Community Service Opportunities

Through service we use our skills and talents to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others, in our community, and even in the world. Through service to others, we strive to reflect God’s love.

Please take a moment to learn about all of our wonderful service opportunites and to find the opportunity that calls to you. The website is updated weekly, so visit often.

What type of service is calling you?

New Community Service Opportunities:

Cape Fear Community College: Thanksgiving Food Drive

Thanksgiving is not far off, and many are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Through November 13th, Cape Fear Community College is collecting Thanksgiving food donations for students and employees who are in need. You can drop non-perishable items for CFCC students and employees at the church office Monday through Thursday, 9am – 1pm.

There are also other drop-off locations if more convenient. Click here and scroll down the page for a list of drop-off locations.

Suggested items to donate:

  • Boxed Stuffing Mix
  • Instant Mashed Potatoes
  • Jars of Turkey Gravy or Dried Gravy Mix Packets
  • Canned Yams
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Canned Veggies (green beans, corn, peas, black eyed peas)
  • Cornbread Mix
  • Canned Pumpkin or Fruit Pie Filling
  • Pie Crust Mix
  • Boxed Macaroni and Cheese
  • Fixings for Green Bean Casserole – Cream of Mushroom Soup, Canned Green Beans, French Fried Onions
  • Cake/Brownie Mix and Can of Frosting
  • Rice
  • Cans of Beans
  • Boxes of Jell-O or Pudding Mix
  • Canned Fruits
  • Juice

Rachel Freeman School of Engineering: Pack the Pouches!

We are delivering school supplies to Rachel Freeman next week, so there is still time. Please keep the donations coming! We have around 30 water bottles, so still need water bottles, healthy snacks, and crayons, markers, colored pencils, individual pencil sharpeners, and pencil pouches.
Your donations are making a difference in the lives of students at Rachel Freeman.

Please drop items at the church office Monday through Thursday, 9am to 1pm. There will be a bin available for donations and a church staff member in the office.

Rachel Freeman School of Engineering is named in honor of  Mae Rachel Freeman. To read about her truly inspiring life and legacy, please Click Here.

Grandparent Support Network: Let’s make dinner!

Let’s help our GSN families prepare dinner this week, as they are currently unable to meet for dinner at the church. You can donate items for Spaghetti, Taco, or Pizza dinners to make evening meal prep easier for grandparents who are full-time caregivers to their grandchildren.

Suggested items are listed below – you can choose from any or all dinner lists, or include items that you and your family enjoy!

Please drop items on Thursday, October 22nd, at the YWCA at 2815 S. College Rd. between 8:30 and 10:30 am. Thank you for supporting Grandparent Support Network.

Spaghetti Dinner: Pasta (Spaghetti, Angel Hair, Linguine) Pasta Sauce, Ground Turkey, Turkey Meatballs, Salad in a Bag, Garlic Bread, Side Veggies

Taco Dinner: Taco Kit, Ground Turkey, Grated Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Chips and Salsa, Avocado or Guacamole

Pizza Dinner: Frozen Cheese Pizza or Pizza Crust, Grated Cheese, and Pizza Sauce; Fun and healthy toppings including turkey pepperoni, green pepper, black olives, fresh spinach, or share your favorite topping!

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.

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:

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.

Share Cape Fear:

Please visit Share Cape Fear at https://sharecapefear.org/ to learn of other meaningful volunteer and donation opportunities in our Cape Fear region.

Please email questions or comments to Nikki McLaurin.