Serving our Community and the World

The Gathering has developed a few strategic partners with whom we work to actively demonstrate Christ’s love to the world. Many of our LIFEgroups work hand in hand with these partners on a regular basis to bring God’s light to our community. If you would like to learn more about one of these relationships, please send us an email us.


COVID-19: As a reminder, if you have exhibited any cold or flu symptoms, fever, or have had contact with anyone with these symptoms, it is important that you stay home and not engage in delivery or drop off of items to our partners. We want to ensure the health and wellbeing of those we are serving. 

Help pack lunches for St. Vincent Shelter

What you need to do:

  • Drop off lunches at The Gathering Church between 4:00PM and 6:00PM on the April 25th.
  • Tom Shuler will have his car in the parking lot of The Gathering. You will pull up to the car and drop off food.

What needs to be in the sack lunch:

  • One hearty ham sandwich: 2 ounces of ham on bread without condiments (condiment packets may be placed in bag, but are not required)
  • A drink: small bottled water or juice box
  • 2 snacks: Individually package salty snack and a sweet snack or a piece of fruit
  • Date: Every bag must be dated with the date it was prepared
  • Please use gloves and safety precautions when making food (masks are good idea).

Questions: Contact Tom Shuler at or (937) 520-6622.

Make homemade face masks

Individuals who have already created homemade face masks can drop off their donations at St. Vincent de Paul, 945 S Edwin C Moses Dr., Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. This centralized location will allow for appropriate storage, laundering and distribution throughout the region if needed. Donations should be delivered in plastic bags no larger than 13 gallons, ideally in bags that are closed/tied for storage.

Face Mask Pattern

Volunteer to help locally


Thank you for your willingness to serve during this time! Please note that the form above is specifically in response to COVID-19 and will only support efforts considered “essential”, supporting a basic human need (hunger, shelter, physical & mental health, etc). The Dayton-area chapters of United Way, Declare and many other organizations are working together to ensure that mission-critical activities are staffed with the appropriate volunteers. Please submit your information in the form above so you can be connected with appropriate volunteer activities.  Each volunteer will be required to meet the age, health and professional requirements of the organization they serve with.

Have a question? Please call 937-476-7521.

International Friendship Families Online

The University of Dayton seeks volunteers for a summer edition of "International Friendship Families Online!" Learn about another part of the world while supporting international students who are still here with us in Dayton during the stay-at-home order. Volunteers will be matched with 1-2 international students and asked to video chat with their student(s) at least once a week. We'll send all participants an e-newsletter each Monday morning with fun themes and topics for the week. We'll also be holding some Zoom Tuesday Trivia hangouts that all participants are invited to join.  Learn more and register by April 17 at IFF Online Sign Up Form

Dominican Republic Mission Team

The Gathering will be partnering with DRMT June 26 – July 6, 2020. If you’d like more information about our Summer Mission Trip, email

Since 1990, the Dominican Republic Mission Team (DRMT) has been working with local partners in La Romana, DR, to serve the very poor in the bateyes and barrios. Founded initially at First Baptist Church of Wallingford, CT, the DR Mission Team has grown over the years to where they now send up to 175-200 volunteers annually from churches, schools, Christian fellowships, businesses, and organizations.

While in La Romana, the DRMT works in conjunction with the Maranatha Church (our hosts and partners since 1990), El Buen Samaritano Hospital, Mission Maranatha, Beracca Church, the Joe Hartman School, and other ministry partners.

More info: DRMT

Good Neighbor House

Good Neighbor House was founded out of a collaboration of eight Dayton area Seventh-Day Adventist churches who desired to make a difference by helping to meet the needs of the under-served in the Dayton community. So in 1994, the congregations came together to form Good Neighbor House, a nonprofit organization that provides food pantry services, clothing, and household items to under-served individuals and families in the Greater Dayton Region. As the need for affordable healthcare increased within Dayton’s working uninsured community, so did Good Neighbor House’s vision.

​Today, Good Neighbor House offers a full range of Human and Health Services to the community as we collaborate with many local agencies to assist clients. Through the contributions of dedicated donors and volunteers, the agency is funded and supported by monetary and in-kind donations that help to make a tremendous difference in the lives of many throughout the Greater Dayton Region.

More Info: Good Neighbor House

Nehemiah Vision Ministries

Located just 12 miles north east of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Nehemiah Vision Ministries (NVM) is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization that ministers to people living in the communities of Chambrun and Onaville along with smaller villages within a ten-mile radius of our 18-acre ministry campus.


Moving people from darkness to light and from hopelessness to eternal life.

The Gathering partnered with NVM during the summer of 2018.  Although unrest in Haiti kept us from visiting in 2019, we continue to pray for the people of Haiti and staff and volunteers at NVM.

More info:  Nehemiah Vision Ministries

St. Vincent de Paul

St. Vincent de Paul is the most essential part of our community’s safety net for the homeless and impoverished: we stand between them and almost unimaginable consequences. And we stand behind them as they struggle to reclaim their lives. Without our work – and our respect, dedication, compassion and effectiveness – thousands of lives would be impacted; many would be lost.

St. Vincent de Paul is a faith-based non-profit serving the Greater Dayton Area. We aid the homeless and impoverished by providing emergency shelter, transitional and permanent supportive housing, food, clothing and household items, and guidance to leading a self-sustaining life.

More Info: St Vincent de Paul

Victory Project

The Victory Project breaks down the walls of captivity. By undoing the youths' isolated experiences, we expose them to the potential of a positive socio-economic standing through our 3E’s Curriculum: Education, Entrepreneurship, and Enlightenment.

Our youth no longer depend on a criminal or social system which can enable their destructive lifestyles. Finding freedom and independence by obtaining marketable skills allows them to compete in the workforce.

More Info: Victory Project