RESPONDING TO THE COVID-19 CRISIS
Thank you for your heart for our neighbors in need, and your willingness to serve during this time! We want to serve well and responsibly, which is why we look to our trusted ministry partners on the front lines to guide us on how to best support them throughout the COVID-19 crisis. As we work with our partners, we will continue to update this list of opportunities to care for our neighbors and serve our city.
Help Families Facing Food Insecurity
The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is in critical need of non-perishable food items. No contact drop-off sites are available for non-perishable food donations to any of the locations listed below. Click here for most needed items.
- 1001 Blair Dr, Raleigh. Monday-Friday, 8 am to 3 pm and Saturdays, 8 am to 12 pm
- 2300 Dover Farm Rd, Raleigh at the Food Shuttle Farm Stand. Monday-Friday, 8 am to 3 pm
- 2436 S. Miami Blvd, Durham at the Child Food Hub. Monday-Friday, 9 am to 3 pm
Serve with the Food Shuttle
The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is working to find innovative, transformative ways to address hunger needs in our community. They currently have opportunities to volunteer in their community gardens and at the Food Shuttle Farm, allowing you to easily keep your 6-feet of social distance. Learn more here.
Volunteer at the Food Bank
If you are a healthy adult (age 18 – 60), you can self-schedule a shift at foodbankcenc.org/volunteer. Current volunteer sessions are capped around 50 people and broken into smaller project groups to accommodate social distancing while still packing vital food resources.
Help with Wake County Public Schools Food Distribution
The Wake County Public Schools System has set up food distribution sites across the county to help children and families facing food insecurity. If you would like to volunteer to support WCPSS work with food access and food security, complete this form and they will contact you soon.
Deliver Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels has moved to delivering 5 frozen meals once a week to all 1,400 Wake County participants. Pick-up locations that need support are: Rolesville, Wendell, Knightdale, Zebulon, Cary, Morrisville, Wake Forest, Fuquay Varina, Garner and Apex. If you are interested in becoming a frozen meal delivery volunteer, please apply here. You will help seniors have access to nutritious frozen meals!
Provide Food/Supplies for The Helen Wright Center for Women
The Helen Wright Center for Women needs lunches, snacks, drinks, games, books, gift certificates for takeout food, hygiene kits, bags of ice, and daily dinners. Items can be ordered and delivered to, or dropped off at, the shelter at 401 W. Cabarrus Street, Raleigh 27601. They have limited refrigeration and general storage so please keep that in mind. If you would like to help with lunches, contact Evelyn Reade at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-215-6948 and if you would like to help with dinners, contact email@example.com.
Serve at the Urban Ministries Food Pantry
Urban Ministries provides a week’s worth of groceries for families in need, and has shifted to curbside pick-up. There are opportunities to work in their food pantry. The pantry is open Monday through Friday from 9-1 and needs 4 volunteers each shift. During this time, they are allowing one teen (13 years or older) to accompany one adult to volunteer. In the pantry you will be packing boxes of food, stocking shelves, loading boxes into cars, and helping clean in the pantry. Send an email to serve with them.
A Place at the Table – Buy a Token (or a To-Go Meal)
Many in our community rely on A Place at the Table for free, nutritious meals, which are supported by paying customers. If you’re able to pay and can get your morning coffee there or stop by for a sandwich to-go in the coming days, please support this much-needed service for our community. If you can’t stop by, you can give to provide a meal for someone else via their website: https://tableraleigh.org/donate.
The American Red Cross is grappling with a severe blood shortage as thousands of blood drives have been canceled nationwide, and healthy blood donors are needed. Schedule an appointment to give blood.
Support Our Doorstep Ministry
Our Doorstep Ministry provides financial assistance for rent and utilities to people who have hit a bump in the road. This vital service is funded entirely by donations, and is needed now more than ever. Give here (select Doorstep Ministry from the dropdown).
Love Your Neighbors
Check on your neighbors, your missional communities and other social connections. Send an encouraging message or call them and let them know you’re thinking about them. Especially ask your elderly and at-risk connections if they need anything, and offer to assist them to your comfort level.
Channel Your Inner Marie Kondo
Spend some time sparking a little Marie Kondo joy and share your blessings with others by setting aside items to donate once the COVID-19 crisis has passed. Gather up your gently used children’s and youth clothing for A Note in the Pocket. Adult clothing for the First Baptist Clothing Closet. And next-to-new household goods and furnishings for The Green Chair Project.
LOCAL & GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT
Serving is the core of who we are. It’s God’s love overflowing from our lives into action, and it can be life changing. Which is why we seek to partner with you and empower you to use your unique gifts and passions to live your best life of service. We believe we all have a vital role to play in sharing Christ’s love in our community, world and church. We hope you will join us!
Serve Our City
We love Raleigh and want to see our city flourish, the physical and spiritual needs of our neighbors met and all people introduced to the transforming love of Jesus Christ. Locally, we partner with nonprofits, schools and individuals who are working hard to make a difference in the lives of people who struggle with hunger, housing, injustice, poverty and more.
Join us as we seek to be part of God’s movement in our city and surrounding area.
Brentwood Boys and Girls Club
The Brentwood Boys and Girls Club helps young kids and teenagers reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens, creating a foundation to succeed in school, at work and in life. On a monthly basis, one of our Missional Communities partners with the Club, engaging kids in our music and worship arts programs and other fun activities.
Conn Elementary School Reading Buddies
Up to third grade, children are learning to read; after that, they are reading to learn. Reading buddies strive to help struggling children reach their God-given potential by spending 30 minutes a week (during the school day) reading with them. Volunteers pick the day they want to serve (Monday – Friday).
Contact: Amy Dameron
Methodist Home for Children
What started as an orphanage in 1899 has evolved to provide the best in evidence-based services for children and families throughout North Carolina regardless of religion, race or socio-economic status. Services include foster care and adoption, family preservation, early childhood services, juvenile justice and specialized services. There are opportunities to help with special events throughout the year.
Contact: Donna Tate
Neighbor to Neighbor
Neighbor to Neighbor comes alongside neighbors in Southeast Raleigh through mentoring relationships to aid pursuit of their education, achievement of their full potential and their ability to serve others. Spend time one-on-one with a child for an hour once a week (during the traditional calendar school year) working through an individualized curriculum in math or reading.
Alliance Medical Ministry
Alliance Medical Ministry provides comprehensive and affordable healthcare to working uninsured adults in Wake County. There are several opportunities to volunteer in their clinic.
Urban Ministries engages our community to serve and advocate on behalf of those affected by poverty by providing food, promoting health and wellness, and by laying the foundations of home. There are opportunities to serve with their Open Door Clinic. Time commitment varies.
Contact: Jennifer Gibbs
Our Doorstep Ministry helps people who have hit a bump in the road and need financial assistance with rent or utilities, referrals to other aid programs, or simply prayer and a listening ear. There are opportunities to interact with people who come to us for help on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
Contact: Kathy Johnson
Green Chair Project
The Green Chair Project reuses donated household furnishings to renew lives to participants referred from area programs who are recovering after homelessness, crisis or disaster. Opportunities to serve are varied and include light work to heavy moving. Volunteer times are flexible.
Contact: Kirsten Wheeler
Family Promise of Wake County
This ministry transforms the lives of families experiencing temporary homelessness by providing support services and moving them into safe, affordable, permanent housing in our community. Quarterly, ESUMC hosts Family Promise families, providing housing and meals for a week at a time on the third floor of our church. There are multiple ways to be involved from behind-the-scenes work to greeting our guests, serving as overnight hosts (spending a night at the church), providing meals and driving the van. Many hands are needed and welcome.
Contact: Ed Coman
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Be a part of our downtown churches coalition spring Habitat Build. No prior building or construction experience necessary, just a desire to help someone realize their dream of being a homeowner.
Contact: Renae Newmiller
Loads of Love Laundry Ministry
Teams volunteer weekly at a local laundromat where they provide one free wash and dry to people experiencing homelessness and poverty. This hands-on outreach ministry meets a tangible need and provides an opportunity to build relationships with people in need. Volunteers work on teams and can serve weekly or monthly.
Contact: Dawn Dillon
Oak City Cares
Oak City Cares is a services hub for connecting individuals and families at risk of or currently experiencing homelessness to coordinated services that create a path to stable housing and renewed hope. There are opportunities to provide hospitality, basic services, donation pickup or administrative support.
Urban Ministries engages our community to serve and advocate on behalf of those affected by poverty by providing food, promoting health and wellness, and by laying the foundations of home. There are opportunities to serve with the Helen Wright Center for women experiencing homelessness. Time commitment varies.
Contact: Jennifer Gibbs
Alliance Medical Community Garden
Alliance Medical Ministry provides comprehensive, compassionate and affordable healthcare to working, uninsured adults in Wake County. As part of their wellness program, they have a large community garden that is open on second Saturdays (9:30 am – 12:00 pm) and the 4th Wednesday of the month (5:30 -7:30 pm), April-October. To volunteer, drop by (101 Donald Ross Drive, Raleigh) or RSVP with Alliance. Kids welcome.
A Place at the Table
Located just a couple of blocks from Edenton Street, A Place at the Table is a pay-what-you-can place to eat that provides community and healthy food for all, regardless of means. Volunteers are key to their mission, and they’d love to have you join them!
New Bern House/Monthly Meal
The New Bern House provides a temporary home, resources and opportunities for single mothers and other families experiencing homelessness to transition into independent living. Weekend meals are provided to its residents and anyone in the community who is food insecure. As part of this food ministry, one of our Missional Communities provides a monthly meal and would love for you to join them.
Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen
The Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen tangibly shares Christ’s love by serving lunch to 200-300 people from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Monday through Friday. Serving shifts run from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm (this includes prep, serving and cleanup) or 10:30 am-12:30pm (serve and cleanup).
Contact: Lorraine Gallego
Urban Ministries engages our community to serve and advocate on behalf of those affected by poverty by providing food, promoting health and wellness, and by laying the foundations of home. There are opportunities to serve with their food pantry. Additionally, our church community collects food on an ongoing basis to help fill the food pantry and volunteers are needed monthly to pick food up from the church and deliver it to the Urban Ministry Center. This is about a one-hour commitment. Time commitment to work with the Open Door Clinic or Helen Wright Center varies.
Building Relationships at Cary Health and Rehabilitation Center
Monthly, one of our Missional Communities spends time at this nursing and rehab center developing relationships with residents by playing bingo, visiting with them in their room and engaging in other supportive activities.
Contact: Ginny Hartley
The Memory Cafe is an opportunity for people dealing with dementia and their caregivers to have a special night out once a month. Volunteers help arrange for entertainment, plan elegant monthly meals, recruit volunteers to decorate, greet, serve the meal and assist with cleanup. The event occurs on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.
Murphy School Apartments
The Murphy School is home to seniors age 55 and older with incomes of less than 50% of the median area income for Wake County. Monthly, one of our Missional Communities partners with the Murphy School spending time with the residents doing various activities with the residents.
Contact: Patt Crissman
The Salvation Army of Wake County is deeply committed to the modern-day fight against human trafficking. This includes trafficking for both the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation and labor exploitation. Through Project FIGHT they provide case management for victims of human trafficking, and work to generate education and awareness about human trafficking in our community and across the state. Learn more.
Refugee Resettlement Circle of Welcome
The Circle of Welcome is a ministry partnering churches and organizations with families who are immigrating to Raleigh to help them transition into a new life and culture. We currently have a Missional Community coming alongside a family from the Congo. Want to be a welcoming presence in the family’s life?
Contact: Emily Yoon
Ruth Sheets Adult Daycare Center
The Ruth Sheets Center, which is located in our church facility, provides a safe place for older adults who need assistance with daily activities and care but do not need full-time placement in a rest home or nursing facility. Volunteers spend time with our Ruth Sheets participants, lead an activity, help with crafts or simply come by to visit. Opportunities available weekdays from 2:00 – 5:30 pm.
Contact: Matt Frazier
The Encouraging Place
Through organizing small groups to communicate and collaborate toward healing the racial divide and promote unity, the Encouraging Place creates environments of support and encouragement for all people at every stage of life so they may be better equipped to grow as individuals and experience the Love of Christ. Click here to learn more.
Serve our World
Beyond Raleigh, we partner with ministries in East Asia, Haiti and Liberia, as well as global hunger and disaster response efforts. Join us as we make an impact in the world!
Learn more about our global impact partners and their work.
By working with local leaders, Zoe Empowers equips orphans and vulnerable children around the world with tools and training to overcome life-threatening poverty for good. Our church comes alongside three Zoe empowerment groups, comprised of nearly 300 children in Liberia.
How can you help?
- A monthly gift of $8 over three years empowers an orphan in Liberia out of poverty for good.
If you’d like to join us in journeying with these children by becoming a monthly sponsor! Email Renae to get the process started! You can also give a one time gift to our church efforts online or by texting “ESUMC” to 73256 and selecting Orphan Care.
We’d also love to have you join us on a vision trip to meet our empowerment groups and see the amazing transformation taking place.
Contact: Renae Newmiller
Help One Now empowers families and comes alongside children in developing countries through high-capacity local leaders with proven solutions to end extreme poverty. We partner with Help One Now in Haiti, supporting five Help One Now classrooms. Join us on a learning journey to Haiti to meet the local leaders, learn how they are engaging in their community, and see firsthand the impact Help One Now is having.
Contact: Renae Newmiller
Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030. We partner with Rise Against Hunger to pack up to 100,000 meals a year. We hold packing events on MLK Day and at other times of the year. Packing events typically take two hours and are fun for all ages.
Contact: Renae Newmiller
Serve Our Church
There are many opportunities to serve at Edenton Street. From hospitality – to children and youth – to music and much more. If you want to serve, there’s a spot for you!
Learn more about the many opportunities to serve in our church.