195 Acts of Service

 

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God Is In the Dirt!
Care for the Kitchen Garden at Cass

The kitchen at Cass Community Social Services in Detroit serves over one million meals to hungry and sometimes forgotten people.  First Pres plants and maintains a vegetable garden just outside the kitchen door at Cass. 

Work days and harvest days will occur every other week in June, July and August.  Interested in working in the garden?  Contact Beth Sanderford @ beth.sanderford@gmail.com or Rev. Jay Sanderford @ jsanderford@firstpresbyterian.org with questions or to volunteer.

Friends In Deed

Friends In Deed is looking for small groups (2-6 people) that would be interested in making furniture deliveries to local families in need. We will make all the arrangements and provide directions. We have the truck; you provide the muscle!  Please call the Friends In Deed office at (734) 484-7607 or email furniture@friendsindeedmi.org to discuss this wonderful opportunity. Contact Furniture Coordinator, Kia Smith, to talk about how you or your group could be part of this effort.

The Friends In Deed Furniture Program has plans for a major cleanup and reorganization of their warehouse. They are hoping to line up some volunteers to help them out. They are doing this during regular business hours, but could also be scedhuled for Saturdays in May. Contact Furniture Coordinator, Kia Smith at (734) 484-7607 or email furniture@friendsindeedmi.org  to talk about how you or your group could be part of this effort, or contact Sarah M. Thornburg,  FID Executive Director at sarah@friendsindeedmi.org for more information.

Help People Stay Safe, Dry, and Warm!
Help Make a Building a Home for Cass Residents!

Cass Community Social Services has purchased a three-story apartment building and they need help to ready rooms for new residents.  Rooms need clean-up and painting.  This volunteer work involves removing shelves and telephone wires, and patching cracks in the plaster.  We urgently need your help right now!  This work will be Covid-safe.  We will have two people working in a room and there will be a limited number of volunteers on any day.  Contact Don Redding (Dredding58@yahoo.com) to volunteer or for more information.  Let’s help Cass get this ready!

Feed the Hungry! Communion Sunday Food Collection 2021
  • August - Hunger Ministries Program of the Presbytery of Detroit
  • September - Food Gatherers
  • October - Hunger Ministries Program of the Presbytery of Detroit
  • November - Community Action Network (food) & Washtenaw Community College Student Emergency Fund (financial contributions)
  • December - Food Gatherers

On the first Sunday of each month, we are fed the bread of life and offered the cup of blessing by the wide welcome of Holy Communion.  On every other day of each month, First Pres turns that gift around as we feed people in our Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County community from our abundance.  So, feed your neighbors and bring your donations of non-perishable food to First Pres.

Drop off bins are also available outside by the Memorial Garden entrance during regular church hours. Financial donations may either be mailed to the attention of Finance Manager Anna Miller, or may be dropped off at the church during regular church hours. Checks should be made payable to First Pres with the purpose noted on the memo line:  Food Offering.

Become a Circles Program Ally

Use your time and talent to reduce poverty in our community by becoming an Ally for the summer 2021 cohort of the Washtenaw Circles Program through Friends In Deed. Circles is an evidence based, national program built on the premise that developing meaningful relationships across socio-economic lines can break the cycle of generational poverty. Over 18 months it works by creating circles of support and connections between low-income “Leaders” and middle-income “Allies” as well as coaches and community resources.  Ask any of the First Pres members who have participated in this program over the first three successful years and they will tell you how much they have learned and grown from the experience. 

Community Action Network (CAN)

Help feed families and assist with cleaning and outdoor work at local community centers serving children and youth. Opportunities are available for individuals and small groups. Help is needed at Bryant Community Center and Arrowwood Hills Community Center to assist with unloading boxes of food and bagging food for clients. Help is also needed with providing prepackaged meals. General cleaning help is needed at Bryant Community Center, and outdoor help with landscaping, weeding, trimming, etc. is needed at Green Baxter Court Community Center. To get more details about these opportunities to serve, please contact CAN Volunteer Coordinator Paige Ampey at volunteers@canwashtenaw.org or by phone at 734-994-2985 ext. 131.

Volunteer at the Food Gatherers Community Kitchen at the Delonis Center

The Community Kitchen engages and nourishes our entire community with delicious, wholesome meals. It is located in the Robert J. Delonis Center (which is also home to the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County) at 312 W. Huron Street in Ann Arbor. Before Covid-19 shuttered many agencies in March 2020, a team of First Pres volunteers prepared and served the Wednesday evening meal at the Community Kitchen; now individuals can once again volunteer at the Community Kitchen.  Our hope is to resume our First Pres Wednesday meal support in Summer 2021. This ministry continues on a limited basis in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, with precautions instituted by the Community Kitchen staff for volunteer safety.

The kitchen provides weekday lunches and dinners and weekend mid-day meals for anyone in need. Food Gatherers' volunteers help by preparing and serving meals, and cleaning up.  Occasional meal prep shifts to make bulk meals for area agencies welcome volunteers.  For more information visit:  https://www.foodgatherers.org/?module=Page&sID=get-invovled

To sign up as an individual, visit:  https://foodgatherers.volunteerhub.com/

For more information, contact:  Rev. Jay Sanderford jsanderford@firstpresbyterian.org

Hope Clinic Food Program

First Pres supports the food programs at Hope Clinic through volunteer service and donations. Due to Covid-19, the demand for food has more than doubled in the past year, and help is needed to lend a hand both on-site and off-site. Volunteers (age 15 and over) can help to organize the food pantry, hand out bagged groceries, prepare hot meals in the Hope kitchen, and deliver groceries to the homebound. Help is needed every day except Sunday. For complete job descriptions and sign up to offer your services go to https://thehopeclinic.org/volunteer-form  In addition to food, Hope requests donations of personal care items such as soap and shampoo, as well as high efficiency detergent for clients who use on-site laundry facilities. Hope is located at 518 Harriet St. in Ypsilanti. Phone: 734-481-0111.

Meals for the Homeless

Mercy House, located at 805 W. Huron Street in Ann Arbor, is an oasis of hope for people experiencing homelessness, providing meals, showers, clothing and personal care items.  We are looking for individuals who could prepare and drop off a meal for 20 people on Mondays or Wednesdays, with a 5:45 p.m. drop off at the house.  Typically, one person provides the main dish, and another provides sides and dessert, but some do both.  A 9 X 13 aluminum pan works best, as they do not need to be returned and will be reused by the community.  They also accept grocery gift cards, in any amount, to buy the ingredients to prepare a meal.  If you are interested in helping out, please go to the following Sign Up Genius link:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e44afae22a2f49-mercy.  There you will find open dates as well as menu suggestions and a few other details.  Questions?  Please contact Sonia at soniafrances55@gmail.com.