The New Year is here, and the need is great in our community as many are struggling to make ends meet. Our church family at First Presbyterian is called to serve, and we will have new service opportunities posted throughout the year. Help us make a positive impact on our community and on the lives of our neighbors through service.
Please visit the Help Now webpage often to learn about our purposeful service opportunities for the New Year.
New Community Service Opportunities:
Calling All Healthcare Professionals for Community Vaccination Effort
Linda Thompson, Chief Diversity and Equity Officer of New Hanover County, is asking for healthcare volunteers from area churches and community partners.
Please read the statement below, and if you fit the bill, click on the link provided for more information. Your help with our community vaccination program would be greatly appreciated.
“We now need your help as we begin preparing for our mass vaccine efforts. We need healthcare professionals retired or currently working who would like to volunteer to assist us with vaccinating our community. If you have any individuals in your ministries or organization who are healthcare professionals and would like to volunteer please send them to the link below to sign-up.”
Rachel Freeman School of Engineering: Snacks for the Classroom
First Presbyterian wants to collect 8oz bottled water and individual Cheez-Its packs for teachers to distribute at snack time.
Other individual snack packs such as Goldfish/SunChips/ Smartfood/Pirate’s Booty are great as well.
Please drop these items at the church office Monday through Friday between 9am and 1pm. A staff member will be available to assist you.
Good Shepherd Center: January Blanket Drive
It’s Cold Out! Unfortunately, not everyone in our community has a warm home. Good Shepherd Center offers shelter to the unhoused, and the center always needs blankets for their shelter residents.
We are asking for blanket donations through the month of January to help keep shelter residents warm. Blankets can be new or gently used, so whether you purchase a few or pull a few from your linen closet, they will be put to good use in keeping others warm. (No throws please as they are often too small)
Please drop your blankets at the church office Monday through Friday between the hours of 9am and 1pm. A staff member will be available to collect your donation.
Grandparent Support Network: The Kids are in the Kitchen!
This week the kids are going to be in the kitchen, giving grandparents a little break. We want to collect healthy food items that kids can prepare for themselves. Items from the list below are needed. Please consider a donation to Grandparent Support Network, our longtime mission partner. Thank you!
Drop-off is on Thursday, January 28th, at the YWCA at 2815 S. College Rd. between 8:30 and 10:00 am. The Grandparent Support Network is a peer support group for grandparents providing full-time care for their grandchildren.
Food Items for Kids in the Kitchen:
- Cold Cuts (turkey, ham, roast beef, salami, pastrami, chicken)
- Sliced Cheese (cheddar, muenster, provolone, etc.)
- Sliced Pickles
- Fresh Fruit (apples, grapes, blueberries, bananas, Cuties)
- Fresh Veggies (baby carrots, cucumber, celery, broccoli florets)
- String Cheese
- Yogurt (tubes or snack cups)
- Goldfish, Cheez-Its, Whales
- Healthy Chips, Popcorn, Pirates Booty
- Salsa and Guacamole
- Prepackaged meals that don’t require heating
Grandparent Support Network is now accepting donations with new regulatory measures in place to ensure a no contact drop-off procedure to protect the health and safety of everyone.
Please make sure that all donated food items are sealed and in their original packaging.
When dropping items for GSN, please follow the no contact drop-off procedure:
- Pull into parking lot and up to the drive-thru table drop-off area.
- Put your hazard lights on so you are clearly seen by staff.
- Stay in your vehicle.
- Food and other donations should be bagged (paper bags if possible) and visible on the back seat or bagged and easily accessible in the trunk so that items can be easily removed from your vehicle by staff.
- Once items have been collected, please drive-thru and exit parking lot.
Thank you for helping us keep YWCA staff and visitors safe!
Hands-on Community Service Opportunities:
Red Cross Community Blood Drive: Save the Date!
Our spring Community Blood Drive is scheduled to take place on Friday, March 5th. Save the date and plan to reserve your spot to give the gift of life!
To view available spots, click here and choose ‘First Presbyterian Church’ on the left.
Help Hub at the Harrelson Center
Help Hub at the Harrelson Center works locally to provide help with safe and affordable housing, education, employment, health care, and family support for those in need.
Would you like to get involved? Help Hub volunteers are needed to serve as greeters or advisors, or to offer administrative support. Additional phone lines and social distancing measures are in place so that you can help to better serve our neighbors.
Please fill out the volunteer interest form here– and you will be contacted when open positions become available.
Good Shepherd Center Meal Prep and Serve
We need volunteers to help prepare meals at the Good Shepherd Center the first Monday and the fourth and fifth Thursday of each month. We have added some additional dates as well, so click on the Sign up here link to see what works for your schedule. Sign up here.
Volunteers will prepare both a fruit and green salad, bread rolls, and will cut dessert servings. Meals will be plated on a styrofoam tray and placed in the dining room. Guests will enter the dining room once all food is placed and all volunteers have departed. Volunteers must wear masks and gloves at all times because of COVID-19. The kitchen is large and allows for social distancing.
Dinner is served at 5:30 pm, and volunteers should arrive between 3:30 and 3:45. There are approximately 20 guests for dinner.