We have compiled a resource list of some local organizations you and your family might like to serve with. Each organization listed has a Four Oaks contact person that can help answer questions and get you plugged in. We hope this resource is a blessing to you!
The Living Harvest Food Bank is a branch of the FarmShare organization that provides fresh, in-season food to people living in poverty. Our goal is to reach the impoverished and working poor of North Tallahassee and provide them with the fresh produce often unavailable for families on a strict budget.
We operate from 9 AM to 12 PM on Saturday mornings at Four Oaks Center, 4500 W Shannon Lakes, Tallahassee, FL 32309. We are presently looking for volunteers to help distribute food on Saturday mornings. This requires no skills other than a heart to serve those in need. For more information, please email Quin Mewborne or call her at (850) 508-2054.
AWPC is a non-profit pregnancy resource center located next to the FSU campus. They offer free pregnancy testing and options counseling for women and men experiencing unplanned pregnancies, as well as non-diagnostic educational ultrasounds, post-abortion support, parenting classes, mentoring programs, and peer-counseling on issues such as relationships, decision making and healthy life choices.
Four Oaks Contact Person: Laure Mulrooney (850-443-9939)
"Your pregnancy test is positive. May I have the honor of giving you your first baby gift?"
These words are spoken day after day by counselors at A Women's Pregnancy Center. Our prayer is that the women who receive these blankets will become convinced that the life inside them really is a baby.
Blankets are being made by volunteers all over Tallahassee to meet this need, yet we cannot keep up with the demand. Four Oaks has been providing blankets for over 20 years.
Would you consider using your gift of sewing, knitting, quilting, or crocheting to make a baby blanket for this ministry? If you are not crafty, would you consider giving resources to purchase yarn and sewing supplies?
Four Oaks Contact: Kim Hughes (850-933-6848)
The Ronald McDonald House of Tallahassee is a “home away from home” for the families of pediatric patients being treated at area hospitals and medical facilities. In 1989, the Tallahassee Ronald McDonald House opened its doors. Today they have nine bedrooms, a living room, family room, large kitchen, playroom, laundry area and an outside deck and grill area for families to call home while their child is receiving medical treatment.
Diapers and newborn clothes
Four Oaks Contact: Tammy Pulsifer (850-545-5153)
During the 1st Service (9:00 am) at Four Oaks Killearn, G.E.M.S. (God’s Extraordinary Miracles), provides a nurturing, God-honoring and prayerful environment for our Four Oaks children with special needs. We trust that God will use these times to shape the hearts of the children and enable parents to worship the Lord without concern. Each child is provided one-on-one attention by well-trained volunteers seeking to include them into Sunday School class activities as much as possible.
Our heart is to come along side these families and offer practical, loving services that would express the love of Christ in the day-to-day care of their children/adults. We recognize that these families are often not understood and feel alienated from church activities. We, in our own weakness, are trying to be more sensitive, available and loving in response to the growing needs of these families.
For information, click here to contact Emily Brannon.
Making Miracles Group Home is a place for homeless, pregnant women to find refuge and help. Debra Harris, a New Orleans native familiar with the struggles of being single, pregnant, and hopeless, has opened MMGH to help women to keep their babies while working or going to school. Debra supports these women towards a life of successful parenting and self-sufficiency. She has a good relationship with both A Women's Pregnancy Center and the PHI Center.
Current Volunteer Needs:
Provide transportation for: grocery shopping, doctor's appointments, to church CRBC
Mentoring – life skills, financial planning, parenting skills
Paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, washing powder for an older model washer, bleach, swiffer sheets for floor, garage trash bags, wet wipes
Four Oaks Contact: Lori Crowe (850-339-9039)
Established in 1974, the Pregnancy Help and Information Center (PHI Center) is a relationally-focused, nonprofit 501(c)(3) agency investing in the future of the Tallahassee community by bringing God's love to protect life, nurture families, and promote sexual purity. The PHI Center offers aid and assistance at no cost to women who believe they might be pregnant, those who are pregnant and the men in their lives. We assist both parents after the birth of their child and help them obtain the emotional, physical, and material support they need to care for their new family. Our mission at the PHI Center is to offer compassion and support as we share the love of Christ with those who feel unloved and unworthy, and to offer hope to those who feel hopeless.
Avenues of Involvement:
Direct Client Ministry
Educator/Facilitator for classes and groups
Bible Study Leader
Indirect Client Ministry
Promote awareness in community and local churches
Four Oaks Contact: Sarah Jurkowski
PlayBig specializes in trans-disciplinary treatment of children & teens with sensory processing disorder, autism, developmental delay, attention system deficits, and social emotional & behavioral challenges. The PlayBig Team is comprised of expert physical therapists & physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists & occupational therapist assistants, speech and language pathologists, and mental health therapists and, of course the family. The PlayBig team collectively assesses and provides individualized treatment for each child.
Immediate Needs for some of the families they serve:
Weighted blanket for ASD
3 kids who need a bed and bedding
Some dining furniture and couch
Several kids who need sponsorship for summer camps at YMCA, city of tally parks and rec, and play big.
A mother of 8 that needs diapers and essentials for 3 kids under 3
An air purifier for a kid with severe asthma
Lots of clothes, shoes, essentials
Contact Michelle Spencer, case manager with Play Big, to coordinate any donations.
Four Oaks Contact: Rachel Scharlepp (850-284-3476)
TLH is a Faith based/12 Step Residential Christian Recovery Program and Ministry for men re-entering society from prison. The primary goal and focus of TLH is to facilitate a stable environment that gives individuals an opportunity to rebuild their lives and re-enter society as an active contributing member by achieving residential stability, increasing their skill levels and/or income, and obtaining greater self determination and moral integrity. Your gifts to the Living Harvest Ministry bless the men who come here to rebuild their lives, regain their families, and rejoice in the love of God and God’s people.
You can support this ministry by donating items to the Thrift Shop located in the Four Oaks Center, and by shopping with them.
Each Thursday afternoon from 3-4:15pm, we host a club at the school designed to share the love of Jesus with children. This action-packed time includes songs, Scripture memory, a Bible lesson, a missions story, and review games or other activities focused on the lesson's theme.
This is an amazing opportunity to serve our community and pour into the lives of the next generation!
Please contact Pastor Scott Stake if you are interested in serving with this ministry.