Community Service Committee Opportunities and Collections Listing
The Community Service Committee educates about community needs and provides service opportunities, on and off site, for our congregation. Contact Michelle Jeutter or Gloria Johnson.
Are you a White Memorial member who is active in our community? Do you volunteer in the non-profit sector of Wake County? We would love to hear from you. Please Contact Michelle Jeutter or Gloria Johnson.
Service Opportunities and Special Collections (most recent at top of list)
Remember that food is always needed in our local pantries. When shopping pick up a couple of extra cans to place in the crate in the Connector. Canned meat, pasta, pinto beans, kidney beans and fruit are always needed. No glass or open containers please.
The Young Adult Class has an ongoing relationship at Oak City Outreach Center downtown. It is a place where the homeless are served meals on the weekends. Sample size items are great, so when you are traveling this summer remember those hotel toiletries are ideal. Our group goes once a month for relationship building and providing needed items. Contact James Fenwick with questions. You can leave the items in the connector.
School Supplies Needed
Take advantage of those school supply deals. Our goal is to help parents meet the needs of their children who must have supplies to participate in class. Needed are 1- and 2-inch ring binders, spiral notebooks, composition books, backpacks, pocket folders, calculator, #2 pencils, wide- and college-ruled paper, colored pencils, pens, pencils, erasers and highlighters. Place items outside Gloria Johnson’s office in W301 or in the crates in the Connector.
Stock The Shelves in conjunction with Servant Saturdays
Each week we will be collecting a different food item. Place them in the connector bins.
Week of July...
5 - Rice ramen noodles and cereal
12 - Canned pasta/meat
19 - Granola Bars, sugar free pudding cups, mac and cheese
26 - Baby cereal and formula
StepUp Volunteers Needed
StepUp Ministry encourages multi-generational family success. We put strong focus on developing the whole family. We need your help with the youngest members of our families. Want to make a positive impact in the life of a child and in the life of a hard working parent? Volunteer with our newborns through four-year-olds. We are looking for six nursery volunteers to help us on Tuesday or Thursday nights from 5:30-8:15 p.m. If you or someone you know can help, please email Colisha Gilbert or call at 919-781-0156, ext. 102.
StepUp Ministry is also looking for volunteer seamstresses to hem slacks and jacket sleeves or add buttons to men’s interview clothing. If you can volunteer a few hours several times a year, please contact Carolyn Johnson.
Wheels for Hope-Cars Changing Lives
Wheel4Hope has received the donation of four cars from WMPC members for 2015. More individuals and their families are waiting for an affordable and dependable vehicle. There are several ways you can help: Donate a vehicle and receive the value of the car for tax purposes. Spread the word about the organization. Volunteer to help drive and/or repair donated caress. Provide financial support. Help change lives, one care at a time. For more information go to www.wheels4hope.org or call 919-832-1941.
Habitat for Humanity Presbyterian Build
Our current project for Habitat is working with other local Presbyterian churches. This is a great time to meet others in the area that share a common sense of mission and believe in affordable housing for all. The leaders are Dave Bennett or Jim Farthing.
Friendship Fund Volunteers Needed
WMPC provides First Presbyterian Church in downtown Raleigh with $12,000.00 a year for their Friendship Fund. This fund helps individuals/families with past due rent or utilities. The goal is to help the working poor who have experienced a crisis. They also offer referrals for services and suggestions on how to reduce expenses. They need our help with meeting with clients to discuss and review the household’s income and determine the amount of aid that can be provided. Appointments are scheduled to meet with clients on Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon. Contact Carol Anne Moehring, Director of Outreach, at 919-833-4070 or via email.
Use Your Sewing Skills for a Good Cause
GG’s Closet, a part of StepUp Ministries, serves the men in the Jobs Program every other week by providing them interview-appropriate business attire. These men are actively trying to improve their life situations by obtaining employment, and it is the mission of GG’s Closet to help them interview with confidence by looking their best. GG’s closet needs volunteer seamstresses who are willing to do minor alterations such as hemming and altering the waists of pants. We meet two Wednesdays each month at 1:00 p.m. and are located in the Koger Center off of Glenwood Avenue near the Beltline. The altered clothing is delivered to the Jobs Workshop at Edenton Street UMC the following day, where it is distributed to the men for their mock interviews on Friday. Volunteers providing this service make the difference between someone receiving an ill-fitting hand-me-down and someone receiving interview clothing that actually fits! If you enjoy sewing and serving others, please consider this important opportunity to volunteer with StepUp and GG’s Closet!
Wake Relief is a food resource agency for those who are in crisis. They provide a week’s groceries according to the number of people in each household. They are in need of volunteers to fill regular and on-call slots for these days: Monday and Tuesday 1:00-3:00 and Wednesday and Friday 10:00-12:00. Any amount of time would be helpful, and a great way to earn community service hours over the summer. They are also seeking those who could serve on the board. Contact Julie Nau via email or call 919-785-3401.
SAFEchild Service Opportunity
SAFEchild, a non-profit child abuse prevention agency, seeks volunteers to assist with answering phones and light office work. Flexible hours. Training provided. For more information please contact Linda Raynor via email or call 919-743-6140.
Alliance Medical Ministry Opportunities
Spring is almost here! We invite you and your congregation to join the "Busy Bees" at Alliance Medical Ministry. Alliance provides compassionate care for our working neighbors by providing primary health care for Wake County adults. Alliance's holistic approach to patient care includes a wellness program that features nutrition, health and exercises classes. Our Community Garden is a major part of our wellness program; we have 20 boxes (12’ x 3’ each), three 50 foot rows of flex space, and open beds for blueberry and strawberry bushes. Last year, Alliance harvested over 2,100 pounds of produce from our garden! Our mission is achieved with the help of our incredible, dedicated volunteers (“Busy Bees!”). There are lots of ways to participate, see how you can be a part! The Garden Launch is March 28, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Contact Carina Saavedra at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Recycle Your Eyeglasses
Please donate eyeglasses (prescription, readers, sunglasses, cases). First Presbyterian Church in Raleigh will share the eyeglasses during an upcoming Medical Mission Trip to Bolivia. A collection box is in the Witherspoon Lobby next to the receptionist's desk.
The Green Chair is in desperate need of furniture and household items. They have had a record number of referrals over the past several months. Please go to their website to find out how to donate. They are located on Capital Blvd. close to downtown.
Saint Saviour's Center is collecting yarn for a senior knitting and crocheting group. All types and colors of yarn are needed. Drop off donations at 616 Tucker Street, Monday-Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or bring yarn to Gloria Johnson's office in W301. For details, contact Sharon Hayes at 919-833-6400 or email@example.com.