Making a Difference

Thank you for your interest in wanting to make a difference in our local community!

Below is information for ways you can give more.

Stock the Degage Christmas Store

Thornapple will be collecting gifts for Degage’s Christmas Store from now through Dec. 8 (bring them to church Sundays, Nov. 28 or Dec. 5 or during the week, Tues.-Fri., 9am-3pm).  Donations to the store allow men and women the opportunity to choose and purchase items (at a very small cost) rather than to receive free handouts.  Donated gifts should range in value from $5-$35  from their wishlist (please donate new, not used items).  Do not wrap the gifts.  You can also purchase gifts on Amazon and have them sent directly to Degage.

Hands on Work Opportunities for Men and Women

The Love Mercy Do Justice team is encouraging individuals and groups who like to work with their hands to volunteer at Habitat for Humanity, Family Promise and Inner City Christian Federation (ICCF). These three organizations have opportunities for men and women to work on new houses as well as renovating old houses and manufactured homes. The jobs require varying levels of skill. Some jobs involve demolition, painting, carpentry, landscaping, general clean up, etc. The work is often simple, requiring no previous skills. Other projects require some skill, but supervisors teach whatever is needed to accomplish the tasks.

Upcoming Work Projects Opportunities
  • Saturday, Jan. 22, 9am-Noon, we have room for up to 8 people to work with ICCF on a home
  • Thursday, Jan. 27, 8am- 4pm, we have room for up to 5 people to work with Habitat for Humanity on a home. 
No building experience needed. Please email Janet Dietsch if you want to work on one of these dates.
Here’s what you need to know:
For Group opportunities: The LMDJ will periodically schedule a work day for a small group.  If you are interested in group projects, please email Janet Dietsch to be added to the list of people who are interested in these projects. Janet will contact you when dates are scheduled and you can opt-in to volunteering for that opportunity.

For Individuals: You do not have to wait for a group opportunity to volunteer. Individuals can help at any time. Simply contact the organization you want to volunteer with to learn more:
  • Habitat builds new homes for low-income families. To volunteer at Habitat, sign up HERE.
  • Family Promise renovates manufactured homes for low-income families. To help, email Volunteer Coordinator Chelsea Jandernoa (or call 616.308.8917)
  • ICCF renovates homes for low incomes families. To help, email Volunteer Coordinator Sheryl Baas (or call 616.336.9333 x616)

Meals for Degage Ministries

One of our community partners, Degage Ministries is having a rough go of it and along with our prayers, could use some additional help. They have an immediate need for casseroles prepared in a commercial kitchen (the one at Thornapple qualifies!). If you are able and interested in helping make casseroles at church please contact Kimberly Korpak to reserve a time and sign up for a date HERE. Questions? Contact Karen Knister (

Donate Blood | Blood Drive

Partnership with Thornapple Covenant Church and Cascade Fellowship
Working with our neighbor church, Cascade Fellowship, we are hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive every other month from now until May 2022. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, an appointment is needed. Go here to make an appointment (search by zip code and select desired date at Thornapple or Cascade Fellowship – there are multiple slots for each time so spouses can sign up together, you just need two accounts) – allow more time than normal to donate as there are added safety procedures in place.
Volunteers will be needed to help with the drive: loading/unloading supplies; greeting and screening donors; serving post-donations snacks. Sign up HERE.
Contact Beth Van Over with questions.

Future Blood Drive Dates, 11am-5pm each day:
  • January 24, 2022 at Cascade Fellowship
  • March 28, 2022 at Thornapple
  • May 23, 2022 at Cascade Fellowship
    Note: Donors can give every 56 days so these are spaced so you can give each time.