The First Pres Local Community Mission Team is in constant touch with our local community mission partners and groups. Several good, safe paths to help are collected here for our First Pres community. More will be posted as we move through this crisis.
Opportunities are available for individuals or families to help our community out in a more tangible way; here are some opportunities to consider below.
This year during Advent we will be collecting items for donation to the children’s programs at Community Action Network (CAN) and Peace Neighborhood Center (PNC). Both agencies serve low-income families in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.
For the first 3 weeks of Advent, November 29 – December 17, we will collect ART KITS + SUPPLIES and SPORTS EQUIPMENT to be distributed as Holiday Gifts and for use at the centers when possible.
For the end of Advent, Dec. 20-24, we will collect children’s T-shirts, underwear and socks, ALL SIZES, to be distributed after the holidays.
For the month of December, all food donations will go to Food Gatherers to continue their work providing for the community during the holiday season. Donations can be dropped off at the church. Collection Bins are located at the entrance on the Memorial Garden side of the building during the week, Monday through Thursday from 9am-3pm. For more information contact Khayla Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pinwheels For Peace
Imagine. . . whirled peace! In recognition of the International Day of Peace, and in support of our Local Mission work, we are invited to put our faith into action by participating in Pinwheels for Peace 2020. Our goal as a church community is to commit 2,020 hours of service and other actions such as prayer, to promote peace throughout our church, our community, our country, and the world.
Here’s what you do:
- pick up a pinwheel kit from the church (Monday through Thursday, 9:00 – 3:00); the kit includes an instruction sheet
- decide what you can do between now and the end of the year to promote peace
- use the marker provided to write a word of action on each of the “petals” describing your commitment
- bring your pinwheel back to church (Monday through Thursday, 9:00 – 3:00); staff will “plant” your pinwheel in our pinwheel garden
- put your plan into action and keep track of your hours
- information will be shared about when and how to send your hours to the church so we can tabulate our total
Questions? Contact the Church Office (734-662-4466)
Huron Habitat House of Faith Build
Construct a House, Build a Home. Your hands and volunteer spirit, joined together with many other people, can help a family buy a new home in Ypsilanti. And your help is needed, so come and volunteer, Huron Habitat has a terrific, safe and effective system for keeping the Covid-19 virus at bay and people safe. The Habitat House of Faith Project is underway. We volunteer several Fridays and Saturdays during September and October. Due to Covid, there are limited opportunities each day. To get more details on volunteering please follow this link: http://www.h4h.org/houseoffaith
The Habitat web page has links to the volunteer waiver, work days and other important information about the build process this year. If you sign up, it is important that you show up. We are limited to only 4-6 volunteers a day and Habitat is counting on us supplying the volunteer hours. If you aren’t sure then please contact Don Redding: Dredding58@yahoo.com
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 email@example.com or by phone at 734-994-2985 ext. 131.
Alpha House If you have a special interest in helping children and their parents, consider the First Pres ministry to Alpha House, a shelter for families experiencing homelessness. You can provide a meal, part of a meal, or contribute to the pantry. The next opportunity for serving in this way is the week of November 9-15. You can sign up online. If you have questions, contact Gail Einhaus at firstname.lastname@example.org, Paula Doering at email@example.com, Anne Gere at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Ruth Jensen at email@example.com.
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://thehopelinic.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.
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 Susan Morville at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rev.Jay Sanderford at email@example.com
Cass Community Social Services
Cass Community Social Services provides services to the homeless and disadvantaged populations of Detroit. It serves these diverse populations by providing for basic needs, including affordable housing, promoting self-reliance and encouraging community involvement and improvement. First Pres will do an outdoor Fall Work Day on Saturday, October 24. Rev. Jay Sanderford at firstname.lastname@example.org. Great family fun, wonderful hosts from Cass and lots of good to do!