We are proud to have partnerships with local agencies and initiatives. Through them we are able to address issues of hunger, poverty, and education.
You can find an area or cause you are passionate about below and then get involved on your own schedule.
Room in the Inn
FPC is one of the founding churches that helped organize this program with Urban Ministry to provide overnight lodging for unsheltered neighbors during the winter months. Every Monday and Tuesday evening in December, January, February, and March, twelve individuals are picked up at the College Street campus of Roof Above and driven to the church where they are served dinner and given beds for the night. In the morning, the guests eat breakfast and are given a brown bag lunch.
Approximately 500 sandwiches are prepared by rotating teams of church volunteers every Saturday morning around 7:30 a.m. in the church kitchen and then dropped off to the Statesville Street shelter kitchen. Sandwiches are used to supplement the shelter residents’ meals especially if they arrive after meal time.
Loaves and Fishes/Friendship Trays
The Loaves and Fishes pantry provides groceries to individuals and families who are food-insecure and live near our church. They distribute food from our basement pantry four days a week, and from a mobile pantry truck in the church parking lot each Wednesday. They also provide prepared meals for homebound clients five days a week which church member volunteers deliver.
Charlotte Rescue Mission
This ministry provides lunches three Sundays per month to the residents of CRM. Typically, two or three families meet at CRM with food supplied by FPC to cook and serve a lunch to the men. The residents receive a meal served by FPC youth and their parents who often sit and talk with the residents during the meal.
Habitat for Humanity
FPC and Charlotte Church Partners volunteers work on a yearly “build” in the fall with members providing labor, snacks, and family support. The family receives a new home as well as ongoing support services from Habitat.
Click “get involved” and type in group number 1686 then select Charlotte Church Partners Volunteer Team.
Several ministry teams operate under this partner organization.
- Soup Kitchen – Volunteers make soup to hand out along with a prepared brown bag lunch every second Sunday of the month to individuals who come to the “day center” at the College Street campus.
- Men’s Shelter Dinners – Three to four times a year volunteers plan a dinner, order the food, and request that the church kitchen staff cook the food which is delivered to the Statesville Avenue shelter and served to the residents by the volunteers.
- Upper Room – One to two church members conduct an hour long devotion time for the day center visitors at the College Street campus. This is an informal time of scripture reading, prayer, and chance for individuals to share their concerns. There is a rotating roster of volunteers from several area churches.
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