Swift Creek Elementary School
Macedonia partners with its neighbor, Swift Creek Elementary, to respond to the needs of students, families, and staff. This includes providing Backpack Buddies food items, classroom snacks, school supplies, and onsite volunteers to support the school’s reading intervention program, serving as test proctors, or assisting with school events. We also provide a summer food pantry to continue Backpack Buddies food support during the school break for underserved families. The best place to get involved is with the “Read a Book, Get a Book” program where volunteers work one-on-one with students to help them learn to read! Volunteer readers are needed at the school each morning, Monday-Friday, from 8:45-9:15am. Contact Susan Kinsey at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Habitat for Humanity
Macedonia UMC has a rich tradition of partnering with Habitat for Humanity to build homes in Wake County. 2015 marked the 30th anniversary of the first “Methodist” build in Wake County. Macedonia worked with other area faith groups to provide work teams and financial support to construct 6 homes as part of Habitat’s “Building on Faith 2015.” In 2016, Macedonia began partnering with other area Methodist churches in a “Methodist Coalition Build” for Habitat. In 2017, again Macedonia partnered with 8 other local Methodist churches as part of the “Methodist Coalition Build.” Contact Steve McCulloch at email@example.com if you have any questions or are interested in lending a hand!
Oak City Cares
What was once “Oak City Outreach” in downtown Raleigh has now greatly expanded into “Oak City Cares” on S. Wilmington Street. This is a brand new facility dedicated to being an all inclusive resource center for homeless and vulnerable peoples. Although not a shelter with beds, it has showers, laundry capabilities, bathrooms, telephones, computers and access to various services regarding medical assistance, behavioral health care, housing, employment, veteran and spiritual needs. It is a one stop access point sponsored by the combined efforts of government, non-profits and faith based organizations to eradicate homelessness in our community. Will you step up your commitment to this vital outreach mission so we can continue our church’s participation? In doing so, we are saying to the struggling population of Wake County, we see you and we want to show you we care.
On the first Saturday of each month, volunteers from the church help prepare, deliver, and serve lunch to approximately 150 men, women, and children in the safety and comfort of the Outreach Center. On these Saturdays, volunteers prepare the meal at church 9:45-11:30am, and then serve downtown from 11:30-1pm.
Two volunteers arrive at the church by 8:30 to start heating the food we are serving that day. Others usually arrive at the church around 10:30 to gather our supplies, finish food and beverage preparation and load the vehicles. We typically leave the church around 11:15 to drive to the Oak City Cares Center so if you want to carpool please make sure you’re at the church fellowship hall by 11:15. If you’re new, don’t worry! Our veteran volunteers will make sure you’re well taken care of.
If you have questions or need more information please contact Sharon Albrecht at 919-215-0519 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Children ages 9 and up are welcome to accompany their parents.
We will resume our monthly meal service at the Oak City Cares Center on Saturday, June 6th. Because of the increased safety guidelines that are in place, we will limit the size of our group to 5. The meals will be packaged in To Go plates in the Oak City kitchen and distributed to the individuals on the outside patio area. Due to the group size restrictions it may take longer than our normal 1 hour of serving time to distribute all of the plates. We will need to arrive at the center by 11:30 for a 12:30 service start. Masks will be required.
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