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)
Cooking Matters Course
Urban Ministries of Wake County, one of WMPC community partners, is the second largest food pantry in Wake County and provides emergency food to low income families. They also provide medical care through the Open Door Clinic and housing for homeless women at the Helen Wright Center. We support Urban Ministries financially, with the food that you place in the connector, and with many regular volunteers (over 20 at last count).
Urban Ministries partners with Cooking Matters and The Interfaith Food Shuttle to offer a six-week Cooking Matters course to adults, kids and families. Each course is team-taught in Urban Ministries' Teaching Kitchen by a volunteer chef and a nutrition educator and covers meal preparation, grocery shopping, food budgeting and nutrition. Through this program, they hope to help families eat healthier while remaining on a budget.
They need help in stocking their Teaching Kitchen and in providing basic cooking tools for the class participants. They could use the following items (either new or slightly used):
Cooking Equipment: Flexible plastic cutting boards, Pot holders, Nesting metal or plastic mixing bowls, Stainless steel box grater, Pots (5 Qt. and 2 Qt.), Meat thermometer
Utensils: Knives (chef and paring), Knife roll or carry bag, Rubber spatulas, Slotted spoons, Mixing spoons, Soup ladle, Whisk, Tongs, Spatulas, Measuring cups, Measuring spoons, 2-cup liquid measuring cup, Can opener, Vegetable peelers
Storage: Ziploc bags - quart or gallon, Large plastic bin
Safety: Disposable food safety gloves - small, Disposable food safety gloves - medium, First aid kit
Cleaning Supplies: Paper Towels, Cloth Towels, Liquid dish soap, Disinfectant wipes, Pot scrubbers, Trash bags
Please leave any items that you have to donate in Gloria Johnson's office.
Urban Ministries Request - Youth Volunteers
Urban Ministries is hosting a Cooking Matters Class for Families this summer, which includes a free meal for the participants and hands-on cooking instructions for both mothers/fathers and their children. The class does require children to be at least 9 years old, meaning that we need childcare for individuals of a younger age.
We are looking for two volunteers between age 15-20 who are interested in helping provide childcare for young children on six Tuesdays, from 11 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., June 16 - July 21. The volunteers would need to be at Urban Ministries (1390 Capital Blvd) during that time frame and keep children occupied for those two hours (which would also include them joining in part of the meal). Community Service hours would be offered.
If interested, please contact Hannah Pettus via email or call (919) 256-2169.
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.
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 June...
7 - Peanut butter and jelly (no glass jars please)
14 - Juice boxes and canned fruit
21 - Canned meats (tuna, beef stew, etc.)
28 - Canned beans
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
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 email@example.com for more information.
StepUp Needs Your Driving Skills!
Imagine making the commitment to attend a weekly program that can change your life, only to have to endure a one to two hour trip home on the bus with your children. That is what some of our StepUp participants face when they sign up for our Life Skills and Job Friends classes, and we are looking for volunteers to help. StepUp needs active members of the church between the ages of 30-65 and with a driver’s license in good standing, to drive the church van to transport our participants and their children home each week. The volunteer role will include a brief training by church staff on how to operate the van, departing the church on Tuesday nights at 8:15 for a one - hour route delivering participants home, and returning the van to the StepUp parking lot. This is a great opportunity for people who want to work in pairs, or for a group that wants to take on a long - term project, and StepUp will provide detailed directions for the best route. This transportation is critical for some of our participants and you could make the difference in their ability to complete the program. For more information, or to sign up, please contact Kathleen Hofstadter at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for supporting StepUp!
Pinto and Kidney Beans Needed
Urban Ministries has many requests for pinto and kidney beans. Please help by putting items in the collection crates in the connector.
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.
StepUp needs your help!
We are currently in need of 2-5 volunteers to help with set up, serving and clean up of the meals during the Jobs Workshops held twice each month. This opportunity requires volunteers to be on site from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on either Monday at First Baptist Church, Wednesday at First Baptist Church, or Friday at Edenton Street UMC of the Jobs Workshop Weeks held twice each month. This is a wonderful opportunity for small groups interested in getting hands on experience with StepUp Jobs participants.
There is also a need for help with food during the weekly Job Friends meetings at First Presbyterian Church. Three to five volunteers to help set up, serve and clean up the meal served each Wednesday night are needed from 5:30-6:45 p.m. while we serve those still looking for employment.
For more information, or to get started as a volunteer, please contact Kathleen Hofstadter or Anna White. Either can also be reached at 919-781-0156, ext. 111.
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.
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 and fruit are always needed.
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.