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Local Partnerships and Ministries
At Blackhawk Church, we partner with nonprofit and faith-based organizations as well as other churches that have an established presence in their respective communities. We desire to develop relationships and build partnerships that are mutually beneficial, equally transformational and intentionally missional as we seek to reach communities. We believe that good works builds good will which leads to the good news. As we all work together it is for the flourishing of our community.
- Blackhawk Blood Drive
This is a Blackhawk ministry that holds blood drives to provide a blood supply for people in our community. They organize four blood drives a year on behalf of the American Red Cross and hold them at Blackhawk Brader Way. The blood is donated to the American Red Cross who distributes our donations throughout the community.
- Blackhawk Food Pantry Garden
The Food Pantry Garden is a Blackhawk ministry created to provide healthy, home-grown produce to help feed the hungry in our community. We are located on the northwest corner of Veritas and Mineral Point Road. Each year thousands of pounds of produce are harvested from this garden and delivered to Community Action Coalition, which distributes to local area food pantries. Hours include Mondays, 5:30 pm-dark and Thursdays, 5:30 pm-dark, spring to fall. Check out our FAQ for more information.
- Boys & Girls Club of Dane County
The Boys and Girls Club of Dane County is a leading organization in igniting passions in kids and providing the skills to make their dreams become a reality. The Boys and Girls Club of Dane County focuses on character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts and sports, fitness and recreation and utilize relationships with trustworthy adults, certified teachers and dedicated mentors to ensure success. Blackhawk has partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County for over five years with individuals serving in various capacities as tutors, mentors and coaches. Teams have also served through specific Love Madison projects.
- Care Net Pregnancy Center
Care Net is a Christ-centered ministry whose mission is to provide “compassionate, nonjudgmental sexual health services to women and men facing a pregnancy decision.” They offer help, hope and healing through pregnancy and sexual health related medical services and education in First Care Clinic, a residential program called The Elizabeth House, and ongoing support.
- Donation Station
The Donation Station Ministry provides much-needed food, clothing and personal care items to people in Madison. Donation Station collects new and used items in the bins located on the lower level at Brader Way (across from the main office) all year long. Donations are then taken to various agencies in the Madison area. Items collected at the Donation Station include: Non-perishable food items (no glass), Adult and youth clothing and shoes (in season only). Please note: Donation Station does not collect any housewares.
- Grace Episcopal Church Homeless Shelter Meal
The Men’s Homeless Shelter Team is a group of volunteers who help prepare and serve meals to the homeless in Dane County. The Blackhawk Men’s Homeless Shelter Team serves breakfast at Grace Episcopal Church (downtown) once a month. Team members purchase supplies and work at the shelter from about 4:45 to 7:30 am preparing, serving and cleaning up after the meal.
- Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that strives to provide housing for people in need. Habitat for Humanity builds and rehabilitates housing with the help of partner families, volunteer labor and donations of money and materials. The homes are then sold to partner families at no profit and financed with no-interest loans. Blackhawk has partnered with Habitat for almost a decade through collaborative efforts on many new homes in Dane County. Individuals and teams have served throughout the years building homes alongside the homeowners and other volunteer groups.
- Mother & Child Resource
Mother and Child is a Blackhawk Ministry that has spent the last 15 years helping new mothers and fathers in our community. We provide families in difficult situations a start to their child’s life with many of the essentials we would have for our own children. Mother and child uses donated items to create baby gift packages. The ministry receives referrals from a variety of agencies around Dane County and receives calls from mothers who have a baby on the way and are not prepared. We collect gently used or new donations in the Mother and Child donation bin on the lower level at Brader Way including baby clothes (newborn-12 months), bibs, blankets, bottles, diapers, diaper bags, newborn books and toys, strollers, pack and plays, bassinets and children’s clothing (size 2T-4T, in season only). Please note: Mother and Child does not accept any car seats or cribs.
At Blackhawk Church, we have initiatives and events that are catalytic, raise awareness, equip and benefit both the Blackhawk community and our partnerships.
- Summer Share: Food and School Supply Drive
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Every day thousands of our Dane County neighbors have to make tough choices between buying food and school supplies and covering the costs of rent, childcare and medical expenses. Blackhawk partners with community organizations who provide resources to families that have to make those difficult decisions and our Summer Share: Food and School Supply Drive is a practical way that we can help. Our goal is to see families strengthened, parents encouraged and children equipped to reach their full potential.
- Addressing Opportunity Gaps Locally
Blackhawk is currently focusing on opportunity gaps in Madison and Dane County by moving past awareness towards personal engagement and action. We are working with organizations that have opened their doors to us so that we can personally engage by building relationships and giving our time and talents.
- Advent Conspiracy
Blackhawk Church takes part in a nationwide movement called Advent Conspiracy. We move away from the consumerism of Christmas and back to the Christ of Christmas by giving generously toward needs and opportunities in the world and in Madison through our Advent Conspiracy offering. Each year we have a specific theme for Advent Conspiracy which gives us the chance to bring awareness and education to our congregation, as well as call the church to engage in compelling efforts through partnering with game-changing organizations doing amazing work.
- Baby Bottle Drive
Every Mother’s Day, Blackhawk Church participates in the Baby Bottle drive to support our partner Care Net Pregnancy Center and our in-house Mother and Child Resource Ministry. Both of these ministries provide help and hope to women, men and families facing unplanned pregnancies through services, support and everyday items babies need. Attenders pick up a baby bottle and return it filled with cash, coins or checks.
- LOVE Madison
Every spring we choose a Sunday to cancel services at all of our venues and go outside the walls of our buildings to serve together all over the greater Madison area. LOVE Madison is a practical way to live out our mission of building a community to reach a community. We want to connect with our Madison neighbors and actively show people the love of Jesus through our actions! Throughout the year, people from Blackhawk Church are serving all over our community. But on this day, we want to serve our communities on a grander scale by engaging the entire Blackhawk community in projects all over the Madison area.