September Food Barrel
The September Food Barrel supports The Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC, providing food to people in risk of hunger in 34 NC counties. The Food Bank works with 800 partners, including soup kitchens, shelters and school pantries. Needed items: any non-perishable food items (no glass, please), nutritional shakes & hygiene products for seniors, diapers, wipes and formula, household items and paper & hygiene products.
Volunteer at The Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC Distribution Center — The 2nd & 4th Saturdays of the month from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm are Kid Days. Adults and 12-17 year olds (w/ an adult) can volunteer anytime. For more information, visit foodbankcenc.org.
Contact Melinda Hawkins with any questions.
Community Donation Centers
A great way for us to be good stewards of those possessions we no longer need is to donate all that is useable to local community agencies. Use the Donation Centers list that GSLC has assembled as a donation guide to help you understand what agencies are willing to receive and how they will distribute what is given. Also, some of these agencies are eager for volunteer help. Please use their contact information to learn more. As we seek to believe + belong + serve, may our donations reflect our desire to be Christ to our neighbor.
Outreach Ministry Opportunities
Contact Emily Kovac if you are interested.
Center for Volunteer Caregiving
The Center for Volunteer Caregiving is a private, nonprofit, interfaith organization whose mission is to provide volunteer support to elderly and disabled adults of Wake County to help maintain dignity, independence, and quality of life. We recruit, train, and support volunteers from the faith community and the community at large, matching them with elderly and disabled adults. There are no fees for our services. Additional information may be found here.
CoffeeHouse began in 1998 as a way to provide community support for adult with developmental delays. A typical CoffeeHouse evening, 7-9pm, includes food and entertainment. Entertainment varies from music to bingo. We serve 150-200 persons monthly. Volunteers are always needed.
Contact Cindy Davis or Alice Boyce if you would like to help. CoffeeHouse meets the last Friday of each month, January through October, and on the second Friday in December. Click here for more information.
You’ll find a large barrel in our Narthex marked Food Barrel. On a monthly basis we fill that barrel with requested household/food products needed by local service agencies. A list of needs is provided each Sunday in our weekly Pewsletter. Consider making the Food Barrel part of your households monthly giving. You will extend our care and love in so doing!
Helen Wright Center Meals
The Helen Wright Center provides housing in downtown Raleigh for homeless women. The evening meal is provided each night for residents of the Center. On the fifth Friday of the month Good Shepherd has a long standing tradition of providing a hot meal for clients of the shelter. This is a great household project—cooking and delivering the meal.
Sign up in the Narthex at the Wittenberg Information Center.
Kairos Torch Prison Ministry
Youthful offenders at the C A Dillon Youth Development Center in Butner, NC come together for a weekend with trained Christians who share the good news. Serving on a Kairos Torch Team can have a transformational impact on those who serve as well as the youth being served. After the weekend team members can serve as mentor to a youth visiting up to twice a month. For more information, click here.
Lutheran Family Services: Magi Giving Tree
Included in Lutheran Family Services work is the important support for children/youth in foster care as well as adults with developmental delays. Each December as part of our Advent observance a tree is placed in our Narthex with ornaments. It’s called the Magi Giving Tree. Each ornament provides a requested gift (usually a gift card) for either a youth in foster care, an adult resident of the Whittecar Home or an adult resident of the Serving Cup Green Level Homes. Approximately 50 persons are given Christmas through our efforts each year. The Magi Giving Tree is another great way for whole households to engage in reaching out to our neighbor in need.
Meals on Wheels Driver
Wake County’s homebound residents receive a warm, home cooked meal daily thanks to the efforts of Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels is a non-profit volunteer program which delivers 1000 hot, nutritious meals a day to homebound Wake County citizens 60 and over.
Drivers are always needed; several Good Shepherd members drive or have driven a route for Meals on Wheels. Deliver in your vehicle, from 12 to 18 meals to the homebound on one of thirty routes in Raleigh and northern Wake County. The time frame is usually once a week for less than an hour.
For more information, contact John Davis or Meals on Wheels.
Adult Mission Trips
We are currently partnering with ASP (Appalachian Service Project) for our mission trips. ASP has a long history of providing meaningful, substantial service opportunities for congregational members in the Appalachian region. Typically Good Shepherd adults travel for mission work with ASP in the spring and fall. These trips are usually Thursday through Sunday.
Ann and Frank Kuhar are our Adult Mission Team coordinators. Learn more about ASP.
Mnene Parish Orphans
Since 2000 Good Shepherd has partnered with the Mnene Lutheran Parish in Zimbabwe to provide school assistance to orphans identified by community leaders there. Over the years we have supported up to 50 orphans. The Zimbabwean school system provides both day school and boarding school. Good Shepherd provides day school fees, uniforms, food and school supplies. We also support designated youth to attend boarding school.
In 2009 we began an Adopt an Orphan program wherein Good Shepherd households correspond with Mnene orphans. Typically we request letters once a quarter. They should be brought to a mailbox in the Narthex. This is a great ministry for the whole family. To learn more contact Cathie Strawbridge.
We are in the process of developing a not-for-profit called Bridges for Partnership which will allow us to extend our work with Mnene beyond Good Shepherd.
To learn more contact Peggy Ruopp.
Started in 1980 as PLM Families Together, Families Together is a network of churches, primarily Lutheran, devoted to housing homeless families. Good Shepherd supports Families Together financially and through Pak N Snack (school snacks for children) and occasionally through painting/upfitting vacated apartments.
Current members of Good Shepherd on the PLM Board: Katie Kingsbery and John Davis. Learn more about PLM.
Serving Cup: Green Level Homes
In 2000 Good Shepherd formed the Serving Cup, a not-for-profit, devoted to serving adults with developmental needs. The Serving Cup grew out of the Coffee House some of whose participants were in need of alternative housing. In 2010 through a grant from HUD (Housing and Urban Development) and other community partnerships the Serving Cup opened Green Level Homes. Green Level Homes houses 12 adults in independent living in six apartments. Good Shepherd members are encouraged to provide organized activities coordinated through the home director. Such experiences as cooking class, art class, walking club are ways to engage and support these residents.
To learn more about these opportunities contact Gail Vaughn.
Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network (WIHN)
Good Shepherd hosts homeless families for four individual weeks as part of the Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network’s emergency shelter program. During these four weeks, church members provide support, in the form of shelter, food, fellowship and transportation. Upon completion of the emergency shelter program, where the families spend an average of eight weeks, most families enter into the Transitional Housing Program. Once the families enter into the Transitional Housing Program, they live in either one of the three bedroom units of the twelve-unit Transitional Housing Building next to the WIHN day center, or at the PLM apartments in east Raleigh. Learn more here.
World Hunger Appeal
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) commitment to supporting people who live with chronic hunger and poverty around the world is carried out by ELCA World Hunger through relief, development, education and advocacy. ELCA offers many educational resources to congregations that are available to order.