Current Opportunities to Serve

Local Mission 2020-2021 Brochure


Feed the Hungry! April Food Collection

Bring your donations of non-perishable food to First Pres. Drop off bins are available outside by the Memorial Garden entrance, Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Donations are accepted on behalf of Community Action Network. Financial donations may either be mailed to the attention of Finance Manager Anna Miller or may be dropped off at the church Monday through Thursday, 9:00 to 3:00. Checks should be made payable to First Pres with the purpose noted on the memo line.

Become a Circles Program Ally

Use your time and talent to reduce poverty in our community – become 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 we will tell you how much we have learned, and grown from the experience. Orientation sessions will occur on Wednesdays, January 13, February 10 and March 10, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Learn more at or contact Martha Kershaw, Helena Prince, Pam Ehrhart, Ginny Rezmierski, Virginia Koster, or Rohn Federbush.

Community Action Network

Help feed families 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 or by phone at 734-994-2985 ext. 131.

Hope Clinic Food Programs

First Pres supports the food programs at Hope Clinic through volunteer service and donations. Due to Covid-19, the demand for food has increased significantly, as has the need for volunteer help. Volunteers organize the food pantry, hand out bagged groceries, prepare hot meals in the Hope kitchen, and deliver groceries to the homebound. To see more information about Hope, read job descriptions, and sign up to offer your services, use this link:

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.

Delonis Center Food Gatherers Community Kitchen

The Delonis Center First Pres Ministry helps prepare and serve meals to residents of the Delonis Shelter. This ministry has continued on a limited basis despite the Covid-19 pandemic, with precautions instituted by the Delonis Center staff for volunteer safety. Interested volunteers should contact Rev. Jay Sanderford at