All of the opportunities listed below have safe social distancing measures in place and require you to wear a mask when on site. If you want to know more or have any questions, please contact Rev. Meg Gaston.
In addition to the opportunity to be an overnight volunteer with the shelter, Samaritan Inn also has a Soup Kitchen in need of Lunch and Dinner shift volunteers. If you are interested in helping out with their soup kitchen, you can sign up here.
The Samaritan Inn also has an amazon Wishlist for things they are currently in need of. This is a great way to serve without having to leave your home if you are not comfortable being out and around others during this time. Check out their Amazon Wishlist for things they are currently in need of.
Lastly, as we think ahead to Christmas, there are items they collect to give to their guests on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. If you are out and about or happen to have any extras of the following things, Samaritan Inn would appreciate the donation: new gloves, hats, deodorant, warm socks, lotion, razors, 1 ride bus passes.
Betty and Jim Holmes Food Bank Garden
Located at Crossnore, the Food Bank Garden gives all that it grows to Second Harvest Food Bank. Currently, they are in need of regular volunteers for their garden days. Every Saturday in October from 11 am-12:30 pm and Wednesday, Oct. 7 and 14 from 5 pm-6:30 pm. They are also in need of garden leaders to help their volunteer groups with different tasks. If you are interested, you can sign up here.
New Story Church
New Story Church started eight years ago and is a mission church serving a number of people who are in recovery and those who have been hurt by the church in the past. They act as an overflow shelter in the winter and offer a free clinic that is currently booked for months.
Contact Scott Osterberg if you’re interested in helping in any of the following ways – firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday nights from 3:30-6:30, help with serving meals
Sort clothes for clothing closet
Prepare bag meals. Here is what goes in them: Fruit snacks, granola bar, peanut butter crackers, ramen noodles, a bag of chips.
Community Care Center
The Community Care Center was started by two retired doctors in 2000 who envisioned a way for retired physicians to give back to the community. Before COVID, they were seeing close to 14,000 patients a year. They are in need of volunteers who are willing to help with financial screenings – checking information about income, assets, liability, etc, to verify they are qualified to be patients; taking patients back to various places; general errands; if you have experience in the medical field can help take blood pressures or temperatures. Please contact Jim Robinson if you are interested in volunteering: email@example.com.
The Shepherd’s Center works to meet the fundamental and essential needs of older adults in our community. While a lot of what volunteers can help with is on hold due to COVID, they are asking for donations of handmade or purchased cards to send out. They currently have a need for “Phone Pals” to make weekly social phone calls to isolated seniors. Volunteers are trained/oriented via Zoom or phone and are matched with folks that have similar interests in hopes that they can build a relationship. If you are interested in being a Phone Pal, contact Carol Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 336-748-0217. You can also visit their website to see what else is going on with the Shepherd’s Center. www.shepherdscenter.org
Crisis Control Ministry
Crisis Control Ministry is the largest emergency assistance provider in Forsyth county. They have been around since 1973 and started when local churches got together to pull funds to help those in the community. They provide assistance with rent, mortgage, and utilities, have a free pharmacy, and have a food pantry to help those in the community. Currently, they are doing a 100 Bin Challenge (https://www.crisiscontrol.org/100binchallenge/) for their food drive. If you are interested in ways in which you could help out, contact Chris Grimmett email@example.com for more information.
The Shalom Project
The Shalom Project serves the basic needs as well as those that address poverty in Winston Salem. Currently, they are in desperate need of cereal for their food pantry. They also are looking for volunteers to help out in their clothes closet – folding, hanging up, sorting, etc. Contact Eileen Ayuso if interested in volunteering: firstname.lastname@example.org
Winston-Salem Rescue Mission
The Rescue Mission has been around since 1967 and their primary focus is offering men’s addiction programs that are scripture-based. They help men that come out of prison, jail, hospitals, detoxes, and those who are needing lengthier programs to help with their progress. There are opportunities to volunteer in multiple capacities from the food pantry to the clothing ministry and can be found here: https://www.wsrescue.org/volunteer/. On October 22nd, they will have a virtual banquet and will be sharing with the community what the Rescue Mission is doing.
UMAR is having their annual fundraiser on November 12th at noon. Like most things, this will be held virtually. In Winston Salem, there are 3 UMAR homes, one for men and two for women, with six residents per home. They are always in need of household items such as: paper products, canned goods, picnic supplies, goody bags with snacks or treats, gift cards to local restaurants (drive-thru or order out), zip-top bags (all sizes), and fresh veggies. They welcome any kind of art supplies or craft projects (DIY ideas) and the members love to receive cards or notes to know they are still being thought of. They also welcome drive-by visits and anything to help spruce up the outdoors with flowers, pots, etc.
If you are interested in doing a home camp experience that would be outside, socially distanced, in their backyard, please let Rev. Meg Gaston know and she will help coordinate with the homes.
Crossnore school and children’s home currently has forty-three kids in their care right now. Currently, the foster care team needs new suitcases or duffle bags. Something new for when the children leave or arrive at Crossnore.
Forsyth Jail and Prison
Our partners with Forsyth Jail and Prison do transition work so that once released the inmates are equipped for a more successful re-entry. They are currently working on how they will do Christmas this year, so stay tuned.
GreeNest takes things that we all have been blessed with but can no longer put to good use and have found new homes for them. Those in our community who are transitioning into sustainable housing can use donated and gently used household items. In addition to furniture donations, they are in need of volunteers to help with the lifting and moving of furniture. If you are interested in volunteering, sign up here.
Horizons was started by the Women’s Guild in Forsyth county who were determined to help children in the community with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since then they have received a state license to let their children age in place so they can serve adults and children. They have twenty children and adults on their main campus and ten at their arches campus. They have blessing boxes for non-perishable items at both campuses that they started for employees and anyone in need during COVID. They have also requested for volunteers to send cards to the residents. Also, their staff is now referred to as Horizon’s Heroes. They have asked if folks from Centenary would send thank you and hero cards for their frontline healthcare workers (please do not send money or gift cards).
Crosby Scholars is a college access program that helps with admissions, prep work, resources for students, anything you can think that relates to college. Every senior has a one-on-one advisor that helps them complete financial aid forms, essay reading, early college application week, college fairs, and college tours. They need volunteers to help with essay reading, which is currently done all online. They also need volunteers to help with their scholarship committee. Learn more here.
Mt. Tabor UMC
Mt. Tabor has a high school hotspot that could always use volunteers. Volunteers are able to do their own work, while also engaging with the high schoolers during their lunch breaks. Most of the children are on zoom, so there is not much time to interact with them. Volunteering at the hot spot is similar to proctoring for an exam. You can occasionally walk around to troubleshoot any problems with technology the kids might have. If you are interested please check out the link below or email the coordinator Coleen Carr at email@example.com. Learn more here.
Haiti Outreach Ministries (HOM)
Centenary has a strong partnership with HOM. In a non-COVID time, we usually visit Haiti a few times a year on mission trips for building and medical help. Since we are unable to do that right now, HOM is in need of school supplies. If you would like to purchase something for us to ship to Haiti, please contact Rev. Meg Gaston to coordinate getting the supplies to her.
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