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Outreach Opportunities | Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church


Outreach Opportunities



Music & Worship

The Music & Worship ministry group works together to be sure that our worship experiences strengthen us and equip us for service outside our four walls.  This group looks at the various aspects of worship, including music, worship styles, and special services that will be meaningful and helpful for our lives of faith.


Isaiah 61
Help for the Homeless in Harrisburg, PA comes in many forms and from many people. Isaiah 61 Ministries has dedicated themselves to this calling from God and they work with the homeless every day of the week. Zion is helping this soup kitchen by donating food and serving the homeless the 5th Tuesday of the month.
Caitlin's Smiles

Caitlin’s Smiles is dedicated to sharing smiles and laughter with children facing chronic or life-threatening illnesses. Founded in 2004 in memory of Caitlin Hornung, this non-profit organization distributes arts and crafts kits to hospitals, giving kids an outlet for creativity and the means to heightened feelings of self-worth. Caitlin’s family are members of Zion. Zion housed Caitlin’s Smiles in its beginning years and is still very actively involved–in both volunteering and donations. They have reached over one million children in hospitals with their arts and crafts supplies!


Helping Hands Ministries of Harrisburg

They are an outreach ministry in the city of Harrisburg for the homeless, the downtrodden, and other needy people. Through hot meals, they reach out to the poor with a love and care that is so often missing yet desperately wanting in their lives. No one is turned away. Anyone in need of a hot meal or encouragement is welcomed. Zion donates food and winter clothing items.




St. Barnabas Center

St. Barnabas nurtures the spiritual, educational, social, and physical development of children and youth in Uptown Harrisburg. It is a joint project of the ELCA and Episcopal Churches. Zion has collected clothing and snack packs for their summer day camp program.


Bethesda Mission

Since 1914, Bethesda Mission has been a missionary arm of the local church, reaching out to men, women, and children of all races, nationalities, and creeds, providing the poor and homeless with shelter, food, clothing, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ, and discipling them in the Christian life.


Ronald McDonald House in Hershey

Their mission is to provide a loving home-away-from-home for families with children traveling to Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital for treatment and to support organizations that directly improve the health and well being of children. Zion collects magazines and soda tabs for the RMcD House to recycle as a fundraiser. Zion collects pajamas and personal toiletry items.


Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank

They are a not-for-profit, community-based blood program, committed to providing a quality blood supply, responsive to community needs, in a cost effective manner. Zion has formed a partnership to sponsor a monthly blood drive in the Dauphin community.