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?

Community Service Opportunities:

Rachel Freeman School of Engineering:

100 Water Bottles and a Snack!

First Presbyterian has set a goal to collect 100 water bottles (8-12oz size) for students at Rachel Freeman. Will you help us reach this goal and support young students as they return to the classroom?

Rachel Freeman is an elementary school in Wilmington located at 2601 Princess Place Drive. Young students will be returning to their classrooms at Rachel Freeman in October. In an effort to stay socially distant and keep children in their classes as much as possible, the school has expressed the need for personal 8-12 oz water bottles for each child. The county has installed a water dispenser for students to use to fill their bottles, as water fountain use is off-limits now due to COVID-19.

There is also a need for non-perishable, healthy, packaged fruit snacks, crackers, and chips to be distributed to classrooms.

Please drop water bottles (8-12oz size) and snacks 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 inspring life and legacy, please Click Here.

Grandparent Support Network: Lunch made in 5 minutes or less??

Thank you! Your donations filled the YWCA office this week, and GSN was able to feed 14 families. Let’s build on this momentum and grow that number for the upcoming week. Please help to provide our GSN families with lunch items for a quick and healthy lunch. With children learning remotely now, lunch is served at home, and we want to make lunch prep easier for GSN families.

 

You can drop lunch items at the YWCA 2815 South College Road Wilmington, NC 28412 location on Thursday, September 24th between 8:30 am and 10:30 am. All donations must be in their original packaging.

 

Suggested items:

 

Sandwich items: Bread, wraps, cheese slices, meat slices, turkey hotdogs, buns, lettuce, pickles, mayo, mustard, ketchup, ranch dressing, tomatoes
Canned or boxed goods: SpaghettiOs, ravioli, soup, veggies, canned tuna and chicken, single-serve mac-n-cheese
Frozen foods: Chicken nuggets, frozen pizzas, chicken pot pies, fish sticks, ravioli, microwavable meals
Fresh fruits: Grapes, apples, berries, peaches, plums, fruit trays
Fresh veggies: Baby carrots, celery sticks, vegetable trays
Side items: Potato chips, popcorn, Sun chips, tortilla chips, dips, salsa, guacamole

 

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.

Good Shepherd Center Community Grocery Giveaway

Good Shepherd Center has resumed their weekly Grocery Giveaway program. For the foreseeable future, this program will be adjusted to operate within social distancing and other safety guidelines, but hopefully it will have the same effect of feeding our hungry neighbors who need support now more than ever.

  • The shift will run on Wednesdays from 10a-1p.
  • Volunteers will be working with Kenneth and Kyle.
  • Volunteers will pack bags of groceries and essentials to set out for contactless pick up, and then assist with setting up the pick up station, which will be open from 12p-1p.
  • Masks will be required for volunteers and for those picking up food.
  • Volunteer shifts will be limited to 4 individuals.
  • If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! You can reach Liz by calling 910-763-4424 ext. 101.

     Sign up here! 

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.