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.

Community Service
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)

Thanksgiving Day Dinner
Are you looking for a way to help others this Thanksgiving? Volunteers are needed to serve a holiday meal at Carriage House, a senior community, for residents who have no family close by. Bring a covered dish, and join other White Memorial members in this annual tradition. Dinner will be served at 5:00 p.m. on November 27, Thanksgiving Day. To sign up, or for more information, contact Sharon Hayes at 919-833-6400, ext. 201 or

The Shoe Box Project

WMPC Special Collection Dates: November 9 & 16
Presbyterian Women will one again sponsor "The Shoe Box Project." Hundreds of thousands of children's lives have been touched by this unique project of Christian relief that reaches out to children in desperate situations around the world.

To participate, pick up a brochure from the table in the Witherspoon reception area or near the collection crate in the Connector. Prefabricated boxes will also be available. Follow the simple instructions and fill the shoe box with toys, school supplies, hygiene items, etc. Drop off your box in the Connector any time until November 16. Shoe boxes will leave the church on November 16 and can not be accepted after that date.

Gloria Johnson with questions.

Wanted! 300 Turkey Dinners
WMPC will collect turkey dinners and fixings on November 16 and December 14 from 8:00-11:00 a.m. Drive up to Carol Copeland Courtyard and someone will unload your donations for you. Dinners will
go to local food pantries, StepUp Ministry and the Mayview/Oberlin community. Items needed are:
• 1 turkey or ham
• 1 box dressing
• 1 jar or can gravy
• 1 can cranberry sauce
• 1 box instant potatoes
• 1 large can sweet potatoes
• 1 large can green beans
• 1 large can fruit
Contact Gloria Johnson with questions.

Christmas Share
Cards will be available beginning November 1 in Gloria Johnson's office, on Sundays, November 30-December 23, in the Connector, and at the Presbyterian Women's luncheon December 8.

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 Thank you for supporting StepUp!

Items Needed for Shoe Box Project
Each year the children/youth at StepUp Ministry pack shoe boxes as a service project. They need your help in providing items to go into the shoe boxes: crayons and coloring books, small dolls or stuffed animals, small cars or trucks, pencils and notepads, etc. Pick up a brochure in the Connector or Witherspoon lobby for a full list. Bring items to Gloria Johnson’s office in W301 by November 6.

Friends of Oberlin Village Cemetery Clean-up
November 8, 2014 from 9 AM- Noon

Please join the Friends of Oberlin Village in maintaining the Historic Oberlin Cemetery at 1014 Oberlin Road (located behind the InterAct building).

The following tools will be helpful to bring:
- Work gloves
- Clippers
- Chain saw (safety glasses)
- Wheelbarrow
- Small wagon

Light refreshments and water will be provided. For more information, please contact:
Sabrina Goode or Emily McNair.

Alliance Medical Ministry Opportunities
Find service opportunities with Alliance Medical Ministry as of August 2014.

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.

Saturday Mornings: “Can You Dig It?”
You are invited to join the “Busy Bees” at Alliance Medical Ministry. There is work to do in their community garden each month. Contact Carina Saavedra at to find out the work days. AMA provides compassionate care for our working neighbors by providing health care.

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.

Wake Relief Needs
Basic toiletries are needed for clients who come to Wake Relief for emergency food. They need body wash, shampoo, dental supplies, and lotion. Place in the marked crates in the connector.

Wake Relief Needs Monthly Help
Wake Relief, located at St. Saviour's Center in Glenwood South, is a hunger ministry that supplies a week's groceries to families in crisis. They need help filling bags for families on:

First, Second & Third Tuesday - 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Fifth Monday (usually around 4 times per year) - 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Fifth Tuesday (usually around 4 times per year) - 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Fifth Wednesday (usually around 4 times per year) - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Only two hours a month is a small time commitment with huge rewards. Email
Alison Gugenheim, or call her at 919-881-9771.

Furniture Emergency
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.

Food Needed
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.

Yarn 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