Service is love in action, and spring brings new opportunities to serve others in love. Our service to others is an essential part of providing hope and support for our community members who may be struggling. Spring is the perfect time to try a new service opportunity.
Take a moment to find the service opportunity that calls to you. Your time, donations, and special skills and talents are gifts to your neighbors, and make a positive impact on our community. Thank you!
Visit the Help Now webpage often to learn about our service opportunities.
Service Matters: Thank You!
We often hear the expression “What a difference a year makes.” This year certainly made a difference in unimaginable ways as COVID-19 came into our lives. The needs of our community grew, and instead of turning inward during this most uncertain time, we turned outward to Service. What a difference your Service has made this year. First Presbyterian Church made these opportunities, and many others, a success.
- Over 500 sandwiches made for Good Shepherd and Salvation Army shelters
- Close to 100 First Aid Kits donated for distribution in Hurricane Preparedness Kits to local families
- Over 100 Angel Tree gifts purchased for GSN families
- Three successful Red Cross Blood Drives that helped to save lives
- Water bottles, snacks, and school supplies for students at Rachel Freeman School of Engineering
New Community Service Opportunities:
The Carousel Center: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
The Carousel Center is on a mission to provide victims of child abuse “the maximum opportunity for justice by holding their perpetrators accountable AND, most importantly, by giving every child who has experienced abuse the opportunity to resiliently heal themselves and their families, returning to as close to a pre-abuse path of natural development as possible. The greatest hope and goal is to return the child back to childhood.”
First Presbyterian wants to shine a light on this meaningful work. We are longtime supporters of the Carousel Center, and during the month of April they are asking for community support to continue their good work. Let’s answer that call as a congregation.
Will you please choose an item or items from their Wish List. Many of the craft items on this list are used during therapy sessions to facilitate calming and communication. Water bottles, fruit snacks, and personal hygiene items are always needed. Games are also a helpful part of the healing process for the children the Carousel Center serves.
Take a moment to view their wish list and choose items that speak to you. All gifts are greatly appreciated.
Grandparent Support Network: Spring Cleaning!
We are collecting Spring Cleaning supplies this week for Grandparent Support Network families. Spring has sprung, and it is time to clean out our homes and make our living spaces shine. The tradition of Spring Cleaning has been around for over 3000 years, and whatever it’s origin may be, we all welcome the promise of warmer weather and the call to spruce up for the season.
Please choose items from the list of Spring Cleaning supplies to donate for GSN families.
Spring Cleaning Items Needed:
- Paper Towels
- Toilet Tissue
- Clorox wipes
- Cleaning Products to include cleaning sprays or wipes for kitchen, bathroom, etc.
- Glass and mirror cleaning spray or wipes
- Kitchen scrub brushes, sponges, etc.
- Dish detergent (Dawn, etc.)
- Small broom with dust pan
Grandparent Support Network is a peer support group for grandparents who provide full-time care for their grandchildren, and they are a longtime mission partner of First Presbyterian.
Please drop Spring Cleaning items on Thursday, April 22nd at the YWCA at 2815 S. College Rd. between 8:30 and 10:00 am.
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!
Communities in Schools – NHHS Tutors Needed!
Hands-on Community Service Opportunities:
Calling All Healthcare Professionals for Community Vaccination Effort
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.”
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.