Outreach Messages

Thursday, August 6, 2020

1. The 31 boxes of hygiene items and school supplies have been shipped to Haiti. These items are usually carried down on our mission trips, but several trips in 2019 had to be canceled due to unrest, and 2020 has left no hope of any trips anytime soon. Our mission partners in Haiti will use these items for school children and their families.

2. We packed and delivered 225 disaster hygiene kits to the Raleigh drop-off site for Church World Service. They were delivered on the day the hurricane Isaias was to hit our state, and we were told they might be sent right to the coast without being sent to their warehouse. A very timely project.

3. The Outreach Center is shaping up thanks to funds from Presbyterian Women. Cabinets and counter space were put into place the last week in July. We continue to make the space inviting and look forward to the time when we can use it for outreach educational purposes.

4. A $10,000.00 check was sent to First Presbyterian Church in downtown Raleigh. This is our yearly financial commitment to their Friendship Fund that helps those in need of assistance with rent and utilities. They have been able to continue this program during COVID with phone and computer contacts.

5. A $1,000.00 check was sent to A Note in the Pocket during a double challenge grant, so our donation became $2,000.00. They provide a week's worth of clothing to school children.

6. A $1,000.00 check was sent to the Food Bank of CENC during a triple challenge grant, so our donation became $3,000.00. They have been working directly with families during the last few months.

7. The meals we have been serving with Wilson Temple on the weekends are scheduled to end on August 30. We will see if that remains the actual stop time.

8. We are working with Oberlin Middle and other partner agencies to provide school supplies. They are being specific since the students will not be in regular classrooms.

9. Food donations continue to be dropped off in the red bins in front of Witherspoon and delivered weekly to Urban Ministries.

 

Looking for new ways to volunteer your time or items to collect?

Several of our outreach partners are looking for volunteers and donations. Check out the opportunities below. We think you’ll find a rewarding way to share your time and gifts.

Note in the Pocket

Note in the Pocket provides donated and purchased clothing to impoverished and homeless children and their families in Wake County. A virtual Clothing Drive is now underway for those of you using this time to clean out your closets. Would you like to volunteer your time? There are currently two on-site volunteer locations that offer socially distanced work stations as well as opportunities to volunteer from home for those not ready to venture out into small groups or have extra safety concerns to consider.

https://noteinthepocket.org/donate-clothing-supplies/ 

Green Chair Project 

COVID Bundles! Help The Green Chair with the collection of certain “bundle” items needed during this time. There is something for every need!

Bedding Essentials Pack
Bath Bundles
Healthy Home Bundles
Kitchen Bundles

To arrange drop-off at The Green Chair Project, please text Graham Satisky at 919-412-3948.

Donation opportunities are always available through The Green Chair. Find items needed at the link below:
https://www.thegreenchair.org/donationdropoff 

Urban Ministries

Would you like to volunteer:
https://urbanmin.org/requirements-and-opportunities/#1559928679030-a188970c-2bce 

Items to collect:
https://urbanmin.org/wish-list/ 

First Fruits Farm

You can have the opportunity to:
Harvest Vegetables
Weed around vegetables and flowers (by hand)
Plant seeds or transplants in the field
Start the transplants from seed
Chicken Processing
Skilled Labor (Carpentry, electrical, plumbing, concrete, landscaping, etc.)
Install fencing

https://wisdomforlife.org/firstfruitsfarm 
Be sure to Click the “volunteer” button on their website to choose times and areas of interest.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

The community has stepped forward in new ways to address hunger and COVID created issues while maintaining their ongoing vision and mission. During this time, we have continued distributing 2020 budgeted funds and grants to our partners, and we have been able to meet even more needs with the generosity of our congregation through the Fifth Sunday Hunger Offering and Pastor’s Discretionary Fund. Donations can be made to both of these funds at any time.

Over the past weeks we:
1.  Contributed $1,000.00 to the Food Bank of CENC during a one-day triple matching challenge. On that day, our $1,000.00 became $3,000.00. With funds in place, we can respond quickly when these opportunities come up.

 2.  Provided $10,000.00 to First Presbyterian Church, Raleigh. Through their Friendship Fund, they help those in need of financial assistance for rent, etc. They have changed their interview process over the last several months, but have been able to continue working with clients. This is where we refer people who seek funds. 3. Continue to serve weekend lunches in partnership with Oberlin Road churches. Distribution now extends beyond our community to serve families in the Method area. Some community updates:

 - A Place at the Table
has expanded their space and will be able to offer more options for their kitchen and serve more people needing healthy meals.  

- Inter-Faith Food Shuttle
needs volunteers in their no-touch mobile food distribution. There are community garden possibilities and opportunities to grow seedlings at home that can be planted in the garden. Go to their website for more information.

Service Opportunities:
We are providing Church World Service with 200 disaster hygiene kits. You can leave these items in the bins in front of Witherspoon or put together the items in a gallon bag for a complete kit: One hand towel 15”x28” to 16” x32” (no microfiber), one washcloth, one wide-tooth comb, one fingernail or toenail clipper, one bath size soap in the original packaging, one toothbrush in the original packaging, ten standard size-band aids.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

1. There are many ways that a helping agency can use your help. Please go to their website and see how each is trying to make a difference in the community right now. You can find a list of our partner agencies along with their contact information on our website.

- Some are allowing a few volunteers
- Some are taking donations with an appointment
- Many have online wish lists where items can be ordered and sent right to them
- Several have wonderful information about racial equity and how they are working toward that goal
- Many are still offering services, but virtually.

2.  We have boxed and prepared for shipping 31 boxes of hygiene items for Haiti. We may begin making a yearly shipment to them if we find this process works well.

3.   Supplies are on-site to make over 200 disaster health kits for Church World Service. They ask for them ahead of disaster so they can be ready to distribute when needed.

4.  We continue to supply items for weekend lunches to Raleigh Rescue Mission. We have been preparing lunches on campus for several years, but now only give them supplies to make their own.

5.  We continue to serve weekend lunches with the Oberlin Road Churches for the Mayview Community. We now order enough to be taken to families in the Method Community. If you would like to help contact Michelle Jeutter at 

6.  The Outreach Center is shaping up with the work on cabinetry starting soon.

7.  Food is still needed for Urban Ministries Pantry. Items can be left in red bins in front of Witherspoon

8.  We provided The Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen another 3,000 take-out containers for lunches.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

The collection bins in front of Witherspoon continue to be overflowing with donated items. Currently we are only collecting food items for Urban Ministries Food Pantries.

We will continue to serve weekend lunches in partnership with the churches on Oberlin Road and Fairmont Methodist. We sent $1,500.00 to PGC-WR Neighborhood Ministry that provides these week-end meals. It has mostly been operating in Cary, but now we are providing a distribution site along with Wilson Temple UMC for our community. If you would like to volunteer contact .

The Fifth Sunday Hunger Offering in May was over $4,000.00. We have been using these and other church funds to reach out in these ways since the last session report:
• The Presbyterian Women allocated $1,500.00 to Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and two circles designated their funds for hunger relief efforts through WMPC
• Healing Transitions was allocated $1,000.00 for food since they have had a drastic reduction of in-kind food donations.
• We have provided 3,000 take out containers to the Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen since all their meals are now taken off-site. We also provided $1,000.00 in extra funding and $400.00 worth of lunch items.
• In honor of National Mental Health Week, we sent 1,000.00 to NAMI (National Association for Mental Illness) that our church works with.
• The Diaper Train has reopened for drive up service. We sent $1,000.00 to them to buy diapers in bulk.
• We provided grocery bags for a food drive in the Hayes Barton neighborhood. WMPC member Terry Henderson and other captains were able to collect over 4,000 pounds of food that went to the Wilson Temple Food Pantry and Urban Ministries Food Pantry.
• We provided $2,000.00 to The Green Chair project to purchase new beds for kids. They will provide all the bed linens as well. Green Chair is also helping transport other much needed items to families that have been provided by other agencies.
• Meals on Wheels delivers a week’s worth of frozen meals to its program participants. We provided them with $1,500.00 for this effort.
• The Food Bank of CENC sponsors a summer kid’s program to make sure those kids who are food insecure have meals. WMPC provided $1,000.00 (which was matched)

The trip to Poland in the fall has been canceled. We were supposed to visit all of our mission partners this year, but all had to be canceled.

Arts and crafts items were delivered to Life Experiences. They work with adults with disabilities and have a phased re-opening on June 15.

Masks and gloves were provided to Meals on Wheels. They use these for food distribution and to offer masks to those program participants who do not have one.

Activate Good, an organization who brings the community together for service, received $1,500.00. We hope to begin working with them once things open back up.

Please continue to bring food items for the bins outside of Witherspoon.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Urban Ministries of Wake County could use some volunteers in their food pantry. Please go to www.urbanmin.org to see the amazing things they have been doing and how to volunteer. Their new shelter for women is now open. They are keeping the Helen Wright Center open as well so they can social distance the women.

Another $1,000.00 was sent to the Green Chair Project for their Beds for Kids program. Families are provided with beds and all the necessary bed linens. Many new kitchen items donated by our members in March were finally delivered this week.

Arts and crafts supplies were delivered to Life Experiences that works with adults with disabilities. They hope to re-open on June 15th with phased participation.

Masks and gloves were delivered to Meals on Wheels for meal distribution. They also provide a mask for any program participant who does not have one.

Please continue to bring food items for the bins outside of Witherspoon.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

The Fifth Sunday Hunger Offering on May 31 was over $4,000.00. These funds, along with others, help us provide extra help to our partner agencies.

Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen continues to serve take-out lunches. This week we provided 2,000 take-out plates to help with lunch distribution, $1,000.00 in extra funding, and almost $400.00 in extra items needed for lunches.

The Green Chair is going above and beyond its normal mission by working with other agencies to provide items to families in crisis. They are providing beds and bed accessories for children and we provided $1,000.00 to help with purchases. They are also delivering food, diapers, and hygiene items provided by other agencies.

Meals on Wheels provides frozen meals that will last a week to its program participants. WMPC allocated an extra $1,500.00 to aid in this effort.

The Food Bank of CENC was allocated $1,000.00 to help with Kids Summer Hunger Programs.

Currently, we are focusing our food collection on Urban Ministries Food Pantry. Please place items in bins outside of Witherspoon. Boxes of cereal, oatmeal, and other breakfast items are greatly needed along with pasta/pasta sauce (plastic jars), canned meats, canned beans, and canned tomatoes and other vegetables.

We continue with our weekend meal distribution at Wilson Temple UMC. We can always use volunteers for this effort. It is a wonderful way to work alongside our partners on Oberlin Road.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

WMPC provided grocery bags for a Memorial Day weekend food drive in the Hayes Barton neighborhood. The food drive was led by church member Terry Henderson and others. Bags were dropped off at houses and filled. Some even left full bags knowing they would be out of town over the weekend. The leaders drove around and picked up the bags, and, in all, they collected 4,100 pounds of food! The food was delivered to the food pantry at Wilson Temple UMC on Oberlin Road and Urban Ministries Food Pantry.

In honor of National Mental Health Month (May), we sent $1,000.00 to NAMI. The National Association for Mental Illness, a WMPC community partner, works with those who have extra needs during the COVID-19 isolation.

The Diaper Train, located at St. Saviour's Center, has reopened curbside pick-up for families in need of diapers. Diapers can be a large expense for families, and this allows them to have funds for other needs such as food and rent. We provided $1,000.00 for the purchase of diapers in bulk.

Sunday, May 31, is our Fifth Sunday Hunger Offering. This offering allows us to reach out to agencies with extra needs during this time. Please consider participating this Sunday.

The Pastor's Discretionary Fund is also able to offer extra funding for needs, so please consider participating anytime. This allows us to act quickly where needs are identified.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

We continue to provide extra financial support to our partner agencies thanks to the generosity of our congregation.
• This week the Presbyterian Women allocated $1,500.00 to Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and two circles designated their funds for hunger relief efforts through WMPC.
• Healing Transitions was allocated $1,000.00 for food. They have had a drastic decrease of in-kind food donations while at the same time having to serve more meals at the Men's and Women's facilities.

We also continue to provide meals.
• We provided 1,000 take out plates to Shepherd's Table Soup Kitchen
• We will continue our weekend meal distributions through the end of August at Wilson Temple from 12-1 each Saturday and Sunday. To volunteer reach out to .

• Some community agencies are opening back up on limited basis or will re-open soon. Please check their web-sites for the most up to date information with COVID -19 guidelines.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

1. The collection bins in front of Witherspoon continue to overflow. Currently, the items are helping the food pantry at Wilson Temple UMC on Oberlin Road. We are still only collecting food items and cleaning supplies as well as diapers for StepUp.

2. Saturday and Sunday’s since March 28 we have been serving lunch from the Wilson Temple parking lot at noon. We have given out 2340 meals to the community around Mayview. This effort has been embraced by Oberlin Baptist, Wilson Temple, White Memorial and Fairmont Methodist Churches, and we will continue through the summer. If you wish to volunteer please contact .

3. The Divan Center has invited us to join them for an online interfaith supplication event (praying time) on May 21, 2020 at 6:30 to share prayers in our faith. Faith leaders from various faith communities in the Triangle region, including White Memorial have been invited to share short prayers with us. The event will last around 45 minutes. To tune in and listen to the event, please click on the YouTube link: https://youtu.be/w24YL67TQm

4. Most of our outreach efforts have been financial since many agencies are not utilizing volunteers. However, we have been able to provide some needed take out meal supplies to Oak City Outreach and Shepherd's Table Soup Kitchen who are no longer able to serve on site.

5. Extra Financial support over $20,000.00 from Fifth Sunday Hunger Offering, Outreach to Be Allocated and Pastor's Discretionary has been as follows:

$5,000.00 to Rise Against Hunger to pre-pay for a fall packing event and extra funding
$2,000.00 to A Place at the Table to sponsor 100 free meals on two different days.
$1,500.00 to Alliance Medical Ministry (matching grant =$3,000.00)
$2,000.00 to Shepherd's Table Soup Kitchen
$1,000.00 to the Salvation Army to assist with off-site housing for residents
$3,000.00 to Food Bank of CENC by Presbyterian Women
$3,000.00 to Inter-Faith Food Shuttle by the Week-Day School
$1,000.00 to Habitat for Humanity (matching grant for families in need = $2,000.00)
$1,000.00 to Emmaus House for food (matching grant=$2,000.00)
$ 500.00 to Green Chair for beds and basic necessity delivery for other agencies
$ 500.00 to Inter-faith Food Shuttle for summer food program (matching=$1,000.00)
$ 500.00 to Food Bank of CENC (matching grant=$1,000.00)
$ 950.00 for food to Emmaus House, Shepherd's Table and Wilson Temple Pantry

6. We have been able to continue to send our 2020 grants to our community and international partners with priority given to those who work with food insecurities and medical care.

7. We have purchased 900 brown grocery bags for a food drive in the Hayes Barton Area through their neighborhood group.

8. White Memorial sponsors the Daniel’s Food Pantry and recently delivered perishable food left over to the Shepherd's Table Soup Kitchen for their take-out lunches.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Giving Tuesday was an extra opportunity to give to agencies many of which had matching grants that helped double the contributions:

$1,000.00 to Habitat for Humanity to assist Habitat families who need financial assistance right now
$500.00 to Inter-Faith Food Shuttle for Summer Kids Food Program
$500.00 to Green Chair who is providing children' s beds and delivery of other extra necessities
$500.00 to Food Bank of CENC who is providing food boxes for families

Since the youth were not in school, there was food left at the Daniels Food Pantry that we stock. The perishable food was taken to the Shepherd's Table Soup Kitchen for take-out lunches.

Brown grocery bags were purchased for a church member who is doing a food drive in the Hayes Barton area. The bags will go to hundreds of homes and the last time this was done it was a huge success.

2020 grant checks from the WMPC Allocations Committee were sent to:

NAMI (National Association for Mental Illness) for mental health programming and family support
Community Music School for students to have music lessons that otherwise could not afford them
GiGi's Playhouse for programming and education for those with Down's Syndrome
Note in the Pocket for providing clothing for a week for children and youth
Oak City Cares for homeless services including meals and health care

Many non-profits are beginning re-opening in small ways and may start to need volunteers, so if there is an agency that you would like to help please check their website or give them a call. St. Saviour's Center will re-open the Diaper Train on a limited basis and needs funds for diapers. They can buy in bulk which helps the dollars go further.

 

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Many thanks to all who continue to provide extra funding to WMPC to help our community partners beyond our regular grant commitments. If you would like to help please write a check to White Memorial and in the subject line put hunger (directly for hunger agencies) or Pastor’s Discretionary Fund (helps provide funding where needed).

The collection crates in front of Witherspoon continue to overflow! Currently needed: peanut butter, jelly and cereal. There is also a place for diapers for StepUp.

We are sending $5,000.00 to Rise Against Hunger to pre-pay for a packing event in October and extra to keep the food supply moving to the places where it is most needed.

We are sponsoring 100 free meals on two separate days to A Place at the Table in the amount of $2,000.00.

We are continuing to send our 2020 grants to our community partners. We are pleased that we are reaching people in many different ways.

The Diaper Train, a program of St. Saviour’s Center is providing diapers to its partner agencies for its program participants though on-site distribution is currently on hold. They can buy diapers in bulk, so they are asking for donations that will go further in purchasing needed diapers.

 

Thursday, April 23, 2020

A message from Gloria Johnson, Associate Pastor of Outreach
Inside Outreach
Many thanks to everyone who makes a donation to WMPC for hunger during this time. It allows us to get funds to those organizations who are working for the food insecure.

We want to give a shout out to US Foods, who supplies the food for WMPC. Last week we were able to purchase $900 of discounted food items from them. The items were nearing expiration dates or were over-stocked and they asked their regular customers if they knew who could use the food. Because of their offer we were able to use donated funds for:

(1) Emmaus House for men in recovery. This organization has five houses and some of the men have lost jobs and won't be able to pay rent to help with food expenses.

(2) Lots of chip products for bag lunches at Shepherd's Table Soup Kitchen.

(3) Roast beef and sweet potatoes for the Wilson Temple Food Pantry on Oberlin Road.

A Place at the Table, a pay as you can cafe, has been serving many more free meals these days. Next week, we will sponsor $2,000.00 in meals in their Feed Raleigh Program.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

A message from Gloria Johnson, Associate Pastor of Outreach
Inside Outreach
Most agencies in town are still on shut down, but we try to keep informed of community needs that change from day-to-day. Many have missed their spring fundraisers, so they are trying to make up for the shortfall. We are using funds to help in the most effective way that we can knowing that this financial struggle will not end any time soon.

This week:
• A check was sent to Alliance Medical Ministry who has a matching grant. They continue to work with established patients electronically, and they have a drive-through for prescriptions.

• Much needed weekend take-out meal supplies were delivered to Oak City Cares. Their weekend meals are being catered to avoid as much contact as possible, but they needed lunch bags, utensils, napkins, and individual hand wipes to complete the process. They are doing most of their care electronically to provide homeless services to those who already have many underlying health issues.

• Weekend meals were served through the government-sponsored meal program that we are co-sponsoring with Wilson Temple Methodist Church on Oberlin Road. Each Saturday and Sunday 150 meals are delivered for drive-by pick-up. This past Sunday we were also able to supply Interact and Helen Wright Center for Women an Easter lunch.

• We are continuing to send 2020 grant checks with an extra push to agencies that are providing services right now in the area of food and basic needs.

• We invite you to explore ways to volunteer through activategood.org. They have a need for volunteers to help configure 10,500 hot spots for Wake County Public School students.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

A message from Gloria Johnson, Associate Pastor of Outreach
WMPC Outreach continues in creative, scaled-back ways to reach those who need services. Here are some ways your generosity has allowed us to help those in need over the past week:
• Because of the wonderful response to our Fifth Sunday Hunger Offering, we sent the Shepherd's Table Soup Kitchen another $2,000.00. Other funds will be sent over the next several days to our hunger partners. We purchased items to assist the Soup Kitchen and Oak City Cares as they move from inside seating to take-out meals.
• We sent $1,000.00 to the Salvation Army to assist in offsite housing for their resident families who can no longer be housed in groups onsite.
• We are arranging funds for Alliance Medical Ministry who is working with patients through technology. Our funds will be matched by the Steward's Fund.
• Collections continue in front of Witherspoon to help stock the pantry at Wilson Temple UMC. We request only basic food items be donated at this time.
• Over the last two weeks, we distributed 600 hot meals through a government-sponsored meals program. Meals are distributed from 12:00-1:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday in the Wilson Temple UMC parking lot on Oberlin Road.
• Our regular Let's Do Lunch for Raleigh Rescue Mission was not held as usual - but special thanks to Macy Aguirre, Food Service Director at WMPC, who delivered the items needed to pack seventy lunches so they could pack lunches onsite.
• We continue to send Community Allocations grant checks to our community partners who work in a variety of ways to serve our city.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

A message from Gloria Johnson, Associate Pastor of Outreach
This past weekend WMPC, along with Oberlin Road Churches Wilson Temple UMC and Oberlin Baptist, helped kick off the government funded kids lunch program in the parking lot of Wilson Temple. During the week children are able to get free lunches at various school sites across the county. We picked up the program on the week end for West Raleigh, and the kids in our neighborhood are able to continue getting lunch. Of course, anyone can receive lunches if they come to the site no matter what their area. Many in the Oberlin/Mayview community were served, and the families staying at Interact across the street were delivered meals . We will continue this program as long as the schools are not in session.

The meals packed by Boston Market are brought to the site, and milk is provided for each meal. Families drive through the line, request the meals they need, and drive away. There is a table set up for walk-ups as well. We are outside and practicing social distancing, but we still feel close in the faith as we do what we can to help meet the need.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - Ministry Updates

Helen Wright Center (An Urban Ministries of Wake County Program) - 401 W. Cabarrus Street (downtown)
The women are now staying in the shelter 24 hours a day. They need lunches, snacks, drinks, games, books, gift cards for take-out, hygiene kits, bags of ice and dinners. They have limited refrigeration and storage. For lunches contact Evelyn Reade at or call 919-215-6948 and for dinners contact meal coordinator at .

The Shepherd's Table Soup Kitchen
Church of the Good Shepherd across from the Capitol continues to serve several hundred lunches M-F. They no longer can offer the sit down hot meals but are offering bag lunches with items they have to purchase. Items needed are all-beef hot dogs/buns, mini bags of chips, cheese sticks, individual pudding/applesauce, brown lunch bags, and zip lock bags. Please deliver these items to the soup kitchen entrance at the corner of West Morgan and McDowell Streets from 9:00-1:00 Monday-Friday.

Food Distribution in Mayview/ Oberlin Road Area
Exciting news as there was no existing food distribution site in our area! Western Region Emergency Food Distribution is working with White Memorial and Wilson Temple to begin serving food to this area starting Saturday, March 28. We have the opportunity to help distribute free meals provided by Boston Market and the USDA feeding program. This program will serve meals on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 -1:00 in the grass parking lot next to Wilson Temple at 1023 Oberlin Road. Three (3) volunteers will be needed each day. This service will continue until students are allowed back in school. If interested in volunteering alongside other Oberlin Road church members, please contact Michelle Jeutter at 919-271-3344 or .

Stock the Pantry
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and Wilson Temple Food Pantry are asking for donations of dry goods and shelf-stable items that can be provided to people to stock their pantries – foods that set them up for an extended period of time. The red donation bins are outside of the Witherspoon Building at WMPC. We will collect and distribute these items to our local food pantries.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

A message from Gloria Johnson, Associate Pastor of Outreach
There are many agencies in town working hard to meet the increased demands for health care, food security, and other needs of the underserved. We invite you to check out their websites and find ways you can help. They often have wish lists and volunteer needs that might be met even with social distancing. Be proactive and let technology help you find where the greatest needs might be. This can change daily, so if you are having to stay at home, gather as much information about community needs as possible and share it with others. Many organizations are getting creative about how they are offering services, so find ways to help that match your comfort level.

We have placed two red bins in the front of the Witherspoon building. One for Food and one for Supplies. If you would like to add something to the bin to help neighbors in need you may do so without entering the building. We will collect and distribute. Thank you.