About GCU’s Local Outreach Efforts
Local Outreach (LO) is committed to serving our neighbors and positively impacting the community surrounding Grand Canyon University. We are excited about your interest in serving. Please review our outreach opportunities below.
Every Saturday morning Canyon Kids, a ministry organization, invites the children in our neighborhood to Little Canyon Park for Bible stories, games and crafts. Volunteers have the opportunity to mentor and form spiritual relationships with kids from the local community.
The first Saturday of every month is dedicated to serving the mothers of the kids involved with Canyon Kids. Mothers are invited to coffee time, crafts, a Bible study and socialization.
Changing Lives Center (CLC)
This ministry focuses specifically on women and children who have escaped an abusive home or found refuge from the dangers of living homeless. Students help lead worship services and Bible studies for children (ages 3-12) every Wednesday night.
This ministry provides an opportunity to spend time with retired residents living in Colter Commons, the apartment complex on Colter Street, located just behind the Papago Apartments. This is a chance for students to build relationships, laugh and connect with their residents.
Every Wednesday and Thursday morning, students go downtown with Church on the Street to the Arizona CASS Shelter to serve breakfast, sing songs and listen to the stories of various men and women who live among the homeless population in Phoenix.
The local outreach team strives to see Christ's story of redemption touch not only our own neighborhood, but neighborhoods throughout Phoenix. To see this happen, we work alongside Neighborhood Ministries. The mission of Neighborhood Ministries is to break the cycle of poverty in inner-city Phoenix by holistically loving, serving and empowering families through the life-transforming power of hope.
This happens practically with outreach programs designed to meet basic needs, including food and clothing assistance, safety, youth programs, crisis housing and medical and dental services. Additionally, empowerment programs have grown out of long-term relationships. These programs realize families and individuals need case management, academic support, college or trade school placement and workforce development.
New Life Pregnancy Center
CPC was founded in 1982 to serve the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of women and families who are in crisis because of an unplanned pregnancy. Volunteers help with client care, administration, prayer support, cleaning/organization, practical "helps" and more.
Serve the City
Serve the City is an opportunity for the GCU student body to come together once a semester to bless others in the community by painting projects, yard work, gardening, sorting clothes and much more. This semester we will partner with Habitat for Humanity. This event is only open to ground, traditional students.
The teenage years tend to be one of the most formative periods in a person's life. Often middle school and high school students are overlooked and misunderstood. The GCU Youth Outreach team meets each week within the Canyon Corridor neighborhood. The goal of Youth Outreach is to establish mentoring relationships with middle school and high school students.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity and Grand Canyon University partner together to restore and revitalize homes in the Canyon Corridor and Maryvale neighborhoods. As a part of this ongoing partnership, students can join the efforts by signing up to participate in multiple home improvement projects. A typical Habitat project may include landscaping, painting, gardening or demolition. Lunch is provided! To register, click here and use the registration code "GCUGen."