Child & Family Outreach
We believe children and families should have access to quality education and basic needs in order to grow as the individuals God created them to be.
To help ensure this, we support families and students who reside in the 28208 zip code, in part through our partnership with Westerly Hills Academy. We provide food for the school food pantry, support staff at the schools, participate in high quality tutoring programs, and offer free quality summer camp programs.
Invisible Box - All closed on page open
Westerly Hills Academy
For more than twenty years, First Presbyterian Church has partnered with Westerly Hills Academy, located off of Wilkinson Boulevard. Our members support students and families by tutoring, providing a food pantry, holiday giving, and by supporting our summer camp programs (BellXcel and Camp Grier). In partnership with Presbyterian Women, First Presbyterian Church also provides staff appreciation gifts, meals, and holiday gifts for the hardworking teachers and staff at the school.
How We Help
Underserved families and children should feel loved, supported, and hopeful. Not only does this show them the love of Christ, it also helps to ensure they are in a better position to achieve personal and academic goals.
BellXcel Summer Camp
Sixty Westerly Hills Academy students, rising first through third grades, participate in a six week day camp at First Presbyterian. The students consistently achieve gains in reading and math. Volunteers serve as tutors, lunch buddies, enrichment assistants, and field trip chaperones. | Learn more
Camp Grier Summer Camp
Elementary through high school students participate in a free week of sleepaway camp in the mountains of North Carolina. FPC Volunteers serve as Camp Connectors to provide a personal connection to each participating camper and their family. | Learn more
Tutoring at Westerly Hills Academy
Volunteers tutor students weekly through quality partnerships with Augustine Literacy Project, HELPS Fluency Tutoring, and Heart Math Tutoring. | Learn more
The Bridge Learning Center at the Core Church serves 40 students from the Westerly Hills community in their afterschool program. FPC supports the program with supplies and snack donations, and volunteers assist with literacy activities, homework help, and administrative tasks. | Learn more
Girl Scout Troop at Wilson STEM Academy
Volunteers lead and support a troop of Girl Scouts at Wilson STEM Academy, the middle school our Westerly Hills Academy students go on to attend. | Learn more
Westerly Hills Academy Food Pantry
Volunteers donate and deliver food to the school’s food pantry on a monthly basis. | Learn more
You can help our community partners by donating the items listed below.
- Donate Books to Promising Pages
- Donate Clothing to the Crisis Assistance Free Store
- Donate Furniture/Appliances to the Crisis Assistance Furniture Bank
- Shop an Amazon Wishlist of toys and treats to stock Westerly Hills Academy’s School Store
- Shop an Amazon Wishlist of books and supplies for the Bridge Learning Center afterschool program at the Core Church.
Volunteers are needed to help set up, serve and clean up dinner at Westerly Hills Academy monthly parent nights from 5:30 – 6:30pm. Sign up included at left.
As part of a financial literacy program at Westerly Hills Academy, students earn “eagle bucks” for outstanding attendance, academic performance and behavior. Each month students may redeem or save their eagle bucks at the school store, which is stocked with small toys and treats. Volunteers are needed to help staff the store from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Join us for one of our most fun volunteer opportunities!
Join our group on Realm for email updates and opportunities to serve.
News + Stories from the Outreach Team
We’d love to answer them for you.
Please reach out through the button below.