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Local Opportunities

 

CINDERELLA’S CLOSET WILMINGTON

Cinderella’s Closet of Wilmington is a ministry support by Grace UMC and provides formal wear to local New Hanover County high school girls that otherwise could not afford to attend prom. Even more important than providing a beautiful prom dress, we are able to provide an experience like no other for these young ladies. Once they enter Cinderella’s Closet, they are lavished with hospitality, love, and grace. They leave understanding they are cherished.

Visit the Facebook Page for Cinderella’s Closet Wilmington to learn more, donate and get involved.

CHILDREN FEEDING CHILDREN | A Backpack Food Ministry

Children Feeding Children is a Grace UMC ministry designed to supplement the nutritional needs of a group of children at Sunset Park Elementary School each week during the school year. Sometimes, the only food these children eat all week is their free or reduced lunch provided at school. We help supplement this divide by filling their backpacks at the end of every week full of food and snacks to provide additional nourishment over the weekend.

We are a part of Nourish NC, a local non-profit organization committed to providing food for hungry children within the New Hanover County school district. Nourish NC links various churches and civic organizations with schools throughout New Hanover County to provide backpacks filled with food for those children in our community living below the poverty line to receive nourishment. Grace UMC is proud to be the sole sponsor to Sunset Park Elementary.

Volunteers to this mission project solicit funds and food; it is stored at the church, and they pack the boxes or bags each week. A weekly bag contains 7 meals and 2 snacks for each of the selected children and is delivered to the school and packed in the child’s backpack on Friday.

Currently, the program provides for 30 children at a cost of $10.00 per child per week. The congregation supports this effort with donations of food and money.

 How you can help:

  • Donate requested foods
  • Assist with packing or delivery of food
  • Shop for food that is needed
  • Donate funds for food purchases

Contact our church office for more information on how you can help support this local mission project.

FAMILY PROMISE OF THE LOWER CAPE FEAR | Rebuilding Lives

The families mainly consist of single mothers and their children, but we do have both parents, single fathers and their children on occasion. The parents are either working or seeking employment and the children are in school during their time in the program. The families receive training with budgeting, childcare and child development, health issues and other areas that will help them remain in a home once they graduate from the program to permanent housing.

Through Wilmington Interfaith Hospitality Network (Interfaith) Grace cooperates on a rotating basis with other Wilmington area churches to provide shelter, food, and comfort to homeless families in the local area. Four times a year, for one week, we take our turn in hosting and feeding families in the program. They stay overnight in designated Sunday school classrooms at Grace and eat their evening meals provided by various church members. We are assisted by St Paul’s Episcopal, St James Episcopal and Chestnut Street Presbyterian congregations.

 

How you can help:

  • Volunteer to be part of the coordinator group
  • Host overnight from 7:45 pm-7:00 am
  • Be an ambassador on weeknights from 5-8 to greet and assist volunteers and families
  • Host on Saturday in 3 hour shifts from 8:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Provide and serve dinner at 6:00pm
  • Drive the van to transport families to and from the Day House at 6am or 430pm
  • Check the oil in the WIHN van and fill with gas on the Monday of our week
  • Launder the linens used during the week
  • Bring toiletries to share with the families
  • Set up or take down the cots used by families
  • Drive the families and the WIHN van to the next church (this is Sunday morning at the end of their week with us)
  • Offer to host a special activity for families on our Saturday
  • Contact Jane Spicer to help with this ministry at jdspicer@ec.rr.com

W.A.R.M. | Small Miracles, Safer Homes

WARM unites people of compassion to rebuild Homes & restore Hope. Hundreds of dedicated volunteers serve the elderly, disabled and other low income homeowners by making the repairs and accessibility upgrades necessary to protect their safety and health. WARM successfully serves over 60 households per year with things like roof repair, plumbing repairs and wheelchair ramp construction.

 How you can help:

  • Construction work, painting, cleaning
  • Clerical assistance, marketing and PR
  • Food preparation for work teams

MOTHER HUBBARD’S CUPBOARD | Feeding The Hungry

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard is a local food pantry with an affiliation to Grace UMC.
The Cupboard’s mission statement is: Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard is called to serve those who
are hungry in the Wilmington area through the distribution of emergency food. This service is
provided by volunteers in partnership with the community, without regard to race or religion and
with care to preserve the dignity of the individuals being served.
 
Grace members participate on the Board of the Cupboard and as volunteers on several days each month. The official Grace Church shifts are the 4th Friday of each month and the 3 rd Saturday of each month. Email japlittlefrogs@gmail.com to help on Friday and alli7173@hotmail.com to help on Saturday (training required ahead of time!). The church also provides clerical support (copying, giving out keys, answering questions).
 
The Cupboard was started in Wilmington in 1985 by Sister Mary Isaac in a space beside the
Food Bank. It was housed in the Grace UMC facilities from 1997-2009 and in October 2012
moved to its current location at 4th & Red Cross Streets.
 
The Cupboard is run entirely by volunteers. Rules, regulations, and problems are dealt with by a
Board of Directors, which meets once per month. There are over 400 people volunteering at the Cupboard each month from various congregations and businesses. It is open from 1-3pm on
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and provides 3-5 days worth of food, given
out once per month. The homeless clients are able to come weekly and receive a smaller portion of items in smaller servings that don’t require cooking. Less than 5% of people who receive food are homeless. As of October 2010, the Cupboard also provides frozen and perishable food, through programs with the government and local Food Lion stores. Only non-perishable food donations can be accepted at this time. Donations of food should be
brought to the side door, accessed via Fourth Street. Ring the doorbell and a volunteer will let
you in. Either bring donations while the Cupboard is open (1-3pm on Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday, Friday or Saturday) or at other times or for large deliveries, please contact Jane
Radack at 793-9236.
 
Volunteer jobs include food collection from local stores, receiving and sorting food, purchasing
food, unloading vehicles, stocking shelves, providing custodial services, creating
and maintaining client records (computer skills required), packing food boxes and distributing
bags and boxes of food. Volunteers with trucks are sometimes needed for picking up and
delivering food from the Food Bank on weekdays. To volunteer or donate to Mother Hubbard’s
Cupboard, click here www.motherhubbardsnc.org

Financial donations may be also be mailed to Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, PO Box 76,
Wilmington, NC 28402. For general information, please listen to the recorded message at 762-
2199. Physical address is 315 Red Cross Street.
 
**Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard is a 501- (c)-3 organization, so all deductions are tax-deductible.

 SUNSET PARK ELEMENTARY | Prayer Partners

For several years Grace UMC has reached out to students at Sunset Park Elementary School by providing tutoring and school supplies. Now our outreach focuses on the staff as well, sharing God’s love with them in big and small ways throughout the year.

The Prayer Partner Program is very simple, but requires a church-wide effort. Individuals or couples are needed to adopt a Sunset Park Elementary School staff member for the year and agree to pray for that person regularly. We also encourage you to do special things for your Prayer Partner such as giving birthday gifts, sending cards on special occasions, giving Christmas gifts, and making donations from their classroom wish list.

Because Sunset Park does not have a very active PTA, our contact with them goes a long way in encouraging them. This is a small commitment to make, but the impact on the staff at this school is abundant.

 How you can help:

  • Adopt a Sunset Park staff member
  • Pray regularly for the staff and students
  • Provide contact with cards & gifts on special occasions
  • Volunteer to help with special events
  • Make donations to be used for staff events

HOSPICE MEALS | Making Every Moment Matter

Wilmington is fortunate to have a Hospice Care Center devoted to caring for those facing life’s end. Grace UMC, as well as other churches and local organizations, has volunteered to furnish meals for the families and staff at Hospice. Grace furnishes lunch on the second Wednesday of every other month for approximately 30-35 people.

The families at Hospice, especially those from out of town, appreciate and look forward to the home-cooked meals that are provided. Without Grace and the other groups, many of them would resort to fast food, and some can not afford to eat out each and every day. By preparing a meal you are directly showing your love to families that are preparing for the loss of a loved one.

 How you can help:

  • Volunteer, either alone or with a friend to prepare a meal
  • Deliver the meals to the Hospice Care Center
  • The sign-up sheet is in the Welcome CenterPray for the families at Hospice. Contact Jim Tyndall for more information: (910) 409-6869 or (910) 343-9581

 EARLY BREAD | Feeding The Soul and Spirit

Early Bread is a Sunday breakfast ministry hosted at Church of Saint Peter The Fisherman Episcopal Church on South Carolina Avenue. They provide physical and spiritual food, clothing and toiletries to all who ask.

Grace UMC provides volunteers to help cook, serve and transport the homeless. Each Sunday Grace members drive our church van to transport the hungry from downtown to Saint Peter and back.

 

How you can help:

  • Cook at Saint Peter on Sunday Morning 6:30 am-8:30 am
  • Serve meals at Saint Peter from 7:00 am-9:00 am
  • Drive our church van from 7:00 am-9:00 am- contact Bob High if you are interested in driving
  • Donate money to pay for the breakfast supplies
  • There is a basket for donations near the steps going from the Sanctuary toward the Sunday School rooms. They take gently used clothing or new socks, blankets, toiletries

Regional Opportunities

METHODIST HOME: CHILDREN | Inspiring Hope. Changing Lives.

The Methodist Home for Children, headquartered in Raleigh, is a 501(c)(3) that works to ensure safe, nurturing homes for children while working to eradicate the social and family problems that lead to abuse, neglect, family disruption and abandonment. Several of their homes providing services are in Wilmington! Grace UMC offers several opportunities throughout the year to support this wonderful mission.

One of the major fundraisers for Methodist Home for Children locally is the Epicurean Evening. It is typically held in early September in a downtown venue (visit website through link below). With a gourmet theme and a winning cause, Wilmington’s Epicurean Evening brings together the area’s most talented and innovative chefs. As a guest, you will taste the competition as our epicureans bring their best to the table for awards and bragging rights. Events include a silent and live auction, tables of food and drink. The highlight is a program sharing the miracles produced on a daily basis by this amazing organization!

To find out more or sponsor a table, visit Wilmington’s Epicurean Evening; or, to join a table of Grace members, contact Jane at jdspicer@ec.rr.com for more details.

Each November a Christmas tree is placed in Grace’s Welcome Center and is decorated with paper ornaments. The ornaments contain the names and information of the Methodist Home for Children families and children. The ornaments also contain their Christmas wish list. You can read the ornaments and then select an item that you would like to buy. Each angel has a long list of suggestions and it is not expected that a giver provide all gifts, nor do you need to wrap the gift; many UM churches have angel trees and shoppers. Staff members go through and wrap the gifts, assuring that everybody is remembered!

How you can help:

  • Coordinate with Methodist Home for Children staff
  • Pick an Angel ornament from the tree and purchase gifts on the wish list
  • Return unwrapped gifts to the tree

ANGEL TREE | Methodist Home for Children

The Methodist Home for Children provides hope, healing and shelter to abused, abandoned and neglected children. Each November a Christmas tree is placed in Grace’s Welcome Center and is decorated with paper ornaments. The ornaments contain the names and information of the Methodist Home for Children families. The ornaments also contain their Christmas wish list. You can read the ornaments and then select an item that you would like to buy.

The unwrapped gifts are left under the tree for delivery to the Methodist Home for Children staff. The gifts are then sorted, wrapped and delivered to the families.

 How you can help:

  • Coordinate with Methodist Home for Children staff
  • Pick an Angel ornament from the tree and purchase gifts on the wish list
  • Return unwrapped gifts to the tree