or visit their website

Winter Shelter Support

We collect items and donate funds  and encourage people to volunteer to the City of Ventura’s winter shelter response effort for those experiencing homelessness.

The Arch

Is a year round shelter. we support financially, make breakfast and soup in a bag, 1000 of each  soup in the winter, breakfast in the summer. We encourage people to volunteer and we collect hygiene items and clothing. Please contact Inger Smuts (

Tender Life Maternity Home

For homeless pregnant moms. The agency provides mentoring, baby showers, life skills, housing and support for mother and baby. We encourage groups to host a baby shower for a mom, often have a work day to paint and garden, support financially and encourage groups to provide a meal. To get involved please contact or call 805-653-7474

City Center Transitional Living Center

We support financially, encourage people to volunteer, have work days to paint, clean up and do yard work. We want for volunteers to be a mentor to a family. City center provides skills, training, resources to move residents from homelessness to successful independent living. To get involved please contact or call 805-628-9035

Salvation Army

We collect food for the pantry and encourage people to volunteer at the pantry. To get involved please call 805-659-3598 or visit

Step up Ventura

Facilities all day preschool and daycare for children ages 0-5 who are experiencing or at high risk of experiencing homelessness. we support financially and encourage people to volunteer. To get involved please visit or email them at

Moving In

Is a grass root group from the faith community that assists people moving out of homelessness and into their permanent home. Volunteers to help with the move are needed. As a congregation we do a fall collection of kitchen items to help furnish the persons new kitchen.

Health Care for Justice

We support financially and in other ways as possible as the organization provides care to victims of human trafficking, and domestic violence. For more information please call 805-651-3353 or visit


Global Outreach:

Global Missions team is an active group that meets on the 4th Thursday evening of each month. Please contact Rich Smith if you would like to visit or participate.


is a short-term missions organization.  Participation will increase your faith and understanding of God’s work here and abroad. We send short-term mission teams to many of our mission partners through IMPACT. Many opportunities to Learn, Serve, Share! 

Lifewater International

Lifewater International brings safe water, hygiene/sanitation, and the gospel to rural villages through Healthy Homes programs in Ethiopia, Uganda, and Cambodia. Villages are transformed as people are educated about hygiene, trained in working as a community and see the love of God in action.

It’s hard to overstate the impact clean water, sanitation, and hygiene can make on a village in rural Uganda. It absolutely transforms a community. Babies are healthy, parents are able to work and provide for their families, and boys and girls can go to school.

Visit their website:

God’s Hidden Treasures

is an outreach to the handicapped and orphans in Ukraine. 

Nita Hansen, ministering in war-torn Ukraine, wrote “Do we when we are faced with conflict, seek Jesus to find out what He would do?  Or do we jump into the fray, holding onto our “rights” and take sides?  The enemy feeds on division.  God does great things when we come together “in one accord”.  Pray for her work discipling her Ukrainian staff in the ways of Jesus, and for peace.


The program uses adventure education to promote positive values of self-confidence and teamwork among youth. IN VIATA Camp youth are stimulated to learn practical skills about life and to adopt positive values and behaviors.

Dana and Brandi Bates lead the VIATA/IMPACT programs in Romania, in addition to a children’s literacy program.  VIATA is an outdoor adventure camp teaching practical lessons about life such as self-confidence, trust, communication, defining success, problem-solving, and perseverance.  IMPACT consists of a network of Community Initiative Clubs for Youth and is a powerful vehicle of social change. The Children’s Literacy Program teaches parents how to read to their children and provides appropriate Romanian children’s literature.

New Growth Development Corp

Located in India. NGDC believes a transformed community is the result of many transformed lives, each one impacting his own community for good. NGDC, therefore, provides tools for individuals to grow in educational, economic and spiritual strength, so that having the strength they may offer assistance to others.  NGDC operates in both urban and rural Indian environments, assisting people to lead transformed lives.  A training center has been established to train rural pastors in ministry and self-sufficiency.

Union Biblica

Union Biblica, or Scripture Union in Honduras promotes biblical literacy, character education, and youth leadership skills throughout Honduras. UBH is led by Orlando and Sylvia Japas.

Antalya Evangelical Church

Located in Antalya, Turkey is a Turkish-speaking congregation, founded in 1992. As a Christian congregation, they support each other in ministry to the community, share who Christ is in their lives, and seek to honor God through their individual and corporate actions. They are led by pastor Ramazan Arkan.


Is a family living in an undisclosed Muslim country, witnessing to who Christ is in their lives and praying for the Holy Spirit to reveal who He is to the people around them.