Local Outreach

Our local and global ministries strive to make an impact for the greater good by connecting people’s gifts and passions with the needs of the world. We are grateful to be able to work with wonderful partners to address issues of hunger, housing, poverty and education.

Learn more about how you can share your gifts through one of our ministries below.

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Sent on the second Friday of the month. This newsletter focuses on the outreach and advocacy work of First Presbyterian. 

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Current Volunteer Opportunities

Camp Grier

Our church provides the opportunity for 45 children in our community to spend a week each summer at Camp Grier. Children leave their phones at home and experience a week of outdoor activities such as kayaking, zip-lining, hiking, and rock climbing. Fifteen middle- and high-school-aged campers also participate during school breaks throughout the year, which allows them to experience skiing, white water kayaking, and longer backpacking trips. Church volunteers support campers by serving as Camp Connectors, who provide a personal connection and assist with preparation and transportation to and from the church if necessary.

Bellxcel/Above and Beyond Students

First Presbyterian Church partners with Bellxcel and Above and Beyond Students to provide a full-week, six-week long summer camp program for Pre-K–fifth graders from Westerly Hills Academy.  Campers spend their mornings learning but spend afternoons and Fridays enjoying fun enrichment activities and field trips. Church members are able to engage with this program by assisting in the Pre-K classroom and chaperoning Friday field trips.

Second Saturday for Service

Crisis Assistance Ministry

Team up with fellow church members as we support the good work of our partners at Crisis Assistance Ministry by working in their community FreeStore. CAM works to walk alongside our community’s most vulnerable population to prevent homelessness. We will work for a few hours and then have a fun lunch together. This service opportunity is perfect for ages 10 and up. 

Food Pantries

Loaves and Fishes + Westerly Hills Academy

The Loaves and Fishes Pantry is located on the bottom floor of our Poplar Street building. Teams of volunteers stock the shelves, receive warehouse deliveries and assist referred clients in shopping for groceries on Wednesday and Friday afternoons, and the second and third Saturday morning of each month. A new feature is the Home Delivery program which gives volunteers the opportunity to drop off pre-packaged boxes of food directly to the doorstep of food insecure families in the 28208 neighborhood surrounding our church.

Westerly Hills Academy

Pantry + School store 

First Presbyterian has had a partnership with Westerly Hills Academy, an under-resourced school in the 28208 zip code, since 2000. We provide support for events, including the Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry and the Eagle Bucks School Store (a behavior and attendance incentive), with both volunteers and donations.

We are also sponsoring the Books on Break program! $10 provides one student with five new books to read over the summer.

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Roof Above

Serve Lunch

Every second Sunday of the month, we send volunteers to the Roof Above Day Center kitchen to make homemade soup and hand out bag lunches to our unsheltered neighbors who visit the College Street campus. Our “Soup Kitchen” ministry operates year round.

Operation Sandwich

SUPPORTING ROOF ABOVE

Once a month, up to 600 sandwiches are assembled by teams of volunteers – young and old, on our church campus and then dropped off to the College Street Day Center. Sunday school classes, young adults, PW circles, youth group, new members are all invited to help feed our unsheltered neighbors all year round.

Meet the Outreach Leadership Team

Rev. Lucy Crain

Rev. Lucy Crain

Associate Pastor for Outreach & Mission

God created all people to live in community with one another and gifted us with an innate desire to give of ourselves for the greater good.  Lucy finds joy in helping people find impactful ways to live into their calling as children of God.  Lucy is excited to learn and grow in faith with members of FPC through outreach ministry.

Heather Herring

Heather Herring

Outreach Coordinator

Heather has been a member of First Presbyterian Church since 2004 and spent much of that time volunteering in various ministries before joining church staff in 2017. She strongly believes that access to opportunities is the most important factor in helping individuals live out the potential God created in them. Contact Heather to discuss opportunities to support students and staff at Westerly Hills Academy or our partners at Core Church.

Flo Bryan

Flo Bryan

Outreach Coordinator

Flo joined First Presbyterian Church in 1991 and has raised a family in the church, taught in the Weekday School and joined the staff as an outreach coordinator right before the pandemic. Working alongside church volunteers in support of our partner organizations has strengthened her belief that Christ calls us to be equal partners with our neighbors in need of grace, hope and justice.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

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 for the homeowner working towards a new home.

Tutoring

Volunteers tutor students weekly through quality partnerships with Augustine Literacy Project, HELPS Fluency Tutoring, and Heart Math Tutoring. Tutoring partners are currently recruiting partners to serve waitlisted students during the second semester of 2024, beginning the first week of February and ending mid-May

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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 evening in December, January, February, and March, twelve guests 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.

Local Outreach Stories

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A Figurative Fairy Godmother

A Figurative Fairy Godmother

Volunteers Nurture Campers and Future Leaders In the rolling hills of North Carolina, nestled amidst towering trees and babbling brooks, lies Camp Grier. Founded over half a century ago as an outdoor ministry of the Presbyterian Church, the camp has served as a...

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Beyond the Pantry Shelves

Beyond the Pantry Shelves

FPC Members Respond to food insecurity Located on the lower level of First Presbyterian’s Poplar Street building, a ministry dedicated to feeding hungry neighbors in our community has operated for 39 years. The Loaves and Fishes Pantry at FPC is run almost exclusively...

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