Local & Global Engagement

RESPONDING TO THE COVID-19 CRISIS

What can we do?

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 and Individuals Facing Food Insecurity 

Donate Food

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 ereade@urbanmin.org or call 919-215-6948 and if you would like to help with dinners, contact ummealcoordinator@gmail.com.

Donate Supplies for the Oak City Cares Weekend Meal Program

The Oak City Cares Weekend Meal Program has moved to providing take-out/brown bag meals. Here are some immediate needs:  brown paper lunch bags, napkins, individually wrapped hand wipe packets, Ziploc bags, individually-sized chips, individually-wrapped crackers, granola bars, breakfast bars, grocery bags, serving gloves (latex-free & powder-free), plastic to-go flatware, disinfecting wipes, disinfecting spray, bottled water.  Drop off items at the center (1430 South Wilmington Street,  Raleigh, NC 27603), Monday – Friday, 9am – 5 pm.

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.  

Give Blood

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.

Make Courage Cards (kid-friendly)

Courage Cards are something people of all ages can do. Materials needed can be simple (paper/crayons) or more elaborate (card stock/stickers/stamps/etc.). Cards go to kids that are inpatient at Duke and UNC Children’s Hospitals.  Learn more here.

Come Alongside Triangle Restaurant Workers

Raleigh chef Ashley Christensen and the Frankie Lemmon Foundation have created the Triangle Restaurant Workers Relief Fund to help those who experience wage disruption or lay offs in the Triangle restaurant industry due to coronavirus-based restaurant closers. It is open to wait staff, bartenders, hosts, mangers, delivery drivers, cooks, catering staff, dishwashers and other restaurant and bar workers. Add to the fund.

Donate Medical Supplies

WakeMed is accepting donated supplies to be allocated to the areas of greatest need as it relates to COVID-19 response efforts. Needed items vary by facility. Currently, the biggest need is additional personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks, but there are also other needs. A full list can be found on their website.

Continue to Give to the Church

We provide financial support to numerous non-profits throughout our community and the world.  To do so, we rely on your annual giving and gifts.  Please continue to give generously, so that we can maintain our financial support to our non-profit ministry partners who are diligently working to care for our most vulnerable neighbors.

Keep Informed

For ongoing ways to serve locally and globally, sign up for our monthly Faith In Action newsletter by emailing Renae.

Got questions?  Contact Renae Newmiller, Director of Local and Global Engagement. 

Throughout Lent, one of the ways we invite you to join with us is in coming alongside and empowering orphan and vulnerable children around the world to become socially, economically and spiritually strong.  

380 million children are trapped in extreme poverty.  

Together, we can help change that.  

Globally, we partner with Zoe Empowers in Liberia, and Help One Now in Haiti, working with high capacity local leaders to end life-threatening poverty.

How can you help?

  • A monthly gift of $8 over three years empowers an orphan in Liberia out of poverty for good.  
  • $42 a month provides 24/7 care for an orphan in Haiti.

Please 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. No gift is too small or too big!